Diabetes in a New Light

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Diabetes in a New Light

By Paula Deen

Hey y’all,

When I learned I had type 2 diabetes, I decided to approach managing the disease with the same positivity and “go get ‘em” attitude I have everyday. In the past, I’ve heard so many stories of people like me that let diabetes control their lives, but I didn’t want to let this slow me down. I wanted to take control and have a delicious time doing it.

So today, I want to bring a new light to type 2 diabetes.  I, along with Jamie and Bobby, are sharing with Americans an exciting new campaign called “Diabetes in a New Light.” It’s going to be a tasty journey, and I hope that y’all will come along with me.

Of course, I will continue to share my favorite Southern recipes, just like my mama, grandmother and family shared with me over the years. And now, I’ll be adding a little bit of a lighter touch to some of these wonderful dishes.  Visit www.diabetesinanewlight.com to join me!

I’m wishin’ y’all love and (lighter!) dishes, from my kitchen to yours,

Paula

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Paula, I have always watched your shows and been a fan of yours and your sons. I am also a Type 2 diabetic and have stated a ritual with a Diabetic Dietitian. These recipes can be of so much help to me. I will try them all and easy to count my carbs. Thank you for being YOU. I pray for you and your family. God Bless you. Sincerely, Dawn Gooch

By Dawn Gooch on March 15, 2014

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Paula, when I found out I had diabetes about two weeks ago, I was devastated but I wanted to face it head on! I knew if you could do this, I could too! My first question was "what do I eat?" I knew if I came looking on your website, I would find some answers. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your recipes with us all. I thought I was going to have to give up eggnog for the holidays and when I was browsing through the recipes, I saw the eggnog recipe, Thank you so much for helping us find our way through the food world!

By Karen Murphy on September 17, 2013

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I want to express my appreciation for not only what you are doing now, but also your past contributions of recipes representing the Southern traditions of women passing on to loved ones good flavors and hospitality. Thankfully, some traditions are fading and it's unfortunate that words and actions of the past are "forgotten" if said by some, accepted if said by people like themselves, but not of others such as you. Such hypocrisy! Yes, there are many recipes I can no longer eat as a type 2 diabetic. Surprisingly, some of your old recipes are great for me since I can eat butter and full fat cheese on my low carbohydrate diet, allowing me to lose weight and control my HbA1c, which I couldn't do on a low calorie low fat diet.

By Anonymous on August 29, 2013

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So glad I found you on the Internet. I will follow you where ever you go. I stand behind you 100 percent.. Hope to see you back on TV someday soon. You and your boys are a refreshing light. God Bless you all.

By Nancy Smith on July 17, 2013

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Thank you so very much for sharing your lighter recipes with us. We are on the same journey as you. God Bless You and Your family always. Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

By Anonymous on March 20, 2013

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Dear Paula, I am freshly engaged! Grew up on deep southern cooking love my grandma! 3 heart surgeries, diabetes, passed away at the yo g age of 53! My fiancé eats so horribly! Before I met him he only ate fast food and Chinese takeout!!! OMG! I luckily can cook! Although he does like to sneak the ice cream, tons of ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, and mayonnaise! Uuugh! Help! I'm really trying to prevent my soul mate and life long partner from diabetes! SOS Paula! Please help! By the way, I named my baby girl Savanna, no h, had to be different but want to visit with her!! Thank you Paula!! Soo much! Love from Napa! A loving daughter and fiancé!! Serene~

By Serene on March 04, 2013

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Paula, I am a fan, imagine. My mom, mamaw,& uncles had diabetes, suppose to skip a generation, right. Was dreading my girls would have to struggle with it...but in '98, I had a bout with pancreatitis & found out I had cancer. Ended up having the whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer & then was told I would be diabetic! Have been on metformin since, blood sugar ran 90 & I didn't really believe I had it. Then in 12/2011 was found with thyroid cancer, not a normal kind....& since then my sugar has been rising. I now need to eat really better & have finally come to your site. Know I will enjoy. Two of my friend & I visited Savannah before the last cancer, & had an absolutely WONDERFUL time, you literally should have been with us, & we ate at your place,& really enjoyed the folks there were exceptionally nice. Thanks

By Joy Carlisle on February 23, 2013

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Dear paula. I have just recently been told by my Dr. that my A1C is elevated, she has recommended that I can lower this by diet and exercise. So I have decided to join you in this journey of lerning how to control diabetes. I love your shows and can think of no other great person I would want to walk thru this journey with. Although I have only been diagnosed with pre diabetes, I know that if I don not take these steps now, it soon will be. So Here I go. Thank You so much for your positvity and great receipes!!!

By carol on February 23, 2013

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Dear Miss Paula, I have had Type 2 diabetes also. In 2011 I finally got mad enough that my sugar levels were not under control that I went to a diabetic doctor and he put me on Victoza and it did wonders. It was good that I got to stop taking it in 2013. It was year in taking it that numbers came down. I am still on oral meds but better. I even lost about 40lbs also. It is a lot of work and I am still working at it. But there is a lot of good food out there that we can eat and lose weight also. Keep up the good work you are doing. Jackie White

By Jackie White on February 02, 2013

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THANKS!I'M ON 4 PILLS AND 2 SHOTS PER DAY FOR RIGHT NOW, THE PANCREAS IS NOT WORKING RIGHT.ANY INFO: YOU CAN GIVE ME THAT WOULD HELP WOULD BE SO GREATFUL! AND PAULA YOU LOOK GREAT!! GOOD JOB ON THE NEW LIFESTYLE. TAMMY

By cherry on December 22, 2012

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Tony I'm sorry Paula didn't post your message ... it was an inspiration to me that you conquered Type2 diabetes with recognition and health. I hope the rest of the system administrators understand the production issues. It's all true. KISS / love you.

