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

(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.

Paula Deen promotes the new book 'Paula's Southern Cooking Bible' at Bookends Bookstore on October 12, 2011 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Paula Deen promotes the new book 'Paula's Southern Cooking Bible' at Bookends Bookstore on October 12, 2011 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.   (Getty Images)
Paula Deen re-enacts the Michele Bachmann 'Newsweek' cover while holding her 'People' cover.
Paula Deen re-enacts the Michele Bachmann 'Newsweek' cover while holding her 'People' cover.   (Facebook)
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