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The Broccoli Diet

I’m all for this blog! I struggled with weight all my life and even to this day and I want to make sure that my 3 girls never have to deal with what I did.

When I was 19, I was attending NYU and living at home in Brooklyn. My Mom decided that I was getting a little too heavy (I was a size 6/8 at 5’3”) for her taste and decided to put me on the broccoli diet. What this entailed was that every night for dinner, while my Dad and my sister had a delicious Korean meal, my Mom put a big plate of steamed broccoli in front of me. I was to dip it in a small bowl of soysauce, vinegar and hot pepper marinade and call it dinner. I think I ate 2 stalks and stalked off to my room. The next night, that same plate of broccoli came out. The rest of the week, that plate was set in front of me every night, the broccoli getting a little limper, a little darker. My Mom finally gave up when she realized that I was actually gaining weight on her broccoli diet because I was hitting the McDonalds on the way home.


Ellen | Bethesda, MD | USA

Ellen Oh is a lawyer, writer, and college instructor whose first book “Prophecy: The Dragon King” is being published by HarperCollins Children for release in Winter 2013.

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