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November 2, 2015

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The last few days have been breathtaking. The autumn light is soft, the mountain is a unique color and the sky has been clear, clear blue. The cranes are flying south now.

We held our second little yard sale and did a $.25 special...no haggling, everything is one price. We cleared out a lot more. At some points it was hard for me. I think sugar sensitives get more attached to our *things* than others. David, on the other hand, was happy to have a 90-year-old great grandmother get his cut crystal glasses for $.25.

These classes will begin Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Using Resources

A free orientation for those of you who are brand new and would like to find your way around all the things we offer in the community. One of our mentors will show you the ropes. Watch for the welcoming email with a link to join the Yahoo list we use as our classroom.
Brain Chemistry: Serotonin

Another of our most popular classes. It helps you make sense of why the potato works, why you have a problem in the winter and how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can play into this. If you munch in your mind, if you are depressed or edgy or feel sad, this is the class for you.

This class will begin Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Step 5: Browning

If you have been seduced into thinking that *no grain* is the way to go, come and have a look at some of the research on the other side of the message. I have picked the brains on the world’s leading experts for this class and would like you to have a full picture of the Browns story.

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**

Make changes at a pace that works for you. Look for solid, long-term success, not dramatic, sort-term results.


**Testimonial of the Week**

Here is a wonderful report from Jim about Ranch in May:

Oh, it was amazing! It's hard to describe the power of a group of people in recovery. When you see those people and hear their voices, it really drives home the power of the program. So many people share their experiences, and they've changed their lives simply by being diligent and doing the food.

Kathleen gave a great talk about "The Big Picture of the Steps." She went through each step in detail, describing all of the biochemical and behavioral changes embedded in each step. It was fascinating, and it helped me to understand even more how each step is a necessary foundation for the next. The talk was recorded and is available in the RR store.

Each step has so much depth. We may think it's just about protein, or just about sugar, but there is so much more to it. When we do the steps deliberately, as written, and give ourselves time to heal and to habituate new behaviors, the results are incredibly powerful.

I also got to spend some time talking with the other men in attendance: John, Mehmet, Jeff, and Ron. Hopefully, we'll be hearing their voices on this list more often ;). We talked mainly about ourselves -- not so much from a "man's perspective," but just as people, though the male experience certainly came into it now and again.

One thing I thought about and that we discussed was how men often are socialized to express fear as anger. In my own experience, anger has been the flip side of depression. That aspect of my depression really started to heal on step three. When my blood sugar is off, my emotions can build really quickly. Now that I've gotten my blood sugar stable -- and now that my serotonin factory is working better -- my temper is much more stable, and my depression has lessened considerably.

Anyhoo, back to Ranch :) It was just amazing. I felt so connected to people, and the environment was very safe. We also did a lot of small group discussion. I really enjoyed it, as I got the chance to express myself and to meet more people than a large group discussion might allow.


**Interesting Bits of Science**

*Insulin enhances stratal dopamine release by activating cholinergic interneurons and thereby signals reward.*

Last week someone sent me a link to this article just published in Nature Communications (Nature Communications 6. Article number 8543. Published 27 October 2015). It talks about the fact that insulin activates dopamine...I will work a lot more with this, but it has some intriguing implications for those of us who are insulin resistant - likely that we have brains that are down regulated to the insulin signal and therefore more likely to be missing out on a dopamine *ping* so we can be *flat* and not motivated to take care of things.

Those of you in the coaching process will hear more about this in depth.


**Notes from the Forum **

In Response To: Adding carbs Help!

I had been low carb for about 4 years before I arrived here. I thought adding carbs back in was really really scary.

At first, I nervously added just one ryvita cracker at breakfast, gradually adding little by little. Then, LOL, I went a bit the other way and added tons... but I don't regret any of that because I found out just what suits me best in the end.

Several years on now, and I think looking at step 5 really thoroughly (even though I thought I didn't need any work there in the first place) has really helped me find my best browns, and the amounts that suit me well.

Perhaps you could at first just focus on the breakfast browns? That's what I did for quite a while. It gave me an opportunity to keep that breakfast energy and attention going. I tried oats, buckwheat, (the pancake recipes here are particularly good) rye crackers, rosemary/garlic roast potatoes.

Have you got a copy of PnP?



**Radiant Recovery® Store**

For those of you making travel plans, here are two great suggestions.

Get a little travel mixing bottle. We have been getting awesome reports back from the people who have them. You don't need batteries, they really mix well and are very light weight.

And if you are going on a plane or taking long car trips, make sure to take pycnogenol. One of the things it is most noted is its protective effect on DVT (deep vein thrombosis - blood clots from sitting for a long time). This effect has been tested in a number of peer reviewed studies in major journals. Kathleen highly recommends it for that purpose.

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

This recipe from the Radiant Recovery Cookbook is really special!

Strawberry Soup

  • 1 lb. (about 4 cups) sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 c. apple juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
  • Yogurt or sour cream for garnish
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish
Combine first 8 ingredients in a blender (strawberries through cardamom). Process until smooth; you may need to work in batches. Chill at least 3 hours. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream and dust with ground cinnamon. Serve cold. Makes 3 servings.

Notes: If you use frozen strawberries, be sure to purchase unsweetened brands. You may wish to slightly thaw berries to make processing easier. This soup can be served as a refreshing appetizer or as a light dessert. The addition of black pepper may seem odd to you, but it is an old culinary trick which greatly enhances the fruitiness of the strawberries. Do give it a try!

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

We have been having wonderful discussion over on the YLD list about what people joined and what they are looking for. We got some newly feedback about what we might do better and are working really hard to do it (smile)...It certainly is exciting to hear about what brought people to the program. It makes it so much easier to develop material and conversations to meet people’s needs. it is a GREAT time to join.

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


**Radiant Living**

We have talked about moving towards a more structured kind of conversation in living. People asked if I can post the topic for out chat ahead of time so they would have a chance to reflect on it. So, tomorrow we will be looking at the power of the psyche to guide us in the unfolding of our life’s purpose. What is psyche? How do we know it, how do we hear it’s voice and how do we trust it?

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


**Getting the Support You Need to Do the Program**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I recently was sick and had an opportunity to go and get some acupuncture from our local community acupuncture service. They have found a way to make their services more accessible to a larger number of people. The treatments are done in a group setting and the practitioner does not spend lots of time *talking* with the clients. She assesses what they need and then simply does a protocol for that assessment.

It actually made me think about how I am moving with the use of my skills within the community. As many of you know, I started doing some *coaching* a couple of months ago. We have a skilled group and an introductory group. People do planning around their goals, and the group and I provide support to their process. It is a wonderful process and allows you to have access to my input in a very reasonable way.

In the last month, I have reflected on the process and we are about to start a new coaching session based on what we learned with our startup. I am excited about it. This is the place we are exploring what works best, and how to stretch our thinking to really supercharge the work.

We are also redesigning the step one, two and three groups to give you more intensive support. I offered a step one problem solving class and only one person signed up for it. I offered a What Else is Embedded in the Steps class and only 4 people signed up for it. So I am thinking we will refine the work in the steps groups and you will get what you need most efficiently.

I will also be changing my fee structure in a pretty major way. Look for that on the website this coming week. We will try some new things out - packages that are less expensive but more focused to get you mobilized. Specialized options to hone in one what *you* need at a given point in time. You do more homework and then use my time more efficiently at less cost to you. You do not need me to tell you how to do breakfast, but you may need me to help you get unstuck or to know how to deal with unique circumstances.

We will give it a try and see what works best.


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