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Undaunted In Our Positive Expectations

Posted on 11/7/2008

Earlier this week, Kelly and I looked out the window and—wow!—the leaves had fallen.  Seemed to us as if they had decided to take the plunge together—a simultaneous de-leafing that deprived us of a favorite fall pastime.  Yes, we’re old-fashioned enough to derive a deep satisfaction from observing autumn’s arbor palette of colorful plumage.  This year’s exhibit had a shelf life of less than a week, or so it seemed.  Not to worry.  We’ll see it next year.  As we age, though, the certainty of such optimism lessens.  Nevertheless, we are undaunted in our positive expectations.  Is there any other way to live?  
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University of Alabama researchers recently published a report associating obesity and colon cancer risk.  Their research confirmed the importance of weight loss and maintenance.  I sincerely hope that the insurance industry is paying attention.
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Speaking of insurance, I received a comment from a reader urging Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating to “pound on human resource directors’ doors”.  The writer questioned why insurers “approve a weight loss drug or medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. rather than allowing a specialized diet that would solve problems.”

She went on to say that she was doing her part to help change this, but was making insufficient progress.  In her opinion, “Seattle, please fight for us.  You can do it.”  

Yes, I can.  Yes, I will.
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My daughter Paula received a call this week from a woman who is concerned about the eating habits of an elderly diabetic friend.  She drove her friend to the doctor yesterday and couldn’t help but notice that the only food her friend had in her kitchen was milk and cereal.  

My goodness.  How many seniors (who prefer not to burden family or friends) are living like this?  Sometimes shopping and cooking are not possible for these seniors.

Well, the woman who called Paula is buying a week of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals for her friend.  She hopes that this introduction will convince the senior and/or her family to continue with our program.

Good friends care.  I hope that many of you will consider purchasing a week’s worth of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals for someone you love.  It’s a practical and truly appreciated gift.
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Overweight women (and all women with a history of dieting) are at an increased risk of “surpassing weight gain guidelines during pregnancy” according to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina.  The report concludes “Women who gain more weight than recommended are more likely to have a large baby, a Caesarian section, and increased difficulties in postpartum weight loss.”
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Well, science is catching up with common sense.  Let me summarize.  Obesity is bad.  Healthy eating is good.  Hmmm.  I have four words for you.

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

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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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