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May 18, 2015

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I just got back from a weekend conference on tiny houses. I decided not to build a tiny house, but will embrace the ideas of simplification and downsizing. Lots to reflect on.

We will get caught up here in the community and look to steady food and joyful joy dots.

This class will begin Wednesday, May 20, 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.

NEWBIES! This one is for you!!

This class will begin Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Step 1 (2 weeks) - is our foundation class to get you started. Learn all four parts of step 1 in a structured way. Learn how to progress through them with enjoyment. Let us support getting your program off to a fabulous start.

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 **

If you slip, don't spend a lot of time or energy beating yourself up. Just pick up the program and get going again.


**Testimonial of the Week **

A few weeks ago we had a cooler week (in the middle of summer) and I ironed the (actually very long-term) accumulated clothing from the basket. It was good to have the clothes available again, not just keeping the ironing basket feeling nice and comfy for the cat to curl up, LOL. A few items of clothing at the bottom of the pile had been there for a long time (smile). They were retired...their fabric became new rags, and their buttons got donated to the sewing room. They have done so many wearings that they don't owe us anything. I hung the clothes according to colour and item (all the shirts together as a rainbow, all the trousers, etc.). It is lovely to look at.

I had a ruthless go-through of our other clothing too, and disposed of the things that no longer fit well, some of them to the rag bag, some to the op shop, some to other family members (my daughters were drooling over a t- shirt I had loved on the hanger at the op shop, but did not look good on me).

Then followed a shopping trip, because the clothes my DH and I have worn for ever so long really are very tired and wearing out. So with an *informed* idea of what we needed (not one based on what I thought we had) we went shopping. At real shops, not just cut-price and charity places. It was a little bit scary, and quite exciting! A few finds which work really well together in lots of different ways made our few purchases into quite a few wearable combinations. It was fun sorting the things, hanging them in the newly orderly wardrobe. Really nice, new clothes which fit, and suit colourwise, breathe such a feeling of 'put together.' I like it!

And, LOL, by not buying the things that did not score a 5 out of 5, this is a marvelous feeling...I saved SO much! Lots of satisfaction for a few well-chosen garments is much better value for money!



**Interesting Bits of Science **

I thought I would use this section to do a little correction from an error in last week's article on *Why We Stay.* When our editor was transcribing the article, one line of code got truncated and it was an important part of the point of the article. (smile) Here is the paragraph with the correction. I am including it here because it was kinda the key to the story, LOL. The abuse has a neurochemical effect on our brains. It is not simply psychological. The chemistry is the same chemical as alcohol or heroin. It means it is a drug.

When we get hurt, our body releases beta-endorphin. The beta-endorphin is a painkiller. Our body has it to protect us in the times of danger. If a tiger bites our leg and we need to run, beta-endorphin will override the pain and let us get away.

When we eat sugar, or drink alcohol, we get a rise in beta-endorphin as well. And for those of us who have low beta-endorphin, we learn very early on that we can find huge comfort in sweet and fat foods. We stop hurting when we have them. Our beta-endorphin levels rise and we feel confident, attractive, valued and accepted.

Over time, we become attached to the comfort. And we become numb. We do not make the connection that the abuse, the situation causing the pain, is also having a chemical effect.

When we get hurt emotionally, the same thing happens. Someone yells at us, someone puts us down, if we get hit, or verbally abused, our beta-endorphin level goes up. Our rational brain may tell us this is not okay, but our neurochemical brain actually relies on the feeling of being able to manage that comes from the beta-endorphin. It is an anesthetic and an amnesiac.


** Radiant Recovery® Store **

For People

For People

For Horses

For Dogs

We carry Cetyl M products for people, dogs and horses. It is really fabulous. Kathleen first learned about this product when she attended a national Golden Retriever show and saw a video about a dog who was crippled and returned to mobility with this product. I gave it to my arthritic dog, Pippen, and it transformed him We have carried it ever since. It is a great product.

And the the material below is from:


I thought you might like to know a little more about the story behind this product:

How this MIGHTY mouse opened a NEW door to joint health

Cetyl myristoleate—and its unique joint health properties—were first discovered by Dr. Harry Diehl, a research chemist at the National Institute of Health (NIH). It was during his research that Diehl discovered a family of Swiss albino mice with remarkably healthy joints and a surprising resistance to joint stress. He theorized that the mice carried a special trait and, ultimately, discovered the secret—their unique ability to synthesize cetyl myristoleate.

In 1998, Dori and Gary Simonton of Response Products began a similar quest for joint health in people and their companion animals, most notably dogs and horses. Building on Diehl’s groundbreaking work with cetyl myristoleate, at long last they developed a new and better way to support joint health and function for people and their pets.

Today, you and your companion animals can enjoy the benefits of cetyl myristoleate in a unique family of innovative joint action formulas specially designed for people, dogs and horses. This terrific story of joint health is playing out every day for tens of thousands of people, dogs and horses around the world. And to think it all started with a mouse!

Unique Molecular Structure Makes the Difference

Cetyl Myristoleate is a unique esterified fatty acid derived from myristoleic acid. Most animals—including people, dogs and horses—cannot make cetyl myristoleate on their own. To benefit from its unique joint health properties, it must be synthesized from myristoleic acid and administered orally or as a topical cream. In its raw, pre-synthesized form, cetyl myristoleate is found only in African Kombo Nut butter, whale fat and beef tallow.

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


**Radiant Kitchen **

Rice Pudding with Apples

  • 1 cup basamati brown rice
  • 2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (cow, soy, oat or almond) quantity approx.
  • 1 cup apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • approx.1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Combine rice and juice in a 2-quart saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until liquid is nearly evaporated, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add apples and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. Begin adding milk, starting with about 3/4 cups and cook uncovered until liquid is absorbed. Continue adding milk as necessary (up to 2 1/2 cups total) until rice is creamy and thick. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in vanilla. Pour into serving cups and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and nutmeg if desired.
You can vary the recipe by changing the fruits to your preference.

4 servings of approximately 1/2 cup each
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

I went grocery shopping yesterday at the local supermarket. While I was standing in line, I was flipping through the National Enquirer to see what the latest gossip is. There was a picture of Michele Obama with her two children, both of whom are slender. The article was talking about her new war on OBESITY and her own decision about her children. She mentioned that she put her children on a diet after her pediatrician and their father felt they were getting "chubby." I have to admit that I was deeply disturbed by this message. I have some pretty strong feelings about *diets* and children and to send the message to young girls getting ready for puberty that you had better not get *chubby* is pretty ill-advised. All of what we are doing in YLD is to help you be free of this devastating cultural message and to be able to approach losing weight in a healthy, fun and skilled way.

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


**Radiant Living **

We are looking at 60 shades of radiance in chat. What happens on step 7 and why it is so amazing.

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


**The Calm **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

We have been talking a lot on the step six list about the time after detox. Often it feels “flat” because the spiky life that comes with addiction is quiet. Drama and chaos have faded. Regular life seems a little less exciting than expected.

Sometimes people are startled by this. They define it as “boring.”

Recently, someone named it THE CALM.

That is a wonderful image.

Seeking the CALM.

I think a lot of radiance is about fostering the CALM and then being filled with a sense of hope and optimism.

It definitely grows on you.


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