Welcome to the [day of the week, time a.m./p.m., city] Group Meeting of God, Science, Food - GSF. Before we continue, please secure the sound where you are so the meeting is not disrupted by random noise or excessive movement. Thank you. My name is ________________. I have demonstrated sugar/flour and excess quantities addictive behavior and I am the leader for this meeting. After a moment of silence, will you please join me in the SERENITY PRAYER? [Pause.]
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will not mine be done. In Jesus' Name. Amen
God, Science, Food (GSF) is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and quality controlled mutual support, are recovering from our demonstrations of sugar/flour and excess quantities addictive behavior. We welcome all who want to stop demonstrating the behaviors associated with eating addictively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations from anyone who does not agree to not interfere with our primary purposes and principles. GSF is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine. We take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to achieve freedom from demonstrations of addictive eating behavior and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.
Demonstrations of Sugar/Flour and Excess Quantities addictive behavior appears to negatively impact the mind, body, and spirit. It appears relentless and many have wrongly believed there is no cure. However, there is freedom from these demonstrations, yet they must be arrested a day at a time and this healing continues to strengthen and restore us.
Scripture speaks of the importance of being aware of, actually, knowing the truth about whatever it is that one believes stands in the way of their freedom.
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31, 32
The Bible Scriptures also address the misinformed notion that there exists some maladies from which there is no freedom, as though there are some challenges to hard for God. GSF maintains that Biblical Scripture provides that there is true freedom to be gained when the spiritual component is not omitted.
“If the son has set you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
There are varying levels of addiction manifestations. The spectrum of these manifestations range from casual and random controlled use of these substances, to a wanton reckless inability to stop using them. But we are not deceived, we are aware of the truth, that any manifestation of addiction from the most benign to the most malignant is indeed demonstrating ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR.
This addiction may manifest in obesity, anorexia, bulimia, a few extra pounds required to manage a healthy structure or even a few less pounds. The protocol for EVERYONE no matter where they fall on the spectrum is the same. This protocol is outlined as the following:
GSF is based on biblical wisdom and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous as far as they are compliant with biblical scripture.
Would someone please read “HOW IT WORKS”? The substance of this reading is from page 58 of AA's Big Book, however GSF has edited this writing so that it is more in line with Biblical scripture which are the solid ground of our principles and practices.
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally unwilling to expand their current comprehension of and capacity to be honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been nurtured in a way that allowed them to let fear set the boundaries of their comfort zone. They seem naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty and a brave exploration of what "reality" really is. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the willingness to expand upon their capacity to be honest with themselves and to at least take baby steps into enlarging their perspective of "reality".
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. Albert Einstein is reported to have said, "A problem cannot be solved with the same consciousness that created it."
Remember we deal with sugar/flour and excess quantities — cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him now!
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery.
Would someone please read the 12 Steps of GSF?
1. We admitted we demonstrated powerlessness over sugar/flour and excess quantities consumption—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God and to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of situations we could have managed more harmoniously, and became willing to improve our thinking and acting in the future.
9. Sought current opportunities to improve our thinking and acting.
10. Continued to take personal inventory, and to seek opportunities to improve our thinking and acting.
11. Sought through prayer, meditation and study of biblical scripture to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others who demonstrate sugar/ flour addictive behavior, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.
The AA Big Book’s description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That our demonstrations of sugar/flour and excess quantities addictive behavior paralleled the demonstrations of the alcoholic and we, much like they could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our demonstrations of sugar/flour and excess quantities addictive behavior.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.
Would someone please read the 12 Traditions of GSF?
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on GSF unity.
2. For our individual and group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as expressed in Judeo/Christian scripture and as He expresses Himself in our individual lives and in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for GSF membership is a desire to stop demonstrating addictive eating behaviors.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or GSF as a whole.
5. Each group has but two primary purposes — 1) to nurture and support our fellows and 2) to carry the message of this way to freedom from demonstrations of sugar/flour and excess quantities addictive behavior to those individuals who still suffer.
6. A GSF group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the GSF name to any related Facility or outside enterprise that does not agree to not interfere in any manner to our primary purposes.
7. Every GSF group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions that would attempt to interfere in any manner with our primary purposes.
8. God, Science, Food should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. GSF, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. God, Science, Food has no opinion on outside issues, hence the GSF name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; each member may determine his/her own level of anonymity. However, no GSF member or fellow may speak on behalf of GSF as a whole and they must clearly identify that their opinions and convictions are their own and not necessarily shared by other GSF members and/or fellows.
