In the latest issue of Cooking Light, editor Hunter Lewis got Michelle Obama talking about food, family and more. Not only is Mrs. Obama the featured interview, she’s the first person to appear on Cooking Light’s cover in its 28-year history. Not bad.
Below are some highlights from Lewis’ talk with Mrs. Obama. You can check out the entire piece here. It’s a fun read, especially for the few moments of candor from the First Lady.
On when she realized she needed to prioritize healthy eating:
So I was in school. I had a career. By the time my kids were born, that’s when I started focusing on, How do I feed them? With those sort of limited skills, sometimes I would use processed food a little bit more. I relied on takeout probably more than I should’ve. And my kids were always active. But our pediatrician—you go to the well-child visits and they do the height, the weight, they measure BMI. Our pediatrician would chart it across a curve. And there was one appointment where he looked at the numbers and he said, ‘Something is a little off.’ And that was the first time I even thought that I might be doing something wrong. I thought I had it all together.
On dinner at The White House:
We’ve found that we’ve been able to have dinner… almost every night together, between 6:30 and 7. We have a bigger table and somebody else is doing the cooking, but the conversation and the mood and the tone are still the same. It’s our most important time of the day.
On her mother’s cooking:
She was famous for her lemon chicken, and that was a good Sunday dish. There was always the sad and unfortunate liver Wednesdays … weekends were more fun … fish on Friday, and maybe once a week we’d do takeout, get pizza. But there was a pattern to what we ate. They were familiar flavors … we would sit around the table with the plastic tablecloth, and that’s when we would catch up and we’d talk about what we were eating, talk about what was going on in the day.