You all know Paula Deen? She of the butter queenliness? Honey Chile’ add you 4 sticks of butter to that there piece of toast! That’s exactly the way she talks… except probably minus 1 stick of butter. Some of you may have heard/read that she recently announced that she has type 2 diabetes… and has had the diagnosis for 3 years now… which she kept from her Food Network audience and her best friend, Whitney… and probably the butter factory for those 3 years. Type 2 diabetes isn’t an uncommon disease. Something like 8 bajillion million people currently have it and probably 60% of those don’t know they have it (LOL… I just pulled those numbers out of my rear… but it’s some big number and some big percentage!) It’s a known fact… you gain weight, you’re in danger of the dreaded type 2 diabetes.
Some of you may remember that I was diagnosed with type 1.5 diabetes at the age of 16… which really should have been rounded up to type 2, but my doctor said I was a child and children do not get type 2… so 1.5 it was. I was on insulin shots for years… and then insulin with oral pills… and then more oral pills. I took so many dagnabbed pills for my diabetes that I could have run a drug factory out of the basement. Can you make methamphetamines out of Glucophage? I’ll check. It wasn’t until I got down and serious with my weight loss efforts that I got rid of all the medications and the insulin and the pills… and now I’m currently pill- and insulin-free with a normal hemoglobin A1c… not bad for a jiggly chick!
The point of this post… some have been saying that now that Paula Deen has gone public with her diabetes diagnosis, she should rethink her recipes… cut down on the fat and the sugar and the lard sauce that she has going on in those suckers and opt for a more nutritious look. The thing about that is… if Paula Deen did that, she’d no longer be Paula Deen. Paula Deen ISfattening, indulgent food… her name is synonymous with butter (pretty sure her picture is next to that word in the dictionary… go look!) I do agree with her “all things in moderation” outlook… it’s my own outlook on this weight loss journey of mine… and I’ve managed to lose 237 pounds with moderation… but at the same time… is it really necessary to have 4 sticks of butter in a recipe when you can cut it down to 1 stick and some applesauce and get the same flavor? Should we never, no matter what, not even on special occasions be able to have the full fat/sugar version of a recipe?
Ironically, Paula’s sons have a new show starting on one of the food/cooking channels. They are supposedly taking their mother’s recipes and making them the “lighter” version. I made a pasta bake I found in the Food Network Magazine, that her son, Bobby had lightened. I’d never had the original version so I couldn’t compare, but I wasn’t missing any flavor in the new and improved version. So, all things in moderation… with a bit of tweaking? Go for it, Paula!!
Question of the Day: Do you think Paula should rehaul all of her recipes from now on? Why or why not?