Aug 27, 2017

Hi, {!firstname_fix},

I am sorry that the newsletter is late this week. We had a crisis over the weekend that kinda grabbed every inch of space. It was a good lesson for me about having a backup plan in place and set to go.

It has been a time of big changes for me. I am thinking about the community and program in new ways. I am working on the new book that has got me thinking about how we can deepen our process. The mentors are getting back from vacation and we are talking about what you would like and how we can best serve you.

Coaching is deepening and we will be getting started with offering a free class to the YLD members. I think maybe the hint of fall is quieting hearts.This picture is a shot from my front door yesterday. It is a double rainbow to the East. A full double rainbow with such hope and promise.

I was sitting in the patio at Flying Star, a local restaurant that serves great breakfast. Brody, the Golden Retriever was at my feet. Andrew, my grandson was there talking with 2 friends of mine about jobs and life planning. They all were chatting away.  As we got up to leave an older woman from the next table came over to speak to me. I figured she was going to say something about Brody being a good boy.  She said, *I love your shirt,* who is that quote from?*. I had on my shirt that says *this is grace unfolding, you are not alone* so I said, *Oh, it is from me* and she had the biggest smile.  *Well that about sums it up,* she said. And we smiled.  The world will be all right.​​​​​​​
 Support for Your Program
Ongoing Groups

Discover ongoing discussion geared to the step you are on, or special considerations like depression, parenting or fitness.

Radiant Coaching

Coaching is individualized support. We have adapted the foundation coaching group to work on two tracks. One track works with Google sheets and journaling. The other is simply working on a list at Yahoo to learn the basics of the program.  Everyone gets individualized attention. The commitment is for 2 week intervals.

Skilled coaching is for those who are steady on step three and really want to take their program deeper. We work with Journaling and life changes. This is a process for those who are highly motivate about their programs.


This class will begin Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017.It is a free class for YLD members

The Obesity Myth

I LOVED this book and I think it should be required reading for anyone who is concerned about weight. Come join us in an indepth look at the *myth* issues and the emotional residue we all have from them. Please get a copy of the book and have looked at it before the class starts. This book will change your life and the class will help you make sense of it. This class is for YLD members only.

“ You don't have to work through your self-esteem and take care of feelings your whole life. You just do the food and the feelings will take care of themselves. ”

Testimonial of the Week
Truly was a miracle for me, the breakfast step! I began last summer very sick and clung to the hope that RR would help me physically. I was already journaling in detail and added the RR components. I struggled to be able physically to get out the blender, put all the ingredients beside it, remember what order to put them in, and make the shake without a big mess. Between the stroke affecting both the coordination and memory, I did have some times which were funny later - though perhaps not to my caregiver who cleaned up. I was determined to make one meal a day. Now I can do lunch as well.

I stayed on step 1 'til after Christmas, went on step 2 a month even though I was already doing it for months, and spent more time on 3 than all other together 'til I got to 6. Now I am staying on it 6 months even though I detoxed from sugar years ago. I am using it to cut off caffeine, aspartame, and any other substance that's needed. I want to fly into the radiance of step 7 drug free!

Yesterday I watered plants in the back yard, then swam. Total time for 2 activities: one hour. And no one had to watch me!
Radiant Recovery Store​​​​​​​
Sometimes people ask me why we carry CetylM in the store. Kathleen went to a trade show a few years ago. She watched these two videos of Jap. At the time, I had just moved to Albuquerque and my large Rottweiler was about 8 years. He had terrible arthritis and could hardly walk. Kathleen was blown away by the videos and said, *we have to get this stuff for your dog.* So we ordered some. In 3 weeks he was like a puppy. He was running all around. We have carried this ever since.

They also make a product for people called CMResponse. Everyone who has tried it has said it works way better than glucosamine. We have both a supplement and a cream.

Please send questions and suggestions.  I love hearing from you and truly want to help you do your program better. Come visit the Radiant Recovery Store.

Radiant Kitchen​​​​​​​

Diane's New England Baked Beans 

I am a bit of a throw it together kinda cook and go by eye more often than I measure, so this is a collaboration for an actual recipe. :)
  •     2 cans of pinto beans, with the juice.
  •     A few slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  •     1/4 cup apple butter
  •     1 TBS grainy brown mustard or to taste
  •     1/2 of an onion
Cook in a bean pot in the oven or in a crock pot.

I make this recipe a lot. Here is what I do..
  •     I put 2 cans of pinto beans in the crock pot.
  •     I sauteed the bacon and one half of a vadalia onion in some olive oil.
  •     I mixed the apple butter into the beans and added the mustard.
  •     I added the bacon and onion to the beans when they were not quite crisp. I cooked it for about 4 hours in the crock pot.
And I do have hot dogs and beans and coleslaw on Saturday night sometimes. Reminds me of my childhood.


 For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.
Radiant YLD
I have been spending the last few weeks thinking about the revisions we would like to put into YLD over the next few months. The program works beyond anything I ever imagined. And it is hard to do because it is sooooo different from all the diets you have done. We do maintenance first. And the hardest thing is to settle in to learn skills before glamor of 30 pounds in 30 days. We literally reprogram all those messages.

