Hi, friend–thanks for dropping in! I’m Cinde…the new ‘Southern Girl’ on the block…a certified Health/Recovery Coach (myhdiet.com) and certified Introductory Wellness Chef from the Natural Academy of the Culinary Arts in Austin, TX.
I’m happily married to Steve: a funny, adventurous (as in jumping out of a perfectly good airplane—YIKES!—and then getting his pilot’s license), caring and wonderful, former worship pastor-turned-executive-pastor.
I am blessed beyond words to be ‘mom’ to two amazing, grown ‘kids’: my beautiful daughter, Kristen (married to our favorite son-in-law, ‘Marsh’) and Ben (a U.S. Marine Reservist as well as a sales rep for a national company). Why, yes…I AM a proud mama…of all THREE of them!
I am ‘Lolli’ to the most adorable 1-year-old baby girl named Merritt who has completely stolen my heart! (and you guessed it…Steve is ‘Pop’).
After faith and family, my passion for the past eight years has been learning everything I could about nutrition…especially the link between diet and disease. I studied some nutrition in college and took seriously my job of wife and mom…especially the role of feeding my family well—you know that old version of the Standard American Diet we’re all pretty familiar with. But mine was the Southern version, ya’ll… full of fried everything, the time-saving, cream-of-anything soups, and layers of cheese. Life got busier…so processed food-in-a-box, and visits to all the famous burger, fried chicken, and pizza places became part of our regular routine. So much for being June Cleaver. I may be a Southern girl, but I never liked wearing my pearls to vacuum anyway.
My love for nutrition was re-fueled years later when I worked for a surgeon who decided to study the effects of diet on disease and aging. I loved hearing what he was learning about the power of a plant-based diet, excitedly bought a (really nice!) juicer and couldn’t wait to use all those gadgets that came with it. Not to get overly serious here, but little did I know how providential that new learning curve would be in my life. You see, around that time, while feeling great and enjoying a busy life, with no discomfort or clear symptoms or family history, I had a surprise encounter with the ‘big C’…yep, the 6-letter word nobody ever wants a doctor to use in the same sentence with your name or the name of someone you love. Cancer. Stage 3B. Aggressive. Colon Cancer—one of the types most attributed to diet and lifestyle choices.
My first reaction was: ‘there are over a million and a half cancer survivors…there’s no reason why I can’t be one of them!’ I put my full faith in God to do the part only He could do. I set to work doing the things I knew I should do…which included some conventional treatments PLUS a complete and immediate diet change: removing calorie-dense/nutrient-deficient processed foods including refined flour, refined sugar (and other things I’ll talk about in my posts)…flooding my body with concentrated plant-based nutrition. Who knew that fruits and veggies are more powerful than any other foods and most drugs when it comes to rebuilding your immune system, fighting inflammation, and providing antioxidants, absorbable vitamins/minerals, and the live enzymes we all need for good health? I didn’t know then, but I do now! At my last follow-up visit, my doctor told me that I had beaten the odds of recurrence…and that a recurrence at that point ‘would be so rare it would be written up in a medical journal’. Welcome words of grace to my ears!
Of course, I give God the credit—His part required the most sacrifice, and He helped me do my part. Not to mention that He had me in the ‘right place at the right time’ to hear nutritional information that was crucial to my recovery (thank you, Dr. M!!). So, now you see why my passion is to help people understand how to ‘stay on the prevention side of the equation’ OR how to give their body the best chance of recovery from, not all…but from so many illnesses.
If you want more information about the ‘myhdiet’ either for maintenance or recovery and/or my journey back to health…it would be my joy to share that with you. We’ll just ‘sit together on the porch swing’ and chat for awhile! Just send me an email!
Hi! I’m Alisa! I am a working wife and mother, married to my amazing husband Lee who is retired from The US NAVY after 27 years of service. I’m VERY proud of him by the way. He always supports my new ideas with food and recipes. He will eat whatever I put in front of him and say, “Honey, this is SO good!” Lord, love him. However, lately he has told me to lay off the crushed red pepper.
