Did you know that restaurants actually hire food psychologists to help craft menus?  The appetizers a menu offers are carefully selected items that actually trigger increased food consumption. These little traps are always high fat, high sodium items that have been scientifically proven to make people order more food, which in turn make the restaurants more money.  You frequently see nachos, chicken wings, spring rolls, mozzarella sticks (a personal fave), but have you ever seen carrots and celery as an app?
Salads and veggie sticks are  something they give you for free when you order something else.
The more savory dishes get the appetite cranking, ie ‘appetizers’, and you are more likely to order more high calorie, high fat meal after consuming them.  Can you say Bacon cheese burger and fries with Ranch please?
So skip the apps. They’ll just make you eat more. And if you are starving, you are likely to order more and make poor choces, so look on-line ahead of time and order when you sit, or have a handful of almonds or a small slice of cheese as you walk out the door for dinner and drink a glass of water prior to eating/ordering.  Studies show that a small high protein snack prior to a meal will cause you to be less hungry when you order, enable you to make healthier choices, and actually lead you to eat less.
Skip the bread. hard to do when its warm and delivered with a yummy ramekin of buttery something. But soon you’ll have an enormous plate of something you ordered and you probably don’t need the extra 300 non-nutritional calories the bread basket gives.
Substitute starches. Potatoes, pasta, breads, fries and rice, common side items, can be substituted for fruits or veggies.  Instead of the rice that’s paired with your entree, ask for the veggie side; instead of mashies, swap in a side salad. You are paying for the meal, so don’t be afraid to ask for it how you want it. (or how you ‘want’ it once you’ve decided to eat a little cleaner)
Taco Bar? skip the taco shell and rice, fill your plate with lettuce, top that with beans or chicken, add salsa and onions +/- a little cheese.  Save your self ~ 400 calories.
Spaghetti dinner at a friend’s house? Fill your plate with salad and use the pasta sauce (red not white) to spread all over your lettuce (subbing the salad for your pasta)
Sandwiches on offer? Remove the top slab of bread and eat an open faced sammy to save you ~ 200 calories
Continental breakfast? skip the hot bar and hit the non-sugary cereal, milk, yogurt and fruit; have a slice of wheat toast and peanut butter if you need something warm and crunchy.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center caring for children with special needs. 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 treated patients with Operation Smile in remote Russia. She's had thousands of patients and clients in the US, New Zealand, Kenya and beyond . 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. Dr. Madeleine Was the Medial Officer for Skincare 20/20 and has worked for over 10 years with one of the Worlds Largest Medical Groups. 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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