Welcome to Radiant Recovery®
February 4, 2018

Hi {!firstname_fix},

Things have settled down a bit. Many of those who are new have gotten into the Step One group at Yahoo and have started the class on Step One that Jodi and Angella are doing. It is lovely to have your energy with us. I am glad you have found us.

Usually I do the newsletter on Saturday. This week, I have been writing all week so I left it. Then I had to watch the Super Bowl, LOL so now I am a wee bit tuckered out. Was that an exciting game or what! David asked me to make guacamole. I got avocados and every single one of them was bad. I am taking them back tomorrow.  The dogs thought the idea of a *party* was nifty. No sugar, no alcohol and lots of fun.

Let's continue with our regular announcements....

I extended the early bird special for Ranch in Albuquerque to Feb 15, so check into that if you are interested.

I am exploring how we can get all of our audio materials into digital format so you can just download off the website and not have to pay postage. I had thought it would be a huge learning curve but it turns out it was more of an emotional block than a reality. It will be my next project. And the exciting thing is having some material that you have not heard before.  Stay tuned for the progression.
 Support for Your Program

Share with others, ask questions, explore everything and anything about your program without a charge.

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.


There will be no classes starting this week.


I feel very strongly about offering you a way to work with me directly. I have set up a whole range of options for you to do that going from private coaching to being involved in small groups. The link will show you all the choices. And you can always call 505-345-3737 and ask me about how each works.

Getting Started
I am going to include this section for a while because we still have a lot of new people streaming in.

Well, first of all I would like to welcome the almost 700 people who have joined us in the last week! That Annie column reached into every corner of the USA and clearly touched a chord. This is where we heal sugar addiction. We have been on the task for 20 years.  I think you will find you are not only comforted here, but you will get some skills beyond your wildest dreams.  Let me offer you a couple of suggestions to get started.
  • Go back over to the website and click on the tab that says START and read everything under that tab.
  • Sign up for the Using the Resources of the Community orientation. Yvonne will run it again for the Annie people as soon as she is finished with the current class. Sign up now so you get a spot.
  • Join the Step One List - it is listed undertake tab that says SUPPORT. Jodi will soon start the Step One class once she gets everyone settled. She does it right on the list and there is no charge for it. 
The other really, really important thing is DO NOT STOP sugar right away!!!! It will totally mess your brain up. As I have been reading your questions in the community and on Facebook, I know that a lot of you just stopped. Please oh please get some sugar back in there. I don't care if everyone is telling you to do it, or if your doctor is telling you to do it. They do not know the brain chemistry of it. Learn stuff here. Be really bold and trust my advice. In a few months, you will totally understand why I say this.
"The more you do the food, the stronger you will get and the more powerful your recovery will be."
Testimonial of the Week

I haven't connected with this list for a while - in terms of sharing my progress. I just wanted to say hello and give an update :-) Although I have only been doing this program for about 9 1/2 weeks now and I am just tightening up step 2 before moving on to step 3, I have felt some significant progress lately. Between starting an anti-depressant and starting the program, things are looking up! I am beginning to feel back to my old self! :-) And I'm sure by the time I make it through the steps, I will be feeling even better than my old self!

This week I had an appointment with my chiropractor (who emphasizes in nutrition) and he announced a significant progress in my health (without knowing about SARP and the medication). He even asked me if I had lost some weight (and I haven't). But then he wanted to start talking about a plan for weight loss. I explained this program to him and told him that I wasn't focusing on weight loss, I was just taking the steps slow and steady and I would eventually lose the weight. He was very impressed that I wasn't trying to accomplish the weight loss so fast like most people do. I am grateful to this program for helping me shift my focus away from the weight loss! This experience confirmed to me that, as we start experiencing little bits of radiance, our countenance changes to the point where people wonder if we have lost weight because we are starting to "radiate", not because we really had lost any weight! I had heard someone talking about this in a post, but didn't realize that I might even experience it 2 1/2 months into the program!
Also, a friend of mine who I hadn't seen in a few weeks and who knows I had been struggling, told me yesterday that there was more sparkle in my eyes, that they didn't look so "flat". Wow! Although I was realizing a slow change, it helped me to hear those confirmations from other people, that, yes, I am on the "up and up"! I am seeing how those glimpses of radiance can be felt as we go throughout the steps - and I love it! I can't wait for what is to come!

