Dec 11, 2016

Hi {!firstname_fix}, 
I like that Christmas and Hanukkah are so close together this year. In the Radiant Reflections class we will be reflecting on both as well as Solstice and Soyal. Not surprising that so many traditions have celebrations near the darkest day of the year. And it means that light will be increasing as well.

It has been a quiet week of catching up for me. I spent the morning reading, meditating and thinking about December. It was wonderful to take a few hours away from anything else.

A few reminders. I have been having continuing conversations with the community members who came to Euroranch in Salisbury. It confirms the joy we all experienced there is streaming into lives. Ranch is generally a wonderful experience no matter what but this curriculum felt very timely and special. I am bringing the same curriculum I used in the UK back to Albuquerque in May. Don't forget the early bird special for the Spring Radiant Ranch here in New Mexico this May. it is a pretty big discount to register early.

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.

I am going back to the process of adding information to the website in other languages. I am looking for some volunteers who might like to work with me on this project. It will be short and fun.  I am wanting to translate the page on the seven steps into French, Spanish, German, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Polish, Chinese, and any other languages that suit your fancy. I chose those because I already know we have people who can do them. Email me if you would like to be a part of this little job.

Thank you for the help you have given to Golden Retriever Rescue! It means a lot. You can stop by to browse through the dogs we have placed.

Upcoming Classes

This class will begin December 14, 2016

Using the Resources of the Community Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

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!

We won't start any Classes on December 21, 2016

These classes will begin December 28, 2016

Radiant Step  One
This is a Free class that is conducted right in the Step One Group. It will give you all the basics. Just make sure to sign up for the Group. You do not need to preregister.

Healing Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a key component in gaining weight and being vulnerable to diabetes. I did a whole series on this a number of years ago, but continue to learn new information. I am reading original research articles and I was fascinated and thought you would LOVE hearing about this. You will learn what insulin resistance is, and very concrete specific things you can do and eat to reverse it. If weight loss or pre diabetes is a concern for you, this will be a great class.

If you are thinking you will catch this one next time around, I would do it now. This is the kind of class that maybe I would do every 2 years or so.

It is easy to get sucked into sugar swirl this time of year. Focus on breakfast instead.

Testimonial of the Week
Well, what a difference a year and this program makes! Friday, I had my first parent-teacher conference with my 6 year old's first grade teacher. All she could say was how wonderful Renee is, how well behaved and happy. Flash back to last year when I left the parent-teacher conference crying my eyes out, having been asked if anything was going on at home because Renee was acting out, belligerent, rude, easy to tears...

Last year I was severely depressed and stupidly thinking I was hiding it from everyone, I was thick into my sugar as was my daughter. It was last December that I found this program, last spring that I started the steps, this past summer that I started working with my daughter. I am only on step 3 and only starting with my daughter, but LIFE is GOOD! I have no doubt this program has changed our lives for the better. My daughter is happier because I am happier and steadier - she is ss and feeds off my moods. She is steadier because her food is steadier. She used to get served cookies and punch for "snack" last year in kindergarten - I have no doubt this affected her everyday. If I knew then what I know now... A few weeks into school Renee asked me if her days now were shorter than her school days last year. I said they were the same, she said she couldn't believe it, that last year the days seemed to last forever and now the day flies by. My dear daughter is happy and we are blessed by this program.

Thank you, Kathleen!!!
Very Warmly,
Radiant Recovery Store

Here is a post someone put on the forum about our customer service. It made me smile and certainly made David feel proud. I think the quality of our customer service reflects the commitment we both have to serving you. I know that there are some items you can get other places. When you take the time to purchase them through the store, you are making it possible for us to have our website. The store supports us both and allows us to give you this kind of service (smile). And I think the feeling of caring goes both ways. We love you as customers, and you seem to reciprocate!! Thank you.

I just made my first order last night from the RR store. I made a comment about the shipping price. I am a spoiled amazon prime girl and I was sad the products weren't available through amazon. This morning I got a personal call from Kathleen's son explaining everything. I was in shock! How extremely kind and considerate. I have been blown away by the business you two are running. I am so grateful for Kathleen's personal attention with my questions on the forum (something I NEVER expected), and now from her son on my purchase. As my husband said when I told him, "Mind blown."
You guys could not be more awesome!!! 
Radiant Kitchen
Here are two of our favorites:

Cranberry Chutney

10 servings
4 Valencia Oranges, peeled and cut
rind of one orange
4 cups of apple juice
2 lbs. fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups walnuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
Cut up the oranges and put them in a saucepan. Add the rind of one orange. Add apple juice and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add cranberries and walnuts
Simmer for an additional 15 minutes until mixture thickens.
Add cinnamon and nutmeg.

Cranberry Salsa
4 McIntosh apples, peel on, cored and cut up into chunks
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
2 T. apple juice concentrate
Whir all ingredients in the food processor until it resembles the texture of salsa. 
For more great program-friendly recipes, check out our cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site. 

 For 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.

Ignore that old idea that your weight is a function of calories, exercise and will power. That won't work for you.You have tried that many times and your know you need something different. You are a diet expert. Come convert those skills into a plan that heals *why* you are overweight.

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
Some of the old timers wanted to know where to talk about their process. They wanted to have a place to share about *refinements* and *life enhancements*. We have support for depression and cooking and fitness, but nowhere to look at *life* stuff. The logical option is Radiant Living. It is kinda the *after the steps* place.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here.
Sincerity in Your Recovery

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered what it is that allows some people to flourish in doing the steps and others to struggle so much?  I was thinking about this in my morning meditation. My hunch is that the ones who love the steps and bring a willingness to sincerely try have an easier time.

Many of us were called *intense* little things when we were younger...and not always in the kindest of ways. I think maybe when that energy gets reactivated in our relationship to the steps, we find it easier to commit. When in our cells we believe they will heal us, and we really want to feel better, to be healed, we simply say, 'I will do this. I will do this as directed. I will ask for help. I will listen to the ones that have gone before me. I will stop thinking I know everything and I will just bring a kind of trust to the process.'

It's funny, but I first wrote Potatoes Not Prozac twenty years ago, and I have wondered since if things should be *updated* with what we have learned. We have worked with some adaptations along the way. I lowered the protein levels for bigger persons, and upped it for smaller people, but the principles remain the same. I think that wheat, even whole grain wheat may not be such a good thing.

I wondered if the path of no grain, no legumes was the right one for us. And as I listened to those who went that way, I became more convinced that it is not the best for our brains. But I have learned that the discovery of how we approach browns is a crucial part of step seven. And that the *discovery* itself strengthens our healing.

More than ever, I have come to trust the dialogue that happens on the lists. Even with Yahoo being as cumbersome as it is, there is something magical that happens with this sharing, and having this written record of the sorting things out. Twenty years of discovery and archives is a mighty tool.

Sometimes our process is contradictory, sometimes murky, and sometimes brilliantly clear or right on target. But I KNOW that the quality of what happens in our discussion is unmatched in where it takes us. I love this community. I love what we know, how we support one another and how we grow together. And I love that you are here and are a part of it.

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