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October 3, 2016

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I haven't been home during balloon fiesta for a couple of years, so this morning was very special. The skies were blue, blue, there were a few wispy white clouds and then hundreds of multi-colored balloons floating by. Depending on the wind, the balloons can end up flying right over my house. I was on the computer looking out my office window and two balloons decided to land one street over. They slid silently into view and then just dropped down, down below the tree line. It never ceases to amaze me.

We have confirmed dates for US Ranch ! It will be May 12-13-14, 2017. Check the seminars page for more details. Note that we do have a lower rate for early bird registration.

These classes will begin Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Step One

This is our foundation class to get you started. Learn all four parts of step 1 in a structured way. Learn how to progress through them with enjoyment. Let us support getting your program off to a fabulous start. This will be an unusual class. I am going to be changing things up to match the new Step One workbook I am putting the finishing touches on. Get a first look at some of that material! Even if you have been doing Step One for a while, you will love this class.

This class will begin Wednesday, October 12, 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!

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**

Most sugar addicts who have not started to heal do not plan much.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I've just been to a 3-hour stress "course."

The man who led it is very widely read and has read PnP in Danish along with many other books. Knows a lot about kinetic energy and pressure points, among other things.

One of the things he talked about was that diet is a factor in being able to or not being able to handle stress.

He also did something extremely interesting. He showed a little strength test where he asked a man to hold his arm out from his side at shoulder length and then he (the leader) stood behind him and tried to push the man's arm down with two fingers. Of course, he couldn't do it.

Then the man ate two sugar cubes and waited a couple minutes. Then he did the strength test again and he could easily push the man's arm down with two fingers!!!!

I went home and tried it on my kids--I didn't feed them sugar cubes, but they have been having a couple of pieces of candy after their meal--they are only on step 1.

Sure enough, it worked! They thought that was a great hoot. I figure this is a building block for "the buy-in."

The oldest son then ran around the block. When he came back, he was already stronger. Took the dog for a walk, and basically was "strong" again when he came back. The younger son wandered around the house eating carrot sticks and regained his "strength" that way.

Interesting stuff!



**Radiant Ambassadors**

I got the business cards a couple of days ago. Yesterday while I was at the library I stuck one into the Atkins book, page 100. Because it is hard bound, it stayed in. Perhaps whoever comes across it will check out RR.

I also mailed a copy of LSA to a friend who lives on the east coast. She has two grandchildren and a daughter who are all SS.

And while I went to the grocery store picking out Yukon gold potatoes, a woman nearby asked if I was making potato salad (I had two bags!). I told her a bit about the program, showed her the potato key chain and handed her a card.

This is great fun.



**Radiant Recovery Store**

Just thought I would remind you of two products in our store this week. We are are carrying 2 vitamin powders called All One. Kathleen has always loved this company and their products. The powders are a great alternative for those of you who make your own shakes. You can adjust the dosage easily. Kathleen thinks these are the best vitamins on the market.

We ordered two different ones:

All-One ALL ONE Original is a unique blend of amino acids with pure vitamins, minerals and vital naturally occurring food factors - all nestled in a base of high protein derived from the fresh milk of New Zealand dairy cows (guaranteed free of lactose, fat and synthetic hormones).
  • High Potency antioxidants: A, C & E + selenium and bioflavanoids
  • Stress B-Complex + a full gram of vitamin C
  • Full spectrum minerals for easy absorption
  • Valuable trace minerals
  • Essential vitamins
  • Includes iron
  • All nutrients in optimal balance

All-One FRUIT ANTIOXIDANT FORMULA, the ALL ONE high profile powder of potent vitamins, minerals and amino acids is complemented by a power packed blend of:
  • tart cherries
  • wild blueberries
  • cranberries
  • apples
  • grapeseed extract
This fruit formula delivers a natural food source of potent phytochemicals including the flavonoids anthocyanins, proanthocyadins, tannins and quercetin, along with the traditional essential antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E.ALL ONE Antioxidant Fruit Formula supplies you with 2 grams of pure fruit pigments to create the most potent single serving antioxidant supplement available.
  • Iron free, dairy free and vegan
  • Full spectrum minerals for easy absorption
  • 1113mg calcium

