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September 21, 2015

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This morning was cool…turning into Fall now. Soon it will be sweatshirts in the morning. Today I was working on the newsletter in the late afternoon and I noticed a shadow coming from the roof. Rescue dog on the roof, LOL. Life in Albuquerque is always fun!

So much has been happening. I have been gathering the introductions from years of people coming to the Using Resources classes. It is humbling to hear of the pain and sorrow of unbalanced sugar sensitivity and addiction. I think perhaps we should do a survey of *how it is now* (smile)...watch for that coming.

This class will begin Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Beta Endorphin

I have just been compiling information about all the people who have joined us in the last months. I thought that maybe they do not know how significant this class is to the understanding of *why* what we are doing is so different from any other diet thingie. Understanding the role of beta endorphin is at the heart of it. This is one of my favorite classes. I never tire of teaching it. I hope you will come and join us.

This class will begin Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Magical Introversion

I decided to offer this class again because we have so many new people. I think sometimes when people come in they may not realize how being an introvert affects how you learn. This is such a wonderful way to understand rhythm, style and creating a successful program. It is a class which has grown out of your teachings since you sat with me and talked about what life is like for you. I have taken that material, added the brain component, and put together the implications for sugar sensitives.

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**

Your body will start to cooperate. It will give you information earlier, more efficiently and more joyfully. You and your body will become partners in your recovery.


**Testimonial of the Week**

Grace's class had their end of the school year party. Of course, the moms I was working with are all super duper into sugar. They think the more sugar the better. So they came up with having the kids decorate their ice-cream cones with candy. They didn't like my decorate with fruit idea, lol. Oh well.

So I came to the party armed with stuff for Grace. I sat her down last night and explained that Daddy was going to make her sugar-free ice-cream that she can decorate with berries and she was fine with that. Then I told her that she had to eat some protein first, again no problem. I reminded her again this morning after breakfast. She actually was excited about decorating "her" ice-cream.

So I get to the school with all Grace's stuff. I made her some tacquitos and I also brought a cheese stick. My husband made ice-cream out of the chocolate almond milk. I had her berries and I put about 5 unsweetened carob chips in there too. I told her she had to eat her protein first. She was fine. She ate her tacquitos but didn't want the cheese stick. No problem. Then I showed her her ice-cream and she was just thrilled.

I was so proud of her. All the other kids were decorating their sugary ice-cream cones and Grace did hers with the berries and the carob chips. She was so happy and it didn't bother her a bit. The one little girl next to Grace asks me, "Is your whole family allergic to sugar?" I smiled at her and said, "Yes", LOL. Too funny.

BTW Grace loved the chocolate almond milk ice-cream!



**Interesting Bits of Science**

Evidence for Stratal dopamine release during a video game. [Nature 393.266-268 921 May 1998)

Guess what? Video gaming releases dopamine. Think about what that might mean...why they need more and more and more...and...maybe gaming. Like amphetamine (also dopamine) changes the structure of the brain? And if you try to pry them away from the screen, they go into withdrawal. Interesting thought, yes?


**Notes from the Forum **

I am so happy for your feet.

At some point I decided I was done with uncomfortable shoes. That means I wear a lot of flats, and my shoes are not sleek and stylish, but it's worth it. If my feet hurt, then I am just miserable.


Apparently, I have never focused on my footwear until I was firmly entrenched in step 3 for a while.

This is no laughing matter.

I was shocked to learn that my toes did not need to be scrunched into heels, boots, shoes and boots! Who knew? My toes have been hunkered down in a defensive position since junior high...looking back, even my cleats, sneakers and loafers were too small.

The ability to focus on correct footwear size is something that blossomed when I was able to listen to my friend when she said, "You are a size 10 not 9 or 9.5" ....oh? Then magic happened and my toes were set free to be flat...

I think life is better when your shoes fit properly. Maybe breakfast helps...maybe steady state helps....maybe stubborn vanity is eschewed when we chew on beef.


