My life changed dramatically this past year when I announced to the world that I have Type 2 diabetes. But really, my life changed long before that when my doctors first gave me the terrifying news. It was at that moment that I was faced with a choice to make some important changes, or risk leavin’ this wonderful life far too soon. Y’all, the choice was easy—and it turns out the changes haven’t been as hard as I imagined because I’ve been taking it at a turtle’s pace: slow and steady.
It’s paid off. I’ve rearranged my plate, makin’ more room for the foods that are good for me. I still treat myself to the occasional “comfort food” I grew up with, but more often than not, I enjoy a big salad for dinner and chase it down with a leisurely walk. I plan ahead and make sure my kitchen is always stocked with fresh-picked fruits and vegetables that are within reach. I’m not moving mountains or partin’ seas, but these moderate changes to my life have made such a positive difference on my health, my waistline and my spirit.
And I hope you’ll make them, too. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel isolated and alone. I know I sure did. But I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone. Over 25 million Americans are living with this disease. And I’m here to help. To celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month, I’m going to be posting daily tips and facts to my Twitter and Facebook so that we can fight this disease together.
Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm