|Paula Deen could totally be Elizabeth Taylor for Halloween next year.|
In reference to Paula Deen’s recent admission that she has had Type II diabetes for three years, I have to say that I see some validity in rainbows, unicorns and butterflies lover, Anthony Bourdain.
“When your signature dish is a hamburger in between a doughnut, and
you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve
got Type 2 Diabetes … It’s in bad taste if nothing else,” celebrity
chef Anthony Bourdain, told People.
(I did sort of snicker.)
You cannot eat that way.
There I said it.
You simply CANNOT eat with that much butter, that much salt, that much oil, that much sugar… and not expect to experience some repurcussions. Especially if you are inactive.
There’s always a volatile differing of opinions regarding how much media influences real life, and I refuse to blame Paula for America’s obesity issue, but it’s statements like this that DRIVE ME NUTS:
“People see me cooking all these wonderful, Southern, fattening recipes… it’s for entertainment,” Deen said. “People have to be responsible.”
Ok, ok, ok. It’s for entertainment? Your 3 cups of sugar and 2 sticks of butter is for entertainment, but the truth of the matter is — you are releasing into the atmosphere that it is acceptable to eat like that on a regular basis. It’s your legacy, Paula. OWN it.
And, she says that she hasn’t really changed her diet too much, but she’s attempting to be more active. She is aligning with drug company, Novo Nordisk that provides the Diabeetus drug she’s on, Victoza. Perhaps a new marketing promotion will allow fans to buy one of her cookbooks and get a free sample of Victoza. (Catty, I know.)
I’m not a huge believer that you need to eat a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan lifestyle in order to be healthy; we’ve all read stories and seen first-hand that daily-runners and athletes can develop heart disease or cancer.
But Type II diabetes can often times be prevented… by getting up and moving. Race, age, and genetic predisposition do factor in, but diet and a sedentary lifestyle is also incredibly important.
Now, I don’t think Paula’s running any major marathons, but with a regular show on Food Network, cookbooks up the wazoo and all of her TV appearances, I don’t imagine she’s a couch potato. I’m sure she’s active… But continuing to capitalize on fatty foods and crazy-sugar-laden comfort dishes while you know the potential health hazards is comparable to leading the sheep to the slaughter.
Yep – the sheep have minds of their own, but why does the shepherd have to be a jerk?
Before you think I’m insensitive, let me put forth my disclaimer: I wish NO ill will on this lovely grandmother. I truly don’t. But I hope her experience provides an inspiring opportunity for others to make change in their diets.
I guess when you know better, you do better.
So, will Paula Deen lighten up her traditional southern cooking?