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Jean and Jeannine

Posted on 06/10/2008

   Hello!  Kelly and I live about ten miles from headquarters.  We moved into this house when we first came to Marseilles, more than fifty years ago.  Of course, like every homeowner, we have to work to keep the yard and building shipshape.  Last week, we fixed up the little old pond.  Now it’s little and new.  My goodness, the motor that circulates the water is loud!  The fish seem happy though.
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   Speaking of shipshape, did you know that our head of production at our main kitchen used to be the presidential personal chef at Camp David?  Yes.  His name is Brian Emerson, he’s a terrific leader and organizer, and he earned enough trust from the government to spend time alone with the president.
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   Last week the health advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban eight widely used food dyes: Yellow  5, Red 40, Blue 1, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, and Yellow 6.

   I’m proud to say that none of these have ever been used Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

   From the day I began our business, I have followed a strict policy forbidding the use of food dyes and artificial sweeteners in any of our meals.  That dates back to 1985.  Years before I started the company, I’d cringe when witnessing children eating colorful candy.  Research has shown that food dyes may cause bladder cancer in animals.

   Can you imagine that even a small amount can be harmful?  Well, it is.  How can we serve foods containing dyes to our children?

   Outrageous!

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   My daughter, Paula, works with our two friends—that’s how we think of them—from Texas and Illinois.  Jean and Jeannine each weighed over 500 pounds when they first joined Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

   Jeannine started first and—goodness—lost seven pounds last month to bring her total weight loss to 142 pounds!  One! Hundred! Forty! Two!  How can I adequately describe my admiration for this fine person?   

   Jean is losing weight, but we don’t know how much yet.  She’s not able to weigh herself.   We can tell you that she is walking better, enjoying her life more, and reports that she can see the weight loss, even if she can’t yet measure it.  She can’t go outside without special assistance, so most of her time is spent in her home.  It must get lonely, so let’s all have a good thought for her and for Jeannine.

   Come on, Jeannine.  Come on, Jean.  You can do it.  We’re with you every step.  Paula is available.

   Jeannine and Jean talk on the phone frequently and are becoming friends.  Who can appreciate one like the other?
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   A reminder: if you have questions about the medical aspects of weight loss, including cardiac and diabetes consequences, you can call Paula at 817.689.0265.  She’s not a counselor (we don’t do counseling), but she’s willing to answer your questions.
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   One nice thing about working at home: yesterday I gave myself a pedicure while making a conference call.  I always do my own pedicures anyway.  That’s how it's done in Gackle, North Dakota, where I grew up.

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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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