Posted on 08/8/2008
One day not too long ago, Sue Herrin and Darryl Vennard—married owners of the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating franchise covering Kansas and western Missouri—stayed with Kelly and me at our home in Marseilles. The next morning, we sat down for breakfast—Sue, Darryl and their three children, Cam, Ben and Nick.
I took the opportunity to make a point to the children. Using a “demo” bottle of pancake syrup, I read aloud the ingredient section of the label, and gave my opinions. The most prevalent ingredient—and the most unhealthy—was high fructose corn syrup.
“Boys,” I preached, “high fructose syrup is bad for you and it makes you fat. We don’t use it at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.”
Well, children love to be informed. And by the rapt looks on the faces of these three wonderful boys, I knew the point had been accepted. A week later, Sue told me that her sons had become avid label readers and would eat nothing that contained high fructose corn syrup.
Good! High fructose sweetener is cheaper and sweeter than regular sugar and it’s used in many processed foods. If you’re shopping at the grocery store, it’s hard not to buy it.
That’s an advantage that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating customers have. Because we do the planning and shopping, we can avoid negative impact foods, such as high fructose sweeteners. And avoid them we do.
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Did you know that when fructose enters the body, it bypasses normal functions and is quickly converted into body fat?
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While I’m on the subject of healthy eating—when am I not?—let us consider salmon. At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, we use wild salmon as opposed to farm raised salmon. Why? Because farm raised salmon are given artificial colorings to make them more palatable to the eye. They are housed in controlled farms, jammed into little bins, and overfed with fish meal pellets. This bulks them up—like a baseball player taking steroids—but it also packs fat onto the salmon. Fat levels, in fact, are more than 50% higher than wild salmon. The wild salmon is healthier (even the FDA thinks so) and higher priced than farm raised. To repeat, we at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating only use the wild salmon for our meals.
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One of our Home Delivery customers—who lives in Connecticut—lost more than one hundred pounds on the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program while living in Illinois and ordering through a distributor. When he moved East, he wasn’t aware of our Home Delivery program, and his weight began to creep up. Portion control, young man! Isn’t that what you learned?
I guess he did, because when he discovered our Home Delivery program, he signed right up, and once again is heading toward what he considers his “perfect weight.” I’m glad we found each other again.
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Scientists are predicting that by 2030—that 22 years from today—almost every American will be overweight or obese. It’s an epidemic, I’m telling you. Free yourself!
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, predict that 86% of Americans will be packing too many pounds by 2030.
Oh, it gets worse. By the year 2048, the same study indicates that every single American adult will be overweight or obese. We are speaking of your children and grandchildren. Not to mention your country, whose productivity will go down, and health care expenses will soar.
What can you do? Use your thinking rights. Portion control. Fewer calories in than calories out. We can help you. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
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.