Posted on 12/2/2008
One of my friends called recently to tell me he was giving copies of my book (“The Seattle Sutton Solution”) to several of his friends. “Two of them are overweight, but they all can benefit from your program,” Cliff said. “Plus I think it’s important that they get a chance to see the world through your eyes.”
That’s nice. Thanks Cliff. After the phone call, I picked up the book and browsed. Here’s an amusing story I came across that I wanted to share in my blog.
In our early days in Marseilles, the town had many small grocery stores and pharmacies. All of them allowed their customers to charge their purchases, and settle their accounts on a monthly basis. We all knew each other, so this was not a risky business practice.
When our children were young, it was normal for us to give one or more a grocery list, and send them to the nearest store, a couple blocks from our house. The grocer would fill the order, and then the children always said (as they had been instructed), “Charge it to Dr. Sutton.”
One Sunday morning our family was attending church, where the children always conducted themselves reasonably well. They were sitting in a row. Along came Bud Spencer with the collection plate. When it passed by Ruth (she was five at the time), she said, in a loud voice, “Charge it to Dr. Sutton.”
The congregation roared. Funny, yes, yet in her own unique way Ruth had spontaneously created a moment of joyous fellowship in our church.
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Life is sweet, but artificial sweeteners aren’t good for life. At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, we don’t use artificial sweeteners. I feel that I have been completely right for the last 23 years by not doing so. Of course, the early tests, which were “sponsored” by the companies wanting to manufacture the artificial sweeteners, always seemed to indicate everything is all right. I don’t trust studies that are done by companies which profit from the results. Too often, a company sponsored study results in FDA approval and then, later, people find out that the tests were wrong.
Splenda is the most recent example. So many people were fooled into believing that Splenda is a natural product made from sugar. Well, it is…in a way…but it is chemically altered. And that’s not necessarily good.
The Splenda scandal—guess what, it turns out that Splenda may not be good for you—Big Surprise—reminds me of what I was once told about food dyes. The FDA allowed them, so they were here to stay.
At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, I do not allow food dyes and I don’t allow artificial sweeteners and I don’t trust self-interested studies.
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One of my priorities as the CEO of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is to persuade an independent research group to conduct a study of the weight loss and medical benefits of our meals plan. I’d also very much like to see a Type 2 diabetic study based on Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
I know we could pay for these studies ourselves, but that’s not the ticket to persuading people—and insurance companies—of our value. From my 23 years of witnessing results, I am convinced that any honest study would prove our worth, but in this difficult modern world, the results don’t matter if the study doesn’t have credibility. So if you know a researcher looking to make a real difference in people’s lives, and to help alleviate our nation’s health care crisis, please let her or him know about us.
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Here’s a note that one of our Kansas City customers sent to Sue Herrin of our Seattle KC franchise. “Thank you for all your patience with me as I am getting started. You know Sue, I had a hard time selling myself on the price of this, but the time I save is priceless and I lost 10.8 pounds last week. I began eating Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating last Friday night and even though I had Thanksgiving dinner (which I portioned very well), I still had an amazing loss. I have a lot of weight to lose and I just know this is going to help me so much. Thank you again.”
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.