2 Eggs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Happiness is cooking my eggs, greens, and ham on a lazy Saturday morning with nowhere to go. The chickens, oblivious to our weekend R & R, scratch and peck industriously, while the cats oblivious to any agenda, take long luxurious cat naps. The kids run to check if the neighbors are up and ready to play. Then we all sit down to family breakfast.
There's a reason I'm rambling about our weekend activities, and it has to do with the fact that 2 eggs a day keeps the doctor away. My reasoning is laced in biochemistry, but I will try to break it down into simple English.
For those of you in a hurry, the bottom line is that eggs (dietary cholesterol) has nothing, jack squat, zilch, zero to do with your cholesterol levels.
I know it's a pain to hear because stress seems like something we cannot control, but we can start by eating eggs.
I know it sounds incredulous, but eating your eggs every day is a great place to start. Whereas signing up the kids for every sport in town, buying boxes of cereal and power bars to get through the day, and racing out every weekend with an alarm clock set way too early, is more likely why you have high cholesterol.
Wait a minute... I know what you're thinking. The FDA recommends heart healthy cereals to replace our high cholesterol eggs...
Well, I have 3 things to say about that.
Don't let government tell you what to eat!
This old dogma that eggs raise your cholesterol levels has been proven wrong. Don't fret if you missed the memo; Post, Kellogs, and General Mills are not excited to market these findings and they often get buried in the media. Here are some great reports on NPR, Time, Mayo Clinic, one from Finland, and one from UK based dietician, Juliette Kellow who found in this report that eggs every day will help you lose weight.
"In fact, based on these results you could expect to lose up to 2lb a month, simply by eating eggs for breakfast!"
There is no such thing as a healthy breakfast cereal.
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the truth is that boxes of man made, processed grains can't compete with mother nature. Cereal is not what the marketing teams are trying to sell you. Yes, whole oats contain certain compounds which can be healthy and help reduce cholesterol in a healthy body, but those Cheery-oats are not whole oats and I promise you they no longer contain those healthy compounds. It's a marketing trick to get you to buy convenience foods, but they don't offer the body the nutrition and fuel that eggs and real food can provide.
What you get instead, is a processed grain that turns immediately to glucose in the body, thus raising your blood glucose levels. Add some skim milk, full of the sugar lactose, and your blood sugar will be at a pre-diabetic level before you know it. Top that off with some fructose, I mean fruit, and you may understand why the majority of American households are facing blood sugar issues.
The yolk is where it's at.
Yes, it's embarrassing, but even I fell prey to the egg white omelets years ago. Unfortunately, the yolk is where the vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, biotin, choline, zinc, iron and essential fatty acids are. It's amazing how many Americans gave up their 2 eggs for breakfast and started developing serious deficiencies in Vitamin D, K, zinc, and B6.
Studies show that vitamin B6 deficiencies will make a person feel "stressed out." According to the Rotterdam Study, of 5,000 people, those who had the highest levels of Vitamin K2 also had the lowest risk of coronary heart disease. This means yolks full of Vitamin K are, contrary to popular belief, healthy for the heart.
Choline, as described by Chris Masterjohn PhD, a fat expert, protects against fatty liver disease and decline in cognitive function. There is no choline in egg white, so for the love of your memory, please don't toss the yolks.
Finally, biotin, one of the B complex vitamins is crucial for healthy skin, nails, and hair. If your hair is thinning, nails are splitting, skin is dry, and you feel super stressed out, you may want to put those "healthy cereals" back on the shelf and reach for pastured eggs.
Two eggs a day keeps the doctor away, but the quality of those eggs are very important. It's imperative that you eat healthy eggs from chickens raised on pasture, eating bugs, grass, and basking in sunshine. Chickens locked in cages, unable to move, fed GMO chemical-sprayed feed, pumped full of antibiotics, and hormones are sick, they have high cholesterol in their sick bodies, and thus produce low-vitamin eggs with high cholesterol. These are not the eggs I'm talking about.
Look for pastured eggs, ask a neighborhood friend, or find eggs at the farmers market. You'll be amazed at how much better they taste. White eggs, brown, green, turkey, duck, quail or chicken it doesn't matter. Try not to stress about it and scramble, boil, or poach those beautiful eggs.