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Micki’s Meanderings Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a fulfilling and fantastic 2018. I am not a big believer in New Years’ resolutions as I’ve learned over the years that many of them just aren’t that successful (at least for me…). But this year as I was contemplating the New Year I thought I would make some resolutions. So here goes… My Resolution to Do Opposites! I resolve to keep my eyes wide open to the wonders of the world we live in. Wide open to see the smiles of my wonderful grandchildren and children and wide open to see the happiness around me. I resolve to keep my eyes shut. To keep my eyes shut when I’m praying. My eyes shut when I am thinking and reflecting on the many positive things in life. “Best Life Ever” Glenda Lanning is a staple in the lives of the people who frequent the Yankton Community Library. You can find her behind the desk most days, ready to suggest a good book that she’s just read. However, some people might not know that Glenda has been living with Diabetes 2 for 10-12 years. Glenda was diagnosed pre-diabetic at first but she figured she would be ok and ignored it. It eventually developed into Diabetes 2 and she could no longer put it off. “If diagnosed prediabetic – pay attention” is the most important piece of advice Glenda wants everyone to know. Though if you ask her about her journey she will tell you it’s not as hard of a journey as it’s made out to be. She finds herself fortunate and believes that the diagnosis might be one of the best things to happen to her. She has learned to take better care of herself and she’s learned to eat better. She is also fortunate enough to only have to take one medication. Her husband, 4 children, and 6 perfect grandchildren have supported her through all of this; her youngest child is actually the one who bought her the first membership to Avera. Glenda also receives a lot of support from work who understand her limitations and are supportive of her using her lunch hour to go work out, which she does for 20 minutes every day. Glenda, a self-proclaimed homebody, has always loved to cook. Just because she’s diabetic, this hasn’t changed. She has just learned to cook healthier and plans her meals better. Glenda loves to make a soup of the week and that’s the mainstay of her lunches. Sometimes she’ll add a sandwich, fruit, or vegetable but the soup is the main part. She has also learned to eat a big breakfast to help her not snack between meals. She makes sure to eat vegetables with every meal and says this is an important thing to follow. She also makes a point to never weigh herself. She has lost weight but that’s a result, not a goal. Glenda’s goal is just to be as healthy as she can be. Artisan bread is a weakness of hers, all breads really, and her baking has become limited but she will be the first to tell you that she still “sins” sometimes. If she cheats too much, however, her skin will break out and that’s a sign that she needs to cut back. Glenda’s one wish is that people know that being diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t eat well, in fact, you can eat just as well but in smaller 4vHERVOICEvJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 I resolve to care more. To care more about the people that matter. To care more about those in need and to care more about life! I resolve to care less. To care less about things! To care less about the trivialities that at times weigh me down and to care less about things I cannot control. I resolve to be strong. To be stronger in my faith. To be strong in my relationships with others and to be strong for those that may be weak. I resolve to be mild. Mild in my relationships and when I deal with others and mild in my thoughts, that they may be filled with more patience. When I thought about resolutions of opposites the list could go on and on but I think I’ll stop here and let you fill in your own blanks if you choose to. Happy New Year, God Bless, portions. “Diabetes isn’t a punishment.” A doctor told her, when she was first diagnosed, “if something doesn’t taste good, it’s good for you.” Glenda doesn’t agree with that. “So many healthy soups don’t taste ‘healthy.’ It’s a good lifestyle and it’s a manageable disease where you can still enjoy food, but just in a healthier way.” The hardest thing about diabetes for Glenda is seeing others who aren’t taking care of themselves; that are still in denial. Otherwise, Glenda’s journey hasn’t been hard and in fact, she’d tell you she has the “best life ever.” Glenda wanted to share a couple of her favorite soup recipes that are delicious but also healthy to prove you can still have great tasting food. The Best Homemade Minestrone Soup Glenda Lanning 1 cup wine 2 cups chopped celery 2 cups chopped onion 2 leeks, cleaned, cut in half moons 9 cups chicken stock 1 package coleslaw mix 2 cups chopped zucchini 1 small piece of Parmesan rind, optional ¾ cups tiny orzo pasta 1 package baby spinach 1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs (always use rosemary basil) salt & pepper to taste Cook in crock pot or oven until vegetables are tender. Lentil Pumpkin Soup Glenda Lanning 2 cups lentils olive oil chopped celery chopped onion 2 cloves garlic smoked sausage – sliced 16 oz can of diced tomatoes 16 oz can of pumpkin salt & pepper to taste Thyme, rosemary to taste 6-8 cups of chicken broth Cook in crock pot or oven vBy Brandi Bue

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