Eggs and Ayurveda. The dos and don’ts.

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Are you getting into Ayurveda and don’t know if eggs are good or bad for you?

Let’s find out.

Eggs and Ayurveda. The Dos and Don'ts.

People often ask me: Are you vegan?

My response is basically this one: I eat for the body I love. I eat to feel nourished, light, and balanced. That is, I eat mostly (95% of the time) vegetables, cereals, legumes, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, and fruits. But I also include sometimes an egg -or two-in my weekly menu.

For many years, I followed a strict vegan diet applied with Ayurvedic principles.

However, I discovered gaps in my nutrition and characteristics of my aggravated dosha that needed to be addressed.

I now pay careful attention to my digestion, elimination, skin, and mood before I start incorporating a food in my diet.

And that is what I did with eggs. I stopped and listened to my body. And started eating them again.

AYURVEDIC ANALYSIS

The taste (Rasa) of eggs is sweet.

Their energy (Virya) is heating.

Their post-digestive effect (Vipaka) is sweet.

Eggs are unctuous, oily and heavy. Therefore, they are pacifying for VATA but, aggravating for PITTA and KAPHA.

The elements that compose eggs are Earth and Fire.

They nourish fat, marrow, and muscle.

They are acidifying and rajasic (produce an agitated state of mind). But, can increase ojas or the essential energy of the immune system.

What does all the above mean?

That eating eggs can be good or bad depending on your current situation. I am adding them occasionally to my diet just because, with the years, I have noticed how my Vata has become my dominant dosha. Dry skin and hair, and indecisiveness have made an appearance. Also, my reaction to stressful situations tends to be more on the anxiety/nervous/worry side.

So, based on my symptoms, I added them to my grocery list again. And I am glad I did.

Eggs are a nutrient-dense source of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins (A,D, B2, B6, B12, folate), and minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc). They support hair and nail growth, build stamina, increase meal satisfaction, build reproductive serums, and are delicious.

I also eat eggs because they are nutritive and a great tonic for my increasingly aggravated Vata skin.

KEEP IN MIND:

In order to make the most out of my eggs, I keep in mind a few norms so they are as nourishing and medicinal as possible:

  • I only buy eggs that are pastured from an organically raised chicken.
  • I eat the white and the yolk together. When the white is eaten alone, it blocks the absorption of certain nutrients like biotin (hair health) that is one of the reasons I eat them in the first place.
  • I don’t overcook them. My favorite way of preparing them is by soft boiling them so I can taste and enjoy all the yellow yumminess.
  • I add spices like black pepper, red pepper, paprika, and himalayan salt so I facilitate their digestion.
  • I NEVER combine them with beans, fruit, lemon, or melons.
  • I decrease the amount of carbs and other fats I would generally eat as to not aggravate my Kapha dosha.
  • I have them with a warm green tea to keep my Pitta in check.
  • I only eat one egg per week.
  • If I am feeling Pitta (inflammation / bad temper) or Kapha (heavy / lethargic) I stay away from eggs.

Eggs are a wonderful addition to your diet if you follow the above principles and you feel Vata issues. Plus, they are a fantastic alternative when you are trying to reduce your consumption of meat gradually.

In need of an Ayurvedic Meal Plan for your Dosha? Find it here.

Happy Healing!

Monica Gisella xx

  • Comment (5)
  • Thanks for taking the time to write this!!!!!
    I’ve been transitioning to an ayurvedic diet for almost 10 years now.
    I’m almost 40 and my friends say I still look like I’m 20! My energy, since this year, has been exploding. I think I am finally falling into my groove!!
    I made eggs for the first time this year and I must say that, after following your advice, I couldn’t be happier with the results =D
    For me, eggs NEED cumin. Something about the combination is 😍 . I try to keep the recipe simple but I added a few of your suggestions. We happen to have Spanish Paprika and Pink Himalayan Salt. WOW πŸ‘Œ what an improvement they made! I also added powdered Mustard, mmmm, and a PINCH of garlic powder; I can’t stress enough how little garlic I add!! It was absolutely πŸ’― % perfect. I now know the best way to prepare eggs for myself for my future 😌 and I couldn’t be more thankful for your recommendations!!
    Forgot to mention that I’m a newbie to your website. I hadn’t been here before and just stumbled upon it by way of Google search. A link to your site was first on the list and really hit the spot πŸ™‚
    Not sure if any of that helps but hopefully there’s some nuggets of info that help you along.
    Good luck with your journey both in ayurveda and website(ing)πŸ‘

  • Wow, that is a LOT of eggs, Angel! Then there is also the adage- moderation in everything! A dozen eggs would last me and my honey at least a week or two!

  • Hi. I eat eggs with black beans, as it is a staple food in Guatemala. Why don’t you combine them? I was wondering why eggs are esrth and fire. One would think because they are watery they have a big element of water. But I don’t know the principles of ayurveda. Also, Im vegetarian and because of lack of protein and vitamin b12 in my diet I decided to eat eggs, lots of eggs. I eat around a dozen large eggs each day to satisfy said nutrients and not crave food at the end of the day. πŸ˜€ Thanks for your article.

    • Hi Angel, in Ayurvedic principles, each food has its own taste (rasa), warming or cooling energy (virya), and post-digestive effect (vipaka). When foods with different energies and post-digestive effects are combined, it can overwhelm the digestive fire (agni), leading to indigestion, gas formation, and, if prolonged, toxemia and disease. This is the case of eggs and beans.

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