December 3, 2017

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This has been a week of getting caught up and making sure that things are working. I am making the newsletter a little bit simpler.

For those of you who come to chat through YLD or Radiant LIving, you will be pleased to see we are designing a new chat room.I imagine it will take another week or so to get it set up and ready to go.

We are in the process of reviewing some of the changes we have made on the website. As you know, in the last 2 months, we released a new display of our recipes. We now have a representative sampling here.

We still have two iterations. The most recent prior to the newsletter is here.

And the very first one is here. I would love your input about which one you like most or whether you even think we should offer a recipe option on the site. Come over to the community forum and share your opinion.  We will also be discussing this decision on the Radiant Creative Cooking list so if you are on that list at Yahoo you will be part of the decision making for the future. Love to have your input.,
I will start the reflections class on Wednesday.This is an annual tradition in the community. It creates quiet and healing for this time of year. It has been a difficult year for so many of us, it will be good to gather and reflect together to call light into the world.
 Support for Your Program

Radiant Coaching skilled will be offered to small groups who stay together as they learn advanced program skills with Kathleen's personal guidance. 

Share with others, ask questions, explore everything and anything about your program.

Learn the steps, get fit safely, learn creative program cooking, learn about depression, learn with other men, learn with parents, share in local areas. There is no charge for groups.


Radiant Reflections​​​​​​​
A special class we do each year to remember what this time of year is about. It is a way for us to connect to the light in the darkness. This year, this is especially appropriate. You all are invited to join regardless of your religious tradition or background. Love to have you. It is very settling. There is no charge for this class.
“Doing the food can change your life.​​​”
Testimonial of the Week
I had an easy, *uneventful* detox from sugar. Despite the lack of drama, it was a profound, deep change. Immediately, I had no cravings--hallellujah! But I also felt uneasy and unsettled. (Some of that was my diet cola detox, unwisely undertaken hard on the heels of sugar.)

I counted the months till I could get to weight loss and taper off my meds and feel fixed. I wondered when I would feel grounded again. I wondered when my anxiety would go away. I fretted, and my fretful posts were annoying me. I decided to stop posting inside the problem. I waited and kept doing the food. I got exercise steady.

One morning I woke up and realized I was ready to meditate. About 2 weeks later peace fell over me like soft mist.

Jeannie, Step 7
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Apple Pie With Cheddar Crust



For crust

  • 1-cup oat or brown rice flour or a combination of both
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 TBS. cold butter
  • 2 TBS. Crisco or other solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup iced water
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

For filling

  • 2 1/2 LB. apples, peeled, cored and sliced.
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 TBS. cornstarch dissolved in 2 TBS. apple juice



For crust

  1. In medium bowl combine four, baking powder and salt with pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and shortening until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  2. Stir in ice water just until dough comes together. Stir in cheese and combine well.
  3. Form dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.

For filling

  1. Combine apples, juice and cinnamon in large saucepan. Bring to boil.
  2. Once apple mixture boils, lower heat to simmer and cook down 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Return to boil and thicken by adding cornstarch mixture. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in vanilla.

To assemble:

  1. Spoon apple mixture into 9 pie pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. On lightly floured surface quickly roll out the crust into a 13 round. Drape the crust over the apples and crimp edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 or 3 slits in dough for steam vents.
  3. Place pie plate on a baking sheet and place in 450 oven. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake 15 minutes mere or until crust is golden and apples are tender. Let cool at least  hour before cutting.


Yield: 1-9 pie 

For more great program-friendly recipes, check our recipe pages
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. Radiant LIving is a membership program that gives you a special private group with Kathleen and a weekly chat.

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

Many people basically *give up* from Thanksgiving to New Year's. You don't have to keep thinking in those old terms. As addicts, we tend to think *I will stop (or start) on some future date.* Might be Monday, or my  birthday or at my next paycheck. What I am suggesting is that right now, today, this moment, you commit to something else. If you want to lose weight, the first task is learning how to do *maintenance*. YLD can give you this. Be aware of course that the process is not quick and we do not make promises of 30 pounds in 30 days or the extreme of 90 pounds in 90 days. That one was scary!

​​​​​​​Come check out our new chat room. ​​​​​​​

If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here.  
Making Your Program Successful

As you know, I sometimes repost articles that I especially like. I really love this short little article. I hope you do too.

I have recently changed my program in a dramatic way, I decided it was time to lose the pounds that crept in with menopause. I had the *data* but needed to think through a plan of action. Here are the things that really helped me:​​​​​​​

  1. I was really clear about what I wanted. I stopped pussyfooting around and made a definitive commitment. A goal, a time, an outcome.
  2. I wrote down the way I would get to my goal - a process that suits me, my lifestyle and my rhythm. Some of this came out of our weight loss class. I actually did the exercises the class was doing.
  3. I committed to keep on even when I get discouraged. When my personal power runs out, I might say, *ah, enough already, I am tired.* This time, I want the outcome and I am willing to push through the wall and I am finding the beginning of something new, a new understanding, a new power and sense of possibility. I like it.
  4. When I get stuck and mad and think I want a life like everyone else's....I just sit in my quiet awareness and wait. I stop pouting and remember I am choosing these changes because I want the outcome. No one is making me, I am choosing. And then I feel just fine.

The most important thing is that I am willing to put into practice what I know on a different level. This means I do it, just do it over and over. And *it*? That would be doing the food. Doing the food as it works for weight loss.

Hope this makes sense. It sure is working for me. 

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