Paula Deen Discovers the Miracle of Salad
Eschews lard, drops 30 pounds, but still
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
Paula Deen promotes the new book 'Paula's Southern Cooking Bible' at Bookends Bookstore on October 12, 2011 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Perhaps this will help you to associate her name with hope, rather than butter: Paula Deen is down 30 pounds, six months after her diabetes announcement and nearly three years after her actual diagnosis. How did she do it? By going heavier on the Greek salads and (baked! not fried!) fish instead of mashed potatoes, she tells People. "I do think differently [about food] now," Deen says. "I'm more aware." Check People to see her new look. A most amusing side note: Right before tweeting about that People cover, Deen tweeted a recipe for the decidedly-non-leafy-and-extra-bacon-y Big Mike Burger.

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