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September 28, 2015

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I love this time of year in NM. Things are getting quieter. The outdoor markets still smell of roasting green chilis. Even my little local grocery store has a chili roaster outside and you can stand and wait while your bag of greens get cooked outside in the rotating barrel. We get it now, and then freeze it to have all winter.

Dogs are good, no crisis this week. The first 'scaredy cat' is getting ready to graduate to a new home. The second, who was said to NEVER get into a car, now runs to the gate when I bring out the leash so she can get in the crate which has her blankie and toys in it in the back of my 4 runner.

Mosaic posted a lovely commentary on the classes we are doing. I think she kinda captured the essence of both of them. We have such a high percentage of introverts in the community, that I have found that people LOVE being able to make sense of why they respond the way they do.
I saw these coming up in the newsletter, and wanted to say that these two I loved. I did them years ago, but they stay with me every day.... honestly I don't think a day goes by without something useful from those classes surfacing to help me out.

Do go and have a look because I think there's something for everyone. Now the funniest thing was.......... as an introvert having done far too much navel-gazing I didn't have to learn how to understand myself, but I learnt so much about extroverts and our complimentary skills that it was quite life changing.
And, Halloween is coming. I put the Josie story as the article. Time to start PLANNING alternatives. Go to pinterest and do a search for sugar-free ideas. Kids love to be spooky. We will be talking ideas on the parents list.

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.

This class will begin Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Radiant Amygdala

A special class on brain function. Learn how your amygdala shapes your feelings and recovery. Learn how to transform fear, reactivity and doom into joyfulness. Once again, Kathleen will take a very complex topic and make it fun and easy to understand. This is a class I do only once a year. If you are interested in brain stuff and feelings, join us. If you want to learn why we do *joy dots*, come join us. It 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**

Once you have experienced a week of radiance, you will always return to it. Your molecules will remember and want it.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I was just thinking about this the other day! I realized how many phrases I now have in my toolkit compared to when I started.

Pusher: "No really, you Must Have Some."

The Threat of GastroIntestinal Incident:
"Um, not today, tummy upset."
Then you give them the really big eyes that makes them imagine the digestive worst.

The Scary Athlete in Training:
"No really, I need to make weight for the Regionals in Womens Masters JiuJitsu."
And give them the fierce-competitor look like they're In Your Way.

The Southern Dagger:
"Oh, my, you are really making it hard on me, bless your heart"?
For those of you not in the know of the American South - you can say harsh things about, or to, another person as long as you also add, "bless their heart." The victim doesn't know whether to be pleased to be blessed, or embarrassed at what they've just been called on. You leave while they puzzle it out.

The Too Much Information:
"Really? If I have this now, will you be with me this evening when I have massive cravings triggered by the beta-endorphin priming? Will you talk me down? Or will you bring over junk food and be my binge buddy? No? well then get outta my face."
Nuff said.

The Fake Doctor:
"No really, doctor's orders."
No doctor in particular (Dr. Kathleen doesn't order us around) so that's why this is fake.

The Medical Downer:
"No thanks, I don't need any more risk factors for diabetes."
This is related to the fake doctor. Usually brings the jovial mood of sharing treats to a crashing halt. Plus it says you're making the choice and I rarely have people continue after that.

The Rude Right Back:
"Do I look like I need more candy?"
This one works best if you're still fat. If I were thin I'd go for the hyper, off-the-wall-with-sugar vibe.

The Self-Deprecating Humor:
"I've already had my lifetime servings, thanks anyway."
This also works if you're fat. It embarrasses them by calling attention to the obvious but also puts you in the "used to be a good old boy" category.

The Unsolicited Therapy Intrusion:
"Oh, I'm sorry, what feelings are being touched in you by my not having any?"
Be sincere with your expression of helping concern. Caution, they might really open up right on the show floor but it might be a teaching moment.

I could go on but it's so much fun to make your own!



**Interesting Bits of Science**

No science this week (smile) but some recruitment instead. I am looking for a few extroverts who are solid on at least step 3. Will you write me at kathleen@radiantrecovery.com if you would consider being a part of a little test study.


