Food is good. And it is everywhere. And Its ALWAYS someone’s birthday at work.

I habitually walk by the ‘break room’ and cast a reflexive glance as I pass, to see what offering there in lies. And most days of the week, there are homemade cookies, synthetic neon-iced cakes, chips, cheese dips, donuts by the dozen–often brought in by the cheerful 94 pound co-worker, who “just can’t seem to gain weight” because “it just falls off” and these treats “will just go bad” at her house — stick with me, sister, and we could get you up to a size 14 in a flash!)

While I enjoy 2-6 desserts a day, most of these crusty break room ‘treats’ I would NEVER even consider—like last week’s cold dried up pizza.

But there is something about that chance discovery, like a baby who finds a deliciously shiny penny, that makes these less-than-delicious items find a way down my throat.

Every Monday I vow to start anew. After a ravenous wedding weekend, or a raucous bachelorette party (“Can you believe we ate that entire meat lovers pizza ‘late night’ that we found in that alley?”)  or a vacation with family and our banquet-sized breakfasts, “this Monday, I’ll get back in my routine and eat only plant products, or cut out chocolate, or all desserts; I’ll eliminate fried foods or  snacks, or I’ll drink 2 glasses of water before I eat anything, or I’ll write down everything I eat to keep track or I’ll try those diet pills Sarah mentioned worked for her, or I’ll drink Green tea, or I’ll ….”

Then damn it! if Monday isn’t the surprise office party for Jeff …”Congratulations on your Gastric By-pass!” Let’s all celebrate with chocolate cupcakes topped with gummy worms signifying Jeff’s resected bowels and cookies as big as a human face. (Thank you, Panera Bread, for making delicious cookies the size of steering-wheels!)

Then come home to find it’s the Monday night Block Party Barbeque and Rachel’s making her famous bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese and adipose dip.

Seriously?! It’s like I can’t escape. Bad-for-me-food is everywhere.  And it’s hard to be good.


  1. Agreed! I always pop in a fresh piece of minty gum before I go into “the danger zones” which helps me from plowing my way through the cheese dips and chocolate chip cookies. Everything tastes bad right after a piece of gum or brushing your teeth. I also do the same when I am baking or making Tiger Butter to prevent myself from eating half of my creations along the way. Love, love, love the blog! Keep it coming Mad xoxo

  2. Couldn’t agree with you more — it’s everywhere!! And I actually laughed out loud when you said you’d have your friend up to a size 14 in a flash — I cannot help thinking the same thing when I hear about people who cannot keep weight on — boy, could I teach them a thing or two!

    Do you find that your ability to hold off is cyclical? Do you find that you’re affected one way or the other by exercise? What about types of exercise?

    For example, for me, taking a long walk will actually make me less hungry the next time I sit to eat. But if I do a Body Pump class or any kind of weights, I’m STARVING and it really doesn’t matter what I put in my mouth, as long as there’s A LOT of it.

    Am I alone in this? Just wondering …

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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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