Unfortunately it came as no surprised to most Americans that Paula Deen has diabetes.
As a southerner, Paula Deen’s cooking brings us back to our roots of Sunday pot lucks, cakes, cornbread, fried chicken, barbeque, sweet tea and fatback in overcooked greens. Growing up in a southern beach retirement area, I know this cooking well.
My first day in elementary school was a total freakout because all my friends were Paula Deen’s age or older. Little people at school were a new experience.
At 5 years of age, I only knew how to sit in rocking chairs on wraparound porches and talk about the “good old days” while being pampered by southern cooking.
Paula Deen is like many sweet southern women who pile extra helpings on your plate to show their hospitality. It is really hard to resist because the food is prepared with love and served with a smile. These southern grandma’s will literally love you to death.
On her cooking shows, Paula Deen always laughed at the calories, sugar and fat but we all knew that one day her cooking would come back to haunt her.
In many ways, she will do us all a favor if she learns to cook healthy southern foods. With a Food Network poster child for diabetes, many news stations are running “how to prevent diabetes” stories. This is where walking comes in.
Prevention Magazine on ABC News website reports a Finnish study where people who exercised up to 4 hours a week or 35 minutes a day reduced their risk of diabetes by 80%.
Prevention Magazine encourages people to walk every day as much as possible. According to Prevention, walking will help your body more efficiently utilize the hormone insulin.
Regular walking will increase the number of insulin receptors in your cells thus allowing blood sugar to convert to energy and nutrition. Without these insulin receptors, your blood sugar will stay in your bloodstream and cause health problems.
In the south, we are experiencing an unseasonably warm winter. You can experience southern hospitality without the calories by meeting your neighbors on your walks. So move away from the fixin’s and start walking to prevent diabetes.