RANT: Fa La La Lardo

Ok my lil’ Sugar Plums, tis the season for over indulgence.  If you made it through Thanksgiving without heartburn or a pant size adjustment, good on ya!  But holiday parties abound these next few weeks. So brace yourself and your belts.  I could name 900 tasty treats you are likely to encounter this Yuletide, from egg nog to saltine toffee (<-do not click there, it’s a recipe for crack.  But it’s easy and technically could be made with all natural ingredients….)

saltine toffeeDon’t do it! Don’t get sucked in to the holiday gluttony vortex!  Stay away from the smorgasbord!

Firstly, eat a handful of almonds and drink 2 glasses of water before going to any cocktail party.  Upon arriving, drop off your tasty treat (see above saltine toffee) with the host(ess) and then ask for a glass of water.  Sip this this down first, before grabbing a cocktail, and anytime awkwardness ensues.  Instead of gorging on the inevitably delicious distractions, take in the host’s family photos and decorations.  You never know what gems you may find! Don’t go all ‘sock drawer’ or anything–stick to the ground floor.   And avoid lingering in bedrooms.  As a guest, that’s kinda creepy.

If you find it relaxing or simply a must to have a cocktail or 3, opt for red wine or liquor drinks sans mixers (go for water with a squeeze of lime or honey).  Try to have a glass of water in between each one and definitely shy away from the egg-nog!  I don’t care if it’s “lite”.  You might as well have a bowl of ice cream!  Most egg nog is full of sugar and fat as well as High Fructose Corn Syrup, which we now know suppresses your body’s signal to stop eating.  So not only are you going to scarf down the ‘liquid bow of ice cream’, you are likely to eat your body weight in sausage balls and santa cookies as well.  Find the veggie tray, if there is one, or plan to eat elsewhere.santa cookies

Play it smart.  Don’t let your holiday season go to your gut!

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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: Fa La La Lardo

  1. Silk vanilla soy milk with nutmeg takes remarkably like egg nog. Not so thick, but pretty good. Bet Dr. Mad can find a way to thicken it.

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