Sept 11, 2017

Hi, {!firstname_fix},
Well, Sept 11 is a very significant day here in the US. I think all of us who went through that day can remember moment by moment, hour by hour as the horror unfolded. And the last weekend of watching Irma blowing her way into Florida and move on up has been exhausting. This is particularly true for those of us who have family members or friends in harms way. Last night I went to bed as the Irma swirl was heading straight for my brother's house in Sarasota. It was tense. This morning's news from him is that he is without internet but the house was secure and held solid.

The collective damage and pain and hardship flowing from all of what is going on in the world is touching us in a deep way. We are called sugar *sensitive* because we feel deeply. I am sending love and prayers to any of you who are affected by the water, wind, or fire of this time.  I know that eating holds us anchored. I know also that those of us who are safe and ok, can add to that flow of stability to those of you who are affected.
And the dogs, all five of them today are out in the remnants of mud left from yesterday's safety program for new males meeting one another.   Last night we washed dogs, today we will vacuum.

I am going to restart the brain chemical class sequence this week. I know we have a lot of new people on board and I can tell you that these 3 classes are a great addition to making sense of why we are the way we are.  

 Support for Your Program
Ongoing Groups

Discover ongoing discussion geared to the step you are on, or special considerations like depression, parenting or fitness. These groups are at no cost.

Radiant Coaching

Coaching is individualized support directly from Kathleen. We have a foundation coaching group to work on Steps 1-3. Everyone gets individualized attention suited to where she or he is in the process. 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 motivated about their programs.The people who are in the skilled coaching LOVE what we are doing together.  The fee for individual coaching from Kathleen is $20 a week billed in 2 week intervals.


This class will begin Wednesday, September 13, 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.


Your body will start to cooperate. It will give you information earlier, more efficiently, and more joyfully. You and your body will become partners. ​​​​​​​

Testimonial of the Week

The course was great. It was exactly the right action to learn on a structured basis and to get into posting and interacting. I see that doing the actions of the steps exactly as laid out, the courses, the interacting, and helping others are all integral.

There are no huge profit margins in getting people to stay healthy by eating sensibly. No vested interest in researching or proving the simple theory of sugar sensitivity. Quite the contrary. But it is obvious to anyone who would look, sugar sensitive or not.

I know Kathleen and everyone involved are true friends. It's just something you know. I am grateful. I knew it driving down the road tonight listening to my CD player (I just installed myself). I was enjoying myself and I thought, Kathleen, what kind of music do you like! Such friends are rare in life.

I am starting to go through the newsletters chronologically since that seems to be the wealth of (unpublished?) data. I plan on doing courses, reading the remainder of the published books, easing my wife into this, and of course the steps.

And I finally found something useful to do with a computer!


Radiant Recovery Store​​​​​​​

There has been so much press recently talking about *gut health*.

Here is a wonderful option that the folks at Nordic shared with us.. Kathleen tried it and reported back that it is fabulous. Here is her quote:

This is an incredible find for anyone with an unpredictable gut. I have not thought of myself as having GI problems, but I was floored with the positive impact of taking this product. I can well imagine for those of you who struggle with digestive stability these would be fabulous.

I thought it would be fun to hear Kate on journals. I have the black ones in stock and many blue ones...get ready for Fall!!! 
Radiant Kitchen​​​​​​​

This is a great dip for vegetables or to spread on Ryvitas. 


  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained or 4 cups of cooked chickpeas
  • 8 oz. tahini (sesame butter - mixed according to package directions)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika (garnish)
  • 2 tsp chopped parsley (garnish)

Blend all ingredients, except oil and garnishes. Place in serving dish and drizzle oil on top. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Serve with vegetables, whole grain crackers and whole grain pita.

Variation: a) you can add 1/4 cup of cooked chickpeas to the blended mixture before drizzling the oil and topping with the garnishes b) you can add a few tablespoons of roasted peppers and omit the garnish of parsley and paprika 

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.
Radiant YLD
I recently reviewed a new DIET program. I am going to write a whole article on what I learned. I can tell you that YLD is the best option for healing the angst of being overweight AND then losing weight.

YLD chats are actually the place that nurtures much of our latest thinking on successful weight loss. It is ironic that the place that starts with so much angst has become the place for so much innovation. I am going to start sharing these new thoughts in chat. and then will be writing about them here.

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 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 are steady with your food, think about becoming a Living member to share in our weekly chats on life topics.

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

Another Look at Commitment

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Every week, I get many letters from people who feel inadequate, overwhelmed, fat, out of control and unable to do the program. Or I get letters from people who feel buffeted by the stress in their lives. People have died, work is demanding, no time, no space, no capacity to do anything but get by.  Or we all hit these weeks like this one where the *world* itself feels overwhelming.

And each time I say, these feelings are caused by being out of balance. The stress does not create the feelings, our biochemistry does. When we are balanced we respond to stress differently, it becomes functional rather than overwhelming. We stand in the center of the swirl with a sense of calm and clarity about priorities and demands. And when we are not balanced, that idea seems totally off the wall.

When we are in the middle of what I call sugar feelings, we will be reactive and feel done to. We will feel like a victim. We will feel like we can do nothing right. And of course it seems like these feelings are REAL because it is what we feel. And when we feel that way, we need something to help us hold them, so we get ice cream and soda. And we feel better for a little while. Life is manageable for a few minutes and we are seduced into thinking that this is comfort. But what we think is comforting us is the cause of what we  are feeling. It is a deadly, seductive dance.

When we are in that place, the idea of the program seems totally overwhelming. No, you cannot give up sugar. No, you cannot manage to plan anything. I just don't get it! You feel it is just too big and too unattainable. It is too much so you need to just give up and feel that nothing will work.

So, here is the bottom line. This program can not only save your life, it can transform it. It can make you clear and steady. It can give you a platform for losing weight. But it cannot work its magic unless you do it. And you do not have to do it all at once. You do not have to be perfect or rigorous or disciplined. You can come, you can whine, you can stumble. But if you show up, you ask for help and you listen, and then you follow instructions, things will change.

Sugar sensitive people are notorious for not listening. We think we know it better. We think that we are unique, a special case and the plain ole boring do the steps slowly and in order does not really fit our situation. That way of thinking has to go. If you want what we have, do what we do. We do the steps. We have breakfast every morning, on time. We journal. We eat meals on time. We have enough protein for our body. We take the vitamins and eat the potato. We eat whole grains and we do not have sugar. We are funny, focused and purposeful.

And we are NOT different from you. We were there in that dark, horrible place. Every single one of us, including me, has been there. And it is a place we do not want to go back to. The way out was not magic. It was showing up and doing. Doing breakfast, doing journal. Doing potato. One choice at a time. One day at a time.

Nodding will not heal you. Agreement will not make change. Commitment makes change. You do not have to live that way any more. Come on over and lets do this together. 

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