By Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist
If you’ve been following the news lately, I’m sure you’ve seen that celebrity chef Paula Deen (known for her notoriously unhealthy dishes) has announced that she has type 2 diabetes, and has known about her condition for at least 3 years, while continuing to promote her unhealthy recipes on her show.
She’s been taking some serious heat in the media for all of the sudden partnering with a pharmaceutical company that sells diabetes drugs as opposed to her promoting a healthy lifestyle instead.
I’m always amazed that type 2 diabetics decide to take dangerous drugs as opposed to just changing their eating habits and lifestyle. Remember that type 2 diabetes is 100% reversible simply by eating a very healthy low carbohydrate nutrition plan and exercising regularly.
I couldn’t help but catch part of Ms Deen’s show the other day where she said they’ll be trying to show how to modify some of her recipes to be better for diabetics. The problem is that they seem to be clueless on what changes you actually need to make for a diabetic.
First of all, I think it’s ridiculous that she tried to blame her type 2 diabetes on “genetics”… sorry, but humans aren’t programmed to get type 2 diabetes, and even if you have family history of type 2 diabetes, eating right and avoiding excessive carbohydrates will prevent it 100% of the time … people get type 2 diabetes by abusing the blood sugar regulation system in their bodies for years and years with excessive amounts of carbohydrates, particularly too much sugars, corn syrup, and refined grains.
Ok, so back to why their modifications for a diabetic made no sense…
One of the things that they kept saying on the show was how they could reduce the butter, sugar, or egg yolks in a recipe. Now you can see how confused they are about nutrition… Reducing the sugar is a good thing, but what does butter or egg yolks have to do with type 2 diabetes? In fact, NOTHING at all!
Type 2 diabetes is COMPLETELY about excessive carbohydrates throughout one’s life… not dietary fat or cholesterol. So why did they keep talking about reducing the butter and egg yolks in recipes? Just shows how most of society is confused about nutrition.
In fact, the butter and egg yolks in a baked product are in most cases the healthiest part of that product, while the sugar and flour are the ingredients that CAUSE diabetes! You can read this article to see more of the health benefits of grass-fed butter.
And as you can see, the Deen crew obviously hasn’t been reading my newsletters, so they don’t understand that egg yolks are actually the healthiest part of the egg!
The point here is that reducing the sugar and refined carbohydrates is what she really needs to do to reverse her diabetes…not reducing butter or egg yolks!
In fact, I think Paula could easily reverse her type 2 diabetes in as little as 6 months by simply eating more healthy fats, more proteins, and less carbohydrates, while getting all of her carbs from veggies instead of grains and sugars. Add some healthy spices like cinnamon too which are known to help control blood sugar… and throw in some reasonably intense exercise along with that reduced carb nutrition plan, and she’d be good to go!
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