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I Have To Try Something

Posted on 01/20/2009

A new president!  What I like best about a moment like this is that the process of exchanging power in America is peaceful and cooperative.  It’s exciting, impressive, and heartwarming—the beauty of democracy.  We’re all hoping for the best.
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I called my nephew Wendell last weekend.  He lives in Jamestown, North Dakota.  Like most of my relatives, he didn’t mention the weather.  When you live up there, you deal with it.  Cold and snow are expected.  So they don’t complain.  Maybe you saw the movie “Fargo”, where the snow and cold were gruesome, but everyone seemed to take it for granted.

I guess I’m getting soft, because now that I’ve lived in Illinois for more than fifty years, where the weather is similar to North Dakota, but—in truth—a little milder—I am more prone to make a complaint.  

Anyway, the sun is shining brightly right now, and from the confines of my house, that makes the weather look less cold at least, even if the temp is single digit.

Of course, when I experience problem weather, I’m comforted because in the entire history of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, we’ve never failed to deliver our meals to our distributors.  It’s a tribute to our terrific drivers, including Dave Ostrowski.  Dave has been with us since the beginning and he’s the rock of our delivery system.
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Just a quick mention that our peanut butter is pure peanut.  No powder or paste.  We checked our suppliers very carefully to make sure that our customers were not at risk during the current salmonella scare.  Everything is fine.  Don’t worry.  
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Speaking of my relatives, one I didn’t know added a comment to the blog last week.  Gloria, it was great to hear from you.  Gloria asked me if weight gain might be genetic.  Well, we’re always learning, but at this point there is no proof that weight gain is genetically determined.  Environment is an obvious factor.

When I went off to Jamestown College in 1950, I was very worried about my father, Emanuel Remboldt, who weighed 385 pounds.  He eventually died of congestive heart failure and Type 2 diabetes.  Most of his cousins also died of congestive heart failure and Type 2 diabetes.   Genetics?  Or eating and exercise habits?  At this point in time, I think it is the latter.
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My only sister, Aleaine, died of breast cancer.  I am a nine year breast cancer survivor!
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Another reader wrote: “Nine years ago I lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers.  I gained it all back plus 10.  Over the years I have been gaining, I have tried Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating a few times and not stuck with it.  I just picked up the food again.  I’m hoping this time it will work, but my heart isn’t in it, but I have to try something.  I am not sure how to force my mind to do this.”

My heart went out to this reader—and the many, many like her—so I tried to think of how to best help.  I asked my daughter, Paula, who emailed the reader, offering support.  I’ll keep you posted.  Anyone can get discouraged and need some genuine, caring encouragement.  Goodness, we can help each other this way.
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I’m so excited!  Within the next month, we’re going to use a few blogs to compare Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating with other diet approaches.  We’ll be looking at Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, E-Diet, Web MD, and NutriSystem.  The preliminary data reinforces my belief that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is the right way to eat, the right way to lose weight, the right way to live.

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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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