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March 7, 2016

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I am all set to get on the plane in the morning to start my trip to Salisbury, England for Euroranch. It is always a wonderful shifting of energy...and a focus of being in a city with a cathedral that was built in the 12th century.

Last night I watched the Rachel Maddow show. She did a segment first on the water in Flint, Michigan, and I kept thinking how can such a thing happen, where are the solutions? Then she did a segment on Mussolini in Italy and juxtaposed it to clips of the guys dealing with people at a Trump rally. I keep thinking about what *we* do when faced with that kind of darkness - bullying and brutality. I will share on that in today’s article.

It is a time for deep and profound reflection for me. I am happy to be going back to England with the stones who have stood since before 2800 BC, so 4000+ years. They give me comfort, solace and guidance.

There will be no classes the week of Wednesday, March 9, 2016 while I am in England doing Radiant Ranch.

This class will begin Friday, March 18, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:
Radiant Step One

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This class will begin Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Brain Chemistry: Beta Endorphin

Learn how this chemical affects your self-esteem and why your capacity to cope may be directly related to your beta endorphin levels. A fascinating look at the part of the story that is most crucial to sugar sensitivity.

Check the class list page for more information on how the classes work. See the the Class Schedule here.

Be sure to visit our Radiant Recovery website and Community Forum regularly.



**Quote From Kathleen**

What you are trying to do is learn to notice and record. You do not have to sort it all out, nor make sense of the feelings.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I, too, was wondering about the oat milk tasting so sweet. So it's just the nature of the oat to be sweet. Nice.

And the connection between wheat and being so sleepy. Hard to track... really need to be writing this down... but I'm not on step two so I am using scraps of paper rather than a journal.

Udi's, Ezekiel bread, quinoa... so many things to explore. Oh, and power milk.

Sam summed it up nicely re: matching decades of diet rules to step one. In the beginning I considered making a chart to see if there was one perfect food that would not disobey any of my endless collection of "no carb, food-combining, add a good fat, isolate your fruit, etc., etc." rules. It reminds me of the wayward dog who's spending a long weekend with me. He's never been off a leash and he pulls and pulls. But when I take it off, he glues himself to my side, trembling terribly. He hates that leash but (if you'll permit me to anthropomorphize here a bit) would rather go shopping for a better (perfect) leash than learn how to feel safe without one. No leash; very scary.



**Interesting Bits of Science**

Kari brought up some interesting questions on the forum about balsamic vinegar. The sent me off on a little exploration. As I was poking around, I found some research that I had not seen before. Thought you would love this.

The antiglycemic properties of vinegar are evident when small amounts of vinegar are ingested with meals composed of complex carbohydrates. In these situations, vinegar attenuated PPG by 20% compared to placebo.[Diabetes care, 2004]

PPG is short for post prandial glucose. They found that having 2 tsp of vinegar with a meal that has carbs in it changed how the carbs were digested - and effected the rise in blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. The acetic acid in the vinegar inhibits the action of a number of carbohydrate-digesting enzymes which means they don't get broken down properly.

Dr. Carol Johnson is doing research at Arizona State University and is exploring this topic. She later notes that some people have far greater responses than others to vinegar. I am wondering if the *some people* might be sugar-sensitive people. I am also wondering if part of the sugar-sensitive profile is an impaired check and balance in the gut, that somehow we don't produce sufficient enzyme-checking acid, or that our enzyme levels are higher or something. I am thinking I would like to contact Carol and ask her about this.

In the meantime, here is a practical suggestion. Make a vinaigrette of oil and vinegar and use that with your salad and veggies for lunch and dinner. I have a special recipe that I will post in the newsletter next week.


**Notes from the Facebook **

I don't know if you are on Facebook, but if you are, the Radiant Recovery Group page is just bubbling with excitement. Food, joy dots, fun stuff keeps on rolling through. Also, a number of very powerful discussions. Come on over and *like* us and meet people who are never to be seen on the lists. It is a whole different world.


**Radiant Recovery® Store**

I want to continue the reflection about George's® Restore. I got a phone call a while ago from one of our community members asking me about *heavy metals* in our shake. She said her daughter, who is a dietetics student, had referenced an article that reported finding such things as cadmium, lead, mercury and arsenic in protein powder products.

Well, this was pretty startling to me, so I decided to go check it out. First I learned that the original discussion happened in Consumer Reports in 7/10 edition. I started reading. I read the USP guidelines for safety, I read the international codex for acceptable heavy metal levels in food products, and I read the FDA guidelines as well. I also read the California Prop 65 guidelines which requires manufacturers to report levels of just about anything toxic, LOL.

That was all very interesting. I found out that alcohol is considered carcinogenic which did intrigue me. Then I read the certifications our suppliers send. We actually have a report that shows where our cows eat (in New Mexico which I love), what they eat, and how the milk is cared for from cow to production to shipment. The flow chart shows how the raw milk is transformed into whey protein isolate. And everything is tested for bacteria and impurities before it is shipped. The certifications did not reference heavy metal.

I called. Yes, they test regularly. And they sent me certificates of guarantees that the levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury are under 0.5 parts per million and that under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act may not be adulterated or misbranded. So Restore is clear (smile). I asked the quality control Manger how milk products could be contaminated for something like arsenic. He said, "can be the grass they eat, or the grain they are fed, the the standards at the production plant." This actually made me smile because David and I had made the decision not to buy *cheaper,* i.e. produced in China, and to continue to use the highest quality products we could find. So, you can trust that clean, happy, grass-eating New Mexico cows are producing our favorite protein powder!