I have a wonderfully smart and handsome son, Rhett who is 23 years old and two gorgeous and fun step-daughters, Elizabeth, 20 and Emily, 18. None of the three are quite into my obsession with food and clean eating. That’s okay, I’ll keep trying. I started a bit late with this new way of eating so there are many habits to break and I’m being patient.
This blog is my personal journey of growing up in the South and being raised on all the staple foods you have in this part of the country, Mac and Cheese, Biscuits and Gravy, Banana Pudding and Fried everything. We eat fried okra, fried squash, fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, chicken fried steak and fried fat back. Yes… I said, “Fat Back” and I could go on because, the list of unhealthy southern foods are endless. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those foods too and ate my fair share. On the other hand, I remember as a kid, amazingly fresh vegetables straight from my grandmother’s garden. Fresh fruits were always available. South Carolina peaches are my personal favorite. My mother and grandmother canned fresh tomatoes, pickles and jellies made with REAL food and no preservatives. We had fresh greens, beans, corn and potatoes at every meal.
I had struggled with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) since my teens. Just like many folks…. I ate a terrible diet. Fast food, quick and easy pre-made meals and foods with all sorts of artificial ingredients and added sugars. These quick and easy foods were designed to make our lives easier… but in reality….they are just making us sick. About two years ago I tried to remove gluten from my diet as an experiment to see if I may be gluten intolerant but, couldn’t stick to it. I’m a southern girl, remember? Gluten is in everything we eat. Over that following year my energy levels plummeted and I didn’t want to exercise or do much of anything. I had previously been a runner. I had aches and pains that I had never felt before. I thought maybe this is what getting older means but, I would not accept that. I knew I needed to do something but, not sure what to do. I wanted to lose about 5 pounds but, I was not overweight….So a diet was not what I needed.
Then, on a Saturday morning in March 2012 I stumbled across a website on clean eating. I read on and on. I was amazed, shocked and excited. That was when I had an “AH-HA” moment. I realized as I studied more and more on the topic of clean eating that the foods I had been consuming all these years ARE affecting my health and well-being. Over the weeks that followed I found that I am gluten intolerant and dairy intolerant. I learned that all of the fresh foods that I remember from my childhood were what I needed to be eating more of. From that day forward I made a conscious decision to leave off all preservatives, artificial anything, no more bleached or enriched flours, no high fructose corn syrup, no white sugars and no artificial fats. In other words, NO MORE EMPTY, NON-NUTRITIONAL FOODS! It’s not been easy and it is taking time to figure this thing out and I am still learning.
Amazingly, (or maybe not so amazingly) my IBS went away COMPLETELY after 30 years. I never had IBS; I was gluten and dairy intolerant all along. My energy levels increased again. I dropped that 5 pounds I had been trying to lose for 6 years and never counted a single fat gram or calorie. There is no way for me to describe to you how much better I feel. Our bodies run on what goes into them and I was putting all the wrong things into mine.
My passion is to pass on to others the importance of nutrient dense foods in our diets. Our health deserves this effort. I personally feel our God intended us to eat REAL FOOD as close to its natural state as possible. I am proof it works. I want to show you ways that you can make this change also if you choose to. It can, at times be more difficult and time consuming. It can be more expensive than wheeling through the local fast food restaurant or opening a box of some processed, frozen something for dinner but, it will be worth it in the end. I’ll share my ideas on shopping, meal planning and recipes to help you make the transition to a healthful lifestyle a bit easier. I’ll also share information that I have learned on “why” this way of eating is so important to everyone’s health and well-being.
I am just like you, I work every day and have a family. I struggle to find enough time in a day and meet all my obligations. I promise, if I can do this, SO CAN YOU. Hopefully, you can relate to my story. I’m so happy you visited our blog, Southern Girls Eat Clean. Please stay and read some more.
Please note that all post on this website, are our opinions only. We are not physicians or registered dieticians. We are two individuals that have gained positive benefits from changing our diets. The information found here is gathered from different sources and also from our own experiences. We are here to offer those to you but, please check with your physician if you have any medical concerns or before you make any changes in your diet.