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April 13, 2015

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It has been an exciting week for me. I started working on our material for Ranch and realized that it really was ready to become a little book for everyone. So even though you can’t come to Ranch, you will be able to get a copy of this resource for your own use. And I have just been reading evidence of how coloring books can enhance learning, so I think we are right on target.

All the Ranch details are set for May. The hotel is excited for us to come. The chef is happy to work with sugar-free and gluten-free meals. The weather is gorgeous and I am excited people will have the best of New Mexico to greet them. We do have 2 slots left if you want to scoot in.

We have also confirmed the contract for EuroRanch in Salisbury, England. We will be going back to the hotel first built in the 12th century to house the masons who came to build the cathedral. The original first building is now the dining room. This is an amazing place to meet, I must admit. We all love Salisbury and look forward to things deepening each year.

This class will begin Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Using Radiant Resources (1 week) - is a free orientation for those of you who are brand new and would like to find your way around all the things we offer in the community. One of our mentors will show you the ropes. Watch for the welcoming email with a link to join the Yahoo list we use as our classroom.

This class will begin Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Step 2: Introduction (2 weeks) - will teach you the basics of journaling. The class will give you step-by-step instructions in how to record your food and feelings in a way that gets you excited. I will talk about using apps on your phone or using google sheets if you prefer to do an online journal. Mostly this class is for those of you who are just getting started and feeling perplexed about how to get excited about it.

The class schedule is online. Click here to see what is planned.

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 **

Work to know what you eat and why you eat what you do


**Testimonial of the Week **

Hi All,

I think I can stop referring to them as "attempts" because the last couple have turned out well. It turns out my ability to cook isn't broken - I just needed some step-by-step help figuring out how to work in the kitchen with sugar sensitivity. :)

So Sunday I decided to make the Quickie Oven Fried Chicken from the RR Cookbook. The only adjustment I made was buying an already cut up chicken instead of cutting one up myself. I have always been afraid to cook chicken because I know you have to handle raw poultry carefully and make sure to cook it enough. The recipe was so easy to follow I didn't have any problems. We have a meat thermometer, so when the timer went off I checked the temperature to ease my fears, but it was perfectly done. The best part is that the chicken was SO juicy and yummy! My husband and I really enjoyed it.

This week's grocery list includes ingredients for the next experiment. I'll post in a few days or so after making it. :)

Have a good week all,


**Notes from the Forum **

In Response To: Difference between being positive and being real?

I am very much an optimist. Even when things have been very hard for me I always see the silver lining. But I felt a big failure when it came to the self-help books...positive affirmations...I didn't believe them and they just sloughed off me and disappeared!

But doing the food has made a big difference. Being biochemically stable means the positive thoughts don't bounce off me and disappear. In chat, I have learnt all about the 'reframe,' how to reframe a thought, turn it round, to make new furrows or pathways in my brain with it... overwriting the old ones. So if I catch myself doing gloom or grump (which happens from time to time, I get to turn it round. Work in progress of course, but it really, really does help.



** Radiant Recovery® Store **

I first learned about digestive enzymes when a friend shared that she had tried every trick in the book to heal constipation. Nothing had worked. She tried enzymes and was delighted.

Since then, I have read a lot and worked with a number of people who experience bloating, gas, digestive problems. When they take digestive enzymes, they get better. And it seems that enzymes are not all equal. We carry the brand we have in the store because so many people have commented on liking them. We carry two types:

Quadrazyme The first is Quadrazyme that is a formula that digests starches (carbohydrates), proteins, fats, dairy, fibers, sugars and malts. The enzymes simply break down the food into a more digestible form.
Gamma Zyme The second is Gamma-Zyme that digests starches (carbohydrates), fats, dairy, fibers, sugars and malts. It doesn't have protease to digest protein. I recommend this for use if you have ulcers, gastritis or burning in the stomach after eating. If you have any kind of open sore in your stomach, you do not want an enzyme that degrades protein. Gamma-Zyme also includes other ingredients to soothe and restore damaged or irritated intestinal linings.
Take two to four capsules with meals, depending on the size of the meal, not the size of you.

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


**Radiant Kitchen **

Mexican Lettuce Wraps

This week I came home to a wonderful dinner that my husband made – Mexican Lettuce Wraps made with grilled fish. Thought I’d share it here.

On the table were bowls of:
  • Brown rice
  • Cherry Tomatoes, diced
  • Black beans
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Hot peppers
  • Salsa
  • Washed Lettuce leaves
  • Grated Purple cabbage
  • Lime wedges
He used cod fish but you could use any fish you like. He sprinkled it with chipotle chili powder and drizzled lime juice over it. Then grilled it 3-4 minutes per side. Once it was cooked he cut the fish into small chunks.

Everyone got to make their own wraps, to their liking. It was a delicious. I can’t wait for a repeat of this meal!

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

I love that we are continuing to talk about the power of exercise for weight loss. The conversation has become such a joy for me.

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


**Radiant Living **

I love this post and want to talk about it again in chat so I thought I would post it.

