There is rumor of a food fight going on between Michelle Obama and famed southern cook Paula Deen. Paula Deen is known for her indulgent recipes and fondness for butter, among other ingredients that aren’t so healthy. Paula is touring and promoting her latest cookbook Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible which encourages purchasing a deep fryer.
On the other side of the food spectrum, First Lady Michelle Obama is promoting her new cookbook American Grown, which advocates eating home grown vegetables. The feud is rumored to revolve around Michelle’s appearance on the show Paula’s Party in 2008 before President Obama was elected, and before Michelle launched her healthy eating initiative. Supposedly, Paula has been pointing out Michelle’s unhealthy eating habits in interviews while on her book tour, which has many people calling foul.
In one interview, Paula is quoted saying, “She’s no different than the rest of us. She probably ate more than any guest I ever had on the show! She kept eating even during the commercials. Know what (the Obamas’) favorite foods are? Hot wings. Y’know – those kinds of foods that aren’t necessarily top-of-the-list healthy foods.”
Of course things have continued to escalate with a source from the Natural Enquirer stating that Michelle is not happy that Paula Deen is talking publicly about the first family’s favorite greasy snacks. The unnamed source is quoted as saying, “Michelle’s spitting mad. She thinks Paula is trying to smear her and her family just as the 2012 presidential election race swings into gear.”
Paula Deen is denying that there is a food feud going on and has changed her story a bit when describing Mrs. Obama’s eating habits. She says, “There’s no truth in the story that Mrs. Obama called me to stop talking about her appearance on my program. We had the best time when she came on the show and I taught her how to make fried shrimp and fries. It was easy to see by her buff arms that the first lady follows a healthy lifestyle. But it didn’t stop her from enjoying the food. Everything in moderation!”
Aside from the feud rumors, Paula Deen does make a good point – moderation. Feeling like you can never have certain foods can make losing weight or eating healthy incredibly difficult. For some, it can even encourage binge eating later. Instead, you can try to find healthier alternatives that have fewer calories and fat grams. Search for a healthy version of your favorite recipe and try it out. You can also try out new recipes that incorporate more vegetables, fruits or whole grains. You may find that you no longer desire unhealthy foods after replacing them with a new dish.
November 5th, 2011