1. You may have seen the latest study, stating that egg yolks are almost as bad for the arteries as smoking.
Um, I don’t think so.
While this may have been the interpretations of these three particular researchers (two of which have ties to the statin industry), another look at the exact same study might draw a very different conclusion.
Like this one, from Bill Barrington:
“The authors promote the idea that egg yolks are bad because they are high in cholesterol and eating foods high in cholesterol supposedly increases serum cholesterol in the blood. However, as stated earlier, the group that ate the most eggs actually had the lowest total cholesterol, lowest LDL cholesterol, and highest HDL cholesterol. According to their data, it seems that eating lots of eggs actually promotes a healthier cholesterol profile and lower body mass index.
The data shows the individuals who ate the most eggs were the oldest and had the most plaque after their stroke. Perhaps the eggs actually had a protective effect allowing those who ate the most eggs to withstand more plaque buildup and live the longer before having a stroke. Those individuals who ate the fewest eggs had a stroke an average of 14 years earlier than those who ate the most eggs. Perhaps if they would have been eating more eggs, they would have lived longer without a stroke.” [source]
When you look at it from a different perspective, I’m more encouraged than ever to keep eating eggs! (You can read here why I recommend eating the whole egg, including the yolks. )
2. I’m also encouraged to start running again.
I don’t know about you, but I go through phases with exercise. Hence, why I have a large collection of exercise DVDs, to prevent burnout or boredom! But sometimes, I just want to get outside for a run.
That’s when my little Gymboss interval timer comes in handy. Since I’m not exactly in ideal running-shape, I set this timer for intervals of 60 seconds of running, and 90 seconds of walking– repeat 10 times, plus 5 minutes for warm up and cool down, for a perfect 30 minute workout. At least, perfect for me.
Perhaps I’ll build up my endurance when fall weather is officially here to stay.
3. Another thing I love about running?
I can feel it improving my circulation.
Have you ever felt an “itchy” sensation when embarking on a new running routine? If you haven’t exercised in a while (say, while traveling for the past month…), your body may not be used to it and may struggle to pump blood to your extremities because your capillaries have collapsed slightly. The process of expanding these capillaries can give the sensation of tingling or itching in your legs. Just a few sessions of regular exercise should put a stop to the itching. [source]
Pretty cool, huh? While I’ve only felt the “itching” sensation from running, I would assume similar benefits could also be achieved by walking, dancing or any other form of cardio that you aren’t doing regularly. A good reason to change things up, to keep your body guessing!
If you’re new to running, I highly recommend the run/walk method endorsed by experts like Jeff Galloway. You can read more about his method in this book, or find a plan online (like Couch to 5K) and use an interval timer to keep yourself accountable!
Reader Feedback: Did the new study impact your opinion on eating egg yolks? Are you a fan of running, or have you ever felt “itching” after starting a new running routine? In my experience, the itching does go away after a couple runs, but sometimes it will occur again when increasing my time or distance. Knowing that it’s most likely just my circulation improving, I’ll happily embrace that feeling!