Paula Deen has been raked over the coals for sending mixed messages about health and nutrition, and her recent interview with the Miami Herald is no exception to the trend. The most memorable quotes? “Now, I’m eating normal, whatever normal is,” and “I still feel like a fat ass [...] I need a chin lift so bad,” are my top picks. And for once, these awkward admissions make me actually like the Queen of Southern Cuisine.
“I knew I couldn’t just talk the talk, I had to walk the walk,” Deen said. “I had to become responsible for myself before I could help anyone else.”
…and about why she’s still featuring unhealthy recipes on her show:
“It’s entertainment. I’ve never told somebody to eat fried chicken, biscuits and gravy every day,” Deen said. “I probably have worked in more light dishes, but I don’t know if people would tune in if I did nothing but salads.”
But in some pretty out-of-character moments, she also admitted that she “feels like a fat ass” and that she “is eating normal, whatever normal means.” Hallelujah! It sucks that she feels bad about her weight, and that she’s confused about what “normal” eating is…but it’s a lot more human than most of what she’s been saying on the topics, and it makes her a whole lot more relatable
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