RULE: Surround Yourself with Healthy People

thin dinnersThe next time you are out to eat, look around you.  Notice the number of obese people in the restaurant patrons and employees.  This is a good indicator of whether obese people like this restaurant you’ve chosen.  If you frequent overweight feeding spots, you are likely on your way to joining the millions of hefty Americans, because guess what packs on the pounds? Unhealthy, processed starchy, salty, sugary foods.  It is also likely that the entrée you order at this overweight-friendly franchise will be significantly more food than any single human being needs to ingest at one sitting.  And guess what else packs on the pounds? Too much food!

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We as Americans, are over fed and under nourished. Obese, but empty.

Now, start to notice where the thin, fit, happy-looking folks graze.  Join them.  There is a reason they are  fit and happy.  It’s because they are eating delicious, real foods.  I guarantee, they are eating vegetables.  They are at farmer’s markets and health foods stores.  They are eating at sushi restaurants, at home or at non-franchised restaurants eating locally grown foods.   They eat the real, natural unprocessed foods we are intended to eat.  The foods that heal and nourish us.  The foods that keep us healthy.

So treat yourself to these healthful places; discover nutritious and delicious recipes and locally grown venues.

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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.

3 thoughts on “RULE: Surround Yourself with Healthy People

  1. There was a time I could actually dine at an “all-you-can-eat” buffet type restaurant — the very thought of them now makes me sick! We now refer to them as “feeding troughs” — and all the little pigs line up for their daily allotment of slop.

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