RULE: Enjoy Your Splurge

If you are going to indulge, make it count.

Have you ever tried to curb your sugar craving with a Snackwell cookie or a low-fat, sugar-free tasteless ‘dessert’? What happens? You are left unsated and wanting more.

Don’t waste time with a waxy Tootsie roll or a sugar-free, taste free, faux variation of dessert.  Go for the real thing. And allow yourself to enjoy the deliciousness.  Truly savor it. Don’t feel an ounce of guilt over it. That just makes you feel lousy and in turn, eat more. Opt for the most ridiculously delectable treat you can find, that is made with real ingredients.

May I make a suggestion?ice cream sandwiches

Groove ice cream sandwiches ( They are unbelievably good AND the ONLY ice cream product I’ve found that does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (besides Bryers, but I prefer to buy from the ‘little guy’, or in this case, the very nice, hard-working ‘little gal’, Kim Netting, who is making responsible food).

Real food with real ingredients.

That’s what it’s all about. Nowadays mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies aren’t a treat. Cookies are available at every grocery store, vending machine, every restaurant, in the airport, everywhere.  But these’s aren’t moms homemade cookies.  These are larger versions made weeks ago, shipped on a truck, and are loaded with ingredients and chemicals that keep them from spoiling; though they taste good, these un-natural additives are terrible for us.  So if you’re going to splurge. Do it right. find something made locally with natural ingredients.  I’d much rather you eat the real thing.  It’s actually more healthy.

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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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