Posted on 11/25/2008
Here is a very strange and very true story about my daughter Ruth, who recently had her purse stolen while on a trip far away from home. If you recall, I told you that a thief cut her purse strings, grabbed the purse, and ran away into a crowd. Well, of course an incident like that tends to make you a little more cynical about people in general. I’ve always taught my children that it’s important not to become too cynical—or too fearful—because, if you do, much of the sweetness of life disappears. At the same time, we must be sensible and careful. Yet—especially growing up in a small town, as I and my children did—there’s something very special about a constant feeling of trust and security. I’m not sure how Ruth felt in her heart after the theft. It bothered her, that was clear, but she’s strong and self-reliant.
This initial segment of the story is very true and so is what follows. Now, though, we come to the very strange.
A few days ago, Ruth received a package in the mail, containing her purse, complete with all her credit cards, health insurance information, and driver’s license. The note said: “Found all this in park lot near wife work hope you ok god bless you sorry we don’t write good.”
And the signature?
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How good does that make you feel? I realize Jesus is a common Hispanic name. But so what? The bell still rings. At every level, the act and the letter is touching, inspiring, and totally anti-cynical.
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You remember my friend Amanda Crowder. She’s the college student successfully overcoming an eating disorder (anorexia) with the help of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. Amanda is able to gain weight on our 2,000 calorie plan because otherwise, she eats so little. She’s intelligent, courageous, and relentless in her efforts to defeat anorexia. Gosh, my daughters and I like her so much and hope she will someday become a distributor—as she’s indicated a desire to do so after she graduates.
Amanda has been working to convince her doctor and her insurance company that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is helping her stay healthy. She writes: “I spoke to my family doctor yesterday and he heartily agreed that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is a great way for me to gain and maintain weight. He then wrote me a prescription! I was so thankful and excited. Now the challenge will be getting my insurance company to accept the prescription and agree to cover at least part of the costs. I am very nervous they will deny me again. I will fax a new appeal letter along with the prescription to Anthem and then anxiously wait for this answer. Thank you for your help and support. I will keep you updated. Have a very, very happy Thanksgiving.”
Amanda, we are thankful for you. In the name of what is fair and right, Anthem should okay your prescription.
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A reader asks: “I would like to enroll, but I am afraid when I reach my target weight, I will gain it back when I get off the program and go back to preparing my own food. Is this wrong thinking?”
No, dear reader, it is good thinking. And you should know that after you have reached your weight goal and begin to eat more calories than you expend, you will gain weight. There’s no help for it. Weigh every Monday and if you are gaining weight while on your own, come back to Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
A reason Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is great is because while you are losing weight on our program, you are actually eating the right portions. So notice what you are eating and learn not only what you should put in your mouth—but how much. Pay attention while you are on our program and you can learn.
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.