Pastured eggs, especially the yolks, are an amazing addition to anyone’s diet. You really can’t pack more nutrition into such a small package. Would you believe me if I told you this is the food that ultimately saved my fertility and my overall wellness?
For many years, I flip flopped between veganism and vegetarianism, and of course I was shocked when my period completely disappeared. But why? Wasn’t I healthy and in good shape? I ate so many dark leafy greens, it wouldn’t be long before my blood turned into chlorophyll. My energy was great, my skin was clear, and I’m pretty sure at some point my skin had an orange hue from drinking so much carrot juice. Truth is, I never knew what optimal health felt like for my body. Basically overnight, I decided to go from eating junk to vegan- I experienced both ends of the spectrum, but never in between. I am grateful for the experience, as I have an appreciation and love for my body that I never thought I could have. And now I finally know how balance feels in my body and mind. I went for months at a time without a period, and I knew my body had the potential to be more complete. SO i started adding eggs into my diet, and after about a month of this one small change, my period returned. The power of small steps!
What can pastured eggs do for your fertility?
- they are the most inexpensive, complete source of protein, containing all nine essential amino acids
- contain trace amounts of more than 15 vitamins and minerals
- a rich source of choline, a critical nutrient for heart and brain function, and for the health of cell membranes
- contain 2/3 more vitamin A, a fat soluble nutrient essential for fertility, and 7 times more beta carotene than conventional eggs
- 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than conventional eggs
- 3 times more vitamin E, another fat soluble nutrient essential for fertility, than conventional eggs
- a good source of HDL cholesterol (aka the healthy kind), which ensures proper functioning of the thyroid (where your body makes hormones)
All of these nutrient stores will be reflected in the growth of your baby in the womb. It’s never too early to start a nutrient dense diet, so your body can provide for both you and your baby, and you can enjoy your pregnancy free of physical discomforts associated with nutrient deficiencies, like leg cramps and morning sickness.
Eat your yolks raw as much as possible!
Yes, I remember going to my first prenatal appointment and seeing the nutritionist, and leaving bewildered at the information she told me. Of course, most of the information is a step up from the Standard American Diet, but telling me that ice cream can be my serving of calcium for the day? I don’t think so. She also urged me to eat my eggs cooked completely. This is because of the salmonella scare. But according to a USDA study (Risk Analysis, April 2002, 22(2):203-218), only about .03 percent of the 69 billion eggs produced annually are contaminated at all. And if you source your eggs from a trusted farmer who raises hens on pasture, the risk is basically zero. Also, any contaminants are typically carried in the white of the egg, not the yolk. Eating them raw ensures that all of these wonderful nutrients stay alive, and are easier assimilated by your body.
The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends two or more eggs daily.
My favorite way to eat raw yolks: mixed in whole milk yogurt with honey, cinnamon, oats, almonds, and coconut oil; and in smoothies (a great way to feed to our little ones!)
If you prefer your eggs cooked, quiches and frittatas are easy, convenient, and a great way to add veggies to the mix.
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