Ethnic Post Dining Syndrome or The 'Itis

Why do I fall such a victim to food? I mean I seriously lose periods of my life to the phenomenon that is EPDS or what we endearingly call The ‘Itis. I love to cook. Matter of fact I can cook a variety of cuisines from scratch. Those who have been to my other blog have seen recipes and pictures of my more healthier treats, and those who are REALLY lucky have been to mi casa and enjoyed the finer things in life. Let me take a second to just go off on a tangent about how awesome it is that more and more women these days don’t know how to cook. I believe this is an added bonus on my dating resume. I’m cute, I’m smart, I love sports, and I can cook/bake from scratch. Not to put down my ladies who can’t (keep doing what you do) and not to sound like a woman’s job is to be in the kitchen. I’m just saying that I know the ways to a man’s heart and one of them is through his stomach. Not to mention, I will heavily monitor what my kids eat and the best way to do that is to make it myself. I’d say I’m an above average cooker

I’ve made

  • Sauteed Shrimp (in a wine sauce) with Veggies & Rice
  • Curry Chicken (complete with rice & peas, cabbage (I make amazing cabbage) and plantains
  • Baked Fish stuffed w/Crabmeat
  • Garlic Roasted Chicken (the whole chicken) with Risotto and asparagus
  • Banana Bread Pudding that you will slap your mother over

I mean the list goes on and on. But there is one thing in common with all of these dishes, it gives me the ITIS. It does not matter what I eat. I will be asleep by the time I put the fork back down on the plate from the last bite. I know, I’ve read about the things in Turkey and poultry that make you sleepy when you eat them (this could explain it, seeing as I don’t eat beef or pork), but honestly, it happens to me no matter what I eat.

You may be thinking, “So? What’s the big deal?”

I’ll tell you what the big deal is. The ‘Itis strikes no matter where I am. Romantic dinner with a potential: sleep. Dinner over at potential’s parents: Sleep. Well I won’t go to sleep, but I’ll be miserable inside (if the food was good) and praying to get home and go to sleep. If I’m eating, I’m sleeping. It’s temporary of course, but I’ll be down for the count. I’ll wake up a few hours minutes later and I’ll be ready to go until 5 a.m. in the morning.

Lately, this has been ruining my life. The KFC free chicken thing put me down for like 2 hours on Cinco De Mayo! Let’s not even talk about what Popeyes did to me. We won’t talk about how I went to happy hour with my friends, but then passed out on their couch for 2 hours during the Celtics/Magic game and all I ate was a few popcorn chicken pieces and a fish taco (amazing by the way!). Eating has ruined my productivity. I believe in part that it is due to the weather change as well and all the things in the air, but something has to give! It’s either stop eating and be productive (yet die) or give in, eat, sleep, and get fat.

Someone help me! What fights the ‘Itis? What gives you the ‘Itis?

Oh and to all my ATLiens tomorrow there is a major ‘itis inducing event taking place at Centennial Park. Free Pancakes! Basically some place Batter Blaster will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most Pancakes Cooked in 8 Hours. I don’t really care why, for what, how, as long as I gets me a stack. My roommate will be in the place selling flavored syrups and I got OJ on deck. LOL and I’m kidding. It’s from 9-5 tomorrow, and I’ll be there for as long as I’m awake.

JG*’s Spiritual & Physical Transformation!

Sorry, I was gone for a minute now I’m back! I had a lot going on last week, from traveling to Chicago, to traveling to Florida, to getting back to GA! ūüôā But y’all pray for me that God shows favor to me in my endeavors.

So next week I will begin the Daniel Fast with the other members of my Church. I’ll be tweeting, and blogging about how it’s going for you guy’s inspiration and reading pleasure.

Here is the breakdown of the fast that my Church has provided us with.

The Passage:

“And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 KJV

The Purpose:

  • To corporately commit to praying and believing God for:
  • Members being ethical
  • Member’s employment
  • Member’s peace of mind
  • Sacrificial Giving
  • Members being moral
  • Member’s health
  • Members spending daily time with God

The Period

The fast will last for 21 days. It will begin Monday, March 16th at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, April 5th at 12:00 midnight.

The Procedures:

The type of fast we’ll be doing is the Partial Fast. This is the fast where you abstain from certain foods and/or thing. You CAN eat fruits and vegetables. The foods that we will not be eating during the fast period are as follows:

  • No meals after 7:00 pm
  • No meat
  • No sweets or sugar
  • No white potatoes
  • No breads or pasta
  • No fried foods
  • No dairy
  • No beverages other than PURE water

The Plan:

In addition to our food sacrifice, each member is asked to give up a non-food item of sacrifice. For example, you may go on a spending fast, or a facebook fast, etc.

  • I am giving up Blackberry applications. While this may seem small, it’s a major sacrifice for me. No more Facebook for Blackberry, no more TwitterBerry, and I’m taking my email groups that I’m a member of off my phone.