Thanks to you all for your help and encouragement! Now I just need to get myself ready to start step 3!5
Radiant Recovery Cookbook

Come visit our STORE.  Call 505-345-3737 if you have questions.
David, the store manager is always happy to help.​​​​​​​ He is also my oldest son :)

Buy Now!
The cookbook has 120 program-friendly recipes. It also has how to make my simple baking mix that is gluten free and better than Bisquick. It includes how to make substitutions in your own sugar-fills recipes, how to design menus that work for you and all sorts of other wonderful things.
Chicken and Apples
This is one of my favorite winter recipes. it is really, really delicious.

Radiant Living
I am changing the rules about Radiant Living and Your Last Diet Chats. If you are a member of either program, you may attend the chats for both Living and YLD. If you would like to attend 2 chats a week, you are more than welcome to do so.

Your Last Diet

As you may remember, I had hoped our new chat room would be ready this week. I needed to add a second room and our provider has not unlocked it yet. I will check on that first thing Monday morning, so am hoping for a Wednesday reveal date. I will send an email to the YLD list updating you with our progress.  I am excited if a little impatient.

If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here.  ​​​​​​​
The Secret of Self-Esteem

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

    Optimism and self-confidence result from our body chemistry, not our mental attitude.
Sometimes we are ready to take on the world. Other times the bag lady sits at our feet clucking her disapproval of our lives.

    Enduring and consistent confidence is a thousand times better than those few moments stolen on the back of a sugar high.

    I have been fascinated with the beta-endorphin story for years. As you may recall from Potatoes Not Prozac, beta-endorphin is the brain chemical that enables us to tolerate pain. When I first learned that sugar evokes beta-endorphin, it made perfect sense to me. Sugar as a pain-killer seemed to resonate with what my body already knew. 

    But I hadn't thought of sugar as an emotional pain-killer. Reading that first scientific article about sugar reducing isolation distress knocked my socks off. When baby mice were given sugar, they didn't cry as much when they were taken away from their mothers. This wasn't about physical pain, this was a whole different story. I wanted to piece it together.

    We know that children of alcoholics have naturally lower levels of beta-endorphin. What does this mean in real life? Beta-endorphin cuts pain. Therefore, lower levels of beta-endorphin mean we feel pain more deeply. We may be more distressed by going to the dentist. We may hurt more if we get banged up in a backyard game of football. We may cry more at the movies. 

    Because we naturally have less of the brain chemical that protects us from pain, we are naturally more 'sensitive.' Because we are more sensitive, we feel more deeply. I suspect that lower levels of beta-endorphin make us more aware, more tuned in to the subtlety of what we are experiencing, and perhaps more vulnerable emotionally.

    Beta-endorphin also affects self-esteem. Confidence, optimism, a sense of connection, and a sense of elation all come with high levels of beta-endorphin. The euphoria of the 'runner's high' is very real. That sense of being on top of the world is a byproduct of the beta-endorphin flood. 

    By the same token, low beta-endorphin can have a profoundly negative effect on our feelings. Self-esteem eludes us even though it seems we should feel terrific, we don't. We are successful, we have enough money, we have love and support in our lives but inside we are convinced it all will soon disappear and we will end up as a bag lady.

    We feel disconnected from those around us. Even though our mind tells us that we have a loving partner, an attentive husband, devoted children, caring parents, or loving friends, we still feel isolated and alone. Sometimes we shake our heads in disbelief. 'How can this be?' we ask. It makes no sense.

    What is even stranger is that we don't feel this way all of the time. Sometimes we are ready to take on the world. Other times the bag lady sits at our feet clucking her disapproval of our lives. Having our confidence and self-esteem be so elusive, so unpredictable can be crazy-making. It makes no sense until we begin to see our life through the filter of beta-endorphin.

