My family eats a lot of eggs. No really, a lot of eggs. In fact, our family of four (our kids are ages five and two) usually consumes around five dozen eggs per week… about three dozen fresh eggs and two dozen boiled eggs.
FIVE DOZEN EGGS PER WEEK FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR?!!! Do I have your attention?
We almost always have eggs for breakfast- either scrambled, boiled, or in egg-sandwich form. Perhaps some pancakes or some breakfast cookies. My husband and I have boiled eggs as a snack regularly, and sometimes I even put a raw egg in my Vitamix shake, Rocky-style (gasp!). Then there’s eggs in our baking, and in cauliflower-fried rice, and well, scrambled eggs is a quick and easy dinner for me when I get home late from work. Often, that adds up to a weekly five dozen.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation recommends one egg/day. Aren’t I concerned about cholesterol? Or fat content? No and no. In fact, I feel better than I ever have in my life.
I have completely changed my views on nutrition over the past couple of years, starting with the eye-opening read of the “Wheat Belly” book. I blogged about that here. Remember, gluten is pro-inflammtory; inflammation is hard on the heart and the circulatory system, which is the number one factor in heart disease. Hmmmmm. I’ve also gradually shifted my diet over to a Paleo-based approach, focusing largely on protein and fat, vegetables and fruit, and eliminating grains. And I feel better than I ever have in my life. I’ve learned to listen to my body and pay attention to subtleties in my diet, mood, and well-being. Gone are the days of low-fat and whole grains, of ‘dieting’ and feeling hungry, of fatigue and sugar crashes, of that stubborn 10 lbs.
I’ve done a lot of reading. I’ve scoured information here, here, here, here, here, and here. I’ve heard countless stories from friends and acquaintances about lowered cholesterol, improved well-being, and dumbfounded-by-bloodwork doctors. And while I’m not a stick-it-to-the-man type or a conspiracy-theorist, I am aware that multi-billion-dollar drug companies fund research and foundations and government programs.
I’m going to go with my gut. And my gut tells me that I’m making the best choices for my family, eggs and all.