Eat to Thrive

Brooklyn, NY

Mondays, February 4 – April 8, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 2275 East 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
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Eat to Thrive is a comprehensive and inspirational 10-week course developed by Betsy Bragg to educate people in a holistic, sensible approach to a living-foods diet and lifestyle. The class will teach you to recognize your mind-body connection and how to cleanse and nourish your body and soul. Be inspired to develop daily routines that nurture your path to personal empowerment. Explore various holistic approaches to healing while learning to set up your living food kitchen. Expand your nutritional knowledge, including the A-B-C’s of sprouting and the optimal benefits of an alkaline and enzyme-rich diet.

Each class will include a lesson about a key topic for health and nutrition, a featured guest speaker with experience in the field, a five-course dinner, and hands-on experience preparing plant-sourced foods. Throughout the course you will gain access to a variety of healthy, delicious recipes and learn how simple, enjoyable and affordable it can be to change your lifestyle.

During the 10 weeks of this course, you will not only be able to change your life, but you will learn the skills required to ensure a long, healthy life for your family as well. Those interested in sharing their knowledge of health and nutrition with others have the option of receiving a health educator certification through this program. Others who only seek exposure to the material can audit the course for a lower fee. Every person who enrolls will enjoy the benefits of finding a community of people passionate about creating healthy behaviors and supporting others in pursuit of the same goals.

How it Works

  • Course Length: 10 weeks
  • Duration: March 14 – May 30
  • Average Class Size: 12 students
  • You Will Get: FREE Bio-Well pre and post evaluations (valued at $175), 30 class hours, outstanding lecturers, individualized exercise & nutrition program, 386 manual, 27 DVDs to watch, 10 laminated guides, sprouting kits, PH strips, Perfect Pickler, Nutmilk bag, phone support and two hour consult.

What to Expect Each Class

  • Mindfulness
  • Hands-on preparation of a delectable 5-course meal
  • Sharing of success and challenges with group support
  • Power-point review of DVDs seen at home
  • A Guest lecturer

You Will Learn

The health benefits of plant-based foods

  • How to prepare quick, simple, and delicious vegan recipes on a budget
  • To identify where to purchase fresh, organic, and equitable produce
  • How to create a weekly menu and shopping list that is both healthy and tasty
  • The nutritional benefits of eating organically and locally
  • Why and how to sprout and pickle
  • About our digestive and immune systems and their vital role in wellbeing
  • The importance of detoxing and supplementation and how to do it
  • How to be mindful and its transformative effects
  • How to follow your food plan when eating out and traveling

Enroll Now if You’re

  • seeking to improve your wellbeing
  • looking for a supportive, local vegan community
  • interested in earning a health educator certificate to teach this curriculum to adults or children


Brooklyn NY

  • Free Introduction Potluck: Thursday February 28, 2019 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Classes: Thursday, March 14 – May 30, 6 – 9 pm
  • Course Length: 10 weeks
  • Average Class Size: 12 students
  • You Will Get: FREE Bio-Well pre and post evaluations (valued at $175), 30 class hours, outstanding lecturers, individualized exercise & nutrition program, 386 manual, 27 DVDs to watch, 10 laminated guides, sprouting kits, PH strips, Perfect Pickler, Nutmilk bag, phone support and two hour consult.


This is for students whose goal it is to gain exposure to the subject matter. Whether they have an illness or simply a thirst for knowledge of the subject matter, they will be permitted to attend, borrow DVDs and participate. They will be required to prepare and contribute to the five-course meal. However, there are no attendance or written/oral requirements.

FEE: $950


REPEATING AUDIT STUDENTS (returning graduates)

FEE: $480



This track is for students whose goal it is to apply the knowledge from this course to a career path. Successful completion of this program will lead to an Optimum Health Solution (OHS) Certificate of Completion. Requirements for this course are attendance at 8 out of 10 classes; a passing grade on two take-home essay tests; and a presentation with hands-on learning for a group of at least 5 people (to be described more in detail on the website).

FEE: $1450



Gladys Sutton


David Sutton

Learn more about Gladys and David, click here.

Class Schedule

Do Before Week One: Watch DVDs – Principles of Health, Eating & pH Miracle

Read: Ann Wigmore’s – Why Suffer? (will be emailed to you) and Chapter 1 in text
Sunday, Feb 3 – Be tested on the Bio – Well (to be scheduled)

Week One: Mon. Feb 4 – Overview

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Enjoy snacks: Eggless Egg Salad Wraps, Beet flax cracker with Sunflower Pate
Introductions and Overview of Course
Pick food prep teams and menu
HW: Read Chapter 2 & Watch DVDs – Food Combining, and Water & listen to Sugar CD

Week Two: Feb. 11– Exercise, Food Combining and Water:

Rebounding Exercise with a lecture – location TBD
Dinner presentation & enjoyment: Gold Milk; Kale Avocado Salad; Linguini Zucchini with Marinara Sauce and banana ice cream
Food Combining lecture – Leslie Barnett, Reclaiming Radiance
Water lecture – Dr. Roy Speiser
HW: Read Chapter 3; Watch DVDs – Growing Your Own Food; Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead; Overcoming the Food Imprint

Week Three: Feb 18– Indoor Sprouting for Fun and Nutrition

Compare Juicers making Wheatgrass Juice and the Hippocrates Green Drink
Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment
Indoor sprouting
Food group planning for coming weeks
HW: Read Chapter 4; DVDs Fasting & Internal Awareness and Indoor Sprouting

