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Queen of Butter, Paula Dean, Announces She Has Diabetes…REALLY?

Posted by rhondascooking on January 20, 2012

I had to take some time to really calm down from my initial thoughts about the recent announcement circling in the food world — PAULA DEAN ANNOUNCES THAT SHE HAS DIABETES. REALLY? After years of treating butter like a food group, frying up lots of chicken, baking rich cakes, etc., did she and her loyal fans really think that years of cooking high fat, high sugar meals would not catch up with her? Well, we “reap what we sow” and if we continue to eat unhealthy foods, we will have consequences that could lead to some sort of bad health issue. But I’m not sure that Paula agrees with this. She does not admit that her cooking has played a role in her having Type 2 Diabetes, and that is really sad. In fact, when Al Roker from the Today Show asked her about her thoughts as to how she could have gotten diabetes, she said everything except that. Instead she says what many Americans say, “It’s in my family genes!” Come on people!

Why did she wait so long to tell?
I’m shocked and disappointed with the fact that Paula waited THREE (3) years to tell her loyal fans that she was battling with this disease. WHY? Why did she wait so long to announce something that many people struggle with every day? This would have been the perfect opportunity to humanize her brand even more and tell the world that I’m just like you. Yes, I know people have a right to decide how much of their personal lives they want to share with the world, but come on, it’s not like she had a terminal illness! In fact we’ve seen other celebrities come out and announce worse things than diabetes like Christina Applegate and Guiliana Rancic announcing breast cancer to everyone shortly after the news broke. But no, Paula decided to wait because she said in an interview that she didn’t have anything to give the people.” What does that mean? What does she have to give us, besides truth and transparency?! So now after three years she’s ready to give us something…and it looks like it benefits her and the Dean family:

1. A paid endorsement with Novo Nordisk a drug company making diabetic medication
2. Bobby Dean’s new FoodNetwork TV show called “Not My Momma’s Meals” where he is making healthier versions of Paula’s recipes

Lastly, I want Paula to stop saying that she encouraged everyone to eat in moderation! Just stop it! If by chance she did, it was probably one episode in January when the network decided to have a theme to cook healthy. After that it was chicken and dumplings with sweet tea!

Learning Lesson:
We should all learn from Paula that we are what we eat, and despite the genes in our family, if we continue the tradition of eating unhealthy meals with very little exercise, it will catch up with us! So, take a step back and evaluate your pantry and recipes and determine if it’s worth possibly getting sick. And if you need help with recipes, consider purchasing the cookbook “So, What Can I Eat Now?!


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Don’t Become another Statistic

Posted by rhondascooking on July 4, 2008

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the number of people with diabetes has increased to 24 million people in the United States—this is an increase of more than 3 million in about two years.1 In addition to this increase, there are another 57 million people who are estimated to have pre-diabetes, which puts them at risk for diabetes—this is an increase of 16 million people in over two years.  Unfortunately, analysis indicated that those 57 million people will have a 50% chance of becoming full-blown diabetic in ten years.


Type 2 Diabetes is the most known category of diabetes and accounts for over 90% of the diabetes cases and many times there are no symptoms.  Studies have shown that the following are high risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes2:

  • Over age 45,
  • Have a close family member with diabetes,
  • African American, Latino, Native American,
  • Overweight or obese,
  • Physically inactive,
  • Low HDL Cholesterol levels or high triglycerides,
  • Past gestational diabetes or delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. 


You can beat the odds of ever becoming a statistic by making a lifestyle change through physical activity and food choices. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Exercise 30 minutes at least 3 days per week (increase to 5 days)
  • Eat at dark green and dark yellow vegetables
  • Eat only 2 servings of fruit per day (1 svg of strawberries = 5 or 6 medium strawberries)
  • Consume at least 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil or 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily
  • Eat more whole grains instead of the “enriched grains”
  • Eliminate all foods made with “high fructose corn syrup”
  • Use agave syrup or stevia instead of cane sugar



1 “Number of People with Diabetes Increases to 24 Million.”  June 24, 2008.  CDC Division of Media.  July 2, 2008 <http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r080624.htm >.

2Vaccarello, Elizabeth, ed. Prevention Outsmart Diabetes.  Rodale, Inc.  2006. 

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