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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Posts Tagged “food”

So my new year’s resolution is … behind.

I stopped officially make new year’s resolutions a little while ago, mostly because I’m forgetful and–let’s face it–not long-term goal oriented. So we’re halfway through February and I decided to try dieting.

:( frowny face.

My mom said she tried the South Beach diet a while ago, and I didn’t really think much of it until after a long morning of browsing Pinterest I found a blog that touted South Beach diet recipes. And they actually looked good.

So I decided to give it a try! I’m one week through and I actually feel pretty good. The diet’s divided into “phases,” the first of which is the strictest and lasts 2 weeks. I can’t have any carbs except what may be found in the vegetables/legumes I’m allowed to eat. At first I thought it would be impossible to complete–I love bread and scones and basically everything that’s bad for you.

But, I gave the diet book a read and found out that over the course of my pharmacy school career, I’d actually already been taught most of this stuff. It works like this: you eat carb-heavy food and your body digests it very quickly. Your blood glucose shoots up, and your pancreas counters with lots of insulin (which allows your body to utilize glucose for energy but also does a slew of other things). This process happens quickly, and suddenly your blood glucose is low again and your appetite returns.

The diet talks about ways to slow down the whole process of digestion and even out how quickly glucose is poured into your blood. This slowing of digestion, or the emptying of the stomach, is actually an important part of controlling blood sugar in type 2 diabetes, and drugs that can slow digestion are very helpful.

Soooo! Long story short, there’s kind of a small carb withdrawal phase that I felt most on the second day of no-carbs. I got kind of groggy and it was hard to motivate myself to do stuff. Luckily it was a Saturday. ;)

I feel great now. My appetite has finally been curbed! I cheated a little today and went to Chipotle, though, but I didn’t get rice in my burrito bowl (which doesn’t include a tortilla, of course).

Plus it’s not so bad. I can have sugar free Jello and sugar free fudgesicles AND THESE COOKIES:

made from almond flour!

Restaurants in Fishers: A Comprehensive Review

What I really mean is, Mexican restaurants and how much I love them.

Within about two miles of my apartment are not one, not two, not five, but seven Mexican restaurants. They are:

Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

Mexico City Grill

Qdoba (yes, I’m counting Qdoba)

– Taco Bell (yep!)

Cancun Mexican Restaurant

The Red Burrito (?)

Riviera Maya Bar & Grill

Okay I know these aren’t as authentic as they could be, but I know all of them are delicious. See, I’m not complaining at all about the sheer density of Mexican restaurants around where I live. I am thrilled.

I love Mexican food more than is probably healthy. If there’s ever any question of “what should we do for dinner?” or “what are you craving?” it’s usually burritos. 99% of the time it’s burritos (the rest of the 1% is tacos).

I didn’t know about all of these restaurants when we picked out these apartments, but I will say I’m more than happy to try all of them out. So far, I’ve been to all of them except for Maya. Maya has a small parking lot so I shun it. (Okay I’ll confess: I ate Hardee’s and not Mexican at the Hardee’s/Red Burrito, so sue me.)

In all seriousness, Friaco’s has the best chorizo + queso dip I’ve ever had and really excellent chimichangas. Mexico City Grill has amazing decor and a delicious Mexican pizza. I highly recommend both of those places!

Here’s Kass and me at Friaco’s. Sorry for the awkward image quality, we took the picture with a potato.

IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY

Remember the Super Bowl? FORGET THE SUPER BOWL. It was my birthday.

What did I do? Well let me tell you!

I studied all day for cluster exams. :(

In between, I got Taco Bell and went to Target to try and find a dress from their newly released Jason Wu line. Were most sizes in every cute dress sold out? Yes. That’s okay though, I found a different dress and some nail polish and it’s all good.

I also made the incredibly thrilling discovery that Taco Bell now has a $5 box with a CRUNCHWRAP SUPREME. I couldn’t actually eat it all but you can’t always win on your birthday, I s’pose!

Instead of watching the Super Bowl, Curtis took me out to my restaurant of choice: Buca di beppo! It was lovely! Also, driving north of Indianapolis at 6:30 PM on the day of the Super Bowl was eerie. No one was on the roads. It was like The Road.

If my SD card reader could read Curtis’s camera’s SD card then you would see a picture of us from my birthday. Since that’s not the case… you get this.

US. ON THE ROAD. It looked a little dreary so I added a Pikachu. aw snap.

ps – GO GIANTS!!

Just call me Giada de Laurentiis.

I was watching the Food Network last weekend, and I forced myself to sit through an episode of Giada at Home or whatever her dumb show is called.

If I haven’t already mentioned this a million times, I kind of hate Giada de Laurentiis. But I know good food when I see it. I just have to put the show on mute and cover the top half of the TV with a blanket so I don’t have to look at her dumb facial expressions. Or hear her dumb voice. (I’m mean, I’ll stop.)

Giada did an episode with spicy dishes and I was intrigued by a particular ravioli recipe because it 1) required practically no work, and 2) was spicy. When a recipe only has about 3 steps and less than 10 ingredients in it, I worry that it may turn out bland.

Not the case.

I don't have a picture of the ones I made because it was all eaten IMMEDIATELY.

The pasta was really good, and the longest part of the process was waiting for 3 quarts of water to boil to cook a pound of ravioli. And during that time I just played on the Internet so it wasn’t work at all!

I highly recommend the recipe. :D Touche, Giada. Touche.

