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Since Leaving The Jungle

Posted on 01/13/2009

Anyone who describes “survival of the fittest” as the basic law of commerce hasn’t learned very much since leaving the jungle.  I wrote that in my book, “The Seattle Sutton Solution,” and our current economic conditions remind me why.   Basically, we’re in a situation where cooperation offers the best chance for success.   So many times people are tempted to act selfishly, when the real answer, as always, is to look for ways to help each other.

Dr. Sutton (Kelly to me) and I were talking recently about how many times his patients would bring him “presents” of farm-grown fruits and vegetables.  They were saying thanks for the fact (and the low cost) of his medical practice.  We sure enjoyed those fruits and vegetables.  Healthy eating!
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Know how many obese people live in America at the present time?  Seventy-two million. 
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A little more about Oprah, if you please.  She’s come a long way since using the liquid diet to (temporarily) lose dozens of pounds.  I know that currently she’s using her program to promote healthy eating.  Many of the foods she cites are on our menu.  So I have no complaint about that.  It’s progress for Oprah, as it would be for any of us.

Why did I “scold” her?  Rightly or wrongly, I did so because I feel she’s retreated into an “elitist” approach which is of small or no benefit to the millions who rightfully adore her and seek to follow her example.  These are the people who’ve made her into a billionaire and I feel she has a responsibility to them, just as I feel a responsibility to those on Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals. A personal chef, a personal trainer, and membership in an expensive workout spa are hard for the rest of us to duplicate.

And I’m skeptical about the long-term utility of any approach to eating which does not include portion-control.  Like I always say, calories in versus calories out.  As for exercise, well, of course, I think it’s useful.  But if you don’t use controlled moderation in your diet, and if you only rely on exercise to lose weight, you are likely to end up eating twice as much.

Any diet—even a healthy one—that isn’t what you should eat for the rest of your life is a fad diet, especially you’re not learning portion size.  During decades of sincere and dedicated research, I’ve not found any such diet—except for Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
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My daughter Paula received a call from a fellow who weighs 700 pounds.  Goodness, I’m rooting for him.  This man went through gastric-bypass surgery, lost some weight, and gained it all back.  He’s considering Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, but is somewhat discouraged by what he’s been through.  

Unfortunately, his situation is not unique.  We often receive calls from people who have gone through this risky surgery and have not experienced any lasting weight reduction.  

People need to learn to eat right (which they can do when they’re eating Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating meals).  I frequently hear a customer say, “When I first started the meals, the portions seemed so small.  But after a couple of weeks, they seemed just right.  I didn’t realize how much extra I was eating.”

So if you’re considering surgery or otherwise feeling discouraged by failed fad diets, I urge you one and all to experience Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.  We truly are the right answer.

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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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