Ask Dr. Veronica - To Paula Deen: About Man v. Food
As a doctor, I am always telling people to eat fruits and vegetables (these end up replacing sugar for the most part), move to sea salt, get excited about eating quality whole grains and turn to good fats like avocados, nuts or olive oil. I’m human though and of course there are times when I want to have some sugar. That’s when making the choice to have raw (turbinado) sugar or stevia makes sense. Sea salt naturally helps your release excess water — who needs water retention — AND it has higher mineral content. Quinoa is a food that is so undervalued yet it has amazing properties. Not only does it taste great, but it is high in protein so when you have pasta made from quinoa, you end up loading up on the healthiest of proteins while scaling back on all the white, processed junk from typical white flour or rice pasta. Good fats like those that come from coconut or olive oil, nuts and avocados actually taste better than lard, which should only be used as a skin moisturizer and not as a food, mind you.
Here’s what I have to say to Paula: We all love tasty food. In fact, I enjoy comfort food whenever I end up having it — probably once a year around Thanksgiving. But take it from someone that has a lot of color in her life; make the simple switch to natural products. You need to get out of that southern mentality at least when it comes to the ingredients in your delicious southern foods — and start infusing a LOT more color into them.
I feel bad that Paula is sitting on top of worldwide scrutiny after signing on with a drug company as their spokesperson almost days after revealing to the world she has diabetes. But how much of this is really her fault? What could be worse than having to share your personal plight with a totally preventable disease, than to have an international pharmaceutical company pounce all over you while only considering what’s in it for them? Shame on the selfish company Novo Nordisk (the maker of the diabetes drug Victoza) for taking advantage of Paula at a time like this!
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