Do you weigh yourself? How often? Is it enough? Too much? The simple bathroom scale changes more moods in this country than Prozac! We use the scale to guide how we feel about our bodies. A scale can be useful, but I find people view the scale in one of two ways. One, the person disregards the scale as a tool of the devil and that it lies every chance it gets. The other person thinks the scale is God's way of communicating with them and is the only measurement of health and success.
Happy Easter! He is risen! I love Easter weekend because it gives me a time to stop and celebrate what God has done for us. For those of you who were taught Easter is about a bunny and candy, Easter is a Christian holiday to celebrate Jesus coming to earth, dying on a cross for our sins, and raising to life again so ANYONE can have eternal life with God if we believe in Him! It is a huge reason to celebrate. Here is a short video about Easter:
I hope you get to celebrate this weekend. Now during this fantastic holiday, eggs become very popular. So let's talk about eggs.
Eggs often get bad press as bad for your heart and contributing to heart attacks and heart disease. This conclusion is made because eggs contain cholesterol and some fat. However, a study published in 2008 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Djoussé L and Gaziano JM, did not find a correlation with eggs and cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, eggs in moderation can be a very healthy edition to most diets.
One large egg contains 186 mg of cholesterol and about 5 grams of fat. The American Heart Association recommends less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day for the average person. Some organizations recommend less than 200mg per day for people at high risk of heart disease. Although this does not allow for the mega breakfast sandwich with 5 eggs, it will healthily allow one egg a day.
Also, all the fat and cholesterol are located in the yolk which can be easily separated from the egg white. Egg whites are primarily protein. You may hear of people asking for egg whites only, I suggest 1 whole egg and 2 additional egg whites for a great tasting, low fat compromise.
Here is a great article by another dietitian who had a very similar idea for an Easter theme: Egg-cellent nutrition.