Easter was originally considered an ancient pagan festival. The word Easter originates from Eastra, which is Saxon for the goddess of spring who was honoured at this turn of seasons. Though we now are surrounded by bountiful chocolate bunnies and eggs, Easter reminds me to once again embrace the humble goodness of the chicken egg.
On Saturday, Emma Morano of Verbania, Italy died at the ripe old age of 117 years. What was the secret to her longevity as a super centenarian? Let me tell you now, it wasn’t Weetbix, puffed cereal or the other standard things we tend to breakfast here in Australia. It was three chicken eggs a day! Two raw, and one fried. Hopefully in bitter, ghee or coconut oil for all those good fats.
Raw eggs contain a nutrient power-house, and in Chinese medicine are considered a jing tonic, which means they nourish the body deeply forking-lasting health, energy and fertility. Eating a raw egg a day can assist the body to eliminate stored toxins and keeps the vital enzymes and nutrients intact.
My Italian grandmother told me that I must eat a raw egg a day to strengthen my immunity, and she was right. It really made all the difference and it is a super quick and very nourishing way to start the day. Traditionally, British women always ate raw eggs during pregnancy as it was an economical and essential way to get all your goodies in.
In the South of Italy, beaten egg or as they exotically call it Ouvo Sbattuto, is the staple breakfast for the young to the old. Traditionally it is made with a dash of marsala (alcohol), which I believe is to kill any bacteria that could exist in the egg.
As a principle invest in the best and freshest eggs you can find. For more info on this recipe, wander here and please take the plunge and try it, it will change your life!
Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food – Hippocrates.
@Ilana Sowter Acupuncture, Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Northern suburbs