RANT: When I’m good, I’m very very good but when I am bad, I am horrid.

Unfortunately, growing up in the south, vegetables on offer were corn, potato salad, and fried okra. Maybe that’s why I hadn’t willingly eaten a raw vegetable until my life’s 3rd decade.

Just recently, on our way to hike in the NC mountains, we stopped at a local diner on the side of a two lane country road.  My svelte husband ordered a pork sandwich with fried onion rings (And probably lost 2 lbs somehow while eating it).

I, in an attempt to dine healthfully (and relieved that the joint offered something other than pork rinds, pork sandwiches, and corn dogs,) ordered the “veggie plate”.  Expecting corn and potatoes (which are often confused for vegetables), I was please to learn from the gum-smacking waitress the veggie plate would include squash and zucchini!  YeeHaw!

Shortly after the hub received his pork sandwich, Carla delivered my veggie plate with a wink.  I wasn’t sure what to do with my disappointment as my eyes met the 97 pieces of fried squash, fried zucchini and fried okra. DANG IT!

So I dipped ’em in Ranch.

That’s the thing about eating in America. Even when you have intentions of eating healthfully, fatty, sugary, giant-sized portions lurk at every corner.  You sometimes have to really work to get the right things in to the pie-hole.  You must be cunning to skillfully avoid all the garbage that’s on every aisle and every menu.

What we put in our bodies matters. And vegetables and fruits deliver nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals like no other food can.

…But not so much when they are battered, deep-fried and smothered in Ranch.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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