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.”