So lets be real, when you are trying to lose weight what do you normally do? Count calories, cut out calories that you do “not need” and try to eliminate everything fattening. If you are anything like I used to be you would know EXACTLY what I am talking about.
The funny thing is, having now broken free from ED and realizing that a lot of the food rules that I was following for years in hopes of gaining the “perfect body”; the body that I believed that once I had it, would make me so happy and would make everything in my life be perfect – were actually really stupid rules to live my life according by, not to mention, a really illogical mindset to be in – thinking that a “perfect body” would result in my life to be perfect! – But that’s ED for you!
What I mean when I say stupid food rules, is that while on some tiny level they may have some truth to them, the way in which ED interpreted these rules automatically disregarded any other important nutritional information that was related to those items that the food rules were created around – like eggs yolks.
Today I was making myself two sunny side eggs in coconut oil. I began laughing to myself when I cut out the egg yolks and unlike what I did for all of the years when I was trying to lose weight, I actually threw the egg whites in the garbage and ate the yolks! Yes, you read that correctly! I threw the egg whites out! You may be asking yourself, “Why did Paula do this!?” Well there are a few reasons why I did this.
(1)Unlike ED’s food rule that I listened to my whole life, which told me that egg yolks were bad, I now know that this is completely untrue. The truth is egg yolks hold a lot of nutritional value, which help promote overall health, such as being one of the richest dietary sources of the B-complex vitamin choline, which is associated with better neurological function and reduced inflammation. There’s also evidence that dietary choline helps with fetal brain development when pregnant women eat it. Happiness, is another side benefit of a diet rich in choline. Egg yolks also have a big dose of sulfur, an essential nutrient that helps with everything from vitamin B absorption to liver function, not to mention is necessary for the production of collagen and keratin, which help create and maintain shiny hair, strong nails and glowing skin.
(2)Earlier this year I took a food sensitively test to see what my body was intolerant to. When an allergic reaction occurs, the immune system reacts by releasing antibodies. The foods and inhaled particles that provoke the release of antibodies are called “allergens”. There are two commonly produced antibodies called IgG and IgE. IgE allergy responses occur immediately after ingestion or inhalation of an allergen (ie. people who are allergic to peanuts that leads to anaphylactic shock to take place), while IgG allergic reactions occur over several hours or days and can be caused by multiple foods, thereby making them virtually impossible to identify without testing. These sensitivities are not life threatening like the IgE allergies are. So, I did a test for both. To my surprise the IgG test showed me that my good old egg whites were one of the foods that my body was sensitive to. So that is the other reason why whenever I am able, I try not to eat the whites – who would have thought all those years I was listening to ED he had no idea – not like he would have cared anyways!
I wanted to share this blog with you because as I mentioned, I really began laughing to myself as I ate the yolks and threw out the whites. I was chuckling thinking this NEVER would have happened all of those years when ED was in my life. All of those years I was so concerned with eating fats – because I thought eating fats was the worst thing ever! Before I get into why you need fats – don’t misinterpret my point. I am not suggesting you through out the egg whites, if I wasn’t sensitive to them I would never do that, and I still eat full eggs when I am out at restaurants. Eggs are an extremely great source of protein! And fat when ONLY WHEN you eat the yolk!
So Why Do We Need To Eat Fat?
Fat is one of three macronutrients the human body needs to survive. These macro-nutrients provide the energy needed for growth and basic body functions. There are different types of fat but I will not get into the details of that in this blog, all you need to know is that healthy fats that come from egg yolks, avocados, oils, nuts and seed are EXTREMELY important for your health and your body’s survival. ED never thinks about this kind of stuff, since all he is focused on is low calories and whether or not the food is going to make you fat or not. Well I am hear to tell your ED’s to shut it and ask you to read why having healthy fats in your everyday life is ESSENTIAL!
What Do Fat’s Do In & For Our Bodies?
Here is a list of just SOME of the things that Healthy Fats Like, Eggs Yolks, Do For Your Body…
- Contain Essential Fatty Acids:
Dietary fats that are essential for growth development and cellular functions which cannot be made by our body’s processes
- Proper Brain Functioning:
Our brains contain a large amount of essential fats
- Provides Energy:
Our body uses the fat that we eat, and the fats that we make from other nutrients in our bodies, to provide energy for us to be able to participate in life
- Proper Functioning Of Nerves:
Fats are part of the myelin, a fatty material that wraps around our nerve cells that allow our bodies to send electrical messages.
- Maintaining Healthy Skin As Well As Other Tissues:
Our cells need to contain some fat in them as an essential part of cell membrane which controls what goes in and out of our cells
- Transportation and Absorption Of Fat-Soluble Vitamins:
Allows the body to transport (through the bloodstream) and absorb the necessary nutrients for a vital life, such as vitamin A, D, E & K
So now that you understand why eating healthy fats like eggs yolks is important, I want to encourage you to eat your egg yolks, as well as other healthy fats – EVERYDAY, WITH EVERY MEAL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ED MAY SAY TO YOU!
I suggest you go make yourself a delicious spinach and egg salad, with nuts, seeds and olive oil right now
P.S. Let me know your thoughts of this in the comment box.
Paula Galli, Motivational Coach, Nutritional Counsellor & Self-Esteem Expert