Friday, April 17, 2015

The Incredible Egg!

I've been having trouble with my other staple - meat! So I'm not eating much meat OR vegetables, haha. My solution? Eggs! I'm having them for dinner about 4-5 times a week, and really, really enjoying it. Breakfast is my favorite meal - I'd eat breakfast foods all day!

I actually had stopped eating eggs much at all in the past year as I switched to cottage cheese for breakfast. So just an occasional breakfast-for-dinner egg meal was had. I used to eat them all the time, though. And I never bought into that hype some years back that eggs were bad for us/our cholesterol :) Especially now that more recent studies show they help raise your good cholesterol, which is just as important as keeping the "bad"/LDL cholesterol down.

Their nutritional info (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283659.php):

  • Vitamin A: maintains the skin, immune system and normal vision.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): aids energy metabolism, red blood cells, vision and the nervous system.
  • Vitamin B12: aids energy metabolism, red blood cells, the immune system and the nervous system.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): aids energy metabolism and mental functioning.
  • Vitamin D: keeps bones and teeth healthy and aids absorption of calcium.
  • Vitamin E: keeps the reproductive system, nervous system and muscles healthy.
  • Biotin: aids energy metabolism, maintains skin, hair and the immune system.
  • Choline: aids fat metabolism and liver function.
  • Folic Acid: aids blood formation and tissue growth during pregnancy.
  • Iodine: aids thyroid gland function, maintains the skin and nervous system.
  • Iron: assists red blood production and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin: maintain normal vision and protect from age-related eye disease.
  • Phosphorus: maintains bones and teeth and aids energy metabolism.
  • Protein: needed for building and maintaining muscle, organs, skin and tissue, and producing antibodies, enzymes and hormones.
  • Selenium: protects cells from oxidative damage, maintains the immune system and aids thyroid gland function.

I've been really careful to thoroughly cook the eggs, though - which should always be done because of bacteria that can get in through the porous eggshell, but it's even more important when you are pregnant because the little fetus can't withstand that bacteria, like salmonella.

Things are going okay otherwise - I applied for that job, I got a tinnnnny raise in the meantime, and Chris is finally getting moved into a civil service position with the state (he was in a sort of limbo for a decade on "special payroll" but luckily always got to enjoy the benefits of being a state worker - like health insurance! But now he is going to get COL raises every year, plus be eligible for other raises).

I'm feeling more energetic as the days go on, but still spend more time than usual in bed :) Planning on being decently active this weekend and getting back into my yoga/strength workout routines. My body is going to soft quite quickly!

No weigh ins for me this week, I just simply didn't have the energy to CARE what my weight was, which is a strange notion for me. It's just not on my radar right now, especially because my focus is on accepting any normal, healthy weight gain and staying healthy in general.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend <3


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