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August 10, 2015

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My goat experiment failed. The goats are delicate little things who nibble one leaf at a time. After five days, they have eaten perhaps 20 leaves out of millions. Such a fanciful imagination I have. I will have to find another solution to my weeds. I did learn that pigweed is actually amaranth. And No, I am not going to harvest and eat it. The problem continues to invite creative solutions.

As I am sure many of you have seen, our new website is up and running. I hope you like it.

Do sign up for the orientation so you can get a room by room demo of what is there and how to find it.

This class will begin Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Using Radiant Resources (1 week) - this week I will be personally showing you around the new web site. If you are new or if you have been around for a while, come join us for a free orientation.

This class will begin Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Brain Chemistry Beta Endorphin (2 weeks) - Learn how this chemical affects your self-esteem and why your capacity to cope may be directly related to your beta endorphin levels. A fascinating look at the part of the story that is most crucial to sugar sensitivity.

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 **

There is NO failure in this plan, only more information to help you learn about your body and your self.


**Testimonial of the Week **

Today is the two year anniversary of a friend showing me pnp and me starting my RR journey.

I thought I would write a few of the things that have changed for me over the two years:

  • I feel sooo much happier - the pit of depression I used to fall into regularly has now been well and truly filled in with good food.
  • I have lost over 30 lbs - I never gained any weight on the program and lost most of that in the first year.
  • I feel steadier than I ever have in my life - no more fear of sudden weight gain.
  • I never have food cravings - this is such a freedom.
  • I am waking up more easily in the mornings.
  • I dress well with nice clothes - something I never thought I would do.
  • I enjoy life and living more than I ever have done.
  • I let go of chocolate and alcohol without a backward glance - and I would never have believed that was possible.
  • I am becoming better able to cope with stress.
  • I feel my head and body are connected after years of living in my head.
That's just some of the things I can think of for now. I will post this on a few lists, so sorry about the duplication and thanks for reading. The support and listening to the journeys of others has been invaluable to me.




** Radiant Recovery® Store **

George’s® Restore is on its way from California and we will ship it out to you the day it arrives.

Ok, this week is kids week...let's review what we have for your sweet children!

Off the top, George's® Restore. YUM..a perfect way to make shake for the kids on a hot summer morning.

Little Sugar Addicts...your handbook for working with your kids.

Children's DHA...the ideal omega 3 fatty acids for growing brains.

Oatcake containers...yes, put the oatcakes in the little box and stick it in the back pack. Nothing gets crushed.

Bet you didn't know we have all this for the kids!

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


**Radiant Kitchen **

Crisp Potato Crust


  • 2 cups packed, raw grated potato (skin on)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 grated onion
  • olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 400 fahrenheit.
  2. Set the freshly grated potato in a colander over a bowl. Add salt, toss and let sit for 10 min. Squeeze out excess water.
  3. Add potato to egg and onion. Toss to combine well.
  4. Put mixture in a well-oiled 9-inch pie pan building up the sides of the crust with lightly floured fingers.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Brush crust with a little olive oil to crisp and color.
  6. Return to oven for another 15 minutes.
  7. Shell is now ready to fill with your favorite quiche or favorite pie recipes (like chicken-mushroom pie, cauliflower cheese pie or scallop pie.)
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

I am including an article from a number of years ago because it is one of my favorites. I think it touches something very deep for many of us. Milly has since lost weight and has a very different life. But this is a memory that speaks to the power of who we can become before the weight loss comes. I am working on developing new ways to support you with all of this. I want YLD to be your dynamic come to place for problem solving on these very issues.

Chats will continue in the NEW chat room.

If you have not yet been there, come to the old room and we will be there to direct you and provide the new passwords.

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


**Radiant Living **

As Milly says in the article, *but long may it continue*. This is what Radiant Living is about...that discovery of long may it continue. Many of us on step seven have learned that after the food is steady, then we have the task of learning life skills without the things that have kept us from pain. it is not something learned overnight or in 6 months. But having a dialogue with other people who are doing the same thing is a joyful thing indeed.

Chats will continue in the NEW chat room. If you have not yet been there, come to the old room and we will be there to direct you and provide the new passwords.

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


** Milly's Dress **

Recently, one of my best girlfriends asked me to be her bridesmaid for her. Of course, I said yes! We are both from New Zealand, so the wedding will be there, but I live in the UK, and she lives in Bermuda, and the other bridesmaids are in NZ, so we have done a lot of work online trying to pick out dresses and colours and other important bridal things!

