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August 29, 2016

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I went to the tomato fiesta today and did a tomato testing. There were a couple of kinds that I loved so I wrote down their names and next April when the Garden Center does their plant sale, I will be off to get some. I bought a t-shirt that is tomato red and even though I don't usually wear red, I love it. I also met a woman who does hand-painted silk scarves. She used to be an aerospace engineer and was in an automobile accident and then changed her life and now does art. I think I will have coffee with her. I want to hear her story and talk about art creativity. It touched something in me...this thing about being called to follow a new path.

I went to a seminar. It was the first time I have been on the other side of learning things. I got a lot of take aways so have spent time this afternoon making notes and thinking about what are the things that make learning work well (or not). Got me all excited about Euroranch. We are doing a new model this year since it is a second event and have geared it for people who have been before. We will be exploring some fascinating step 7 concepts that have not been shared before. And I am even going to be asking people to do some homework *before* they come. This is because I KNOW that introverts like to think about things ahead of time.

I am also planning a little extra tour for myself. The History channel did a show on some new henges that have been found in Wilshire recently, so I am seeing if I can go touring a bit and go find them. It makes for some fun planning. Think Stonehenge buried or if you are really brave, Google Avebury to see my favorite place in the world.

This class will begin Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:
Radiant Dopamine

A first look at sugar sensitivity and dopamine. Learn about the fourth leg of the story and see if this is your missing piece.

This class will begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:
Self Care and the Art of Success in Doing the Steps

This is a very special class for people who are serious about their healing. We will explore the key factors in succeeding with the program. We will talk about willingness and what that means in the fact of working with your food. We will talk about fear and resentments that get in the way of your progress. The class is geared for those who want it to work. It doesn't matter what step you are on now. This is a great way to get mobilized.

This class will begin Wednesday, September 14, 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!

This class will begin Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:
A Beginner's Guide to the Art of Cooking

This is a new class designed to support those of you who are struggling with The Art of Cooking. We will be using a wonderful text called The No Recipe Cookbook by Susan Crowther. Here is what her description of the process includes: Crowther takes the intimidation factor out of cooking. Her creative approach to preparing meals focuses on the basics: philosophies, ingredients, and procedures. Without a single recipe, you’ll learn to make everything from soups, salads, sauces, baked goods, and nutritious meals, featuring whole foods and meat alternatives (“meetz”), like eggplant and mushrooms. Once armed with the basics, you’ll be free to experiment with confidence and have fun in your kitchen!

We will have the book in our store for pre-order. And Most exciting, Susan will be in the classroom with us. I have invited her to test drive our process of teaching. I love the book, I love her approach and I want all of you to get an introduction to what I think can be an incredible support to your success with the program.

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**

You are in the process of becoming more aware, more attentive, and more committed as you go. It is cumulative.

**Testimonial of the Week**

I had an easy, *uneventful* detox from sugar. Despite the lack of drama, it was a profound, deep change. Immediately, I had no cravings--hallellujah! But I also felt uneasy and unsettled. (Some of that was my diet cola detox, unwisely undertaken hard on the heels of sugar.)

I counted the months 'til I could get to weight loss and taper off my meds and feel fixed. I wondered when I would feel grounded again. I wondered when my anxiety would go away. I fretted, and my fretful posts were annoying me. I decided to stop posting inside the problem. I waited and kept doing the food. I got exercise steady.

One morning I woke up and realized I was ready to meditate. About 2 weeks later peace fell over me like soft mist.


**Notes from the Forum **

 I used to be so addicted to coffee. I thought I would never ever let go of it.

However, I did just start not fancying it. Amazing! And that was my cue to switch to decaf. I still choose decaf a few times a day now.

I can't honestly remember if I was tired or not as it's so long ago. I had done it many times before and remember being exhausted. This last time, not so much...steps supporting me most likely.

One thing does come to my mind. About a year ago I had a cup of ordinary coffee by mistake and I didn't sleep all night! Palpitations and alert. I am laughing because it was so peculiar. I'm going, "Oh no, I forgot to say decaf!"

So that just demonstrated how much of an effect it has on me. One cup for all that disruption and I used to have 9, 10 a day!

Step three is fantastic I think. I bet it will be a real help to you through this. The structure of it is so soothing for me.



**Radiant Recovery® Store**

This week, check out getting a copy or two of Your Body Speaks, the journal that Kathleen designed especially for all of you. It is a fabulous way to track your food and everyone loves it.

