June 27, 2012 03:00 PM by Katya Gordeeva
Ever since Paula Deen revealed her battle with type 2 diabetes earlier this year, she has been working very hard to get her health back. She has even lost 30 pounds since January. We’re guessing she hasn’t been eating any of the high-calorie Southern dishes she has created on the Food Network! Read on to find out how she lost weight.
Instead of eating fattening burgers, potatoes and doughnuts, Paula fills her shopping cart with broccoli, fruit and other healthy foods. “The architecture of my plate has changed,” Paula said. “I double up on greens — whether it’s salad or vegetables — and my carbs are just a spoonful.”
Although Paula eats a lot better now, she still allows herself to indulge once in awhile. She lets herself eat whatever she wants once a week so that she avoids feeling deprived. She also hasn’t completely given up her favorite food, fried chicken, which she now only eats once a month.
Paula also credits exercise for her weight loss. She walks 30 minutes every day but isn’t crazy about it. “I heard that exercise is addictive,” she said to People. “So far, it’s not like cigarettes.”
Her weight loss journey, however, is not over; the Southern chef wants to lose another 15 pounds. But she did admit to feeling a lot better about herself. “I have more energy. I sleep better. The weight loss has made my health issues better,” she said.
We’re glad to hear Paula is doing everything she can to improve her health. She certainly has a lot of willpower, considering she is around fattening food all the time. What do you all think about Paula’s weight loss? Are you proud of her for taking better care of herself?
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