Feeding The Hungry Writer

Snuggling with a bone

Let’s face it, writing is not a very healthy pursuit. Filling plot holes and writing steamy love scenes exercise our imaginations, but not our bodies. In a quest to lose a few excess pounds I decided to try the infamous Cabbage Soup Diet. Basically you eat fruit, veggies and a bit of lean protein with a lot of cabbage soup.

I love food. There are few things that I won’t eat, at least once. Because I love food. I lost about 1 pound per day on the diet, but I was not happy. The last straw came when I stepped on the scale after a particularly rough day. I was traveling during the banana, skim milk and soup day, with no access to the soup, and found that I had gained two pounds even though I was ravenous most of the time. That did it. I had had enough. The next day I went back to just eating a normal, healthy diet and I am MUCH happier. I found that I couldn’t write because I was so preoccupied with figuring out what I could eat next and hating the cabbage soup.

Lessons learned: Don’t try fad diets and hunger kills my creativity.

One of my favorite books is Alone In The Kitchen With An Eggplant, edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler (here is my review). It is a book of essays, some by well-known writers, talking about dining alone. There are recipes included, usually by people who enjoy eating alone. Some of the essays made me cringe, most often written by people who hated dining by themselves. Personally, I don’t mind eating meals with just me and the characters from my work-in-progress. Of course, I always have to share the last bite of any dog-friendly dishes with Cooper. One of my favorite lunches lately has been a scramble. A little bit of brown rice, eggs, crumbled bacon and hot sauce all scrambled together. Season with your favorite spice blend, like Italian seasoning, or just salt and pepper. Cook until eggs are set and top with cheese. I prefer Laughing Cow Queso Fresco with Chipotle.

What are some of your favorite meals when you are writing or just dining alone?