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It began with an upset stomach. I couldn’t eat one of my daily staples — onions — without having digestive distress. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with abdominal pain. Nothing I ate was energizing; I was constantly feeling sluggish and fatigued. But I wasn’t surprised. It’s been a little more than a year since I’ve been living in Ohio — i.e. away from the diet that’s kept me healthy. My diet here finally caught up with me. Of course, the pandemic hasn’t helped.

The reality is, usually people don’t get serious about their health until they…


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It may be hard to believe, but there are easy ways to burn fat. This was true before the pandemic began, and it couldn’t be more welcome than now, at a time when we’re no longer shamed or guilted — even encouraged — for doing what’s “easy.” If it’s taken the coronavirus to bring this to light, then I’m thankful!

I define easy as “ease of doing” and convenient. So, you’ll be happy to find out that these ways do not require:

  1. Changing into special…

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Aside from wanting to lose excess body fat to look good, there’s an important health reason why we should lose excess body fat: Excess body fat is unhealthy. The following is an excerpt from the The Simple Seven book that explains why.

Research shows a correlation* between high belly fat and heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Knee replacement surgeries are on the rise, due to obesity and the strain on these joints of carrying extra weight from body fat. And that unwanted cellulite…


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In these difficult times of unprecedented stress, elevating anxiety and depression, many people have been turning to food as a remedy. Comfort food, emotional eating, compulsive eating, overeating. I’ve had a food addiction since I was five years old and have battled all of these. Both in my personal experience and what I’ve seen in my practice, there’s more to emotional suffering — and related eating — than meets the eye.

When we think about stress, anxiety, and depression we tend to think of each…


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February may be the shortest month of the year but it boasts no fewer than 98 holidays.

Lesser known observances include Doggy Date Night, Tug of War Day, and National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, but even among the better known celebrations, only one holiday in February truly stands out — Valentine’s Day.

It goes to show where our priorities are… romantic love. It’s not surprising. Everybody wants to be loved. Physiologically-speaking, you could say that we’re hard-wired for love.

Among the human body’s…


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Let’s face it, even in normal times winter nights can be long, dark, and boring. Bingeing on social media, Netflix, and junk food are made for the hibernating time of year — more so isolating during a pandemic. But this covid winter I’ve discovered that the time is better spent playing.

Have you ever watched toddlers at play? It’s refreshing. They’re alive and carefree! Touching, exploring, squealing, and discovering. Uninhibited. Tiny minds light and bright and wide open…


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Weight loss is frustrating. It’s unfair how quickly you can put it on and how long it takes to take it off. No wonder we’re always stepping on the scale to check our progress. But weighing yourself isn’t the best way to do it. The following is an excerpt from The Simple Seven book that explains why.

First, let’s be clear about what we’re measuring. The distinction is important because when we step on a bathroom scale, a…


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It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve lived in the midwest. Growing up, I didn’t like cold weather and living here again has reminded me why — namely, that I’m always freezing. The weather can get pretty grey and depressing. And I don’t like being stuck in the house. All in all, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds — more so, isolating in times of covid.

This covid winter I’ve figured out how to not repeat last covid winter, and I’d…


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Looking back, the year 2020 could be thought of as the year for showing the world, in broad strokes, the need for thinking more about others, as evidenced by the pandemic, major elections, acts of social injustice, and growing socioeconomic disparities — a momentum that took root in 2017 with the #MeToo movement — and continues in the new year.

Though much of what has transpired seems to point to things going from bad to worse, another perspective is the old shaking out in order to make room for and usher in the new — respect, justice, equality, integrity, and…


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In these stressful times of covid, you may be eating junk food more than usual — I have. It’s understandable. Either we’re stressed, bored, eating on the run, or all of the above. It would be nice to stop eat junk food altogether, but cutting back may be more realistic. Here are 5 surefire ways to curb your junk food eating.

#1: Don’t keep junk food at home

This was my habit before covid. My rationale is: If I really want it, I’ll make myself…

Marlene Veltre

Observations, perspectives. Health and inspirational writings. Author of The Simple Seven. Creator of The Method. TheSimpleSeven.com.

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