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Your Actions and Words

Paula Deen, who creates high-fat, high-calorie recipes, is eating less of her own creations these days. That’s because she has diabetes, a fact she never mentioned for years while serving up yummy but artery-clogging items.

“I’ve always said, ‘Practice moderation, y’all.’ I’ll probably say that a little louder now,” Deen said Tuesday after revealing her diagnosis on NBC’s “Today” show. “You can have diabetes and have a piece of cake. You cannot have diabetes and eat a whole cake.”

Regardless of Dean’s explanation, some of her colleagues, and no doubt some of her viewers, are seeing a difference between her line of work and the effect it can have on health.

“When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 diabetes … it’s in bad taste if nothing else,” Chef Anthony Bourdain told Eater.com.

Deen’s situation is a perfect example of what can happen to a leader who offers a mixed message.

As the saying goes, “Your actions speak so loudly that I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”

David Alexander, author of Corporate Crime Watch, lays it out beautifully in this article. It shows, among other things, that the theme of words vs. actions applies to all areas of life: business, sports, cooking, you name it.

Mohandas Gandhi said: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

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