Michelle Obama is All About Balance

22 Feb

Earlier in the week I came across a post about Mrs. Obama and her view on finding balance in your life. I really respect the first lady as someone who has plenty on her plate (no pun intended), yet handles herself with grace and dignity. She does not change or apologize for who she is, even if that means eating a healthy meal with a few french fries. Now that is my kind of lady and my kind of balance.

While I am all about eating healthy and exercise, I also like to enjoy myself. Life is too short.

Michelle Obama says balance is key

RODALE NEWS, WASHINGTON, DC—Though first lady Michelle Obama had gathered 10 of us reporters for lunch at the White House yesterday to mark the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity.

Mrs. Obama answered questions for about an hour. The discussion took place over a meal of very savory dishes that reflected healthy, but very flavorful, food that would make a healthy-eating convert out of almost anyone: we were served a salad of winter greens from the White House garden, a choice of pan-roasted rockfish or seared rack of lamb, and a key lime tart for dessert—all in suitably small portions.

One of the first questions was about the well-publicized White House menu for the Super Bowl, which included kielbasa, bratwurst, cheeseburgers, and deep-dish pizza. Was Mrs. Obama sending mixed messages?

Anyone who thinks that hasn’t really been listening. “My message has always been about balance,” she said. “That’s why I like to talk about my obsession with french fries.” She went on to explain her position: “If somebody came and said, ‘You can never have a hotdog or serve your child a slice of pizza,’ we’d never get a handle on this issue, because I think that’s sometimes how people feel—that it’s all or nothing. And that’s just not the case, and it’s not realistic.


Do you agree with Mrs. Obama? Is there room for a little treat or are you all about staying on track?


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