Paula Deen Hawking Diabetes Meds – how convenient! #lowcarb #paleo #diabetes

Paula Deen is now working for and shilling for Novo Nordisk (Novo’s press release). Yup, she has openly admitted that she will be promoting the pharmaceutical companies product, Deen says. “Talking about money is garish. It’s tacky. But, of course, I’m been compensated for my time. That’s the way our world works.”


In my life I have found that only people with lots of money or no money can say that, I feel Paula is on the richer side of things. We don’t have to worry about  her son Bobby’s finances since three weeks before her revelation, “Deen’s son Bobby launched a new Cooking Channel show called “Not My Momma’s Meals,” featuring lighter versions of his mother’s dishes.”

Read more: Senator Grassley should investigate the money that pharmaceutical companies pay celebrities such as Paula Deen and push to have these payments made public just like pharma payments to physicians must be made public.

Deen claims to use Novo Nordisk’s Victoza, a once-daily, non-insulin injection that may improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes when used along with diet and exercise.

It also appears that Deen will NOT change her lifestyle — ie, eating habits — much to encourage PREVENTION of type 2 diabetes.

“Type 2 diabetes is like ‘Russian roulette’ when it comes to whom it’s going to strike, Deen says. ‘It’s about heredity. It’s about age, lifestyle, race. I’m the only one in my family who has it. My grandmother cooked and ate like I ate, and she didn’t have it.’

“Deen says she’s not going to change the focus of her cooking shows because of diabetes. ‘I suspect I’ll stick to my roots but will say a little louder, Eat this in moderation.'”

Novo Nordisk appears to be abandoning life style changes it has supported in the past or maybe it’s just exhibiting a form of PR-Marketing schizophrenia.

Just this past November on World Diabetes Day, for example, the company issued a press release in which it announced that it was a partner in the World Diabetes Day campaign and that it “has planned or co-sponsored a variety of activities throughout the world…[all of which] are focused on increasing awareness and improving knowledge of diabetes and its prevention” (see “Dramatic increase in diabetes prevalence calls for action“).

The two activities just do not fit together! The first (sponsoring World Diabetes Day) is a matter of public relations and the second (Paula Deen) is marketing’s turf — never the twain shall meet.

Novo and Paula have launched a new Website (registered for the first time on Dec-7-2011, followed by Deen’s press release) whose very name hints at the new emphasis: “Diabetes in a new light!™” (

Apparently, Novo Nordisk is more interested in helping people live with type 2 diabetes by treating it than it is in helping 26 million Americans prevent it.

Finding a new way to add walking to the day #paleo #primal #lowcarb

My actual career is in Graphic Design and like many of you who work in office settings, I sit A LOT.

I believe it was Mark Sisson who said he has a saying in his office,

“Sitting = Death”.

As much as I try to get up and walk around every 20-30 minutes I am stuck doing revisions and meeting deadlines and it just doesn’t work out.  I live on Long island here in NY and commute into Manhattan via the Long Island RailRoad so I decided to instead of looking for the closest spot to park I will choose the furthest ( I would walk TO the station but it is about 4 miles and I just don’t have the time to invest in that walk).  This adds an extra half mile walk in the morning and afternoon and it got me thinking – how else can I add walks to my day so I thought I would just throw some ideas into the blog and see what I can come up with.

1 – park far / walk far – it may add a few minutes to your commute but it’s worth it.

2 – Skip the escalator/elevator – again, this partially works for me but since I work on the 27th floor of an office building I don’t see doing this without being drenched and useless all day but if it is three flights or less, you have no excuse to take an elevator but the escalator skipping is a great way to get a few extra steps in.

3 – Drink a lot of water – your body will alert you when it is time to take a walk and there is no fighting it, not for very long anyway 🙂

4 – Buy a pair of comfortable shoes – it will encourage you to walk more

5 – We are converting to standing desks in my new office so this will give me the chance to just move around more and get off my tush

Tomorrow I am going to buy some more comfy shoes, I already drink a lot of water and you know the rest.  If I can fit an extra 1.5 miles in a day I am happy but any extra movement is done in the name of health.

Any other ideas or tips?

VIDEO – Almond Milk Will Traumatize Your Children? huh? #lowcarb

I love almond milk – I really do and because it has fiber and is low carb it really fits into my lifestyle.  Guess who DOESN’T like almond milk?  Check out their newest video


There are a lot of non-dairy milks out there: soy, rice, almond. While the National Milk Processor Board’s “got milk?” ads have never been factually accurate reflections of reality, their latest ad is more ridiculous than usual, implying that shaking almond milk is an arduous task, requiring about as much shaking as a can of paint.

Video – Making a crazy meat pizza! #lowcarb #paleo #epicmealtime #bacon

Epic Meal Time – the group of Canadian Jewish guys who create huge amounts of crazy food in ways only found in nightmares!  It isn’t uncommon for them to create an 84 Egg Sandwich or A bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig (seriously)  A main ingredient of theirs is often BACON STRIPS, and strips and strips and strips….anyway – in their most recent endevour they created the Meatzza – an all meat pizza – Take a look

WARNING – Rated PG – although the big swear words are bleeped they use what might be considered foul language to some.

I know a lot of this isn’t built for much of a Paleo or Low Carb lifestyle but I just thought I would share it.  I love the fact that they are very creative and always eat their food, no matter how questionable looking.  It reminds me of when I experiment in the kitchen and I know I want to make a crazy yummy quiche and come up with something, well, epic.