Cure for the Food~Induced Coma

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Food-Induced Coma
(Food Coma, Common) 

The Facts

A Food-induced Coma is a condition resulting from the sudden abnormal over-consumption of an excessive quantity of food and, on occasion wine, typically ingested over a very limited period of time.

Symptoms

  • listlessness, a feeling of weakness and low energy
  • a decided lack of ambition, often accompanied by an overwhelming desire to crawl back in bed
  • headache as a result of over-consumption
  • dry, scratchy sore hands resulting from an excess of food preparation
  • persistent, mind-numbing thought processing, often accompanied by disorientation and/or distracted thinking
  • difficulty processing challenging corporeal tasks
  • an aversion to physical activity and/or exercise
  • an accumulation of discarded Easter chocolate foil wrappers
  • a rash of chocolate bunnies, all missing ears and tails
  • a proclivity for clothing with stretchy fabrics and elastic waist bands
  • a surfeit of left-over filled Tupperware stacked in your refrigerator

Diagnosing

If you have two or more of the above symptoms, read the following.
Please Note: If you have all of the above symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Treating and Preventing

If you have or a member of your family has Food-Induced Coma, approach the patient with extreme caution as they can be in denial of their symptoms. Once roused, ply the patient with 8 oz of water. A diet consisting of basic nourishing foods is recommended until the patient recovers. In some cases ibuprofen can offer some relief of some symptoms. Rest is not recommended as this further complicates the condition. Rather, brisk walks should be initiated with a general easing into more cardiovascular exercise. Abating of symptoms should take place within two to three days of regular diet and exercise. Mental restoration usually follows  this same time frame. All excess chocolate should be removed from view for the time being and only reintroduced in very small allotments once the patient’s symptoms have ceased, indicating complete recovery.

Prevention is extremely difficult and most likely impossible under most holiday circumstances. One is best to prepare by drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods, and resting well in advance of the next holiday’s celebration and accompanying festivities.

In the event that preventive measures have failed you yet again.. might I suggest a

Panacea
(The Greek Goddess of Universal Remedy)

of sorts?

 ♥

Spinach Salad Panacea

This lovely, wee salad consists of healthful, organic if you wish, ingredients…

It requires no recipes.. just loving splashes of this and that,

it could be your new favorite…

Pour olive oil into your skillet.. about the amount of dressing you’d want for the amount of spinach you’ll be using for your salad

say.. 1/4 cup?

Add in 1-2 finely minced shallots

(3 if you’re making a largish salad)

Brown these at a moderate low heat, then add 1-2 cloves minced garlic

(3 if you love garlic)

Once everything is hot and sizzling add in the spinach..
be generous because spinach wilts down under heat.

(we fill our wok to the top)

Toss the spinach to coat with the infused olive oil.

Pop on a lid.. and allow the tender leafs of spinach to only slightly wilt…

Then transfer to a large platter or salad bowl.

Sprinkle and toss with freshly grated parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

Adorn with lightly toasted pine nuts (or any nuts of your liking)

(We like to add a small rash-er of chopped thickly sliced bacon, surely it must serve some healthy purpose?)

That’s it today.. I’ve gotta run, literally and metaphorically!

Spinach Salad Panacea

Spinach Salad Panacea

Rating: 51

Spinach Salad Panacea

Ingredients

170 g baby spinach leaves

1/4 cup olive oil, or more as needed

1-2 shallots, minced

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup pine nuts

2-3 thickly sliced bacon, cooked and chopped

Instructions

In a large skillet, preferably a wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced shallots and saute until lightly browned and softened. Add the garlic when the shallots are almost cooked. Continue to cook until both garlic and onions are lightly browned.

Toss in the spinach and cover with a lid or tin foil to allow the spinach to lightly steam (not entirely wilted). Toss occasionally to completely cover spinach with the olive oil.

