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May 16, 2016

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Well, here it is early Monday morning. I apologize for a later than usual newsletter. Yesterday was filled with the most amazing connection and winding down from Ranch. After our formal session was done, we shifted gears into play mode. A group went to Costco for strawberries and salmon, a group buzzed into my house to wipe and scrub and vacuum the aftermath of many rescue dogs cavorting while mom was away. We laughed and mopped and talked and processed. Nothing like a little housecleaning to consolidate all the incredible things we shared during Ranch. David fired up the grill and made his famous salmon. Two others sat at the table and cored strawberries until we had a HUGE bowl of luscious deep red berries waiting for the whipped cream.

Then waves of the people from Ranch arrived and my house was filled with lovely chatter in every corner. I am sure many of us remember the old days of parties where we felt unseen, not valued, shy and awkward. That was simply not here. There was laughter, connection, quiet listening, dogs wandering or stumbling in and out. No one was drinking, no one was scared or afraid, it was just a lovely winding down time at dusk while the stars came out and the sky darkened. Outi was here from Finland and she commented that they never have warmth and darkness at the same time. It was an interesting thought. Reflect on it - what it would be like to live in a land with that equation.

This morning I feel very filled up. You will hear lots more about what transpired at Ranch as the energy comes spilling into the community. You will get to share in the wonderful power of where we are growing.

Editors Note: Apologies for not putting the actual classes in the first edition of the newsletter. I've been a little distracted from ranch I think :)

This class will begin Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Brain Chemistry: Serotonin

Learn all about the “just say no” chemical. Learn how your depression may be affected by your diet. Learn how to manipulate serotonin levels safely and with tenderness. A real hands-on lesson in feeling better.

This class will begin Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Addiction Amoeba

So you have gotten the food steady and are ready to take a look at the other stuff — gambling, debt, shopping, work, money, sex, you name it. A tender look at the biochemistry of these and how doing the food is going to help all of them.

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**

Your journal is a key part of your program. Cherish it and work with it as a valued friend.


**Testimonial of the Week**

So far in this thread you've talked about food and BE hits (lack of sleep). What was/is your program for gently raising BEs? Reason I ask is, it took me MONTHS of step 7 to realize there are TWO, count em two, parts to healing BE. One is to stop spiking (step 6). The other is to continuously raise BEs a drop at a time until your cup runneth over.

Over and over I see people saying "a life hit wobbled my BE." ESPECIALLY after detox. There's even a chapter about this in PnP where it talks about the special time between stopping spiking and really, truly filling one's BE cup. Check out the section on "Protecting Your Program."

Yes, life can throw some forces. But we don't have to be wobbled. The more our cup is full of BE, the less those hits affect us. I also see people post-detox, me included, doing things like staying up late, working too hard, flirting with enchiladas (cheese and corn!!!!) or other supposedly legal brown food, and not paying attention to BE raising "drops" added to our cup.

Why just last night I went to bed on time, and then my daughter asked for help with a spreadsheet graph before I was asleep, and I was so excited that she asked for help and that I could be a hero, that I got up. And the next morning was draggy. DOH!~

One time I caught myself at sloppy BE caretaking and decided for fun to write down how many times a day I laughed. It lasted about a day and a half and I kept forgetting! That's how out of practice I was at small BE raisers done to the same level of intention as protein/ browns/greens. I am talking about step 7 journal - mine got more "features" as the program went on and there were more things I wanted data on. Not saying everyone should journal laughing. But it was really funny on many levels.



**Interesting Bits of Science**

I have just read a fascinating discussion about why a given scientific or cultural idea may initially be ignored or resisted and then later be embraced and valued. For example the Impressionistic paintings were ridiculed at the Paris exhibition of 1874 and today are thought of as incredible art.

When I first published Potatoes Not Prozac and introduced the idea of sugar as an addictive substance, it was considered a rather striking idea. Now lots of people are having a lot to say about it. The fun part is that we have the collective knowledge of what it means to *heal* a sugar-sensitive body rather than simply to *get rid of* the sugar.

Stent, G.S. Dec., 1972. Prematurity and uniqueness in scientific discovery. Scientific American, 84-93.


