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Posted on 12/30/2008

Oh my goodness, another year!  So fast!  Well, that’s the thing about time.   It can go too fast or too slow.  Which do you prefer?  Time is our most precious commodity and if it goes fast, are we spending it too quickly?  On the other hand, if it crawls along, like a high school algebra class, is that better?  No, I don’t think so.   There’s a word for such an occurrence.  Boredom!  So on the whole, I prefer quick time, because it delivers a superior quality of life.

The best time flow, in my opinion, is what athletes and writers call “the zone.”  It’s excellent.  Not too fast.  Not too slow.  I enter the zone when I’m working to let people know about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.  The nice thing about “the zone” is that there is no sense of time.  Anyone can get into the zone.  Driving, or reading, or walking helps.  Sometimes I get there just by thinking.  Everything else falls away.  How do you find the zone?
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Happy New Year, one and all.  Sometimes we need a start date in order to launch the work of shedding bad habits and replacing them with ones likely to produce more desirable results.

People can change if they want.  I’ve seen it too many times to count.  Even if you feel you haven’t done the things that reflect your better self, a change can still happen.

I remember one person—now in her eighties—that I knew for many years.  I felt she was nice at heart, but she was always so crabby, especially to children.  Something in me told me that she wanted to change, so I asked myself how I could help.

One day we happened to be together alone and I started a conversation.  “The way you’re acting is not good for you and it’s not good for the people who interact with you,” I told her.  She looked me in the eye, reached out and grabbed my forearm with her fingers, and began to cry.  Goodness!  “What can I do,” she asked.  “I feel trapped.”

“You don’t really want to be a crab,” I said.  “It’s just a habit, it’s not who you are.”

You know, I think the fact that I communicated my support and concern helped her turn the corner.  After she broke down in tears, she never appeared crabby again.  I’ve known her for decades.
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To the many people who haven’t yet focused their will on the struggle to lose weight or fight cardiac disease or battle diabetes, I might say, “You don’t want to be a victim of unhealthy and excessive eating.   It’s just a habit, it’s not who you are.”

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating customers learn portion size and eat healthy.  They are grateful for the change in habits and don’t feel the same way about eating.  They feel better.  If you’re a customer, then you know that what I am saying is true.

Maybe you help someone change their eating attitude, their food habit.  A new state of mind could serve them well for the rest of their life.

If they hear it from someone they know is trying to help them, well, maybe that will make a difference.

On their behalf, and on mine, I thank you.

Once again, Happy New Year.  It’s a great time to replace bad habits with better.

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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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