Cure for the Food~Induced Coma

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Food-Induced Coma
(Food Coma, Common) 

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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.


  • 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


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

(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

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

(3 if you love garlic)

P I N this to pinterestOnce everything is hot and sizzling add in the spinach..
be generous because spinach wilts down under heat.

(we fill our wok to the top)

P I N this to pinterestToss 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.

P I N this to pinterestAdorn 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
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bacon (if using) and toss to coat. Top with pine nuts and serve immediately.


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  • 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

    • 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;)


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

  • 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

  • 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

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


  • Very nice. I call it the food slump.ReplyCancel

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


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

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

    • 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…


  • 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

  • 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

    • 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


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

  • 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

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


  • 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

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


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

  • 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

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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

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

    • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Sarah

    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!

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

  • 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

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

    Choc Chip UruReplyCancel

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • Eva Taylor

    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

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

  • This absolutely could be my favorite! Perfect cure for the food coma. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 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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