GreySheeters Anonymous

Meeting Guidelines

Suggested reading for meetings when GreySheet or Twelve Step Meeting newcomers attend:

  1. We weigh and measure three meals a day from the GreySheet without exception. "Without exception" means everywhere and at all times, in restaurants and at parties as well as at home. We write down and call our meals into a qualified food sponsor. A food sponsor has at least 90 days of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence. If we need to make any food changes after committing our food, we talk to a qualified food sponsor.
  2. The meeting leader or qualifier has at least 90 days of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence.
  3. The leader will share her experience, strength, and hope for 15-20 minutes. Then there will be a 7th Tradition break, GreySheet announcements, celebrating people counting days, and identifying available sponsors. The rest of the meeting is for personal sharing by a show of hands. (Option: If the meeting is a large one, shares may be limited to 3 minutes using a timer.) The meeting closes with the Serenity Prayer.
  4. Questions about the GreySheet can be discussed after the meeting is over. The GreySheet comes with a sponsor. Any questions or comments are saved until after the meeting is over. As in AA, there is no cross talk during the meeting.
  5. The meeting length is one hour.
  6. When sharing, please don't mention foods by name. If we need to mention food, we use a generic term, such as "carbohydrate." Meetings are for positive pitches for GreySheet abstinence. Share your experience, strength, and hope about living in the solution.
  7. There is no eating during meetings. Black coffee, tea, no-calorie soft drinks, and sugar free gum are acceptable.
  8. Our program is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of AA. It is suggested that we read the AA "Big Book," "Alcoholics Anonymous," and the AA "12 and 12 - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions."
  9. To support GreySheet abstinence we attend GreySheet and AA meetings as often as possible. A suggestion for newcomers is "90 in 90," i.e., 90 meetings in 90 days. After that, a general guide is at least three meetings per week.
  10. The telephone is an important tool. Please feel free to obtain numbers from anyone here. Three GreySheet phone calls a day are suggested to support our abstinence.
  11. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of the program: "What you hear here, who you see here, when you leave here, let it stay here." We do not mention other GreySheet members by name in their absence and we do not name our sponsors.
  12. Remember: "Don't Eat No Matter What" and "There Is Always Another Meal Coming."

Group Conscience Format

Group Conscience

  • The Group Conscience is the collective conscience of the group's members, representing substantial unanimity on issues involving the group, before definitive action is taken.
  • Most groups conduct group conscience meetings once a month after their regular meeting at a pre-announced time.
  • Any member can participate in a group conscience meeting.
  • One General Service Representative (GSR) from each group is elected to represent the group as one voting member at the Intergroup / Area level.

Group Conscience Business Meeting Format

Adapted from Robert's Rules of Order
  • Meeting is opened with the Serenity Prayer.
  • Read The Twelve Traditions
  • Secretary reads Minutes from the last business meeting.
  • Minutes are approved as read and/or amended and approved.
  • Secretary gives his or her Report (Announcements).
  • Treasurer reads the Treasurer's Report, including 7th Tradition donations received and any expenses incurred.
  • Unfinished Business is conducted by following items listed on the Agenda.
  • Motions may be made and voted upon.
  • New Business is conducted (including, if necessary, elections of vacant Trusted Servant positions).
  • Next Business Meeting is scheduled.
  • Meeting is closed with the Serenity Prayer.

Regular Meeting Format

"Hello, I am ______, a compulsive eater, and your leader for this meeting. Let's start the meeting with the serenity prayer." "This is a closed meeting of GreySheeters Anonymous.  In support of GSA's singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop eating compulsively. If you think you have a problem with food, you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to food addiction."

"Would someone like to read the GreySheeters Anonymous Preamble?"

GreySheeters Anonymous Preamble1

GreySheeters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive eating. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for GSA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. GSA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay abstinent and help other compulsive eaters to achieve abstinence.

1The A.A. Preamble is adapted with the permission (2020) of the A.A. Grapevine, Inc. Permission to adapt the Preamble does not in any way imply affiliation or endorsement of this organization.

"Would someone like to read the GreySheet Group Purpose?"

GreySheet Group Purpose

GreySheeters Anonymous has been founded and designed to discuss the fundamentals or basics of attaining and maintaining GreySheet © (copyright © 1972, 2014 GSAWS) abstinence. For that purpose we explore together the program of Alcoholics Anonymous in arresting compulsive eating. We strongly support GreySheet ©. We require that our meeting leaders be abstinent for at least three months on the GreySheet ©. We support a vigorous and positive attitude toward GreySheet © abstinence which we define as three weighed and measured meals a day from the GreySheet ©, with nothing in between but black coffee, tea, or diet soda.

"Would someone like to read The Twelve Steps?"

"Would someone like to read Tradition of the Month and The Twelfth Tradition?"

The leader may read the GreySheet Meeting Guidelines.

Qualification

A Speaker with 90 days or more of back-to-back GreySheet © abstinence qualifies, or tells his or her story, for 15 to 20 minutes.

7th Tradition

"There are no dues or fees for GSA membership. We are fully self-supporting declining outside contributions."

Announcements

GreySheet-Related Announcements are submitted to the Secretary/Leader ahead of time, and the Leader makes announcements at this time. 

Day Counts and Milestones

Page 17 in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states:

"The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly harmonious action." 

"That common solution for us is GreySheet © abstinence." "Is there anyone counting 90 days or less of back-to-back GreySheet © abstinence?"

"Is there anyone celebrating multiple years, one year, nine months, or six months?"

Sponsors

"Are there any available qualified GreySheet © food sponsors?"

Sharing

"It is now time to open the meeting for positive pitches on GreySheet © abstinence. By Group Conscience, we do not mention specific foods by name, and we only reference GSA or AA Conference-approved literature."

Closing

In closing, please remember our Third Tradition which states, "The only requirement for GSA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively." If you have heard anything that you do not understand or do not agree with, please ask your sponsor and "Don't Eat No Matter What." Close with the Serenity Prayer.

"Keep coming back, it works if you work it and don't eat no matter what."


 * The A.A. Preamble is adapted with the permission (2020) of the A.A. Grapevine, Inc. Permission to adapt the Preamble does not in any way imply affiliation or endorsement of this organization.