RULE: Crowd Out


If you’re like me, forcing myself to eat salads or fish, results in me NOT wanting salads and fish. (And then my eating lots of other things I enjoy because I’d felt I’d been depriving myself of them.)  Opting to eat something “because I know I should” robs you of the delicious meal experience.  Sound strange?

It’s like if your mom sets you up on a date with someone who could actually be quite fantastic, but because your mom suggested it, the guy has about the same chance as me becoming the starting center for the Trail Blazers.

But when you opt to eat something because you FEEL GOOD when you eat it, or because you know the ingredients make you look younger and sleep better, it gets a little easier.  And if you allow yourself to have what you really want (maybe it’s ranch dressing on the salad or butter on the broccoli) it’s all the more in enjoyable.

So, please don’t deprive yourself.  Just ADD healthy items to your plate.  A little wild-caught fish here, some extra greens there.  Sub quinoa for rice, and olive oil and lemon for dressing and OVER time you’ll CROWD OUT the “junk” for clean, good, cancer-kicking, weight-blasting foods. Because YOU WANT to, not because you have to.

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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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