Strange happenings with my body since eating at Red Lobster.

So, a few days ago I posted that sometimes I go out to chain restaurants and eat badly for research of what happens to your body when you eat that junk.

Well, my mom got my boyfriend and I a gift card to Red Lobster a couple of months ago, so we just decided to go and have a free meal. Why not, right?

I had never been to Red Lobster before the other night, so I wasn’t sure how good (or not good) the food was. People I had asked were giving me mixed reviews.

Well, I might as well have dumped a bucket of salt into my mouth because that’s all I tasted. Disgusting. Alas, the meal was free so I decided to suck it up and just eat it.

Ever since eating there, aside from the obvious bloating, I’ve had a consistent stomach ache and I just noticed today that I have a pinkish “chapped” looking ring around my mouth. It doesn’t hurt, but it looks ugly. Could I be having a delayed reaction from the food I ate? I read that an increase in sodium intake can do that to your mouth. Weird. I’ve been drinking A LOT of water and slapping on the Chapstick every couple of hours or so and it doesn’t seem to be going away.

I highly suspect it was the food I ate and this is my body’s way of telling me, “DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!”

What gives? Help!

Garbanzo bean patties

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My recipe needs a little tweaking because they crumbled on me, but here’s what I used:

• One 25oz can of garbanzo beans (or chickpeas, whatever you call them)
• 1 egg white
• 1 TSP of sriracha
• 1 TBSP of panko bread crumbs
• Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.

Here’s how I prepared them:

• Drain and rinse garbanzo beans
• Put all ingredients in food processor and blend away. (I pulse because I like them with a little texture)
• Mold into patties and transfer them to a non-stick pan.
• Cook until brown on each side and warm in the middle.

I call it research.

Occasionally, I do go out to chain restaurants and eat badly to just see how bloated I am the next day from all the sodium.

I do this so I can tell my clients to not eat that food and what happens to your body when you do.

What better way to tell people to stop eating badly than to experience it yourself?

Is that weird? I think I’m just being realistic so I can relate to clients on a deeper level.