The three bridesmaids are all very different shapes. I am the biggest and curviest by far, but we also have one thin and boyish and one very tall, so finding a dress to suit all of us has proved quite challenging! Thankfully, the bride and I (since we are the only two in the same time zone we have done the most of the work) agree in taste so it hasn’t been too painful. The theme for the wedding is an elegant garden party, and because the bride and groom love the ocean, we bridesmaids will be wearing 3 shades of turquoise to tie in with the colours of the sea.

After much deliberating, we did find a dress we both love online. It is really elegant, and not at all bridesmaidy. But of course we need to figure out how we can see what it looks like on since it looks amazing on the model in the picture, but she doesn’t exactly represent me! The bride has a trip to NYC booked to look at both wedding dresses and bridal party stuff, but there are also UK stockists for the same range, so, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try on the dress here too to make sure it suits me. It has a slightly higher neckline than I would normally wear so I really just wanted to make sure it didn’t make my large bust look dowdy.

After calling a number of stockists, it turns out no one in London has our particular dress in stock, which I thought was a bit strange. I was speaking to the manager of one store who told me it is difficult to get the new lines from the US even though they’re already on their website, it can take 3 months! But she assured me that she could help me, and suggested I make an appointment to try on some other dresses in the same range, to gauge size, and to have a back up in case we can’t get the first dress. I told her I was a big girl, and would they have anything to fit, and she assured me that they had samples in every size, and they pin the dresses onto you anyway so it didn’t matter a bit. So, the appointment was made for a Saturday afternoon, and required a trip into central London. But since the manager, Claire, was so helpful, I trusted she wouldn’t be wasting my time.

However, when I arrived at the store for my appointment, I wasn’t greeted by Claire, but by one of her assistants. We did not get off to the best start. I tried to explain that I’d been talking to the manager and I needed to find out what dress number 2750 was like. Ms Unhelpful proceeded to tell me that they didn’t have that dress in stock. I said, I know, I just need to find out what it might be like and to see if you have any alternatives. She pointed to the rows of dresses and said, "Well we have all these, but we won’t have many that will fit you" and gave me this look of disdain. I said, "Right, well then can I see the Dessy colour swatches?" And she showed me some, but the colours I wanted were not there. Then Ms Unhelpful shoved some blue rings at me, like I was supposed to know what to do with them when I asked if I could try something on to see what size I should order. "Well," she says, "we would measure you to see what size you need." "Ok," I say,"can you measure me then please?" "No, we can only do that when you place an order!" Now I am exasperated! "Ok, so this isn’t a complete waste of time, what can I try on?" I ask. She gets me out an enormous long blue dress with a neckline nothing like what I need, but I put it on anyway rather than waste my whole trip. Sensing my frustration, Ms Unhelpful came up to me and said she understood, since she was big too (she wasn’t) and nothing ever fit her either!! She just did not get it. She really made me feel like there was something wrong with me, but it was subtle. There is nothing wrong with me! By this time, my friend who had come with me had had enough and had her best stern face on (she is a teacher!). She sat down to wait for me, and the manager happened to come by, and, seeing the look on her face, asked her if everything was ok? My friend told her I had been told to come in to figure out what to do about a certain dress, and I was not getting any help at all.

The next thing I know, Manager Claire is in my dressing room, dismissing Ms Unhelpful to some other poor customer (in fact, I think she ended up tidying up!) and I think my relief was palpable!!

"Ok," Claire says, "now, what can we do for you?" I reminded her that we had talked on the phone about dress 2750 and how she couldn’t get it yet but she was going to show me similar cut dresses. Finally the penny dropped! So, we’re in business. The only one they had with a similar neckline was huge and dark green, but actually looked pretty good on me, so I was reassured about the higher/halter neckline. Then she found another dress made of the same fabric as ours and the same length, and when she pinned me tightly into this two-sizes-too-small dress with a sash, I was standing there, with my imperfect, too-fat, UK 18 sized body and looking in the mirror thinking, "Oh, I actually have a great hourglass shape, I am really lucky, this dress is really flattering and I do not feel bad knowing that I will be 2-3 sizes bigger than the other two bridesmaids." My size just didn’t look bad to me, no matter what the sales assistant thought, and I don’t think she could have convinced me it did! And that’s all thanks to steady and healed BE levels! It still knocks my socks off that I can feel this way, especially when someone says to me, "Oh we don’t have anything big enough for you," and instead of feeling inadequate for being too fat, I think, "Er, excuse me? Why on earth not?! " And after spending so many years hating myself for being fat, and feeling less-than everyone else because of it, that is quite an amazing change, and certainly not one I bargained for when I started the program, but long may it continue.


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