When we decided to live this lifestyle, Ranae and I did our research… a lot of it! We had certain goals in mind. One of those goals was to produce as much of our own food as possible. That includes raising rabbits, chickens, goats and one heck of a garden. So far, we have chickens and the garden. We have had rabbits before and are in the process of getting them again once the heat comes down as we enter the fall season. We intend to get goats after the Thanksgiving Holiday due to travel commitments, etc. So for now, we only raise chickens and the garden.
After my last blog post (“I’m bring back sexy!”) many people have written to me with their ideas of how I should be dieting; what I should be doing or not doing, etc. While I appreciate the care and concern, I really can’t use many of the suggestions. I am following very strict dietary guidelines written for me by a wonderful doctor that I trust very much. On top of that, my wife has been a nurse for nearly 32 years. My diet is not normal. My situation is not normal. Read the blog I mentioned at the start of this paragraph if you want details.
That being said, I am writing to share my experience with the world. I hope it helps someone, but I am NOT suggesting that anyone diet, like I am, without doing their own research and consulting with whatever medical personnel they deem necessary. DO NOT COPY ME OR HOLD ME AS SOME SORT OF AN EXPERT! I am an expert enough for my own needs only. Your mileage may vary.
One comment that has been sent to me repeatedly is how bad eggs are for me, especially while dieting, etc. Which is why I decided to write this post. Most of the comments are based in myths and untruths that somehow have made their way into the beliefs of so many people.
Eggs have gotten a bad rap in many venues. I’ve seen countless people complain that they are high in cholesterol and other untruths. Compared to some foods they may have higher cholesterol, but it’s the “good” cholesterol.
Eggs are, in fact, one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. So much so, they are often referred to “Nature’s Multivitamin”.
I usually eat two or three per day every day for my breakfast. They are an amazing source of nutrients. Eggs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, high quality proteins, good fats and various other lesser-known nutrients.
One large egg contains:
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): 9% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
- Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 7% of the RDA.
- Selenium: 22% of the RDA.
- Eggs also contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body… including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, Vitamin E, Folate and many more.
I often hear people say that eggs will raise your cholesterol and that simply is not true. Countless studies show that eating eggs actually improves your cholesterol profile.
The liver actually produces cholesterol, every single day. If you eat cholesterol, then your liver produces less. If you don’t eat cholesterol, then your liver produces more of it. One study discovered that 3 whole eggs per day reduced insulin resistance, raised HDL and increased the size of LDL particles in men and women with metabolic syndrome.
Eggs are also rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are great for your eyes. These antioxidants significantly reduce the risk of Macular Degeneration and Cataracts, which are among the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in the elderly.
You should be aware, however, there is a difference in the type of eggs you eat. Chickens raised in a cage are awful not only for the chicken but for you as well. Mother Earth News conducted a study in 2007 which shows that eggs raised without being confined to cages and allowed to “free range” (a/k/a hunt for insects as their food) are much healthier for you. Here are some of their results.
Allowing my birds to roam freely is not only better for me, it is also great for our homestead. The birds are great at pest and insect control. Ranae recently found a bag of feed that I had dropped on the ground. She moved it and discovered that it had soaked through and broken apart. It was covered in meal worms, etc. Nasty. She called the birds and presto… no more feed; no more worms; no more anything. Except wonderful protein rich eggs the next morning! Way to go girls!!
So, the point to this post is… do some research and I feel confident you will discover that eggs are a super food. The myths are simply that… myths.
Raising chickens does have to be done humanely and that’s where I get so upset with people who just turn their chickens into “yard birds”. They have to have suitable housing and protection from predators; the weather; etc. When you bring in new birds, you must isolate them from your existing flock to insure no illness comes with them. We have spent a lot of time and money on our chicken coup. But our birds are very very well cared for and safe. Watch the videos below and look at the photos for precisely how we build our coups.