What Is Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Living Philosophy?

At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating we are proud that our healthy living philosophy is based on the science of eating right, and not opinions, diet fads or trends. This philosophy has not changed since we started delivering fresh, healthy meals over 35 years ago. Interested in learning more about our philosophy towards diet, exercise, and lifestyle? You’re in luck! We got in touch with our founder, Seattle Sutton herself, to lay out what healthy eating has always meant to us.

We are confident in our approach to health and have seen firsthand how a healthy diet including balance, variety, and enjoyment and leaving out strict rules, deprivation, and guilt can improve your life on every level. Our healthy living philosophy can lead to a transformation in your health, energy, mindset, and body. We believe that health is the most important thing in life. Without good health, nothing else matters. It's essential to put your health first in order to experience and enjoy the rest! Read on to learn about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Living Philosophy.

A well-balanced diet includes a variety of foods which are necessary for good health and requires no unnecessary restrictions or fad diets. When one experiences success with improved eating habits, feeling better leads to a happier disposition and positive attitude, which is vital for strong mental and physical health. We need to eat to nourish our bodies, not just for good taste. Although, healthy food should taste good!

We do not believe in diet rules and deprivation. Eat when your body tells you to eat and when you feel hungry, don't eat just because it is mealtime. Choose what you are in the mood for and take your time and enjoy it. Fad diets come and go but healthy eating principles such as eating a wholesome diet with variety, moderation, and balance always hold true. Focus on lots of color on your plates, nothing artificial, and fresh ingredients.

Exercise is important for good health and has a slew of health benefits. If you are looking to lose weight, diet is hands down more effective at shedding those unwanted pounds when compared to exercise, so we need to focus on both diet and exercise. Losing weight with proper portion control can help keep you active and make movement more enjoyable. Research shows that people who are able to lose weight and keep it off include physical activity in their daily routines. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain and we shouldn't ignore the many other benefits including mental health, sleep, and reducing disease risks. A good mix of diet and exercise will keep you looking and feeling great!

Weighing yourself should not become an obsessive practice that determines your mood for the day. Check your weight once a week on the same scale and at the same time of day. Weighing more than this may not be an accurate picture of your weight loss journey and may be discouraging. If you have a setback, don’t give up, return to your goals and take it one day at a time. Remember, you are gaining so much with this lifestyle change…it is not only about the number on the scale!

Diet pills and supplements are not necessary with a healthy, balanced diet. Everyone should focus on getting their nutrition from the foods they eat by focusing on whole foods. Many diet pills and supplements have dangerous and sometimes deadly side effects. Pills cannot reverse years of unhealthy eating and inactivity. To be healthy requires a lifestyle change: diet and movement; not a cocktail of pills. Whole foods provide much better resources for the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs.

Artificial flavors and sweeteners have no place in our diet. We believe in the natural sweetness of foods from nature. Consuming something that is over 400 times as sweet as table sugar may only increase our sweet tooth which is counterintuitive to our goals of improving our health. Opt for fruit rather than sweets themselves. If you have a sweet treat, limit the portion and frequency.

Alcohol is okay in moderation but we should remember that all alcoholic beverages contain empty calories and have no nutritional value. If you choose to drink, limit it to one drink per day and make sure you discuss with your physician if you have any health issues or on prescription medications.

Dining out and enjoying treats can be included with an overall healthy diet, as long as it is planned and balanced with healthy choices the majority of the time. If invited out to dinner, go and enjoy yourself! Order carefully, share a meal or bring items with you if you need to. A healthy diet must be maintainable and realistic. Restaurant meals and tasty treats are a part of life that shouldn't be feared or avoided. Just make it healthy and keep them small.

We believe that healthy living also involves embracing your inner power, never ceasing learning, and accepting the journey with all the ups and downs which may take place. By following our tenets of healthy living it will help you to put your best self forward, let go of years of fad diets and the emotions that come along with them, and feel your best! We make healthy living easy! Without the worry of meal planning, counting calories, or cooking every day you have time to fit in the other habits that help you be healthy and enjoy life!

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