Saturday, December 08, 2012
Poor food choices can be disguised as good ones. Went to a Japanese restaurant last night for dinner. Got veggie spring rolls and a clay pot dish with tofu and veggies. The clay pot dish had a soy-based sauce, so I was expecting it to be a bit salty, and it was. What I wasn't expecting was the after-effects of the decision.
I strongly suspect that this dish had MSG in it. Normally, small amounts of MSG don't bother me. Same for salt. I think I tend to follow a fairly low-salt diet, in that I usually try to go for things with lower sodium contents, I never add salt to anything--whether eating out or at home--and I rarely cook with it. So imagine my surprise when I started having issues...things like my body going tingly, my BP getting elevated, gurgly tummy. The stomach issues started this morning, and my BP was still high this morning, and I just feel run down today. I'm drinking lots of water to try to flush whatever toxin in my system out. I also have a bit of a headache today too.
I'm a bit perplexed...I've never had that sort of reaction to MSG before. Perhaps with the dietary change I've gotten sensitive to MSG and higher levels of sodium in my food. At any rate, my body told me it wasn't happy...lesson learned.
It wasn't our usual Japanese place, incidentally. We went to a new place closer to the grocery store we wanted to shop at. Our usual place has never served me anything where I felt awful like that afterwards.
I'm pretty sure it was confined to my dinner, since my fiance had sushi (which I loathe) and he was fine. It was a good choice in theory, but the execution was definitely poor. At least for me.
Taking it easy today. And recovering from a bout with MSG.