The Suppers Programs
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The Suppers mission is to provide safe and friendly settings where anyone – and especially people with food-related health challenges – can develop and manage their personal transition to a healthier life.

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Logical Miracles

Logical Miracles, Stories of Hope and Healing from The Suppers Program.

Welcome to The Suppers Programs!

Wouldn’t you just love to:

  • Feel great
  • Lose cravings
  • Look younger
  • Enjoy the foods that are good for you
  • Greet every day with brightness and energy
If yes, please join us for Suppers! Suppers is a network of groups of people who have many different reasons to get together and prepare whole food and eat it. What we all have in common is an understanding that most of our major health, mental health, and addiction problems are at least partly caused by a compromised food supply and environmental toxins. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which foods and which behaviors are behind our poor moods, flagging energy, and illness. Suppers offers an innovative approach to uncovering important personal data through experiential exercises – all in the context of a free-to-users program. Members just share the cost of making the meal.

What is a Meeting Like?

Meetings take place in private homes and public settings. A typical meeting includes:

  • Preparation of a delicious meal from single, whole, fresh ingredients
  • A few minutes of program literature
  • Eating the meal
  • Discussion or presentation
  • Clean up
In our warm and friendly settings, members exchange ideas, support each other’s change process, and experiment with behavior change.

Nutritional Harm Reduction

We call what we do “Nutritional Harm Reduction”. Members select any number of behavior changes to try, from simply eating one healthy meal a week at meetings to transitioning the entire family off processed foods. You set the course and the pace. Strategies might include switching to healthier versions of favorite snacks, eating regularly at the family table, using food or supplements to reduce cravings, or working on supportive relationships.

Since nourishing the body and brain isn’t typical in our medical and recovery cultures, we created support groups to help people work on diet and lifestyle change. We understand that from your point of view, the labels may be important. Reducing harm nutritionally can help people with a wide range of challenges. So in addition to general meetings focused on preparing healthy food, we have Suppers programs for people concerned about:

  • ADD
  • Stable blood sugar
  • Sobriety
  • Teen eating habits
  • Vegetarian lifestyle
  • Gluten free lifestyle
  • Raw vegan lifestyle
  • Diagnosis-focused groups

Program literature is available free as PDF files. Most of the articles are relevant for anyone whose family health or mental health challenges include a combination of depression, anxiety, learning issues, obesity, diabetes or problems with alcohol. Why?

Because the diagnosis is inconsequential compared to the biochemical and environmental causes.

Is There a Suppers That's Right For You?

The Suppers programs are table-based support groups for people who are oriented toward prevention or who would like to use a whole food and lifestyle approach to address chronic health challenges. There are no fees but the price of your meal. No one tells you what or how to eat. In fact, actively practicing non-judgment is the first principle of the program. The facilitators in our network offer a range of vegan, vegetarian and omnivore meetings. You can combine our support with the recommendations of your health care practitioner because the program itself does not have any bias about which diet is healthiest; our priority is high quality whole food, whatever you choose to eat. You can try out different meetings to see what works best for you.

Do you even know if your diet and lifestyle are preventing you from living a full and happy life?

Take this short beginner's questionnaire to see if Suppers is for you.

Background

Our first pilot was called Suppers for Sobriety. In 2006, we started a “table-based” recovery group for alcoholics and their loved ones who were ready to make diet and lifestyle changes to support more comfortable sobriety. It quickly became clear that any of the “health relatives” of alcoholics (people with depression, anxiety, learning issues, obesity, and diabetes) would benefit from the program. Why? Because the underlying biochemical and environmental causes are virtually the same. While the details of the individual nutritional needs and toxicity issues vary greatly from one person to another, the general recommendations are essentially the same: eat closer to nature; use simple assessment tools to determine what foods best suit your highly individual biological needs; reduce and manage stress better; and get into the habit of meaningful physical activity.

Here’s What We’re Up Against

Do you think healthy food is boring? Would you say you eat candy because you “like the taste”? Does the thought of having dinner without bread or pasta, wine, a cup of coffee, and dessert sound depressing? At the level of one’s physical body, a huge challenge to the overweight, addicted, depressed, anxious or exhausted is to get enough support to carry you through the transition from feeling dependent on processed food to enjoying a healthy diet. It’s hard to believe it until you experience for yourself how much better you feel on real food than on the rushes and crashes of processed food. It’s hard to believe until you explore for yourself how the things you think of as your way of eating – from packages and bottles – places you on a rollercoaster of anxiety and depression. And it’s hard to believe that getting people off that rollercoaster – one meal at a time – is what has to happen to turn around the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and learning issues.

Some Suppers meetings are specific to a group (for example, people with diabetes or alcoholics in recovery); others welcome people whose mutual interest is simply eating better. We’re all on a blood sugar/mood chemistry rollercoaster if we habitually eat processed foods to change how we feel. The common denominator – the addictive food supply – leads people to far flung health challenges that have similar solutions:

Absent refined foods and beverages, these problems hardly exist.
Change your diet and lifestyle, reverse the process.

