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June 20, 2016

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Well, I am back from my trip. My daughter said that last week's report on the cows wasn't very energetic. It made me smile since the whole point of the time was being quiet. Cows are quiet and very interesting. They have way more personality than we might think. When the farmer came out to mow the hay, they just lay down and waited until he was done, and then they got up and went back to *regular* life.

We drove up to the Vermont Country Store which is a nice place since it has all the things we had when we were young. I bought some Lemonup Conditioner and was all excited. When I got it home, I read the label and laughed. Our chemical consciousness in high school was a little different than it is now, LOL. But I used it anyway. And my hair smells like lemons.

I had to put Granny dog down yesterday. It was sad. I knew it was the right time, but she was such a sweet dog. We spent a nice 6 months together and she was happy to have a loving place for her last days. This is part of rescue.

Here is a little tribute from the rescue site:

Granny is the one with the white face. She is 16. Her person moved into a long term care place and she couldn't go along. She is old and stiff in the morning. She is hard of hearing but incredibly funny. She has a remarkable sense of humor. She loves to eat and barks at 4 pm for her dinner.

Now we are back to the blood sugar class. The new classes always gather up my knowing, and pump in the new learning. I like the process since it benefits us all. And I think the learning more about handling weight loss resistance is a nice theme for us to be touching on. I will be expanding it in the YLD program, and working in the coaching classes on this in depth.

These classes will begin Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Using Radiant Resources

This free class will teach you all the ins and outs of the resources in the community. You will learn to navigate the community forum, learn how to use the resource center, check out Radiant Ranch, and learn your way around the website. You will be on your way with an invaluable resource in your pocket!
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.

This class will begin Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Radiant Coaching - Introduction

This is an individualized process for people who are wanting specific input on their programs. People share journals and get specific feedback and recommendations about their own process. It is a nice way to get feedback from me and work with others who are motivated and serious about their healing. You have to be doing your journal regularly and have started into step 3 to be eligible for this class. The class runs in 2 week intervals.
Using Resources for Parents

A new introductory free class for parents wanting to start the program with their kids and are not quite sure where to begin. Come take this 2-week class to get started and not feel overwhelmed.

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 cornerstone of your healing, your food journal, is also the first step in creating a relationship with your body.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I understand feelings about commitment to OA but the fear of slipping back to old eating patterns. I, too, was part of OA for 10 years. The longest I was ever sugar free was 1 1/2 years. During the start to finish of OA I gained 40 lbs. I was already very heavy when I started. Yes, I lost weight in OA, but I never kept it off, and I was usually white knuckling it.

This is the biggest and greatest gift of this program. When you are doing the steps here, you are not white knuckling. I truly understand what changing the biochemistry of my body has felt like. After 6 months of detoxing from sugar and diet coke, I felt what they here describe as "radiance". This was something I never experienced in OA. I remember sitting on my couch and just thinking to myself "I just feel so damn good- it's unbelievable." All this while 135 overweight according to charts! I remember going to my Dr. for my annual, and she told me my numbers were never better and me telling her that I feel so good I have to pinch myself! I would take Kathleen's advice and use this food plan along with OA. I think you will having a winning combination.



**Notes from the Forum **

In Response To: How to not slip back into old, bad habits

Why I stay with the programme? That is an easy one for me to answer.

Here is me pre steps: I have a lovely life but I am totally anxious, weight-obsessed. I have rosacea/acne and dermatitis. I live on a permanent yo yo of dieting. Certain foods pull me in and I feel controlled by it. I am tied to drama and worrying. I am fat and self-conscious and less-than. I have the same old black tops and leggings and I cant fit in anything else.

Me with steps steady: I still have my lovely life and I appreciate it. I am calm. My skin is clear and I don't feel embarrassed about it any more. I have a keen eye on my journal and work on my weight maintenance. It's work but I don't feel driven by that any more, it's just something I do. I have a great freedom around food now and I get to choose. I have a normal BMI for the first time in my life. I love shopping for tops and jeans. I don't get pulled into other peoples drama so much these days. It's peaceful.

If something is off in my steps, I have a little reminder of what life used to be like. For instance, last year I ate some unwise pecans with sugar on.... I got very rosy and looked sunburnt and DH said .... 'What did you eat ?' And added to that, while travelling I didn't get enough protein etc. - well! I felt low and grumpy and the world was against me. I knew it would pass though and focused on steps as much as possible to rebalance.

