Chicken eggs are an amazing food for the brain! They are a particularly convenient source of cholesterol, choline, and fatty acids, all of which are critical for a child’s brain development and function.
Sadly, however, many people can not tolerate egg. They rank as one of the top food allergens and often folks have to take them out of the diet for a while.
The good news is, provided you don’t have an anaphylactic-type allergic reaction to eggs, you might be able to reintroduce them without a problem once you bolster the body by improving digestion and feeding the immune system.
If you browse through my work, you’ll see that I talk about four main things to do if you want to improve a body’s physical resilience.
One of them is to remove irritation. Part of this step is to remove all foods to which your body’s immune system is reacting. If that means taking out eggs, then, sadly, this superfood is unavailable to you for the time being.
Egg Replacer Recipe #1:
11⁄4 cups arrowroot flour or tapioca flour 1⁄4 cup corn-free baking powder
1⁄2 tbsp guar gum or xanthan gum
Keep this handy, stored in a jar.
When ready to use, combine 11⁄2 tsp of the powder with 3 tbsp water and whisk well. This equals 1 egg. Scale up as needed.
Egg Replacer Recipe #2:
Combine 1 tbsp ground chia seeds or flax seeds with 1⁄4 cup water.
Mix well and let it sit in the fridge until a gel forms (about 15 minutes). This equals 1 egg. Scale up as needed.
Remember, unless your child has an established anaphylactic reaction to eggs, the goal is ultimately to re-introduce them. So while you’re taking them out, you have some work to do. You have to work on the Core Strategies for raising resilience. Once the body is strong, try them again.
The reaction is not the egg’s fault, it’s time to refocus on the body.
(IMPORTANT NOTE! if the reaction was anaphylactic please don’t reintroduce eggs until you get the go-ahead from your doctor!). To learn more about food sensitivity check out this post.
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Jess is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Family Health Expert, specializing in brain health & resilience for kids. She is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the stress out of feeding your family & love your life, a mother and an advocate for children’s health. Her book and online resources have helped families all over the world improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, autism and mood disorders by fitting the food and feeding piece into their health puzzles. She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work helping families get healthier, and she continues to work at bringing an understanding of the power of good nutrition to the mainstream conversation about children’s mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses and as a contributor to print and online magazines. You can reach Jess at www.jesssherman.com
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