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

Pad Thai
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 lb sliced chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • Block of extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 5 T tamari
  • 5 T lime juice
  • Linguine style brown rice noodles, cooked
  • 1/2 lb snow peas
  • 1/2 c sliced green onions
  • chili peppers, diced
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 green onions. Mix tamari and lime juice and pour over. Mix and serve. Garnish with cilantro and chili peppers.

This is a really forgiving recipe, you can leave out anything and add in almost anything and it will still be yummy.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

We originally started YLD way long ago at the beginning to offer a safe place to talk about *weight loss*. Since then, my feelings about what *weight loss* should be have changed dramatically. What I totally know in my heart of hearts is that if we simply lose weight without healing all the other stuff, it will always come back. It is the nature of our biochemistry. So YLD is about learning to understand *all the other stuff* and then to engage in what it takes to lose weight.

I have seen that this dialogue and this exploration is life changing. The exciting thing is that much of it happens in chat. It is like a river flowing, sometimes high water in the spring, sometimes low water in the summer, but the flow continues. We all look forward to chat for this reason.

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


**Radiant Living**

Recently we had a most incredible discussion about cooking. We talked about making lunches in a wok, whether it needed sauce, what to put in it, what kinds of vegetables to use, and how to make a special dressing.

I have heard it said that when we lose *time*, god is present. We started this chat, and when I looked at the clock, it was 5 min to closing. Gosh that was fun. It was like we were in the kitchen together having a blast. We even talked about the idea of making videos and posting them here.

Now, its funny, Radiant Living isn't really about *learning* things the way a class might be. It is about learning stuff from one another, and learning the joy of sisters or brothers or cousins having a lot of fun playing. It really is about learning the things we didn't learn because we were so distracted with our sugar addiction, or felt so inadequate with low BE, we just didn't know how to be part of the pack. Now we can.

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


**Good Heart**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

This is an earlier article that I wrote after the Hurricane in 2011. I have added to it, but I wanted to share the ideas because they help me in times of trouble.

I go to a support group early each morning. Last Monday, everyone was in such a dark mood. Usually Mondays are energetic, joyful and light. Last Monday was not. I couldn’t figure it out until about Wednesday. I realized this was collective shock once again. A tsunami in 2004, Katrina, a tsunami in 2011 and then this Hurricane. I was deeply affected by all of them, but Vermont hit the hardest.

My daughter lives in Vermont. I was sitting in Starbucks reading the Albuquerque paper in the morning and saw a picture of a town 3 feet deep in water. I thought, that looks familiar...I read the caption. It was the bigger town down the hill from Jennifer's place. Later in the day, she sent out photos that the local people had been collecting. I felt as if my home had been taken away. It was very visceral. And I know that many of you felt the effects of Irene as well.

Once again I found myself asking what can we do. In 2004, I wrote an article about Emoto in Japan and his hypothesis that prayer and good thoughts/music can change the structure of water. Since then, a lot has been published debating his claims. Most of the debunking articles talk about *bias* and that his results have not been replicated. They talk about the need for *double blind* testing.

All of that may be true... and also it may be that some things are really not about *double blind* for proof. Perhaps I am just a person willing to trust the *feeling* of knowing. But here is something interesting. One paper I read shows an image of an Ice Crystal lattice structure. I am struck at how much this structure looks like the microtubules in the brain. What it suggests to me is that we and water are more alike than we might think…sort of like being cousins. The feelings that I had were like watching my cousin get drunk and do crazy things. Scary, and destructive…and I felt helpless.

Yet something has been happening. The people of Vermont, and NC and NJ and NY and CT are simply putting lives back together. I am hearing about Vermont every day. The students from Jen’s school will go and shovel mud from the Boys' and Girls’ Club, people from high land with crops are bringing produce to those who lost everything. There are notes in the community center that say “Have” and “Need” and people are sharing.

Last night I happened to turn on a news show. Rachel Maddow was doing a special on Flint and talking about the water and the politics. Then she did a clip juxtaposing old footage of Mussolini and the brownshirts roughing people up at demonstrations with clips of the people at a Trump rally brutalizing others while Trump yelled, *Get them outta here.* I had that same sinking feeling. What do I as one person *do* in the face of these horrors? I was asking not just how we make sense of this, but what right action do we take. What did the grandmothers in Italy do then?

I honestly believe that we are living in a very unusual time. All this darkness has been here. It is part of life, and this is a time of it coming to the surface. How do we on an individual and personal level hold these feelings of rage and helplessness? Here is what I have been thinking about.

Chaos and helplessness breed fear. Fear creates paralysis. As we are doing the clutter class we are talking about the *paralysis thing* and how it clobbers us right in our home, at our desks or in our kitchens. We are learning to list the things that bind us and see which is the most painful, see which has the most *charge*...and then we work on just one thing...and break it down into tiny pieces, and start with just one thing, just one. But we start...and that starts the energy moving.

I googled what are people doing in Flint?


and then this


And what I learned is that there is a LOT of mobilization...a lot. So the angst shifts into balance.

This is a profound lesson for me. I can look to the places that I have an impact. I can teach more about not getting caught in the angst. I can be aware that my paralysis may be coming from things like the television set and intentionally balance the energy with action.

And, most important, I can remember that how I do the food affects everything. Everything.

I think most of you have figured out that I don’t just talk about food, LOL. I think about these other things. And this week, I wanted to have you be a part of “good heart” because for me it is the point of doing the food.



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