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My Day at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama #LetsMove

The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Two weeks ago, I got the email of a lifetime. Inviting me to The White House. For a meeting with The First Lady, Michelle Obama. After I picked myself up off the floor, I emailed Joe. Should I take off work? Should I bother? He (and my friend and babysitter) both practically screamed YOU … Read more

I Eat Downstairs

I was sitting in the dining room eating my lunch when Allie came to the table. “I eat downstairs,” she said, grabbing the edge of her plate with two hands. “No, you eat at the table,” I said. “I be careful,” she said. I put a finger on the opposite corner of the plate, preventing it from moving. “We eat at the table.” “I eat downstairs,” she repeated, staring me down. “Allie, that plate is staying on this table. Get up in your chair and eat your lunch.” She continued to stare at me, willing me to change my mind, never moving her … Read more

I Lied About The Fish

I just lied to my child. It was a big, fat, juicy lie, and I have no remorse. Here’s how it went down: Grace: “Momma, do you like fish?” Me: “It’s okay. It’s not my favorite food, but I eat it once in a while because your dad likes it.” Grace: “I hate it. I will never, ever eat a bite of fish in my whole life. Because I hate fish.” Meanwhile, there was a huge chunk of cornmeal-crusted tilapia on her plate, along with some garlic roasted chicken and steamed carrots. Me: “I know you hate fish. That’s why … Read more