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


**Radiant Kitchen**

Cabbage, Apple & Cheddar Slaw

Recipe yields about 8 to 10 servings

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, preferably sea or kosher, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 medium cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
  • 3 apples (any variety), cored and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely grated (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup grated Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  1. In a blender, combine vinegar, sesame oil, mustard, soy sauce and cinnamon; blend until smooth.
  2. While blender is running, slowly add olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
  5. Add enough dressing to coat salad well and toss together until well combined.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
(adapted to be program friendly, original recipe from the Cabot Cheese newsletter)
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

We have had a number of new people sign up in the last week. They are bringing such wonderful energy! We all felt excited and energized by it. Now we are talking about how the steps prepare you for weight loss. And what you can do to infuse the steps with some *early on* weight loss add-ons.

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


**Radiant Living**

Ah, *life* has been pretty wild for some of us the last few weeks! Knee surgery, new babies and grandbabies, job changes, retirements, children coming back to live at home, recouping from wobbling program, you name it, we got it, LOL. It is so incredible to be able to share these things in person.

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


**Doing the Program on a Limited Budget**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

So you have gotten excited about your healing. You are ready to make changes. But when you think about the impact on your budget, you get overwhelmed. Things are tight already. However can you do this plan when you are trying to work with a limited income? Sometimes you read the struggles people are having about how many grams of protein and you groan because you are struggling with making ends meet let alone counting protein grams. You know you can't afford fancy foods and the costs of the foods in health foods store is beyond your means.

The secret to making change is just like the program. You do it in baby steps and you plan carefully. Let's start with the proteins. They don't have to be fancy. Pinto beans are great. Tuna, eggs, chicken all work. And they all go on sale. Chicken thighs can be found for very little and have lots of meat. Don't spook yourself. You are already skilled at stretching things.

What you are going to do is make artful trades. For example, if you buy plain oatmeal instead of sugared cereals and spend the difference on extra tuna, you will be on your way. So, try this experiment. Next time you go shopping, add up what you spend on the sugar stuff and the junk food stuff. NO judgment. Just add it up and see how much of your food budget goes for that. You may find that you are spending money on things that you have always bought but never really thought about it. And often when working with a limited budget, you get in the habit of buying what feels like cheap things - bologna and macaroni.

I know you have huge creativity. You have been using it to get by on not much money for years. The trick in the process is to shift your thinking on what you buy. Let's say you have been eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese 3 nights a week. Not much nutrition but it fills you up. So now you buy a large bag of potatoes, use commodity cheese and add a can of tuna. Same meal, 1000 times better for you.

Or you can get whole wheat tortillas or make pancakes from scratch with whole wheat flour and you fill 'em with beans and cheese and vegetables. Or you serve oatmeal and eggs instead of poptarts. Lentil soup on brown rice is about as good a meal as you can get. And dry milk is a great protein source. Add it to all sorts of things. When people talk about making a shake in the morning, you can do the very same thing using dry milk powder, oatmeal and day old bananas.

We asked some of our folks what changes they have made. Maybe some of these will ring a bell.

  • I'm always looking for ways to eat better for less money. Recently my daughter (who also follows the program) and I hit upon a deal where I do most of the cooking and we share the cost of the food. I freeze individual-sized servings and we have our own frozen meals to 'heat and eat.' I keep track of how much the ingredients cost and estimate the cost per serving. I was amazed that most of our meals with protein and a brown (some include veggies, too) were under $2.00 per serving. Many were less the $1.50 per serving. This is considerably less than even 'fast food' prices.

    Here are some things that I've learned to do to cut food costs.

    • I buy meats that are on sale. And I buy bulk quantities and repackage them into serving size portions. Then I freeze these for use later.
    • Boneless skinless chicken thighs are cheaper than boneless skinless chicken breasts and are a good substitute in most recipes.
    • I buy ground turkey and use in recipes that call for ground beef.
    • For things like beef stew, I look for a small roast and cut it up into chunks for the stew. It's often less per pound and better quality meat, too.
    • I buy veggies that are in season and ones that are on sale. In the summer I buy fruits and vegetables from local growers and farmer's markets and freeze them. I have a small garden and grow some of my own veggies. You can grow tomatoes and many other vegetables and herbs in large flower pots.
    • Growing my own herbs saves me a ton of money.
    • I buy oatmeal and brown rice and whole grain flours in bulk.
    • I invested in a soy milk maker and I make soy milk for pennies. I paid for the soy milk maker in less than a year.
    • I make my own chicken broth and my own red sauce for pasta for much less than the commercial brands. Plus I 'know' mine don't have sugars or coverts.
    • Canned beans are not expensive, but cooking dried beans costs even less money.
    • I buy blocks of cheese, grate my own, and then freeze it by spreading it out on a cookie sheet to 'flash freeze.' Then I store it in a zip-lock bag and you can scoop out just what you need for your recipe.

