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November 9, 2015

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It is chilly in the mornings now - that means below freezing and frost on the windshields. We finished pulling the last of the things out of the side shed, but we turned off the water for the winter, LOL. We will have to find a way to solve that problem. However, we are dealing with what I thought would be a major leak on the roof which was coming into the bathroom wall. Turns out that there was a tiny hole next to the roof canale and a little bird decided to make it a bit bigger to make a home for herself next to it. So it is a process sort of like the steps…one at a time, in order and slowly (smile). Right now there is a corner of the ceiling torn out and we are letting the foam dry. It helps that I am philosophical.

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

Step 5: Choosing Best Browns

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. I like to think the question is how do we support you in finding the *best browns* for you at whatever stage of the steps you are in. This is not just for people going into step 5, but for all of you who are wanting to to begin the transition away from refined carbohydrates and into healthier choices for you and your family.

This class will begin Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Holiday Joy

This is a special SHORT class [5 days] on preparing and getting through Thanksgiving with joy and ease. Learn to transform stress into gratitude and relaxation. Deal with your parents and your children and grandchildren in a different way. Have fun, laugh and learn some radiant tricks of the trade for holiday sanity.

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**

Eating at regular intervals, whether you are hungry or not, will ensure that your blood sugar doesn't drop to a crisis point.


**Testimonial of the Week**

My sweet, wonderful, clueless dad said something to me a few weeks ago about me needing to use my bowflex and treadmill more. LOL.

I said that for the first 10 years of my adult life I abused my body with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, too much work and not enough sleep.

The next ten years of my life I abused my body with drugs, alcohol, childbirth (thankfully not all at the same time) and eating disorders.

For the past three years I have been healing. It's gonna take me a little while longer to make up for the previous 20 years.

I liked the look on his face when I coughed all that out. A bit surprised, he was. I love that honesty and being able to stick up for myself comes with radiance.

Vicki L.


**Interesting Bits of Science**

I came across an interesting article about fat and serotonin. As some of you may know, serotonin is the brain chemical that signals being *full* after a meal. Since sugar sensitive people often have low serotonin, this would account for the fact that our *off* switch doesn’t really kick in. This article compared the effect of different kinds of fats on activating serotonin. They discuss the idea that lard increases sucrose consumption (smile)... think high fat = eating more sweets. They also discussed that a meal containing lard decreased serotonin levels. Now, you may think you don’t eat *lard* LOL, but think bacon, ice cream, butter contributing to lower serotonin levels, and a lower ability to say *no*. Next week I will talk about what fats increase serotonin levels!

Behav Brain Res. 2002 Apr 15;132(1):103-9.

Behavioral responses to ingestion of different sources of fat. Involvement of serotonin?

Orosco M1, Rouch C, Daugé V.


**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**

Come to the Recipe pages and read the Thanksgiving section. Here is the menu.

Carrot Ginger Soup
Autumn Harvest Soup

Turkey Gravy

Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Stuffing
Cornbread Stuffing

Brussels Sprouts Medley
Cranberry Glazed Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash Stuffed with Brown Rice, Pecans, Turkey Sausage
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Praline Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato with Cranberries
Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Citrus and Mascarpone
Green Bean Casserole

Pumpkin Corn Bread

Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Salsa

Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust
Sweet Potato Custard Pie
Holiday Pumpkin Cheese Cake

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


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

Have you wondered if it makes sense to join YLD? Here are some good reasons:

  • You have come here after a lifetime of dieting and you are ready for something different.
  • The only way you can lose weight is to do super low calories or no grains.
  • You have so much upset and sorrow about your weight, you cannot even talk about it.
  • You can lose weight, but it always comes back.
  • You think about how you look every waking moment and you are tired of living that way.
  • You hate having your picture taken.
  • You feel that NO ONE can understand the pain you have around this.
Then, this is the place for you.

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


**Radiant Living**

Here is where we talk about *life* issues. This week we are going to discuss how joy dots are different from affirmations and why that distinction is important. Come join us if you want an uplifting and supportive conversation to start the week.

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


**If You Want What We Have, Do What We Do**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

It’s a funny time of year. I am hearing so much hope, so much possibility.

At the same time. I am hearing a lot of people saying, “Oh, this is so hard!” or *OK, I am just going to grit my way through because I know it will be better.”

Here is what I think when I hear that. There are a number of us who have been making a path for quite a long time. We cleared the trees, moved the rocks, smoothed the dirt, sweep it regularly and have even planted flowers along the way. There are rest stops, there are map holders with updated maps at every rest stop. There are tour guides, there are guide books, there are digital recorders to use that explain the sights. There are shops with hiking boots and warm socks, there are the digital equivalent to Starbucks along the way if you want coffee. There are tea kettles at every rest area. So it does not have to be hard.

However, if you start off and you feel you know the way and you decide going left will be quicker, you may meet mud or brush or rocks or holes. You may decide to travel all night and not stop at the rest stop, so you don't know there was a flash flood ahead. Or you may say, "I think I will take a short cut." And turn out after the third stop. And then you get lost.

Here is the deal. If you want what we have, do what we do.

This means you start at step one. You learn all four parts. You take the step one class, you join the step one list. You don’t try to go off sugar. You don’t deal with your candida or IBS yet. You don’t try to fix your family or your children. A lot of the struggle is waiting on all that while you master just one thing. Every part of you wants to do it ALL, right now! And every part of you thinks that you have a special situation so you don’t really need to do it that way.

But if you are willing to take a deep breath, you will find experienced guides at every rest stop. You will find them cruising the path with little caps, maybe little candles, like little angels along the way. Or maybe you will find someone who is only one month in, but she listened and she got it. She is relaxed and joyful because when she read the book, she KNEW this was her story and she KNEW she was done flapping. And she has really good stuff to share.

Maybe you need to talk things through. There is a place for you. Maybe you need just to listen and reflect. There is a place for you. Maybe you are scared or overwhelmed. We can help. Maybe you are not sure about computers. That is ok, we will teach you.

We do the food, we do what is behind the food. We are grateful, we want to support you. Just stop fighting and let’s get started.


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