#atozchallenge: E is for Eggs

EggsThings that help …

Mmm … eggs. I love eggs. I love them fried, poached, boiled and scrambled. They’re a good source of protein, and although they do contain cholesterol, the latest advice from the British Heart Foundation is that there is no limit to the number of eggs you can eat each week!

I’ve been following the BHF’s So You Want to Lose Weight for Good guide since September last year and have so far lost over 3 stone (20+kg). Eggs have always been part of my diet, but I eat them more regularly now. (Two eggs count as one portion of protein.) Losing weight has had a majorly positive impact on my health, both physical and mental. I am so much fitter and can do so much more – like walking my daughter to school without any back pain and without breaking into a sweat – and I feel as if I’m starting to get to grips with all the food/weight/body-image issues I’ve been wrestling with since I hit puberty, but I’ll come to those in another post …

Eggs contain tryptophan, one of the building blocks of protein, which plays a roll in mood. According to the British Dietetic Association, studies have shown that adding pure tryptophan to the diet of people with depression can improve their mood. You can’t buy tryptophan supplements in the UK, but you can buy eggs!

A quick google of ‘health benefits eggs depression’ takes me to Top 10 Health Benefits of Eggs which tells me that:

“Eggs, being rich in vitamin B12, can help improve your mood and keep stress at bay. They also contain other B vitamins such as vitamin B6 and folate that promote mental and emotional well-being. In addition, egg yolks are a good source of lecithin, which works as a mood stabilizer. Eggs are also believed to help treat depression due to their high levels of the amino acids methionine and cysteine.”

Sounds good to me!

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An explanation of my AtoZChallenge theme can be found at Me and My Mental Health – It’s Time to Talk.

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6 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: E is for Eggs

  1. Eggstatic post, loved it!
    Well done with losing the weight! Glad you’re feeling better for it.
    Only wish I’d read this 30 mins earlier then I’d have made sure I’d have had an egg or two with my toast, there was me thinking I had to limit my egg intake.. Does it matter if I have toast twice for breakfast? Once without and next time with eggs.. hmm..

    1. Until I read the BHF info, I was under the impression that you could only have a few eggs per week, but it seems not, so enjoy your toast (with and without eggs)! 🙂

  2. 20+Kg?! That’s amazing! Congrats for all your hard work! I’ve been trying to eat more eggs too. Tryptophan is the precursor for serotonin, one of the feel-good neurotransmitters. I can always use more of that! 🙂

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