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Issue # 21
From the Desk of Barbara Thompson
Author of "Weight Loss Surgery: Finding the Thin Person
Hiding Inside You"
** In this Issue **
* Not Feelin' Groovy? Some Thoughts on Depression
* New Research Article: National Institute of Mental Health:
* Recipe: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
* Spreading the Word in Denver
* Poetry: Untitled by Karen Klotz
As far as I am concerned, this is the absolute worst time of
the year. The holidays are over, and, at least in Western
Pennsylvania where I live, we are heading into that gray, cold
time of the year that seems endless.
This is the time of the year when I can really get depressed.
So I thought I would deal with that problem in this issue.
For those of you basking in the sun in southern California or
Florida, I hope this issue doesn't end up depressing you. And by
the way, please remember to invite me to speak some place warm
this time next year!!! I will be eternally grateful!!!
** Not Feelin' Groovy? Some Thoughts on Depression **
"Slow down, you're movin' too fast. Got to make the
morning last. Just kickin' down the cobblestones. Lookin' for fun
and feelin' groovy." It's the Simon and Garfunkle 59th Street
Bridge Song. Whenever I have been really down, I have tried to
remember that song. For some reason it works for me. It reminds me
of a time when I was truly young and also reminds me how it feels
to be carefree. It's just a song, an old song at that, but it's my
own personal treatment for depression.
I get many emails from people about depression. It is a
condition that rears its ugly head at many times during our
journey. First, let's take a look at what causes us to be
We are initially depressed because of our lack of self-esteem
from failing at dieting. We wonder what is wrong with us that we
cannot control what we eat.
Depression number 2 hits as we contemplate surgery. We long for
that control yet fear the unknown. Will I survive the surgery? How
can I give up the role that food has always played in my life? If
your family is not supportive, that adds additional stress that
results in depression.
For the rest of the Depression article, go to:
Send me your thoughts on how you handle depression and I will
be happy to share them in the next issue of this newsletter.
** Recipe: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms**
Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
20 medium mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
2 cups finely chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup yogurt cheese*
Wash and dry the mushrooms. Remove and finely chop the stems.
In a small skillet, sauté the garlic, onions, and vinegar for
a minute. Add the chopped stems and soy sauce and cook for 3 to 5
Add the chopped spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted
and the liquid is absorbed. Remove pan from heat, let cool a few
minutes and stir in the yogurt cheese. Season with salt and
Stuff the mushrooms.
Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes at
Each mushroom has only 11 calories and 2 grams of
* To make yogurt cheese, place plain yogurt in a paper coffee
filter suspended over a plastic container. Drain the yogurt in the
refrigerator for 3 to 12 hours. The result is yogurt cheese.
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future
issues of this
newsletter, please send it to me at
**Spreading the Word in Denver, CO**
On Saturday December 14th, I spoke for Dr. Michael Snyder in
Denver, CO. at the Adams Mark Hotel. What a great experience it
was for me. Dr. Snyder is known for his candor, energy and his
truly caring and close relationship that he has with his patients.
He is also known for his strong family ties. Naturally, the day
that I spoke Mrs. Snyder was there along with their 2 little
children. I received a wonderful compliment from Dr. Snyder's
4-year-old daughter, Sage. As I was speaking, apparently she
turned to her father and said, "Wow, she's a good speaker,
Daddy." If I can entertain a 4 year old, then I am happy!!! I
look forward to returning hopefully this summer.
by Karen Klotz
Somewhere inside me
hidden under layers
to get air.
can't stand to be locked inside me anymore.
I used to know her so well...
Now I can't even remember what her skin felt like...
How shiny and innocent her eyes were...
What she liked
Who she loved
It's not fair for me to end my life when
inside the body I'm killing
is held prisoner.
She waits to escape, waits to reclaim her life...
Waits to be dragged out of the darkness of