Seattle Sutton Diet

Seattle Sutton (yes that’s her real name) is the creator of a pre-packaged diet plan. Thanks to Vic who has given me the following outline of her experiences with Seattle Sutton:

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Seattle Sutton is a prepackaged diet plan of fresh food that is provided twice a week. They have 2 levels, 1,000 calories that becomes 1,200 calories when you add 2 fat-free dairy products as recommended, or the 1,800 calorie plan with the same (or similar) recommendation. I’ve been doing the 1,200 calorie plan for 4 weeks. I’m going into my 5th week on Thursday. You start on Thursday when you pay and pick up your first set of meals. Then you return on Monday for the remainder of the week’s meals.

Seattle Sutton is the name of the founder, a registered nurse who lives in downstate Illinois. She has a web site that shows menus and gives some background info. It’s not a ‘community’ site, like Nutrisystem has. She calls it “Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating”.

She has a couple of restaurants where you can get a meal to eat in or to go. There’s one in Chicago, but I haven’t been there in a couple of years. I don’t know how extensive her business is nationwide. They have 2 types of business opportunities – one type that makes the meals, the other type is the meal distributor.

My meal distributor just has an office with a desk and 4 large, sliding-glass door refrigerators. The office is in a building that houses medical professionals (dentist and doctor offices). You just walk in, pay, and take your bag of pre-packaged goodies.

The packages are plastic boxes with clear tops. They are labeled, but not consistently. Some foods come with complete nutritional analyses. Some just tell you what’s inside, no nutritional info.

 BACKGROUNDThe Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating program is a meal-delivery program that was started not in Seattle, Washington but in Marseilles, Illinois by Seattle Sutton, a registered nurse who has made it her mission to improve the way people eat.

Created in part to avoid the pitfalls of grabbing a greasy pizza after work or running through the fast-food drive through after a late meeting, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals are convenient, taste-tested, calorie-controlled and low fat.

You can choose between a 1,200 or 2,000 calorie-a-day meal program. The program is intended for people who want to lose weight, are diabetic, have heart disease, are unable to drive or cook for themselves or prefer to not shop and cook meals for themselves or their family.

PRO

  • Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program was created by medical professional
  • It is a convenient way to eat healthy meals
  • Ideal for diabetics
  • Ideal for those with heart disease
  • Low-calorie and low-fat meals help you to lose weight
  • Fresh-prepared, refrigerated meals
  • Encourages exercise

CON

  • Expensive
  • Does not teach you how to eat or prepare your own meals
  • May not be realistic to always eat delivered meals
  • Not vegetarian friendly
  • No customization of menu
  • Does not take into account the emotional component of eating

DIET and NUTRITIONThe Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating meals are delivered to you two times each week, or if you live near a Seattle Sutton’s center, you can pick them up. Each shipment contains 21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners. The meals require refrigeration. There are five weeks of meal plans that you will receive alternately.

Unfortunately, special requests like vegetarian options cannot be accommodated. Each of the two meal plans, either the 1,200 or the 2,000 calories, sticks to foods that are low on the glycemic index in order to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent any surges in hunger.

Sample menu items include apple-cinnamon muffins, peirogies, spinach calzones, salmon fillet and southwestern bean and pasta salad.

On the plan, you are allowed to drink fat-free milk, have an occasional alcoholic drink and go out to dinner. If you go out to dinner, you are encouraged to eat salads with dressing on the side, lean protein and vegetables with no added butter. It is then recommended that you freeze your Seattle Sutton dinner for another meal.

EXERCISEThe Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program does not require that you exercise as part of your diet, but they do encourage you to exercise if you want to lose weight. According to the company, successful weight loss requires that you take in fewer calories than you use. Eating a healthy, balanced diet combined with moderate exercise is the most effective way to lose weight.

CONCLUSIONLike other meal-delivery programs, the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program is designed to help you lose weight without having to count calories or prepare your own meals. If you don’t mind spending the money to have someone cook for you, then this program might be a wise choice. Just keep in mind that the diet does not instill any knowledge in you on how to prepare your own meals. Once you leave the program, it then becomes your responsibility to teach yourself how to shop and cook for yourself while maintaining your new weight loss.

Nutrition

They claim 64 grams of protein is provided per day. I don’t think so. I’ve counted and some days you get 64, and some days you get 35. I asked about this, and they said it ‘balances out for the week’ (I’m not convinced, but I haven’t calculated an entire week), and that you shouldn’t eat too much protein anyway. With my surgery preventing me from assimilating everything I eat, I AM concerned about getting enough protein.

It is a calorie and fat controlled plan. But I don’t think it’s healthful as in ‘health food’ healthful. It is somewhat ‘old fashioned’ in that it’s not low-carb at all. You don’t get any choices, but they don’t serve any beef, which was a plus for my taste. She offers way too many real sugar sweets (muffins, sweet breads), especially for breakfast. She also offers fruit juices, which I think are nutritionally not worth the calorie cost.

I just offer the breakfast foods to my family, and eat egg whites and whole grain toast, plain oatmeal or Total-type cereal with a fat-free milk or yogurt – anything but a muffin, thanks. I can’t have too much sugar in one sitting thanks to my gastric bypass, not even a muffin.

Fresh Fruit

She provides fresh fruit in some, not all meals, on average 1 piece of fresh fruit a day. The fruit is very small in size and almost never ripe. They don’t wash it or wrap it. The first week, I got a fresh (unripe) kiwi with my processed turkey ‘steak’ sandwich, which included a whole grain bun, lettuce, and low fat mayo.

The unwashed, unprotected kiwi had ‘shed’ kiwi ‘fur’ onto the turkey. I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out what it was on the turkey (it looked like someone had emptied their used razor onto it) until I figured it out. Sigh.

I haven’t had any adverse effects from her food, so I guess I’ll live (LOL!).

Summary

The food is rather bland (tuna noodle casserole) but she does try to make it interesting (the chicken fajita was good, but not spicy). Nothing is repeated in a month, altho in the 5th week, I’ve begun to seen repeated meals.

It costs me $99 a week for the 1,000 calorie plan. Not sure what the bigger plan costs. That’s an ‘average’ cost. In some areas it’s cheaper, but not more expensive, I don’t think.

Since I started Seattle Sutton I’ve begun to exercise (jog 3 miles a day. 6 days a week). I think this has contributed to my feeling hungry, usually late in the day. I don’t think 1,200 is enough calories for my activity level. I fill in with a mini-bag of popcorn, an extra yogurt or a piece of fruit at night. I’ve lost 9 pounds since I started. I think I gained a little muscle weight, tho.