**Notes from the Forum **

Joy dots are little joyful things you notice during your day. So mine today would be:

*Black-necked Stilts in the marsh
*watching the Red-winged Blackbird males puff their wings out and display
*the pansies in the planters outside the front door at the office



**Radiant Recovery® Store**

This week we are in *renovation* mode while we prepare the unveiling of two exciting new products. One will be upgraded and new Blender Bottles and the second will be our new t-shirts and hoodies. We designed them for Ranch and they were an incredible success. So sit tight and wait breathlessly while we get the store ready for a look at them.

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

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 talked about Your Last Diet at Ranch and looked at how the weight loss process fits into the bigger picture of healing. If you have been buffeted by all the cultural hype of what you have to do to lose weight and you are tired, this is the place for a new look. If you read the articles just published talking about the long-term outcomes of *the Biggest Loser* and feel you are doomed to regain whatever you worked so hard to lose and feel you have to end up regaining it, then the Your Last Diet is the antidote. The rebound only happens if you haven't HEALED your body and brain. Just working with the scale will doom you to always regaining. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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


**Radiant Living**

This is the place and process we use to talk about a healing life. How do we face hard stuff and roll with the punches? How do we hold the energy of *being big* and not get scared? It is a supportive and loving place to learn the art of radiant living.

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


**What Makes a Difference**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I wrote this 10 years ago when I was on my annual trek to Maine. After Ranch, I realize it is still spot on. We had a lot of newcomers this year and I got to feel the hearts of those who could not commit before and who have come back to the program with an open heart, ready now for change. And I saw also those who were still in the *well, prove it to me stage*...so it was a pretty profound experience to feel the difference first hand. it certainly moved me!

It is very still in Maine on this island. It is rainy and foggy today. I am sitting looking at the trees. I can hear gulls and a lobster boat going across the cove. I have been doing a lot of reflection. Why is it that some folks come to the program, do the food and find their lives changed? And others play with it, poke around, do a little here and there, and then go away and say it doesn't work? Or do step one for two years and wonder why life is not better? Why do some decide to rewrite it, adapt it, take only what they like and throw the rest away?

What makes the difference? I am thinking that there are three key things:
  • You have to trust it
  • You have to commit to it
  • You have to persist in doing it
When you are out of control and desperate, trusting, committing and doing seem really, really far away and really hard. You are likely to argue, question and want answers to every possible concern before starting. You want to see if it will work, try it out, have a money-back guarantee. You want to play without obligation. You might be too busy, too committed to other things, you might not want someone to see your journal or know your life is out of control.

When you find it takes time, you get bored, frustrated, angry, inattentive or sloppy. You blame the program for not meeting your needs. Or it is too confusing so you stop and say that didn't work. And you go do a real diet.

But there are others who say, 'Yes, this is for me' and they believe it, they do it and it works. What is that about? What happens? Where does that first trust and commitment come from? It is funny to think this, but I think ultimately, it is an act of faith. With a regular diet, you can pick or choose. There are thousands of them. If one doesn't work, you just try another. This silly program is different. It's so simple, it is so deceptive. It asks you to put aside what you have been taught. It asks you to do maintenance first. No glamor, no quick results, no hype. It says what you need to heal is here. If you want to use it, you can. Doesn't have to cost anything. You don't need a doc or to pay thousands of dollars. Doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, or smart or not, or living in a family. If you do it, your life will change.

As I wrote this in the morning fog, I started to laugh because the simplicity of this message goes way beyond the food. I have a spiritual guide. Every morning I meditate and read from her work. This was yesterday's reading:

If however, instead of being desires, they are aspirations for spiritual things, and one continues her life with regular progress, then one is absolutely sure to one day obtain what she has imagined.

I think that the struggle with 'doing the food' mirrors the struggle for a spiritual life. Trusting, committing, doing. Somehow this makes me laugh. I work so hard to complicate things. I thrash around, question, argue, insist that I know better and then I say the 'program' doesn't work.

This time in Maine is about quieting, living into the stillness, letting simplicity help me trust, help me recommit. It makes me remember the 'absolute trust in the supreme wisdom of the divine that it knows better than we do what is good for me.'


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