Radiant Recovery Logo

August 22, 2016

Hi {!firstname_fix}

Our cooking resource project is under way. We have completed our *inventory* and learned that we have more than 1000 recipes (some duplicates) scattered all about. This is decluttering in action, LOL. We will now clean and think about what we have. The next task is thinking about what we want. In last week's chats we talked 4 times about ideas and interests. I am compiling those and then we will bring that out to you for your input. If you belong to either YLD or Radiant Living, please make sure to read the transcripts.

It has been an interesting week with wide-ranging activities. My farmer deciding he wanted to go back to a *real job* rather than cope with weeds. So my land is waiting to see if I can find a new person. I rescued a new dog who is blind, was in terrible condition and was slotted for *hospice* care, but is in fact just in need of some dental work and a safe environment. He is rocking and rolling as he gets used to the grass in the back yard. And I am thinking a lot about writing...what needs to come next. Life in New Mexico is never boring for sure.


We have 3 slots left. This is an incredible opportunity to connect to the program in a unique way. Euroranch is a smaller, focused seminar specifically geared to people coming from a UK and European culture. And yes, it is different. And yes, doing it in Salisbury makes it enchanted. If you have been rolling around the idea that you might come, be bold, go for it.


These classes will begin Wednesday, August 24, 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 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.

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**

Rather than simply giving up sugars, you are working on a life plan.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I know we often talk about the earlier steps on this list and how to get started doing the food with our children. I wanted to take some time to share about what step 7 - getting a life - looks like in our home.

So maybe a bit of history will help you have context. Before Radiant Recovery I was Dr. Jekyll's wife - moody, irritable, screaming at my kids, fatigued. I couldn't understand why I had everything I had ever dreamed of and was miserable.

The girls were prone to melt downs. In fact, I was laughing to myself this morning driving to work thinking about how I used to refer to 5pm as the bewitching hour - the little werewolves appeared - every day! Bedtime was a struggle, morning was even harder. The girls bickered often.

And I was a stay-at-home mom - by choice.

Here's a glimpse into yesterday - I came home from work (from a job I adore), my husband was on the computer or something - the girls were playing outside with a neighbor's child. They had rigged the sprinkler onto the slide to make a water slide. They were laughing and playing.

Eddie helped me to make some salsa. The girls came in and made grilled chicken pizza for dinner for themselves while Eddie and I grilled mahi mahi. The girls thought they were light on protein and added a piece of zucchini pie to their dinner. No arguments, just very matter of fact. After dinner I did email and a bit of laundry, Lindsey helped Eddie build some new shelves, Kayla took a shower and curled up with a book.

We giggled a lot last nite. Girls did their bedtime snack – they have been pretty much doing cheerios every nite for a while now.

At bed time we made up a new family oath, the Radiant Potato Spud Oath. I made Lindsey repeat after me - I, Lindsey, do solemnly swear by the radiant potato spud oath (and we did the sign letters rpso) to get up in the morning without giving my mommy a hard time! We were laughing so hard by the end that tears were streaming down for me!

Then I taught it to Kayla, who thinks I am nuts! And when Eddie tucked Lindsey in, she taught it to him!

No melt downs, no mood swings, no drama and trauma! And it's like that all the time. :) This morning Lindsey got up on her own, made her bed, no fuss. She said, *well Mom, I took the oath last night.*

OK, so do breakfast with protein and you may very well end up creating silly oaths too :)

Anyone else want to tell us about step 7 in your home?



**Interesting Bits of Science**

Here is an article written in 1995 - eleven years ago, talking about strain differences in how insulin is secreted. The C57BL6 mouse develops type 2 diabetes after being fed a high fat, high simple carbohydrate diet. Another strain does not. The study found that the C57BL/6 has a defective insulin response to glucose, which is exacerbated by a diabetogenic diet.

Pancreas. 1995 Aug;11(2):206-11.

Defective glucose-stimulated insulin release from perifused islets of C57BL/6J mice.

Lee SK1, Opara EC, Surwit RS, Feinglos MN, Akwari OE.

And even years later, they are learning about what the defective response might be.

PLoS One. 2016 Apr 4;11(4):e0153017. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153017. eCollection 2016.

Pancreatic ?-Cell Dysfunction in Diet-Induced Obese Mice: Roles of AMP-Kinase, Protein Kinase C?, Mitochondrial and Cholesterol Metabolism, and Alterations in Gene Expression.

