RULES: Get it out!

Getting healthy isn’t just about what we put in our mouths.  It’s what we think, say and do!

It’s what we believe; it’s how we see the world.  We all have emotional traumas that we carry with us (whether it’s loss, struggle, injustice, or simply feeling like we’re not good, smart, thin or good-looking enough). Sometimes it’s the negative thoughts that perpetuate bad habits.  When you feel good and are happy it’s easier to make good decisions about diet and exercise.  You are actually more well, when you are positive.  But sometimes we have negative thoughts we need to let out.  If not they show up in dreams, irritability, even depression.

morning pages

So Get it OUT!

Consider a practice called Morning pages. Developed my Julia Cameron, Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.  There is no right or wrong way to do this.  But it’s a way to capture those untainted thoughts you wake up with—a dream, a feeling, a message from deep inside of you.  It could be angry (“Why does he act like an ass around his family?” or “what is the deal with my mother these days?!”) or could be mundane (“why did I choose that fabric for the curtains?”) just anything that comes to you (“We should never have moved to Milwaukee…I should get new gym shoes…I wish my boss wasn’t a douche bag…I want to finally take dance lessons”).  Your hand written pages can be hostile,  mundane, whimsical or heartfelt.  Just get it out!

You may wonder why I recommend ‘morning pages’ to get you healthy.  You will be amazed how good you feel when you vacuum out the corners of your heart; when you let your soul tell you what it needs.  You may be surprised at what you discover.

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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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