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Facilitator Newsletter

"The heartbeat of Suppers is the volunteer facilitators..."

A Message From Dor:

At an event a few years ago, I introduced Audelle by saying, "If I could have 10,000 of any thing, I would have 10,000 of Audelle".  I feel the same way today.  Audelle thoroughly embraced Suppers as the support community she needed to manage diabetes more with food and less with drugs.  She gave back to the program in every imaginable way, from whipping up smoothies at any event to serving on the Board of Trustees.  And now, she's started a vegan meeting in her new home in the Bronx.  She is in the fray with me, trying to figure out how to attract more African Americans into a process that we know to our toes would reduce suffering.  
For years I was quoting a CDC prediction that 1/3 of Americans would become diabetic by age 50, worse for Blacks and Hispanics.  I have it from a food researcher that we've moved closer to half.  And our new friends at the Institute for Responsible Nutrition added, "No country has figured out how to reverse the epidemics of metabolic disease."   But there does need to be a massive cultural shift in our assumptions; the assumption needs to be, "Suffering is optional; you can fix a lot with food".  In this month's Suppers Facilitator Newsletter, Audelle will be the voice of improving blood sugar on a vegan diet.  She will co-host the February 28th Suppers facilitator training, which will be exclusively for people who want to run meetings to help people normalize blood sugar and mood chemistry (Karen and I represent a more Paleo approach -- read "meat"; biological individuality rules!).
The story of Suppers is the crossing pathways of now-hundreds of people (way more if you count website visitors) who work our program to reduce suffering and lead vibrant lives. Please share your photo, bio and story with Maggie; she's making the 2016 calendar of features now.  Every time we tell our stories, we give hope and fresh ideas to people who don't understand that much of their suffering is optional.

Important Notes:

  1. Is your facilitator profile on the Suppers website? If not, please email 5-10 sentence to to be featured on the website!
  2. Please send photos and recipes from meetings to be featured in our newsletter and on the website!
  3.  We will be featuring a different facilitator in each issue. Please send an exercise, activity, best practice or short food prep video to share with other facilitators and we can include you too!
  4. Facilitator lunch and learns will resume third Tuesdays of each month at noon

Upcoming Events:
  1. Stages of Change Model presentation, January 19th at noon. People follow a fairly predictable progression from not thinking about healthy change at all to mastering the healthy changes they decided to pursue. Understanding the natural course of change process can help you and your loved ones.
  2. Facilitator TrainingSunday, February 28th (all day). This training will be for those who are specifically interested in serving the diabetes population.
  3. Facilitator Lunch and Learns: Meetings typically run 3rd Tuesdays from noon to 2:00 p.m.  We will also schedule some special events.  I’ll announce each one a few weeks prior to the date.
    1. January 19th at noon: Stages of Change Model
    2. February 21st at 10 AM: A Sunday meeting for those who cannot make weekday meetings.
    3. March 15 at noon:  Treats and Triggers
    4. April 19th at noon: Intimacy: The environment where healthy change can take place
    5. May 17th at noon: Meditations, breathing exercises and mindfulness

Members' Stories:
Audelle's Story: An Alternative to Terror
"If you don't know how Audelle found her way to Suppers, here's her story..."’s-story-alternative-terror

Our Latest Episode of Cook For The Health Of It:
Season 1: Episode 3

The Effect of a Vegetarian Diet on Insulin Dependent Diabetes
Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food Documentary:
Here is an interesting documentary that aired on PBS on December 30th. In this documentary, based on Pollan's book of the same title, he discusses some of the "conflicting claims about nutrition" circling in our media today and much more. Below is a link to watch the documentary. 


This month's recipes:

Vegan: Amy's Almond Flatbread (A Suppers Favorite!)
2 pieces of parchment paper (to fit your cookie sheet)
3 1/2 cups almond meal
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons chia seeds (soaked in double the amount of water, more if needed)
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
For detailed instructions check out the recipe on our website:’s-almond-flatbread
Vegan: African Sweet Potato Stew 
1 tablespoon coconut or EVOO, preferably organic
1 large onion (peeled and chopped)
1 thumb-sized piece ginger (peeled and chopped)
4 garlic cloves (chopped)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves (chopped)
1 red bell pepper (cored and chopped)
1 small jalapeño pepper (minced- optional can used 1/2 tsp chili flakes)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds (brown or yellow)
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large can diced tomatoes (drained, reserve the juice)
2 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 1 in cubes)
2-3 medium white potatoes (chopped into 1 in cubes)
1 can coconut milk
1/3 cup natural smooth almond or peanut butter
1 pound collard greens (ribs removed and shredded)
2 cups cooked chickpeas
For detailed instructions check out this recipe on our website:

This Month's Featured Facilitator:
Audelle Harvey, Board Member


Audelle has been an Internal Auditor/Project Manager in the telecommunications and publishing industries for over 15 years. She holds an MBA in Marketing and is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Internal Auditor. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2002, and ultimately moved to Princeton in 2013 in part to be closer to Suppers' wonderful support system. "I support Suppers because through the support, non-judgement, and inspiration of these meetings and members, I am healing. I've lost over 30 pounds. I've reduced my need for insulin to treat Type 2 diabetes by more than two-thirds. Through experiments, I feel more comfortable in my food choices and want to do whatever I can to spread the Suppers message."
For more information about Audelle's Vegan Meetings, check out these websites:

Thank you Suppers member, Karen Repka for another beautiful water color!


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