Eat to Thrive

Waltham, MA

Next Class Begins March 26th

Classes meet every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

March 26 to June 4, 2020

FREE Introduction March 19, 6:30 -8:30 pm

To Enroll email or call Betsy Bragg at 617-835-2913

Read testimonials from our graduates. Click here.

Eat to Thrive is a comprehensive and inspirational 10-week program developed by Betsy Bragg to educate people in a holistic, sensible approach to a living-foods diet and lifestyle. The program 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 evening will include a lesson about a key topic for health and nutrition, a featured guest speaker with experience in the field, a five-course vegetarian dinner, and hands-on experience preparing plant-sourced foods. Throughout the program you will gain access to a variety of healthy, delicious vegan recipes and learn how simple, enjoyable and affordable it can be to change your lifestyle.

During the 10 weeks of this program, 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 program 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:

    Classes meet every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

    March 26 to June 4, 2020

  • Average Class Size: 12 students
  • You Will Receive: Free 365-page textbook, 25+ DVDs to watch at home, and FREE introduction September 12!


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


  • Free Introduction  March 19, 6:30 -8:30 pm
  • Meets up: Classes meet every Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm March 26 to June 4, 2020
  • Program Length: 10 weeks
  • Average Size: 12
  • You Will Get: Free 365-page textbook, 25+ DVDs to watch at home, and FREE introduction September 12!


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: $750


REPEATING AUDIT STUDENTS (returning graduates or one family member )


FEE: $375



This track is for students whose goal it is to apply the knowledge from this program to a career path. Successful completion of this program will lead to an Optimum Health Solution (OHS) Certificate of Completion. Requirements for this program is attendance at 8 out of 10 meetings; 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: $1250

To Enroll email or call Betsy Bragg at 617-835-2913



Thursdays, March 26 – June 4, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2020
FREE Introduction March 19, 6:30 -8:30 pm, 2020
Location: 126 Myrtle Street, Waltham, MA
(Speakers subject to change)

Do Before Week One: Watch DVDs – Principles of Health, Eating & pH Miracle
Read: Chapter 1 of Eat to Thrive and Ann Wigmore’s biography – Why Suffer?

Week One: Thursday, March 26 – Overview

• Snack: Eggless Egg Salad Rollups
• HW: Read Chapter 2 & Watch DVDs – 2 Food Combining DVDs & Sugar CD

Week Two: Thursday, April 2– Rebounding –Importance of Exercise, Food Combining
and Water
Co-hosted by Joanne Schmalenberger, Gravoxy owner & fitness instructor

• Rebounding at Gravoxy, 17 South Street, Natick, MA
• Five course presentation and dinner
• Speakers: Leslie Barnett on Food Combining and Margie Aleo on Water
• HW: Read Chapter 3, Wheatgrass and Notes on Growing Your Own Food; Watch DVDs
– Growing Your Own Food; Overcoming the Food Imprint; optional Fat, Sick and Nearly
Dead (Netflex)

No class April 9 observance of Passover

Week Three: Thursday, April 16 – Indoor Sprouting for Fun and Nutrition

• Guest Speaker: Randy Jacobs, Founder and Director of Life Force Growers
• Preparation: Wheatgrass and the Hippocrates Green Drink (with juicer comparison);
• Five course presentation and dinner
• HW: Read Chapter 4, Juice recipes and watch DVDs Fasting & Internal Awareness

Week Four: Thursday, April 23– Fasting and Internal Awareness
• Guest speakers: Doree Croft, colonic therapist, Diane Sugrue & Julia Morin
• Cocktail Party – Feasting on Green Juices
• Preparations: Fermenting presentations of Veggiekraut for your natural probiotics
• HW Read Chapter 6; Watch DVDs Living Matrix & Ancient and Current Self-Help

Week Five: Thursday, April 30 – Cleansing
• Guest Speaker: Tom Lindsley
• Five Course presentation and dinner
• HW: Read Chapter 5; DVDs Detox and Making a Killing

Week Six: Thursday, May 7 – Getting Support from the Healing Community

• Guest Speaker: Leslie Barnett: Reclaiming Your Radiance, The Physics of Feeling Your
• Five-course presentation and dinner
• HW: Read Chapter 7; Watch 2 different DVDs on Supplements and Genetic Roulette;

Week Seven: Thursday, May 14 – Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Keeping Healthy &
Supplements and Enzymes

• Guest Speaker: Jonathan Fang: Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Keeping Healthy
• Making Nori Rolls for dinner
• HW: Read Chapter 8: Watch Healing Cancer, Cancer the Forbidden Cure and Simply

Week Eight: Thursday, May 21 – Mind-Body Connection to Life Force Energy & the Life
Within Cleansing

• Guest Speaker: Joe Lucier –Mind-Body Connection, Bio-Electricity, Life Force Energy &
the Life Within
• Five-course presentation and dinner
• HW: Read Chapter 9; Watch DVDs Practical Living & Bringing It All Home

Week Nine: –– Thursday, May 28 -Bringing It All Home

• Guest Speaker: Manifest Your Destiny/ Bringing It All Home – Karen Regnante, How to
stick to Hippocrates lifestyle with life-changing
• Preparation: Dehydration presentations of flax crackers, kale and green string beans
• Five-course presentation and dinner
• HW: Read Chapters 10 – 15; Watch DVDs Beyond Raw & Processed People

Week Ten: – Thursday, June 4 – Graduation, Awards, Banquet & What’s Next

Live a Healthy Life

Start By Contacting Us!

More than just delicious veggie recipes or easy vegetarian dinners. Eat to Thrive is a lifestyle change. Not a fad diet – Eat to Thrive can change your life. Send us this form, we’ll contact you and answer all your questions.

You can also try our free introduction on September 12th or if you’re ready to sign up just click the signup button below.

To Enroll email or call Betsy Bragg at 617-835-2913


Clinton Norton Sepeaks about EAT TO THRIVE

Clinton Norton

Watch Clint Norton’s video testimonial and learn how he achieved optimum health at Eat to Thrive after 11 Cardiac Heart Procedures.

Julia Cervantes

Watch this video. Julia Cervantes explains how Eat to Thrive helped her lose weight and improved her health.

Zaida – A Warm Connection

In the Eat to Thrive program, I felt a very warm connection with classmates who have my same medical challenges. For example, two of my classmates were talking with me

Jill – Breaking the Snacking Habit!

My favorite parts of the course were getting to try new recipes every week, meeting new and wonderful people and all of the support that the course offers. I also enjoyed

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.