Rants Rules and Recipes Resolutions:

As there New Year rolls in, and we all make promises to ourselves about how much healthier, kinder, thinner and more fabulous we will become, it helps to look back and see what has kept us from already being better friends, spouses, parents and people.

For me, when I am stressed, over-booked, under-slept or stretched too thin, I cannot be the best version of myself.

So I am making a promise to me, my Well & Balanced Health clients and to all of the folks that visit RantsRulesandRecipes.com. Because when I am happier and healthier and can be better to/for others.

I am determined to become the kindest, most fit, most creative, most mindful Madeleine I can be.

Rome wasn’t built in a day…..so, this could take a while … cut yourself some slack as you employ changes in your own life.

But do hold yourself accountable.


MY 2014 RESOLUTIONS–I think I did these things and hope to continue to do them

Assume the best in people, Cleaner eating, Restorative and aggressive Exercise, Be More Mindful, Create the Life I Want

I will show gratitude for all the people and blessings in my life.  I will continue to make my family my priority.

I will travel and try new things

2014 recap: I took a Jewelry class and Ballet lessons and Archery. My husband and I took a Wellness Retreat to Varenna, Italy on lake Como and spent devoted time with family; we also have added a family member! We have slowed down and started really appreciating our relationships with friends and our wonderfully loving family and are so grateful for our many blessings.



Avoid being in a Rush,

Nourish myself with new experiences

Take a class in something new/continued learning

Recognize my patterns that are not serving me well

Be as loving and positive as I can be


I am touched that folks read Rants Rules and Recipes and care enough about their health, their loved ones and their communities to share it with others. Thank you.

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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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