Paula Deen and Type 2: The Real Story

Nadia Al-Samarrie

| Sep 29, 2012

Celebrity chef Paula Deen was subjected to some withering criticism recently when the public learned that she has type 2 diabetes. How could she push butter and sugar-loaded recipes at TV viewers when she has diabetes, her critics demanded.

In Paula's defense, some of her reluctance to change her recipes or acknowledge her diabetes was simple fear that she would have to surrender cooking and eating her beloved Southern food.

It was quite a storm, but Paula weathered it well. In doing so, she has come to a better accommodation of her disease and fashioned a positive response to both critics and fans.

She sat down with me recently to discuss the changes in her life. Come see what's up with Paula in "Cooking Up a New Life With Diabetes," on page 27.

Why do we crave carbohydrates? To answer that question, we asked one of this country's leading experts on carbs and carb intake, Dr. Richard Bernstein. Bernstein, who was diagnosed with type 1 decades ago as a young man, has spent years studying the relationship between diabetes and carbohydrates. In my interview with him on page 20, he reveals that the craving for carbs has nothing to do with a lack of discipline or effort.

"The Amazing Race" is a TV show that has grown a dedicated, enthusiastic fan base over the years. There's something compelling about watching pairs of contestants race one another around the world in balloons, dune buggies, planes, and trucks, and on camels and horses, and behind sled dogs. Sounds pretty frantic, doesn't it? But what's it like to do all that racing with type 1 diabetes, and win? I find out what that's like in my interview with Season 17 winner Nat Strand, "An Amazing Race Winner Connects With the Diabetes Community," on page 8.

Life Coach Scott King returns this issue with advice on seven ways we can subvert ourselves when it comes to diabetes self-care. In "Miserable? 7 Behaviors You Need to Stop" (page 16), he not only identifies self-defeating behaviors but offers practical advice for stopping them.

One more food item: Look on page 18 for our "Turkey Sausage Chili with Garlic & Cilantro" recipe, one that we think you'll come back to time again as winter closes in. Lots of protein, lots of taste, and a low-enough carb count to keep you feeling guilt-free. Not a bad bargain!

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Posted by Anonymous on 11 October 2012

Shame on all those critics, professional or otherwise!! I believe this was a wake up call on her. I too was diagnosed with type II Diabetes 6 years ago. I wished I had listened to my doctor, to avoid the disease and lose weight. Now I pay the price. But here is some good news. In the spring of this year, I found out that I needed to have a rt. hip replacement surgery. My ortho doctor advised me to get into pool/water therapy and a good diet plan to get off as much weight as I could until mid Sept. (the time of my surgery). Well, I did it. I committed to 3-4 days of pool exercises and a strict "Atkins/South Beach" type diet and I am happy to say that by the date of my surgery, I have taken off over 34 pounds!! I did it without "Jenny Craig" or "the Biggest Loser", to name a few. God helped me thru this and now I am in rehab., 2 weeks post op and doing great, according to my doctors and physical therapists. And I am determined to keep on losing, to get down to my goal. So, I say to Paula Deen, keep up the good work, you are looking great!! Ginny (Arizona)

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