Bonney's Blog: Shrimp (and fat) Overload

By: Bonney Bowman Email
By: Bonney Bowman Email

Confession time: On Friday, Chad Silber and I had our annual Endless Shrimp lunch at Red Lobster. We both LOVE shrimp, so obviously we love endless amounts of it and go once a year during the promotion. I ate my weight in shrimp... only had two biscuits... and did squeeze in a salad... but still, it was not exactly American Heart Association approved. It was delicious, and I enjoyed every bite. What I didn't enjoy was how it made me feel.

With the exception of my recent trip to Chicago, I've really been trying to eat a healthy diet. My day-to-day meal plan is low in fat, high in protein and includes lots of fresh fruits and veggies. So my body is NOT used to being overloaded with fats, and that's exactly what I did to it during lunch. By the time I got home from the restaurant, I was exhausted. I was intending to run some errands and then work out, but instead I passed out in a shrimp-induced coma for more than an hour. I think I almost turned into a shrimp, because both my cats came snuggling while I was sleeping, which is pretty unusual. When I woke up, I was still tired and groggy, and had a killer headache. I took all I had to get up and run the most important errand - a trip to the grocery store - then come home and collapse on the couch. I had the headache for the rest of the day and was totally useless otherwise.

The thing is, when I used to eat a pretty high-fat diet, it didn't effect me like this. I guess my body was used to it, and I was used to feeling sluggish and tired. I did not like feeling that way yesterday, and it was weird to connect that bad feeling directly with what I had put in my mouth. I'm a big believer in the "everything in moderation" motto and that it's ok to splurge on your favorites once in a while. But this experience will make me think twice about just how much I splurge, and how it will make me feel later.

To make up for this ridiculous over-indulgence, I'm back on my healthy diet today, and I'm planning to hit the gym then get some extra cardio jogging with the dogs. Shrimp-Bonney is gone, and I really don't want to see her again.


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