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Paula Deen and the mañana diet

(Bonnie Taub-Dix, USA Today) Seeing this photo of Paula Deen devouring a cheeseburger after recently announcing she has type 2 diabetes, it seems like the food celebrity has decided to embark upon a diet I know well. Many Americans religiously adhere to it: The Mañana Diet .
If you haven't heard of it, it's easy to follow. Here are the rules:
Eat whatever you'd like in whatever portions you choose. Be sure to include lots of butter and sugar in your recipes.
Gain weight.
Go to your doctor who will measure your blood sugar levels and determine you have diabetes.
Feel disappointed and upset about receiving the diagnosis. (Even if you remember that a member of your family has diabetes too.)
Tell or don't tell other people about your diagnosis.
Understand that you have to make some sort of changes, even if subtle, to your current eating habits and you might even have to add some exercise into your day.
And, finally, feel like this is all too much to deal with, and wait until tomorrow (aka "mañana") to start to take care of yourself…
In all fairness, if you have diabetes it doesn't mean you're not "allowed" to enjoy a burger and fries -- especially on vacation. One's diet should be based upon balance, not deprivation, and the focus should be on the wide array of foods that should be added to your day, not just those that should be taken away…
As I discussed in my interview with The Daily earlier this week, celebrity chefs how have an opportunity to take the plate and run with it! At this time, when the majority of citizens of this country are overweight or obese, and diabetes has affected our children in epidemic proportions, we need all chefs to join in and show viewers how easy it can be to set a place at the table for food that is both delicious and nutritious.
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