Posted on 02/20/2009
Honest and direct are the ways my mom and dad taught me to relate to others and that’s how I’ve operated my whole life.
A few people don’t like it when I criticize another business, especially one that purports to deliver the same benefits as Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. I understand. That’s their privilege. I appreciate the many, many people who come up to me personally, or call, or write to thank me for my candor and my information.
We all have the right to think. When I exercise my brain, I reach personal conclusions—opinions, if you will—which I think are valuable enough to share with others. So here’s my stark assessment of the meal replacement company I least respect.
That company is NutriSystem (NS). I don't like their advertising and I don't like their meal caliber. So many people are being lured into their net by a marketing/advertising barrage funded with at least $200 million per year.
They routinely show meals containing elements they do not provide, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and salads. They also use paid models for testimonials and add the dreaded caveat: “Results not typical.” All in all, NS sells their meals with what I call the “Royal Nonesuch” approach, popularized by Mark Twain in his novel, “Huckleberry Finn.” Claims are made, sales result, the stock price goes up, and the company moves on to the next town, so to speak, hoping the word doesn’t spread.
Please understand, dear reader, I don’t like the negative approach any more than you do. But I feel it is my duty to do my best in my little blog and elsewhere to give my honest opinions. Here are some aspects of NS that I feel an obligation to share with you.
What? Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating offers a healthy way of eating for the rest of your life. We have no need for disclaimers. Our meals are freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced, and calorie and portion controlled.
Thanks for reading the facts and listening to my opinions. Healthy eating to all, and to all, a good night.
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.