November 19, 2017

Hi, {!firstname_fix},
I have settled in after returning from EuroRanch and have caught up on my email, debriefing Ranch, planning the rest of the year and of course getting all dogs settled. David was VERY happy to have me back. The dogs missed me and the new dog who is a wild teenager took a toll on everyone. But things are settled now and the routine is safe and steady.
The sandhill cranes are moving south now. I was out getting dog hair out of the car and I could hear them calling from far away and then approaching up the Rio Grande flyway. It is one of my most favorite things about living in the North Valley. There was a LOT of dog hair so I got to enjoy the sound for a long time. 
Check out the new recipe pages. A lot of people worked on this and I am VERY proud of how it looks. There are some nice holiday choices too. See what you think.
I hope you all have a time of quiet and gratitude this week.I have been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving. I think many of you know that I go to a 12 step meeting almost every morning. Last week we were talking about Thanksgiving tribulations and one of the members who is Native American made a comment, *Well, it is not my holiday..* This comment blew me away. Yah, we came and took your land, your women, your spirituality and gave you white flour, alcohol and sugar. It just struck me on a very deep level. I would like to think that my life can be a testament of reparation. I would like to make my Thanksgiving a day of celebration of what recovery and survival can mean. I think we would call this a reframe. I am inviting you to join me in the process.

 Support for Your Program

Radiant Coaching Apprentice

This is a special offering for people who are serious about enhancing their programs and would like to have ongoing coaching. We will do individual assessments 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 own life needs – what to do when. You will be given tools and shown how to use them. This coaching is geared for people who are on steps one – three.

Radiant Coaching will be offered to small groups who stay together as they learn skills.

We are just starting a new class with people who are very motivated to enhance their programs.

If you are already skilled in the steps and are wishing to upgrade and enhance your program, you may join the apprentice group and as you show a demonstrated skill level, we can move you to a Skilled group.
The fee is $20 per week billed in 2-week intervals. It is an unusual opportunity to work directly with Kathleen to maximize your skill in doing the steps.

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These Classes will Start Nov 21, 2017

What Else is Embedded in the Steps

This is a special class for all you newcomers who want to move on ahead quickly or for those of you who came to the program *already doing everything.* Find out what else is in the steps besides the food. You do not have to second guess anymore!! This particular class is one of our more special classes. Come and find the real treasure of the steps.

Radiant Reflux Healing

A special class to explore ways of healing reflux using dietary and behavioral change. Really understand your reflux and learn what you can do to help yourself and heal. This is a regroup and continuation of The first section we did. Those of you in the current class may continue at no charge. Those of you who missed it may join us now to learn both the core information and this secondary look at 'silent' reflux.

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“​This is a process. You do not have a 'sobriety date' to mark that sugars are gone forever. You simply move more and more into a healthy relationship with your body.​​​​​​​​”

​​​​​​​Testimonial of the Week
I've learned that relapse starts before I have some sugar. Even tho I wasn't eating sweets, my timing was off, my journal had closed and while sick I barely ate. When I got better, I still didn't want to eat my meals. I said,'Whups, my program is off. It's just a matter of time until sugar starts creeping back in' (which I once perceived as the beginning of a relapse). So I've gotten to be pretty smart about this, yeah? One would think..LOL. I wanted to blame it on being sick tho. Then Kathleen said, 'no, look deeper..look even further back.' And I saw that I had some things starting to slip months ago, slowly and silently (sneaky addict style). Relapse is progressive. Taking action, asking for guidance and doing the work has kept me out of bigger trouble for now and my program is getting stronger again, but yeah - relapse none the less.

Radiant Recovery Store​​​​​​​
I have noticed that a lot of you are ordering things as gifts. What fun is that!. In the past I have made up gift boxes for you to send to your family and friends.  I know that folks LOVED getting an assortment. I am happy to pack up any collection of things you would like me to send out. And If you want to include a gift card, just write me instructions on the order sheet and I will personally add it.

I love helping to make your generosity a reality!

If you haven't been to the store for a while, how about just coming over and browsing. You will be thrilled to see all the changes!

Come visit our STORE.  Call 505-345-3737 if you have questions. I am always happy to help.

