Last February, I posted an invitation to the grand opening of a new store called Smart Eats on Main Street in Mill Creek, Washington. The store sells low-carb, diabetic, and gluten-free products. They recently celebrated their first anniversary and they report that their business is better than ever.

Store owners, Dan Arnold and his wife, Amber Wester, have become effective advocates for healthful eating. Dan gives his wife credit as the low-carb expert who decides which products to stock and she clearly knows what she is doing. Amber is passionate about low carb. She has two aunts who have both had liver transplants due to diabetes, but they are still following the high-carb advice given out by the powers that be. Amber was spurred into action when her 28 year-old brother was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The doctors referred him to a series of classes to learn what he should eat and sent him home with sample meal plans for those with diabetes—the first dinner listed was a giant baked potato stuffed with chili.

With her family history, Amber could predict what the future held for her if she continued down the same road. Dan also benefited from her decision to try low-carb; he lost 50 pounds and is now running marathons and testifying to all who will listen.

I appreciate the Smart Eats store, not only because I can find everything that I need in one convenient place and without paying shipping fees, but also for the inspiration that their success gives to the beleaguered low-carb community. Another bonus for me is that it is in the beautiful new town center of Mill Creek, just down the street from the Central Market, my favorite place to buy fresh produce, fish, meat, and poultry.

Those who live in the Seattle area (Eastside) can support Dan and Amber in their effort to have a positive impact in our community and to spread the word that there is a smarter way to eat. I see their success as the vanguard of a new trend toward a more healthful lifestyle that is spreading across the country. And if you don’t live nearby, you can now order what you need to eat smart online at

Dan and Amber also publish a newsletter and have started a lecture series featuring experts on weight loss and healthful eating. Sign up on the website to receive the newsletter and announcements about the sales, lectures, and other events they sponsor.

Congratulations, Dan and Amber! I wish you many more years of success and count myself lucky to have the two of you as friends and neighbors.

Smart Eats,,
15224 Main Street, Suite 100, Mill Creek WA 98012
Tel: 425-338-1300 Fax: 425-645-8036

(C) 2011, Judy Barnes Baker, Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the store above other than as a regular customer, and I have not been compensated for the opinions expressed.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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13 years ago

Such a wonderful family. They can teach us a lot for a healthy lifestyle.