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I am humbled when someone approaches me to tell me how their lives have been positively changed by following Plan-D. Some people embark on changing their lifestyle without support around them, however I found that method to be a lonely and tough road. I know that I had support around me to stay on course, and I watch Plan-D students that have support succeed more easily in living processed free.

This prompted me to think we should form a Plan-D Support Group program where these groups can sprout up anywhere. It would be free for participants. It would be free for the Support Group Coordinators who start them.

The Plan-D Support Group would be a safe place to express victories and challenges, ask questions, exchange ideas and recipes, and experience the joy of working together to achieve a common goal. It would also be where the Coordinators would have regular standing conference calls with me so they are properly supported.

If you have been positively impacted by following Plan-D and would like to help others eat more healthfully, then I would encourage you to consider starting or joining a Plan-D Support Group in your area. Support is crucial because it helps us to cultivate a belief in ourselves and connects us to others in ways that we don't often find in other relationships, especially when it comes to changing our food choices.

There will be no weigh-ins and no calorie counting. Plan-D support groups are not diet clubs.  The intention of these groups is to create a space for change; to educate and enlighten others on the value of proper nutrition, and to support each other in our transition to happy, healthy living.

For those that are interested in starting a group, please email me at supportgroups@plandee.org. I will follow-up with information about my next scheduled orientation call, and, after your orientation, I'll send you a Plan-D Support Group Starter Packet to get you on the road to helping others.

For more details or to find a group in your area, click here for the webpage describing the Plan-D Support Group Program.

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Dee, 

Do you have any idea how many Plan D followers there are in the Fort Worth area? I'm contemplating starting a support group in the area, but I work 9-5 M-F and don't know about the time commitment. Additionally, is it possible to have a support group that gets together and cooks for the meeting while also discussing issues of concern? 

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Hi Agent of Change,

Funny you should ask...there are quite a few followers of Plan-D in the Fort Worth area.  In April 2010 I was invited by Dr. Karen Birdy to do a book signing at the Benbrook library near Fort Worth.  Dr. Birdy recommends that all of her patients read Plan-D and start eating processed-free.  From that appearance, several of Dr. Birdy's patients formed a Plan-D support group that was meeting monthly at the Benbrook library.  They met on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8PM for about six months.  Unfortunately, in January I received an email from the group coordinator that the group is no longer meeting due to the fact that she could not find anyone to help her lead the meetings and she could not do it by herself any more.

So apparently, there are people in the area who would like to attend, but no one in that group was willing to lead it.  She would have loved to have a co-leader.  Perhaps you can resurrect that group or form your own group and attract some of those members and some new ones.  Either way, I am more than happy to help you get a group started in your area.

Since you would be the one starting the group, you get to decide when and where the group meets, and the time requirement is only what you want to put into it.  The group I attend meets only once per month, and all I have to do is show up once a month to lead it.  I also answer emails or phone calls for those who find out about the group and want to come check it out.  The time involved once the group gets started is minimal, and like I said, only what you want to put into it.

It is possible to cook during the meeting if you have a meeting place with a kitchen.  This is something to discuss during a support group coordinator orientation call.  If you'd like to set that up, please contact us via email and then we can email you back.  The email address to use is info@processedfreeliving.org.

Thanks,
Dee McCaffrey


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I know I just joined today... and y'all know little to nothing about me... but I'm also in Ft Worth, and I'm very interested in finding some other people around here in the same or similar boat who need help rowing.

Jen

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Hi Jen, this is Dee!  Welcome, I'm so glad you found us.  Yes, we all need a little help rowing the boat!  I know you haven't read the book yet, but please partake in all of the resources we have here on our site.  There are podcasts which you can listen to and lots of health news articles.  The message board is also a great place to post and ask questions.  We hope you come back often!

Best of Health,
Dee


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Thank you so much, Dee. It's lovely to "meet" you. I purchased the book last night and I'm waiting patiently for delivery. In the meantime... I'm trying to keep my goals at the forefront of my mind (something I have a terrible time with.) I truly believe there's an element of self-sabotage (knowing is the first step, right?) 

At any rate, I'm here and I will definitely be leaning until I get my feet under me... and I hope to offer support as well. What goes around, comes around.

Thank you again, and I look forward to getting to know y'all.

Jen

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Hi Jen,

There is a FREE Plan-D Primer Teleclass tomorrow night, March 23rd, that you may be interested in participating in. Click here to learn more and to sign up.  Hope to have you on the call!

Dee


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Hi Dee! I'm sorry I missed the Teleclass last night. I have been working some odd hours lately.

In other news, we received your book today!! I'm completely jazzed about this incredible path change our family is plunging into. I'm excited and hopeful and scared... I have all the "What-ifs" I'm used to having... 

...that being said, I've been about 95% processed-free since talking with my doctor on Monday. I've been 100% refined sugar and flour (and gluten) free in that amount of time too. 

I'm really taking the "one day at a time" philosophy to heart.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jen
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Hi Jen,

So glad to hear of your great progress!  And glad to hear you are enjoying the book.  One day at a time is the motto...it keeps it doable and realistic.

Dee


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"One day at a time." has definitely gotten me through some more difficult spots in the past week. 

Thanks again.
Jen
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