• Thu, Jun 2 2011

“Food Plate” Replaces Food Pyramid; Blake Lively and Hugh Jackman Talk Not Getting Enough Food

As part of her healthier eating initiative, Michelle Obama unveiled the new nutritional design that’s replaced the FDA food pyramid: MyPlate, a circular dish split into four portions for fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein, with a bowl-like dairy portion on the side. Interestingly, Obama is not the only celebrity chattering about food today.

Blake Lively was profiled by bff Florence Welch for Glamour, where the singer asked Lively her rules for getting ready for swanky events. In addition to working as her own stylist, Lively makes sure she’s properly fed:

And my diet of choice before events is a chicken potpie from Tea & Sympathy, because they never have enough food at these things.

This seems a bit like the “lady doth protest too much” we see with skinny actresses boasting that they have huge appetites. Because can you really sustain a rockin’ bod like hers on perpetual potpies? Still, I read it as a dig at Hollywood for not providing more grub at its parties.

Then there was Hugh Jackman, who had by far the most fascinating quote I’ve read today. Discussing whether celebrities’ appreciation for good food was simply trendy, he confessed,

I don’t know if it’s cool or not, or trendy or whatever, but I’ve always been a foodie. I remember when I was young, the only thing I ever dreamed of — it wasn’t cars or houses or trips — the only thing I wanted money for was to be able to walk into any restaurant I wanted and order anything off the menu, without having to worry about it. Careful what you wish for, I guess!

He’s not kidding; celebrities have their pick of the best foods and chefs, whether or not they have the tastebuds for it. And while both Lively and Jackman seem to reference situations where people don’t have enough food, Michelle Obama’s initiative is aimed at the opposite: Battling obesity by encouraging more reasonable and varied portions. It’s an interesting look at both sides of the food debate.

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