Posted on 11/14/2008
I spent last weekend with my children and we had a great time working and playing. The main question we tried to answer was simple: how can we expand the reach of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating’s mission. Our advertising and word-of-mouth support has helped us grow so much in the last twenty-three years. But the current economy makes it difficult to help a large number of people who want (and need) to be on our calorie-controlled, healthy eating meals plan.
Our work sessions with my family were the perfect antidote to any thoughts of gloom associated with the world’s economic troubles. The enthusiasm and ideas that dominated our meeting room made me confident in the near and far future. Kelly and I are truly blessed with our five children and fourteen grandchildren. They are the future of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating---and the guardians of our mission.
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Not everything went well, though. My daughter Ruth was robbed by some pickpocket-type who cut her purse strings and stole away into the crowd. Ruth is a warrior, so she searched for the culprit, but without success. Since her cell phone was in her purse, Ruth—who among her other duties manages our distributors—missed many phone calls. She’s back in business now, though, with a new phone and the same number.
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A reader—name of Mark—wrote to inquire if we were going to make any menu changes soon. He had some suggestions—more chicken—which we have considered. We always appreciate customer input.
However, the delicate balance of meals is not something that can lightly be changed. Building a five-week menu which meets healthy eating standards, is calorie-controlled, and provides good taste and diversity is an art as well as a science. I think we’re quite good at it. Right now, for example, with apologies to Mark, we’re thinking that we may reduce the number of chicken meals by one. We have the germ of an idea that we will replace it with a dish featuring white bean soup. No decision has been made. I promise you, though, that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is always on the lookout for a right idea.
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Terri Sutton (she married my son and is like a daughter) works with our national Home Delivery program. Terri informed me that one of her customers is a military man and a snowbird, who goes back and forth from Chicago to Florida. He is pleased with our new shipper—UPS. He also said that he give the shipping boxes to a blind service for their books and passes the gel packs to his mailman who in turn gives them to his fishing buddies. Now that’s creative recycling!
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A recent scientific paper (October, 2008) coauthored by Tatiana Andreyeva, a Rudd Center Postdoctoral Research Associate, found that “high rates of obesity and diabetes…are linked to limited access to…affordable healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables…trans fat free products, whole grains, and lean meats.” The report concludes that people who can’t afford such products suffer from obesity and diabetes at a “high rate.”
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From a reader who wants to remain a customer: “I am hoping Seattle Sutton will get the ball rolling (with insurance companies). I have tried my very best but didn’t get anywhere. I have been on the diet for six weeks and have lost fifteen pounds, but can’t continue any longer with no assistance by either our cafeteria plan or insurance. I am hoping and praying that (Seattle) will get the ball rolling….please help us out here to try and keep healthy.”
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.