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August 17, 2015

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We are a week into the launch of the new website and everyone including me loves it. I think it suits us.

This week’s newsletter will bring a shift in the way we are doing classes. A few months ago I started a skilled coaching class and we really have had a lot of fun with it. It convinced me that it was a good model for giving people a different kind of support than we had been doing. So I have decided to expand it to another level of skill. I will start offering it for people who are working on steps 2-6.

What we do is first teach you how to journal online so that the class is learning journaling skill together and learning how to *see* things. By sharing the process, everyone gets to follow the tips that make journaling work. This also provides a wonderful feedback base for adjusting, choosing nano steps and designing a process that works for you. This will be an experiment and we will see how it goes.

We are continuing the Using Resources class and you are welcome to join us as we explore the new website. Even if you come in later on the tour, you can go back and read the earlier posts.

These classes will begin Wednesday, August 19, 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.
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.

This class will begin Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Radiant Coaching Intro (2 weeks) - A special ongoing group to provide individualized support in learning the art of doing step 2 through 6 of the Radiant Recovery® Program.

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 **

For a while, you may struggle with the concept that "doing the food" - something so simple and so not sexy - can be so powerful.


**Testimonial of the Week **

So far in this thread you've talked about food and BE hits (lack of sleep). What was/is your program for gently raising BEs? Reason I ask is, it took me MONTHS of step 7 to realize there are TWO, count em two, parts to healing BE. One is to stop spiking (step 6). The other is to continuously raise BEs a drop at a time until your cup runneth over.

Over and over I see people saying, "a life hit wobbled my BE." ESPECIALLY after detox. There's even a chapter about this in PnP where it talks about the special time between stopping spiking and really, truly filling one's BE cup. Check out the section on "Protecting Your Program."

Yes, life can throw some forces. But we don't have to be wobbled. The more our cup is full of BE, the less those hits affect us. I also see people post-detox, me included, doing things like staying up late, working too hard, flirting with enchiladas (cheese and corn!!!!) or other supposedly legal brown food, and not paying attention to BE raising "drops" added to our cup.

Why just last night I went to bed on time, and then my daughter asked for help with a spreadsheet graph before I was asleep, and I was so excited that she asked for help and that I could be a hero, that I got up. And the next morning was draggy. DOH!~

One time I caught myself at sloppy BE caretaking and decided for fun to write down how many times a day I laughed. It lasted about a day and a half and I kept forgetting! That's how out of practice I was at small BE raisers done to the same level of intention as protein/ browns/greens. I am talking about step 7 journal - mine got more "features" as the program went on and there were more things I wanted data on. Not saying everyone should journal laughing. But it was really funny on many levels.



**Interesting Bits of Science **

As many of you know, I value the heads up I often get from greenmedinfo.com. I got an email about this article. It was a small sample and I haven’t read the full article yet. I will get it and get back to you. But it says that of the breast milk samples studied, 65% of them contained traces of Splenda. I found that staggering.

Of course I want to know who the women were and all that....but...I do not like Splenda and I found this really, really unnerving. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, I hope you will rethink using artificial sweeteners. More to come.



** Radiant Recovery® Store **

Quadrazyme This week, it makes sense to remind you of two incredible products that can support your program. We carry these incredible digestive enzymes.

If you have any kind of digestive stuff going on (constipation, bloating, feeling hungry all the time, or allergies), you might be amazed at how much better you feel by taking the enzymes. The all round one is called Quadrazyme.

Gamma Zyme The second one we carry is Gammazyme, a specialized enzyme product for people who have ulcers or IBS . Digestive enzymes are great for sugar sensitive people, but one of them, protease can be a problem if your gut is inflamed and open. Gammazyme has no protease so it is safe for you and helps digest your food better. Means YOU get more nutrition.

I know that Kathleen spent a long time looking at different enzyme products before she chose these.