I am thinking it would be fun for you to hear some of the success stories. Because I put so much emphasis on *healing*, sometimes I forget to pass on the reports of weight loss. This is going to be interesting since I do not define success as a number, LOL. But we shall see. Here is a nice report.

I had mentioned this program as a way of ending cravings, getting rid of depression and anxiety, gaining clarity and joy in living, and he replied that he saw me as a woman transformed. He couldn’t believe I was the same person he had met two years ago. He remembers an anxious, solemn, depressed, slow moving, sad looking person. He said he can't get over the changes in me, and that I even look years younger, and that with my just letting my gray hair grow out, (smile).

Come to chat, join the private list for members.

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 food* place.

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

Then There is Lunch

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

This article comes from an excerpt in Little Sugar Addicts. I originally wrote it for parents who are dealing with their children. However, as I am dong a lot of thinking about lunch, I thought it would be fun for all of us. I actually have the lunch list on my own refrigerator.

Before we talk about what to put in the other two meals of the day, let me share a little about the idea behind lunch and dinner for children. The most important rule is eating on time. Most sugar sensitive parents have trouble with regular meals on time. I mean this very kindly. You get distracted or involved or busy and you forget that it is 11:30 and your child needs to eat lunch. You figure the snack will tide her over and she will be fine. You know that you can push yourself a little more and just finish up. That may be true for your grownup body; it is not true for your child.

So, step 4 for kids means having to pay attention to time. I know, you thought I was going to say you have to pay attention to food. Yep, that too. But first, let's do time. Children really cannot go more than about 3 hours without eating. Your parent job is to make sure they have food on time. It is funny; most parents think the contents of the meals are the most crucial. They get very motivated and start thinking about what to feed their children and don't really factor in when. The more I talk with sugar sensitive parents, the more aware I have become about when.

Let's start with this. Think about the children who eat at home with you. This will be little ones who are not in day care and most of them on the weekends. Do a quick review and see if time is an issue for you. What are your typical routines? Do you even know when your children eat lunch? Start with what is easiest in making a time change. It may be weekends or it may be the during the week routine. Spend a week and see if you can get all the lunch times you have control over within the same 30-minute period every day. Just try this and talk with your children as you are. Get a sense of what supports this and what messes up your plan. Just as we have done with everything we are doing, knowing what gets in the way will give you choices about what you need to do to make this successful.

Marty always gets in trouble on Saturday. She takes the kids out to do Saturday errands. She has just one more thing to do and pushes the time edge until her kids are falling off the cliff. One boy starts getting wild at 3.5 hours. The other starts to whine at 3 hours. Her daughter gets pale and quiet.

Suzanne is fine with her kids on the weekend, but has a terrible time during the week. She works out of her home and gets on the phone - 11 becomes 12:30 in a flash. She has sweet kids; they are very cooperative and dont whine or create a problem. She just didn't notice that they got pale and lay down on the couch at 11:30. She just thought they were being good.

Many parents really have to work on this one. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Talk with your children and see if you all can identify ways to have everyone help remember time. Set an alarm clock. Give the 5 year old a digital watch so he can come remind you. Write out the schedule and put it on the refrigerator.

If everyone goes off to school, plan for the weekends. Talk about lunch at breakfast time. What are the plans? Where? When? And then, of course, what?
Lunch needs to have the same amount of protein as for breakfast. By now, you and your kids know the protein drill. Sit down with your kids and talk about lunch options. Be very specific. If they have fast food choices at school, have THEM sort out which choices will work. They may discover that they need a supplemental protein package. Talk with them about what will work. Here are some ideas for wraps

    •    Grilled chicken, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion Fajita
    •    Flavor tofu (or meat), onion, peppers, salsa
    •    Scrambled eggs, potatoes, chili, cheese & beans
    •    Chicken Salad with grapes and walnuts
    •    Grilled salmon and roasted red pepper dressing
    •    Roasted veggies with shrimp/chicken/pork
    •    Stir fry veggies with shrimp/chicken/pork
    •    Sandwich meats and cheeses piled high
    •    Sloppy Joes made from ground hamburger or turkey and Sloppy Joe Mix
    •    Navajo Taco  ground beef, beans, lettuce, onion, tomato and salsa
    •    Peanut butter and apples and raisins
    •    Planned over meatloaf, cheese and sliced tomato
    •    Tuna salad with apples
    •    Egg salad with onion flakes and tomatoes

If you are not thinking of *kids* so much, but are wanting to make a lunch list for yourself, simply sit down and list out what you like. Keep it simple. And then the key is to have those ingredients on hand all all the time. Sunday morning, look in your refrigerator and think about this. Do you have your lunch food? Are there things you want to eat?  Wanting to eat something yummy is the KEY to remembering to stop and eat. If you have to think and plan and fuss, you won't do it :). Go over to and search for adult bento boxes. See what you think. Come to the forum and share your best finds.
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