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A Dreaming Butterfly

Posted on 05/19/2009

Kelly has been working in the garden recently.  He so enjoys the whole process of planting and tending.  Sometimes I wonder if it reminds him of taking care of his patients.  If you’ve read my book, “The Seattle Sutton Solution," you may already know that he often has very realistic dreams about doctoring people that he actually treated years ago.  

I read somewhere about a philosopher fellow who one night dreamed he was a butterfly and, when he woke up the next morning, wondered if he were actually a butterfly dreaming he was a human.  I don’t remember his name, so I’ll have to look it up.  Give me a moment, please.  Okay, I’m back.  His name was Zhou Zhang and about 2,500 years ago he was a passionate advocate of good nutrition and modest-size meals.  

“Zhou Zhang’s Healthy Eating.”   How does that sound?  Not to be immodest, but I like our name better.  Wonder why?  Because part of it comes from Kelly.  So there!
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Some of you may be wondering about the status of the End the National Obesity Epidemic task force that I proposed last month.  Very many told me you emailed the White House copies of my blog.  Thank you, again.  My gratitude is heartfelt.

Well, so far, no response.  Big surprise!  However, as I wrote last week, I believe a health care reform wind is blowing and politicians are changing course.  I think government and insurance companies are going to make big adjustments in the next year or two.  

From a health-care and a fiscal viewpoint, I also believe it is vitally important that we address the preventative aspects of obesity treatment.  Simply said, the more emphasis we put on calorie control and healthy eating, the more we can reduce obesity and it’s dire medical consequences—such as diabetes and cardiac problems.

What we can do to help our nation escape the thrall of its obesity epidemic?  What can I do?  If we care about each other—and our wonderful country—we each have to ask and answer these questions.

Since healthy eating is my mission, my answer is to do everything I can.  That’s how I spend my life.  One obvious tactic is for me to devote energy and resources to forming the ENOE task force, which is what I’m going to do.  Never mind that government has not responded.  It doesn’t matter.  This is America.   We the people have a right to be heard.  

So in the next month or so, I’m going to establish the ENOE and go from there.  Of course, I’ll keep you posted.  I’m hopeful you’ll help.  

What will we do?  To the greatest extent, that will be up to the task force.  As for me, I’ll be asking the people involved to make intelligent recommendations to governments and insurance companies.  We’ll be looking at such things as obesity education for children and adults, school lunch adjustments, government support programs, and insurance co-payments for healthy eating regimes.  

We’ll provide information on the benefits of healthy eating in terms of health care, and assist the process both in the fall and beyond by advocating the value of calorie-controlled healthy eating in disease prevention.  We just want to help.

I have been studying healthy eating for decades—and providing healthy meals for 24 years.  Yet I am fully aware that I have much to learn when it comes to influencing politicians and insurance providers.  So I am looking forward to working with people who have expertise in those areas.  

Together—and with your help—I’m very hopeful we can create something beautiful that will truly benefit millions of Americans.
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Recently, I had a chance to participate in a University of Chicago panel discussion for entrepreneurs.  Four persons—including myself—were on the panel.  The moderator asked each of us to talk about our business philosophy.  Mine, as I told everyone, is inextricably linked to my beliefs about healthy eating.  Everyone who works for me understands that there can be no short cuts of any kind when it comes to planning, preparing, and delivering meals.   We’re very well organized at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. Our meals are served in a five week rotation.  Every employee knows precisely what needs to be done each day of each week.  This makes for an efficient work place.

After much thought, I long ago decided that the best way is to make meal choices which work for my customers.  We serve them what they should eat.  When they go along with our plan, they are proud of their results and of themselves.

I loved the crowd’s response.  Thanks to them, the panel, the moderator, and the University of Chicago.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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