RANT: Sugar is Crack


A few of my girlfriends love candy. Not chocolate, but candy. I never understood this.  One friend, coincidently a Dentist, especially loves the sugary, teeth-decaying type; like Swedish fish or gummy-anything. Not me. Give me chocolate and peanut butter over a gum drop any day of the week. Raspberry sorbet could never battle chocolate-chip cookie dough ice cream with Butterfinger topping.

Adorable dentist friend and I lived together one summer and while, at that time, I would never dream of buying a snickers bar (because they are so calorie dense and oh so good), she bought them… daily.

She would take one or two bites and then hand it to me and say, “Do you want this?”.

Um, does a one-legged duck swim in a circle? Yes, I want it!  Me letting a perfectly good, OPENED snickers bar go to waste was about as likely as me joining the Vienna boys choir. How can someone with a pincer grasp and a functioning jaw not finish a 4 1/2 inch candy bar?

So why is it, I wouldn’t buy a snickers bar, but once opened, I would devour it? How can a gallon of ice cream, unopened, remain fairly safely in the fridge for weeks (provided there are other desserts to distract me) but once opened, I will polish it off within 2-3 days (or minutes)?

It’s because to me, Sugar is Crack. I have a little taste,  I need a little more.  Next thing you know I’m tearing through cabinets, hand bags and my freezer; I’ll even leave the house to go lookin for a fix.

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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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