|The cornbread I missed out on =/|
|The salad I had plenty of for dinner =]|
Now, before I go any further, I wanted to bring up a subject of much controversy. (PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST BEFORE MAKING JUDGMENTS, THANKS!!) Yes, the recent announcement Paula Deen made on day time television about her Diabetes. I am not saying what she did was right, or wrong, all I have to say is, who are we to judge? Yes she waited three years to come forward about it, but you have to remember the woman suffered from agoraphobia and severe depression. I can't imagine what she must have been thinking, perhaps she felt embarrassed or concern towards what others would think, what they would say, how it would affect her business endeavors. Sure Anthony Bourdain made a point on twitter about getting into the leg breaking business to profit from selling crutches or what not, but I highly doubt her purpose was to willingly give others diabetes. Her food is buttered, battered, deep fried, refried, etc, obviously it's not the kind of food to devour on a daily basis and Mrs. Deen pointed out before, it's also about moderation.
Now I might get a lot of crap for "defending" Paula Deen, but the only reason I felt the need to come forward is really in defense of her mental state. Any life changing diagnosis can trigger symptoms of mental illness, maybe she needed some time to let it sink in, get her things together and sure, sign an endorsement with the pharmaceutical company, but do we really know what goes on in the mind of someone like Paula Deen?
|Homemade whipped cream, yup missed out on that too =]|
Some people are outraged that she won't admit she was wrong, umm, I think it's pretty obvious she already knows that. Why don't we back off, and let Mrs. Deen and her physicians figure out what is best for her. I don't personally know her, nor have I been a fan of her program or cooking techniques (although I did once review Lady & Sons in GA), I don't feel the need to gloat and rub it in someones face when they are diagnosed with a life threatening illness, even if they did bring it upon themselves, they're still human, capable of making mistakes, and hopefully learning from them.
Changing my eating habits, lifestyle and exercise routine have immensely helped my moods. I am not on medication, I am not seeing a therapist but my physician suggested I exercise and eat right to prevent getting diabetes and heart disease. I listened and have successfully lost 13 lbs since last month. I feel as though I have a new lease on life, perhaps Mrs. Deen can find peace in her heart and home, and take this diagnosis as a wake up call to hopefully change her life for the better.
|My big sister Claudia, & my nephew Bryan =]|
Like Colin Quinn said in his stand up, the world has the atmosphere of a bar at last call. Everyone is on edge and waiting to pounce on the next media victim. Does it make us feel better about ourselves to put others down, just because they're celebrities or TV food personalities? Tweeting that they're the lowest form of human beings on the planet? How about we get a life, learn from HER mistakes, and not allow our loved ones to fall into the same trap. Let's take this as a lesson we can ALL learn from, support one another instead of waiting for the next media victim to attack. I know we enjoy mouthing the words, I told you so, most of the people who have insulted Mrs. Deen are people who have been against her since the very beginning (not that I have any problem with Mr. Bourdain, he's my hero!). But, can't we all just move on and play nice?
*Photos were from a family dinner last weekend
With that being said, let's move on to a brighter topic, Blog Awards!
Tina over at Pinay in Texas, was super awesome enough to award my humble little blog with the Fabulous Blog Award! Whoo hoo! Now it's my turn to pass it on to 5 food bloggers who truly have fabulous blogs. Don't forget stop by Tina's lovely food blog and say hi!
Nicole @ Bake Me Blush
Kiri @ Healthy Foodie Travels
Sarah @ Pearl and Pine
Jen @ The Three Little Piglets
Amy @ Fragrant Vanilla Cake
Congratulations to all the food blog award recipients! Please feel free to pass on this award to your favorite fabulous food blogs too ladies! =]
Come back tomorrow for a GUILT FREE and incredibly delicious Beef Stew! =]