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Eating Out and MSG

Eating Out and MSG

Vanessa Ocasio

As some of you may already know, I have a weakness for good southern fried chicken.  This is not something I eat often because of course... I know better.  Hence, I never feel guilty in indulging in this treat when I desire.

 

This past Saturday I decided to treat myself to some fried chicken for lunch at a place recommended by a couple of clients (I won’t reveal their names to protect the guilty ☺).

 

I made my way into a local buffet, searching for this awesome friend chicken.  Along with the chicken I helped myself with all kinds of other types of good ol’ southern foods:  macaroni and cheese, collard greens, friend okra, etc.  I have to admit, I ate a lot!  Those of you who know me enough to have eaten with me know I can eat as much as someone four times my size.  Plus, how often do I go to a buffet?  Almost never!

 

After I got home I felt like taking a nap.  I nap regularly because of my work schedule, so this was nothing new.  But what turned to be a planned one hour-tops nap turned into something else.  I slept from 1:30pm until 5:00pm.  I remember dreaming and feeling exhausted in my dreams!  I also dreamt about drinking copious amounts of water.  I woke up tired, thirsty, and wanting something sweet.  Do you see a vicious pattern here?

 

Eating too much did not help my energy levels for sure, but the real culprit here is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).  I basically had an MSG overdose, which I’m not used to because I don’t eat out often and when I do is in places that don’t use MSG.  

 

MSG is basically a bad chef’s trick to make food taste better and make you eat more and drink more… a great benefit for a restaurant’s bottom line.  But a definite downside to your energy levels, your waistlines, and ultimately your health!

 

The moral of the story:  People that eat out often become “immune” to the effects of MSG, but that doesn’t hold back your body from storing and holding on to fat!  You may not even know that you are lethargic and foggy headed because you don’t know any different.  

 

Cut back on eating out significantly and I can guarantee you that your waistline will slim down and you will feel lighter and more energetic.  If you want advice on restaurants you can eat at that won’t make you feel like that, just ask me.  

 

Cook more and be happy!  ☺

 

-Vanessa