Day 71: The Ascetic Life — Eggs (6/7)

“When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large…”

This quote from everyone’s favorite French nightmare childhood story about Stockholm Syndrome rings true to an extent for me. I remember a time where I ate eggs every day, perhaps up to four. I made them scrambled, extra seasoned and oily, rolled up with Vietnamese rice wraps.

A single egg yolk contains 62% of the cholesterol one is supposed to consume in day. Combine that with regular meat and dairy consumption, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have abnormally high cholesterol. This might not be an issue for a young lad looking to gain some weight, but for someone entering the “middle ages,” I’m at risk for some serious problems.

Sometime in mid-2016, I had some lab work performed and found that my cholesterol levels hovered around the 240 range, well above the desirable limit of 200 or less. When I returned to the doctor six months later, she asked to test my blood again to see if I’ve made any progress.

I told my doctor that there was no point, for I knew I had done little to nothing to improve my cholesterol levels. No consistent exercise or dietary adjustments were made, and I needed to own up to my lack of responsibility.

“But eggs are a staple of nutrition! Why give them up?”

Cardiac issues run rampant among the males of my family. The worst case scenario is death, but the best case could include permanent damage, paralysis, legitimate reasons to swing my mood into a depressed state, etc.

There are people in this world who care about me and depend on my health and strength, and I feel a responsibility to myself and to others to do right, even it means sacrificing the consumption of an unfertilized egg.

I do have a question — recently I made an egg white stir-fry with coconut oil, and it reminded me of a video with a buff dude who warned people that egg yolks must be consumed for their nutrients. Is the trade-off worth it?

Always looking to be educated,

— Lee