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February 23, 2015

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I have spent the week in San Francisco enjoying the best of Northern California. Wonderful food (of course), great company and the most exquisite rest I have had in years. No TV (except for Downton Abbey, LOL), no dogs, no *doing,* just enjoyable company. Had dinner with friends in Sebastopol. They have a Meyers Lemon tree that has maybe 300 lemons on it. Now, that would be abundance! Sort of unimaginable, actually.

On Saturday we have a nice lunch at Hobee's with the Northern California folks. Nothing quite like a group of Radiants chatting away. It was so energizing and nice to catch up with everyone. The waiter wasn't flapped a bit by all the *adaptations* in the orders. He even said, *You want separate checks too, I bet* with a smile no less!

Had a lovely visit with my middle son as well. He has moved here to reinvent his life and shift gears. May do a PhD at Stanford, may end up teaching. It is nice to have him be excited and energized. This sounds a little like a Christmas letter, LOL.

Also have been having some fun discussion with some colleagues here who are both neuroscientists. It is energizing for me, and helps in planning things for Ranch. This year will be having a delightful combination of introductory training and new teaching for those of you who have been around for a while. I will post the schedule soon so you can see what great things are in store for you. And we are going back to the Hotel Albuquerque with its great outdoor space, wonderful swimming pool and proximity to Old Town.

Let's get back in the swing of the classes and get started with some you love.

This class will begin Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Brain Chemistry Serotonin (2 weeks) - is the other of our most popular classes. It helps you make sense of why the potato works, why you have a problem in the winter and how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can play into this. If you munch in your mind, if you are depressed or edgy or feel sad, this is the class for you.

This class will begin Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

The Joyful Amygdala (2 weeks) - a special class on brain function. Learn how your amygdala shapes your feelings and recovery. Learn how to transform fear, reactivity and doom into joyfulness. Once again, Kathleen will take a very complex topic and make it fun and easy to understand.

A number of you have asked me how the classes work. Check the class list page for more information on this. And please go read the questions and answers before you write to me. If you have trouble getting through the process, write the tech forum.

Be sure to visit our Radiant Recovery website and Community Forum regularly.



**Quote From Kathleen **

You will be thrilled and excited when you master the moods that have haunted you for so long.


**Testimonial of the Week **

* seeing evidence of last night's rain (the first decent rain since October) everywhere on my drive to Mass this morning

* having time to read the chat transcript, and being so inspired - light bulbs gently glowing for me

* watching old episodes of Glee - always makes me smile and feel joy

* feeling the nice ache in my muscles from yesterday's movement

Thank you, 'chatters,' for the following pieces of gold that really reached me today:

'the way to dopamine is through joy'

'dopamine = motivation'

'choose to be open to seeing joy, or hearing it'

'don't wake up and cry, wake up and eat'

'have lunch BEFORE you are off the cliff'

'if I feel fat it means low blood sugar'

I have been having a period of time that has been pretty low, feeling very isolated, but pressing on, doing the food, and the above really gives me hope that I can crawl out of the box, one dot at a time.

Green Hills, Western Australia


** Radiant Recovery® Store **

This week I wanted to feature our Omega 3s for kids. I think they make such a difference.

Children's DHA

180 Tablets



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Per Capsule: Capsule size: 250 mg.
Capsules per Bottle: 180
DHA per capsule: 30 mg.
Vitamin A 270 IU
EPA per capsule: 20 mg.
Vitamin D: 47.5 IU
Other omega-3: 10 mg.

Suggested Use: For children over 2 years old. 2 caps/day for children up to 30 lbs., children over 30 lbs.: 4 caps/day, or as directed by your health care professional or pharmacist.

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90 Tablets



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DHA: 90 mg GLA: 33 mg EPA: 135 mg OA: 94 mg LA: 70 mg Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols): 12 IU

Suggested Use: Two soft gels daily, with meals, or as directed by your health care professional or pharmacist.

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


**Radiant Kitchen **

I LOVE roasted red peppers (I roast them myself). I do several pounds at a time and have them ready. I wash and dry the whole peppers, lightly wipe each one down with olive oil, put them in a baking pan with lots of fresh garlic cloves and bake at 300-350 for as long as it takes for the skin to start to blister. Then I turn them over and let the skin blister on the other side.

Take them out, let them cool, skin and seed them, preserving any of the juice as I go. Put them in a container with the roasted garlic cloves and mix in some Vegesal - YUM!) I mash the roasted garlic on each of 2 slices of Ezekiel toast, put a generous serving of red peppers on the toast, top with mozzarella and broil or microwave until the cheese melts. YUM!

