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Speedy, Savory, Salmon Salad

recipes Aug 06, 2017

This is one of my go-to meals because it's so quick and pleasurable. It rarely takes me more than 10 minutes to make, but allow 15 if you're not a whirlwind – throw it together, clean later – cook like me. (Ridiculous cooking demonstration videos coming soon.) I often substitute jumbo shrimp or roasted chicken for the protein. All are equally yum!

Makes 2 servings

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 4-6 minutes
Total Time: 9-16 minutes


2 skinless (4 oz) fillets of wild salmon (TJ’s frozen wild coho)
2 T + ¼ tsp organic extra virgin olive oil (1/4 tsp...

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Chocolate Is NOT the Enemy

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2017

by Jan Henrikson

Jan's story (below) of her experience with Dr. Ocean's class was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul in 2007. Jan has added her 2017 update.

It wasn’t yet 7:00 in the morning and already I was chain-eating lime chili tortilla chips. I stood at the kitchen counter, emotionally hung-over from yet another fight with my boyfriend. I was crunching the anger, salting the wounds. Crunching and salting with bites of chocolate for good measure. I couldn’t stop. Even the tortilla chip bag had a wickedly furious crinkle. I couldn’t eat fast enough...

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Taking My True Shape

rebecca's story Jul 28, 2011

Walking in beach sand at 300-pounds made me pant, sweat, and curse my excess flesh. But that is another lifetime now.

Over 20 years ago a miracle happened. After weighing over 300-pounds twice, I lost 150- pounds for the last time and became one of the one-half percent of people who lose more than 100-pounds and keep it off for more than five years without surgery.

Every single day I feel grateful for the freedom to do little things I was once unable to do – cross my legs, slip through turnstiles, spring up from the floor, fit in airplane seats, ride roller coasters, and stroll on the...

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Trouble with Food

rebecca's story Jul 27, 2011

My first memory of compulsive eating happened when I was about 7. My mom, my little brother, and I had just gotten home from grocery shopping. My brother and I were happily watching “Kimba the White Lion” on black and white TV with snacks while Mom put  away groceries and started dinner.

A short time later, I heard a gasp coming from the kitchen, “Becky!” Did you eat that whole box of Pizza Spins?!”

I remember the flush of shame filling my face along with my own shock at the truth of the matter.

The box was just about empty and I didn’t remember...

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Heartbreak and 100 Pounds

rebecca's story Jul 26, 2011

When I turned 21, I celebrated the weekend with my first true love, a man with whom I was engaged to be engaged. A couple of weeks later a friend called to ask me if I knew he was engaged to his old girlfriend.

No, of course, I hadn’t known. I was devastated.

Clearly I could not trust myself with food or men. I immediately gave up on both and gained over 100 pounds in a year. Without any skills to cope with the loss of the relationship, I numbed myself with working, eating, and sleeping between irrepressible tears and self-blame.

Five years later, I was nearly finished with my...

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Grace Engaged My Vanity for the Sake of My Soul

rebecca's story Jul 25, 2011

Trying so hard to fix myself, I got more stuck every time I tried. My trouble with weight brought me to my knees. From somewhere inside, came a desire and a commitment that I later realized was the beginning of my last weight loss program. It was this: I made an innocent but sincere commitment to understanding the truth about my issues with food and weight. Whatever it took. No matter what.

At the time I had no idea how important it was. Now I see Grace engaged my vanity for the sake of my soul. Then I thought if I just work at hard figuring this out I’ll be thin in a year and live...

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Why Is “It” Working This Time?

rebecca's story Jul 24, 2011

A couple of months into the fast, Chris, a dieting buddy and computer friend of mine, could no longer stand it. “I want what you have,” she said. “You’re committed, you’re finally doing it, you’re losing weight and feeling great, you’re happy and successful. I want that too.”

I thought, ‘Yeah, all that’s true.’ After countless hours of commiserating with her about not being able to lose weight, all of a sudden I was in the flow. How did this happen? Why this time? Why now? What do I have? And how did I get it?’

At the...

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Fasting for the Truth

rebecca's story Jul 23, 2011

That question and quest energized me in ways I’d never before experienced. My motivation was no longer just about me. On behalf of myself and all those who struggled with obesity, I wanted to learn everything I possibly could about the permanent weight loss from the experts at this premiere obesity research program. So I attended their weekly classes religiously. I took every course they offered three times, memorizing and absorbing as much as I could about what they knew.

They primarily used a behavioral-education model and taught us their cutting-edge medical knowledge about weight...

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Making the Inward Turn

rebecca's story Jul 22, 2011

After several days of struggling, I remembered my commitment to the truth. Perhaps I hadn’t done enough to understand the emotions connected with my eating. Clearly I remembered everything I’d been taught in the program. I knew enough to teach their classes. I got it. But it wasn’t enough.

So I redoubled my effort to understand my inner life and started reading three to five books a week. I claimed my inner child, healed the shame that bound me, and was codependent no more. The reading was interesting and evocative but my eating was still out of control.

Each year the...

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