June 4, 2017

Hi {!firstname_fix}, 

As I said last week, it seems as the fruits of our Ranch work on *purpose* are flowing into our lives - including, and perhaps especially mine. The week has continued to unfold with clarification and direction.  I have been doing a bit of *tidying* with Golden Retriever Rescue as well. It's funny, but how the dog stuff flows mirrors how the community flows and how my own spiritual life flows, LOL. Of course, it is all connected. A new dog came in with a broken leg. We splinted it and she is having bed rest...being cheerful and following instructions...although today she decided she was well and was ready to run around the yard...sounds like some step ones, LOL. She gets a check up and a redirect tomorrow.

I have a few wily mice. Caught one in a trap, and released him. Brody then caught him and released him as well, LOL. I have heard that one shouldn't release mice within a 1/4 of a mile or they will return. I think this mouse dropped from Brody's mouth and headed south. The other one is in the office.  One of our ranchers left a bar of bakers chocolate here. She uses it for the antioxidant effect. It is very bitter, but the mouse thought it was delightful. I am using it as bait in my super duper, nifty, snazzy professional mouse trap. We shall see.

Read the coaching section please so you are updated on how it is evolving.

Don't forget we have reconfigured our blog to share our stories of healing. 
Upcoming Classes
This option is ongoing. You may join at any time.

Radiant Coaching 

This is a unique offering for people who are serious about their programs 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 your life goals - what to do when. You can look at things to do to start while you are actually working the steps. You will be given tools and shown how to use them.

The coaching is done online in a group using Yahoo and Google. We currently have two levels for coaching - one for people who are newer in the program which focuses on the earlier steps, and one for people who are skilled in the program and want to take things deeper.

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 benefits you get include learning how to do skilled journaling and to interpret it to really understand how the changes you are making affect your well being.

The fee is $20 per week and is billed in 2 week intervals. It is an unusual opportunity to work directly with me to be liberated from your past diet history. The signup is under the *special* tab on the classes page.  If you want to join, please email me first so we can touch base about whether this is right for you.

Starting the Week of June 7

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, A New Look.  NEW
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.

I have recently made a decision about my own *best body* practice and decided I wanted to go back to understand some information that wasn't clear to me. I have done this and am excited to share with you what I have learned. I will only do this class ONCE this year, so if you are interested, this is the time to sign up.


Resting when you are tired may seem like an outrageous idea, but learning to take care of your body is the focus of your path to recovery.​

Testimonial of the Week
Hello to all,

As of tomorrow I will have written in my journal for 30 days consistently!! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, emotional and physical feelings are all there. It wasn't always perfect and it wasn't always complete but I DID IT! I honestly wasn't' sure if I would be able to do this so this truly is a milestone. I've drawn smiley faces along the sides of tomorrow's journal page.

For those of you looking for help I can say that, prior to March 7, I was inconsistent. I kept a journal - with a day here or there - since October 2004. I started getting more consistent in January and even more so in February. I have not tried to analyze the journal or draw conclusions. That just seemed too overwhelming. Now, I think I can begin to do that some. I am still making the shift away from judging what I'm putting in my mouth. This will be a BIG step for me.

Some tips that have worked for me - I try to put the time I feel things, I especially find it helpful to spend time with the journal first thing in the morning and last thing at night - I think it fortifies my commitment. I like the idea of writing in the journal as "dessert" and have tried to do this. Sometimes I forget but always come back to it. I can say that, for me, the novelty of writing in the journal has worn off a bit and I find myself getting a complacent. And, who knows, I may "forget" my journal at times. It's all learning.

The bottom line for me is that my healing is a top priority at this time. And, journaling is a big component of the healing. So, here I am doing the journal..meal by meal..day by day.

I know the YOU can do it too. We'll help each other along this path. 

All the best,


Radiant Recovery Store

The Blender Bottle people have hit a home run with their new product. We LOVE these. They include a blender bottle with the wire whisk ball and 2 containers. You can take your protein powder along with you, and pack some nuts as well and NEVER be stranded. Or you can get some powdered almond milk, put it in one container, put Restore in the other and get bottled water at the airport after you go through security.

The Ultimate All-In-One

These come in purple, pink, Turquoise and orange. Order Your Blender Bottle Now - $13.99

We just carry light blue in the stacks. If you have a blender bottle classic, you can put the stack right inside it.

Radiant Kitchen

When I saw this recipe in the Radiant Recipes Cookbook, I thought they would be super duper yummy topped with "maple butter", which is butter mixed up with some maple extract . Of course, you can top them with whatever you like! 

