January 1, 2017

Hi {!firstname_fix},

Well that is the first time I have written 2017. It was a nice respite.

My trip to San Francisco was lovely. I think there is something very special about having quality slow time with adult children. I loved having a chance to step into Ted's life and get a sense of the rhythm of it. We took an outing to Ikea - dear god, that is like being in a casino - no time, no way out. We did have a great lunch there which included steamed salmon and roasted vegetables. Quite a surprise. I would say Ikea is an "experience."

No time for the muse. The hours were taken up with regular life and conversations. I went to an improvisational theater show and loved it. Ted is learning to do lights for the theater and his friends gathered to do a special afternoon show so he could practice. My parents met in the theater so I think the smells and sounds are imprinted in my DNA. I really enjoyed it a lot. Nice people!

I stayed up late watching a science fiction show.Ted was shocked that I could stay awake. I was surprised but the show was so engrossing there was no way I could sleep through it. Didn't watch TV - no news and no newspapers. That was good too.I came home rested if disoriented. Glad to be back and should get all settled this week.

Now I know that there are a number of you who want to come to Ranch in May but didn't quite catch the early bird special. So I am going to extend that deadline till Epiphany (Jan 6th).

Register for Radiant Ranch here in New Mexico this May. Register by Jan 6th to get  the $100 discount.

Sorry for the duplicates in last week's newsletter. I am using a new template and forgot to *save* the changes I had made, so it reverted. Please forgive my learning curve.

Upcoming Classes
No new classes this week so I can catch up.

You will come to treasure your journal in a way you could not have imagined.

Testimonial of the Week
Grace's class had their end of the school year party. Of course, the moms I was working with are all super duper into sugar. They think the more sugar the better. So they came up with having the kids decorate their ice-cream cones with candy. They didn't like my decorate with fruit idea, lol. Oh well. 

So I came to the party armed with stuff for Grace. I sat her down last night and explained that Daddy was going to make her sugar-free ice-cream that she can decorate with berries and she was fine with that. Then I told her that she had to eat some protein first, again no problem. I reminded her again this morning after breakfast. She actually was excited about decorating "her" ice-cream. 

So I get to the school with all Grace's stuff. I made her some tacquitos and I also brought a cheese stick. My husband made ice-cream out of the chocolate almond milk. I had her berries and I put about 5 unsweetened carob chips in there too. I told her she had to eat her protein first. She was fine. She ate her tacquitos but didn't want the cheese stick. No problem. Then I showed her her ice-cream and she was just thrilled.

I was so proud of her. All the other kids were decorating their sugary ice-cream cones and Grace did hers with the berries and the carob chips. She was so happy and it didn't bother her a bit. The one little girl next to Grace asks me, "Is your whole family allergic to sugar?" I smiled at her and said, "Yes", LOL. Too funny.

BTW Grace loved the chocolate almond milk ice-cream!

Radiant Recovery Store
I asked Patti if I could share the post she recently wrote about the Cookbook. I liked it because I am the barbeque king. I cook for the leadership party we have at ranch. They all LOVE my salmon.

I have the cookbook and have tried many of the recipes and loved them all. We got a new bbq this past year and I made the different marinades with chicken and hamburgers and then we grilled it on our new bbq grill and it was so delicious! I would highly recommend getting it. Plus the cookbook has so many program tips in the beginning - whew a ton of information (which I am embarassed to say I never realized until I actually thumbed through it and studied that part). Get it, it's fabulous!

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

Spaghetti Pie

I added a whole number of recipes for Teens into the recipe blog. Here is one of them...
something THEY can make when ravenous. It keeps and reheats really well.  Make it
with Tinkyada brown rice pasta and it is a 10!


  • 16 oz spaghetti (brown rice, spelt, or whole wheat) cooked
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • cottage cheese
  • 1 Lb ground beef
  • unsweetened marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • mozzarella cheese


Cook the spaghetti according to package directions and drain. At the same time, brown
the ground beef, drain, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Put the cooked spaghetti in a 13"x 9" greased pan. In a small bowl, beat together the milk
and eggs and pour over the spaghetti. Layer the cottage cheese over the spaghetti and
then layer the ground beef over the cottage cheese. Spread the marinara or spaghetti sauce
over the ground beef and top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven until hot, about 30 minutes.

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

Radiant YLD
I thought you might enjoy hearing some comments from YLD members. A lot is bubbling in YLD. It's funny that something we have been doing for a while can just come alive. Listen to what Jim had to say a while ago and still is on target.

"I love chat.  It's one of the things that really hooked me and has
helped me to get steady with my program.  When I first joined YLD, the
Wednesday chats featured some deep topics, such as how the brain works (microtubules), discounting and reframing, and alpha endorphin. The discounting and reframing chat was a big deal for me; my whole body was tingling during that one. :) My point is that I love chat, and those deep topics really speak to me."

Someone asked me if people are actually losing weight doing YLD. The answer is *yes*  but we just forget to talk about it because so much of the program is designed to heal Fat Terror and take the charge out of WEIGHT LOSS as the meaning of life.

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 *living step 7* place.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here.
Focus on the Steps

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I am leaving those candles up because I really, really like them.

Tom wrote this to one of the lists. I asked him if I could quote him because it really touched me. I think he is onto a key issue - spending time in the *process* of recovery rather than thinking about rushing to some end.

"I get what you're saying. I read your post and it makes a lot of sense. I guess
this kinda comes back to take your time and enjoy the ride. If all we are
concerned with is getting to point *a* we miss the whole journey of getting
there.  I am quite guilty of that. I do that quite a lot with things in my life, and
I believe to an extent that is why time seems to fly by for me. It is going
way too fast. When I was building my business, I kept my eyes on the day of
looking to when it would be built. And looking back, I missed the whole building
part which could've been fun. I am doing this same thing with the program, I
keep looking at the day when I'm going to be really healed, and I am missing a lot
of the journey. I'm glad you brought this up, it makes me aware of this. I need
to flow more as you put it. I can see the need for a balance between the two."

This means enjoying the art of step one when you are on step one. Really learning about breakfast, making things you really love, planning breakfast, finding a shake you really look forward to having, making a meal that suits you, having it on time and having it anywhere you might travel to.

Then, as you progress, you enjoy, truly enjoy the step you are on. This means thinking about journaling rather than about sugar. Or thinking about lunch rather than bingeing. Or about breakfast rather than being out of control.

This is actually the crux of the program - getting you latched on to the solution rather than swirling in the problem. Doesn’t this make sense?  It is still true even for me after all this time.

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