RANT: Once Bitten

My husband claims to love chocolate chip cookies, yet, he will leave a partially eaten cookie on the counter for up to a week (this, to me, is not real love).  I, on the other hand, truly love chocolate chip cookies, so I usually gobble up his presumably forgotten remnants when he’s not looking. He has asked me not to do this, I guess on the the off chance that he’ll remember his castaway cookie, go looking for it, only to find his ravenous wife has enjoyed it before the mold did.

In a recurring attempt at will-power, I periodically vow to give up sweets. During these ‘exercises’, we’ll call them, I find his abandoned treats to be inevitable failure traps.  The unwrapped, partially sampled, haphazardly re-wrapped cookie, so available, yet so callously tossed aside.

How could some un-devoted someone, enjoy this sursy incompletely?  Take only a taste, then discard it without wanting more? Like a predatory male who takes a lover, enjoys her for a temporarily delicious triste then abandons her before morning, though she has so much more to give.

Perhaps these uneaten morsels are actually evidence that my husband is not the full blown sugar addict that I am.  Or was until I learned the secret of “crowding out” and eating clean.

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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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