I’ve been searching for a way to “get healthier” for the past few years. Honestly, once my sister died, my health really began going downhill—I could probably associate it with also having been entering my late 20’s at the time, but I think that stress may have been a catalyst. Regardless of the reason, it has been a struggle.
Not to say I’ve figured it all out, but one of the things I pride myself on is that I have an open-mind about new information and things to try. Several years ago, I really bought into the raw food diet, and then I eventually settled at a diet heavy on the plants. (Note: I still feel this way)
I had, however, pushed out most animal products because I felt like they must be contaminating me, and digestive processes must work better if there aren’t animal products involved.
After I read Deep Nutrition, by Catherine Shanahan, I gained a new perspective…or a new twist on my plant-heavy diet. I love science, and Cate’s descriptions of the science/genes involved with health and how they’re impacted by what we eat…just made so much sense to me.
I started out by adding eggs and some raw cheese (aged without being pasteurized…I’ll talk about this in another post). Below, the nutrition facts apply to one large egg. I’ve been eating 2 per day.
Also check out this site for more micronutrient (vitamin/mineral) information.
Eggs, according to raw foodists, are hard to digest. They’re apparently acidic, and maybe even mucus forming. I’m not sure what science supports these claims, but I can tell you that for me (and I realize and promote that everyone has different needs), eggs are more filling, keep my energy more stable, and digest just-fine-for-me-thank-you.
Choline. Vitamin A. Protein. Vitamin B12. Riboflavin. Phosphorus. Selenium. etc.
One of the keys to me feeling comfortable with adding eggs to my diet is this:
My eggs are coming straight from a farm. The chickens are free range and vegetarian fed. They’re organic too.
The chickens roam free so they can eat all kinds of bugs and grubs out in the grass—they are not fed genetically modified processed grain food. The result? The nutrients from the food and “stuff” the chickens are eating translates to their bodies and cells…and then to mine.
Have you ever had a “farm egg?” Seriously, I think it is the brightest yolk I’ve ever laid eyes on…Plus, the chickens are loved and treated nicely, so don’t I just think that translates to the karmic vibration of the eggs? Yes, and if you think I’m crazy for thinking that, I really don’t care 🙂
Soon (how soon, I do not know…as I will have 8 classes on my docket as of tomorrow), I’m going to try raw unpasteurized milk. This has to come straight from a farm since stores can’t sell it unpasteurized. I will let you know how it goes 🙂
Another thing I’ve been indulging on lately is goat’s milk yogurt from a local creamery. The goats are pasture fed and “organic.”
Did you do anything fun this weekend?
I made $40 at my friend’s yard sale. That is so not worth the effort—but fun to hang out with friends.
I also unpacked some and did crazy amounts of work. It’s back-to-school time!