RANT: Pump the Brakes, Kid

food policeEver since I started talking more about nutrition and coaching folks to a healthier,  happier life, I’ve gotten the sense my inner circle thinks they can’t eat a donut or a hotdog if I’m around.  I feel a bit like an off-duty cop must feel, eager to get home, while people in front of him keep slamming on their brakes because a COP just pulled up behind them!

Do your thing people! I’m not here to judge or preach, just here to listen and pass along information to those who want it.

And speaking of pumping the brakes,  I simply could not stop scarfing down items in the ‘dessert section’ of my kitchen tonight.  I coulda’ used my own health coach tonight to explore what that was all about.  I couldn’t quite get my fix this evening.  I think I was still stressed from work because my last patient showed up 19 minutes late for her 20 minute appointment, with complicated medical issues.  It’s so hard in that situation to treat someone compassionately when they’ve totally jacked up your evening.  Or perhaps it’s the 29 things I’m managing at the moment, or maybe it’s because I simply didn’t get my 100 ounces of water in today.  Whatever the reason, know that even dentists forget to brush their teeth; cops speed and health coaches have cravings.  We all struggle with our issues, our patterns, and the obstacles that keep us from being the best versions of ourselves.  For those of you who want support with that, I’m here.

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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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