Michelle, our belle

12 Mar

Found in The New York Times:

Michelle Obama’s Agenda Includes Healthful Eating

By RACHEL L. SWARNS

Published: March 11, 2009

In her first weeks in the White House, Michelle Obama has emerged as a champion of healthy food and healthy living.

It’s impressive how our First Lady Michelle, America’s belle (couldn’t resist), is tackling the nation’s health. Her message to all of us is simple: live healthy by eating in moderation and being active. At a time fraught with vicissitudes, it might seem rather shallow to think about our waistline when truth to the matter is that physical health correlates to mental health. According to the 1996 US Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, being active can lead to better mental health (1996 does sound outdated, but the report still holds true). More than ever, we must think about taking care of our physical health. Countless studies tell us that the benefits are enormous: increased energy, more “positive” moods, more self-esteem, etc. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that all-over good feeling?

What I like most about our First Lady’s message is that health isn’t about eschewing meat from one’s diet or eating only a particular food group but by eating in moderation (“all things in moderation”, a quote we can thank Greek/Roman playwright, Terence, for). Coming from someone who shunned meat for over a decade, I understand too well that the answer to good health is not due to shutting out meat.

So as homage to healthy, moderate eating, here’s a quick and tasty lunch/dinner comprising of Ryan’s favorite foods: broccoli, cheese, and bacon. (Although not my favorite foods; I love cheese, I can’t say the same for broccoli and bacon. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m prejudice when it comes to food, besides there are other vegetables and meat products I like more). In any case, here’s to everyone’s good health!

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