Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside.
In stockpot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add bacon. Saute bacon until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium. Add flour. Whisk until well blended. Cook, whisking often, until medium brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in broth.
Add water and tomato. Whisk until well blended. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Add remaining ingredients except okra, rice and parsley. Return to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes.
Add okra. Return to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer until okra is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
At time of service, stir in rice and parsley. Cook until heated through.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.