I’ve been explaining to patients over the years, that we are eating ourselves sick. With all of the chemicals, dyes and preservatives in foods these days, it’s nearly impossible to purchase a real food item in the grocery store.

Even produce is laden with pesticides. These chemicals are known to cause diabetes and cancer. So we shouldn’t be eating them. We should eat only the highest quality of foods because our health is at stake!

But recently, I experienced a gluttonous malady caused not by faux food items, but from the most exquisite dining experience.

A favorite couple booked an 8 course chef’s tasting meal for us. The beautifully displayed morsels kept us “oohing” and “ahhing”, delighting in the tastes, but by the 5th course I was ready to ‘tap out’. Of course that wasn’t going to happen. I kept shoveling in these rich flavors. And while it was of the highest quality, the next day I was sick. I felt horrible. When I was not in the bathroom, I spent the whole day in bed, sleeping off this gorge-fest. I didn’t have a fever, it wasn’t food poisoning (though the thought of food was repulsive), but I had literally eaten myself sick.  I think what this episode of prolonged abdominal cramping and nausea taught me, is that I’ve been overeating the last 30 years, but I had really over done it.

turkey dinner

So while you are gathering this week around robust menus and rotund family members, keep in mind the reason for Thanksgiving.  The purpose is to gather together, give love and gratitude, not to eat until you have to loosen a belt notch!

We have several holidays of gluttony coming up (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, St Patty’s and Easter), so take it easy.

And remember, it’s not just the quality of the food that affects our health, it’s also the volume. We all eat way too much.

So, How will you feel post Thanksgiving feast? Full or fulfilled?


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center caring for children with special needs. 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 treated patients with Operation Smile in remote Russia. She's had thousands of patients and clients in the US, New Zealand, Kenya and beyond . 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. Dr. Madeleine Was the Medial Officer for Skincare 20/20 and has worked for over 10 years with one of the Worlds Largest Medical Groups. 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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