February 26, 2017

Hi {!firstname_fix}, 

I came back from Florida to the chill of what is still winter here in New Mexico. It was somewhat shocking to wake to brilliant blue skies and a 25 degree temperature outside. Surely couldn't wear shorts with that!  Coming back from vacation is always a jolt, this time was even more so since I had had someone working on the floors while I was gone and the house was totally disrupted. There was a thin layer of dust on everything, everything. I have spent a few days vacuuming dust and putting things back together. Since everything was moved out of my office, I decided that I will go ahead and paint it before putting it back together.  It is another opportunity for one more layer of decluttering.  I do like the idea, although the actuality is a little more demanding than the thought.

The dogs were mad at me for a while, then forgave me for being gone. Now they stick by my side. I am babysitting a little black dog, so I am finding tufts of black hair among the blond retriever clumps hidden under the chairs. It makes me smile. Somehow dogs are so unconcerned about leaving hair all about. And they are certainly unconcerned about the fact that their noses make marks on the windows. They especially like looking to the East since that faces the road and interesting things to watch. So I have a stash of Windex at the ready since I love the morning light and prefer the windows to be clean.

Traveling has made me appreciate being back with my own food habits and timing. I cleaned out the refrigerator and the cupboards. I learned to make sauerkraut on my trip so got the gear in place to do that. And I ordered special tops for the jars I will use to store it. I love new food skills. It is making me smile to think of having fresh sauerkraut on hand.
Upcoming Classes
This class is ongoing. You may join at any time.

Coaching for Weight Loss

This is a new offering for people who are serious about losing weight and would like to have ongoing coaching. We do an individual assessment to sort out exactly where you are in the process. You will be guided in making your own individual plan. You can learn about journaling and adjusting your food for weight loss - what to do when. You can look at things to do to start while you are actually working the steps. This is not Boot Camp. You will be given tools and shown how to use them.  Please note that the preparation for weight loss includes mastery of the steps, so if you decide to do this process and have not yet started with the steps, we will do that first. If you are well versed in them and are ready to proceed, we have a special section to accommodate your skill level.

The fee is $20 per week and is billed in 2 week intervals. It is an unusual opportunity to work directly with Kathleen to be liberated from your past diet history. The signup is under the *special* tab on the classes page.

This class will begin March 1, 2017


While I have been in Florida I have been doing some research to work with my Sister-in-law who was recently diagnosed with reflux. I fund the research so fascinating that I decided I would pull together a class to share the information I found with you. I know that we have a number of people in the community who deal with reflux.  Delving into the story with a nutritional perspective was fascinating. And having time and space for reflection meant I could really explore. Those of you who have been around for awhile know that these new classes can very very exciting because I can pull pieces together in a way that traditional medicine often doesn't do. I wanted to know *why* reflux happens and what were the options to heal it.

Even if you don't have the usual symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation, you might have what is called silent reflux which manifests as hoarseness or coughing after eating. Or even if you don't have reflex yourself but someone in your family does, I can tell you that you will be intrigued by this information. Anyway, I am excited about this class and will be happy for you to join me. I will be offering this just once in 2017.

This class will begin March 8, 2017

RADIANT STEP ONE is our core introduction class for those starting with the program. it is a free class and is offered right in the step one group.  You will not only learn the basics of the 4 parts of Step One but will get expert guidance in adapting the parts to your own life,  style and readiness.

When you understand your sugar sensitivity, what has been an overwhelming mystery in your life becomes a fascinating journey of self-discovery

Testimonial of the Week

Okay, my turn. Funny enough, I recovered by isolating . I isolated from everything that would take my focus off doing the program. I posted only to the then relapse class, now list, and I posted way more than I ever had. I did not post anywhere else or even read any other lists. I turned them all off. When possible, I did only those life things that would enhance my program. I am reconnecting w/my journal in a deeper way. I took both journal classes. But one of the best things I did for myself was to relax about being in relapse. 

You see, I was terrified that I would not get my program back. I actually thought I might not be accepted back to the community (MY perception--nothing anyone said or did--please don't take this personally anyone--it was ME and MY anxiety). And when Kathleen opened the second relapse class to continue supporting us, I knew that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and that I was accepted and that it would all be okay. So I relaxed about it and that's when the healing began. 

In fact, I actually ENJOYED being in relapse. I felt unburdened by only posting in one very SAFE place with amazingly supportive people. I was learning about the program in deeper ways than I had before because I was clearer and had more intention behind my actions. I could look at myself and understand the process. I was not desperate about weight loss. I talked to Kathleen about this paradox of enjoying relapse and likened it to Milton's *Paradise Lost* and the idea of the fortunate fall--Milton's belief that virtue untried is not virtue at all, but virtue that wins out over adversity is true virtue. (Sorry, I used to be an English teacher (sheepish grin). And here I am. Being radiant and silly and still working hard on my program; planning food, cooking food, and mostly, staying connected HERE. Kathleen, thank you for helping me get my radiance back. Well, thanks for helping me get it in the first place (crying). Have a nice day everyone. 

Ann Margaret

Radiant Recovery Store
David has been on vacation this last week, so I thought I would share some thoughts about one of my most favorite products called  ProDHA Eye. One of our community members told me about it so I asked our Nordic Sales Rep.

As I have gotten older, the issue of dry eye has become more of a problem. Living in New Mexico, which is DRY, DRY, makes it way worse. You know I LOVE Nordic products, let's give it a shot. I know it is a bit pricey, but when I think about how much I am spending on eye drops, this sounds way better.

