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Also Have To Eat Right

Posted on 03/13/2009

     Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  In my last blog, I asked for encouragement in the face of NutriSystem’s threat and you gave me exactly what I needed.  I am grateful for your strength.   
     Some of you called, or stopped me in person, and many of you sent your comments to the blog page.
     By the way, if you’d like to see those comments, look to your right.  At the bottom of the comments scroll, there’s a link:  “Click To View All Comments.”  Well, if you follow its advice and click on it, you’ll be able to see what I’m talking about.  The first eight pages (!) contain the relevant comments.
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     This week Crain’s Chicago Business and WMAQ (NBC-TV) in Chicago have reported on NutriSystem’s reaction to my calling them out.  The two blogs in question are titled “Help Someone Have Courage” and “I Least Respect.”  
     If you haven’t read them yet (or want to again), then look to the right and you’ll see them listed.  Just click on each one and read away.
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     I think the comments just scratch the surface in terms of public opinion.  The people know!  They’re just looking for a way to be heard.
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     To sum up my analysis of NutriSystem:  “It’s not enough to eat less.  You also have to eat right.”
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     Speaking of NutriSystem, fair is fair, so I want to correct a possible misapprehension.   In my blog, I mentioned that their website included information about Orlistat, an appetite reducing drug.  To my knowledge, NS does not promote any weight loss drugs.  Why would they since such drug use would compete with their product’s marketing?  So let’s take that off the table.  I haven’t changed my opinion of their meals.
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     Not all of the comments we receive are posted.  Some are answered personally, others referenced in this blog.  Sometimes one answer deals with a dozen similar questions.  Sadly, a few fall below standards of decency and fairness.  These are discarded.
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     I received this comment: “Hello, my biggest problem is belly fat, please help.  Can this food reduce this?”
     Of course.  When you lose weight, you lose weight everywhere.
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     Another reader asks: “I have been on Seattle Sutton for two weeks and two days and I have never been so constipated as I am now…I love the idea of Seattle Sutton…I wish (we) could be allowed to choose our meals…I didn’t like the nasty mayo spinach dip…the hummus you replaced it with is awesome.”
     Well, the idea that customers should choose their own meals is one I’ve heard before.  Haven’t they been choosing their own meals prior to coming on Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating?  How did that work out?  Most people who come to us have made very poor choices for a long time.  The point is we have almost 25 years experience in creating menus and preparing healthy meals.  There are so many considerations and—please forgive my plain-speaking—we are quite good at what we do.   
     Which is not to say we’re perfect.  We listen to our customers.  That’s why we have the hummus dip you like so much.  Any changes have to fit into the healthy eating parameters of the specific meal, the day, and the week.  It’s a delicate balance.  And while it’s possible for a conscientious person to duplicate it in her own kitchen, it’s a lot easier and smarter to trust us.  We have a proven track record.
     Our menu is considered to be creative (never boring).  If you are not used to healthy eating, it may be a bit of an adjustment for you.  You need to eat to live, not live to eat.
     As for the constipation, speaking as a nurse, I want to inform you that the medical recommendation is 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories, and we easily meet that standard.  Maybe you need to move around more frequently?  
     I also have to ask if you’re drinking enough water.   It’s important to take in eight glasses of water a day.  Sodas do not count.  Anyway, I received your comment last week.  I hope you’re better now.  
     Let me know, please.

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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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