Paula Deen lost 30 pounds after revealing Type 2 diabetes diagnosis
Paula Deen has revealed her 30 pound weight loss, six months after revealing Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
"I do think differently now [about food]" Deen told People magazine. "I'm more aware."
The 65-year-old Food Network star told the weekly that she has swapped out her favorite high-fat Southern foods for a healthier menu, including Greek salads and baked fish. She also received daily injections of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.
"The architecture of my plate has changed," Deen continued. "I double up on greens - whether it's salad or vegetables - and my carbs are just a spoonful."
In the new issue, Deen reveals some of her new healthy recipes and the lifestyle changes she made since making a commitment to her health.
Deen, one of the most popular television chefs in the United States, made headlines in January when she announced on "The Today Show" that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago during a routine physical.
"God has given me a blessing," Deen told host Al Roker. "Because my mother and daddy died very young, and I feel so proud that I've lived long enough to be a part of the Baby Boomers and have to deal with something like this!"
Deen, who is known for her high-calorie recipes, also confirmed at the time that she is now a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, a healthcare firm that specializes in diabetes medication. The company also launched a "Diabetes in a New Light" website featuring videos and recipes by the Food Network star.
Deen made headlines in August after exchanging words with Anthony Bourdain, who called her "the worst, most dangerous person in America."
Bourdain told the food blog Eater on January 16 that since rumors of Deen's diagnosis popped up "people have been calling looking for quotes."
He said he takes "no pleasure" in the fact that Deen has diabetes but added, "When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 Diabetes...It's in bad taste if nothing else."
One of Deen's most famous recipes is the Lady's Brunch Burger, which consists of bacon and egg on a hamburger served in a glazed doughnut. Watch her make the dish in a video below.