RANT: why simplify?

I consider myself a fluctuator.  You know, a sorta healthy weight until the proverbial “___ hits the fan”, life gets stressful, then it starts ….

I’m not sleeping enough, I’m eating junky foods, and lots of it, then BAM! I swell up like 2 sizes….until stuff cools down and I’m able to get back to my routine of healthy living.

But then again, isn’t that’s what’s happening to all of us?


When you are stressed, you are not as good to your body.  You eat too much, and it’s usually too much of the bad stuff (did somebody say mozzarella sticks?!).   When you are stressed your sleep suffers, you don’t get enough water, nutrients, exercise, or time for play.  When you are strapped for time, you eat convenient foods, not good-for-you foods.  When we are frazzled, we’re not as nice to our loved ones, which causes them stress (and worsens our own).  When you body is stressed (you tired of me using that word yet, is it causing you stress?) it holds on to every calorie it can and packs on the fat tissue because it’s preparing for the worst (long winter without food? drought? famine?) Then shedding pounds becomes nearly  impossible!

I really think, as a nation, we aren’t all over-weight, we’re just all crazy-stressed!

Slammed with work, financial woes, kids’ schedules, social obligations, unrewarding jobs, unhealthy or broken relationships, facades to keep up, our own self-imposed stressors, taking on too much, ailing parents, car trouble, the list goes on…


So if stress makes you fat and unhealthy, then wouldn’t it make sense that de-stressing and simplifying your life would make you more healthy, trimmer and overall much happier?

What are ways you can simplify!?

(stress photos from Mandyrandall.com and Boundless)

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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.

5 thoughts on “RANT: why simplify?

    1. Ha! Funny. I’ve definitely decreased my crazy clinic hours in exchange for fewer, longer sessions with motivated clients which I find way more rewarding (and my husband, too, is left slaving away!) but he is trying to simplify now as well.

  1. I think a lot of our stress comes from worrying about things we cannot change. I remember reading an article by Admiral James Stockdale, as a POW in Vietnam he was the highest-ranking naval officer in captivity (and later a Medal of Honor recipient). When writing about he survived nearly eight years of torture, malnutrition and solitary confinement Stockdale said (and I am paraphrasing since I can’t find the original article), “I came to realize that there are some things in life I have no control over, such as my captivity, lack of food, and torture. Therefore, I don’t worry about those things since they are out of my control. On the other hand, my honor and how I conduct myself as a Naval officer are entirely within my control, so I focused on what I could do instead of worrying about what I couldn’t.”

    I believe most people are stressed by things that are out of their control, while they often ignore the things they could control, i.e., their health, nutrition, and their relationship with their spouse.

    1. Good point. We, luckily, travel a lot and spend extended time with family–most of whom aren’t as concerned about nutrition as I. When I’m in someone else’s home, I am grateful to be fed and housed and balance that gratitude against dietary priorities. You’re right. When I release control and ‘let things roll’ I am more at ease.

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