March 12, 2017

Hi {!firstname_fix}, 

We have the first hints of Spring now. The water has started running in the irrigation ditches that  criss-cross the Valley along the Rio Grande. It always feels so sacred to me, like life flowing. The fruit trees are in bloom now and my lilacs are a very pale shade of green. Everything feels as if it is vibrating.

Saturday evening I was driving home from errands and decided to drive along the river part of town. I passed a huge agricultural field where the farmer was driving his tractor and cultivating the fields that will be planted with alfalfa. There were crows streaming in from all over to capture the bugs and worms he was turning up. It was quite amazing to just watch wave after wave of crows fly in. There must have been 500 crows gathering.  I pulled off the side of the road to just sit there in the twilight. Tonight on the way home from dinner, I was telling David the crow story and he said he had seen me by the road and wondered if I was ok and then realized I was just drinking in the beauty of it.

Loving New Mexico of course reminds me that Radiant Ranch is coming. We hold out USA program in May and this year we will be talking about how *doing the food* changes everything. We will start off with introductory material for our beginners who come to learn about the early steps. They learn theory and practice and get to spend time with old timers who share about being able to do the program anytime, anywhere.  We will then progress into the joy of being sugar sensitive. I think sometimes in the struggle of mastering the food part, it is possible to forget the blessings that come from being sugar sensitive. Check out the Ranch page and see if it might suit you this year. Make a point of googling New Mexico as well. It is pretty spectacular.

A special heads up to those of you who are thinking about Euroranch in the Fall.  This year we are offering the early bird special for registrations before 4.15,
Upcoming Classes
This option 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.

I do want to clarify that coaching is not the same as the classes. It is more responsive to you and where you are in the program. If you want help and are ready to be be guided, this is the process for you.

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 15, 2017

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 begin March 22, 2017

Using the Resources of the Community

This 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!  This class is a free class but you do need to sign up for it.


If you slip, don't spend a lot of time or energy beating yourself up. Just pick up the program and get going again.

Testimonial of the Week

This is total testament to this program, lol. There is NO WAY my day would have gone like it did if not for doing the food.

So, originally I was supposed to play a piano piece for about 20 nursing students while they "walked" to get their nursing caps in a graduating ceremony. Did I mention that I am a beginner piano student who gets nervous very easily in front of people LOLOL??? Well, last night I found out that it was actually 80 people that would be there. It got me for a second, but, breathe, I dealt with it pretty well.

When I arrived today I found out it was actually 200-300 people that I would be playing in front of!!!! Eighty people were graduating, and the rest were friends and family that were attending.

First I'll describe how it would have gone before this program:

I would have freaked out, literally, and gone flush and said over and over 'I just can't do that....'. I would have been FURIOUS with my friend for not knowing this and blamed her for anything that happened after the fact. I might have cried or come really close to it and would have tried desperately to get out of it. In my head I would have been convinced I couldn't do it, no matter what. If I had played anyway, not only would I have messed up, but I probably would have froze and then felt horrible after. I can guarantee my friend and I would have had a major confrontation. Yuck.

But this is how it did happen:

I had a fleeting flash of all of the above, lol, but quickly dismissed it. I realized almost immediately that there was nothing I could do to change it and in the end it really didn't matter. I would be nervous either way (smile). I practiced as much as I could beforehand and tried to visualize just the music and not who would be there. In short, I handled it with grace.

Overall I did great for me, lol. I messed up, but what was great was that I just kept on going and that's the hardest thing for me to do on a normal day! I am very proud of myself and for more than just my playing.

It was a HUGE rush, though, and I'll have to be extra careful these next days. Journal journal journal and spot on with the steps.

Thanks for listening!

Heather D.

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!!! 

Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart. *virtual hug!*

Don't forget about our Prime membership service. If you glossed over it, come see what you are missing.

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

Radiant Kitchen
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Citrus and Mascarpone.

  • 4 pounds small or medium sweet potatoes (to yield 2 pounds cooked sweet potato pulp), or 6-8 medium-large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice [I used a pulpy fresh-squeezed one]
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese [pricey, as much as US$5.99, but worth it!]
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • 1 whole orange
  • chopped fresh chervil
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Bake sweet potatoes until a fork can be inserted easily, about 1 hour. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scrape pulp out of skins, leaving about 1/8 inch of potato lining the skin.
  2. In a food processor [I used a hand mixer which worked fine], combine cooked pulp, orange juice, and 4 ounces mascarpone. Purée just until mixed. Add salt and white pepper to taste.
  3. Refill sweet potato skins with purée. [This was actually pretty easy to do.] Heat through for 15 minutes at 375º. Preheat broiler. Dollop remaining mascarpone on top of each potato. Place underneath broiler just until mascarpone begins to brown. Watch carefully to avoid burning. [I found that my mascarpone topping didn't brown; it just melted, so I don't do this broiler step with the leftovers.]
  4. Using a fine zester, grate zest from one orange over potato halves and garnish with chopped chervil. Serve immediately.
Radiant YLD

 We have some new people who have joined the community who are set to go on getting the sugar OUT and LOSING WEIGHT right now. I suggest to all of them that they join Your Last Diet!. The very first thing we work with is the old *fat terror* aspect of weight. Trying to manage pounds from a place of terror and angst simply does not work. You know that in your heart of hearts, and if you are ready for something different that will change your life and your body, this is the place for it. The chats keep getting better and better. We sure would love to have you join us.

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

Radiant Living
I want to share this note from Mosaic. It is about shifting the Pout

In Response To: At war with myself 

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. 


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.
Focus on the Steps

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

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 alot with things in my life, and I beleive 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.

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.

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 too.

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? 

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