August 21, 2009

Guest Blogger Amanda Davenport Dishes on "Hell's Kitchen" -- Week 3

Hello all! I hope you all had a chance to watch this week’s episode of Hell's Kitchen. It was one of my favorites to-date. I think it shows that when the teams are equal that the sides are pretty evenly matched.

The fact that we knocked the low calorie meal out of the park was a highlight of the series for me. Especially being someone who tries to eat healthy and keep the diet balanced to help my battle with lupus.

There was no way I was gonna miss out on a day at the beach, with sun, sand, fun, and drinks with umbrellas! Anyone that knows me is aware that my dream is to have little fish shack on an island.

I will say that I don't think it would be possible to work the hours that are required in the kitchen if I didn't develop a workout routine and stick to it. I make sure that I carve out time in my day to go for a run or head to the gym. I feel that the combination of a balanced healthy diet and exercise is what gives me a fighting chance against this disease.

Back to the show. It is pretty apparent when this episode was taped that I was still battling the lupus flare. I was on a steroid pack and my voice hadn't come back just yet. Add to the fact that Chef Gordon called me back from the lineup and started asking about my health. I am a little hard headed and was not going to leave because of lupus. I wish they would have shown more of that.

Luckily, I was starting to get some energy back which was huge considering we went straight from the beach and into service. I felt this was one of my better services. It is a good thing if Chef Gordon is not yelling your name. I kept my station moving right along with no issues and was able to jump over and help the team when Tennille had her moment with Gordon.

It has been fun blogging with you. I can't wait for the next episode.

Keep watching and I will keep fighting!

Amanda

1 comment:

Shanti said...

Amanda,

I didn't realize you have lupus. You are an inspiration! I have fibromyalgia with high ANA that looks like it could turn into Lupus; my mom has Lupus and has had many problems because of it, including near kidney failure.

I can't wait to see what you can do when your flare up is gone. I bet you'll kick some butt! I hope you win!!

Thanks so much for blogging here.

Shanti