Morning! I’ve received several good questions this week, which I’m going to answer here (questions are “condensed” for brevity).
(1) WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH ME EATING SO MANY RAW EGGS; AREN’T RAW EGGS DANGEROUS?
I eat raw eggs 4 or 5 times a week, usually 2 at a time. All my eggs are from farmers, not commercial egg producers/grocery stores (except my local, small grocery store, the IGA, which sells Farmer Eggs). I’d NEVER eat a raw egg from a commercial grocery store. At this point, I don’t even want a cooked egg from a grocery store. The egg’s nutrient profiles are a reflection of what they’re fed (grains for commercial chickens; plants and bugs for farm raised). Also, I’d like to NOT support commercial chicken farming. Have you seen how they’re raised? There’s plenty of sneaky youtube videos, and here’s a synopsis to read.
There’s so many food myths that have been busted for me in the past few years, and this Raw Egg thing is one of them. I use Raw Eggs for my self and my family several times a week for 4 or 5 years now, and no one’s become sick. Our Real Whole Food diet’s made us all healthier. Again though, I’d NEVER eat a raw commercial eggs. Interested in learning more? Read Dr. Mercola’s post on Raw Eggs, he includes plenty of sciency facts. BTW: I pay $3.50/doz.
Ohh, I got a few emails in response to my milk post, suggesting I’m recommending milk for everyone. Not at all! I’ve said several times that Raw Dairy is a good food – if you can tolerate it. A lot of people can’t. My youngest daughter Shelby tested positive for Lactose Intolerance, although she can tolerate raw much better than pasteurized because Raw Milk has Lactase. Here’s something interesting: there’s two reasons people are “sensitive” to milk. (IMPORTANT: Lactose Intolerance DOES NOT equal an Allergy; allergies can be life threatening. Intolerance/sensitivities gives you bad stomach aches.) Interesting research on milk intolerance is suggesting that it maybe a secondary reaction to Gluten Intolerance, via Molecular Mimicry. Here’s the thinking: No one has the enzymes to digest Glutens (grain proteins). They go thru the small intestine wall, into the blood stream, NOT COMPLETELY broken down, causing “Leaky Gut”. These big proteins aren’t supposed to be in the blood stream, so our immune system mounts an attack. Casein proteins from dairy look VERY MUCH LIKE GLUTEN PROTEINS. Eventually, our immune system MISTAKENLY attacks the casein proteins also. What to do? Heal and seal your gut, quit eating glutens, and often the dairy sensitivities go away. Think that sounds crazy? No crazier than when our immune system attack our joints, our thyroid, our liver, our pancreas, or any other part it wants to in Auto Immune Disease. Those are mistakes also; our immune system shouldn’t attack us, but it happens. Want to learn more, read this piece by PhD scientist Sarah Ballentyne, aka The Paleo Mom. She’s all about whacked out immune systems as she deals with it herself.
Last Question, how many calories do I eat a day? Oh My Gosh I haven’t counted calories in a few years and WHAT A RELIEF!!! I’m guessing, due to huge amounts of fat, that I eat close to 2500/3000 a day. Way up from my compulsive decades of consuming Low Fat /No Fat foods, (until my inevitable binges), where I stressed, starved, and worried every single day about my weight. I eat Real Whole Foods 3X a day, and I rarely EVER snack ( I eat too much fat and protein to get hungry ). If I have dessert ( Paleo!) I have it WITH a meal. My weight? Unbelievably steady. Stomach issues? Zero. Let me say it like this: As I’ve COMPLETELY eliminated dieting/diet foods/diet thoughts, I’ve consistently had the best weight and the best health of my life.
I’m feeding my body the nutrients it wants, and I’ve deleted the negative cascade of hormonal results that happen with dieting (high cortisol, high insulin, low thyroid).
What’d I eat yesterday?
Paul Newman Organic Vanilla Coffee with 1/3 cup Raw Cream
B – raw whole fat keifer (1 cup) 2 raw eggs, frozen spinach and cherries, coconut flakes, cinnamon, ginger, Manuka honey (google it)
L – several slices of DELICIOUS deer sausage with jalapenos and cheddar, an orange, and a macaroon, handful of mixed nuts
D – baked fish, roasted white potatoes in butter and herbs, a mix of broth/tomatoes/cabbage/cauliflower/onion/garlic soup.
And last question: can I be more specific with my recipes, i.e amounts of ingredients: Sorry, I don’t cook that way. I only use recipe books for their pictures and ideas. That mix I made for dinner last night or any night? I had those things in the fridge, so I threw them together. Three nights in a row earlier this week, I made brussel sprouts with various ingredients: broth/butter/bacon/sausage/onions/carrots/sweet potato/cheese. I load on herbs and spices and heat depending on who’s home and what I’m feeling. Cooking’s Not Brain Surgery. ( Baking however is, you MUST follow recipes when baking.) Just put together foods and flavors you like. Real Whole Foods ALWAYS taste good, so it’s hard to go wrong.
Keep sending your questions – I love them! Make time to read the links: when you make your health a priority by learning how your body works, it’s easier to make effortless changes to your eating. It’s not a struggle to say NO to cake, cookies, crackers, or fast food when you think they’re poison.