Hi there! I'm Emily. I'm a mama, wife, plant-based eater & coffee lover striving to live this beautiful life at my best with whole foods, runs, lattes and love. I like to sit down with a latte and talk about my life in the hopes that others will be inspired, while inspiring me. Thanks for visiting and I'm excited to connect!
Hello! Ok, so today I want to talk to you about eggs.
Picture from Gwyneth Paltrow's book - It's All Good
Let me do a quick recap of my story because that’s the basis for this discussion:
1- I was vegan for two years beginning in the fall of 2009.
2 - I did not stick to a vegan diet in 2012 (but was largely dairy free). My husband and I were both training hard for a marathon and we were feeling sluggish. Together, we questioned our vegan diet (obviously this was just speculation) and ultimately decided to incorporate meat back in.
3 - On January 1, 2013, I went back to a full vegan diet because I realized I felt better and happier sticking to a plant-based diet. This time it was inspired by Macrobiotics.
Now it’s 8 months later and (knock on wood) I’ve felt awesome this year. I should probably also mention that 2012 was not a good year for me health wise. I had at least 4 sinus infections. I’d get one, go on antibiotics, get better and feel great for like a week or two, and then be back to feeling bad. My sinus infections left me feeling incredible spacey which made running out of the question for the huge majority of 2012, and it made life itself just tough. By December 2012, I was SO frustrated and upset that medically no one had done anything to help me, but simply fed me a bunch of 20 day cycles of antibiotics (which had terrible side effects on their own). Basically I felt out of touch with my body and a mess. So I jumped into Macrobiotics – you may remember my posts - and I still incorporate macrobiotics in my diet today, but am not sticking to it 100% right now.
I have not taken any antibiotics in 2013. Do I still have bad days with my sinuses? Yes. I get pressure on my face and rarely bad headaches, but I’ve felt so much better. Is it because I’ve stuck to a plant-based diet the last 8 months? I don’t know; however, I can’t help to notice the correlation.
That being said, I have in the last few weeks incorporated one item back into my diet – eggs. A few weeks ago I started by putting an organic egg in pancakes just to see how I felt. I felt good – no bad side effects. So then another few days later when my husband and I were in Ithaca, I got eggs for breakfast. I felt good again. Interesting.
I’m long over the label of vegan. I have no intention of ever drinking cow’s milk again or eating cheese – no craving. I have no desire for any meat either – not something I can even imagine stomaching right now. I love sticking to a plant-based diet, but I may continue to incorporate eggs into my diet just to see.
So you might be wondering why I decided to now incorporate eggs, especially if I’ve been feeling so good already. I care a lot of my health and I just kind of want to test this out. I worry about getting enough B vitamins on a vegan diet. I want to be healthy not only today, but 40 years from now, and I want to do everything in my power to achieve that. I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor so I really don’t have the answers as to whether eggs are the right thing to incorporate - maybe I don't need to add anything to my diet at all. Oh how I love reading stuff on the internet, but I know that’s not the best method for getting answers.
What’s your opinion? Do you eat eggs? Do you think they have healthy benefits?
Thanks for listening and I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)