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August 24, 2015

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Mornings have that slight twinge of shifting into autumn. They are cooler and the light has shifted. This morning I went to the Tomato fiesta and tasted different varieties of tomatoes with a plan for planting in the spring. I learned about composting and what it would take to become a master gardener (a lot of training, LOL). I took pictures of wonderful plants and dreamed of things to go with my prairie in the front yard, I bought a shirt with a silk screen of a tomato and all the different names of the varieties. And I got some hand cream that smells of chocolate.

Then I came home and placed a Golden with a new family and then sat on the porch watching the hummers suck up the new full feeder and the house finches squabble over the seeds. I made lunch with left over grilled salmon from last night (it was caught by the fish hugger who fishes near Alaska and sells at the farmer’s market).

It’s been a nice day of quiet. I have another book to read. Tonight there is no Downton Abby or Poldark so it will be a read on the bed. A joy dot day, I think. All of it.

Been hearing a lot of coming back stories so we have a new class for you.

This class will begin Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:
Radiant Coaching Intro

A special ongoing group to provide individualized support in learning the art of doing step 2 through 6 of the Radiant Recovery® Program.

This class will begin Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Radiant Restart

A special class designed to support you in getting back on track with the steps. This is for people who are coming back, you have some memory of the steps and want to reengage. It will be funny, caring and supportive.

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 **

The more you do the food, the stronger you will get and the more powerful your recovery will be.

**Testimonial of the Week **

Everyone is different. When I was a brand-new I thought it would be fun to have a "definitive definition" of what a binge is and then we could know when it stopped, so I asked everyone what a binge was.

What a naive idea that was for me. Binges are as unique as the individual, and they stop when the imbalance *for that individual* is stopped.

If the imbalance is with blood sugar, the binges can stop after step 3.

If the imbalance is with serotonin, they can stop after step 5.

If the imbalance is with BE, they can stop after step 7.

Why do I say "step 7" for BE instead of step 6? Because with BE, there are two issues - "priming" with intense sweet, and raising the baseline. Step 6 stops the priming. But in step 7 you do proactive BE raising activities.

When I see people past step 6 and still struggling, it's almost always because life has changed and the first 6 steps are no longer "spot on," or the person is not proactive about BE raisers. I have personally done both so I know how it goes. Then you hear things like "life hit me with BE and I wobbled." But if the BE baseline is raised, then the life hit does not do as much damage, if you get my meaning.



**Notes from the Forum **

What got me here was buying a copy of Your Last Diet It was another diet book to add to my collection or so I thought!

I was surprised to find myself on every page. Low self esteem, anxiety, worry. I thought I just wanted to lose weight but had not appreciated all that was underneath it.

I remember getting Potatoes Not Prozac because I wanted to read everything (and The Sugar Addicts Total Recovery Program) and thinking, I don't really eat sugar, and I'm not on Prozac, but still, every word was for me.

I was drawn to savoury foods, bread, wine, coffee, had all my energy going on to abstinence and realised I wanted to have a go at the steps.

Honestly, over 10 years stepping along now and it's such a relief not to have all that going on It was exhausting. I do work on my journal, focus and weight maintenance, but it is all peaceful and freeing.

Glad you found us



** Radiant Recovery® Store **

A while ago I had reported that I asked David to order a new product. I want to let you know how much I LOVE it! I had hoped it would help my dry eyes. And man, it is fabulous. So we are putting it in the newsletter again.

ProDHA Eye Bottle Here is a testimony to the impact of your input. Last week one of our regular customers told us about a Nordic Naturals product she had tried. It is called ProDHA Eye. She said her ophthalmologist had recommended it for *dry eye* and it was having a huge impact for her. Kathleen read that email and asked me if I had sent in our Nordic order yet. I said, *No, I was doing it that afternoon.* Here is her response:

As I have gotten older, the issue of dry eye has become more of a problem. Living in New Mexico, which is DRY, DRY, makes it way worse. You know I LOVE Nordic products, let's give it a shot. I know it is a bit pricey, but when I think about how much I am spending on eye drops, this sounds way better.

Here is what Nordic Naturals says about it:

  • Added Zeaxanthin and FloraGLO Lutein for ultimate eye protection*

  • 93+% true triglyceride form for optimal absorption of essential omega-3s*

  • Promotes healthy eye moisture and tear production*

ProDHA Eye® combines concentrated omega-3 fish oil with key nutrients that have been shown to protect the eyes and support healthy vision.* The omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is more concentrated in eye tissue than in any other part of the body, and is vital to the structure and function of healthy eyes. By supporting healthy inflammatory levels, omega-3s can also help alleviate many common symptoms of eye discomfort such as dryness, pain, and redness.* FloraGLO® Lutein with zeaxanthin has been added to further support the structures of the eye and provide protection against harmful ultraviolet blue light.* ProDHA Eye combines these key eye nutrients in one convenient formula.

