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January 19, 2015

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In the last week we have had snow, rain, grey, cold and brilliant blue, clear warm skies. Must be January in New Mexico (smile). Saturday, however, felt like one of those January days where things shift...I can feel bulbs stirring in the ground. Small awakenings. Also the male peacocks in our neighborhood have new plumage, a sure sign that winter will end before too long. This morning, I was coming home from Starbucks and as I drove down the road to my house, the peacock flock were taking their morning constitutional. There are 3 males and 8 females. One male has no tail feathers, I think a coyote may have tried to catch him. One adolescent male has a bright green and blue array that was shimmering in the light. And the senior dude called the *king* has brilliant cobalt blue and jade green feathers. But the most striking is that he also has a whole layer of gold and copper colored fringe that lies on top of the blue and green. And here he was, just strolling in front of me. Sometimes I think I live in paradise.

This class will begin Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

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**Quote From Kathleen **

As you keep your journal you can discover that there is a direct correlations between what you are eating and how you are feeling.


**Testimonial of the Week **

I love reading about your breakfasts. Nice job planning :)

I used to ride horses, and one of the big things I had to learn was to hold my focus on where I was going. If I was approaching a jump, I looked over the jump instead of at the huge, scary obstacle looming ahead. If I looked at the ground, I ended up on the ground! And if I looked too far ahead, way down the line two or three turns and jumps ahead, my horse might refuse the jump we were actually approaching. And if I looked at all the other distracting things around, my horse got totally distracted, too. Focus made it happen, where fretting and distraction didn't. It sounds like a funny thing, to a less-confident rider like myself, it felt like a miracle.

I remember someone once said throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow. That is pretty much how I did this program. I threw my heart over the step I was on and took the rest of it on faith.

No idea if that makes any sense LOL. But it's what I thought of. I think you are doing just great.



**Interesting Bits of Science **

I pulled out a blog article called Gender and the Brain: Differences Between Women and Men and was going to report on this. It was very interesting and I thought I would write it up for you. But the blog had no citations, argh...so I began the task of tracking. This led me to original publication. Along the way, I had found 5-6 fascinating studies about gender differences. Some of them were talking amygdala task, LOL, so I got all excited. I ended up losing 5 hours, LOL. I realize this is way too interesting to just do 3 paragraphs. I want to spend some time with it. I think you will just have to settle for a *teaser* this week. I want to give you substantive, so patience, patience.


** Radiant Recovery® Store **

We have carried wild rice in the store for a number of years and I have often spoken about why we carry the type we do. I was looking at their catalog a while ago and noticed a few of their new products. I thought it would be fun to try them. I make David carry these because the Ojibwa people believe that wild rice is food from the gods. It is why they settled in upper Minnesota and Wisconsin - led there to find the *food upon the water.* They believe it is the great healer.

Wild Rice Flour

Cream of Wild Rice Soup

Wild Rice Multi Grain Cereal

Manoomin Wild Rice

Best of Wild Rice Recipes

Note: I am sorry to report the Soup mix and Multigrain Cereal have wheat in them so won’t work for those of you who are gluten free. I am going to suggest to them they consider making it GF.

Please go here for more detail and to order.

Please send questions and suggestions. I love hearing from you and truly want to help you do your program better.


**Radiant Kitchen **

Hi, we have some birthdays coming up in my family....one of which will be mine :-) I like to make carrot cake for myself. This year I plan to experiment and make some vanilla cashew ice cream too. I've never made it before but doesn't it sound like it would go great with carrot cake? I thought I'd share my cake recipe, and as I figure out the cashew ice cream I'll post that too.

Birthday Carrot Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (not essential)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground clove (optional)
  • 1/2 cup banana puree
  • 3/4 cup pineapple blended with juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 16 oz cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese alternative
  • 1/3 cup banana puree
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together all dry ingredients. Make well in dry ingredients and add all wet ingredients. Mix to combine. Pour into greased cake pan (I probably greased and dusted it with brown rice flour too). I think last year I used one 8-inch round. Bake for approximately 50 minutes, but I have a question mark written after that so it probably means I forgot to time it. I'd start checking for done-ness earlier by inserting a tooth pick and seeing if it comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in pan. Run knife or thin spatula around edge to help release and invert on cooling rack, tap pan to release. The trick I use for this is to place the cooling rack on top of the cake pan, then flip them together, if that makes sense.

To make frosting use mixer to whip up cream cheese until fluffy, then add banana and vanilla and whip it up again. Once the cake is cool, cover with frosting and pat on chopped nuts. Angella
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

I heard someone deciding about which membership program to join. I know that YLD is affiliated with weight loss, but in truth we do so much more than that, it really should have a new name. I think this will be a good task for us to explore in chat.

If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here


**Radiant Living **

Radiant Living is easier - it is all about a joyful life. How to build radiance into daily living. It is not for the feint of heart to be sure. This is for those of you who want more, how to live fully, do grief purely, pain fearlessly and fear courageously. And yes, we really do talk like that in chat, LOL. Although sometimes we are just downright goofy. And if you are new and you happen to hit an evening when we are doing goofy, do not be alarmed. Laughter and playing are all part of it.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here


**Diet, Food Plan or Recovery **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

A lot of new people have been streaming in these last few weeks. And many of them are saying, *I need to kick the sugar!* or *My sugar habit is out of control, I just dumped it* or *I think I just need to add the potato since I am doing everything else.* And of course they hear the eat breakfast mantra streaming out of the mouths of all of us...I am sure it has to be disconcerting and a little disorienting. After all, we are the sugar experts. Why are we not saying stop the sugar? And now, in this time and culture when everyone else is now saying it, why are we being so, umm, reticent about the sugar for goodness sakes!

I thought it would be good timing to talk some about context. Why breakfast rather than SUGAR? Why slow rather than fast? Why is the sugar step so far down the line? Are we nuts or what! It did make me chuckle to read that.

Ok, so here is the deal...we are about RECOVERY. Radiant Recovery...This means we want to heal your brain and support you in moving towards a life filled with joy. This means we honestly believe that the story is way bigger than the SUGAR. And yes, we know that your life is out of balance, you are miserable, desperate and feel out of control. Yes, we know that sugar has its deadly arm around your throat and you are dying on the inside. And yes, we know that you will come in saying *Help! Help!, don’t tell me what to do!* because we all have been right where you are, all of us.

We can help, we have what you need, we know what to do, we know the order, the timing and the process. And whipping out the sugar is just not it. All that does is make everything worse. It puts your poor brain, already unbalanced and in a compromised state, into shock. And while we know that sugar addicts love drama, the drama of cold turkey is so not the best way to fix the problem.

We are making a plea for healing, for nourishment and repair FIRST. We want you steady, relaxed and confident before you take out the sugar. We want to stop the misery, give you patience and a sense of order. We want you laughing and having fun...and then, by the way, you can let go of the sugar now. When you do it our way, it comes as sort of an anticlimax, a non event, you simply let it go. And many people hardly notice because they are eating so well and so many good things.

We also want to invite you into a process of understanding how to heal addictive behavior. We want to invite you to learn to listen, to trust those who have gone before you, to let people guide you, to move out of isolation, to stop thrashing and let our skill and caring wrap you. We want you to feel confident and relaxed. We want your brain to heal, to give it time to catch up to your enthusiasm.

Mostly we want you to experience the joy we have found in doing these steps and this process. it is truly a miracle.


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