Broad Ripple Adventures

Butler is about 5 minutes away from Broad Ripple (10 if there’s traffic or you drive slow or it’s February and there are 87 pot holes along the way). When I lived on campus, we only went there a couple of times to park and walk around. Mostly we just went to Qdoba. Because it is delicious.

Now that I live 30 minutes away from Broad Ripple, I’ve been there even more frequently! A couple of weeks ago, we dined at Shalimar’s lunch buffet, and last week we tried one of the new restaurants on the main strip: Thr3e Wise Men. It was delicious! Until I realized their “stuffed breadsticks” were stuffed with pepperonis… and not cheese or something. That was a little weird. But anyway.

Next stop was Big Hat Books and a little walk on the Monon Trail!

My phone takes surprisingly giant pictures.

Checking out Broad Ripple was a great way to kick off autumn. Fall. Whatever. :)

The epitome of being a commuter

It’s not just the early mornings, traffic, and radio morning shows. It’s more than the fact that the Clowe’s parking lot is closed to commuters now, forcing us to park in the Hinkle parking lot (adding an extra two minutes to the already astounding journey!). And it could be all about using public restrooms all day, but I’ve found something even more profound.

It’s lunch.

C Club already smells kind of funky. Fried food, soup, toasted sandwiches with everything on them, all with a hint of Lysol (much appreciated). But it smells even weirder as the girl with the 400-pound backpack pulls a Healthy Choice lean bean burrito out of the ancient microwave in the corner.

I’m that girl. Only it’s not a Healthy Choice today, it’s weird-looking leftover tortellini from this weekend. The lucky ones with meal plans eat lunches that look like this:

Man, that sandwich looks good.

My lunch looks like this:

How'd it get burned? How'd it get burned?!

Ten points to Gryffindor for whoever knows the reference in that caption.

My leftover pasta looks better than that, but I’m sure to onlookers it looks like I’m eating the guts of a honey badger. Luckily for me, honey badger guts taste delicious.

I’d say the biggest thing about leftovers for lunch is placing dirty tupperware back in my lunch box. I guess I could rinse it in the nearest water fountain (in the Reilly Room? no), but I’d much prefer hiding my shame as quickly as possible.

I should go with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, I’m way too late for this post. It’s already Friday. BLACK Friday. But Happy Thanksgiving anyway!! I hope you all had a wonderful time!

We had a normal menu this year, although I convinced my mom to increase the sweet potato casserole by 50%. I must say that I hate the term “casserole” because it sounds like something nasty. These sweet potatoes are DELICIOUS. You all have probably had something similar–it’s sweet potato goop topped with brown sugar and pecans. Some varieties include marshmallows. It’s almost too sinfully dessert-like to include on a dinner plate.

This year, I piled my first plate with so much food that I couldn’t fit corn or cranberry sauce (we use the gelatin kind because it is delicious). It was tragic.

I also jumped on board making a second dessert because mom’s pumpkin cheesecake pie turned out dodgy. I wanted to do another pumpkin thing because we had extra pumpkin anyway, and I actually had an intense pumpkin bar recipe from Ashley that got mysteriously left on the desk in my Indianapolis apartment. Drat. Some Internet searching discovered several recipes that reported a cake-like result. I finally settled on Paula Deen’s pumpkin bar recipe.

I kid you not, there is NO BUTTER IN IT. Well, there is some in the icing mix, but I didn’t make the icing. Why make icing when it’s on sale for $1.49 at Kroger? Yeah, right.

They turned out exactly like in the picture, and they tasted great! They were still very cake-like, though a little more dense, and perhaps manageable to eat with your hands. But forks are much more clean.

Breakfast tomorrow? Probably.

(That’s the picture from the Food Network site, by the way. I don’t want to have another storm confusion moment.)

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! :)

My Schedule, and Why it Annoys Me

My schedule is weird this semester.

I am a P2 pharmacy student, if you recall the giant book I posted last week. For P1s and P2s, fall semester is the time to get in required general electives courses. If you’re an overachiever like me (or you really have nothing better to do), you may have these requirements filled through AP high school courses, or sliding in extra electives during freshman and sophomore years. I did both.

So, this semester, I have a weird schedule to help accommodate my fellow classmates who made need to take a history class in the morning. Right now, I have Principles of Drug Action I at 9 AM Monday-Wednesday. My following class is at noon, then my afternoons are more or less filled, though often with 1 to 2 hour breaks in between those. Having gaping holes in my schedule has been throwing me off. Since high school, I’ve gotten used to having a packed, back-to-back lecture schedule, which usually ended by 2 PM at the latest. Nowadays I’m lazing around campus or making the trek back and forth from the Apartment Village until 5PM.

This drives me bonkers. If I was any semblance of a well-to-do student, I could perhaps use those gaps to sit at the library and catch up on studying. But, sadly, the schedule has caused me to go on an odd eating schedule that consists of whenever I can get back to the Village, which is whenever my classes are over, which is exactly during times that are not meal times. In short, I don’t stick around at the library too often, unless I pack a lunch.

I don’t pack lunches.

I now eat a small breakfast when I get up, a light lunch at noon, an even lighter snack around 3 or 4, then if I have my internship that day, I eat dinner at 9. It’s strange, but I’m sure the moment I get used to it, the semester will be over.

But don’t worry. I won’t die. I eat a lot of pizza rolls and I drink my orange juice. ;) I’m still working on vegetables.

It is 12:32 AM and I need to sleep. You should too.