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Nancy Deville
Nancy Deville is a novelist, memoirist, and best-selling author of numerous books of the health genre. She is a weight-loss and anti-aging expert. Nancy is the founder and director of Yoga for Incarcerated Women. She lives in Santa Monica with her whippet, Scarlett.

Entries by Nancy Deville

Needles, Not Knives, to Treat Sports Injuries and Degeneration

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:59 PM


My first pair of running shoes were men's shoes because they didn't make them for women in 1974. That's how many years I've been pounding away at my joints. The first sign of wear began around 1994. On the urging of...

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How People Successfully Lose Weight

(18) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:17 PM

In my 20 years of writing, discussing, and counseling people on weight loss, I have pondered, why are some people successful in losing weight and others are not?

My friend Jerry Redden, a former Sierra Club guide who now takes...

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Tadasana -- The Transformative Power Pose in Jail

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 1:54 PM


Tadasana, the mountain pose, is the starting position for all standing yoga poses. When I teach yoga in jail I always begin with Tadasana. I teach it as "the pose of self confidence." First, I slouch and cross my arms over...

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Infiltrating Prison with Love, Compassion, and Respect

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 1:29 PM

When I tell people that I teach yoga to incarcerated women, I often see a look pass over their faces. Sometimes they'll express it out loud. There by the grace of God go I. I have heard instant confessions about driving around in cars with guns, about drunk...

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Are Women Invisible After Age 50?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 6:34 PM

Catherine Nichols, I feel you--Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name--sending out query letters as a man and getting praise and adoration for the same work that got rejected--probably by those obnoxious "writing is subjective" canned e-mail replies--is definitely demoralizing (but...

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Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actually, yes. For the moment it does. The act of shopping actually raises dopamine levels. Dopamine is produced in the area of the brain associated with

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Gaining Control Over Your Life Takes No Effort

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 9:51 AM

All of us have experienced feelings of loss of control in our lives. When I go to the women's jail in downtown LA with the GOGI women to teach yoga, it chills me to the bone to see the women who have lost their liberty. We all have...

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Come All Ye Lazy Eaters, Vegetable Haters

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:17 PM

I can't say enough about the miraculous nature of nonstarchy vegetables. They contain micronutrients -- vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and enzymes -- that work synergistically with macronutrients -- proteins and fats -- to rebuild and repair your body on a cellular level. These micronutrients help stave off cancer...

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Are You a Perfectionist?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 5:00 PM

In a quest for perfection, a friend of mine, I'll call her Liz, has kept up a frantic pace for 40 years. She raised three sons who were always well groomed and neatly dressed. Their house was and is as picture perfect as a magazine layout. The backyard has an...

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Freaking Stressed

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I admit: I'm freaking stressed. There are times when stress is dumped on us and there is nothing we can do but manage it. Divorce (me), death, acts of God (like Sandy), car accidents, violent crime. These are not events that most people (unless you're a trained Buddhist monk) can...

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Since You Love Me So Much, Ann Romney

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 10:40 AM

I just turned 62 and am getting divorced. My attorney suggested I look into getting health insurance because I will soon be off of my ex's company plan. "But at your age it's not likely that you're insurable," he told me, a sentiment that was echoed by my insurance agent.

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Victims of the Food Industry, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:10 PM

In my last post on this subject I compared factory food to crack and painted a picture of what a "crack" (factory food) addict goes through being addicted to factory food in an abundant foodscape. In addition to having free access to the addictive substances, the crack addict doesn't have...

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Victims of the Food Industry, Part One

(13) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 1:44 PM

What if crack was legal and you could buy it in big air-conditioned warehouses? It would come in fun boxes emblazoned with grinning cartoon characters. Or you might prefer carbonated liquid forms in sexy red cans. Ads would tout these crack drinks with hot glossy-lipped girls in bikinis. There would...

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Making Significant Changes in Your Early 40s

(44) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 10:40 AM

The early 40s are the years to make significant changes to head off accelerated aging. It's a "make or break it" time of life. You can tailspin into aging, or you can revamp and renew yourself.

Week One
Love yourself. Every morning tell yourself how great...

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When a Sex Slave Turns Up at Your Front Door

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 5:28 PM

When I was 18 years old in 1968, I hitchhiked from Europe across the Middle East to the subcontinent of India. Of course I stopped at The Pudding Shop in Istanbul, which was what the hippies called Lale Restaurant. It was across the street from the Byzantine Hippodrome, where politics...

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Follow Up Study to the Red Meat/Cancer Study

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 1:47 PM

There's a new study out telling us once again not to eat red meat. The study followed about 38,000 middle-aged men for an average of 22 years and 84,000 women for 28 years and concluded that red meat contributes to cancer.

The fear of red meat started...

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Be Like a Kid About Exercise

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 6:24 PM

When I was 8 years old in 1958, our tract home in a southern California development was situated next to lemon groves. At the end of the street was a brand new high school and beyond that, rolling hills. Looking back, we spent a fair amount of weekend and summertime...

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Eating for Chemo and Radiation

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 4:38 PM

Three people I care about are going through chemo and radiation. Being treated for cancer is a consuming experience that can be draining, scary and lonely no matter how many caring people you have around you. It's not a time for people to shower you with advice. My M.O. is...

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Fourteen Weight Loss Do's

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:46 PM

Rather than try and fail at another diet this new year, why not take a more strategic approach by making your goal optimal health? I believe that the human body desires to be well -- and that includes being at a healthy weight. Let's consider fourteen do's to pave the...

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Celebrate a Little Victory Every Day

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 12:44 PM

We all have slumps, which can actually be a good thing if we take advantage of our down time. My recent slump started when I injured my back doing yoga -- which turned into five weeks of back spasms. During that time, I got two colds in a row. It...

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