Remove from heat, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bacon (if using) and toss to coat. Top with pine nuts and serve immediately.

http://justasmidgen.com/2012/04/11/cure-for-the-food-induced-coma/

 

About the author

Barbara BamberBarbara Bamber loves life on the Canadian Prairies. She is a wife and mother of two and an ardent Calgary based lifestyle blogger. She hopes to inspire others with her love for for all things creative by sharing an extensive number of delightful recipes, poetry, DIY, crafts, decor projects, photography tips and so much more.

  • niasunset - April 11, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Beautiful and so good post, I loved it, and I noted too… Thank you dear Barbara, the photographs are so nice but your lovely dog is the best. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, niaReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 7:55 am

      Yes.. The Pupster is the best.. He’s been out of sorts lately, so maybe he was slipped a little too much ham as well;)

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      • niasunset - April 11, 2012 - 8:07 am

        he he he…. Blessing him. and kisses too :) Love, niaReplyCancel

  • Stan Shillingburg - April 11, 2012 - 7:18 am

    DOC…I think I have it! lololol…wonderful article!ReplyCancel

  • thingsmybellylikes - April 11, 2012 - 7:26 am

    After a two week holiday, followed by Easter, I definitely could do with a spinach salad remedy.

    I know exactly how your adorable dog feels but sadly I don’t look that cute sprawled on the floor, groaning over my very full belly!ReplyCancel

  • glutenfreezen - April 11, 2012 - 7:33 am

    This morning as I sluggishly peeled myself out of bed, I was thinking it was time for some salad days to recover from all of the Easter eating. Then I wake up to your beautiful salad!! It was meant to be.This will be my lunch today. I have everything but the pine nuts and will substitute those with sliced almonds maybe and use vegan parmesan. :) ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 7:56 am

      I hope you like it.. It’s easy to substitute for sure:) I’m trying to get motivated to go to the gym!!

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  • chefconnie - April 11, 2012 - 7:33 am

    Very nice. I call it the food slump.ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 7:55 am

      Hahaha.. Yes, the slump around the table, when conversation gets a touch “blurry”.. And loud!!

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  • imagesbytdashfield - April 11, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Oh I do love your photos! And this post reminds me that I should get to the grocers for some spinach :) ReplyCancel

  • Misky - April 11, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Oh yum! I could survive on salads — I might have been a rabbit in a previous life, or more likely a cow…..ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 7:57 am

      Hahaha.. I think a bunny would be the right fit;) I, sadly, was not a bunny in a previous life, I’m not certain which animal survives on sweets.. But that would be me…

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  • Judy - April 11, 2012 - 8:09 am

    Love the photo of your pup, says it all! Oh yes, a salad week is the perfect cure from too much … anything. I think I’ve got everything here, looks like this will be lunch today. :) ReplyCancel

  • spree - April 11, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Dr Smidge, I’m suffering from newbaby-love-induced coma. (The scientific name escapes me.) Would you recommend the same remedy? (oh please!)
    (and Smidge, you are such a clever gull! I loved this post! xoxox)ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 8:58 am

      Oh.. Spree.. I have devastatingly wonderful news.. Your condition has no cure.. It will be a life sentence of pure and utter joy, the only way to reduce symptoms are lots of baby cheek kisses and cuddles. Unfortunately the remedy usually creates even further inflammation of the symptoms:) xoxoxo Smidge

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  • saffronandhoney - April 11, 2012 - 8:35 am

    I love your jars! And there is such a simple beauty in the salad, it’s great.ReplyCancel

  • Chica Andaluza - April 11, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Very clever indeed and both we and our pups can relate to you and your pup! Big Man is out digging the veggie garden right now and has just called out to me that the first of the spinach is ready for picking – how opportune is that?! We can now give your lovely salad a go and I am sure the bacon is good for replacing essential salts (or something)!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 8:59 am

      Hahaha, yes, essential salts are important. I know your pups can relate.. I’ve seen them sleeping:) Sooo cute!

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  • sallybr - April 11, 2012 - 8:44 am

    Love, love, LOVE the photo of the pup, made me melt like a dark chocolate in warm cream… ooops, maybe I should not be using this image… sorry! Go eat your spinach, and be a good girl!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 9:00 am

      Hahaha.. Now craving dark chocolate and cream.. In little pots.. Oh heavens, get thee away.. Temptress!!

