The best way to get anybody’s attention is dinner. I have good kitchen skills and good grocery shopping skills.
I love cooking for myself and cooking for my family.
People who are overweight don’t want unsolicited advice. Guess what. We know we’re fat. We live in homes with mirrors.
Always be yourself. At the end of the day, that’s all you’ve really got; when you strip everything down, that’s all you’ve got, so always be yourself.
In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
Never give up your day job. I do all sorts of things, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to ‘The Today Show,’ and I love doing this thing, and they will have to blow me out of here with dynamite before I leave.
In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is on the female partner. She’s got a construction zone going on in her belly.
Never say ‘no’ to pie. No matter what, wherever you are, diet-wise or whatever, you know what? You can always have a small piece of pie, and I like pie. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like pie. If somebody doesn’t like pie, I don’t trust them. I’ll bet you Vladimir Putin doesn’t like pie.
I’m a normal guy. I’m not a chef.
I know I need to exercise. For some people, exercise is like breathing; for others, like me, it takes effort. Exercising is what I need for my metabolism and for a better sense of well-being.
I’d probably say my biggest yo-yo was when I was finishing up my senior year of college. I lost about 100 pounds and within a year gained it all back.
I always did the cooking at home, and we always tried for balance. We’ve been vigilant about how and what our kids eat. For example, my son would just as soon go for the grapes as he would the chips… and the chips are baked.
I love my refrigerator.
Tuesday nights are sushi nights, so we go out then.
There is no quick fix. At the end of the day, you still have to do the work to maintain your weight. It can’t be a diet. You have to change your life.
I don’t consider myself a food person. I’m no Bobby Flay. I’m no Emeril or Paula Deen, and I’m certainly not Rachael Ray.
Last year, when we were in Mobile, Al., covering Hurricane Ivan, we heard the stories of poor people, many of them black stranded downtown because they had no way out.
They wrapped her up like a baby burrito to show to Mom. Here were a mother and her daughter and I love them both so much. I couldn’t wait for Courtney to come to the hospital so I could have all my women together.
I get bitter, angry and disbelieving and I tell my kids there a lot of idiots out there. I also want them to know that being successful is not the real world – that their parents get treated better because they’re on TV.
I have been blessed with working with the best in the business.
You can’t go wrong with relatively simple comfort food. It’s also about ease. Some cook to impress. I cook for people to enjoy the food.
If I was having a bad day, eating was like self-medicating. But if you abuse food, you still have to use that substance that you abuse every day. You have to learn to use it responsibly.
I have one of those Garmin watches, and I’m OCD about downloading my runs no matter where I go. I used it on an 18-mile run in Paris, a 12-miler in the mountains of Montana, a couple of runs in the Bahamas. Wherever I am, I try to run. That’s what’s so great about it.
Watching the scenes out of New Orleans, if you turn down the sound it could be the Sudan or any Third World country. But it’s not. it’s the United States of America.
A massive state and federal effort, the likes of which we’ve never seen is going to be needed. We can do it for tsunami victims half a world away. We can do it for our own citizens.
My first college roommate greeted me with a shocked silence followed by, ‘So… you’re black.’
When Courtney’s mother and I first separated I tried to be Disney Dad, showering her with gifts, trips and then I snapped out of it. You don’t have to try to impress your kids. If they’re not getting what they need from you, they will let you know.
I was just thrilled to get the gig to begin with. Ten years later to still have it is not only thrilling but also somewhat of a puzzlement.
For me, whether it’s in a book or on T.V., a recipe has to be simple. I have a short attention span, so to open a cookbook and see a recipe that goes on for three to four pages, well, I’ve lost interest.
Because you’re fat, you feel that everybody’s watching every bite you take. So, you closet-eat, and you think because nobody sees you eating, then you’re not eating. You know, if you’re eating a Big Mac in a closed car, can anybody hear you nosh? If I ate only what people saw me eat, I would’ve probably been about 170 pounds.
People who would never think of dealing in racial or sexual stereotypes will still throw in a fat joke because it’s still OK. Really?
I asked him if he ever hung out with black guys in high school and he said, ‘Well, no. They always had these angry looks on their faces. Who wouldn’t look ticked off having to deal with nitwits like him?
What I try to do is that when I’m at home, I’m at home. We’re working hard at putting away our devices and not taking calls. Sometimes, you have to, but I’ll say, ‘Look guys, I’ve got to take this call, but when I’m done, I’m all yours. I just need 20 minutes.’
When you’ve got a teenager and a pre-teen, especially a son and a daughter, and they’re going at each other at the table, all you really want is just five minutes of quiet, but sometimes I have a moment during the chaos when I think, ‘Yes, this is good.’
I used to look at a pint of Haagen-Dazs and call it a serving size.
When it comes to dieting, I’m the kind of person that likes to be told what to do. I don’t like to count points, etc. I don’t want to have a lot of choices.
Truth be told, I didn’t want to be on T.V. I was going to be a writer or producer or a director, and at the end of my sophomore year, my department chairman put me up for a job doing weekend weather in Syracuse, New York.
All middle-income families use carbs to stretch meals, across any ethnic group – whether it’s kugel or rice and beans or macaroni and cheese. I remember having pancakes for dinner. But as kids, we thought, ‘Breakfast for dinner? This is great.’
My old modus operandi was, if you’re going to have a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich, don’t have one, have two. If you’re going to have vanilla wafers, you have the whole box.
I just started running as part of a nutrition program, to just get a little cardio in, but I was not a runner per se before that. I started about March 1 of 2010.
I try to get in two runs during the week, after the ‘Today’ show, probably around 1 or 2 o’clock, Tuesday, Thursday. Then Saturday or Sunday, I do my longer runs and try to do it in the morning.
When I was in Greenough, Montana, I came across a bear cub. I was off this path, and I thought, If there’s a bear cub, that means there’s a mother bear somewhere nearby. So I doubled back. If I’d kept going, I’m sure they would have eventually found my sneakers, and that’s about it.
We try to eat at home four or five days a week.
I would say that children are more resilient than you realize, and that as long as you love them, there is no right way to raise your children. You have to find your own way. It’s your way and it’s your child.
You’re so focused on this child, you can sometimes forget about you as a couple, and that’s just as important.
I grew up with my grandparents around. I think that’s important for a child. If for no other reason than to hear stories about their parents when they were children.
I think dads let babies take more of a risk, maybe bounce off a bed more or jump off a couch or do more risk-taking things.