02:06 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 01/25/2013 05:35PM
Still trying to keep that New Year's resolution about eating healthier? Take a page from Paula Deen's revamped diet and turn veggies into a special treat.
Instead of indulging in French fries, the Southern chef developed a recipe for zucchini fries that's just 60 calories a serving – and diabetes-friendly. "Fresh veggies are a Southern staple and these are mighty good!," raves Deen, who revealed she suffers from Type 2 diabetes a year ago.
So your taste buds and your waistline will be happy.
Originally posted 01/25/2013 01:55PM
When Paula Deen finally stopped living in denial about having type 2 diabetes at the end of 2011, she cut down on carbs, cut back on portions-, doubled up on greens and dropped 40 lbs. Her family followed suit.
First, son Jamie, a dad of two, lost 45 lbs. by "eating like a 6-year-old," he says. "Six-year-olds eat the right portion sizes!" Next, Paula's 300-lb. husband, Michael Groover, faced a choice: schedule knee replacement surgery or lose weight. Because "I'm not fond of knives," he says, he shed 60 lbs. on a strict, doctor-supervised regimen.
Originally posted 01/23/2013 07:45AM
Paula Deen is the first one to admit: "When I first found out I was diabetic, I had no solutions. I couldn’t even help myself, much less somebody else."
Now – one year after she announced her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis to a mix of criticism and support – Deen is not only showcasing how she trimmed off 40 lbs.
In this week's issue, the 66-year-old Food Network star invited PEOPLE into her Savannah home to share how her family members adopted different weight loss strategies and lost an astounding 178 lbs. total.
Originally posted 10/13/2012 04:00PM
A who's-who from your foodie fantasy – you know, the one in which Rachael Ray, Mario Batali and Ted Allen take over your kitchen for the night and cook dinner – are bringing their culinary chops, recipes and all, to New York City for the 2012 Wine & Food Festival.
Also among the celebrity chefs laying on the flavor: Bobby, Jamie and Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee and Bobby Flay.
But if you can't make it to the festival, which ends Sunday, get a taste of the celebration with these recipes straight from the city.
Originally posted 07/01/2012 07:20PM
Paula Deen's surprising new food revelations continue!
Her latest obsession? "I am hooked on smoothies," she tells PEOPLE. "I'd just as soon have that as a milkshake."
The queen of comfort cooking has changed the way she eats since coming to terms with her diabetes diagnosis and dropping 30 pounds.
One of her last challenges was learning the importance of having a healthy morning meal. "I was bad about missing breakfast," admits the Food Network star, 65. "I always felt like if I start the day eating, I'm going to finish off the day eating."
Originally posted 06/28/2012 01:30PM
Now that Paula Deen has dropped from a size 18 to a size 10, the celebrity chef has an entirely new outlook on life.
"She's really trying to make a fresh start for herself and for her family," says PEOPLE Senior Editor Michelle Tan of this week's cover subject. "We discovered a whole new Paula Deen. She was really devoted to living a healthier lifestyle."
Deen, who admitted she had Type 2 Diabetes in January, was first "in complete denial" about her condition, Tan explains, adding that Deen "didn't think it was a big problem and she [thought she] didn't have anything to fix about her diet."
Originally posted 06/27/2012 08:00AM
Paula Deen knew it was time for a change.
Nearly six months after announcing she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the Food Network star, 65, opened up her Savannah home – and fridge – to PEOPLE, and revealed how she devised a slim-down strategy that has worked for her.
"I do think differently now" about food, Deen says in this week's cover story. "I'm more aware."
So instead of regular meals with her favorite trigger foods (so long, mashed potatoes), the Southern chef has developed a new-found love for Greek salads and baked fish.
Originally posted 06/26/2012 04:00PM
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Originally posted 03/06/2012 08:40PM
Paula Deen is fighting back against a lawsuit filed on Monday by a former employee of a restaurant she co-owns with her brother.
Lisa Jackson – who worked for five years as the general manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Ga. – claims in legal papers that she was regularly subjected to sexual harassment by Deen's brother Earl W. "Bubba" Hiers and that Deen, 66, made racist comments.
In a statement released Tuesday, Deen's attorneys at law firm Oliver Maner refute the allegations made in Jackson's filing, saying in a statement, "We investigated those claims and attempted unsuccessfully to address those claims with her."
Originally posted 03/06/2012 09:40AM
Paula Deen and her brother Earl W. "Bubba" Hiers are being sued by a former general manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant they co-own.
Lisa Jackson – who worked as general manager at the Savannah, Ga., eatery for five years – alleges in court documents filed Monday in the Superior Court of Chatham County, that she was subjected to sexual harassment and violent behavior by Hiers.
The documents claim that Hiers's "conduct was even physically threatening and universally humiliating," adding, "The staff ... lived in fear of Bubba Hiers."
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