RANT: Cheese and Chocolate



Maybe not together. But I want both, daily. I never want chocolate for breakfast. I always want it after lunch. And Dinner. And Dessert. But cheese I could have anytime, anywhere.

I once read how a talented, less-than-perfect-appearing actress lost weight by “breaking up with cheese”.  Poor thing.

For me, Chocolate is like a lover and Cheese is my friend.

To My Dear Friend, Cheese,

Could we ever part? I like you when you are cold, I love you when you are warm. I like you with wine, I like you atop a MacIntosh apple. I like you floating in a soup, I like you deep fried with sauce.  I like you melted over warm crispy bread.  You have many forms, and I have not found a version of you I don’t so enjoy.  Thank you for your comfort and nourishment.

Love Always,



Hey Chocolate,

It’s me. Last night was hot and delicious!

I can’t quit thinking about you.

You free for lunch? dinner?

Hope 2 C U soon?!

I want you,



We all have varying relationships with food.  Some are healthy, some are pathological. As with any relationship, knowledge, communication, balance and boundaries are key.

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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.

4 thoughts on “RANT: Cheese and Chocolate

  1. I have given up cheese for a while (supporting my husband in a quest to get rid of microscopic colitis), but I don’t think I could give up chocolate. It is indeed like a lover, isn’t it?

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