The summer favorite, shellfish. There are all-you-can-eat buffets all around the Washington, DC Metro area specializing in seafood. There are the famous Maryland blue crabs, male and female.
There are king crab legs, Dungeness crab, Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, popcorn shrimp, crawfish, clams and oysters. We use these different shellfish in all kinds of wonderful dishes.
Shellfish has iodine, which is good for the body. However, shellfish is also high in cholesterol. Shellfish may aggravate arthritis, causing stiffness and inflammation in the joints and swelling in the feet and legs.
When going to places that have all-you-can-eat crabs, shrimp and other foods such as corn on the cob, French fries, hushpuppies, fried and barbeque chicken we have a tendency to cram the food in us.
We eat fast so that we can stuff as much as we can in our bodies so that we can get our money's worth and then we brag about how much we ate. Allergies, indigestion, IBS, constipation, bloating, and/or diarrhea usually result after a good night out with your friends at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
We over-eat out of boredom and ignorance (not knowing). We find that going out with friends means eating and drinking.
It's okay to go out and eat. It's even okay to go to all-you-can-eat places; they often offer an array of new and different dishes to try. It is not all right to overindulge too often; that is when and where we gain weight.
We can eat anything we like as long as it is in moderation. Going back for seconds and thirds is when we lose control and gain weight. Eat small portions, even dessert, just keep everything in moderation.
There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables in our area this summer, so visit our local farmers markets and stock up, eat well, and remember to keep it in moderation. Food is delicious, and it is good for the body and mind.