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The Family Bond

Posted on 06/27/2008

   Summer is the most popular time  for family reunions and I’m glad.  Sometimes the reunions are total—everyone in the extended family gathers for a day or a weekend.  It’s heartwarming over the years to track the growth of the children—and grandchildren—and, sooner or later, the great-grandchildren.   Sometimes the reunion is partial, as when a son returns home with his wife and children.

   Goodness!  How enjoyable!

   I firmly believe in at least one yearly reunion.  The children, especially, need a chance to spend time together in order to understand and develop their family bond.
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   A friend of mine, newly on our meal plan, called me yesterday after eating his dinner.  He raved about our vegetable garden patty, which he described as “absolutely tops.”  

   The meal also includes hearty old-fashioned potato soup and baked beans.  My friend ate half of the potato soup cold (he loved it!) and then warmed the remainder (he still loved it!).  He also ate the baked beans cold, though I prefer them warmed.

   Because he’s a single male, I think eating a quality, healthy meal in his home was an especially enjoyable experience.   
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   A reader asked a question: “Do you have diet meals for people in chronic renal failure?”

   We have many customers with renal disease who do quite well.  Most need to be on a sodium restricted diet and our 1,200 calorie plan has an average of less than two grams per day.   Some need to limit their intake of foods high in potassium, phosphorus, and protein.  If their nephrologist prefers, then the customer must be aware of what foods to avoid or take reduced portions.  Perhaps certain meals can be shared with another family member.  Often, our dialysis customers find that our portion control in the 1,200 calorie plan works very well.  We advise the counsel of a physician.  
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   Oh, my.  So many people are wonderful.  And then there’s the dishonest few…

   Jean, our 500 pound plus customer from Dallas who is doing so well on our meals, is not yet able to leave her house under ordinary circumstances.  The DHL delivery is placed inside her screen door so she can easily pull the box into her house.

   Can you believe that a thief stole her meals this week?  Someone took her box to the side of her house, emptied it out, and fled.  Jean is not a wealthy woman, but she is determined to stay on our plan to lose weight, improve her health, and reclaim her life.

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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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