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I Least Respect

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. 

I Call It Like I See It

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.

My Qualms with NutriSystem

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.

Here's The Scoop

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.

  • NutriSystem foods don’t need to be refrigerated.  They can be stored at room temperature in a cupboard or on the counter top and have a shelf life of up to 24 months. Aaagh! Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals are freshly prepared, must be refrigerated, and should be eaten within a few days.
  • NutriSystem foods contain artificial sweeteners Splenda and Sunett.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating does not contain artificial sweeteners.
  • NutriSystem food contains color dyes.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating does not.
  • Some NutriSystem entrees and desserts are frozen.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals are freshly prepared and not delivered frozen.
  • NutriSystem’s program is not for children or anyone under the age of 18.  They do not recommend their program for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.  According to their website, it is not for anorexics or bulimics.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals are for everyone, including young children, teenagers, adults, pregnant and nursing mothers, and the elderly.  I’m glad that many bulimic and anorexic people, including the wonderful Amanda Crowder, have benefited from our meals.
  • NutriSystem food contains partially hydrogenated oils.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating has none.
  • NutriSystem meals contain high fructose corn syrup.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating has none.
  • NutriSystem food contains artificial flavors.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating has none.
  • On its website, NS describes the diet pill Orlistat, which may have many side effects.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating absolutely does not recommend pills.  We follow established guidelines of health and nutrition experts
  • NutriSystem publishes this disclaimer: “Any weight loss program may cause constipation, muscle cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, dry or cold skin, fatigue, gout, hair loss, headaches, loss of lean body mass, irregular or stopping of menstruation, reduced tolerance to cold, as well as other possible side effects.  Please be sure to eat all the food that is recommended on the NutriSystem program.  Failure to…eat all of the food…may involve the risk of developing serious health complications.”

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.

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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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