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May 25, 2015

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I woke up early this morning and took Pepper for a walk. The water was running in the acacia so we walked along the ditch bank and just felt the early morning air, the sounds of the birds calling and the water rushing through the culvert that goes under the road. Further on there were 9 hot-air balloons floating in the sky. Two of them came right over the house almost touching the trees. I would say it was an Albuquerque morning.

It feels like that brief time between spring and summer when roots are down and everything is just waiting to burst out. We have had a lot of rain in the last week- very unusual for this time of year, so things are unusually green.

I think this is also the time of year when many of us start to refine and strengthen our food. Summer veggies are coming. Spring ones are here in the farmersí market making me want to create wonderful salads and such. Itís nice.

Last call for the Early Bird Pricing for Euroranch. Remember, pricing will change on June 1, so if you want to come, take advantage of the opportunity.

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.

This class will begin Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Step 3

Step 3 (2 weeks) - is one of our core classes. This is a skill-based class. If you want to learn the baby steps of a successful step 3, come join us. This class is ALWAYS fun.

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 **

Learning that you can have positive feelings from a thousand things other than food is a wonderful insight.


**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 Recoveryģ Store **

We have been talking a lot about what will support our kids as they progress in doing the program. I love these products and think they are a great alternative for your children.

ProEFA Junior

90 Tablets



ProEFA Junior

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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 **


  • 4 eggs, beaten well
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. farmer cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 T. apple juice concentrate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix eggs and milk together. Add flour and salt and mix well until there are no lumps. Fry in a non-stick pan that was sprayed with the non-stick spray until it is golden brown on one side. Set aside.

Mix together all filling ingredients. With each blintz, put about 2 T. of filling in the middle of the golden brown side. To roll up, fold up the bottom over the filling, then fold in the left and right sides and continue to roll up from the bottom to the top. These can be eaten cold or fried in a little butter and served warm.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

You know YLD started as a straight weight loss program many years ago. A program based on the book Your Last Diet. When we started, we thought it was as simple as that. As time passed we realized that weight loss is multi layered and includes food, fitness, emotion, age, and style. Learning the skills to wend our way through that has taken time. And the dialogue in our chats has paved the way for what we know now.

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


**Radiant Living **

We have a spwcial portal for the Conversations program. Come check it out here.

One of the things that came out of Ranch was the gap that some of the old timers expressed about where to talk about their process. 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 had support for depression and cooking and fitness, but nowhere to look at *life* stuff. The logical option was to develop a place for Radiant Life.

If you want to hear about the promise of the program, Radiant Living is the place for it, come find us here


**Picking a Time **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Now you are ready to go for it. You have done your homework and know the drill. When you detox from sugar, you will go through something similar to a drug detox, but it will be less extreme. Because your sugar-sensitive body reacts to sugar as if it were a drug, you may have withdrawal symptoms. Your brain will be begging you to eat some sugar. You may get the shakes, feel nauseous and edgy, or have diarrhea or headaches for a few days. Thatís normal ó and itís why you need to plan your sugar detox for a time when you will not be under severe stress. But remember, if you have been doing the steps in the recovery program for a while, these symptoms will be far less severe than if you simply were to go 'cold turkey' on day one.

The actual sugar detox process usually takes five days, with the fourth day being the hardest. You will want to really plan the timing of your detox. Schedule it so that on the fourth day you have time to yourself. Give yourself space so you can be cranky or have the physical withdrawal symptoms without their affecting your big meeting at work or your daughterís wedding day.

Be strategic about this and youíll be successful. Chances are, youíll wake up on the fifth morning of your detox feeling great!

Knowing Your Style

Getting ready for your detox should include a review of your style of making change. Letís take a look at a few helpful questions. When you have to do something, do you like to get all your ducks in a row, then work through each task one at a time? Or do you like to jump in and start doing it all at once? Now ask yourself the same question about your sugar detox. Are you going to ease into it or are you going to just do it? Are you going to cut down slowly or cut out all sugar at once?

Do this step in whatever style you like to do other things in your life. Over the years, most of my clients have used a combination of approaches. They cut down on 'white things' and sugars first, then to pick a time to go 'cold turkey' and eliminate whatever sugars are left in their diets. This seems to work best for most people, but, again, do whatís right for you. If the detox 'style' fits your natural rhythm, it is more likely to work smoothly and successfully.

No Sugars!

Pick your day. This is the start of no sugars. Read labels, be vigilant. Choose the degree of attentiveness you will have in your own detox.

When you are doing a detox, however, being strict with yourself seems to work better at the beginning. While the actual biochemical detox will take five days or so, the emotional detachment may take a few months. I find that it is easier to decide not to have any sugars than to constantly slip around trying to figure out 'how much' is right. But if you feel that being totally strict will not work for you, listen to your own guidance and create your own way. The most important instruction here is to feel comfortable with what you can do. This is your healing plan for your body.

Thereís one thing you do want to be aware of, though. Denial is a powerful operating factor in addiction. Sometimes, in the name of being 'kind' to oneself, sugar-sensitive people will be slow or sloppy about actually getting off sugars. So pay close attention to your process. Ask yourself your motivation in designing your plan. Are you going slowly because itís healthy or because you donít want to let go of your best friend? Be honest. The results you will get are well worth the work you will do on this one.

The Big Day!

Pick your no sugar day carefully. Choose it for a time when you will have five days without a major event. You have cleaned your cupboards. You have warned your family. Be especially vigilant about your food during this time, take your vitamins, and absolutely make sure to have Mr. Spud nightly. Keep busy. If you are cranky or edgy, go for a walk. Go to the gym. Swim, lift weights, and sit in the hot tub. Go to a museum. Take your kids to the zoo. Donít go to a movie, you will want popcorn and a candy bar. The entire movie environment is designed to get you to eat. Stay away from dangerous places for the time being.

Stay busy so you donít get bored and want to eat as a way to cope. Get connected to your support network. Write in your journal. Sing, dance, laugh, make love...even if you are crabby. These things help raise your beta-endorphin levels.

Here are a few other ideas from folks in the Community Forum:
  • I take a bubble bath, maybe even by candlelight.
  • I just sit outside when I am not up to really ďdoingĒ anything. I might take a book or something, but mostly I just soak in the out-of-doors, the light, the breeze, the sights.
  • I like to listen to a comforting CD.
  • I feel a lot better just by bringing fresh flowers into my home.
  • I curl up and watch the old Jimmy Stewart movie, "It's A Wonderful Life."
  • My cure for crabbiness is to put lavender essential oil on my pillow and down comforter, and take an afternoon nap.
Most important, donít spook yourself. Doing a sugar detox does not have to be a big thing. It is only that way if you do it off the bat without a safety net. But you are ready, you are informed and you have been practicing. Think of this as simply one more step on your path. I know you can do it!


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