What's Cooking With Queen Of Southern Cuisine Paula Deen?

The queen of southern cuisine, Paula Deen knows how to cook up delicious meals.  The Food Network star has written more than a dozen cook books, has her own magazine, and restaurants.  Now she's taking on a tough challenge.  Deen was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  Paula Deen talked one-on-one with News With A Twist Reporter, Kenny Lopez.

"I didn't ask for this. I woke up one morning and I was handed a lemon.  I have tried to make lemonade out of it,"  Deen said.

65-year old, Deen is the new spokesperson for diabetes drugmaker, Novo Nordisk.

"My goal right now is to help myself and to help others."

Deen was in New Orleans last week for the National Medical Association Conference, where she did a cooking demonstration.

While in New Orleans she said one of her favorite restaurants is Deanie's Seafood.

"Their barbecued shrimp is the best I've ever put in my mouth.  Makes your tongue want to slap your brains out, honey," Deen said.  

Cutting out the foods you like completely isn't realistic according to Deen.  Instead she said, practice moderation.

"You have to be responsible for your choices.  For the first time in my adult life I am practicing moderation.  You don't have fried chicken three nights a week.  Instead have it twice a month,"  she said.

Deen isn't letting diabetes slow her down.  She's currently working with her sons, Jamie and Boby on making her famous southern recipes more diabetic-friendly.

"We are reformulating our favorite recipes.  We are taking out much of the fat and calories.  We are leaving the flavor."

She never wants her food to lose it's flavor.  She just wants to live healthier.

"I've lost 32 pounds.  I can now polish my toe nails,"  she jokingly said.

For more information on Paula Deen, and diabetic friendly recipes, log on to diabetesinanewlight.com.