I am intrigued by the substance of last night's conversation. Specifically, I LOVE , LOVED, LOVED Kathleen's idea that I am a "skilled addict". ( I was remembering how a thousand years ago I took better care of my cigarettes than I did my money or my cars and how I would plan and execute where and how I was going to smoke.) I think I learned valuable "life skills" faster than my peers because my addictions were immediate and would not wait. I learned that I could side-step the rules because I figured out ways (skill) around them and then learned how to manipulate people into thinking they had the problem. I associated anything with addictive behavior as "bad" or "weak" until I started to think about them differently last night.

Thinking that these "addict skills" serve me well now was a bit of a stretch.....however, yes, I can see how I take real good care of my lettuce (wash, dry wrap in paper towel, store it) because I need it to be fresh and crispy or I get cranky-pants. There is always a chicken drumstick, pot roast or chunks of organic turkey in the refrigerator...'cause there is no other way to live well now. I take inventory of food stocks in my home like it matters....as natural as I breathe, but it has taken time to "switch out" the motivation behind the behaviors.

When my Father lay dying in the hospital this past December, I got the call at 9:30 p.m. to come quickly. I dressed, grabbed the lunch I had prepared for Monday, some extra sweetpot pies and lots of water and drove 60 miles north, but he was gone when we got there. My family was in shock...I ate my egg salad sandwich, slices of organic apple, sweetpot pies and sat with my Mom and held her hand. Over the last few months my sibling's drama has unfolded, while I just continued to unfold my napkins. They began smoking, drinking and being mean, I cleaned up the family finances, cooked beef short- ribs and joined the local gym. Suffice to say, the only thing that stood between me and chaos was doing the food, which took a boat-load of "addict skill turned professional."

Today, I have been taking a "skills inventory" of sorts. It doesn't matter to me what I used to use the old "addict skill" for since these same skills have a brand new set of clothes and they appear sharp and bright and fascinating to touch. I am allowing my chest to fill up with the thoughts that support the hunter/gatherer in my soul, except now my hunt is for organic berries, beef jerky w/salt, organic roast beef, fresh summer flounder with homemade coleslaw and some light wind to sail by. I think some shame has also floated away once I was able to see my "addict skill set" as worthy. It's like Dorothy...in the Wizard of OZ.... always having the power to go home....and she never knew she had that skill until someone told her and she was able to re-direct her energy. Thanks Kathleen for re-directing my energy.


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**Kids and Discipline **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Another Excerpt from Little Sugar Addicts Hope you like it.

A while ago, we held a chat on discipline. Many of the parents were trying to sort out how to handle children who were exhibiting acting out behaviors. They listed all the typical interventions you have heard: time outs, warnings, taking away privileges, negotiating – all the things the experts tell you to do. They also noted the things that the experts tell you not to do like yelling and smacking. These will not work with sugar sensitive children. Little sugar addicts are in an altered state when their chemistry is off. They are not rational. Punishment or discipline does not achieve the desired effect.

If you can begin to look at these behaviors in a new way, you may be able to come up with some creative alternatives to what you have been doing. If your little sugar sensitive child starts acting up, feed him. Give her some protein and fruit right away. The fruit will deal with any sugar withdrawal that might be operating and will provide quick blood sugar relief. The protein will provide sustained, time-release support to his blood sugar.

We have a funny saying in our parent community – “cheese not soap.” A cheese stick does wonders for a mouthy kid. Keep cheese sticks in the refrigerator all the time. Carry almonds in your purse. Put cheese and crackers in the glove compartment. Always have some power food available. Know where to stop and what to get in an emergency.

Yesterday my 13 year old did not do his chores exactly right and when I asked him to finish them correctly, he said, “Mom, what do you expect? It is not my fault that I forgot to finish – it is my messed up biochemistry.” My kids are too smart for me – but I was able to counter him by tossing him a cheese stick. And it worked. Today I noticed my husband giving the kids protein. And even better – telling the kids to wait for a sugar treat until dinner. Sometimes I think I need to stop thinking so much and just start doing. My husband did not need the whole theory, he just thought it made sense and gave it a try. I think I can learn from this. DeAnna.

Feed your children when they come home from school. They cannot go from noon 'til six. Their metabolism simply cannot cope with that amount of time without eating. If you are home, fix them something. If you work and they are responsible for after school fare, make sure to stock up and leave sufficient choices for them. Many children do really well with leftovers. If you make extra and have planned overs, you can make it really easy for your children to snack when they get home.

For children who play after school sports, a planned snack is even more important. Pack an extra sandwich. Send along shake mix in a plastic bag. Your child can get an extra carton of milk and mix it with the protein powder. Or you can get some dry milk powder and mix it with the protein powder, put it in a shaker cup and stash it in the backpack.

Many parents send sandwiches with lunchmeat or peanut butter for after school snacks. Go back and look again at the discussion of the protein amount your child needs. Generally speaking, shoot for a snack to contain 1/2 the protein that a meal will contain. If your child needs 20 grams of protein for breakfast, she will need 10 grams for her snack. A slice of bologna has about 3 grams, so it may not be the best choice. As they do these calculations, most parents realize that the snacks they have been providing are low in protein. A number of people have reported a huge change in their child’s attitude just from this one change. Getting enough to eat and regular intervals is crucial for the sugar sensitive child. Maintaining a stable blood sugar is significantly more important in children than in adults and I think it s easy for parents to miss this.

And come and share on the parents list if you have ideas or questions.


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