So, we’ve already discussed that there many reasons we eat.  Most often, it is NOT because we are hungry.  It’s because we are at a social outing, we’re nervous, we’re bored, we’re thirsty, we’re lonely, we’re still bored, we’re curious, we want to feel good…the list goes on.  So, another version of the  “Would I eat an apple?” RULE is the following exercise.

think first

Before you eat something, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

1. Am I hungry? check in. Are you nervously cramming food in the cake hole because you don’t know what to say or do?

2. Is this what I want? or could a glass of water, a distracting activity or a hug do the trick?

3. Is there something else I could eat? like not a bowl of bar nuts, perhaps a well-balanced meal instead.

If you’re craving something salty, could you have edemame or all natural popcorn instead of a plate of chili fries? Maybe you’re just stressed and a yoga class or a brisk walk would get you back to baseline.  Figure out ways to manage your emotions that don’t involve chewing.  Your thighs (and heart) will thank you!



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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center caring for children with special needs. 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 treated patients with Operation Smile in remote Russia. She's had thousands of patients and clients in the US, New Zealand, Kenya and beyond . 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. Dr. Madeleine Was the Medial Officer for Skincare 20/20 and has worked for over 10 years with one of the Worlds Largest Medical Groups. 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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