Pepin É1, Al-Mass A1,2, Attané C1, Zhang K2, Lamontagne J1, Lussier R1, Madiraju SR1, Joly E1, Ruderman NB3, Sladek R2, Prentki M1,4, Peyot ML1.

If I were doing a study, I would take the C57s and change their diets (do the food) and see what happens to the rate of developing diabetes. What would be the curve if the compromised response was not be challenged by a high fat/high sugar diet?

No matter what, it reinforces that we are doing something about it!


**Notes from the Forum **

The dress dilemma - Solved! This is making me feel grateful today.

I had an Occasion planned for July, where the dress code is fairly smart. A few years ago this would have been an alarming thought... I would have been panicking at the last minute and trying to find an outfit, choosing the thing that fitted good enough. Or going in my same-old-thing.

I went shopping with this event in mind, and despite trying on most of the shopping centre, there was nothing I really liked. The things that fitted didn't inspire me. But I had a lovely day, and instead of feeling a bit low at 'failure,' it didn't have any charge to it.

On Saturday I was out and about and spied just the thing in a shop window. Fairly casual but the sort of dress that can be dressed up or down.... I thought it was ideal.

And the magic thing was - I bought it - because I will be the same weight next July and so will still fit into it. This has not always been the case. I am remembering how distraught I used to feel about clothes shopping and how unreliable everything always felt, how my weight fluctuated so much I lived in the same few elastic-waisted outfits.

happy days


**Radiant Recovery® Store**

A Great Resource for doing The Food

  • How to build a variety of quick meals with the use of my simple baking mix

  • How to use pancakes and waffles as a base for wonderful experimentation

  • How to discover the wonderful world of wraps (whole grain tortillas) to make all sorts of nifty, quick menus

  • How to use marinades and dressings to dramatically change the taste of a few simple ingredients

  • How to understand and use a variety of grains

  • The difference between sweet potatoes and yams

  • How to use a quiche to create all sorts of healthy alternative meals

  • How to make substitutes in your own sugar-filled recipes

  • How to use wheat alternatives

  • How to set up a vegetarian food plan

  • How to convert your daily allotment of protein grams to ounces of food

  • Designing Menus that work for you

  • How to use protein powders to increase your proteins

  • Planning and cooking for holidays

  • New ways to party

  • Tips for traveling including what to put in the radiant cooler

  • Eating on the run

  • Nutritional analysis of each recipe
Plus 120 of the most wonderful recipes in the world.

Each cookbook will cost $16.95/$15.29 plus shipping and handling

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

Curried Chicken Salad


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 large stalks of celery
1 medium tart apple (I like Granny Smith)
1 green onion
2 TBS chopped almonds (or other nuts if you prefer)
2 TBS sugarless mayonnaise (I use trader Joes)
1/2 to 1 tsp. lemon juice
curry powder to taste (I used Penzey's sweet curry - about a tsp)


Cook the chicken breasts (steam, bake, grill, etc.).

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.

Chop the celery and onion. Core the apple and chop in bite sized pieces.

Combine all of the above in a bowl with the nuts.

In a small bowl combine the mayo, lemon juice, and curry powder. I use about a teaspoon of curry powder but I like it strong. The more curry powder you use, the more lemon juice you will need to thin the dressing. If you aren't sure how much curry powder to use, start with a half-teaspoon. You can always add more, but you can't take it out if you get too much.

Put the curry mixture over the chicken and toss with a fork to coat everything. Chill for at least a couple of hours. I chill mine overnight.

2 servings.

This recipe is in the Cookbook. When we did the inventory, I was entering all the recipes from the cookbook. I was blown away. I had forgotten how much I love them. This particular one is a favorite and it will be even more yummy with that particular curry. It has such a pleasant flavor.
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

Read the transcripts from the 2 chats week. they are REALLY fun. And make sure to come to chat this week because we are going to keep moving with the ideas. It was super exciting to hear from the newcomers!

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


**Radiant Living**

Ditto for the Living Chats...And if you belong to both, have fun seeing how the chats are different. I love the contrast.

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



Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

This is an article Connie wrote quite a while ago. It is still just as fascinating now as it was then.

We were recently having a conversation in the weight loss class about tightening up the steps. One of the class members ranked the quality of each step as a 90% or 100%. Then she averaged the seven steps to get a sense of how she was doing. Her average was 90%.

