Monthly Archives: April 2007

carnival of eating disorders #5

welcome to the april 30, 2007 edition of carnival of eating disorders. this time, because things have been a bit hectic around here, i am going to present you the “predigested” version. in the next few days, i will discuss the articles in a bit more detail.

RT presents interview with diet girl from the amazing adventures of diet girl! | real women’s fitness posted at real women’s fitness, saying, “hi there. i recently interviewed diet girl about women’s weight loss issues and we talked a lot about eating disorders. i think your readers would love it as diet girl is so popular online”

hueina su presents life balance lessons: 7 keys to avoid burnout posted at intensive care for the nurturer’s soul, saying, “chronic stress could exacerbate eating disorder. it could also lead to burnout, which could greatly impact a person’s physical & emotional health, relationships, work, and everyone related to him/her. when you are burned out, you can’t function at your best, and everyone you care about suffer with you. it’s not difficult to see that there is much at stake. here are some proactive steps you can take today to prevent (or overcome) burnout.”


msempower presents how to dismantle an eating disorder at the eating disorder survivors club, saying, “thank you in advance for reviewing my submission. many thanks, em”


vahid chaychi presents binge eating disorder affects 3 percent of americans posted at

shaheen lakhan presents the mental health parity bill of 2007 posted at GNIF brain blogger.


deb presents ten minutes of desperation posted at body, mind & solar.

therapydoc presents obesity wars posted at everyone needs therapy? lessons from a family therapist, saying, “another spin on the war against obesity, first the family, then the village.”

jolynn braley presents 5 actions to take to avoid eating when not hungry posted at the fit shack, saying, “in order to avoid eating when not hungry, whether for such reasons as emotions, habit, or food addiction, it is helpful to be prepared in advance with a plan of action. this article includes options that you can take to divert yourself in a productive manner, instead of turning to food when you are not physically hungry.”

that concludes this edition. submit your blog article to the may edition of carnival of eating disorders using our carnival submission form. it’ll come out on may 31. past posts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

THE granny post!!!

julian-ap-07-small.jpgyup. that’s him. little julian. all 10 pds 10 oz, and 22″ of him! 33 days of on and off labour, 30 hours of final labour, and then he had to be hauled out via caesarian.

julian and both parents are happy and healthy.

the support and love from everyone was – oh, i don’t even have any words for it. one of my closest friends, who has spent the last few years in a very hard battle with cancer, was there through pretty much all of it. no matter that she can’t walk more than four blocks, but staying up for 30, 40 hours to be there for the birth – no problem. then there was my mother, who came all the way from germany, to hold the little great-grandson but once before she had to fly back home – but it was worth it, she says! i’m also so greatful to a whole bunch of blogging and twittering friends, who kept sending messages of friendship, cheer and support.

and here he is. little julian. life will never be the same again. and that’s good.

ten zen seconds blog book tour update

“i am equal to this challenge.”

this is another of eric maisel’s twelve incantations. i have to confess that initially i was a bit sceptic of his book ten zen seconds (“is this going to be yet another book that uses the word “zen” in vain?) but the more time i spend with it, the more i like it. today i’m giving you more of a glimpse of what’s happening at the ten zen seconds blog book tour – a series of interviews with eric maisel.

i’ll be doing the interview on may 31. if there are any topics you’d like me to discuss with him, let me know!

here are excerpts of eric maisel’s answers to some questions posed in three recent entries.

from the independent stitch, a blog by writer/knitter deb robson:

one of the great tricks, tasks, and challenges that a creative person faces is “switching gears” between everyday life, where mistakes and messes are really neither wanted nor acceptable (you don’t actually want your checkbook not to balance or your customers to return their purchases) and creative work, where you must have complete intellectual and visceral permission to make big mistakes and messes, mistakes and messes on the order of spending two years writing a book that may never come alive.

since switching gears between two diametrically opposed ways of being is really so difficult, you want some tools that make this transition possible”and that’s where the ten zen seconds techniques come in really handy.

from painter and creativity coach pamela yates, who is interested how this approach can help people with anxiety and those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):

it can be terribly hard for sufferers of severe anxiety disorders to handle their anxiety without medication. one of the important shifts for anxiety sufferers such as people with PTSD, is arriving at a place of remembering the trauma without having to relive the trauma. you want to have a certain kind of thought (a memory) without having a certain kind of feeling (a whole-body experience of the trauma happening again).

therefore you can use the name-your-work incantation: “i can remember without re-experiencing,” “i can remembering without reliving,” or some similar phrase that, coupled with the healing power of a deep breath, starts to separate the memory from the emotional charge, so that you don’t have to live in fear of your own memory.

from flowers of my mind, by claudia dose, who “shares in her blog her inner and outer worlds as an artist and spiritual being”

if you think a thought but don’t stop and mindfully alter your breathing pattern, it is entirely likely that your positive thought will go in one ear and out the other and not actually register.

by “dropping” that thought into a deep breath, dividing it up so that you think “half” of it on the inhale and “half” of it on the exhale, you provide yourself with a real stop and a whole-body and whole-mind experience of taking that thought in. suddenly they aren’t just words: they become more like verbal charms, which is what “incantation” means in the world of magic.

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

granny post number 7: a name!

julian. it’s not quite clear what that name means. it could mean “downy-bearded”, or it could relate to the highest roman god, jupiter, the equivalent of the greek god zeus.

whatever it is, it’s a darn good name. and the name of the baby-to-come! yes, we know the gender now! yesterday, i accompanied mindemoya on an ultrasound, and they showed us very clear evidence that the child is male.

today, when my mother and i were talking about the baby, i had my first experience of calling the baby “him”. it’s not “the baby” anymore, it’s a he! what a difference that makes. the “he” resonates so much more clearly and importantly than the “it.” the little person is starting to round out.

and talking about “out”: mindemoya is going to be induced Continue reading

listening to the dalai lama

in collaboration and partnership with the maui community, his holiness, the 14th dalai lama, will have the entire world as his audience as part of a realtime webcast of his public appearances on the island of maui on april 24 and 25, 2007.

with broadband computer access, you can see and hear the dalai lama speak on “the approach to world peace” and the “eight verses of training the mind: a buddhist philosophical discourse” by logging on to the tibet fund website.

i found this out through janet riehl, one of the people on the ten zen seconds blog tour.

the dalai lama has become a bit of a superstar but like another one of my heroes, bob marley, it does not seem to detract from his message. (the dalai lama and bob marley, how do you like that?) i’m always taken by Continue reading