Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Yet another interview! Food and the Holiday Season

I'm so blessed to have yet another opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with the world. This time, I was asked by OCN (Orthodox Christian Network) to do an interview about food and the holiday season - a topic relevant to this time of the year!

This interview topic is near and dear to my heart or several reasons. As a survivor of anorexia nervosa, I know all too well how it feels to be overwhelmed by food - especially at Christmas time, when everyone is talking about food! Last Christmas, I was still in recovery - but before that, I was struggling with ED. When I was ill, I tried my hardest to avoid food at all costs, but this became very hard to do during the holiday season. Being recovered now (thank God!), I realize how difficult this time was for me and how it stressed me out. As a recovered victim of an eating disorder, I understand how stressful food can become for many people - even those without eating disorders.

We are bombarded during this time (all the time really, but MORE at Christmas!) with advertisements on food, weight loss, how to avoid weight gain during parties, etc. In fact, we sometimes forget what Christmas is all about because we get so caught up in the gifts, parties, and food. Some people struggle because they have ED, while others struggle because they do not want to gain excessive weight during this festive season. Even if you do not struggle with this at all, it is worth listening to the interview so that you can understand how to support others who may need help, but also to learn how to protect yourself from bring preoccupied with weight and food during this season.

So, I encourage you to listen to my latest interview with OCN abut food and the holidays, and how to avoid getting caught up with the 'small stuff' and instead focus on what this season really means to us: the birth of Christ, spending time with loved ones, being thankful for our blessings, and sharing with those who need any support or assistance. Once again, I would like to thank you all for your help, support, and love. I would never have the motivation to do all these interviews, publications, etc. without all the support I receive from my readers, friends, and family. God bless all of you!

Here is the link http://myocn.net/crtl-thanksgiving-week/. Let me know what you think of my interview!

53 comments:

  1. I just finished listening.
    What a very inspirational talk that surely will raise our spirit to be ready for XMAS .

    Mary
    Mississauga

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  2. It is intriguing today to hear your voice during XMAS and learn how recovery make you feel enjoying XMAS more and not worried at all about foods, family gathering ,food talk etc.

    Ivanka

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  3. I congratulate you.
    It was short but full of tips re health and spirituality.
    With my humble respect

    Mohammad

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  4. That was interesting interview during Christmas and end of the year.
    What is better than this to end the year.
    You clearly highlighted the complete recovery and what a difference this made
    Congratulations

    Nanaraj

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  5. I like you saying you plan a head and trying focus on making the right decision before you going to party or not going.

    Helga

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  6. Yes being mindful and trying switch conversation away from foods while around dinner table may be talk about social and spiritual aspect of Christmas .

    Sally

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  7. I listened to your beautiful voice and impressed with you saying it out loud you are recovered and emphasizing how Christmas is much better without ED and you de-stigmatize the illness and showing to audience how great people like you making a difference.

    Anne

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  8. It is really good
    Congratulations

    Morandan

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  9. This is wonderful interview hive me hope for a good day

    S K

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  10. What a hopeful message jsut for Christmas.
    May the blessings of Christmas be with you and your family

    Sunday Priest

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  11. I want to thank you for this optimistic interview and I accept it from you as my XMAS gift.
    I forward this gift to all your readers.

    Gerry

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  12. Lovely invigorating talk.
    Good job Marina

    Shishgeri

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  13. Marina
    You discovered the best way of healing.
    You made the right choice.
    You are extending your hands to others by offering your experience and education and on top your motivation to make the changes that can make a big difference
    I take my hat off for you

    Carlos

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  14. This is a very articulate interview that give summary of how to deal with XMAS hype with food ,shopping while keeping your self sane, healthy and in high spirit

    Sandra D

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  15. Congratulation Marina
    This Christmas making you famous.

    Ivanka

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  16. I am very proud of you

    Mays

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  17. I told you ,you are a GEM

    Lillian

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  18. Sasha loved your talk and wishes you a very merry XMAS

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  19. Your calm and kind voice relieves the pain and calm the nerves and ease the stress. I couldn't have asked for a better XMAS gift
    Thanks Marina

    Clorado

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  20. Marina you sound like a Priest!!
    Merry XMAS

    Anastashia

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  21. Good Job

    Sasha

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  22. You have a very strong larynx and wonderful voice and hopeful message.

