March 2012, Volume 2, Issue 3

Happy March, everyone!  

My favorite link this month is a great article on the art of mindful eating and how to start your own practice.  Mindless eating is, unfortunately, all-too common in our fast-paced culture, and can lead to poor food choices.  I have tried the mindful eating “raisin” exercise, mentioned in the article, in a mind-body skills group once, but using Doritos instead of raisins.  I was shocked at how truly disgusting – chemical, fake, overpowering – the flavors were…flavors I thought I enjoyed when I consumed them at a much faster pace.  Perhaps we would all eat less processed food if we REALLY tasted it? 

I also highly recommend the book referenced in the article – “Mindless Eating” (http://mindlesseating.org/) by Dr. Brian Wansink.  It reviews the various unconscious triggers that lead us to eat more than we need – and how we can manage them to make better choices, automatically. 

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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February 2012, Volume 2, Issue 2

Happy February, everyone!  

My favorite link this month is Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar’s discussion of “time affluence” and how much this impacts our well-being – even more than material affluence.  The sense of “time poverty” eats away at our life satisfaction and our ability to enjoy the everyday things in life, like our work, close relationships, or time spent with children.  Creating more space in our lives, by taking a day of rest, or reducing our commitments, creates more happiness for us – and those around us!

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!
Chanel

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January 2012, Volume 2, Issue 1

Happy New Year, everyone!  

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My favorite link this month is the article summarizing Ekman’s research on compassion fatigue in caregivers.  Burnout is all too common in health care, and poses real risks to patients.  What I liked best about this article was its focus on solutions – the use of empathy training to counteract compassion fatigue.  As someone who is passionate about Nonviolent Communication, which is one effective approach to learning empathy, I found the positive results of this study very hopeful.

As an aside, I highly recommend this book for those interested in learning more about NVC: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Have a great 2012!

Chanel

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December 2011, Volume 1, Issue 2

DECEMBER 2011, Volume 1, Issue 2

Happy December, everyone!  Here’s this month’s collection of interesting, intriguing, and fun links.  Please feel free to send me anything interesting you would like me to include, and  to share this with friends and colleagues.  Please send suggestions, comments, links, or subscription requests to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.

My favorite link this month is to Dr. Goldacre’s TED Talk.  As someone who tries to bridge the gap between conventional Western medicine and Complementary-Alternative Therapies, combining the best of both worlds when I can, I found his talk both entertaining and sobering.  The reality check of realizing that capital-S Science can be abused to further the ends of any cause – whether it’s alternative medical quackery, or it’s the promotion of dangerous or useless drugs – the end result is the same – people are not getting the best care, and are suffering unnecessarily.  Fortunately, the solution is within our power – choosing to use our critical thinking!

Have a great month!

Chanel

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November 2011, Volume 1, Issue 1

NOVEMBER 2011, Issue 1, Volume 1

Happy November, everyone!  Thank you so much for your patience as I transitioned this newsletter to the new format.  I hope you enjoy it!  We should be back on schedule to send one of these out every month.  Please feel free to send me anything interesting you would like me to include, and please feel free to share this with friends and colleagues.  Please feel free to send suggestions, comments, links, or requests to subscribe to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  Have a great month!

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