If you follow nutritional news, at this point, do you even know if egg yolks are going to cause your early demise? Diet culture slams us with “don’t eat this” and “these foods are bad for you” so much that we don’t know any more if carbs are bad, or meat is bad, or eggs are bad.
Food shouldn’t be so confusing.
Shift your mindset
What if I told you there are not inherently good or bad foods, just food? An egg is not bad for you but the physiological environment you’re putting that egg into might mean it’s not a good choice for you.
If you have high blood pressure, then it’s important to keep your salt, sugar, and alcohol intake to a minimum.
If you have acid reflux, I’d recommend avoiding tomatoes, chocolate, and citrus.
In a healthy body, whole eggs provide a lot of benefits.
They provide nutrient dense calories, complete proteins, vitamins and minerals, some saturated fat to balance out other dietary fat, and some cholesterol for optimal hormone production.
However, to an unhealthy body, eggs may be harmful.
Your cholesterol may already be high and your fat intake out of balance. You might be overweight and require fewer calories, forcing the fat from the egg into cells instead of being burned for energy. Your liver may not be fully healthy to process the cholesterol from the egg.
The egg hasn’t changed, but the environment that it was introduced to has resulted in two very different outcomes.
There are of course foods that offer little nutritional value to your body. Artificial additives or ingredients, trans fats, and other man made, chemically altered foods don’t provide nutritional benefits to your body.
And, eating too much of any one food can have harmful affects on your body as well. Omega-3s provide a lot of health benefits, but too much can cause blood thinning and vitamin A toxicity.
Like with most things in life, moderation and intelligent choices win the day.
What really happen when we label foods “bad”
A healthy body can digest and distribute natural foods eaten in moderation. But ingest those same foods with an unhealthy body, and you might have problems. Instead of putting the blame on the food, it’s time to prioritize the factors that ensure your body can properly deal with the food you’re eating.
Do you exercise enough?
Do you sleep enough?
Do you deal with stress in a healthy way?
Do you eat the right balance of foods often enough?
Do you stop eating before you’ve eaten too much?
What if you started worrying more about the environment your food is entering instead of the food itself?
When certain foods become “bad”, you start to label them as off limits if you want to be fit and healthy. Then you make all sorts of restrictive rules surrounding these foods to prevent yourself from eating them. You begin to judge your food related decisions and see food choices only in black and white with no middle ground, instead of looking at food and making decisions like an adult.
Reset your environment with the proper amount of exercise, sleep, relaxation, and balance of whole fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats.
Do this, and almost any natural food fits right into your diet.
No counting calories. No restrictions or judgments. No cravings or obsessions. Just a healthy relationship with food and your body.
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