Week Four: Feb 25– Fasting and Internal Awareness

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Internal Awareness lecture – Donna Perrone, President of Gravity East Village / Certified Colon Hydro-therapist / Trained Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner
Juice Feast
Fermenting presentation of Veggiekraut for your natural probiotics
HW: Read Chapter 5; watch DVDs Detox and Making a Killing

Week Five: March 4– Cleansing

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment
Cleansing lecture – Tom Lindsley
HW Read Chapter 6; Watch DVDs Living Matrix & Ancient and Current Self-Help Techniques

Week Six: March 11 – Mind-Body Connection to Life Force Energy

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment
Mind-Body Connection lecture – Norman Balassiano
HW: Read Chapter 7; Watch 2 different DVDs on Supplements and Genetic Roulette

Week Seven: March 18 – Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Keeping Healthy

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment – Making Nori Rolls
Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Keeping Healthy – Stanley Yuan
HW: Read Chapter 8: Watch Healing Cancer and Simply Raw

Week Eight: March 25– Getting Support from the Healing Community

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment
Getting Support from the Healing Community – Joe Lucier
HW: Read Chapter 9; Watch DVDs Practical Living & Bringing It All Home

Week Nine: – April 1– Bringing It All Home

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment
Dehydration presentation
Bringing it All Home lecture – Karen Ranzi
HW: Read Chapters 10 – 15; Watch DVDs Beyond Raw & Processed People

Week Ten: April 8– Graduation, Awards, Banquet & What’s Next?

Exercise followed by Mindfulness
Five Course Dinner presentation and enjoyment
Discussion of What’s Next

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More than just delicious vegan recipes or easy vegetarian dishes. Eat to Thrive is a lifestyle change. Not a fad diet or a collection of veggie recipes. Eat to Thrive will change your life. Send us this form and we’ll contact you and answer all your questions.

Santos Family

Rose Santos

My 16-year-old daughter, Raquel, was always the most high energy, happiest, and self-confident among all of her friends. But, then, all of a sudden, things started changing. Her school nurse sent me a letter saying that my daughter needs special one on one attention….

Thanks to healthy food, Raquel is now off all medications and has a beautiful future ahead!



Even with all my books and online resources, I’m a kinesthetic learner and really did need hands-on experience to learn. Betsy provided this through live demos, her teachings in the class, and in her internship (which I did). She is very generous and shares so many resources and much information. She also made it all seem easy and approachable.

Tracey Sterns

Tracey Stearns

The kids were eating healthy food… they were excited about Kale which I didn’t even know existed.

Diane Moody


The three primary reasons I chose to come to this class was 1) to learn how to shop, prepare, and sustain healthier eating habits; 2) to share with family, friends, and others the knowledge I’ve gained with confidence; and 3) to learn how the body can heal itself naturally with a healthy diet.

Our Hosts

Gladys Sutton

I began my journey to wellness in 2011 when my husband was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.  I say journey because that’s exactly what it was. A long road of ups and downs that kept providing new learning opportunities.  By years of experimenting, I learned the key concept of listening to my own body. Sounds simple, but it was a difficult concept to grasp when everyone was shoving different programs down my throat.

We eventually found Dr. Joel Fuhrman and loved everything he had to offer.  I then went on to reading countless books and articles about health, adopting the pieces that resonated with me.  Once my husband’s Diabetes was under control through lifestyle changes, I knew that I found my calling to help others find their path to wellness.

I am now a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (IIN) and Diabetic Wellness Expert specializing in holistic approaches to healing chronic inflammation and illness.  With a passion to further my education, I am now studying to become Functional Medicine Practitioner to serve people with more complex health problems.

As a wife and a mom of five boys health is the most important thing to us.  I like to always remember. Who you were, who you are, and who you will be are three different people.

David Sutton

When David Sutton is traveling, you can usually find him carrying a bucket of fruit & salad around for lunch. Having formerly been a talented musician, composer and photographer. David was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in December of 2011 and turned to health as a new passion. He has personally navigated 22 years of debilitating chronic illnesses and learned to overcome them through diet and lifestyle changes.  David is thankful for the opportunity to guide others in their own path to better health.

During the day, David is a buyer for a family owned and operated business. He created, built up a maintains a successful toy division for the company. Year after year sales continues to grow and exceed sales expectations. He has many other responsibilities as a buyer, but when David gets into something. He usually gets into it hardcore and will do it to the best of his ability. His health transformation was no different.

When David isn’t working. You can usually find him swimming, biking, running or spending time with his family. Having been formerly overweight and no exercise experience David has since then completed 3 New York City Marathons, multiple triathlons which include distances up to 70.3 miles. He’s even completed 100-mile bike rides.

David Sutton has been dealing with Type II Diabetes for 7 years with the massive support of his wife and children. He has dealt with depression, high blood pressure, ADHD and Chronic Cysts. David has a been fighting diabetes naturally and managed to remove all medications from his lifestyle, lost more than 60 pounds and took control of his life.

David’s health transformation has given him a new lease on life. He studied many doctors that treat this condition naturally and ran with the information (pun intended).  He has read more than a dozen books on this lifestyle and follow’s many natural plant-based physicians. David’s knowledge in this lifestyle has given him happiness to share his success with other people. He has made it his mission to teach, help and guide others. David’s hopes and dreams he can pay his success forward so, that other too can feel like they’ve been reborn!

This 10-Week Course Is Life-Changing

Eat to Thrive is more than just vegetarian cooking or easy vegan meals.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your health through better eating and lifestyle habits, contact us today!  Our contact information is below or use any of the contact forms, email address or phone numbers you see in this website. Don’t delay, class sizes are limited.