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Pancakes 

  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 
  • 1/2 c. cooked butternut squash, mashed 
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 c. milk (cow, oat, or soy) 
  • 1 c. oat flour 
  • 1 c. brown rice flour 
  • 2 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 
  • butter or oil for griddle 
Combine pumpkin, squash, eggs, and milk in a medium-sized bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with butter or oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles form on surface. Flip and continue to cook about 3 minutes more. Serve hot with favorite toppings. Makes 4 servings. 

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store

Radiant YLD

We are continuing with the Is YLD For Me Orientation.  If you want to stop by you still can come over.  I think because I am in the midst of revitalizing my own weight loss program, I will be sharing a lot about what it is that gets in the way for us.  It will be a good time to be part of YLD.


Your program includes:

  • LIFETIME membership
  • Exclusive information on what contributed to your weight and what you can do about it.
  • Special classes on weight loss including The Obesity Myth, Fat Terror, Exercise for Weight loss, Clothing for your size and style. These will be at no extra charge
  • Ongoing, in-depth discussion about successful weight loss with searchable archives.
  • Weekly private weight loss chats held at two different times each week led by Kathleen herself. They are funny, informative and healing.
  • Access to a private facebook group (secret) to share joys, progress, pictures and questions.

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

Radiant Living
Radiant Living is really about the joy of recovery. It is really amazing to me that we sometimes are just lead into conversations that are so beyond anything we do in our regular lives. This makes it VERY hard to explain the magic, When we started it I had NO idea that what would come could be so supportive.

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. We call it *being with your people.*

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.
*Doing The Program on a Limited Budget?*​
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Someone recently talked about trying to do the program on a limited budget. I thought it would be fun to post this again. I love this article!

So you have gotten excited about your healing. You are ready to make changes. But when you think about the impact on your budget, you get overwhelmed. Things are tight already. However can you do this plan when you are trying to work with a limited income? Sometimes you read the struggles people are having about how many grams of protein and you groan because you are struggling with making ends meet let alone counting protein grams. You know you can't afford fancy foods and the costs of the foods in health foods store is beyond your means. 

The secret to making change is just like the program. You do it in baby steps and you plan carefully. Let's start with the proteins. They don't have to be fancy. Pinto beans are great. Tuna, eggs, chicken all work. And they all go on sale. Chicken thighs can be found for very little and have lots of meat. Don't spook yourself. You are already skilled at stretching things. 

What you are going to do is make artful trades. For example, if you buy plain oatmeal instead of sugared cereals and spend the difference on extra tuna, you will be on your way. So, try this experiment. Next time you go shopping, add up what you spend on the sugar stuff and the junk food stuff. NO judgment. Just add it up and see how much of your food budget goes for that. You may find that you are spending money on things that you have always bought but never really thought about it. And often when working with a limited budget, you get in the habit of buying what feels like cheap things - bologna and macaroni.

I know you have huge creativity. You have been using it to get by on not much money for years. The trick in the process is to shift your thinking on what you buy. Let's say you have been eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese 3 nights a week. Not much nutrition but it fills you up. So now you buy a large bag of potatoes, use commodity cheese and add a can of tuna. Same meal, 1000 times better for you. 

Or you can get whole wheat tortillas or make pancakes from scratch with whole what flour and you fill 'em with beans and cheese and vegetables. Or you serve oatmeal and eggs instead of poptarts. Lentil soup on brown rice is about as good a meal as you can get. And dry milk is a great protein source. Add it to all sorts of things. When people talk about making a shake in the morning, you can do the very same thing using dry milk powder, oatmeal and day old bananas. 

We asked some of our folks what changes they have made. Maybe some of these will ring a bell.  

  • I'm always looking for ways to eat better for less money. Recently my daughter (who also follows the program) and I hit upon a deal where I do most of the cooking and we share the cost of the food. I freeze individual sized servings and we have our own frozen meals to "heat and eat." I keep track of how much the ingredients cost and estimate the cost per serving. I was amazed that most of our meals with protein and a brown (some include veggies, too) were under $2.00 per serving. Many were less the $1.50 per serving. This is considerable less than even "fast food" prices.

