November 28, 2016

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Thanksgiving and my birthday have passed and now we are in the time of deepening darkness. I have always loved this time of year. In New England it would be the season of grey on grey. Black lace like tree limbs against grey sky and grey woods. Everything felt really still. Here in New Mexico we still have lots of leaves, but things are very still, especially early, early in the morning when it is darkest. And the sky at night is brilliant and clear.

I want to share an interesting experience I had. I usually meditate while sitting on my bed early in the morning when the sky is still totally dark. I got a new Yankee candle - smells like Christmas Cookies. I lit it and meditated for about 15 minutes and then I sort of snuggled down a bit since it was cold in my room. I kinda closed my eyes and looked at the candle. It had a big beam of light coming from it, like what you would see from a lighthouse in the dark. There was movement in the beam and I was floored to see that the movement was flowing towards the candle and not out and away from it. It was as if the light was calling in light from out of the darkness.

Now, I felt awake, and didn't think  I was dreaming, but this was a very weird feeling, this idea that the candle was calling light down to it. I have been thinking about this all week. If I become a light, I pull light from the darkness. I know you all have figured out that I do tend to the philosophical side of life, but honestly, this one has staggered me. You can try it. Light a candle and sort of scrunch your eyes and see if you can do it.

A few reminders. Don't forget the early bird special for the Spring Radiant Ranch here in New Mexico this May.

And don't forget if you are pulling your hair out about the holidays and your program and the food and whether you can do this, we can always do some problem solving together. Come to the community forum, come to chat if you are a YLD member or a Radiant Living Member, or set up a consultation with me. We have something to suit everyone.
Upcoming Classes
This class will begin Wednesday, November 30 , 2016. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Radiant 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 give you the crux of what it means to be sugar sensitive.

When you can't cope with anything, just go back to eating breakfast with protein every day.

Testimonial of the Week
I love reading about your breakfasts. Nice job planning. :)

I used to ride horses, and one of the big things I had to learn was to hold my focus on where I was going. If I was approaching a jump, I looked over the jump instead of at the huge, scary obstacle looming ahead. If I looked at the ground, I ended up on the ground! And if I looked too far ahead, way down the line two or three turns and jumps ahead, my horse might refuse the jump we were actually approaching. And if I looked at all the other distracting things around, my horse got totally distracted, too. Focus made it happen, where fretting and distraction didn't. It sounds like a funny thing, to a less-confident rider like myself, it felt like a miracle.

I remember someone once said throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow. That is pretty much how I did this program. I threw my heart over the step I was on and took the rest of it on faith.

No idea if that makes any sense LOL. But it's what I thought of. I think you are doing just great.

Notes from the Forum
I can relate a bit. I did two "Don't want to!!" episodes. One was pushing the part of breakfast that said, on time, every day. I wanted erratic. It was much more dramatic. Then I was NOT going to be told what to do on step three.

I didn't realise that no one was telling me to do anything. I was making up the drama of internal conflict when I didn't have to have any there at all. When really all the choosing was entirely up to me.

Kathleen had posted something that I always remember. It was something like - there's so much energy there. All that energy going into the conflict and drama. (And I much preferred the beta-endorphin kick from drama to actually doing breakfast as written.) Just think how amazing it would be if I could harness all THAT energy onto breakfast itself. So that is what I keep in mind. Where to choose to direct my energy. And doing the food helps my choice/which helps me doing the food. Yay!!

I still stamp my foot occasionally and don't wanna, LOL, but I recognise now where that's biochemical and can smile at it a bit and know what to do.

So I really like your healing voice! And love how you are listening to that one.


Radiant Recovery Store
 I think that a lot of your new people may not realize what an incredible resource our little cookbook is. Most of the old timers have well-worn, dog-eared copies. I know that mine certainly is. And the amazing thing is that I still find things I haven't tried. This is just a little gem. Everyone doing the program should have a copy. And even people not doing the program should have a copy.
  • 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 experimentation.
  • How to discover the wonderful world of wraps (whole grain tortillas) to make all sorts of nifty, quick menus.
  • How to understand and use a variety of grains.
  • 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.
  • Planning and cooking for holidays.
  • 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

Radiant Kitchen

Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust


  • 1 cup oat or brown rice flour, or a combination of both
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbl cold butter
  • 3 Tbl other solid shortening (I use lard)
  • 1/3 c iced water
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese ​​​​​​​
  • 2 1/2 lb apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbl cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbl apple juice

For crust:
  1. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and shortening until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  2. Stir in ice water just until dough comes together. Stir in cheese and combine well.
  3. Form dough into a dish and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour
For Filling:
  1. Combine apples, juice and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Bring to boil.
  2. Once apple mixture boils, lower heat to simmer and cook down 10-15 min.
  3. Return to boil and thicken by adding cornstarch mixture. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in Vanilla
To Assemble:

Spoon apple mixture into 9" pie pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
  1. On lightly floured surface, quickly roll out the crust into a 13" round. Drape the crust over the apples and crimp edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 or 3 slits in dough for steam vents.
  2. Place pie plate on a baking sheet and place in 450 degree oven. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 350 degrees and bake 15 minutes more or until crust is golden and apples are tender. Let cool at least ½ hour before cutting.
Yield: One 9" pie - 6 to 8 servings.

