Weight loss

Does Not Having an Oven Makes It Easier To Maintain Your Weight?

I have a confession to make:


GE Profile Wall Oven

Yes ” you read that right. Two years ago, we replaced our 35 yr old wall oven (which when we moved into our house the year before, didn ‘t work). We replaced it with a brand spanking new GE Profile wall oven. My hubby invited a friend over, and together they removed the old oven, and slid the new one into the wall. Then we discovered that our particular model needs to be hard wired into some crazy box like thing in our cupboard (or all wall ovens like this?).

My hubby tried wiring it. When we open the door the light goes on, so it ‘s getting some power … But the control panel doesn ‘t light up, and I can ‘t get the elements to heat up. I called an electrician who fiddled with it for 20 min, charged me over $100 for his time, who then told me that my beautiful oven doesn ‘t work. There ‘s something wrong with the control panel.

Unfortunately I have the patience of a Saint (oh and I had a very bad case of post-partum depression which left me incapable of handling any decisions), so I had waited a year to call that electrician ” so now the warranty on my brand spanking new oven has expired.

Have I mentioned that money is tight?

So basically we haven ‘t had an oven for 3 yrs. Yes ” I haven ‘t been able to bake a single yummy treat in 3 yrs.

Truthfully, I ‘ve gotten so used to NOT having an oven that I don ‘t even miss it. We eat a lot of sandwiches, salads, stews and casseroles (made in the crock pot) as a result.

But you know what? I encountered a side effect of not having an oven that I never considered before: Maintaining my weight has been rather easy ever since we moved away from our working oven. I think that not having an oven makes you eat healthier. I can ‘t bake pizza, cookies, cakes, pies, roasts, etc. Oh I ‘m sure there are healthy things I can ‘t bake either, but we don ‘t really miss them. (I have counter-top roasting oven for our Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys).

Perhaps someone should do a study to see if my hypothesis is true?


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  • Joanna
    September 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I can definitely see how not having an oven would help! Just thinking of all the foods that I bake… LOL

  • Marla
    December 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I may be able to confirm your hypothesis. I was without an oven for about 9 months. I know my oven stopped working sometime after the Super Bowl. In the warmer months it was no big deal. All meals were cooked on the stove top, in the crock pot, toaster oven, or the heavy user, the outdoor grill. Since it’s getting colder and we were having friends over for a turkey dinner, I broke down and had the oven fixed last week. Not only did the turkey dinner go in the oven last Sunday, so did a beer bread and buffalo chicken dip. It was like a magic light went on in my head that flashed, “ohhh now I can bake things.” I also baked cookies last week. I haven’t baked Christmas cookies in years. Said cookies are now hiding in a jar with a lid since every time I walked by them one happened to jump out of the bag and into my mouth. And to top it off, I volunteered to bake something for Christmas Morning. Yep, may be getting the oven fixed was not the best idea for waistline.

  • Kodjo
    December 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I like the way you put a positive spin on thins, Janice! Who knew being cash-strapped could be a blessing in disguise 😉