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May 2, 2016

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It has been an amazing week for me. My pump and well seem to have a happy partnership and are now able to provide water on demand. A friend said this morning, *You have been waiting for 5 years* and I laughed and said, *I have been working for five years!* It has been a process, I think I will write about it because it certainly is a testament to wanting something and going to whatever lengths necessary to make it happen. A lot of things not working and bad advice along the way, but persistence and conviction got us there. Last night I was dreaming of creating a little wooded area in the back yard. Now that I have WATER it is an option. I must admit that the idea of using water coming from below the earth of my land is a pretty intense and sacred feeling. The picture is the rainbow that emerged that evening. Light on water.

Ranch is less that two weeks away. We have one spot left if you have been mulling and are not sure. I updated and revised the curriculum based on what I have been writing this week - how it all fits together and why the steps work the way they do. This is not something I have written about (or drawn :) ) before so it is pretty interesting.

This class will begin Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Healing Grief

We will explore how to come to reconciliation about the loss of people or animals or places or things that are dear to us when we are choosing not to anesthetize ourselves. It will be about letting go, grieving deeply and letting pain wash through us without having to *do* or *take* something. Come learn about *complicated bereavement* and the things I have been learning as I work through the loss of Pepper and Ronan and all the things that losing them has touched in me.

I will not be starting any classes the week of Wednesday, May 11, 2016 because of ranch.

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**

The fun thing will be to see how your feelings emerge as you do the program.


**Testimonial of the Week**

Well, what a difference a year and this program makes! Friday, I had my first parent-teacher conference with my 6 year old's first grade teacher. All she could say was how wonderful Renee is, how well behaved and happy. Flash back to last year when I left the parent-teacher conference crying my eyes out, having been asked if anything was going on at home because Renee was acting out, belligerent, rude, easy to tears...

Last year I was severely depressed and stupidly thinking I was hiding it from everyone, I was thick into my sugar as was my daughter. It was last December that I found this program, last spring that I started the steps, this past summer that I started working with my daughter. I am only on step 3 and only starting with my daughter, but LIFE is GOOD! I have no doubt this program has changed our lives for the better. My daughter is happier because I am happier and steadier - she is ss and feeds off my moods. She is steadier because her food is steadier. She used to get served cookies and punch for "snack" last year in kindergarten - I have no doubt this affected her everyday. If I knew then what I know now... A few weeks into school Renee asked me if her days now were shorter than her school days last year. I said they were the same, she said she couldn't believe it, that last year the days seemed to last forever and now the day flies by. My dear daughter is happy and we are blessed by this program.

Thank you, Kathleen!!!
Very Warmly,


**Radiant Ambassadors**

What do you love about Radiant Recovery?

This very same question was posed on the Ambassadors list recently and this is what Mandie told us prior to leaving for Euro Ranch:

Hi All!

What I love about RR is how transformative it has been to my life, and knowing that if other people follow the steps, slowly and in order, they will also experience the same transformation. I love how it works!! My whole life has changed as a result of doing RR. No more binges. Better self-esteem. Body acceptance. More focused. Steady moods. Patience. Contentment. Joy. What's not to love?

I love sharing RR with people who seem to take an interest in knowing why (and how!) I don't eat sugar. A few people have bought PNP as a result. I have been on a strict budget this year (repairing the damage of my imbalanced behaviour last year), but now that my debt is repaid I really like the idea of buying old copies of PNP and giving them away.

In my area, I am becoming known as the person who knows all about sugar. At a party the other night, someone had a question about how sugar is processed in the body and someone called out to me to answer. I admitted I didn't know much about how the liver processes it (their question) but I could explain what happens with the brain. I had a captive audience and my friend commended me on how clearly I explained it (she's heard it a few times!).

I feel strongly that my calling in life is to take RR out in the wider public. I loved the vision you shared, Selena, in last week's newsletter - about it being mainstream knowledge, flyers in doctor surgeries, etc.

I am helping two people work through the steps at the moment. We meet up once a week to help them stay on track. They are now on step 3 and I love witnessing the changes they are experiencing. What Kathleen has created is phenomenal.

Mandie x



**Radiant Recovery® Store**

This morning I started a new journal. Of course I use Your Body Speaks. I couldn't help myself. I have to give you a personal blow by blow. The cover is heavier and the pages are bright white with heavier paper. No dog ears for us now! And it has this gorgeous spiral binding. I know, I know you can think I am nuts, but these things make me excited.

