Eat to Thrive

Waltham, MA


Classes meet every Thrusday Sept 26 – Dec 5 2019 excluding Thanksgiving

FREE Introduction September 12

To Enroll contact  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: Thursdays beginning classes Thursday, September 26 – December 5, 6 – 9 pm (No Class Thanksgiving)
  • Average Class Size: 12 students
  • You Will Get: 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 Potluck: September 12, 2019  6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Meets up: Classes meet every Thrusday Sept 26 – Dec 5 2019 excluding Thanksgiving 6 :00 – 9:00 pm
  • 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 programs are 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 register, call Betsy 617-835-2913

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Eat to Thrive Syllabus

Tentative Schedule – speakers to be confirmed

FREE Introduction Potluck– Thursday September 12, 2019  6:30 – 8:30 pm 

featuring Clinton Norton, “How to open coconuts and make a smoothie”

Thursdays beginning classes Thursday, September 26 – December 5, 6 – 9 pm

Excluding Thanksgiving

Location: 126 Myrtle Street, Waltham, MA

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

            Read: Chapter 1, Ann Wigmore’s – Why Suffer? And Water Wisdom

Week One:  Thursday,  September 26 – Overview

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

Week Two:  Thursday,  October 3– Rebounding –Importance of Exercise, Food Combining and Water

Co-hosted by Joanne Schmalenberger, Gravoxy owner & fitness, on Revere Beach 

  • Rebounding at Gravoxy, 17 South Street, Natick, MA
  • Five course dinner presentation and savoring
  • 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)

Week Three:  Thursday,  October 10 – 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 dinner presentation and savoring
  • HW: Read Chapter 4, Juice recipes and watch  DVDs Fasting & Internal Awareness

Week Four:  Thursday,  October 17 – Fasting and Internal Awareness

  • Guest speakers:  Diane Sugrue & Julia Morin & maybe Doree Croft
  • 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 Techniques

Week Five:  Thursday,  October 24– Cleansing

  • Guest Speaker: Tom Lindsley
  • Five Course Meal
  • HW: Read Chapter 5; DVDs Detox and Making a Killing (could not be converted) DVDs to take home

Week Six:  Thursday,  October 31, 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 meal
  • HW: Read Chapter 7; Watch 2 different DVDs on Supplements and Genetic Roulette; Cowspiracy

Week Seven:  Thursday,  November 7, – Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Keeping Healthy & Supplements and Enzymes 

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

Week Eight:  Thursday,  November 14,– Getting Support from the Healing Community

Guest Speaker:  Karen Regnante – Accessing The Divine for True Healing

  • Five course meal
  • HW: Read Chapter 9; Watch DVDs Practical Living & Bringing It All Home

Week Nine: –– Thursday,  November 21, -Bringing It All Home 

  • Guest Speaker: Manifest Your Destiny/ Bringing It All Home – Frezzia Herrera, Eat to Thrive Graduate, Hippocrates Poster Child, Cancer Survivor
  • Preparation: Dehydration presentations of flax crackers, kale and green string beans Preparation:
  • HW:  Read Chapters 10 – 15; Watch DVDs Beyond Raw & Processed People

No Class on Thanksgiving November 28

Week Ten:  – Thursday,  December 5 – 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.

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.