October 8, 2017

Hi, {!firstname_fix},
Balloon fiesta has started in Albuquerque. This morning I went out for a drive early in the morning. The light was gold and the hundreds of balloons were like little jewels hanging in the sky.  I had some homemade chia in my thermos so I just sat in the car with balloons overhead and enjoyed the morning.

I love this time of year. I am doing lots of planning with the mentors about the focus of the lists and what will suit you best. Also planning a few changes for the web site. And of course, I am writing!

Thank for your feedback on the Science section. We will keep it in :)

By the way, we have 2 slots left for Euroranch. This year's program will be a unique combination of looking at brain chemistry and empowerment and life changes for empowerment. It is not for newcomers :) but if you have been to Ranch before and want an incredible follow up, this is the option for you.

 Support for Your Program
Signature Consultation with Kathleen

I am introducing a new support option for you. I had a new person ask me about coming to EuroRanch. She is just starting the program and wanted to know the best way to immerse herself. Should she spend the money to come to ranch or were there other options. I told her that I could put together a little package that would give her way more specific program guidance for her as a newcomer. She was really excited, and I thought, hmm, maybe this is something that the rest of you might like. The people I have talked to are excited about this option.

It includes:
  • A one hour individual assessment with me including a phone session, a written review and a journal assessment.
  • A membership in the YLD program
  • A ninety day (12 week) intensive individual coaching in the apprentice program.

Radiant Coaching

Coaching is individualized support directly from Kathleen. We have an apprentice 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 at least 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 start, Wednesday, October 11th. It was delayed last week because one of the mentors had the flu.

Learning the Skills of Step One

This is a free class. It is conducted right in the Step One Group.  If you are ready to learn all the ins and outs of getting started, now is the time to get yourself over there.
This class will start, Wednesday, October 11th

Using The Resources of the Community

This is also a free introductory class to show you around resources offered.
​​​​​​​We will explain how the newsletter works, give you a look at the Community Forum, explain how the groups work, talk about the classes and the Weight Loss Program called Your Last Diet and anything else you might be wondering about.

Remember that you are literally learning a new language. You are going to have to practice to become fluent in body talk.

​​​​​​​Testimonial of the Week
Just an update about what's happening with our family. We have three children, ages 10, 9 and 7. There's been a transformation in the last few months in the way our friends have been supporting our program.

The children have been on step 7 for one year now. This summer my daughter was invited to a birthday party. When I called the parent to explain that she doesn't eat sugar, the parent was already aware of that fact (from mutual friends) and had planned to skip the birthday cake and serve fresh melon instead. I was overjoyed that so much consideration had been extended to my daughter.

Then, my children were invited to be part of an apple-crisp-making activity yesterday. My friend who coordinated it asked me if I had an apple crisp recipe, so I gave it to her thinking that my children would make a small batch and the rest of the group would have a sugary one. As it turns out, my program-friendly recipe was the one that everyone made and they loved it.

I think what's made the difference is that as doing the food has healed my body, my commitment to the program has deepened, my confidence increased and the childrens' behavior speaks for itself.

It has taken time to come to this point with our friends and we navigated many parties by eating in advance and bringing our own food. We still do that sometimes, but the support of my friends has been growing.

It continues to be a life-changing journey! 

Amy, Step 7

Radiant Recovery Store​​​​​​​
This is a fabulous product for *dry eye*. We send out a lot of it and people love it.  I know I put it in last week too, but some of you asked me to do it again so here you go.

Come visit our STORE.  Call 505-345-3737 if you have questions. David is always happy to help.
Science Tidbits

ok, I have been reading a book called Medical Medium. It seems to be all the rage. Some of what he says is fascinating. Some of it it pretty much off the wall, LOL. However he espouses drinking celery juice first thing in the morning. I spent a day learning about celery.  This is a fascinating read.  Read the whole article. I will be talking about this in YLD chat if you have questions.

An Updated Phytopharmacological Review on Medicinal Plant of Arab Region: Apium graveolens Linn

. 2017 Jan-Jun; 11(21): 13–18.

