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Paula Deen's Type 2 Diabetes is an Opportunity for Change

Updated on May 30, 2012

A New Leaf?

a new era: fresh veggies first
a new era: fresh veggies first | Source

Living with diabetes is tough. It requires knowing what you are eating and changing the way you think about food.

Celebrity chef, Paula Deen, has Type 2 Diabetes. Coming out publicly with this admission should give her a sense of relief, she no longer needs to hide her condition from the public. As a "star" however there will be many opinions and comments which support her and which try to knock her down.

I have read some of the reports and I have a different take on her future. I look at this as a great opportunity, not only for her loyal viewers but for the public in general. If the TV stations who have backed and supported her for all these years take a chance and roll the dice and if the corporations who own the food industry in North America allow a new path to unfold, it could be very empowering for the healthy, natural choices we are very rarely exposed to over the airwaves..

Good Food for Everyone

fresh and healthy
fresh and healthy | Source

An Audience Standing by ...

Because Paula already has a large audience and because if she wants to live with diabetes successfully, she is going to have to change her diet. Being a chef means she knows food and food combinations well enough to create a whole new diet plan. She can create a recipe line that highlights new, healthy food choices for not just surviving with diabetes but eating delicious foods that are full of flavor as well.

Paula should start a new TV series that focuses on recipes that everyone will love and not just those with diabetes. I'll bet she can come up with recipes that aren't sugar, carbohydrate and fat based that can get the population trying to eat healthier because it tastes good to do so - not just because it's the best way to eat.

Having said that I'd like to point out that diabetes affects a huge number of people especially in North America, and she could gain a whole new audience. It would be refreshing to watch a great chef focus on creating a line of delectable recipes that take into consideration the population that can't eat just whatever they want.

Put the Lime in the Coconut

coconut milk is a great addition to any diet
coconut milk is a great addition to any diet | Source

Here's another bonus. There is a huge part of the population in the US that is considered overweight. Paula's new food series could help massive numbers of people (pardon the pun) change they way way they eat. She could help lead North America into becoming conscious of what they put into their mouths - before they do; and she's an American too.

Jamie Oliver is on this path but Paula has an edge; she's already in the USA and has a following; she's in a place where she needs to reconsider her diet; and she's a great chef who understands food and the tastes that Americans love.

Paula has the talent and skill to create a line of products that are easy to make; so the fast food industry isn't first in line

So what do you say? I think this is a great way to change a bad situation into an opportunity that can affect and change the lives of so many others, it's a no brainer!

I hope the Food Network and other stations back a new venture in healthy food. Good luck Paula, I'll be watching ;O)


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    • eye say profile image

      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      Great idea Marc, I'm in complete agreement

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Great post! It would be great if all chefs that had one illness or another would write up small booklets (eBooks?) of recipes that are best for people suffering from the same ailment.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      laura I'm glad you agree, I like turning lemons into lemonade ... and I'll bet she can come up with some great lemonade recipes ...

      ps: I sent this hub to her publicist in hopes she actually seriously considers the option...

      I believe her career is just beginning not ending!

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      laurathegentleman 6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      I'm glad you wrote this - I've seen so many people who have been trashing her online because she did this to herself and "her career is over." I think she can turn this around! With a new focus, she can change her message and help others to learn to eat healthy. Butter in moderation only, Paula! I wish her luck! Thanks for sharing this great hub!