Many of us are bashing Paula Deen for her diet choices, raking Mitt Romney over the coals for acting like every other politician, or clamoring over reasons why Jillian Michaels decided to leave The Doctors. You might be shaking your head if you are one of the rare Americans who doesn’t really care who has diabetes, or who lied to the media, or who is keeping their personal decisions private. But, according to scientists from the University of California in Berkeley, gossip may be good for our health.
Gossip is defined as idle talk or rumor about the personal or private affairs of others. Gossip is also referred to as tattling or reporting someone who was caught in the act of doing something wrong. Often times we tell ourselves to leave it be, because our grandmother told us that if we don’t have anything nice to say about others we should just not say anything at all.
The scientists of UC Berkeley set up several trials with volunteers to test the mental and physical effects of gossiping. Subjects were asked to watch two people playing a game, one of which who cheated. Subjects then had the decision to either let the next player know he or she was going to be playing with a cheater, or just let it pass. Results indicated that voicing the incidence of wrongdoings by others actually made them feel better by lowering their heart rates and calming their anxiety about the matter.
Food Network star Paula Deen announced today that she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about three years ago, confirming rumors.
“I had to figure things out in my own head,” Deen said on the Today show. “I could have walked out and said, ‘Hey y’all, I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes’ and walked away. I had nothing to give.” Now, however, Deen has partnered with the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, to create a program called “Diabetes in a New Light.” She manages her diabetes with daily injections of Victoza, made by Novo Nordisk, and has also made lifestyle changes such as cutting back on sweet tea.
Deen wants her fans to know that diabetes isn’t a “death sentence,” and is using Diabetes in a New light to share diabetic recipes and advice. Deen’s sons, Bobby and Jamie are also working on the project, and the materials have been reviewed by the American Dietetic Association. The team will be traveling around the country to demonstrate the new lighter recipes.
UPDATE 1/18/12: Paula Deen confirms on Today Show that she has type 2 diabetes, and has for three years. She says the disease “is not a death sentence,” and is partnering with Diabetes in a New Light. She told Al Roker she’s “always encouraged moderation” when it comes to her cooking.
Cooking celebrity Paula Deen may be known for her high-calorie, butter-laden Southern cooking but she has alluded to health struggles in the past. Today, The Daily reported that the Food Network star, cookbook author and restauranteur famous for her 1500-calorie donut burger is about to reveal that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a condition often associated with fatty foods and obesity.
The Georgia-born chef, who was once a single mother struggling to make ends meet has reportedly signed a multimillion dollar deal with Novartis to endorse the drug that she is taking to help control her condition.
Deen has faced past criticism, reportedly even from First Lady Michelle Obama, for her the high amounts of fat, salt and sugar in her dishes. Now that Deen has been diagnosed with a condition largely controlled by diet and exercise, sources are wondering whether her platform will change.
There is rumor of a food fight going on between Michelle Obama and famed southern cook Paula Deen. Paula Deen is known for her indulgent recipes and fondness for butter, among other ingredients that aren’t so healthy. Paula is touring and promoting her latest cookbook Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible which encourages purchasing a deep fryer.
On the other side of the food spectrum, First Lady Michelle Obama is promoting her new cookbook American Grown, which advocates eating home grown vegetables. The feud is rumored to revolve around Michelle’s appearance on the show Paula’s Party in 2008 before President Obama was elected, and before Michelle launched her healthy eating initiative. Supposedly, Paula has been pointing out Michelle’s unhealthy eating habits in interviews while on her book tour, which has many people calling foul.
In one interview, Paula is quoted saying, “She’s no different than the rest of us. She probably ate more than any guest I ever had on the show! She kept eating even during the commercials. Know what (the Obamas’) favorite foods are? Hot wings. Y’know – those kinds of foods that aren’t necessarily top-of-the-list healthy foods.”
Tune in Tuesday, October 11, 2011 for Paula Deen on Dr. Oz.
Famous for never going light on butter and deep frying, the southern cooking extraordinaire will show viewers how to make her favorite meals for half the fat and calories. Most of Deen’s recipes are not exactly healthy, so be sure to learn how to enjoy the flavor without the guilt.
Deen also shares with Dr. Oz the health struggles she has battled and fought to overcome. Be sure to catch this fun and emotional episode.