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Paula Deen shares dieting tips


Photo credit: Melanie Dunea for Woman’s Day

Paula Deen shares dieting tips in the February edition of Woman’s Day magazine, on newsstands Jan. 8.

The Savannah culinary mogul, long known (and in some cases derided) for her high-calorie concoctions, has shifted gears to become an advocate of healthier cooking and eating since disclosing her battle with diabetes last year.

Deen’s 2011 cookbook, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” made it to the list of Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011 by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Since then she’s lent her name to healthier dishes, though. The first recipe that pops up on her website at the moment is one billed as a “Lighter Hoppin’ John salad.”

A slimmed-down Deen graces the cover of Woman’s Day and in an accompanying interview urges moderation and proper portion size.

“I want to be here for my grandchildren,” Deen told the magazine. “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!”

She also told Woman’s Day that hasn’t given up her favorite foods but enjoys them as occasional treats now.

“In my refrigerator, there’s no light mayonnaise,” she said. “I’d rather eat less of the real thing and have it taste really good than have diet stuff that tastes awful.”

And Deen also says dining more slowly and chatting with friends during meals helps her achieve moderation.

“Putting my fork down and having a conversation has been a huge help,” she said. “It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re full.”

12 comments Add your comment


January 3rd, 2013
11:08 am

I love me some Paula Deen. I’ve been watching her since I moved to Atlanta!

Bill Clinton

January 3rd, 2013
11:15 am

Me, Paula Deen and a stick of butter.

Shazammmm !

Big C

January 3rd, 2013
11:23 am

I wonder why her cookbook was rated so low. People need to learn to eat in moderation, not deprivation. Damn, enjoy life!!!


January 3rd, 2013
12:28 pm

Dang! She look fine! Keep them curves, girl!


January 3rd, 2013
2:11 pm

Ugh, just who I’d want diet tips from. Only eat one piece of fried chicken as opposed to the whole bucket. Gee, I never knew. Worst article ever. What’s next, dieting tips from Oprah?


January 3rd, 2013
3:55 pm

Does she have any more diabetic tips to go along with those cooking tips and dieting tips? Do these ‘what do I do for my next paycheck by getting gullible people to listen to me in mass’ ‘experts’ ever look in a mirror and ask ‘…why am I doing this, other than to get paid well and regularly…’ Greed, Fame, and No conscience.

urban redneck

January 3rd, 2013
5:43 pm

add two sticks of butter, yall. now i have diabetes, yall. i am gonna kick her in the uterus if i ever see her on the streets.


January 3rd, 2013
7:23 pm

I wish her the best, and am glad to see she’s eating smarter. People should realize once one gets used to a lighter diet, heavy food loses it’s appeal.


January 3rd, 2013
10:05 pm

She is not eating smarter because she WANTS to but her life now depends on it. If she has any sense at all she would have to redo her eating habits. Strange but I just saw her on a show this past week where she acknowledged she still eats the heavier food, stating she just eats less. I believe if not for the diagnosis of diabetes she would still be pushing the heavy calorie and extremely bad dishes that she did in years past. How many years was she on the food channel before she decided to eat smarter? Let me see, how many years after her diagnosis did she decide to eat better. Think about it people and you will have the answer.


January 3rd, 2013
10:28 pm

She made it to television and the big bucks by doing what she knew how to do. There is a niche market for her outlandish cooking and she took advantage of it. I don’t think she ever claimed to be some kind of religious figure or paragon of virtue.

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January 4th, 2013
8:06 am

Bobby has done a great job of changing his eating habits. His “Not My Mama’s Meals” has interesting good food that is healthy.

Perhaps they should feature his ideas on losing weight.