First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Motherhood and Fitness With Rachael Ray

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by Rachel Ray’s new studio set to chat about health, fitness and motherhood.  The episode will air on Monday, September 17th.  Here’s a sneak peek at the interview.

How the First Lady gets her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to eat their vegetables:  “They’ll let their opinions be known, but they have to eat what’s on their plates. If theyr’e not hungry I always say finish your vegetables, and then don’t come back for desert, and that usually gets them to finish everything.”

How she stays fit while traveling:  “It’s definitely not easy, because first of all food is comfort, and when your traveling for the campaign, you’re like ‘oh I just want a hamburger and French fries,’ so yeah this is the tough time, but I try to bring a jump rope. I’ll go to the gym, but sometimes being the first lady being in a gym in a hotel kind of messes up the gym experience for everybody else in the hotel so I try to stay in my room.”

The First Lady passes the girls’ math homework off to President Obama:  “Well there are subjects they excel in more than, and you know I just try to make them feel good about themselves. I think it starts with the day to day kind of stuff, I try to give them support so like math, and I’m not great at math. I try to pass the math on to Barack, but sometimes he’s busy.”

She gets up at 4 a.m. to squeeze in her workout time: “Early riser. I’m not a night owl, because I’m up at four o’clock, so I’m asleep at nine. To workout, got to get the workout in before you get on the plane.”

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Dishes On Heathly Lifestyles And Her Desire To Shop Without A Motorcade

First Lady Michelle Obama is a guest on the Rachael Ray Show this week!  In an episode airing on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, First Lady Michelle talks about her active family, healthy eating habits and her secret desires to shop at Target without a motorcade!

Rachael asks the First Lady if she exercises with her daughters (Malia and Sasha):

“We’re a huge sports family. That goes back to, my father, [who] had MS and when you grow up with a parent that struggles with movement you don’t take movement for granted. So me and my brother, we did sports and I married a man who’s a basketball sports fanatic so we passed that on to our kids. I work out as often as I can, usually every day and when we can, we exercise with the kids. I usually exercise after the girls go to school, but they play basketball, my older daughter plays tennis, we play with her. Barack helps to coach Sasha’s basketball team so we do make sports a part of our lifestyle and that’s the other leg of let’s move. It’s nutrition, but it’s also movement.”

First Lady Michelle Obama and her family plan a quiet Super Bowl® gathering with some snacks:

“We’ll probably watch it at home. It’ll probably be a quiet Super Bowl this year. ”

“Super Bowl food, you know nachos are always good, it’s fresh tomato sauce and you get it on sort of a good quality tortilla.”

The First Lady speaks on her oldest daughter’s desire for privacy:

“She’s growing up, she’s fabulous, but she’s thirteen now so she wants her business to be her business.”

She really misses shopping at Target anonymously:

“That’s why I have my little secret Target runs because I can do things undercover if it’s just quick. I do miss it, but I have the best job on the planet. I mean, I have this wonderful platform that we can shine the light on so many important issues and galvanize the country in ways that I would never be able to do if I wasn’t first lady… But there are definitely times when you want to make one run to your kid’s soccer game without a motorcade. You know? So you begin to value anonymity and you lose that, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to serve the country you love.”

Rachael and the First Lady’s collaboration to put healthy foods into schools across the USA :

“Beginning in the fall kids are going to see more healthy portion sizes, they’re going to see more whole grains, they’re going to see more fresh fruits and vegetables. So that now parents can send their kids to school knowing that the meals they’re getting are of a high quality, they’re going to give their kids the energy they need and that’s just one of the challenges of being a parent.”

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Michelle Obama Opens Up About Being A Role Model

First Lady Michelle Obama opens up to AARP magazine in their September/October issue and talks about being a role model and how she found out about the demise of the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

On explaining the Osama bin Laden mission to her children: “I think kids instinctively feel the ambivalence – is this good or is this bad? And then you have to explain in a way that says it’s not good, but it’s good. The older kids, I think, get it. It’s a convoluted set of concepts. But I think they understand when it’s placed in context.”

On being a role model for African-American girls: “We did an event for military kids, and there were a lot of African-American young girls out there – little black girls who were just proud because they see themselves in somebody who they think is great. You can see it in their eyes. You can see it with the hugs and the way they hold on so tight. It matters. So I do embrace it.”

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