12. Universal and Impartial Divine Principles are the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions. These Divine Principles ever remind us to place principles before personalities.
Please let the leader know that you would like to obtain a copy of GSF approved literature at the end of the meeting. Arrangements shall be made to assure you are able to acquire them.
GSF has a Blog in development where members can share their stories, recipes, ask questions. We invite everyone to contribute to the Blog.
Develop a mental and spiritual posture whereby truth and reality can be discerned reliably and consistently.
Tools To Achieve This Mental and Spiritual Posture
Remove all sugar/flour and excess quantities and any other stimulus, like caffeine, nicotine, etc. from the food plan that perpetuates and exacerbates cravings.
Tools To Achieve This Sterilization of the body, removing dangerous elements that create cravings;
Develop a reasonable, sustainable nutrition plan that can endure even after right-sized body has been achieved. One that can reasonably be incorporated into one’s life routine and financial budget.
Tools To Achieve This Reasonable, Sustainable Nutrition Plan
· Work with GSF Certified Sponsor along a medical physician or a nutritionist that is clear that sugar, flour and excess quantities are dangerous AND are amenable to the GSF protocol of 3 meals a day with nothing in between. The medical physician and/or nutritionist should focus on the unique features on one’s personal physiology and diseases. Their contribution should be centered on protein, cholesterol, vitamin, hormone, sodium, fiber and mobility issues. Calories are not a factor in the GSF protocol.
Develop and maintain a nutritional schedule in order to generate an automatic, almost involuntary impulse to sustain consumption of this nutrition plan each and every day consistently. Consistency is KEY. It is wise, practical and scientific to set a hard-set timeframe to reasonably evaluate the positive and/or negative impact of the nutrition plan. 40 days is suggested.
Tools To Develop and Maintain a Consistent Nutritional Schedule
Develop and maintain a spiritual and mental reinforcement schedule to generate an automatic almost involuntary impulse to sustain the mindset that ensures consistency .
Tools To Develop and Maintain Consistent Spiritual and Mental Reinforcement.
Erect strong boundaries from any interfering people, new theories, etc. that can possibly confuse or threaten the imperative consistency to complete the evaluation period.
Tools To Erect Strong Boundaries
Develop and maintain a community of likeminded fellows who are committed to this same journey so that abstinence and serenity is fortified and free from contradiction and “nuances” that could distract and impede the IMPERATIVE consistency.
Tools to develop and maintain a community of likeminded fellows.
o In person face to face anonymous meetings
o In person face to face open meetings
o Internet face to face open meetings
o Telephone Conference open meetings
o Playing recorded Internet and/or Telephone Conference open meetings
(Note: Those individuals who wish to remain anonymous may have their images and real names obscured on open meetings or may opt to only participate in the face to face anonymous meetings.)
2. Regularly reaching out via telephone or other methods to connect with like-minded fellows on this same journey. This outreach is for the purpose of helping others or acquiring help from others.
Develop and maintain a platform and forum whereby experience, strength and hope can be passed on to others.
Tools to develop and maintain a platform and forum whereby experience, strength and hope can be passed on to others.
2. Share experience, strength and hope at meetings and in outreach
3. Serve on Dispute Resolution Committee Anonymously when requested to do so.
Volunteer for service positions. Such as:
After the introduction readings have been completed the Speaker Meeting begins.
A speaker is scheduled to share their story for 20 to 30 minutes.
At the end of the Speakers Talk the Speaker/Leader begins with the BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS.
After the introduction readings the leader selects one of the GSF Keys to Success and shares on it for up to 15 minutes. Then the leader invites others with 90 days or more of back to back abstinence to share on that same key. At any point all members are invited ask questions related to the key. At approximately 45 minutes into the meeting the leader begins with Number 1 of the BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS.
After the introduction readings the leader shares his/her story up to 15 minutes. The leader then selects one of the 12 Steps from the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions book and/or the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. It is suggested that these steps be done in sequence. Each person may volunteer to read a paragraph. Those with 90 days of back to back abstinence may share on what has been read so far if they would like. Those with or without 90 days of back to back abstinence may ask questions of the leaders or others with a minimum of 90 days of abstinence to respond to the questions. At approximately 45 minutes into the meeting the leader begins with Number 1 of the BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS.
