Anyone who even glances at the Food Network knows who Paula Deen is. We learned about home style southern cooking from Paula. So, I do not believe I need to go into her history here.
For years I’ve watched her cook, laughed at her jokes and simply enjoyed her from my living room couch.
I also wondered how someone who made such beautifully rich food could not have some health issue. I figured she took care of herself like we all should and was lucky. Not every person that eats good, rich food gets or has diabetes. It was one of the things I had to learn to deal with when I was diagnosed.
A week ago, while watching Fox and Friends in the morning, they talked to Paula’s son Bobby who was debuying a new show “Not My Mama’s Meals” on the The Cooking Channel. He is taking Paula’s recipes and reworking them with less calories and fat, and all the other bad stuff some of us would cringe at.
The weekend after that show, I was getting a mani and pedi and while sitting there was watching one of Paula’s shows on the television. I mentioned to Willa (whose husband is a T2 like me) that I really loved all the recipes Paula created, but I couldn’t eat them nor know how to fix them other ways so I could. We figured that was the reason for Bobby’s new show.
The next week, Fox and Friends reported Ms. Deen had announced she had Type 2 Diabetes and had been dealing with it for three (3) years now.
To say I was floored is an understatement – but not at all surprised. I don’t wish this condition on anyone and I will not say it is because of her lifestyle with food or anything else. How you “get” diabetes is still hit and miss. Yes, there are people who get T2 because of their body issues, but not all of us.
Then a few days later I heard many people, including chefs, were speaking out about how Paula should have told everyone earlier and some people were pretty nasty about it too.
Having dealt with being a PWD for many years now, I was appalled at those sentiments. When I was first diagnosed to say I was on shock is putting it mildly. It took at least two years before my doctor and I found the right combination of medication to have it under control. And as the years have moved forth, the learning and adjusting has never stopped. You cannot simply take a pill in the morning and that is all you do to keep this condition in line.
So if Paula did not want to tell us for three years about her T2, so be it. I can only imagine from experience what she has been going through to bring her to this point.
Here is one ignorant, meant to be hurtful, comment by that idiot Joan Rivers: “Paula Deen and a stick of butter is kind of like Melissa and me. Sooner or later we’re going to kill each other,”. Joan – butter has nothing to do with it.
This is what ignorance is all about people. Some of it comes from fear, some from wanting to make a name for themselves by basking in others misfortunes and most is from jealousy. Joan Rivers is a has been and we all know it. This way she can keep her face and ugly mouth in the media.
I saw a lot of similar statements made on Twitter.
I just shake my head and laugh. I was a size 6 and weighing in at 110 pounds when diagnosed. My endocrine system had already been damaged with my Thyroid condition years before and a lot of thyroid patients have diabetes and vice verse.
So you ignorant bunch of animals out there, I have one thing to say: Be careful who and what you laugh at – karma is a bitch.
I wish Ms. Deen all the best as she travels this new road in her life. As a diabetic you can still enjoy good ol’ home style southern cooking, but moderation is the key. Be vigilant and you can live a very long life with T2.
Welcome to the family Paula. Good Luck!
Category : Diabetes
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, Type 2