The Prayer:

We will use three different prayer times during our corporate fast. Two of the prayer times are set times when all fasters should be praying. 6:00 am (alone) and 12:00 pm (praying with someone if possible) will be the daily set prayer times. The third time will be determined by each individual based on what works best for their family schedule it can take place any time, day or night.

  • I will be doing my third prayer at 6:00 pm. This pray is to be for or with your family.

Well, this is the fast, and I would really appreciate everyone’s support. If you are interested in doing this fast as well, please comment or send me an email at jgrunsthecity@gmail.com and I can get you even more information, or answer any questions.

I’ll also be working out during this time, but with some modifications.

JG*

Good Eats!!! w/Pics!

Seared Salmon with Parmesan Risotto and Sauteed Squash, Zucchini, and Onions

 

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This was my dinner last night. I’m sure that overall it was healthy, so I’ll share the recipe below!

 

Salmon:

  • 2 salmon filets¬†
  • Jerk Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Essence of Emeril or Seasoning Salt

Season the salmon about 30 minutes before you are going to cook it. I season a few hours ahead and let it rest in the refrigerator. When it’s ready, put enough Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the pan to cover the bottom of the skillet. Sear salmon over medium-high heat for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side until it is cook through! And that’s it! Throw a little extra salt & pepper on there for added kick and you are good to go!

Sauteed Veggies

  • 2 Yellow Squash
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash of Sugar
  • Seasoning Salt

 

Dice the onion and slice the squash and zucchini, then cut the slices into 4 pieces. Effectively, dicing the veggies in large chunks. I then season the veggies and toss in a bowl to make sure it’s coated. I use a little sugar even though the squash is sweet, and it’s awesome combined with the saltiness. Pour some EVOO in the skillet and saute until the veggies are soft with a little bite, and a little translucent.¬†

Risotto

  • 1 3/4 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon saffron powder
  • 3/4 cup white wine (I use a sweeter wine, but I think most use dry)
  • salt¬†
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

 

Melt half of the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Saute the onion in the butter for about 8 or 9 minutes until it gets a little soft. Then saute the rice in the pan over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes it should start to toast a little. Keep stirring though so it doesn’t get stuck to the pan. ¬†Then start pouring the chicken stock into the pan slowly. Like 1/2 a Cup at a time. Each time, wait until it has absorbed. Do the same with the white wine. Add the saffron, the rest of the butter, and 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 4 or 5 minutes. This is probably the most “unhealthy” part of the dish.¬†

Pretty much done after that, and you can put the rest of the cheese on top! 

 

Enjoy the dinner!

 

Chef JG*

Food that makes you go mmmmm

Good Friday everyone!!! I hope this week was good for you. 

My trainer who I sometimes refer to as “Satan” told me that I need to be eating about 5-6 times a day. He said I should never go hungry. I am mentally 400 lbs so this was great news. However, I was shut down when he told me it needs to be *certain* foods, and I should have probably 3 full meals with 3 good snacks peppered in. ¬†After each run, I’m treated to a hard-boiled egg and after that a banana. You really start to look forward to the small things.¬†

Well, today I thought I’d share with you guys what my menu was looking like for the day.¬†

Breakfast

  • 1 Everything bagel with low-fat garden cream cheese (pretty big, so I filled up fast)¬†
  • 16 oz of water and 6 oz of Peach Nectar (my guilty pleasure)¬†

Snack

  • 1 cup of Mixed Berry Activia Yogurt¬†
  • 1/2 of a Berry muffin (weight watchers)¬†

Lunch

  • I brought a lean cuisine¬†fettucini¬†Alfredo to scarf down.¬†
  • 16 oz of water

Snack

  • The other half of my berry muffin
  • Carrots and low-fat ranch dressing

Dinner (and here’s where it gets good)¬†

  • Juicy Turkey Burgers (homemade)¬†
  • Sweet Potato fries (homemade)
  • Berries and low-fat ice cream for dessert

 

That oughta fill me up. One thing I love love love is sweet potato fries. There are a great alternative to french fries and taste just as great. I simply cut the potatoes into fries, boil them in water for about 3-5 minutes, let them cool down, then I fry them in Canola oil. Delicious! 

Another major dietary change for me was doing away with beef and pork. Beef is horrible for digestion and will stay in your system for years. Pork is a dirty nasty meat (just watch House) that requires high maintenance cooking, and it’s just too much work. It tastes so good because it’s bad for you. I’ve also stopped drinking sodas and any juice with High-fructose corn syrup. I’ve been going pretty strong with these, so I think they are great lifestyle changes. I also don’t eat fast-food, so that helps big-time. I only buy cage-free organic chicken, otherwise chicken is just as bad as pork!¬†

Just wanted to share, need a recipe? Just ask. I got plenty. Bon Appetite! 

In the future, on Friday’s I’ll post a new recipe for something good.¬†

 

JG*