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Potbellies are epidemic, and there is no quick-fix approach. Common spot remedies like crunches might tone back and abdominal muscles, but they don’t address fat stored inside the belly. For that, we need to reduce our body’s overall fat storage.

The good news is that visceral fat, while it may be stored deep down in your belly, is often the first type of fat to burn off. This fat is metabolically active, so it actually works in our favor when we decide to get rid of it. We’ll do better to forget how much we weigh and focus on our waistline measurement, counsels Savard. Losing just two inches there can significantly decrease the risk for a host of illnesses and diseases. “Throw away your weight scale, because health is in inches, not pounds,” she emphasizes.

Exercise and nutrition, especially

eating small, well-balanced meals every three to four hours, is important, says Peeke, but just as significant is learn- ing how to manage stress levels. “I’ve always looked at the mind in addition to the mouth and the muscle,” she says. While there is no quick-fix ap- proach to losing abdominal fat, think- ing holistically and making real lifestyle changes can go a long way toward shedding a stubborn belly. By doing so, we’ll not only look great at the beach this summer, but feel great, too.

Anjula Razdan is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor whose article here is an adapted excerpt from

What is Integrated Energy Therapy?

I by Chrissy Pascale

ntegrated Energy Therapy (IET) is a fairly new and upcoming energy healing sys- tem that promotes healing on a physi- cal, mental, emotional and spiritual level. By using this system, it helps to bring about and maintain a well-balanced life of joy and happiness by letting go of old habits that are limiting and keeping you from living the life you really want. As said by Stevan J. Thayer, founder of the Center of Being in Woodstock and

Currently, Integrated Energy Therapy—or IET—is offered in private practices around the United States, and also has become popular in other countries such as Belgium, Canada and Ireland. To receive healing or become a certifi ed practitioner, visit

developer of IET, “Integrated Energy Therapy is one of the next generation-hands on-power energy therapy systems that get the ‘issues out of the tissues’ for good!” He explains that IET uses the violet angelic energy ray, as brought to us through the nine healing angels of the energy field, to work directly with one’s 12-strand DNA. IET supports a person in safely and gently releasing limiting energy patterns.. The term ‘integrated’ was chosen to convey the healing vision of “integrating the pain of the past, into the power of the present, to bring about the joy of the future.” IET uses two techniques: energizing and integrating. Energizing is the process of sending integrated energy through the human energy field. This energy is sent through the practitioner’s hands directly to the body. Integrating is when the ener- gy is sent through specific acupressure-like points called ‘integration points’. This begins the clearing process. Negative energy blockages are cleared and positive energy is then imprinted. Each integration point represents a negative and positive emotion and also has a specific angel to help release that negative emotion and imprint a positive one.

IET healing is a wonderful way to bring positive changes into one’s life. With this helpful energy, individuals often find that problems in the past will no longer affect them. With a clearer mind, one has a clearer vision of goals for the future and will feel the power to pursue them.

Chrissy Pascale is a certified IET practitioner and owner of All Hearts Healing, and currently is working in offices in Nanuet and Tappan. She works with adults and children. Call 659-5562 or email or visit for more information.

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