RULE: Be a Food Detective

I recently had a mother ask me what she should be looking for on the food label with regards to protein, fats, and carbs, when shopping for her daughter.  I remember when I used to count carbs and fat and calories.  Now I never do. Now I don’t even think about the numbers.  The ONLY thing I think about is what’s IN the food.  Isn’t that what’s important? What you are eating.

Are the ingredients REAL? or are they chemicals? Is there a TON of sugar?

I’d been patting myself on the back recently for buying locally made ice cream, only to finally read the label and see that even though it’s local, it’s made with high fructose corn syrup—which we know only makes you eat more and indirectly causes diabetes.

My family loves pork burritos with green chili salsa. What’s not to love?  But most tortillas are made with ingredients I can’t pronounce or recognize. Most tortillas have added fats and hydrogenated oils to make them crisp up when you bake them and preservatives to keep them from spoiling, but those aren’t natural ingredients.  And thus aren’t intended for consumption.

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It doesn’t matter if you are smart or not, or whether you’ve completed high school or graduate school.  We are all being fooled by sexy marketing, packaging and cath phrases suggesting health.

Just because Lucky Charms is “made with whole grains” DOES NOT SUDDENLY MAKE IT HEALTHY! It’s still highly processed and loaded with sugar.  And if you are buying it, you are accelerating your family’s path to obesity and illness.

NutriGrain bars are neither nutritious or qualify as a whole grain.  They are mostly sugar wearing a “whole grain” costume.

Fruity pebbles are not made of fruit

Ketch-up is not a vegetable.

And vitamins should not taste like candy.

Be a food detective. Know what you are eating.  Know what your kids are eating.  Pay less attention to the calorie, fat or carb count and focus on the ingredient list.

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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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