So it is so easy to stay and not slip. No contest about it, I so much prefer steady. I wouldn't say it has been easy though, there were times in step three when I thought I had fallen down a hole and would never get out. But I don't regret those experiences. I learnt such a lot from them.

The 'tools' that help me are: journal (because if I don't journal I forget) and connection. Reading the forum and listening to everyone's ideas and reminders. Focusing on my step. I do step seven but often have a special eye on one of them according to my circumstances.



**Radiant Recovery® Store**

We keep getting rave reviews for George's® Restore...I love this one from Kirsten in England.

My Restore arrived a few days ago. - I love it. Ye-ha!! Had been struggling to find a suitable protein powder - all the ones I have tried were either just blleaaahh or contained artificial sweetener and a bunch of other nasties. And I didn't really get on with original George's as I prefer my vitamins and complex carbs 'on the side'. But Restore is great; I just added skimmed milk, banana and some berries and it tasted really good - just like it says on the pack. I had ryvitas and marmite too and was all set. My kids liked it too. I feel really pleased.

A nice option for making your shake is to get Restore and add a teaspoon of our omega oil to it. It holds you longer and gives your shake a really nice texture.

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

Check out this process. These little roses are a perfect size for your evening potato.

Check out Chef John's ideas. He likes potatoes and I like his suggestions.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

Here is Emily sharing:

I love chat. I try to go to the regular Wed. night chat as well as Eurochat... There is something almost magical about chat. It means that each week I commit, check in, connect. And I receive energy, information, ideas, support, and caring. Even if I just sit quietly and read, there is a different energy being present and doing it live as opposed to just reading the transcripts (although they are wonderful for when I can’t make it). I feel like chat gives us an extra leg up in doing the program.


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


**Radiant Living**

I am sharing my favorite picnic recipe here because it feels like the essence of Radiant Living.

I LOVE picnics. This is one of my all time favorite recipes for picnic use.

Before you start the chicken, set up your rice cooker to make 2 cups of brown rice.

Start with a roasted chicken or 2 whole bone-in skin-on chicken breasts that you prebake.

Then tear the cooked chicken into chunks.

Now you add stuff you like. Some people use 2 medium ribs of celery (I don't like celery), 2 medium scallions, 1 medium granny smith apple cut up, and 3/4 cup of nuts. I use almonds, some people use walnuts.

Add 3/4-1 cup mayonnaise and 1 1/2-2 TBS of lemon juice.

If you are not yet on step 6, you can add raisins.

Mix everything together.

Serve the chicken salad on the brown rice.


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


**Structure as Antidote**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Many people come to Radiant Recovery saying they are already doing most of the steps and just need to add a potato. I often suggest they get a copy of the talk I did at ranch in 2007 about what else is embedded in the steps. That discussion goes through each step and outlines the biochemical changes encoded in each step. But there is another key issue – one I haven’t really talked about. Structure antidotes blind lurching.

When we are in active addiction, it is as if we lose our center and we stop being grounded. We lurch from one thing to another. Maybe from diet to diet, job to job, person to person, place to place or interest to interest. We have 6 knitting and crafts projects going on. We present ourselves as creative and curious, liking to try new things. We collect little things like offices supplies or pens in case we need them. We lurch and resist being pinned down.

We might say that structure ties us down, thwarts our creativity. Structure seems dull and old fashioned. It seems routine and boring and who would want to do that. Nowhere in our brain have we thought of our behavior as lurching. We never really thought that a little of this and a little of that might be saying something about our sugar addiction.

Why is it that we dream big and stay small? Why is it that those sparks of insight and knowing sputter and fade rather than bursting into our passionate flame?

My hunch is that we have avoided the gift of structure. We haven’t considered that structure, doing things in an intentional order might actually shape us. And it might change the lurching to intention. If you do this, you will get this result.

Now think about that. For so many years, we have worked how to forget the consequence of our actions. We forget that if we eat sugar, or skip meals we get cranky and unpleasant. We forget that we lose direction and we lurch. We forget a lot.

So when we have structure, we stop lurching and we do not lose direction. Even early on in the program, when we are still forgetting because of our biochemistry, the structure itself guides us. The steps, those funny steps, lead us into intention. They guide us with if you do this, you will change. If you do these steps, you will have a life you cannot imagine. Everything will shift. And it will shift in ways beyond anything you have considered.

Now, many of you may feel that this is simply talk. It is not. We now have enough people who are doing the steps for a long enough time that it is really, really clear that there is a developmental pattern that emerges very predictably over time. The promises we make happen.

The steps are bigger than the food. Don’t think of changing them. Do them, do them and get the miracle.


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