In a word, what Suppers does is help people return – as much as necessary – to the food and behaviors that predate these epidemics.

Shared Roots

Labels rule. We are set up to identify with labels like “depressed”, “obese”, “diabetic”, and so forth. We’d like to help you identify with your solutions instead of your labels. Our starting assumption is that you can use data your own body provides to figure out what whole foods help you feel energized and have stable blood sugar and mood chemistry. We get the data from simple experiments you can do at home. People use the program to help with:
  • Supporting long term sobriety
  • Feelings of dependence on sweets or other foods
  • Obesity or struggles with weight
  • Diabetes, hypoglycemia, and the problems that extend from poor insulin regulation
  • Depression, when food-related
  • Anxiety, when food-related
  • Learning issues like ADD, when food-related
  • And finally, the plain old malaise, crankiness, and fatigue experienced by people who are hooked on junk food
What they all have in common is shared roots in habitual but correctible diet and lifestyle behaviors and sometimes environmental factors. They are all made possible by some combination of our lifestyles, our genetics, environmental impurities, and the addictive food supply of highly processed foods and beverages.

For Chronic Illness, Medical Treatment is Not Enough

Hasn’t your doctor (or your own common sense) told you you need to eat better, reduce stress, and exercise? The solutions are simple, but for most, they are not easy to follow.

Here’s why:

Our number one national addiction is not cigarettes or alcohol. It’s food. And the national menu of processed foods is so addictive, many of us have lost the taste for foods that support life. They also sap our strength and rob us of mental and physical energy. That makes the standard American diet a gateway to obesity, diabetes, drinking problems, and numerous mental health issues.

At Suppers meetings, you can learn more about the mechanisms of blood sugar regulation and brain chemistry that lead us to make poor “automatic food choices”. More important, you’ll learn the practical solutions like:
  • Preparing healthy, mood-stabilizing meals from single, whole, fresh ingredients, including easy one-pot meals that take a half hour to put together
  • Making them delicious
  • Getting and giving support as you do experiments and learn to make accurate observations about how you relate to foods and drinks
  • Getting and giving support as you re-shape your palate for nutritious foods
  • Getting and giving support as you identify specific needs for you and your family like cooking to support recovery, stabilizing blood sugar, or eliminating gluten
  • Getting and giving support as you establish new habits of mind and body, like setting doable goals for exercise and stress management
  • Restoring the habit of eating at a family table

All of this takes place in a support group that’s cost free except for the price of your meal.

What Has to Happen

As a culture, we need to return to foods and behaviors that predate the epidemics.

Stop searching for answers; apply what you already know but ignore.

Getting well is not something we can accomplish just in medical settings; it’s something we accomplish at home, with friends, and with family. While drugs may be necessary while you identify the sources of your problem, they don’t resolve the chronic health conditions that result from unhealthy lifestyle. They provide relief as long as you take them. We’re grateful they do! Up to a point.

And here is the point: To the extent that drugs or therapies allow you to mask symptoms so that you don’t change your diet, stress management, and exercise habits, it is to that extent that the drugs or therapies perpetuate the problem. Obviously, in the case of diabetes or severe depression, medication must be included in a personal plan. Still, there is no substitute for healthy living. The person with type-2 diabetes is likely to reduce dependence on medications with a stabilizing diet coupled with exercise. We see people with type-1 diabetes achieve better control with fewer units of insulin when they experiment and observe how their bodies respond to various foods.

So if you suspect that some or all of your health and mood challenges could resolve or partially improve with diet and lifestyle support, Suppers is for you.

What’s to Eat?

Once you remove all the highly processed foods, what’s left? Real food: vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, fowl, nuts, seeds, legumes, and non-milled grain. Suppers recipes call for ingredients that stabilize mood, energize, and normalize blood sugar. The meals are flavorful, relatively simple preparations that require lots of low starch vegetables, a protein source (could be animal or vegetable), and high quality fats. Cereal grains are limited to the non-gluten, non-milled grains like brown rice, and there is no sugar. Most of our recipes look like soups, stews, chili, salads, slaw, and smoothies.

Our Pledge to Members

The only price you will ever pay is the cost of your meal. The only investment you will ever make is your own time and effort. The payoff is more vibrant health for you, your loved ones, and anyone to whom you pass on the program. At Suppers, we are very concerned about the profit motive that drives the national menu of highly processed foods, one of the strongest forces degrading the food supply, setting us up for addictions, and endangering our health. So we pledge to set a good example and keep the program free. Our literature is available at no cost as PDF files at www.TheSuppersPrograms.org.

In return, we ask that all who attend embrace our non-profit spirit and share their experience while refraining from the promotion of any particular diet, product or service.

Welcome to Suppers!