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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Paula Deen

I have read a few articles and blogs about Paula Deen. It sounds like many of them are glad she is diabetic. They don't come right out and say it but "Serves her right" is the message. There is outrage and self-righteous rants about her. She is in the public eye and is there anyone who didn't figure out that her methods of food preparation were high fat, high sugar, high calories, and all that? There is always the disclaimer that they know she can eat as she pleases and why should they care. Are there any among us who should be self-righteous? There but for the grace of God go you and I.

We all have a brain and should be able to watch Paula Deen and not lose all control and eat ourselves into a coma don't you think? There are people who eat unwisely and don't become diabetic. You know what people say if someone speaks up against pornography? Don't watch it. It is possible to eat those kinds of food in moderation or not at all. I am not ready to blame Paula Deen because I am fat. Diabetics cannot blame her for their condition. I also am not quietly gratified that she is diabetic. I guess she has known of her condition for about 3 years. She probably knew what the public reaction would be.

Behavior has consequences - for Paula Deen, for you, for me. I hope she can control her diabetes. I have always thought that she is beautiful and seems to be a very nice person.

18 comments:

  1. I have always enjoyed watching Paula Deen, knowing that if I did follow a recipe, it would be a once in a while thing. It's like watching the cake baking contests and dessert shows. It's obviously not okay to eat like that all the time, but fun to watch none the less. Everyone looks for a cop out and wants someone to blame. We are all responsible for our own actions. Not Paula Deen. None of the food Guy Fieri eats in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is good for you either! That is my all time favourite food show to watch:)

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  2. Leigh - We are the ones that put food in our mouths and must bear the consequences - good or bad - for our choices. Those of us in the battle of the bulge know this all too well. Take care.

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  3. I agree with your post. Diabetes has several causes, only one of which is dietary. Who would wish a disease on anybody? People need to worry about themselves more and others less!

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  4. Sweetfreedom - Yes, slim people become diabetic and get high blood pressure as well. Diet is a contributor but not the entire picture. Take care.

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  5. I hear you. I am not in anyway quietly gratified that she is diabetic. I will admit to posting to Facebook that I wasn't surprised, but as a diabetic and the daughter of a diabetic, I do not wish this disease on ANYONE. It's mostly a silent killer, but when it's ready to be heard. You will hear it loud and clear. I can't hear it yet, but it has been literally SHOUTING at my dad for years and he still can't hear it. He will be 56 this year and he is riddled with neuropathy and falling...It's sad. I am not glad that Paula Deen is diabetic, but with her name, history, and public following she has a REAL opportunity to make a BIG impact in the lives of people that are just like her. An opportunity to learn to give people similar flavors in a healthier package.

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  6. Christie - My father and two of his brothers all died of the complications of diabetes so I have seen what that disease can do. I really don't know what anyone can do. We have all the information we need to lessen the likelihood that we will become diabetic, lessen the severity if we are a diabetic, and be proactive about treatment. Maybe people would listen to her; she is a celebrity but look at how we eat and live knowing what we know. I hope you are doing all you can to control this. I am also sure you know what to do and I hope you are doing it. Be well.

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  7. I think this was a more balanced post than quite a lot of the others out there on this topic.

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  8. I am sorry to learn of her diabetes. All three of my brothers had diabetes and two died slow deaths due to complications from the disease. The release of the information regarding Paula's condition has created a firestorm. Many people continue to be diehard fans and others contend the timing is hinky and all about the money. Too many people are followers and have no self-control. Is she or all the other TV chefs responsible for another person's health? As a person who loves good food and tends to be a stress eater, I can have empathy for all those with "food issues". However, after watching "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", my husband and I have dramatically changed our eating habits and feel ever so much better. I wish Paula good health and hope she can accomplish that without medication.

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  9. Maren - thank you. It is so easy to be judgmental. We all do things that are self-destructive, and we all must live with the consequences of the choices we make. Her rich food may have contributed to the diabetes and she may have developed it anyway. Rich food certainly has contributed to my fat!!

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  10. Donna - I agree - we all have brains and know what we should be doing for good health. The public can turn on a celebrity pretty quickly. People in the public eye are easy targets for people with "issues" concerning food and health. I wonder how many people taking shots at Paula have poor eating habits themselves and just haven't experienced any consequences YET. Take care.

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  11. I wouldn't wish diabetes on anyone. And I am really sick of everyone wanting to "blame" someone for their shortcomings. I take responsibility for my actions, yes, including what I choose to put in my body. If you don't want to cook like Paula Deen, then don't. If you want to blame her for your diabetes, you'd better look in the mirror instead. At the end of the day, it's none of my business what Paula Deen's health problems are. Again, I am sorry for anyone with diabetes, but as you said, There but for the grace of God go I.

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  12. Jo - I have considered many times what I could have been and am not. It is within each of us to be really evil. Why aren't we? It's the grace of God. The choices we have made have brought us to now. With that said, our family history is also a contributor to what happens to us health-wise. We should have compassion for Paula Deen just as we would for anyone who is diagnosed with a terrible disease like diabetes.

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  13. I agree with everything you have written but - for me, it's a credibility issue. She probably damaged her health by eating a lot of the foods and recipes she was promoting. Then, she promotes a medicine that can help you restore your health back to some degree to what is was. Promoting (and presumably, profiting from) both of these is what bothers me.

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  14. Me - "she probably damaged her health" - you are starting with an assumption. I should be dead from binge eating then. I agree that the food she cooked on her show was very rich. We saw her take a bite at the end. Does anyone know about her meals on a day to day basis? She was too heavy like most of us. Do we really care if she promotes a product that is health related or do we think she just go be diabetic somewhere and take her lumps? Maybe she has learned a lesson and will make wiser choices in the future. I hope so. If she doesn't, she will die an early death. It will be her choice and all the money in the world will not save her if she doesn't take care of herself.

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  15. Thank you, thank you for doing such a great job of treating this story with fairness and decency!
    Goodness with all the nasty stories out there, those of us with trust issues can certainly see why Paula Deen was reluctant to share her personal information. According to statistics and genetics, I too should be a lot of things- 300 lbs., in jail, a drug addict, mentally ill, you name it. None of us are perfect and we all carry so much guilt for things that we cannot control or haven't done as well as we would have liked.
    I know way too many people who are downright mean and evil (who don't necessarily get sick or have bad things happen to them) and I, like you, can honestly tell that Paula Deen is NOT one of those people. She is a lovely woman who genuinely seems to have love for others and a talent for cooking with a sweet southern charm. She also may be learning, as many of us have had to in this life that sometimes our relationship with food is not the best. Who knows?! It is definitely not for me to say as her intentions were clearly never to hurt herself or anyone else.

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  16. I never watched Paula Dean, but think it's a real commentary on this world when people are gleeful some else has a disease.
    I agree with the post by Donna above about "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". I loved that documentary.

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  17. Yellow Rose - I love the way you can distill a story into the basics. Your insights and extensions of my topics are great. I think we should make things easier for others and want what's best for them. This is love.

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  18. Paul - I am going to try and find that documentary so that I can watch it myself. It evidently is an eye-opener that everyone with food/eating/weight problems would benefit from watching. I am enjoying the water challenge with you and the others. Any change in our "normal" is difficult but I am sure we will all benefit from being hydrated as we should be. Be well.

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