"I do think differently now," Deen told People about her food. "I'm more aware."
Deen dropped an impressive 30 pounds by trading in her favorite fare, like mashed potatoes, for healthier choices like Greek salads and baked fish.
"It took me a couple of years to get to this point," said Deen, who endured harsh criticism after announcing her diagnosis. "If you make a few small changes, they can add up to big results."
Look for the complete interview with Paula, including guilt-free recipes, in the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.
Chef Paula Deen is a changed woman. The Food Network star, who three years ago learned she had Type 2 diabetes, is eating right and slimming down.