Here is what Nordic Naturals says about it:

  • Added Zeaxanthin and FloraGLO Lutein for ultimate eye protection*
  • 93+% true triglyceride form for optimal absorption of essential omega-3s*
  • Promotes healthy eye moisture and tear production*

ProDHA Eye® combines concentrated omega-3 fish oil with key nutrients that have been shown to protect the eyes and support healthy vision.* The omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is more concentrated in eye tissue than in any other part of the body, and is vital to the structure and function of healthy eyes. By supporting healthy inflammatory levels, omega-3s can also help alleviate many common symptoms of eye discomfort such as dryness, pain, and redness.* FloraGLO® Lutein with zeaxanthin has been added to further support the structures of the eye and provide protection against harmful ultraviolet blue light.* ProDHA Eye combines these key eye nutrients in one convenient formula.

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

Radiant Kitchen

Sweet Potatoes Waffles 


  • 1/2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oil
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk (cow, soy, oat)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional)


Preheat waffle iron.

Combine the cooked sweet potato, oil, egg white and milk in a large bowl and beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until smooth.

Spray hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions using 3/4 c mix per waffle.

Serve with yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit compote or unsweetened applesauce.

Radiant YLD

We started YLD to offer a safe place to talk about *weight loss*. Since then, my feelings about how weight loss might work have changed dramatically. I have always known that if we simply lose weight without healing all the other stuff, we will always gain it back.It is the nature of our biochemistry. YLD is about learning all how to understand all the other stuff and then to create behaviors that enhance weight loss.  The more we do it, the deeper it goes. It really is quite fascinating

I was watching TV last night and an ad for Weight Watchers came on and they said, *I learned you have to eat MORE if you want to lose weight.* This startled me. I wonder if we have a mole in YLD or if it is simply the principle of the 100th monkey learning this reality. If all you want is to lose weight, and nothing more, then Weight Watchers might be the place for you. That made me smile to think of it. I thought, *I wonder how much WW costs?* From their website:

The updated Essentials app from Weight Watchers has a base price of $19.95 per month, while the price goes up to $54.95 per month to get both the app and the personal coaching service. New online members are also subject to a one-time fee of $29.95.

That startled me. In all these years I never looked it up. Sure made me appreciate what we do. The dialogue in chat is life changing. It is like a river flowing, sometimes high water in the spring, sometimes low water in  the summer, but always flowing. We look forward to chat for this reason.

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

Radiant Living

Now, it's funny, Radiant Living isn't really about *learning* things the way a class might be. It is about learning stuff from one another, and learning the joy of sisters or brothers or cousins having a lot of fun playing. It really is about learning the things we didn't learn because we were so distracted with our sugar addiction, or felt so inadequate with low BE, we just didn't know how to be part of the pack.

We provide 2 weekly chats and a special email list to talk about the concepts we are working with. 

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here.
Why Is It Hard Now?

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

The past week has been difficult. I went out to Florida for some time of respite. I came back and found that a whole number of folks on our leadership team were having a really hard time. At first blush it seemed as if it were simply coincidental... timing maybe, post Christmas stress, or winter fatigue or something like that.

But as I sat and thought about it, I realized that this is way deeper than personal stumbling. I began to hear the same story, spoken in different ways and the more I listened the more I began to sense that something bigger is happening.

In 2005 we had a tsunami. It was a huge shift in the surface of the earth - a planetary shift that actually changed the earth's axis. This was a monumental event. The energy flooded, literally, and wiped away everything that had been. You held on for dear life or you were swept away. In 2016, we some other types of tsunamis. Political changes that have swept away how things were. 

Now, it is funny, but this is the same theme I have been hearing over and over. Nothing that was makes sense. It all feels pointless. Things we have counted on no longer fit. I don't know who I am, I don't know where I belong, I cannot find my center. Too much, too fast and I feel like I am being sucked into a dark hole that is sucking me into instability.

Now a medical model will diagnose these feelings as clinical depression. And that same model will prescribe medication. It will identify the situations that precipitated these feelings of darkness. Of course there are "situations. "  But it feels so much deeper.

I think the energy shift of the world discombobulated us on a cellular level. Things as they were actually do not exist any longer. In 2005, our 'magnetic north" changed and we couldn't get our physical bearings. And if we stumble and then our food gets off, we cannot sort it out. It feels so personal.  These times feel like a major spiritual crisis. Sometimes I can hold it and welcome change, and other times, I simply feel overwhelmed with sadness.

 I talked about this in 2005 as a time of awakening. When things no longer fit, we have an opportunity to clear out that stuff, to throw away the stuff that does not fit and to make room for something new. We don't know what that will be yet, it has not emerged. So we have to endure this time of "in between" where the old is gone and the new has not emerged. However can we make sense of this? Now, it is so much bigger. I don't know that what a learned 10 years ago prepared me for this.

it's funny, but when I came home, it felt as if my home felt like the chaos of my inner world. Nothing was in its place. The file cabinets were in the bathroom, the books were on the office couch, I couldn't find anything. I just wanted to weep.  So....I cleaned.  And I did the food more carefully.

Rebuilding a solid foundation that cannot be swept away are all part of creating a way to hold what is emerging. Enough, on time. Clean the refrigerator. Get cabbage for the sauerkraut.

And I know that what I am feeling is not just personal. This is the time to go back to basics. Literally. Rather than getting caught in how horrible it is, ask for help. Get connected. Trust that this is not just a personal stumble, but that you are part of a great shift. You got thrown off kilter and you can get steady. Get back on track with your food and program. Don't beat yourself up. 

Last week, I said "If you are going to be with a person in a dark hole, take a ladder and a lantern." (Smile)..the steps are the ladder and our humor and perspective is the lantern. We are not alone. Grace is unfolding. 

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