**Radiant Recovery® Store**

I asked Patti if I could share the post she recently wrote about the Cookbook. I liked it because I am the barbeque king, heh heh. I cook for the leadership party we had at ranch. They all LOVE my salmon.

I have the cookbook and have tried many of the recipes and loved them all. We got a new bbq this past year and I made the different marinades with chicken and hamburgers and then we grilled it on our new bbq grill and it was so delicious! I would highly recommend getting it. Plus the cookbook has so many program tips in the beginning - whew a ton of information (which I embarrasingly never realized until I actually thumbed through it and studied that part). Get it, it's fabulous!

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

For those celebrating Rosh Hashana, carrots play an important part. Here is my program-friendly version for "sweet" carrots. And for those of you not celebrating, they are yummy for any time.


  • 12 medium carrots
  • 2 T. light tasting olive oil (or butter)
  • 2 T. orange juice
  • grated zest from one small orange
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 T. alcohol-free maple extract
Peel the carrots and then slice into 1/4 inch pieces. Place carrots in a covered vegetable steamer over boiling water for 10 minutes or until they are tender. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add orange juice, orange zest, steamed carrots, salt and nutmeg. Stir to coat and cook until heated through. Remove from heat and add maple extract., mixing well. Serve immediately.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

I thought you might enjoy hearing some comments from YLD members. A lot is bubbling in YLD. It's funny that something we have been doing for a while can just come alive. Last's week chat was great. We had LOTS of new people and it was rolling. If you join this week, we can still get you into the Foundation Class. We are still learning orientation stuff. Listen to what Jim had to say.

I love chat. It's one of the things that really hooked me and has helped me to get steady with my program. When I first joined YLD, the Wednesday chats featured some deep topics, such as how the brain works (microtubules), discounting and reframing, and alpha endorphin. The discounting and reframing chat was a big deal for me; my whole body was tingling during that one. :) My point is that I love chat, and those deep topics really speak to me.


Someone asked me if people are actually losing weight doing YLD. The answer is *yes* (smile) but we just forget to talk about it because so much of the program is designed to heal Fat Terror and take the charge of of WEIGHT LOSS as the meaning of life.

Last week in chat, I outlined the 7 steps of weight loss. If you weren’t at chat, make sure to read the transcript for a nice context and frame of reference for what we are doing.

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


**Radiant Living**

Radiant Living is where we talk about all the stuff that is not so much about doing the food...maybe like losing it in the vet’s office and not being able to stop crying, and being mortified (smile). Maybe it is about having people who totally get what that means.

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


**Focus on the Steps**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I get what you're saying. I read your post and it makes a lot of sense. I guess this kinda comes back to take your time and enjoy the ride. If all we are concerned with is getting to point *a* we miss the whole journey of getting there. I am quite guilty of that. I do that quite a lot with things in my life, and I believe to an extent that is why time seems to fly by for me. It is going way too fast. When I was building my business, I kept my eyes on the day of looking to when it would be built. And looking back, I missed the whole building part which could've been fun. I am doing this same thing with the program, I keep looking at the day when I'm going to be really healed, and I am missing a lot of the journey. I'm glad you brought this up, it makes me aware of this. I need to flow more as you put it. I can see the need for a balance between the two.
Tom wrote this to one of the lists. I asked him if I could quote him because it really touched me. I think he is onto a key issue - spending time in the *process* of recovery rather than thinking about rushing to some end.

This means enjoying the art of step one when you are on step one. Really learning about breakfast, making things you really love, planning breakfast, finding a shake you really look forward to having, making a meal that suits you, having it on time and having it anywhere you might travel to.

Then, as you progress, you enjoy, truly enjoy the step you are on. This means thinking about journaling rather than about sugar. Or thinking about lunch rather than bingeing. Or about breakfast rather than being out of control.

This is actually the crux of the program - getting you latched on to the solution rather than swirling in the problem. Doesn’t this make sense?


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