Who wants Tofu Turkey and a Garden Salad for Thanksgiving? Not me!

I truly thought I had a moment of brilliance. Really.
What if I got a jumpstart on my annual New Year’s resolution to become healthier by starting a new diet in October? It made great sense to glide by Halloween without dipping my hand in any candy dish (but it didn’t actually work). Now I’m heading into Thanksgiving, a holiday that has become less about gratitude and more about extra gravy and mashed potatoes.

Currently I am attempting Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s 6 Week Eat to Live program. Imagine everything you love about food and replace it with an image of broccoli. Actually, the true problem is that I’m having various degrees of success. So the angel on my left shoulder is pleading that I’m finally getting a hold of my Diabetes, to be GRATEFUL that I might live long enough to finish writing my book. The devil on my right shoulder is shouting Feed me Seymour, Feed me BACON!


Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and I have no idea what will happen at the dinner table. I know that food is an essential part of how I process my feelings. And the stress of the upcoming holidays and my family could always be alleviated with Arby’s mozzarella sticks. I have serious doubts that carrot sticks will have the same effect. So if anyone has suggestions on how to stick to a diet during the holidays, I’m open to all ideas.
However, there has been an unexpected side effect to this “lifestyle change”. It’s leaking into my writing. Subconsciously, I have added two dinner dates into my current WIP. In one scene the heroine is slowly munching on a sensible salad while her date is devouring a steak and French fries. She might have stabbed his hand with her fork but it’s not like he’s the hero so it will all work out. Probably.

About Jessie Smith

Health Care Worker by Day, Aspiring Author by Night and 24/7 Staff for Riley (Corgie/Tibetan Spaniel Mix)

Posted on November 10, 2014, in Auth: Jessie Smith and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Carrot sticks will definitely not be as effective as mozzarella sticks when it comes to anxiety and stress reduction. 🙂

    I’m a compulsive and emotional eater. Any sort of anxiety makes me turn toward food. Family time means I consume huge quantities of sugar.

    The only way I can curb that eating is by finding alternative ways of dealing with anxiety. Unfortunately, the only remedy I’ve found is regular exercise. I wish it was Cheetos and for a long time, I had myself convinced the cure really was Cheetos, but unfortunately it comes down to long walks with the dog or time at the gym.


  2. “And the stress of the upcoming holidays and my family could always be alleviated with Arby’s mozzarella sticks.”
    Jessie, you have no idea how envious I am right now of the mozzarella stick solution. That line just got to me and resonated.


    • This is my favorite part: “Imagine everything you love about food and replace it with an image of broccoli.”

      Ewww! I hate broccoli. It has bugs. And tastes like eyeballs.

      But sorry, Jessie, you have to stay alive and finish your book because we all want to read more of your great lines.


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