Tag Archives: Paula Deen

Cooking Done Right Saves Lives

30 Jan

I just read an article this morning on ABC News about a new Food Network show coming out called “Fat Chef.” Part of me thinks its’ release is damage control over Paula Deen’s diabetes diagnosis, but whatever the reason, this sounds like a good program. An award winning pastry chef, Michael Magnano, started out the show over 500 pounds. It wasn’t even so much from his own sugary concoctions, but rather working late hours at the restaurant and eating fast food meals. On the show, he goes through a 16 week boot camp of sorts to learn how to cook healthy and start exercising.

Although I’m not a huge fan of reality TV, I think this show sends a great message. It doesn’t sound like it has the extremes of Biggest Loser, but encourages healthy weight loss through healthy methods such as changing recipes and portion control. Michael has lost 115 pounds and has run a 5K race. He has also gotten off his diabetes medication.

I think in this day and age of fad diets and pills/juices that promise to lose weight, it’s refreshing to see a show go back to the basics. Healthy cooking, portion control and exercise will not only let you lose weight, but you have a much higher chance of keeping it off. The average person can watch that on TV and think I can do that. The average person cannot watch Biggest Loser and think oh yes, I have 6 hours a day to devote to the gym.

If you’re wanting to lose weight, start slow with a food journal and healthy food substitutions. Gradually cut back your portions and try to get more physically active. It takes small steps to make big changes.

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Paula Deen’s Not So Shocking News

17 Jan

It was finally revealed yesterday by Paula Deen that she has Type II Diabetes. The Southern chef who is most known for using multiple sticks of butter in every recipe has kept quiet about the disease despite persistent rumors for years. It’s not really surprising that she does have diabetes given her extremely high fat, high calorie recipes and that she’s overweight. However, I find it irresponsible that she’s hidden for so long and continues to cook in the same manner.

According to People Magazine, Paula said she doesn’t want diabetes to stop her from enjoying the foods she loves. While I fully understand that and believe one can be healthy following the “everything in moderation” rule, I’m not so sure it applies to her situation as much. To me, it sounded more like she was in denial. Granted, towards the end of the article, she did say she was going to lighten up a few of her favorite recipes, but overall I got the feeling she doesn’t plan to change much.

If she weren’t in the public eye, I suppose that’s her decision then. She knows the risks of continuing her high fat cooking lifestyle with diabetes and it’s her choice to live that way. But, I think as a celebrity, she has a responsibility to the public. By adopting such a laissez-faire attitude, I think it shows that she doesn’t think diabetes is all that serious. In reality, it is very serious and when it’s not in control with medication and lifestyle changes, it can cause extremely serious health problems as well as early death.

Obviously she can’t give up her favorite Southern favorites for the rest of her life. I fully get that, but she should give them up the majority of the time in order to stay healthy and encourage her fans with the same health issues. Splurge on holidays with decadent macaroni and cheese, but during the rest of the year, Paula should focus on making all of her recipes healthy. If she’s as good of a chef as she is perceived, it shouldn’t be hard for her to convert her recipes to healthier options.

The obesity rate in this country is skyrocketing and so are diabetes diagnoses. As a public figure, she can do so much to educate people about the disease and help those struggling with proper diet and nutrition cook healthy, but tasty meals. Right now, I’m really disappointed with the way it is being handled. I hope to see changes from her in the future that will not only benefit her own health, but the health of the public.