Saturday, January 21, 2012

Paula Deen Should Eat more Oats!

Gasp! Paula Deen has Type II Diabetes! Are we all so shocked by this? Really? Ahhhh, the media really does know how to pour it on thick. They almost give her a criminal-like quality.

Paula, being the positive person she is, will turn this into another million dollar opportunity. So, don't feel sorry for her. She is a brilliant business woman who will turn this "tragedy" into a fortune. She has already teamed up with the pharmaceutical company, Nova Nordisk. It is just a matter of time until her new diabetic friendly cookbook comes out(if it hasn't already). And yes, I'll check it out. In fact, Paula, if you need a dietitian to colaborate with on this book, I am available.

The truth is that famous chefs and other TV food personalities seem to be regressing these days in terms of promoting healthy cooking. And we eat it up(literally). Do they feel any sense of responsibility? Last night, I watched the Cleveland celebrity chef on his newest TV show venture(won't mention names). So, he cooks smashed potatoes and deep fries them in bacon fat. Ok, I was already drooling. Some might say that he could have stopped there, but no. He went on to toss them in a spicy aioli(mayonnaise) sauce. No one can deny that
this stuff tastes good. Doesn't anything that is cooked in bacon fat?

Ok. I'm done bashing. It is a snowy morning in Cleveland so I want a warm bowl of oats(even though I didn't actually eat those potatoes, I am imagining them in my arteries).

Did you know that soluble oat fiber has blood sugar-lowering abilities? For those of you who want to know why, keep reading. The rest of you can skip the science mumbo jumbo and go down to the pictures.

Oatmeal has a huge amount of Magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor which interacts with certain enzymes involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion. Anyways, it is founds to be extremely helpful in lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics.

It is also very valuable in lowering cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal contains 3-4 grams of soluble fiber. If eaten daily, this will help to lower your bad cholesterol by 8-23%.

So Paula, eat your oats. She can probaly come up with all sorts of interesting ways to serve it up. I just hope she leaves out the bacon and butter. Here is my morning concoction.....


I cooked 1 cup of steel oats in 2 cups of 1% milk and 2 cups of water on low heat

for about 30 minutes.

I prefer dried fruit(especially dries apricots), but didn't have any on hand. So, I added some fresh chopped pear.

And apples....

and chopped walnuts....

Here we go! Not sure if Emeril feels the same, but this makes me "happy, happy".

Thanks to Tina( The Wellness War) for getting me blogging again this morning.


  1. Confession, I skipped the science part! But I loved your oatmeal. Great post by the way. She will be more than ok. It really chaps my ass that she kept it secret for 3 years, but I guess that was her choice.

  2. Hi Sue - I'm a fellow dietitian blogger working with Attune foods. I'd love to send you some of our nutritious cereal to sample but I couldn't find your email address on here. If you're interested, can you contact me at janel at attunefoods dot com ? Thanks!