For more great program-friendly recipes, check out our cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.
Radiant YLD
Radiant Your Last Diet in an online program is based on my book, Your Last Diet! It is the only weight-loss program especially for sugar-sensitive people. It addresses YOUR unique body and brain.

The first part of the program works on healing your addiction to sugar by balancing your blood sugar and raising your serotonin and beta endorphin (brain chemicals associated with addiction) and then walks you through a four-phase process to lose weight permanently. It will totally stop the pattern of yo-yo dieting.You are a diet expert. It is time to convert those skills into a plan that heals.

The 4 phases of Your Last Diet healing are:
  1. Weight Loss Readiness
  2. Healing
  3. Action and Weight Loss
  4. Staying Steady

This membership gives you everything you need to succeed at weight loss. There is NO failure in this program. There is no pressure, no stress, no yelling in your face. We think of this as a program for The Biggest Winner! Your program will include:
  • People who understand and mentor you
  • A dedicated list on Yahoo with my personal participation
  • Access to a dedicated chat that I lead. It is held at 2 different times each week so it is accessible to people all over the globe
  • Access to classes specific to weight loss
If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here
Radiant Living
 The special Radiant Living membership program is all about support for learning how to *live* as you move towards radiance. The stability of your food and the steps will form a foundation to bring you into a new way of living. We talk about emotional sobriety, finding passion in your life, disarming things that get in the way, program maturation and, of course, spirituality. Sometimes we are just goofy. We also talk about food, families and growing. When we are caught in addiction, we stop growing, we get stuck and stay stuck. Our commitment to doing life without addiction sometimes leads us into strange places.

Radiant Living will allow you to share a dialogue with others – people who are asking the same questions and exploring answers boldly and with the humility that comes with doing the food.

These conversations will help you transform fear and give new tools for healing. We look at topics such as grief, crisis, trauma, emotional healing, revitalizing your program and stepping into your big self.

So the dialogue will be about the big picture and the practical ideas for daily implementations of the changes you are seeking. The dialogue will meet you where you are and offer ideas that you may not have heard before. Let go of old thinking that growing up has to be hard or painful. This is about joy, discovery, fun and creativity. And, of course, LOTS of laughter.

There is no step requirement to participate, only honesty, willingness and openness.

Your membership will give you what you need to master this new way of being. Your membership will include:
  • People who understand and mentor you
  • A dedicated list on Yahoo with my own personal involvement
  • Access to a dedicated membership-only chat held at 2 different times each week ​​​​​​​
If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here

So What About Cravings
 I have been reading a lot of posts on the issue of what to do with cravings and I thought it might help to say a little more.

Cravings come from beta-endorphin withdrawal. If you had something sweet, when it wears off, you will crave. If you have a big event that spikes beta-endorphin (a fight, a joy, a lot of sex, dancing all night, getting a job, not getting a job), when it wears off you will have cravings.

Sometimes the *wearing off* effect takes 4 days, so you do not make a connection between let down and craving.

So the key question, is what to do when you have them ?

First of all, entertain the idea that it is possible to have a craving and not *do* anything.

Now, when you are just starting out, this is hard. Not doing anything is called impulse control. If you have low serotonin, you may not have much impulse control, so you get a craving and you do something right away. One strategy is to simply work the steps and allow your biochemistry to heal and improve your impulse control. Another strategy is to start right away and learn to recognize this phenomenon and simply practice waiting. Cravings by nature are simply your brain calling. If you start to get antsy and scared, it calls more. If you do something else, you can override the call.

So, bottom line, sort out ways to reduce the BE priming - this means having your sweets with meals or always with protein. This cuts down the *hit* effect.

Use your journal to mark when to expect the whispers or yelling to come...Mark 4 days down the road when you have a BE spike. Being prepared for the edginess helps.

Do the food. When you get to step 7, cravings go away.

Ok this is great Kathleen. I got it till I got to the last sentence:

"Do the food. When you get to step 7, cravings go away"

Could you or someone else elaborate on this a little. I thought you said cravings are caused not only by food, but by life also. Actually you wrote that cravings are due to BE-withdrawal, so are you saying that once we're on step 7 we learn to avoid BE spikes hence no cravings? Or we manage the withdrawal better? What I'm noticing is I'm trying to avoid spiking because I'm noticing the effects it has on my body, but sometimes it's impossible to avoid spikes. I see them too late and that's when I get cravings. I'm sorry I'm a bit puzzled with what comes after step 7. It sounds like the step 7 is somehow magical and all the bad things go away and I feel disappointed because it's not the case in my life. What I do see is that I start to manage things better, I have a better control over things, I have choices, but the things I've struggled with, I still have them in my life. I just manage them better.

Anyway, I just got a little confused by the last sentence.

Thank you for this clarification .

As your brain heals, the beta-endorphin receptors don't scream so much. If *life* creates a spike, you have skills to not react in the same way. So it is a blip not a flood. The more you heal, the more you up the normal level of beta-endorphin. Let me see if I can describe this...

When you start, you have low level BE. Imagine it at a 2 out of 10. Something happens that spikes it to an 8. So when it drops, you have a 6 point gap with big screaming and big fallout craving. Over time, you heal. Now your normal BE runs at 7. Something spikes it to an 8. It drops back to a 7. The BE receptors say, "Um, did you notice that?" And you laugh with them.

Make sense?

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