By Carol on December 22, 2012

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In hindsight, I know disparate Type2 symptoms crept up on me from at least 2003 to my diagnosis May 20th 2009 in the E.R. with a glucose of 720 A1C 14! It wasn't until everything was consistently bad I knew I was really sick: blurry vision, fatigue, EXTREME thirst, ketosis, peeing all the time and little cuts wouldn't heal. All this put together, I consulted the internet and got a perfect bullet list, went to the store, got a meter and it gave an ERROR code four times, and the limit of the meter was 500. I went to the E.R. / stayed for 5 days on drip. Out of the hospital: 1000 Metformin and Novilin 70/30 twice a day. My weight was about 260. I went CRAZY; it was a total over prescription. I wound up shaking in the middle of Office Depot trying to eat a KitKat. I did research and found that this is a highly individualistic condition, not a "prescription". I dont' want to hear anyone WHINING about Type2. I took things into my own hands and did this: Eliminated virtually all refined sugar, examined product packaging for carb amounts and types, turnned to "snacking" and not "three meals", eliminated saturated meats and went basically vegetarian, limited "white food" in portions, got on the treadmill, and eliminated the Metformin, and reduced insulin as I tested once a day on a fast. MY NEXT A1C was 4.7! In about 7 months I lost 60 Lbs. I know I'm smart from a chemistry background, but this common sense. Drugs are not the answer, and under normal circumstances a majority of "SICK" people who just wanna be considered with pity can reverse the Type2 diabetes. At 42 years old, it was common sense for me... good luck.

By Tony on December 22, 2012

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Was so disappointed with some of your diabetes-friendly recipes - why don't they contain more FRESH vegetables, rather than frozen?

By leilani on December 21, 2012

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HEY PAULA I HAVE TYPE 1 I HAVE A BAD PANCREAS. HAD SURGERY ON IT THIS YEAR, SO NOW I HAVE DIABETES CANNOT EAT SUGAR FREE THINGS ALSO CANNOT USE ANYTHING BUT REAL SUGAR THE OTHER THINGS DO NOT AGREE WITH ME. HAVING A HARD TIME WITH THIS SWEET PROBLEM AND THIS EATING PATTERN FOR DIABETES. PLEASE GIVE ME SOME IDEAS THANKS!I'M ON 4 PILLS AND 2 SHOTS PER DAY FOR RIGHT NOW, THE PANCREAS IS NOT WORKING RIGHT.ANY INFO: YOU CAN GIVE ME THAT WOULD HELP WOULD BE SO GREATFUL! AND PAULA YOU LOOK GREAT!! GOOD JOB ON THE NEW LIFESTYLE. TAMMY

By TAMMY on October 23, 2012

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Paula, you have type 2, well I have had type 1 since I was 13 and have had several issues over the past few years with my health. I guess being 46 this disease takes its toll. But that is nit why I am writting. What about making some receipes for those who are Insulin Dependent like me, I am on Insulin Pump Therapy. Like a gret receipe for veggie Lazangna that even my 13 yr old twin girls would eat. Good and healthy for the whole family, but benificial to me. I love what you have done for type 2, can those receipes be used for us as well? Just a thought!! like sugar free cookies that taste sweet and are good for us, cakes as well. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you. Call me anytime [phone number removed by admin]!! Sincerely, Lisa Hicks, desperate for good food good for type 1!!

By Lisa Hicks on July 24, 2012

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Dear Paula Thank you for inspiring me with new ideas and recipes. I have had type 2 diabetes for years and just recently it has gone off the charts. I am also a cancer survivor. Watching my diet for sugar and cancer is very difficult and thanks to your help and recipes I feel I can manage it plus feed my family at the same time. Thank you again, you are an inspiration and I just love watching you..it reminds me of family that live in the south..you always bring me home. Eileen xoxox

By Eileen Gipson-Davis on July 17, 2012

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Just read your article in People Magazine and copied your recipes. hope you come out with a diabetic cookbook. I was diagnoised with type II diabetes 2 years ago and am having a hard accepting it. I can say the word but don't believe thats me. Now after reading your article I think I can grasp the fact that yes I am a diabetic and need to change my diet. I currently weigh 239 lbs and hoping to start losing weight. You are my inspiration. Thank you Paula for making me see the light. Trudy Warnke

By trudy warnke on June 30, 2012

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I just love the lighter recipes u are doing. My son is a type 1 diabetic and has been since 2001. Are u gonna put out a cookbook on your lighter recipes? I just love watching your show and also I like Bobbys show. Someday I'm gonna make it to your restaurant. Take care and keep up the good work, your are looking good.

By Janet Runyon on June 06, 2012

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Wanted to sign up for this but is it only available in the States?

By Carol Williams on June 05, 2012

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Would like to have the receipes on this site and bobby's lighter sides sent out on a regular bases (daily) like the lighter versions. THANK YOU Paula, for having the courage to wrap your head around this disease and rise up!

By darla marcus on June 03, 2012

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