    It's taken me a while to learn to shop and cook more economically. And it's definitely easier to stay in my budget since I don't buy pricey foods like boxes of cereal and cookies and chips and prepackaged convenience foods. Because I have lots of ready-to-eat food choices at home, I don't buy dinner at the drive-through.

    It is definitely possible to follow the program and eat really well and not spend a fortune on food. Looking for recipes? Kathleen's book, Recipes to Remember, is a jewel. There are also great ideas in the Radiant Recipes section of the Radiant Recovery website.

  • I buy items in bulk by going in with my friends and shopping at Sam's Club. We started planning together sort of as a game. Now, it is fun. We kinda have our own little buying club.
  • I buy items on sale and stock up. I know the basic things I use and PLAN for when the sales come up. I think the planning thing is the biggest change. Of course the longer *I* am doing the program, the less helpless I feel about having such a limited budget.
  • I buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. My store has a place for bruised or cut vegetables and fruits and I get them and just cut out the damage. I have talked with the produce guy and he told me the best day to find things. In fact, he loves to help me get the good stuff.
  • I go to my local farmer's market or grower and get extra and then freeze what is leftover. I was surprised how easy it is to do this. And at the end of the market, a lot of the growers are willing to give me what is left for a very low price.
  • I talked to my neighbors who grow things. They let me take the drops from the field for free. I got great apples and made lots of sugar-free applesauce. Then froze it and use it with all sorts of stuff. My kids even put it in the oatmeal they are eating now.
  • I planted my own tomatoes and veggies. My kids helped. We had fun and they LOVED eating from their own garden. They used to turn their noses up at vegetables. But when it is their own vegetables, they rub 'em and scrub 'em.
  • I started to can my own foods. My mother used to do this and I thought it was way too hard. But now I know why she did it. Great food and very low price. I got a lot of the supplies for it at the flea market. That was an adventure. My mother has lots of tips and is having fun passing them on.
  • My kids love it so much they haven't even noticed it is brown. We use it for peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast. They have that and a glass of milk and it seems to work really well for them.
  • I grew up on beans and rice and corn and tomatoes from the garden. Funny, we were never sick. I went away from this as I got older. But I am trying it out. My brain remembers what to do. I am making brown rice instead of white. My family is actually pleased. We even made some homemade tortillas and then were great!
  • I get food stamps and usually just roam the aisles deciding. Last time, I actually made a plan before I went. I left the kids at home so they wouldn't ask for things. I ate before I went. What a difference it made. I spent the same amount of money but got totally different things. I am even thinking about using my commodity foods in a different way.
  • I made this HUGE pot of lentil stew with ham hocks. It smelled so good, my kids are asking for it every week. Then I got brave. We usually have franks and beans on Saturday night. Last week, I MADE the beans and made some brown bread. Surprised even me!
  • When I started, I thought this was silly. But we have been doing this for a year. My doctor bills are almost nothing. My food bills are more, but my doctor and prescription bills have dropped so much that we actually have a little extra. And we all feel so much better.
  • When we looked at what we were spending for cokes, beer and chips, it stunned both me and my kids. We bought some more protein, got better bread stuff and spend some on videos. It is a nice trade.
  • My sister and I lived closed to each other and both of us were on tight budgets. What we did was invest in some plastic baggies and plastic food containers with covers. Then we'd go shopping together and buy foods/staples and paper products that were on sale and/or in larger amounts than we would need individually. After shopping we'd go on over to her house and divide the stuff up. We also used store coupons on the sale products too. This was great. We saved money and we didn't have to worry about finding a place to store the extras in our tiny apartments.


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