    When we have naturally low levels of beta-endorphin, our brains try to compensate by increasing the number of beta-endorphin receptors in order to catch as much beta-endorphin as possible. If something (like drugs, alcohol, or a large helping of sugary food) causes a big hit of beta-endorphin (also called a spike), the extra receptor sites will grab it and cause us to have a 'WOW!' reaction, a 'rush.'

    Let's focus on the sugar effect. We start out with low beta-endorphin, we eat sugar, our beta-endorphin spikes, and we feel really good. We are confident, hopeful, and excited about our lives. We banish the bag lady with a flash of the hand and pronounce our enthusiasm for life and its demands. We feel great! For a little while. 

    But then, in the middle of a conversation, at a board meeting, or on a date, our sense of possibility slips away. Doom descends and we are back to square one. The flood of beta-endorphin has receded and we are left with all those extra receptors sitting empty, forlorn  and craving for more. 

    So how do we handle this situation? Can we raise our beta-endorphin levels by doing healthy things instead of using sugar and drugs? And what's wrong with that 'rush?' If our beta-endorphin is low, don't we want to do things that get us more? 

    Here's the key: We don't want the rush because when it recedes, we end up feeling terrible. Instead we want a steady stream of beta-endorphin, which keeps us in a steady state of optimism, higher self-esteem, confidence, and connectedness. We want to enhance the natural production of beta-endorphin without the dramatic up and downs that have been a big part of our lives. 

    In some ways, this may be hard to get used to. We may not want to give up the rush that sugar evokes. To use my own words from early recovery, life without the rush may seem 'boring.' It was almost as if I was willing to endure the pain of the down side in order to have the thrill of the up side. This, in a nutshell, is the seduction of addiction. We forget the down side and only remember those few moments of glory. We will seek forever and endure anything to return to the state of WOW!

    Trust me on this one, though. Many years later, my body, my mind, and my heart all know that a steady state of clarity and self-esteem is so much better than the illusion I carried around so long. Enduring and consistent confidence is a thousand times better than those few moments stolen on the back of a sugar high. I didn't know this until I did the food plan and kept doing it over time. But I do now, and there is nothing better in the world than living from this place.


Here is the Annie Lane column that brought so many of you here.

Dear Annie: I read with interest the letter from "Weird, Stupid or Selfish?" – whose husband eats all the decorative candy she puts out. His inability to resist sugar resonated with me, as I have sugar sensitivity and have engaged in exactly the same behaviors. I simply could not resist sugar.

After years of struggling and dieting and sitting in work meetings obsessing about the doughnuts instead of the topic at hand, I discovered the book "Potatoes Not Prozac," by Kathleen DesMaisons. Her theory is that people who are sugar sensitive have brains that respond differently to sugar, alcohol and refined carbs and that what they eat and when they eat it have a huge effect on them. She shows how to rebalance blood sugar levels, serotonin and beta-endorphins through small lifestyle changes and offers the latest research, free online support and seven steps to change your life. It is not about willpower; it’s about biochemistry, which her program can slowly improve, just one tiny step at a time, with amazing results.

I have been sugar-free for six years now, lost 25 pounds and never gained any of it back. I can go to dinner with family and don’t even think twice when someone orders dessert. I don’t have cravings, and sugar is no longer on my radar. I am more focused and more tolerant, and the daily mood swings are gone. The woman who wrote to you could suggest to her husband that he check out https:// radiantrecovery.com to see whether he does have sugar sensitivity. At the very least, she would be better informed about this condition. – Happy Without Sugar

Dear Happy Without Sugar: I hadn’t considered that health issues might explain

her husband’s behavior. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of sugar sensitivity.

Thanks for opening my eyes ! to the condition. I’d like to encourage all readers to talk to their doctors if they find themselves compulsively eating sugary snacks.

—Email question to dearannie@creators.com


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