After the introduction readings the leader shares his/her story up to 15 minutes. The leader then shares a recipe or food prep tip, food selection options or how to calculate portions. The leader opens the discussion to anyone to share their recipes, food prep tips, food selection options or instructions on how to calculate portions. Anyone may share their strength, hope and recovery with the GSF program if time permits after the discussion of food has been exhausted. At approximately 45 minutes into the meeting the leader begins with Number 1 of the BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS.
A leader is selected each week to lead the book club discussion. The participants shall begin with the Preface of the book, the participants then proceed through each chapter of the book 20 pages at a time in order. Each week, the participants discuss the next 20 pages after the previous 20 pages discussed the week before. The leader is sure to announce the pages to be read for the next weeks discussion at the current book club meeting. Participants are encouraged to mark errors they find in the book and point out those concepts that appear ambiguous. The participants discuss how they apply the concepts in the book and/or the difficulties they experience with trying to apply them. At approximately 45 minutes into the meeting the leader begins with Number 2 of the BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Trainer presents the PowerPoint Presentation and entertains the questions and comments from the participants. At the end of the training the Trainer reads Numbers 2 and 3 of the BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS.
We would now like to invite you to contribute to the GSF Seventh Tradition donation. The GSF Seventh Tradition advises us to support ourselves through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. Our expenses include rent, literature, support of our general operations. In live meetings we pass a basket. If you are attending this meeting off site you may go to www.godsciencefood.org and select 7th Tradition Donation from the drop-down box on the tool bar. Debit and Credit card donations are accepted. Donations are not required. If you would like to contribute we have a preselected amount of $2.00 at this time.
At this time announcements about new meetings, workshops, changes in meeting schedules etc. are shared.
We would like to welcome any newcomers or visitors. If you are at this meeting for the first time, would you please and give us your first name only and where you are from, so that we may welcome you? [Pause.] Is there anyone here for the second or third time or who has not been to this meeting recently? [Pause.] Welcome to you all.
If you are new or have any questions, greeters are available to assist you. Would the greeters for this meeting please introduce themselves? [Pause.] The Fifth Tradition reminds us that we are all responsible for carrying the message of recovery to newcomers. If you are new or uncertain about GSF, we encourage you to attend several meetings to gain an understanding of what the program offers.
Sponsors are GSF members currently being sponsored and living and applying the 7 Key Success Principles of GSF. GSF recommends that a sponsor be six or more months abstinent and have successfully completed GSF Certified Sponsor Training. GSF Certified Sponsors help us begin the GSF program and guide us in our recovery. We recommend that newcomers and anyone without a sponsor speak with one of these people. Would all GSF Certified Sponsors or GSF Certified Sponsor Candidates with 6 months or more of back to back abstinence, with time available please stand and identify themselves?
Leader says: At this point in the meeting we invite members with 90 days or more of back to back abstinence to share. Sharing should be kept to 3 to 5 minutes to provide an opportunity for all who wish to be able to share and to reserve time for those who do not have 90 days or more of back to back abstinence to share their experience with GSF and to ask questions.
90 Days or More: Share is kept to 3 to 5 minutes. Sharing of one’s personal experience, strength and hope is the subject. Sharer may provide their beginning and current weight numbers if they choose. No one is required to do so. Sharer may also share the length of time they have been in the program. Typically, shared is what he/she was like before GSF, what he/she tried to manage their food issues prior, how he/she found GSF, and what his/her life is like now.
Less than 90 Days: Share is kept to 3 to 5 minutes. Sharing only of one’s experience, strength and hope is the subject.
Anyone may ask questions during the sharing portion of the meeting. Questions should be kept to one or two. This is to provide an opportunity for everyone who would like to ask questions to be able to do so.
The meeting may endure from 1 hour to no more than 1 ½ hours. The endurance of the meeting is contingent upon the amount of shares and questions that may surface during the meeting. There is nothing to prohibit the meeting participants to meet after the meeting to continue discussions, however, for those who need to leave, at the end of the hour or the hour and a half.
LEADER/SPEAKER – REINVITES THE MEETING PARTICIPANTS TO CONTINUE TO SHARE AND/OR ASK QUESTIONS.
3 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE END OF THE MEETING THE LEADER/SPEAKER ASKS SOMEONE TO READ THE PROMISES OF THE PROGRAM.
PROMISES OF THE PROGRAM
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook on life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
CLOSE – THE LEADER/SPEAKER LEADS THE SERENITY PRAYER:
If you would like, I would like to invite you to join me in a moment of silence and the serenity prayer.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will not mine be done. In Jesus' name. Amen