Troubleshooting: Pastured Eggs
Need help finding eggs, getting over allergies, or a mental hurdle? Look no further. Below I lay out the following:
- Where to find pastured eggs
- Help, I think eggs are gross
Troubleshooting #1) Where to Find Pastured Eggs
I wish this was easier to write about! Alas, every community is so different, you might have to do some major sleuthing to find a good source of pastured eggs.
If you’re in a well populated area, you may be lucky to have access to pastured eggs at your grocery store. The two I know of that aren’t green washed including
The Happy Egg Co, which guarantees 14 square feet roaming space per bird
Vital Farms/The Backyard Egg: both are the same company, but Vital Farms is organic. These guys pledge each chicken gets 108 sq ft of roaming space, which is incredible!
If your stores don’t carry them, then you’re back to my first preference: finding a local farmer. There’s nothing better than supporting the people in your own community and forming relationships with them. You can meet these producers at the farmers market, or even on Craigslist. You could also contact your local Slow Foods or Weston Price club (click either link for club finders) to see if they know of producers in your area.
If you have your own backyard, you could also consider raising your own egg layers. I don’t think this is necessarily any cheaper, and yes it’s more work, but it can also be really rewarding when you start procuring your own nutrient dense foods for you and your family.
Lastly, if none of this works, you can go back to your grocer and research the options they do have. They may actually have a free-range organic brand you’re okay with supporting. You can also look for other grocers in your area or somewhat-nearby who may have better options
Troubleshooting #2) Allergies
If you deal with egg related allergies I, of course, recommend the GAPS gut healing diet for the 30,000 time on this site ;) Seriously, just do it already. However, if you’re looking for a bit of quicker fix right now, I recommend cutting eggs out for 30 days before reintroducing them into your diet to see how you respond. Use that 30 days to see what’s “normal” for you without eggs. That way when you re-introduce them you’ll have a better idea of bodily reactions to be aware of. A response could be anything from stomach pain, gas, or bloating, to something else like acne, skin rashes, or endo pain. If you do react, you can cut them out again while you continue to heal your gut and reintroduce them again down the line.
And another reminder, always experiment with pastured eggs first! I’ve known two celiac women now — women who react more to sensitively to proteins — be able to relish pastured eggs but still react poorly to store bought.
Troubleshooting #3) Help, I think eggs are gross
That's okay, I used to think eggs were the grossest thing ever! I wouldn't even eat mayo for a number of years because it was egg-paste. The issue of your own egg-grossness could be for many reasons, I won't even pretend like I know what it is. But it might stem from one of the following:
- Being grossed out by animal products: this stems from the head-case-ness I talk about when I was confronting my own vegetarianism. I thought meat was so gross I wouldn't even kiss boys unless they were vegetarian ... unless I had liberal amounts of tequila in me of course ;) If this is the case, I would start working on being very appreciative of these sacred foods, and thanking them for the nutrients they offer. This might sound nutty, but humans have blessed their foods for, like, ever, before eating them, and it sets your body up to be prepared to receive. This can help calm down that "icky" reaction you unknowingly created inside yourself, which is actually a sort of bodily stress that occurs when you look at animal products. It's a learned behavior, and something you can unlearn ... with time. At least, it helped me.
- Fat-phobic: another reason you think you hate eggs could be because you told yourself you hate eggs. Why? Because you thought they were a) bad for you, or b) were going to make you fat. Especially the yolk. If this is the case, perhaps education is more your line of letting down your defenses. Start researching all the ways fat doesn't make you fat, how you need to eat fat to burn fat, and how infusing your body with nutrients like those found in egg yolks will make you a nicer, happier, and more vibrant person.
- You're a city slicker: if you've haven't been around animals much, chickens might literally give you the spooks! They're actually really similar to dinosaurs, Jurassic Park was right on that one, and they poop pretty much everywhere. Yes, this is great for fertilizer, but not if you're easily grossed out with Mother Nature's movements of life. I'm not really sure the best approach here, except recommending some books on the romance of farm life. Farm life can be real rough, but it can also be so incredible beautiful! I love Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer, and Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, both which follow a heroine who starts out more "city slicker" and ends up being a farmer/homesteader/nature lover/food procurer bad-ass.
- You had a bad experience: Maybe your mom made you eat her burnt eggs, or your grandma made them in the microwave and they were rubbery. Or maybe Christmas with deviled eggs was too much to bear at 10. We all have our own egg memories, and if yours were bad you might have to make some new ones. There are about a 1000 different ways to cook an egg, so if you have a bad memory try to make some new ones by avoiding anything triggering. Want gourmet? Try poached on a piece of sprouted grain bread smothered with butter and apricot jam. Country? Scrambled with mushrooms and sausage, smothered in cheese. Quick snack? Hardboiled eggs turned into egg salad is brilliant.