    Here are some things that I've learned to do to cut food costs.
    • I buy meats that are on sale. And I buy bulk quantities and repackage them into serving size portions. Then I freeze these for use later.
    • Boneless skinless chicken thighs are cheaper than boneless skinless chicken breasts and are a good substitute in most recipes.
    • I buy ground turkey and use in recipes that call for ground beef.
    • For things like beef stew, I look for a small roast and cut it up into chunks for the stew. It's often less per pound and better quality meat, too.
    • I buy veggies that are in season and ones that are on sale. In the summer I buy fruits and vegetables from local growers and farmer's markets and freeze them. I have a small garden and grow some of my own veggies. You can grow tomatoes and many other vegetables and herbs in a large flower pots.
    • Growing my own herbs saves me a ton of money.
    • I buy oatmeal and brown rice and whole grain flours in bulk.
    • I invested in a soy milk maker and I make soy milk for pennies. I paid for the soy milk maker in less than a year.
    • I make my own chicken broth and my own red sauce for pasta for much less than the commercial brands. Plus I *know* mine don't have sugars or coverts.
    • Canned beans are not expensive but cooking dried beans costs even less money.
    • I buy blocks of cheese, grate my own, and then freeze it by spreading it out on a cookie sheet to "flash freeze." Then I store it in a zip-lock bag and you can scoop out just what you need for your recipe.
    It's taken me awhile to learn to shop and cook more economically. And it's definitely easier to stay in my budget since I don't buy pricey foods like boxes of cereal and cookies and chips and prepackaged convenience foods. Because I have lots of ready to eat food choices at home, I don't buy dinner at the drive-through.

    It is definitely possible to follow the program and eat really well and not spend a fortune on food. Looking for recipes? Kathleen's book, Recipes to Remember, is a jewel. There are also great ideas on the Radiant Recipes elist and in the Radiant Recipes section of the Radiant Recovery website. 


  • I buy items in bulk by going in with my friends and shopping at Sam's Club. We started planning together sort of as a game. Now, it is fun. We kinda have our own little buying club. 
  • I buy items on sale and stock up. I know the basic things I use and PLAN for when the sales come up. I think the planning thing is the biggest change. Of course the longer *I* am doing the program, the less helpless I feel about having such a limited budget. 
  • I buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. My store has a place for bruised or cut vegetables and fruits and I get them and just cut out the damage. I have talked with the produce guy and he told me the best day to find things. In fact, he loves to help me get the good stuff. 
  • I go to my local farmer's market or grower and get extra and then freeze what is leftover. I was surprised how easy it is to do this. And at the end of the market, a lot of the growers are willing to give me what is left for a very low price. 
  • I talked to my neighbors who grow things. They let me take the drops from the field for free. I got great apples and made lots of sugar free applesauce. Then froze it and use it with all sorts of stuff. My kids even put it in the oatmeal they are eating now. 
  • I planted my own tomatoes and veggies. My kids helped. We had fun and they LOVED eating from their own garden. They used to turn their noses up at vegetables. But when it is their own vegetables, they rub 'em and scrub 'em. 
  • I started to can my own foods. My mother used to do this and I thought it was way too hard. But now I know why she did it. Great food and very low price. I got a lot of the supplies for it at the flea market. That was an adventure. My mother has lots of tips and is having fun passing them on. 
  • I shop online for vitamins/protein powders and watch for the sales. I was surprised at how much cheaper things were.
  • My kids love it so much they haven't even noticed it is brown. We use it for peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast. They have that and a glass of milk and it seems to work really well for them. 
  • I grew up on beans and rice and corn and tomatoes from the garden. Funny, we were never sick. I went away from this as I got older. But I am trying it out. My brain remembers what to do. I am making brown rice instead of white. My family is actually pleased. We even made some homemade tortillas and then were great! 
  • I get food stamps and usually just roam the aisles deciding. Last time, I actually made a plan before I went. I left the kids at home so they wouldn't ask for things. I ate before I went. What a difference it made. I spent the same amount of money but got totally different things. I am even thinking about using my commodity foods in a different way.
  • I made this HUGE pot of lentil stew with ham hocks. It smelled so good, my kids are asking for it every week. Then I got brave. We usually have franks and beans on Saturday night. Last week, I MADE the beans and made some brown bread. Surprised even me! 
  • When I started, I thought this was silly. But we have been doing this for a year. My doctor bills are almost nothing. My food bills are more, but my doctor and prescription bills have dropped so much, that we actually have a little extra. And we all feel so much better. 
  • When we looked at what we were spending for cokes, beer and chips, it stunned both me and my kids. We bought some more protein, got better bread stuff and spend some on videos. It is a nice trade.
  • My sister and I lived closed to each other and both of us were on tight budgets. What we did was invest in some plastic baggies and plastic food containers with covers. Then we'd go shopping together and buy foods/staples and paper products that were on sale and/or in larger amounts than we would need individually. After shopping we'd go on over to her house and divide the stuff up. We also used store coupons on the sale products too. This was great. We saved money and we didn't have to worry about finding a place to store the extras in our tiny apartments.

If You Listen, Your Body Will Speak. 

©2017 Kathleen DesMaisons. All rights reserved. You are free to use or transmit this article to your ezine or website as long as you leave the content unaltered, use this attribution: "By Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. of Radiant Recovery®", and notify kathleen@radiantrecovery.com of the location. Please visit the Radiant Recovery® website at http://www.radiantrecovery.com for additional resources on sugar sensitivity and healing addiction. 

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