Michelle Obama tells the upcoming issue of Ladies’ Home Journal that she’s working hard to get vegetables on kids’ plates, including those of her own daughters.
“My mom swears I am much more strict than she was,” says the First Lady. “Yeah, she tends to spoil the girls a little bit more. But she believes in not sending mixed messages. That’s something families have to think about: making sure both parents are on the same page. If one adult is putting vegetables on the plate and the other’s saying, ‘you don’t have to eat them’ — it’s difficult.”
As for her own diet? Mrs. O says she turns to the occasional cleanse: “Recently, I was on a sort of cleanse and I was just eating vegetables. Cleanses are good for a short period of time. I can’t live my life on a cleanse. But they help me clean out my palate. Because when you start adding things like sugars into your diet, you start craving them. And the more you eat, the more you crave. So, maybe I’ll do a cleanse for two days. It isn’t a way of life, because I like food too much.”
A few more highlights from the interview:
Michelle on beets: “I am a believer there is a beet gene. Peope who love beets love them and people who hate beets can’t stand them. Neither the President nor I have the beet gene. And there are a lot of healthy things my kids don’t like. But our rule is, ‘you’ve got to finish your vegetables.’ And if somebody says, ‘I’m full,’ then it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re full when you’re done. But you have to finish your vegetables, and don’t ask for dessert.”
Michelle on just how strict is strict: “My girls can’t watch TV during the school week. And generally they have limited time over the weekend. During the school week they can only use the computer if it’s for school work.”