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

When I was in Vermont visiting my daughter, I bought some Cabot Cheddar cheese. It is totally yummy and I used it to make this. I actually put it in a casserole dish and baked it a bit at 350 after I mixed it so the edges got a little crispy. This dish is good cold too. If you can't find Tinkyada, you can order it on Amazon.
  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked (I use Tinkyada Brown rice macaroni elbows)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. flour (wheat, spelt, brown rice) I use brown rice flour
  • 2 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese
Cook macaroni according to package directions. In a saucepan, melt butter and add flour, whisking to form a roux. Slowly add milk, whisking to avoid lumps and thicken. Add cheese, a little at a time, until thoroughly mixed and melted. Add additional milk, if needed, to attain desired consistency.

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

**Radiant Your Last Diet**

As you know, sometimes we have summer reruns. I really love this short little article. I hope you do too.

I have recently changed my program in a dramatic way, I decided it was time to lose the pounds that crept in with menopause. I had the *data* but needed to think through a plan of action. Here are the things that really helped me:

  1. I was really clear about what I wanted. I stopped pussyfooting around and made a definitive commitment. A goal, a time, an outcome.
  2. I wrote down the way I would get to my goal - a process that suits me, my lifestyle and my rhythm. Some of this came out of our weight loss class. I actually did the exercises the class was doing.
  3. I committed to keep on even when I get discouraged. When my personal power runs out, I might say, *Ah, enough already, I am tired.* This time, I want the outcome and I am willing to push through the wall and I am finding the beginning of something new, a new understanding, a new power and sense of possibility. I like it.
  4. When I get stuck and mad and think I want a life like everyone else's....I just sit in my quiet awareness and wait. I stop pouting and remember I am choosing these changes because I want the outcome. No one is making me, I am choosing. And then I feel just fine.
The most important thing is that I am willing to put into practice what I know on a different level. This means I do it, just do it over and over. And *it*? That would be doing the food. Doing the food as it works for weight loss.

Hope this makes sense. It sure is working for me.

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


**Radiant Living**

Radiant Living is about all the other stuff we work with besides the food. Joys, grief, other people in our lives, hopes, dreams and sometimes just plan goofiness. It is open to anyone on any step with the understanding that it is a drama-free zone. (smile)

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


**Beginner's Mind**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

A couple of years ago I started in a new class to learn to do watercolor. I attended the first class. I was a rank beginner and knew nothing. This is an unusual place to be in. I realize that as we get older, we generally don’t have a lot of total beginner experiences. The process made me VERY sympathetic to new people who come into our program.

I don’t have the skills. I don’t have the “gear” yet. I don’t know where to sit. I don’t know the language. I didn’t realize I needed to bring something to put water in, or a rag to clean up stuff. I got everything she told me to get, but she forgot some stuff that is on the website list, LOL.

I decided it didn’t matter. If I knew what to do, I wouldn’t be in the class. So I LISTENED, really, really listened. And I watched her demo. I quickly learned that she totally knows what she is talking about. Thirty years experience, she knows how to paint. It really moved me. I thought, she knows as much about her craft as I do about mine. Pay attention, girl, I said to myself.

I realized that she was thrilled to have us there. Genuinely. She loves sharing her passion and she had no judgment at all for our groping first attempts to put color on paper. She just was having fun with our joy at being there.

The woman next to me is new too. She was trying to make flowers but they were a little flat. Carol came over and asked her, “May I?” and took the brush, dipped it in paint and made one tiny stroke. It was maybe 1/4 inch long. But it was breathtaking. It made the flower come alive. She didn’t talk or explain, she just did it. I watched with my jaw on the floor.

I thought about the conversations we have about Kathleen being “curt” and I think my comments are like that tiny brush stroke. Thirty years of experience. Thirty years of practice. And then feelings get hurt, you get stung, feel criticized, overwhelmed and all that. And I mean this tenderly. Yah gotta stop that (smile)…this is about working with someone who knows the brush stokes, how to create what you came to learn.

Had I sat there and if it were my picture she had done that little movement on, would I have felt stung or inadequate? Hardly. I would have thought, “Whew, baby! I want what she has!” And I would be showing up, mucking up, doing it wrong, but reading the books, watching You Tube and going to the gallery and looking at all her paintings…how does she do light, how does she create shadows, how does she make sky, where did the purple come from?

After the first hour of the class, my brain stopped. I couldn’t learn any more. So I just watched and listened. This weekend, I was thinking about how to do some ebay stuff to generate the money to keep doing these classes. I think I am tapping into a joy dot that I only heard in the distance. It is beyond anything I imagined.

So, welcome to all our newcomers!!


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