An Activity on Experiments and Observations: Member's Version

The personal experiment is prized at Suppers above any, even the best researched, understanding. Suppers Facilitators will not tell you what to do. We ask members to avoid giving unsolicited advice to each other too. Instead, we ask facilitators and members to help people design personal experiments and track personal observations using your own body as the data source.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a statement about some change you wonder if you need to make. For example: “I wonder if I will have more energy if I eat less processed food?”
  2. Imagine (don’t do anything yet, just imagine) how you might test your hunch. For example: “I could eat food made from single, whole fresh ingredients for 3 days and no processed foods and see how I feel.” “I could do the breakfast challenge and observe the results.”
  3. State how will you know if your hunch was correct. For example: “I will know because I won’t have my typical late morning crash.” “I won’t go to bed exhausted an hour after dinner.”
  4. When you are ready, schedule the experiment and observation and let your therapeutic friends know what kind of support would be helpful (company, soup, phone calls, etc.).
  5. Refuse unwanted advice and supports while understanding they were offered with good intentions.
  6. Track your experience and share your experiments and observations at a meeting.
  7. If you want to continue, ask for the support you need. If you don’t know what that means, ask for support at a meeting anyway.