Connie chimed in and said that kind of math doesn't work in this instance. She talked about how the steps are cumulative. And that when you did the math a different way, the actual score was 68%.

Some of us, including me, said, WHAT are you talking about! I asked her to try again. Intuitively, I knew she was onto something. But this explanation is a winner.

A quick Google search didn't show up any high-level intro explanations of quality and reliability in steps, so I'll just make up an example. First I'll use one for an everyday manufacturing process, and then I'll talk about our 7 steps.

For the everyday manufacturing, say Connie decides to make a DVD about Warrior Wellness available at her web site. The steps to get the DVD from the manufacturer to the person, are:
  1. DVD maker sends the DVDs to Connie's mail room (LOL)
  2. Connie takes orders from the net and gets them ready to ship
  3. The shipper, say the US mail, ships to the person
  4. The person gets it
  5. The person can play it! yay!
What we want is, 100% of the DVDs getting from the manufacturer to the person. But let's say each step has 10% problems:
  1. 10% of the DVDs get squished when Connie drops the box in her mail room to sign the invoice
  2. 10% of the addresses entered on Connie's web site are off somehow
  3. 10% of the people's mailboxes are ripped off from local drug guys stealing identities, and they rudely toss the DVD
  4. 10% of the CDs don't work in the person's DVD player somehow (Connie has el cheapo manufacturer)
So, you'd think, well okay, each step is 90% there, so my customers should be 90% happy right? But let's follow 100 DVDs.
  1. After Connie drops the box of DVDs, there are 90 DVDs on the way to the customer. (90% of 100)
  2. After step 2, wrong mail address, there are 80 DVDs (90% of 90 DVDs)
  3. After step 3, the mail theft, there are 72 DVDs on the way to the customer. (90% of 80)
  4. After step 4, unplayable DVDs, there are 63 DVDs that actually get to the customer. (90% of 72)
So of those 100 DVDs starting out, only 63 got to my customer. That makes a "reliability" of 63% for the end-to-end process. But I thought each step was 90% ! well, it is. Still, if what I want is DVDs to customers, I find a way to tighten those steps.

This happens to EVERY process where the later steps depend on the reliability of the earlier steps.

What I think is hard to understand until it's experienced , is that our steps really truly DO depend on each other. No one else in the diet world talks about this and that's why they all say, make these zillion changes all together.

And, our steps each have smaller steps, so imagine the opportunities to get a little off. Here's just ONE path.
  1. Breakfast. Protein is 90% of what it needs to be.
  2. Journal. Writing 90% down, but maybe the 10% not written, is what happened after breakfast with light protein! So now I lost a little feedback.
  3. 3 meals, 90%. Lunch had "justa" whites and it was early. Somehow I was "extra hungry" today but I don't make the connection to breakfast.
  4. Vitamins. 90%. I ran out of vitamin C days ago and keep forgetting to pick some up. Hence, my food is not metabolized quite as well. I'm a little hungry.
  5. Browns. 90%. By dinner I feel off and resentful and have my browns and then some.
  6. Sugars. 90%. More justas. I make the family a program-friendly dessert and have more of it than is appropriate for my plan right now.
For me, this would be a day for overeating either at dinner or at spud time. I might THINK "oh, my program is 90% on" but, that evening sure FEELS like a not-so-good, only 50% radiant day, and sure enough, the idea of multiplying instead of averaging, matches what I'm feeling.



Thanks for reading! If you know someone who could benefit from this, feel free to forward it to them.

Not a subscriber yet? Like what you have read? Sign up to get future issues delivered straight to you:


Until next time!
Facebook Logo You Tube Logo Twitter Logo
Here are the folks who are helping put the newsletter together:

Gretel, our webmaster, puts it all together.
David runs the Radiant Recovery® Store.
Mosaic contributes to the Notes from the Forum column.

©2016 Kathleen DesMaisons. All rights reserved. You are free to use or transmit this article to your ezine or website as long as you leave the content unaltered, use this attribution: "By Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. of Radiant Recovery®", and notify kathleen@radiantrecovery.com of the location. Please visit the Radiant Recovery® website at http://www.radiantrecovery.com for additional resources on sugar sensitivity and healing addiction.

You are getting the weekly newsletter from Radiant Recovery® in response to your signup. A copy of this newsletter may also be found posted on the web at http://radiantrecovery.com/learn/newsletter/