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  • susielindau - April 11, 2012 - 8:58 am

    Yum! You are right. After overeating, a salad is just the right thing to take the sluggishness and guilt away!ReplyCancel

  • promenadeplantings - April 11, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Brilliant. First a cut photo of lovely white woolly doggie, followed by an analysis of over eating and the symptoms to a wonderful non-recipe. Love it all (except the symptoms) :) ReplyCancel

  • ChgoJohn - April 11, 2012 - 10:48 am

    What a clever, witty post you shared today, Barb! I fear, however, that PETA may not be pleased that you “used” your pupster to exemplify one suffering from a food coma. I’m sure you have his signed consent form handy, just in case.

    This is such a great salad recipe! Of course, anything that combines both cheese and bacon must be good and can only help to dispel a food coma. I mean, anything that tastes that good must be good for you, or so I’ve heard. (If only I could remember when and where…) Beyond that, your photography is, once again, stellar. All in all, a wonderfully enjoyable post. :) ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 6:17 pm

      Hahaha, trust you to act on behalf of my pup’s animal rights! I wouldn’t expect less! I’m not sure he’s suffering from a food coma, or just sulking because he wanted even more snacks to be offered down to him while we ate;) Yes.. bacon and cheese are dubious “healthy” ingredients.. but I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind these days! xoReplyCancel

  • Purely.. Kay - April 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

    When I eat too much Barbara, I definitely have to try your solutions in this post lol. First I have to pig out first lol. I also LOVE the spinach salad. I am such a huge spinach person and this would be perfect for lunch :) ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 6:17 pm

      I can’t imagine you pigging out, Kay:) It’s a great lunch salad because it’s easy to prepare for sure.ReplyCancel

  • thekalechronicles - April 11, 2012 - 11:24 am

    This looks beautiful in that last photo, Smidge. But if I ate bacon in salads I’d have to go running. Shudder. Without the bacon, this looks like lunch or dinner.ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 6:18 pm

      Oh, my, we wouldn’t want that to happen! Does that mean I have to run now! Drat! That was not in my plans, running and I don’t see eye to eye these days;)ReplyCancel

  • Three Well Beings - April 11, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    This looks more beautiful than any spinach salad I’ve ever ordered in even the best of restaurants! Trouble is, I want it NOW (it’s lunch time). But I can gather the ingredients soon and after this past weekend, both my husband and I need to detox. Your suggestions regarding food coma prevention and suggested deterrents are noteworthy! You take beautiful photographs of all your ingredients, Smidge. DebraReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 6:19 pm

      Oh… if only the detox lasted.. someone needs to rehide these chocolate eggs..ReplyCancel

  • restlessjo - April 11, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Poor pup- is he responding well to spinach salad???
    Yay, a recipe not beyond my capabilities and done with such style. Thanks Barbara.ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - April 11, 2012 - 6:19 pm

      He would appreciate the garlic in it.. and he would manage to take out the bacon, the rest.. he would neatly leave strewn around his bowl, I’m certain!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen O'Donnell - April 11, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    Love your write-up! Been there…done that…the food coma. Totally LOLed!!!ReplyCancel

  • cravesadventure - April 11, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    I recently got back from Portland and talk about eating and drinking – WOW!!! I made a nice stirfry for dinner last night and am trying to drink plenty of water and get back in the gym too. Have a Great Day:)ReplyCancel

  • Sonel - April 11, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Oh well, if I lived there I would have those kind of coma’s every day from over-eating for sure! What a lovely sweetie you have there! Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing hon. :) *hugs*ReplyCancel

  • susartandfood - April 11, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Hi, I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’ve nominated you in turn. If you’re interested check out the rules at http://www.susartandfood.wordpress.com. Great blog!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 11, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    Hahaha!! I know the ailment well. Too well, but I feel I can conquer it from here on out with this oh so special spinach salad. Ohhhh, it sounds so good right now! It’s pretty too. Thank you for sharing this one Smidge. You must be reading my mind again? :) It’s a terrific post!!

