Did you know that eggs may be the healthiest food on the planet?
Eggs are full of omega-3 fats, amino acids, and essential vitamins and minerals.
In fact, one large egg is loaded with (1):
Eggs are also loaded with lots of healthy fat, which can help you lose body fat (crazy, I know) and actually lower your cholesterol.
When I found out I was pregnant I started intentionally eating eggs every day (with this DELICIOUS recipe!) because of my body’s increased need for choline and B vitamins. Then after my baby was born I started craving eggs even more! Why?
Well, it turns out that nursing women need MORE nutrients than pregnant women. What!? Really?
If you think about it it makes sense. While you’re pregnant the nourishment you consume nourishes your baby. However, when you’re nursing you have to create your baby’s nutrition (aka milk).
It is a LOT of work for your body to produce breast milk, which is why you burn more calories. It’s also a factor in why a lot of postpartum women lose their hair. More about how to not lose your hair postpartum here.
Anyhoodles, here are the 5 things that happened to me when I started eating 2 eggs every day.
1. My Hair Grew Longer
Like guys, I have been trying FOR YEARS to grow my hair long. There were a few other things I did to really accelerate my hair growth but eggs DEFINITELY contributed to this as well.
One of the main reasons is because they are so full of nutrients! When our body is properly nourished it starts to thrive
In fact, eggs are considered a hair superfood (2). They are full of Vitamins A & E, as well as biotin and folate, which help to thicken hair and nourish the scalp. Eggs can also help prevent postpartum hair loss as well as continuing to consume nutrient-rich prenatal vitamins. I swear by this DHA vitamin and this prenatal vitamin. I have continued to consume them while I’ve been nursing and I haven’t lost any hair postpartum (except for normal shedding).
2. The Bumps On My Arms Went Away (aka KP)
If you have ever experienced keratosis pilaris (KP) I know you feel my pain. KP is also often called “chicken skin,” which is something EVERY girl wants…not 🤦🏼♀️
I used to have pretty bad KP on the back of my arms and I HATED IT. Guys, my KP is like totally gone. Ok, so how could eggs do this? Omega-3s baby!
Fish oil and eggs are full of healthy fatty acids that help to get rid of KP (3). Who knew that one of the reasons people get it is from nutritional deficiencies!
This skin product also really helped smooth and hydrate my skin.
3. My Nails Grew Longer & Got Stronger
My nails are so long right now…like almost scary long. My piano teacher would be horrified and my keyboard probably hates me 😆.
Eggs are full of biotin, which really helps hair and nails grow. Whenever I am trying to make my hair and nails grow more I actually take biotin gummies.
One egg contains 10 mcg (4) of biotin and since I’m eating 2 eggs I am getting 20 mcg!
4. It Accelerated My Pregnancy Weight Loss
It has been 5 months since my daughter was born and by just nursing, practicing light pilates, fiber fasting (the most game changing technique in the world!), and eating eggs I am back in my pre-pregnancy jeans. My tummy still has some loose skin and it is VERY for me to get bloated (I think my tummy just loves stretching out lol 🙈) but the weight has just fallen off. Like, more easily than I ever could have imagined.
I was TERRIFIED of gaining weight during pregnancy (long story…) so this result has been so encouraging.
One of the reasons why eggs can help with weight loss is because they have very small amounts of carbohydrates but contain lots of protein and fat. These food groups help increase satiety (feelings of fullness), which often helps people consume less food (5) The result? Weight loss.
In fact, one study looked at 30 overweight women, half of who consumed eggs and the other half bagels. The breakfasts had the same amount of calories; however, the egg group felt more full and ate fewer calories for the rest of the day (6).
5. My Energy Increased & Brain Fog Decreased
Having a baby means that your sleep gets seriously disrupted. Caffeine has been a HUGE gift but, frankly, so have eggs.
I have been eating my first meal between 10-12pm every day and 95% of the time I am making my avocado/egg toast.
Eating this way has increased my energy and mental clarity. Light fasting could be contributing to that but I think choline has also been helping.
Like I said earlier, eggs are FULL of choline. One egg contains 113 mcg of choline (7), which is fantastic for brain health.
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What are you waiting for? Start eating some eggs! They’re cheap, nutrient-dense, and delicious!