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Resources for Diabetes Awareness

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Across the First Coast there are a variety of resources available for people living with diabetes. Here is a list of a few good places to start.

American Diabetes Association
7825 Baymeadows Way
Suite 104A

Diabetes and Nutrition Resources
820 Prudential Dr.
Suite 416

YMCA Diabetes Support Group
Yates Family YMCA
221 Riverside Ave.

Northeast Florida Pediatric Diabetes Center
825 Prudential Dr.
Howard Bldg. Suite 303

Baptist Health / Nutrition and Diabetes Resource Department
820 Prudential Drive
Suite 416

Green’s Persian Spinach Dip with Caramelized Sweet Onion

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2 pounds fresh spinach, washed (or 2 (12-ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach)
2 Sweet Onions, diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 pint plain yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted in a 300º oven

In a large pan, cook the spinach in the water that clings to the leaves until it wilts. Drain, rinse under cold water and gently squeeze out the excess liquid. Chop finely and reserve.

In a medium pan, cook the onions in the butter over medium heat until well caramelized and golden brown. Cool and then mix with the spinach, yogurt, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and serve as an appetizer or as a dip for pita bread and crudités (colored pepper wedges, Belgian endive and/or Treviso spears, celery lengths, cucumber boats, snow peas, sweet onions cut into single layer wedges, scooped out plum tomato wedges, and any colorful vegetable that is more or less boat shaped to hold a chunky dip).

If you’ve had one too many spinach salads try using this power-packed vegetable in a festive dip this weekend. Recipe taken from KYV.

A Working Person’s Guide to Meditation

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We are all busy, whether we work out of the house or at home. As American we pride ourselves on packing our life as full as possible, but at all that comes with a price. That price being simple moments of quiet. We all have a minute to spare in a day, or even five for that matter (think about how much time you spent on Facebook today?!). Here are some simple ways to work a little meditation into your life.

One Minute Meditation
Whether it is first thing in the morning over a cup of coffee, or maybe at the beginning of your lunch break, take a minute to sit and breathe quietly. Set a one minute timer on your phone. Sit down, either cross legged on your floor, or at your desk…not facing your computer, and close your eyes. With your eyes closed, touch your thumb to your index finger and say PEACE. Then touch your thumb to your middle finger and say BEGINS. Touch your thumb to your ring finger and say WITH. Then finally to your pinkie and end with ME. With each touch take a deep breath and exhale. This mantra is a Kundalini meditation and works great in a stressful work environment.

Walking Meditation
On lunch break, or during your morning workout, a simple 5 minute walking meditation is a great way to quiet the mind and let go. Take a deep breath with each step and focus on the simple sound of the rhythm of your feet on the ground. If a thought drifts into your mind, bring your thoughts just back to listening to your steps and breathing together. This mediation is great for grounding when you are feeling overwhelmed and you need to center yourself.

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