This recipe was contributed by Patty from the Radiant Recovery Community Forum.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

Our approach to weight loss is based on my book, Your Last Diet! This is weight loss for real people. Your Last Diet! is the only weight-loss program especially for sugar-sensitive people. It addresses YOUR unique body and brain.

The first part of Your Last Diet works on healing the addiction to sugar by balancing your blood sugar and raising your serotonin and beta endorphin (brain chemicals associated with addiction).

This extraordinary text describes a process that means you will NEVER diet again. The program heals the reasons why you are overweight. It walks you through a four-phase process to lose weight permanently and totally stop the pattern of yo-yo dieting.

The 4 phases are:
  1. Weight Loss Readiness
  2. Healing
  3. Action and Weight Loss
  4. Staying Steady
Ignore that old idea of weight as a function of calories, exercise and will power. That won’t work for you. You have already tried it and you know you need something more. You are a diet expert. It is time to convert those skills into a plan that heals.

This membership gives you everything you need to succeed at weight loss. There is NO failure in this program. There is no pressure, no stress, no yelling in your face. We think of this as a program for The Biggest Winner! Your program will include:
  • People who understand and mentor you
  • A dedicated list on Yahoo with Direct Access to Kathleen
  • Access to a dedicated chat held at 2 different times each week
  • Access to classes specific to weight loss

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


**Radiant Living **

Last year at Ranch, some of the old timers expressed concern about where to talk about their process. They asked, "If you are settled and steady with the steps and want to have a place to share about *refinements* and *life enhancements,* where do you go? We have support for depression and cooking and fitness, but nowhere to look at *life* stuff." The Radiant Living Membership program was born out of that discussion. Come join us if you are ready to share. If you are just starting the program, and are wanting learn logistics and the *how to* of the steps, stop by YLD rather than Living.

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


**Seduction of Busyness **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Now I do know that many of you really, really look forward to the articles and always love a *new* one. But this one so fits where I am today that I just couldn't help myself.

I have been hearing about "busy" a lot in the last few weeks.

I have a friend who hasn’t called or emailed for a while. I wrote and said, “Hey, how are you?” and her reply was, “Oh, man, I am so busy, I just haven’t been able to make space to do anything!”

I was at euroranch listening to, “ Whew, I am so tired. I am so busy, my days are so packed, I have no space for anything.”

I hear, “I love listening on the list, but I am not making time for it.”

Or, “I have two small children and spend my day running from one thing to the next.”

I, too, have found myself being called by the rush of “important” things. The push, the seduction. When I connected with the rush, I thought, "whoa, baby, what a sweet little pod of the addiction amoeba is pushing his little head out here…no, no, no.

First I called my daughter. She started with the litany…not now, not sure when, can’t really say. I said, “Now, for five minutes…listen up. I am your mom, put me on the list.” And we talked and she could hear it. And I called my friend, and I said, “ Let’s have some tea” and would not take no for an answer.

I stopped working while having dinner. I sat in the back without a task or a list. I got up from the computer before it was all done. I left the dishes and made some personal phone calls.

I sat with my lists and I said, “Nope, that won’t get done this week, this MONTH.” I went back to meditating. I slowed everything down. I read a novel. I bought a magazine and savored it. I brushed the dogs outside at dusk while the light was going down into golden. I got out a cookbook and read and then made something new. I started texting my daughter so she wouldn’t feel pressured but could feel the connection.

Colette wrote this on the step seven list. I cut and pasted it in my journal.

For me, I was thinking about the buzz. Busy has such a frantic feel about it, and I know that over working, or being overly busy, can be a pod. If I think in terms of recovery, stepping out of that for me is being aware and responsible. There is a difference for me between a swirl of activity and a deep, rich full enjoyable life.

It's a balance. I have responsibilities, because I am a mother, a wife, but I also know how important it is, and how much more available I can be to others if I take care of myself, and have activities...have a life that fills me. Some dreams are on hold now, because I do have other responsibilities. Rating my activities help, and I'm trying to figure out the *5*'s in my life, instead of just randomly filling. It is a juggling act, and something that I do need to return to again and again.

I read a book ages ago, that is a great visual reminder for me. Life was compared to the margins in a book, and without margins, a book would be quite busy and a bit difficult to read...quite a jumble. And if I allow my life to have *margin*, I am also available to listen to the *whispers* in life, and be available for *surprises* or emergencies that life can bring. So for me, I really like to make sure I throw in *margin*, and not have a full page.

Maybe this little article is a plea for the margins…for quiet time in the morning to center, for quiet time in the evening to make sense of the day. As I get older, I totally and absolutely know that most of what I thought was crucial was not. What matters is very different from the stuff that creates “busy.” Let’s think about this one.


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