Posted on 12/12/2008
A major change in my life—and most likely yours, friend readers—is the attention I now pay to emails. Twenty-three years ago, when Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating began, I had never sent or received an email. Phone calls, faxes, and actual letters delivered by the post office were the main methods of communication. And it all seemed fine—the way things were.
One day I bought a computer. Pretty soon thereafter, my son Chris set it up so I could send and receive email. Not many came, at first. Now I receive at least two hundred emails every day. They come from customers, friends, family, employees, vendors, media, and plenty of other categories.
To some degree, most of us born in the 20th century, have lived through this transformation. We don’t have to imagine how much easier it is to develop ideas, solve problems, and manage our lives (and businesses) because of email. We know!
Our children and/or grandchildren, of course, take all this for granted. They haven’t made the transition. For them this is the way “it is and always must have been.” To them, the “old days” seem quaint, like black and white photos of great-grandparents.
I think this is the nature of progress in our wonderful country. The generation that took cars for granted probably felt the same way about horses.
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Oprah Winfrey’s comments about once again weighing 200 pounds and being very discouraged about diets touched my heart—and saddened me, not only for her, but for the millions of others who become discouraged by gimmicky weight-loss approaches which can only provide a temporary fix.
Believe me, we at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, are very familiar with the syndrome of diet discouragement. Thankfully, our plan, based on freshly prepared, portion controlled, healthy eating is not a diet scheme. Rather, it is the right way to eat, the right way to lose weight, the right way to maintain weight loss.
Oprah has a way of touching our emotions and I don’t mind admitting that I felt sad for her. So I sat down and hand-wrote her a personal letter, offering her encouragement and support. Although it was easy to write her, it’s actually quite hard to put a letter in her hands and make sure she reads it personally. We’re trying to find a way and I hope we succeed. In the meantime, in case she reads my blog, let me say to her, “Don’t be discouraged. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating proves that there is a right way and it works!”
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One meal I enjoy is our lasagna roll-up, which is a spinach pasta roll topped with a white sauce. We serve it with a fresh carrots, cauliflower, and sunflower seeds salad. It’s been on our menu for years. In fact, we’ve always had some kind of lasagna, not necessarily spinach. But we switched to spinach pasta from wheat pasta because of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating’s commitment to make our meals as healthy as possible.
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My daughter Paula recently traveled to St. Louis and Kansas City to talk about healthy eating. She appeared on various television and radio programs in both cities, focusing on how to eat healthy over the holidays.
One night she stayed at the home of the Southern Illinois/Missouri/Kansas Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating franchise owners, the wife-husband team of Sue Herrin and Darryl Vennard. During the evening, their son Ben, who is 12, gave a piano recital. He’s been a student for a couple years now and has made wonderful progress.
Paula told me that sitting in the room with a handful of people listening to a youngster perform on the piano brought her back “maybe two centuries” in time. The intimacy of a small group sitting together listening to music had a sense “of family and friends” hard to duplicate in an age of television, video games, and I Pods.
“I liked it so much,” Paula told me.
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.