So I decided to go through it as if it was the first time. Here is what I found:
  • A list of the steps. I never get tired of them.
  • A list of balanced physical feelings and unbalanced physical feelings. I like to go and check on which fit me on a given date. I do it in different colors. It is intriguing. Then I could up my score. Steady food means high balanced, unsteady means low unbalanced. How amazing!
  • A list of balanced and unbalanced emotional feelings. My goodness, are they on target.
  • The charts of the signs of imbalance and the signs of balance.
  • Protein values in a typical serving. If you want to know how much protein in cottage cheese or an egg, it is right in your journal.
  • A list of white things, brown things and green things.
  • The grams of sugar in a number of fruits.
  • A list of sugars by other names.
  • A hundred ways to raise beta endorphin. Great quotes from yours truly.
  • A place to record your exercise.
  • A place to record your gratitudes and commitments.
  • And, of course, a place to record your food and feelings.
  • And then, my very favorite....a list of things to reflect on about the changes in you since you started. If you want to know what radiance means, check out this list. It is awesome and you won't find it anywhere else!
Come get a journal!

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

Iced Cream

So I figured out a way to make some very yummy sugar-free iced cream recently. I bought a Cuisinart iced cream maker this summer--it's a newer type that doesn't require salt or hand cranking or anything. Basically you just freeze the inner bowl overnight, add your ingredients and turn it on for about 20 minutes. I've made two types now, coconut blueberry and coconut peach.

The recipe is pretty simple. Take a cup or two of fruit, cook it down, add vanilla flavoring or a vanilla bean, puree it in the blender and put in the fridge to chill. When ready to make the iced cream, add two cans of coconut milk and the fruit :). It lasts a very long time since it's so rich. My hubby, who's not on the program, enjoys it. The iced cream does get hard after being in the freezer for a while, so I sometimes leave it out while having dinner so it's softer when I want to eat it. Really, it's best freshly made, but edible after, too.

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


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

Are you already a member of YLD but haven’t stopped by the list lately?

A while ago I asked the question, ‘What do you love about the YLD list?’ I had fun making a word cloud from the replies! (smile)

So, whether you are an existing member or someone who is thinking about joining, hopefully this has given you a peek at what’s happening on the list.

Steph x

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


**Radiant Living**

Some of the old timers wanted to know where to talk about their process. They wanted to have a place to share about *refinements* and *life enhancements.* We have support for depression and cooking and fitness, but nowhere to look at *life* stuff. The logical option is Radiant Living. It is kinda the *after the steps * place.

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


**Changing the Food Changes Everything**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Albuquerque has a mountain to the East. It rises more than 10,000 feet. I see it out my windows. I watch the light change on it all day, every day. In the morning, the sun rises over it, in the evening, the moon comes up. At dusk, the sun in the West casts a purple light that lasts just a short time. The mountains light up. Sometimes I just sit in a chair on the front porch and watch the light moving on the mountain at dusk.

I have a poster that I have had since college. It says:

The mountain moving day is coming.
I say so, though others doubt.
Only a while the mountain sleeps.
In the past
All mountains moved in fire.
Yet you may not believe it.
Oh friend, this alone believe,
all sleeping women
now will awake and move.

Yosano Akiko

I went to college in the late sixties. It was a time of great turmoil and awakening. Women at that time were breaking out of old expectations. When I started college, we wore girdles and white gloves and had dorm mothers. Half way through, in the summer of '68, we came back and nothing was the same. Many of my friends were angry and taking action. I was reading South American educational writing called the "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" that talked about teaching literacy in the context of meeting people where they are. Teaching through meaning. I was writing an honor thesis about awakening the spirit of the person yearning to be whole.

I was not in the streets those years. I was at home with infants. I dropped out of school and did mother things. When my children were tiny, I was a single mom going back to school and working full time. I was sleeping still in the demands of regular life, learning how to manage raising children, having a new career in public health, thrashing about in creative sugar sensitivity. That would mean the same things you all struggle with - mood swings, bouts of angst, bouts of brilliance and hope countered by despair and inadequacy. Not knowing about the food shaped everything.

I had framed that poster. I always had it in my bedroom. I never really knew why except that it comforted me about that time in my life when everything had seemed so, so possible. Then I came to New Mexico and the mountain was there. The deepest part of me was stirred and I said, *I need to be there* and arranged my life to make it happen.

The mountain spoke to me with her majesty. I felt as if her roots went as deep as her peaks. This made no rational sense. I was a woman of the sea. There was no ocean here, just that big rooted mountain sitting over there to the East. So I just did regular life, sitting here at my computer facing the mountain, answering email, connecting with all of you. And our community started to root, down deep like the mountain.

We learned to trust our recovery, to trust one another, to trust this life so different from the old one. A life of peace and wisdom and humor. A life that is funny and connected and caring. You came to an annual seminar here. We called it *ranch* and even though it was held in a regular life little chain hotel, the mountain magic stirred you too. People said, *Well, what is the agenda anyway?* and I would say the official things because I couldn't really say, *come and meet the mountain please.*

The mountain moving energy is now breathing us. It is a like a big rock that does not move no matter how things change around it.

I had wondered about sharing this with you. Wondered what it would be like to tell you the story the way I am living it. Do I share the inside part and let you see what is beneath the story of the author writing about potatoes? Do I reveal that the story is bigger than just what you eat? That changing the food changes everything?

I think changing the food means we see mountains, we feel mountains, we become mountains.

The mountain moving day has come.


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