    Hend

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  23. This is another accomplishment you can proudly add to your list.

    Hamza

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  24. I am very happy for you Marina
    This interview is a great one just for XMAS
    I wish you all the happiness

    Kelly W

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  25. yes Christamas is not about foods .We need to learn the spiritual meaning.
    Excellent point Marina

    Nisha

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  26. Congratulations Marina
    This is the real meaning of our beloved XMAS

    Sorina

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  27. Christams is time for spiritual reflection,having fun with the family and watching the bright light every where .
    It is not food or bar party
    Well done Marina

    Yara

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  28. Thank you for speaking about the true meaning of XMAS

    Mehta

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  29. I pray God may bless you and help you all the way.

    Merry XMAS

    Oswaldo

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  30. You are Ms Hope delivering message of Hope to all during XMAS

    Giovani

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  31. Wonderful hopeful message in a calm beutiful voice

    Kapoor

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  32. This is very good
    Jasmeet

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  33. Marina
    You are really speaking on behalf of all ED survivors.
    I used to worry lots about XMAS time and birthdays and family parties as every thing on people mind is foods.
    NOT ANY MORE
    I am recovered and I am normal and I eat what I want, no fear, worry ,planning a head etc.
    I like to call me self from now on ED survivor for 20 years(you can guess my age now)

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  34. Marina
    As you remember since I accepted Jesus I have been living a very happy life
    I appreciate your hopeful message that endorse the real meaning of XMAS .Food is part but not the whole thing

    Sam Ibrahim
    Burnhamthorpe ,Mississauga

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  35. You deserve a standing ovation. At this young age you are endorsing hope and happiness

    Katina

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  36. I love the message, picture and the wisdom of the young Marina

    Seerha

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  37. We are very proud of you and love you Marina

    Madiha

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  38. Really invigorating hopeful interview

    Sarosh

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  39. This hopeful message is welcome even for those who do not celebrate XMAS.
    Thanks Marina

    Kadiri

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  40. This make you conclude this year with a very educational and spiritual message.
    I command you for being articulate, professional and kind .

    Rodica

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  41. Your voice is very nice .
    Your tome of voice is very calming and relaxing

    Cindrella

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  42. I am also Egyptian and I am proud of you.

    Rasha

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  43. It is called CHRISTmas . Jesus is the reason for the season .

    Belle Ann

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    1. Good point!
      MERRY CHRISTMAS :) :) :)

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  44. I just finsihed listening to your interview but I could not leave a comment.
    This is a wonderful Christmas message for all of us especailly families .We all need to focus on the Joy,happiness,peace and all the blessing that Jesus brought brought to the world rather than talking about foods.

    You are a talneted writer ,articualte speaker ,knowledible skillful nurse and kind commaspionate person.

    Your family are given a gift from God to have you.
    Your family very proud of you

    Nagy

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  45. This is very good interview.

    Larisa

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  46. Let me send you 2 gifts
    1-Congratulations for this excellent interview
    2-Best wishes for having a very Merry XMAS and very Happy New Year 2014

    Eric

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  47. Let me iterate what Eric saying

    Giovani

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  48. Thank you everyone! I am so blessed and am out of words to describe your kindness, support, and loving words. This is truly a wonderful place where we can all share ideas, thoughts, feelings, guidance, and more. Thank you for being so wonderful! God bless you all - your encouragement, comments, and support keep me strong, motivated, and determined!

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  49. Wonderful interview! So proud of youuu :) I especially like the idea of our hearts as the manger, beautiful.

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  50. Very nice keep the good works

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  51. Dear child,
    I sincerely appreciate all your efforts and thank the good Lord for you. I was slightly worried about the holiday season myself, but now I am comforted to see that I am not alone. May the good Lord bless you and keep all evil away.
    Mrs. Scotts

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  52. how do you get involved in participating in interviews? you are so wise

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