Paula Deen is dishing up the details of how she shed 35 pounds. The celebrity chef says that she completely revamped her diet and lifestyle after a diabetes diagnosis, reported ABC News.
However, Deen is now admitting that she initially denied the news that she had the condition. Although her doctor was the one who informed her of the diagnosis, she refused to accept it.
“I didn’t believe the doctor,” confessed the 68-year-old.
So Paula waited a full six months before she returned to the physician’s office, where she received the same diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. It was only then that Deen decided it was time to change her love of sugary, buttery, high carbohydrate concoctions.
“At that point, I went home to my kitchen and I threw out everything that was white. White bread, white rice, white potatoes, white pasta. I did that for four months, y’all! Just four months and I lost 35 or 40 pounds.”
However, although she shed those 35 pounds and feels personally better, Deen still faces challenges professionally after several scandals that resulted in the loss of her cooking shows and paying endorsements, according to E News.
The controversy began two years ago when Paula was forced to confess that she used the N-word and racist epithets. Deen quickly added that she no longer used the N-word.
“[It’s] just not a word that we use as time has gone on,” said Deen.
In addition, she revealed that she had envisioned dressing waiters up to look like slaves. She said she thought that would be ideal for a wedding with an antebellum theme.
“Middle-aged black men…had on beautiful black jackets with a black bow tie,” she said of a restaurant that helped her come up with the immediately-slammed concept.
Her career began to crumble at that point. It started when Food Network cancelled her show, then endorsement deals such as her one with Smithfield Foods fell apart faster than a poorly cooked souffle.
Now Deen is picking up the pieces and trying to cook up a kitchen career comeback, as the Inquisitr reported. Paula’s new offerings include podcasts, entitled Get Cooking With Paula Deen. Carried on news talk as well as country radio stations, the podcasts will be complemented with a 30-minute show that airs weekly is called What’s Cooking with Paula Deen.
In addition, Deen has a new line of food products, such as “ooey gooey” butter cake mix, and even a new video game. The latter is called “Recipe Quest” and includes details about Paula’s career, fun with ingredients, and more.
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