RULE: Chew Your Food


There’s this great thing called chewing.

If you’re like me, you’ve done very little chewing and much more inhaling of food over the years.

Usually I’m shoveling in enormous bites, in between patients or while driving. Not good.

We all forget food is not for entertainment or even for taste.  We eat to stay alive and to nurture and heal our bodies.

As we enter the winter gorge-fest season, when you do eat, consider chewing the bite in your mouth before loading the next one.  The foods you eat (assuming they are real foods, not packaged or processed) have all kinds of powerful anti-aging, energy-boosting, cancer-fighting nutrients in them, but need to be “unlocked” for your body to utilize them.

How, oh wise one, do you “unlock” them?

Easy, Chewing!

Some folks recommend chewing 50 – 100 times!

What?! That does seem almost impossible, doesn’t it? Try it.  My ‘muscles of mastication’ (my jaws) were literally sore when I did this for a day.

Others say chew each bite for 30 seconds.

If you’re like me and don’t want to count to 30 over and over in my head while at a social engagement, just chew long enough to liquify your food.  Chew food into a liquid then swallow.

Chewing slowly and thoroughly will:

1. Aid in Digestion

2. Reduce Heartburn

3. Prevent Over Eating

4. Promote Weight Loss


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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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