I spoke of - a while back, how any agenda First Lady Michelle Obama would've taken up as a platform, would be met with opposition. And this includes the seemingly non-controversial matter of kids getting healthy, through her Let's Move campaign. Lending truth to my former presumption, the Obama family's eating habits have stayed under scrutiny. The Washington Post broke a story, yesterday, detailing the contents of her plate while visiting a newly opened D.C. diner:
A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who’s made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit. According to nutritional information on Shake Shack’s Web site, the meal amounted to 1,556 calories.Firstly, that was a little dramatic and creepy if you ask me. Second, there are very few food purists when it comes to health activism. I say "few" because I don't know of any, but I'm not discounting the 3 out there. They probably also live on a unicorn farm.
The first lady’s office did not comment on the subject.
Update: We made a mistake in our original calculations. The calorie-count for the first lady’s order was actually 1,700, not the 1,556 we originally reported. Our apologies.
So, unless I'm missing something, the best of the best - fall out of the glory of nutritional perfection. But if you dare push a lifestyle, you mustn't have a stain (grease stain?), before standing on your organic soapbox. It's almost like ... 'how dare she garden AND like french fries, HYPOCRITE!' Welp, I better find another side-hobby, considering the fried potatoes I had the other day. *whistles*
Being serious ... may we dabble with the insane concept of balance? Living in an all-or-nothing fashion, black or white - is nice to pursue, but it's not realistic. I'm just relieved that our First Lady doesn't eat like this every single day, unlike the average American diet of all-fast-food everything. That should be the takeaway.
One thing I've noticed about the First Lady's approach to her nutrition and fitness objectives, is that she is not condescending. When she speaks, compassion exudes and a real sense is positivity is felt. Which is why I find it so challenging to see it from the view of those who think she's trying to villainously run their kitchens and push broccoli.
I think people should save their breath and keystrokes on Michelle's meal. I mean, if she's tip-toeing to the Shack every day, in a wide-brim hat and a cloak, then one could doubt her authenticity. But for now ... it's just silly.
The Washington Post | Michelle Obama Orders 1,700-Calorie Meal