Paula Deen diet: Celebrity chef shares weight loss secret, how she lost 36 pounds

By on Jan 5, 2013 in Food, Health, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Paula Deen has lost 36 pounds since her announcement early last year that she had Type 2 diabetes. The famous celebrity chef recently shared her weight loss secret and her diet routine in an exclusive interview by the Woman’s Day magazine February 2013 issue, which will be out this coming Wednesday, January 8.

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Paula Deen for Woman’s Day
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As noted at WomansDay.com early this week, Paula Deen, host of Paula’s Home Cooking at Food Network, was diagnosed in 2009 as having Type 2 diabetes, but she denied it for years. She finally admitted it publicly on January 12, 2012 at NBC‘s Today Show, and is now sharing to the world her diet secret.

“It’s about moderation. I just needed to learn to eat a normal portion size and not overindulge. I want to be here for my grandchildren. I think about them every day. My daddy was dead at 40. My mother was dead at 44. And look—I’m 65 and I’m still here! Go, 65!” Paula Deen told the magazine.

As mentioned in the post, Paula has learned that the longer she goes without eating a beloved food, the less she craves it. But she admitted that she couldn’t resist trying some macaroni and cheese and a biscuit in some occasions, which is why she balances it by eating healthier foods for the rest of the day.

“They’re incredible. Having that sweet for 10 minutes in your mouth will take care of your craving. Butterscotch is the best.” Deen says of eating lollipops after some meals, which people with Type 2 diabetes are allowed to eat occasionally.

“I said, ‘Honey, I can’t paint a stick man but I’ll try.’ Well, she unleashed something in me that I didn’t know was there and I just love. You sit down and forget about everything except whatever you’re drawing. It’s like a visit to a psychiatrist,” Paula says of her painting hobby as part of her stay-slim activity.

“I’m on a Brussels sprout kick! They’re selling them in those microwave steam bags, so I steam them, then put them in a frying pan with a little butter and olive oil until some of the outer leaves start getting a little brown. They’re out of this world.” She noted, referring to a diet tip on trying new vegetables.

In addition, Paula Deen also admitted changing some of the foods she eats. However, she noted that there are some dishes that she feels there can be no substitute, such as peanut butter pie, fried pies, and fried green tomatoes.



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