Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Power of Suggestion

I never realized it before, but apparently commercials are made for pregnant women. Ok, not all commercials. I mean, obviously, we can't take any medicine, or have much fun at theme parks, and maybe we're not in the market for a snazzy new convertible. I am talking specifically about commercials for food. I don't remember this in past pregnancies; maybe because I have had more time to watch television this time around, but pretty much every food I see advertised on TV, I think I have to have it. No, I don't just think so, I am CONVINCED that I need it. And it's not even just limited to commercials. If someone is eating something on any show I'm watching, I have to have that, too.

Right now, for instance, there is someone eating popcorn on a sitcom, and the last commercial break featured an ad for the new Thin Mint Blizzard from Dairy Queen. If microwave popcorn and a Thin Mint ice cream treat doesn't sound like the best dinner ever, I'll be darned. All plans of salisbury steaks and mashed potatoes are out the window. It's all about DQ and Orville Redenbacher now. Oh wait ... change of plans, looks like it might be a pepperoni pizza, Pepsi, and some divine looking chocolate dunking sticks from Pizza Hut. Chocolate dunking sticks are an appetizer not a dessert, right? So, technically, I can still swing by the Dairy Queen for a Thin Mint Blizzard, can't I? Uh oh, hold up, it looks like it might be the $5 roast chicken combo from Arby's now complete with an icy cold Pepsi and some curly fries. Yikes. I can't keep up.

It all started with a day a couple months ago when I was in bed for a few days. I had been laying on the couch dozing, reading, and watching TV, and I was desperate for some Honey Nut Cheerios. I don't know why. I even called a couple friends to see if they had some because I didn't have any at home and I NEEDED Honey Nut Cheerios for some reason. LaVerl finally found a box out in the garage behind some other food storage. Best bowl of cereal I ever ate. I didn't even realize until later that night that there had been like 15 of those Honey Nut Cheerios low cholesterol commercials throughout the day.

It's only gotten worse since then. Even in my sickest moments, there is still something irresistible about the food I see on TV. I don't know what has come over me. I've never been so vulnerable to suggestion. It's a little ridiculous, actually.

Well, I'd better turn off the TV and get back to my dumb salisbury steaks. Don't think I'm not getting that Blizzard later, though, Hey, the baby wants what the baby wants. Who am I to stand in the way?


  1. Haha, that is totally true! With Lexie I had the irresistable craving and had to have no matter what time it was, a 99 cent crispy chicken sandwich at Wendys and some chewy sprees so at 11:30 at night in the pouring rain I drove myself to town and man, was that the best food I had ever eaten!

  2. Well, DQ shakes contain....protein. And calcium! Which just means you really care about your baby having muscles and bones. So I don't see what the problem is.

    And for the record, I saw the DQ commercial for those Thin Mint shakes and--I am NOT pregnant--and I almost died with Want. Today is Reed's first day of first grade; I may need to console myself with Dairy Queen.

  3. Hi Cyndie, I have a confession to make. I've been sneeking a peek at your blog, which I found through Lara's blog. You probably remember me as Sherrie McCray when I lived in Cedar. Cute blog by the way! Congrats on the pregnancy and best wishes that the food craze will not drive you crazy! But do enjoy that blizzard from DQ because I know I will! :)

  4. Sounds so yummy. I guess I miss out since our TV is in our basement with no couch. This means I never watch TV here. :)

    So excited you're back blogging again. Love ya!

  5. I don't think I have your current email address-cause I emailed you and didn't hear back. :) So, please email me!