**Notes from the Forum **

If you are new and floundering a bit to find a good place to calm down and get settled, do stop by the community forum. It is where you can hear voices of people from every step and you can ask any kind of question you like. Find it here.


**Radiant Recovery® Store**

David just got back from the printer with a number of boxes of JOURNALS. I LOVE my journal. I have it in a special cover that Selena made. MY journal in on the right, and I have a special calendar on the left where I put life events so I can connect the two. I have been journaling every day for the last 90 + 32 days (smile)...I have never in all these years ever been that diligent. It is unbelievable what I am learning about my program. And it is wonderful how my program is deepening. It is fun to be doing the journal class while I am feeling so motivated. Honestly, YOUR BODY SPEAKS rocks!

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

This recipe comes from Gail. It looks so yummy I thought you would all enjoy trying it out.

Pad Thai

  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1 1/2 lb sliced chicken
  • 1 T garlic
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • Block of extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 c cilantro
  • 1/2 c roasted nuts (I skip them)
  • 5 T fish sauce (I never have it so I use tamari)
  • 5 T lime juice
  • Linguine style brown rice noodles, cooked
  • 1/2 lb snow peas
  • 1/2 c sliced scallions
Stir fry chicken in oil 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, shrimp and tofu. Push aside food, pour eggs in middle and scramble. Add noodles, gradually fold in. Now add snow peas and scallions. Mix tamari and lime juice and pour over. Mix and serve. Garnish with cilantro and chili peppers.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

Your Last Diet! You probably want to know 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. By the time we have done all the prep work, the actual weight loss is sort of anti-climactic, LOL. It is kinda on the other end of the scale from those reality TV shows.

Two weeks ago in chat, I outlined 7 steps of weight loss. This is the accumulation of what we have been learning over the last few years - what the refinements are and how they fit together. Last week I shared what things you can be doing right from the start - like the apple trick that affects fat around the belly, LOL. Chat is full of information. Make sure to come if you are a member. (smile)

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...and we never particularly know what that might be from week to week. Sometimes it is very personal and we don’t post a transcript. It means the people who attend get the miracle of some deep sharing. And the conversations on the list are just great.

You don’t have to be on step 7 to join Radiant Living. However, you have to act mature (smile). If you come and are awash in sugar feelings, we will be telling you to do the steps and not be trying to fix sugar feelings, LOL. Radiant Living is not for the feint of heart (smile), but if you want powerful and caring support, it is the place.

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


**Josie and the Unicorn**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

This time of year, I always love sharing the story of Josie and the Unicorn. A few years ago, a number of us decided that we wanted to *convert* Halloween from a sugar orgy to a fun, fun party. We decided to have a costume party for the dogs and then take them trick or treating.

One of my friends adores my older Golden Retriever named Josie. She asked me if she could make Josie’s costume. I was thrilled. She lives in Boulder so I was given measuring instructions. Neck to tail, girth, space between eyes, space around neck, wrist size, distance across chest. I got regular updates and pictures of the process.

The unicorn would have a bonnet with a horn and little ears. The hooves would be little bi-colored booties, the bonnet would have a fabulous mane to match a removable tail. The material was specially chosen. And then the artistry began. It was so much fun to hear how it was progressing.

In the middle of the process, I heard that our local boutique dog store was sponsoring a costume contest. I just knew Josie would win. She would be the princess of Albuquerque because I knew she would have such a stunning costume.

The costume arrived, carefully packed with tissue and a toilet paper roll around the horn. On Saturday, we were set to get dressed. Josie actually liked it. We had to do a little personalization with safety pins. But we got the hooves in place, got the coats attached, the tail velcroed, and the cap in place. Then she leapt on the bed and rolled. The costume survived.

Off we went to the contest. There was mighty competition. I felt smug since *those* costumes were bought and of course Josie was decked in a handmade glory. We were number 24. When I took her down the runway, she pranced and when everyone clapped, she almost took a bow.

But she did not win. Peter pan and Tinkerbell won. But I want you to see how Josie felt about that. Here she is, with her costume slightly askew. This is radiance. There is nothing more than this smile, this joy in BEING. May we all be taught by smiles like this.


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