RANT: Will Power

I can make myself get up t0 go to work.

I brush my teeth daily (so I don’t get cavities or a jacked up grill) and wash my face twice a day (so I don’t get acne)

I can make myself exercise, even when I don’t want to.

So why is it so hard to NOT eat something that’s bad for me?

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I overheard a nurse at work say “I just don’t have that kind of will power”

I have felt the exact same way when it comes to food. But now that I know WHY I can’t stop eating, I feel a little more in control.

If you’re like me, the more sugar I eat, the more I want.  But if you eat things sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or Aspartame, you are likely to eat WAY more of it than you should. Both aspartame (think Diet Coke) and HFCS have actually been linked to causing obesity and decreasing your body’s own appetite suppression (You know that signal that says “stop! you’re full”) And they are in EVERYTHING! (yogurt, bread, flavored coffee, everything!)

It’s hard to find foods on the grocery store shelves that don’t have some kind of sugar, corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, cane syrup, rice syrup, etc in them.  We are a sugar and salt addicted society.  It’s not your Will Power that’s to blame.  It’s the addictive nature of the foods around us.  So BREAK THE HABIT! Allow yourself to enjoy filling flavorful foods, but avoid foods with these addictive gut busting ingredients!  You’ll feel more empowered!

 

[photo from stack.com]

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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.

4 thoughts on “RANT: Will Power

  1. Interesting post. In the pix, the choice is a donut or raw veggies. I don’t think the choice has to be that stark. If you bake at home, you can make enjoyable sweet stuff (and salty stuff for that matter) that is also good for you…think sweet potato or kabocha squash fries. 🙂

    1. So True! Eating sweet vegetables is a great way to curb sugar cravings. This Rant I actually wrote for some of the medical assistants at work, and anyone who struggles with cravings to encourage them to consider ingredients and avoid chemicalized foods! But you’re right, REAL food and home cooking are great staples to a healthy diet!

  2. In Chapel Hill the other day I bought fat free yogurt at Trader Joe’s. When I tasted it, used to almost sour Greek yogurt, I said,” Wow, this stuff is sweet”. Then I saw how many grams of cane sugar are in it. Yuk! And I thought I was careful.

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