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June 6, 2016

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It has been a lovely week. Last week I met a couple at the farmer's market and learned that they were leasing land not far away. We talked about the option of their using the back part of my property to expand their planting. Looks like it will actually happen. Perhaps we will convert one of the storage sheds into a chicken coop as well. It has activated a joyful sense of possibility for me which we all know is a great BE and dopamine raiser LOL.

I think I will start sharing on the forum on a daily basis...it will be fun to record the grace unfolding moments.

I think it will be a fine summer.

We won't start a new class beginning Wednesday, June 8, 2016 because I will be presenting in Connecticut for a group of graduate students and taking some time off to rest.

We will start a new class beginning Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Blood Sugar

I want to summarize for you the material I have been learning about the unusual things that can affect blood sugar. I started talking about this material in Chats and I thought it would be fun to be able to give you some in-depth material. I want to outline what happens, and what we can do about it. This class will be especially helpful for those of you who are diabetic or pre diabetic...and even more helpful for those who are weight loss resistant (WLR). Come learn more about the little *step child* of our three parts 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**

Not remembering is significant information - sort of like standing up a date.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I've been detoxed now for a little over a month, and I noticed something extraordinary this past week. In working with my clients, I am always VERY focused but never relaxed (due to a general anxiety I feel around people). This week I experienced being focused AND RELAXED, which actually allowed me to be present to them in a whole new way. It was a totally new experience for me and I've spent the week just savouring it and being amazed. It seems like such a GIFT and I don't know where it could have come from unless it's related to doing the food. Anyway, I thought I would share it here to let people know what happened. Maybe someone else has had a similar experience?

Kathy (in London)


**Interesting Bits of Science**

Do you like this section? Do you want me to continue it? Let me know on the forum. :)


**Notes from the Forum **


Yes, absolutely is right! I've run a half marathon and done half iron triathlons (swim a mile, bike 57, run a half marathon). Fueling is actually really easy. I just eat normal food, LOL, like sweet potatoes, homemade muffins with PB, a veggie burger on the bike, good old-fashioned bananas. It definitely takes experimentation with what works best for you, but it can be done. I've also taken electrolyte tablets - who needs fancy marketed sports drinks full of sugar?

And what fun it is to travel with your husband to events and both get to do them. Not only that, I'm certain that with RR, my performance is much better than it would be without, and I recover more quickly.

So if running a marathon sings to you, know that this program is only a big help.



**Radiant Recovery® Store**

So here are the new T-shirts with the new logo and new tag line. They were a HUGE hit at Ranch. I wear mine all the time and have people stop me everywhere to read it. They are comfortable and well sized and we LOVE them. I even ordered sizes up to 4XL :).

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We also have select sizes available in Hoodie Style. If we don't have your size and you want to order one, let David know and we will put it in the next order.

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

I know that we posted Strawberry soup not too long ago, but it is strawberry season and this happens to be one of my favorite recipes, so if you didn't try it then, you get another chance.

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**

This is the place to bring your fears, joy and conversation about being overweight....of being afraid of being overweight, LOL. Or come and explore how you use not eating (restriction) to feel better or to cope with stress. Really, underneath it all, the conversations in chat are just amazing. And the dialogue on the list is so supportive and concrete.

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


**Radiant Living**

I have had several people ask me what Radiant Living is really for. Basically this is a place for ongoing dialogue about what Step 7 living is about. It is where we reflect on our yearning to go beyond. We want to find equanimity…we want to explore what it means to *want* radiance…to define what it means for us. Step 7 brings a settled peace and silence in the mind. If you are not on step 7 and want to join, you can come and listen...if you want to participate, you have to act like you are on step 7, LOL.

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


**Focus on the Steps**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I get what you're saying. I read your post and it makes a lot of sense. I guess this kinda comes back to 'take your time and enjoy the ride.' If all we are concerned with is getting to point *a* we miss the whole journey of getting there. I am quite guilty of that, I do that quite a lot with things in my life, and I believe to an extent that is why time seems to fly by for me; it is going way too fast. When I was building my business, I kept my eyes on the day of looking to when it would be built, and looking back I missed the whole building part which could've been fun. I am doing this same thing with the program, I keep looking at the day when I'm going to be really healed, and I am missing a lot of the journey. I'm glad you brought this up, it makes me aware of this, I need to flow more as you put it. I can see the need for a balance between the two.
Tom wrote this to one of the lists. I asked him if I could quote him because it really touched me. I think he is onto a key issue - spending time in the *process* of recovery rather than thinking about rushing to some end.

This means, enjoying the art of step one when you are on step one. Really learning about breakfast, making things you really love, planning breakfast, finding a shake you really look forward to having, making a meal that suits you, having it on time and having it anywhere you might travel to.

Then, as you progress, you enjoy, truly enjoy the step you are on. This means thinking about journaling rather than about sugar. Or thinking about lunch rather than bingeing. Or about breakfast rather than being out of control.

This is actually the crux of the program - getting you latched on to the solution rather than swirling in the problem. Doesn’t this make sense?


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