Celery has been used in the traditional system of medicine to treat spasm and stomach problems and as diuretic, laxative, and sedative. It is used as heart tonic to lower the blood pressure in African traditional medicine in Trinidad and Tobago.[] There is also a report to the use of celery in joint problems.[] The celery seed is well known as libido stimulant in the traditional system of medicine due to its protective role against the sodium valproate in testes and amplification of the sperm profile.[,] It also increases the secretion of breast milk.[]

Pad Thai

  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1 1/2 lb sliced chicken
  • 1 T garlic
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • Block of extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 c cilantro
  • 1/2 c roasted nuts 
  • 5 T fish sauce (or tamari)
  • 5 T lime juice
  • Linguine style brown rice noodles, cooked
  • 1/2 lb snow peas
  • 1/2 c sliced scallions
Stir fry chicken in oil 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, shrimp and tofu. Push aside food, pour eggs in middle and scramble. Add noodles, gradually fold in. Now add snow peas and scallions. Mix tamari and lime juice and pour over. Mix and serve. Garnish with cilantro and chili peppers. 

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.
Radiant YLD

We have been talking about The Obesity Myth and sharing our feelings about how our culture define us in terms of our weight. It is nice to be having this dialogue. And Nice to be having chats about what it means for our programs.

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

Radiant Living
Some of the old timers 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.
Science in Service

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.​​​​​​​

I was recently cleaning out my computer photo folders and came across a picture I took when I was writing the article on soy. It made me smile. I think it tells a story. The story of Kathleen wanting to bring you healing. Today I want to write about that some.

You know, sometimes a new person will come in, ask about soy protein powder for their kids and I will say, *don't use soy with kids, it is estrogenic.* Sometimes, I think it sounds sort of curt and they might think I am being dismissive. I know that I am known for being to the point, LOL.

But we don't really talk about what is behind it. When I was looking at this picture, I was thinking about the whole box of citations I read for the soy story. There they are, with highlighters and notes and trying to make sense of something so complex and contradictory. This is what I want most to give you - a trustworthy, informed and thoughtful response to these issues. I want to offer a way to ask questions reflectively and then to sort through understanding how to make choices. I guess we might call it empowerment.

Let me show you what I mean. Many of us deal or struggle with being fat. The first level of looking at this was why. Why is it that some of us have to work so hard? Why is it that what *they* tell us does not fit, does not work? So I put up the original YLD program which was kind of an outline of the questions and the things I knew at that time. It was more behavioral, and an adaptation of the sugar sensitive story based on what seemed to make sense.

Then my publisher said, *Ok, let's do a book.* I adapted that original material and wrote Your Last Diet. It was very substantive. A year of my desk looking like that picture. But it was not sexy, nor did it lend itself to sound bites. My editor left and the new person assigned to the book was slender, into exercise and not particularly invested in fat people. But we were still doing the program.

I started a little pilot project. We played with some of the ideas. We dug deeper to find solutions and practical stuff. But it was really grim and really rather boring. So we didn't talk about it much. I kept thinking, there has to be more. It wasn't having *information* - that didn't grab us.

So I figured I would design a class and look to the experiential to see what might emerge. We started off and I asked people to share how they felt about being fat. The stories blew me away. I have run groups for twenty five years, I don't usually get dumbfounded. But those stories were full of so much anguish, so much pain, and such consistency that I literally could not talk for days. I felt I was swirling in the pain of a people, people who do not speak this pain, people who are hidden and silent and desperate and trying each new diet.

We kept going. I asked for a list of every diet. The list grew and grew and grew until we were laughing so hard it hurt. People began to see that this is not a personal story, a story hidden in shame, but that somehow there was more to it. Something bigger than we understood. Then I said, what if this list was about skill rather than failure. The class said *WHAT!, Whatever do you mean?*

We began to talk about what is there underneath the pain. That it wasn't failure, it was biochemistry. We just didn't know. And now we do. And just like sugar sensitivity, the stories started to transform. Instead of spinning, spinning, we could ask, what is here to learn, how can I make sense of this? How can I understand the biochemistry of being fat and then use that to craft a way of healing?

So, the research became in service to the lived experience and the lived experience became the way to make the research come alive. Instead of a bunch of mice in a lab, it became our friend, the C57s who are teaching us why we have fat stomachs and why exercise might not work for us as we expect. It is this marriage of science and life that makes this community so alive and vital.

You guys make it burst from the pages into real life. You make the highlighters shine, even sing. Your stories, your truth, your lives make the citations come alive. And my oh my, is it exciting. It feels like Holy Moley, Batman, we KNOW this story, we LIVE it. Watch us rock!

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