After Molly was diagnosed with diabetes and put on medication, she changed her diet with the help of her parents and caregivers and not only has she lowered her blood sugar levels and is taking a lower dose of medication but she has also lost a lot of weight in the process.

With the help of Compass Supportive Living Services and Independent Living Services, Molly Glenn of McCloud has not only been able to live independently with a healthy lifestyle, but she has created her own healthy eating cookbook.

Molly was born with Down Syndrome. At age 22, she lives in her own house with the help of “life guides” from Compass and is now a social and adventurous individual who enjoys community involvement, going to the movies, retreats, excursions to Disneyland and Wildlife Safari and has a paying job through Siskiyou Opportunity Center in Yreka.

After Molly was diagnosed with diabetes and put on medication, she changed her diet with the help of her parents and caregivers and not only has she lowered her blood sugar levels and is taking a lower dose of medication but she has also lost a lot of weight in the process.

Her mother, Carolyn Glenn said, “All this was made possible because of Compass. Her behavior is so much better with less mood swings now. Before Compass, she didn’t like leaving the house. Now, she is very independent.”

On Sunday, Molly hosted a party inviting other clients from Compass and the Opportunity Center to her home. Dancing to disco music and eating a taco meal from one of the recipes that she created from her own “Molly’s Healthy Living Cookbook,” people came from Weed, Mount Shasta and McCloud.

Compass Case Facilitator Steven Trujillo said, “Molly wanted to share her successful recipes. We are all about being part of the community. You don’t want to compromise taste but you want to be healthy.”

“The purpose of her cookbook is to help people,” said Carolyn.

The cookbook has common recipes using alternatives to flour that are lower in carbohydrates. Once a rice fanatic, Molly now has the same passion for cauliflower fried rice. Other recipes include pancakes using almond flour and monk fruit as a sweetener, beef stroganoff using xanthan gum as a thickener and shirataki fettuccine noodles as a low carb alternative that is sold at Raley’s or online. There is even pizza, peanut butter cups and keto fudge in her cookbook.

Along with Compass and Siskiyou Opportunity Centers in Yreka and Mount Shasta, Far Northern Regional Center also helps provide people with qualifying disabilities find appropriate services.

For more information go to compasscares.com, siskiyouoc.org and farnothernrc.org.