Pumpkin Biscuits with Orange Butter

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or use one of Bob's Red Mill GF mixtures)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk (or you can use soy or oat milk and add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 6 T. softened butter
  • 2 flavoring
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Combine first eight ingredients. Cut in chilled butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Combine milk and pumpkin; add to flour mixture stirring just until moist.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly until it is combined enough to roll out (at least 5 times). Roll dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  5. Cut into 12 biscuits with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a backing sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450 for 11 minutes or until golden. 
  6. Alternatively, you can place the batter into muffin tins and bake. This will eliminate the need for rolling and cutting the dough.
  7. Mix softened butter and orange flavoring together. Chill for 1 hour before serving with pumpkin biscuits.
Radiant Living​​​​​​​
 We have a number of people who have been on step 7 and have stumbled a bit. They are wanting to come back, regroup, restart and remember their steps. It has made the list very tender and very considerate about how to do that. If you would like to join in this conversation, we would love to have you.

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

For those of you in YLD, I would just like to give you a heads up about our annual sharing process. For many years we have done a Christmas stocking exchange. We put up a list for those who wanted to participate and people would sign up to make a stocking for someone. It was always a wonderful and cherished experience.
This year I have been thinking about ways we can make this a more inclusive experience since many peopled do not celebrate Christmas. It seems as if the pervasive themes for all winter celebrations is the coming of the light into the darkness. And since this is very much in line with our way of thinking about the spiritual meaning of *doing the food* - i.e. bringing healing into chaos, it seems reasonable to bring this idea to our exchange of  little gifts. Last week at chat, we brainstormed ideas.  We came up with the idea of exchanging boxes of light.  We have posted that chat, so you can read more about the idea there.  And you can sign up in the data base that is up on the YLD Yahoo group site. 
Love to have you joy-n us!

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

Twenty Minutes

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.​​​​​​​

Many people have asked me about meditation. How is it done? What book to read? Should I get a teacher?

My meditation is very much like doing the food. Very simple, yet rich with possibility. I thought you would enjoy hearing about how it goes.

Six AM. It is dark outside. Dogs are all around sleeping. Ronan is upside down against the wall on the wast side. Josie is curled up in her bed in my closet. Pepper is at the foot of my bed snoring. Henry, who is a rescue just sprung from dog jail, is sleeping on the floor right next to me. 

I get up, go to the bathroom, walk to the front door. I forget my slippers and hope I do not step on one of the pieces of the yellow plastic ball that got chewed up yesterday. I put all dogs outside and go back to my bed. I am grateful for its warmth. I sit with my back to the wall with a chunky pillow behind me. I lit a candle on the bureau across the room. The candle is a french candle that smells of caramel.

I set my timer for 20 minutes. It is a brass bowl that will chime at the time I set it for. I look to the window at my right. The sun is starting to illuminate the sky over the mountains. I can see mauve through the trees. I am in the right place. I close my eyes. I remember the dream I was dreaming when I woke up. I am laughing because I would love to go back to its deliciousness but I tell myself *quiet time, quiet time.* I say my little prayer that quiets my mind. Then I have a thought about a dilemma I had last night. Should I attend the training in October. The answer floats in. I chuckle at the clarity.

*Quiet time, quiet time, Kathleen*. I think about going to Ireland. What will I wear? How cold will it be? I wonder if my timer is ready to chime. I open my eyes. It has been 7 minutes. I notice birds outside the window. The light is grey. I close my eyes again. I think about my daughter, my grandsons, about camp, rock climbing. I think about paying bills. The dogs are barking the *what are you doing on my street!* bark. I open my eyes. The paper guy is bringing the Sunday paper. *quiet time, quiet time, Kathleen.*

And then I am just breathing. Stillness. Inside it feels like little drops of light plinking on a mirror. Soft, luminous. Still, like rain in the early morning, but inside, not in my mind, sort of over my heart. Very soft. The rising and falling of my breath feels like someone is breathing me.

Then I hear the ding of the chime way far away. I open my eyes. No, it is not raining, dogs are all out there, lying in the grass watching birds, looking for dogs, walkers, coyotes, whatever they imagine might come by,. I feel still, very still. 
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