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The Right Way to Eat Eggs

by | Mar 30, 2021 | Intuitive Ayurveda, Journal | 0 comments

I have been taught this about eating eggs:

  1. They are a perfect food because they contain the essence of life force

  2. They are a terrible food because they contain the essence of life force

Eggs are considered a heavy food in Ayurveda, which means they can be hard to digest if agni (digestive fire) is weak, but not everyone’s digestion is weak and not every heavy food (wheat, milk, etc.) is avoided. Alternatively, in many wisdom traditions, eggs are a supremely nourishing food and a tool for divination. Both can boost a person in a weakened state.

The right answer? It depends.

To narrow in on what’s right for you, do away with the voices that ask you to align yourself to some kind of always. Use the egg as a role model and begin at a fragile starting point of “I don’t know.” Ask the right questions of when (do you digest them well at dinner but not breakfast, or is never the right answer?), why (what is the inner guidance for eating them or not?), and how (adding spices, cooking techniques, farm fresh vs. factory). Give yourself time to listen to the responses, understanding that even under the perfect inquiry there will be exceptions. Those are right, too.

The right approach to eating eggs is a free-range exploration of what works, and a willingness to modify when it doesn’t. Chickens aren’t the only animals who are happier with this kind of permission.

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