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



**Radiant Kitchen **

It's grilling time and I thought it would be great to share some great marinades from the Radiant Recipes cookbook.

Marinate small pieces of whatever you are grilling for 1 - 24 hours. The longer the marinating time, the more intense the flavor. Remove meat, fish or tofu from the marinade and cook as desired. Brush a little marinade onto the protein as it cooks for greater flavor. Do not use the leftover marinade without boiling it first. Boil the marinade until slightly thickened and then you can use it as sauce.

Lime Ginger Marinade
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 1 T. lime zest (grated lime rind)
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T. grated ginger root
  • 1 T. apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Makes 4 servings.

Teriyaki Marinade
  • 1 c. unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T. freshly grated ginger root
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 T. tomato paste
In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Makes 4 servings.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.

**Radiant Your Last Diet **

Pretty much the essence of YLD is to antidote that deeply embedded message that we are not ok if we are fat. YLD offers a solution...the food part is pretty functional. Clearing out the fat terror and the shame and the pain is way more multi layered. And you won’t get that anywhere else. Here is an example:

Something pretty amazing happened to me this week. I went to see the nurse at my doctor's surgery for a routine procedure. She asked about my kids, said how well I was looking and checked my weight. It was the same as the last time I had seen her......6 months ago.....

That kinda blew me away. I told her, 'Yay, go me, that's pretty amazing.' She's seen me every size and I could tell she was pleased for me too.

This really was my last diet, ha, diet, not the right word really seeing as I don't feel like I've been on one :)

Steph x

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


**Radiant Living **

Radiant Life is for those who are steady, know how to do the steps and want to add in how to live differently. We learn how to hold pain, how to move through crisis, how to live with intention and creativity, how to transform difficult relationships, jobs that suck us dry...and more, how to call joy...and (smile), live in light. Here is an example:

We talked about *empowerment* in one chat. It was an incredible discussion. Trying to tell you about the conversations chats is like trying to describe what falling in love is like. (smile)

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


**What Makes a Difference **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Here is another reflection from Maine. You can see the stillness makes me think.

It is very still in Maine on this island. It is rainy and foggy today. I am sitting looking at the trees. I can hear gulls and a lobster boat going across the cove. I have been doing a lot of reflection. Why is it that some folks come to the program, do the food and find their lives changed? And others play with it, poke around, do a little here and there, and then go away and say it doesn't work? Or do step one for two years and wonder why life is not better? Why do some decide to rewrite it, adapt it, take only what they like and throw the rest away?

What makes the difference? I am thinking that there are three key things:
  • You have to trust it
  • You have to commit to it
  • You have to persist in doing it
When you are out of control and desperate, trusting, committing and doing seem really, really far away and really hard. You are likely to argue, question and want answers to every possible concern before starting. You want to see if it will work, try it out, have a money-back guarantee. You want to play without obligation. You might be too busy, too committed to other things, you might not want someone to see your journal or know your life is out of control.

When you find it takes time, you get bored, frustrated, angry, inattentive or sloppy. You blame the program for not meeting your needs. Or it is too confusing so you stop and say that didn't work. And you go do a real diet.

But there are others who say, 'Yes, this is for me' and they believe it, they do it and it works. What is that about? What happens? Where does that first trust and commitment come from? It is funny to think this, but I think ultimately, it is an act of faith. With a regular diet, you can pick or choose. There are thousands of them. If one doesn't work, you just try another. This silly program is different. It's so simple, it is so deceptive. It asks you to put aside what you have been taught. It asks you to do maintenance first. No glamour, no quick results, no hype. It says what you need to heal is here. If you want to use it, you can. Doesn't have to cost anything. You don't need a doc or to pay thousands of dollars. Doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, or smart or not, or living in a family. If you do it, your life will change.

As I wrote this in the morning fog, I started to laugh because the simplicity of this message goes way beyond the food. I have a spiritual guide. Every morning I meditate and read from her work. This was yesterday's reading:

If however, instead of being desires, they are aspirations for spiritual things, and one continues her life with regular progress, then one is absolutely sure to one day obtain what she has imagined.

I think that the struggle with 'doing the food' mirrors the struggle for a spiritual life. Trusting, committing, doing. Somehow this makes me laugh. I work so hard to complicate things. I thrash around, question, argue, insist that I know better and then I say the 'program' doesn't work.

This time in Maine is about quieting, living into the stillness, letting simplicity help me trust, help me recommit. It makes me remember the 'absolute trust in the supreme wisdom of the divine that it knows better than we do what is good for me.'


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