    Your puppy is downright adorable. What a sweetie you have for a sous chef! Lucky girl :)
    Hugs for a happy Wednesday Smidge!
    xoReplyCancel

  • Courtney - April 11, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Lol, Smidge! I definitely suffered this holiday — and felt like laying on the floor like your pup! This salad is a perfect remedy. :) ReplyCancel

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial - April 11, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Oooh yes, Easter eating often leads to a food induced coma – at least in adults. In small people, all the chocolate seems to lead to hyperactivity! Maybe we need to feed the adults chocolate to bring them out of their coma? ;-)

    Although I do think your delicious salad would be a much more sensible option. And bacon is healthy – we all need a little protein.. ;-) xxReplyCancel

  • yummychunklet - April 11, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Cute puppy!ReplyCancel

  • Choc Chip Uru - April 11, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    I’ll remember your advice doctor! I think I have had this illness more than once :P – I will follow your treatment (and this delicious recipe) to the T :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip UruReplyCancel

  • bitsandbreadcrumbs - April 11, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    I feel kind of like your pup after this past weekend. I LOVE your spinach panacea salad and that it’s warm, which is lovely. I’ve bookmarked this one…it would be great any time!ReplyCancel

  • Val - April 11, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    Great salad and intro, Barbara! I don’t eat enough spinach, that’s why I have such puny muscles!ReplyCancel

  • hotlyspiced - April 11, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    That is very funny Smidge. Arabella was moaning and groaning all day yesterday, lying in bed with half eaten Easter eggs and foil wrappers all around her, saying she couldn’t do any study and could I take her to the doctor and do I think she’s a binge eater and ‘Could you get me a water?’ and I just yelled, ‘Self-inflicted’ and closed her bedroom door. I guess if I was really kind I would have made this delicious salad!ReplyCancel

  • Just Add Attitude - April 11, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    Post Easter I am definitely suffering from excessive consumption of sweet things and I appear to have more than two symptoms from the list. Oh dear I hope I will not have to remove excess chocolate for too long. Your puppy is gorgeous. ;) ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Larkin - April 11, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    Looks delish! Such a fun post. I’m continually amazed by your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - April 11, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    I love it. Well, OK. The picture of the dog won me over. Everything else was gravy. Not real gravy that’s coma-inducing.ReplyCancel

  • Bam's Kitchen - April 11, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    Ohh. Ohh, I have 2 or more of the symptoms. Sounds like this is serious. Various pastel wrappers are laying about the house. I also feel like if I look at anything chocolate for a while i might pass out. Ok! I’m on my way for a power walk to the grocery store to get some supplies to make your spinach salad. Take Care, BAMReplyCancel

  • thecompletecookbook - April 12, 2012 - 1:09 am

    What a fun read Smidge – I have had to learn to go very s l o w l y on the chocs as they skip the coma part with me and just hang around my hips and tummy! Your pup is the cutest fluffy furry child and I love the salad – scrumptious!
    :-) MandyReplyCancel

  • Tandy - April 12, 2012 - 1:31 am

    I seem to have a need for this every time I visit with my friend Erica :) ReplyCancel

  • Bluejellybeans - April 12, 2012 - 1:39 am

    Wow!
    I’m not in a FIC, but I have to try this salad ASAP ;) It looks great, tasty and easy to do.ReplyCancel

  • trixfred30 - April 12, 2012 - 9:37 am

    I wonder whether I could have persuaded the kids to try this cure for excess chocolate…ReplyCancel

  • Eva Taylor - April 12, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    I’ll take a food induced coma, thank you! And that salad looks very pretty but also fits into my style of eating. Lovely photos as usual!ReplyCancel

  • recoverythrumylens - April 13, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    Looks delicious and I love the way you photograph food? Do you use strobes or natural light or both?ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - April 14, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    This absolutely could be my favorite! Perfect cure for the food coma. :) ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Chan - April 15, 2012 - 7:39 am

    I laughed out loud at the symptoms of food induced comas ! It’s such a common thing with someone like me who seems that have eyes bigger than my tummy.ReplyCancel

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