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Jan 13, 2012 10:16 AM

Paula Deen's may have "type 2" (aka lifestyle) diabetes - surprise, surprise, surprise!

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    1. You know, I don't wish illness on anyone..and I hope that Paula Deen's diabetes is, and will remain, under control. However...the woman smokes. She has to be well-aware of the dangers of smoking and doesn't that (smoking) lead to forms of diabetes besides other health issues? That being said, Ms. Deen is a perfect example of how this "chef" celebrity thing is. A CLOTHING line????? Matresses?????? All the stuff she shills is amazing--and people buy the stuff????? Now she's going to shill meds for diabetics?? Well, I guess you cannot blame her if she is being offered a ton of money--but I think it stinks because she seems to come across as this "real" woman that is so good and trustworthy--but to keep that diabetes thing hidden because you think it'll be bad for your "image" is garbage. Ugh...I can just imagine what she smells like when she is cooking--that stale cigarette breath. Blech!

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      1. re: jarona

        I hope she thinks long and hard about how she got to where she is now in both her health and celebrity and what she can do to make a positive impact on society. If she does nothing and continues to preach these obesity-inducing recipes while relying on a pharma and metformin to take care of her, then she has learned nothing.

        1. re: chezwhitey

          That's analogous to being a smoking celebrity glamorizing smoking, while also relying on cancer remedies.

          The cooking she teaches leads to metabolic disorder, food addiction, etc.

      2. Yeah, read this about 2hrs ago. Someone in the comment's section of the FB linked one said,:

        "And somewhere, Bourdain is quietly snickering.."

        I wish her no ill will and REALLY hope this comes an epiphany for her. Maybe she'll turn around and come out with some Kick *ss southern low cal versions of her favorites. Oh and she quits smoking!

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        1. re: livetocook

          I got a tweet from Bourdain about 3 or 4 months ago that said, "I may have misread this but did Paul Deen invent a diabetes-flavored lip balm?"

          I still crack up when I think about it.

          1. re: Bart Hound

            As for Bourdain's eating and drinking example, check the current San Francisco Layover thread.

          2. Her son Bobby hosts 'Not my mama's meals' on CC.

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            1. re: paulj

              I watched part of the show this week (until Paula showed up, and I kind of have a hard time watching her) and I thought the dish he was making - lightened up pimento cheese - looked like a nice idea. I'd watch it again if she isn't on every episode.

            2. Paula Deen has profited greatly by slinging out recipes that aren't good for you. A lot of recipes out there aren't "good for you." But Paula's schtick and her marketing brand strategy, depicts her as just a simple ole country gal giving American families what they need.

              Sorry, but no, Paula's food is not good for American families:

              Also, to be honest, her food isn't even hers. A lot of Paula's recipes come from 1950s and 1960s church supper-type cookbooks. I have a vast collection of those books, and my eyes roll when I see Paula trot out an old recipe and claim it as "hers."

              As someone who was diagnosed as "borderline diabetic" and suffered from sleep apnea and high blood pressure, I took major steps to adjust my lifestyle, changing my diet and increasing exercise. Result: Slimmer body, no diabetes, normal blood pressure, sleep apnea gone (anyone need a C-PAP machine and mask?).

              Though I have cut way back on sugar and carbs, I don't deprive myself of any food, I have just learned to live by one simple rule when it comes to fat or sugar laden products, "Be satisfied with one taste."

              There's no doubt in my mind that Paula will find some way to make an inordinate amount of money from her health problems. It's been her MO, and fans will think she's just wonnaful.

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              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                <sorry, but no, paula's food is not good for american families. Also to be honest, her food isnt even hers>

                I dont think paula has ever claimed good-for-you food, and rarely original food. but how many recipes that you see on a food network show could the chef ever actually claim as original?? its so incredibly rare to see a recipe on one of those shows that isnt something ive seen 100 different ways before

                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                  "There's no doubt in my mind that Paula will find some way to make an inordinate amount of money from her health problems. It's been her MO, and fans will think she's just wonnaful."