I believe that everything we watch, read and hear has an impact on our lives. I’ve seen today’s media steal joy from our lives as well as destroy self-esteem and even marriages. Magazines, movies, soap operas, and even novels with unrealistic wealth and romance give women a wrong sense of reality.
Advertising puts constant pressure on us to behave, look, or be a certain way. It’s geared for companies to make money, not to better our lives. For example, consider the media’s influence on the importance of being thin, along with a multi-billion dollar dieting industry at our disposal. It’s no wonder eating disorders and depression has risen over the past few decades.
We are being deceived if we think that the media doesn’t affect us in some way. We must constantly check our “media diet” and remove any “comfort foods” that have an adverse effect on our overall health.
Just like our automobiles need to have clean filters it’s really important that we keep our spiritual filters cleaned. If we are not careful, toxins from the media influence can build up and clog up our spirit. We need to keep our spiritual filter clean in order that the truth of the Bible can flow through us.
It’s the same with our liver—our body’s main filter. We need to keep it clean so it’s doesn’t build up with toxins.
While there are so many great nutritious reasons to have eggs daily, my favorite reason is for their ability to keep the liver clean. Eggs are rich in sulfur compounds and lecithin, which intervenes with the body’s ability to form fat. Egg yolks have little “scrubbers” in them which work to scrub away toxins and break up fats in the liver.
Note: For detox purposes don’t cook or break the yolk at high temperatures. The detoxification benefits of lecithin are best when the yolk is soft and slightly runny. Read more here.
I think eggs are great for any meal! They are delicious, high in protein and contain only 70-80 calories each. (I’m not a calorie counter, so that’s for those of you who are!)
Buy organic eggs from grass-fed and free-range chickens. They get plenty of fresh air, fresh grass, and exercise. Conventionally raised chickens are fed grain/corn and due to their living conditions, chickens are often given antibiotics to keep them healthy. These items are not the diet God intended them to eat. The same goes for eating the birds themselves. Grass-fed chickens have less fat, fewer calories, and contain higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been linked to easier weight loss and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
I understand that purchasing organic, grass-fed eggs (or chicken) is more expensive, so if this is an issue for you, consider consuming smaller portions and fill up with other protein sources such as quinoa, legumes, etc.
While many people have removed whole eggs from their diets due to saturated fat and high cholesterol levels, studies show otherwise. Here’s an interesting interview from Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise.
BIG idea: When we keep our filters clean (spiritual and physical) our minds and body are renewed and refreshed.
He fills my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagles! Psalm 103:5 (NLT)