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 (for those of you who are gluten free, experiment with different flours. I know that Mosaic uses gram (chickpea) 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 Your Last Diet **

Our weight loss program is very straight forward. First we heal *fat terror* to calm you down enough to be able to do the steps and get balanced. Then we teach you how to be steady and bring joy into your life. We want your weight loss to be a fun rather than grim process. Then we teach you how to exercise in a way that works for your sugar sensitive body. You learn to put it all together to create a way of living that works for you and gets you to what you want.

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


**Radiant Living **

This week we are going to talk about Paleo Potatoes. I put the link to the the NY Times article on our page at Facebook. Read it and come prepared for our discussion. Radiant Living is the place where we explore creative and interesting topics beyond just doing the steps.

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


**Quiet Time in Maine **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I originally wrote this reflection 10 years ago. It was when Ronan was just a baby. I took him with Pepper and Josie. He had to wear a little life jacket all the time because they kept running down to the water and jumping in. When I reread it, I was thining, *where was I when there was sap on the pillow?* and then the memory of that stay flooded back.

I was there again just last month, a time just after Pepper died from her cancer. I stayed in a different house, I did not have the dogs, but the solace of the sound of the fog horn and the water on the rocks was just the same. Ten years could have been a day before. These places that touch our hearts are timeless. But I thought it would be a nice time to share it. End of summer, before we gear up for school and shopping for *supplies*...

I have been talking about meditation for the last few weeks. We talked a lot about creating quiet time for your cells and your souls. My heart knew this, this week my soul is living it. I am in Northern Maine on a small island just south of Acadia. The house is made of pine. This morning I found a tiny ball of sap, a little marble of amber sitting on my pillow. The windows face west to Penobscot Bay. The island drops below the house so I am looking through the tops of old-growth pine trees to the water. The sun is low and making the blue in the water turn silver with the reflection. There is no sound except the sounds of a bird calling. In the morning, the lobster boats go out at dawn - that is about 4:30 am. My cousin's sailboat is sitting in the water, its sails tied up, bobbing. The little rowboat for my use is on a line out in the water. The caretaker, a native Mainer with few words, asked 'You know how to tie a bow knot?' I said 'No, but I can learn.' He showed me, and now I can do it. It is part of my summer task - learning how to tie knots. I will get a book from the town library.

The library has been here for 100 years. I think some of the books are the original books. The librarian gave me a 'summer' card, so I have a little plastic tag on my keyring next to the Gold's Gym one. They don't use the system though, they just take your name and use a supermarket tagger to put a little date tag on the back of the books. I got 4 books, including Moby Dick and a video of Geronimo. We know that life is different here.

The librarian looks like my mother. Same jaw line, same love of books. She told me to bring Ronan in. 'We are dog friendly,' she said. The books are sort of scattered, many on their sides because the shelves are 100 years old, and back then books were smaller. I found two Ellen Goodman books in the little bookstore up the street. I asked the woman in the green sweater if there was any place that had a fax machine. I have a legal document that I need to sign. She said, 'We don't do that kind of thing here-ah, but I could ask at the paper store.' The paper store does have a fax, but its magazine collection includes craft magazines, no computer magazines. It carries the New York Times and the local newsletter produced on a copier. The island is not a tourist place. It is a working place of lobster fishermen and their families. Lobster traps are piled in almost every yard near the harbor, and the bay is dotted with hundreds and hundreds of pots.

I had chowder for lunch and read the paper, sort of. Really I was listening to the locals and the 7 visitors staying at the Tidewater motel across the street talk about the town. I was last here 50 years ago when I came for a summer with my cousins. The point is the same. Granite and trees do not change much and the sea is the same. We had no electricity then, it was very dark getting to the outhouse and the boys often threw wet seaweed on the path. Stepping on wet kelp in the dark with bare feet is an experience to be remembered if you are a city child.

It is still, so very still. Everything slows down. Life takes on a different meaning here. I will be writing more.


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