Posted on 06/2/2009
My husband Kelly is a marvelous gardener. It’s one of his favorite past-times since he retired from practicing medicine. It’s a relaxing hobby and he loves being outdoors. I look forward to each growing season, knowing he’ll create a bounty for us to enjoy both gastronomically and visually. His vegetables are delicious and his flowers are gorgeous. Nothing beats one of his homegrown cucumbers or tomatoes right out of the garden as a treat. Kelly will pick one and wash it up for me. When we have our dates in the early evening on our lovely patio, he’ll hand one to me and I’ll eat it. I enjoy it without sauces, salt or additives, just the raw vegetable as a treat.
His fresh vegetables from the garden takes me back to my days growing up in rural North Dakota during the Great Depression and eating plain baked potatoes for lunch with my sister in our one-room schoolhouse. Two entirely different times in my life, both memorable and lovely. Both rooted in healthy eating.
Speaking of healthy fare, I must share with you one of my very favorite meals that happens to be on this week’s menu, week #5. It’s the grilled salmon fillet on a bed of couscous with sliced zucchini topped with dill sauce, served with FRESH asparagus spears. Not only is the entire meal healthy including omega-3 fatty acids, but it is also sodium restricted, as all of our meals are on our menu. The salmon is not farm raised, rather wild caught which is a healthier choice too….yum, I can’t wait to eat it!
We here at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating strive to always provide healthy, balanced, portion-controlled meals that offer what one needs to eat for the rest of their lives. I think we’ve done a good job for the last 24 years. But, I think we have more work to do. Not everyone has tried our meals or benefited from our freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals. Until everyone in this country has, my job is not done. That is what drives me. It also drives our management team, to help people eat healthy without the work and to help them improve their health.
Part of my mission is to help people understand what we do and hopefully help them with their journey to make a healthy lifestyle choice that they can continue for the rest of their life. In my process of "spreading the word" I’m often invited to speak at events. I relish those opportunities. I feel it’s one of the most important duties I have as founder and president of the company. After all, if I cannot educate people about healthy eating and what we provide, what am I doing? One upcoming event will be at a local senior center, in Streator, not too far from my home. I look forward to an audience of my peers. I know I can help several.
We all can educate in our everyday lives. If you have a passion for something, like I do for healthy eating and Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, then you can educate. Be a resource. Be a role model. Help if you can. You will be glad you did. There are needs for tutors, instructors, speakers and just about everything else. If you desire, do it. I know each and every time I meet new people at an event where I speak, I am overjoyed by the outpouring of support for what I do. It fuels me and provides me with affirmation that I’m doing the right thing. It’s how I try to live my life and of course, how I built my company….doing the right thing. It’s one of the founding principles of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
One person helping others is Dennis Dobes of Chicago Beverly and Crestwood distributor locations. He’s coached over 40 athletic teams including baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and one of his players made the women’s USA national hockey team last year. Way to go, Dennis. You certainly do give back to your community. I’m glad you’re part of our Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating family.
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.