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Best Diet Confirmed



I read a recent article about how “science confirms the absolute best diet for health.” Wow, just what I’ve known all along! However, it was a breathe of fresh air to read.  

It was not splashy or gimmicky, so perhaps that is why it flew under most media outlets’ radars. It basically reaffirmed what I have said, lived for and worked for most of my life.  A balanced diet is the way to go.  Needless to say, I was truly happy to pass it along to you!  

When I say “best diet” what I really mean is the one that has been reviewed for its health benefits, effectiveness and successfulness.  

The researcher from Yale University School of Public Health, Dave Katz, M.D., reviewed the health benefits from six of the most popular diet trends –note the word “trends”: low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, Paleo and vegan. He compared the trends with a regular, old “mixed balanced” diet A.K.A., square meals from a combination of plant and animal foods that conform to the standard dietary guidelines for daily recommendations set by the Institute of Medicine.  

His findings? They are clear, the winner is a diet comprised mostly of minimally processed foods direct from nature and food made up of such ingredients. It is a sensible approach that is not something the general public views as exciting, easy or the latest and greatest. But, it is tried and true and at the basis of our meal plan.  

We have nearly 30 years of success with helping people improve their eating habits and overall health. We know this “mixed balance” plan works, we’ve seen it time and again. It is also the most recommended type of diet plan by health and medical professionals.  

Yes, the findings are not ground shattering or the headline-making findings you normally hear by mainstream media.  Those are normally saved for fad diets that are the new “in diet” that everyone is talking about. But, after not too long, it is then replaced with a new fad and so on and so forth.  

I’m happy to have read this article, to see it is being embraced and recognized as the “best diet confirmed.” Perhaps now with such a reputable physician -- Dr. Dave Katz -- putting his recommendations down on paper, then the rest of the country will soon realize it too. Kudos to you, Dr. Katz! I also love his rules to live by: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.  Well said, Dr. Katz.

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In other recent nutrition news, there’s a new study out that questions the link between saturated fat and heart disease. Researchers published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,indicated they found no link between restricting saturated fat to lower heart disease risks. It will be interesting to see how others in the medical and nutrition community, especially theAmerican Heart Association and American Diabetes Association, takes this new and somewhat controversial study into consideration for their nutritional suggestions and guidelines. Stay tuned about this topic, this is certain to spark much more discussion in the medical community.

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In 14 weeks, our Seattle Sutton’s 2014 Slim Down contestants have lost at total of 435.6 pounds! Way to go, contestants! Only ONE more week until we name the winner of this year’s Slim Down Contest. For the latest contest coverage, check out their progress on ourFacebook page and read the latest news about our contestants.

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  • cid  - 4/21/2014 12:21:13 AM

    All "drinks" are likely to give you heart problems, etc.  All pop/soda contain something that is bad for you.  Whether it be sugar or artificial sweetener.  Unless you shop at a real health food store, you are going to get something that is bad for you.  Live your life to the fullest each and ever day because you never know when it could be your la ...


  • Christine Engelman  - 3/21/2014 9:32:23 AM

    This is quite honestly the most delicious food I have eaten recently!  Amazing... the margarita flatbread was gourmet!  I don't feel like I am dieting, at all.  I am on the 1200 calorie plan and was concerned about being hungry.  I have not been hungry yet and have so very much enjoyed each of these meals.  I more impressed than I can express.  Tha ...


  • Cynthia  - 3/17/2014 11:43:04 AM

    I'm starting for real today 3/17/14... they said it takes 21 days to create a new habit so i'm dedicating 21 days to eating right with sshe.  i'll check back in when my 21 days are up!


  • Niesha Procaccino  - 3/13/2014 12:40:05 AM

    Great going with your diet plan.Nice progress


  • Thomas Duke  - 3/11/2014 6:35:24 AM

    Thanks For The Great Article,Very Helpful


  • SSHE Corporate  - 12/3/2013 12:20:43 PM

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for your interest in Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating and our Seattle Sutton's Slim Down Contest. We will be kicking off our next contest come 2014 in Northwest Indiana (Lake and Porter Counties).

    Our contests typically run from January through April for 15 weeks. Our 2015 contest has not been decided as of yet...check back n ...


  • Susan J.  - 11/30/2013 1:04:23 PM

    When is your next slim Down Contest for Chicago/southwestern suburbs/Will County?


  • Paula Heaton, RN, BSN   - 11/8/2013 7:56:53 AM

    Hi Helen,

    Please go to “Our Program”, then “Nutritional Analysis”.  Then scroll to the bottom of that page to view the detailed analysis of potassium  and phosphorus of both the 1200 and 2000 calorie plans.  If your renal registered dietitian has any questions about our program, please ask him/her to call me any time at 817-689-0265.  We are ve ...


  • Seattle  - 11/8/2013 7:37:28 AM


    I'm thrilled you love our celery bake. It's been on our plan for a very long time. It's a family favorite.

    We'd love to help you out, however our recipes are for 1000's...doubt you cook for that many people! So sorry we can't help.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



  • Helen Glynn  - 11/6/2013 12:26:01 PM

    What is the potassium levels for the meals in do I find out


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