Hi. I’m Traci, The Healthy Southerner
Ten years ago my body fell into disrepair as bodies are wont to do when fed a steady diet of grilled cheese and Diet Coke. I had not begun to see the irony yet.
I’d been in this body for over thirty years when things started to go south, and straits were dire before I took notice. My metabolism stopped working one day. My skin dried and wrinkled. My old, neglected muscles dove deep so as never to be seen again. My skin needed brightening, my stomach needed tightening, and my rear-end needed lifting. On the inside, my soul was cold, my emotions were wild, and I was so angry there were blisters on my heart.
I just missed feeling like I used to feel- whatever that was. Young maybe? I had been besieged by an old woman.
I was uncertain about what to do, so I researched the newest diet and decided to see if I could get complete a three-day soup cleanse. Specifically, a three-day VEGAN soup cleanse.
It took 13 hours to figure out that, no, I could not do a soup cleanse. So I ate a grilled cheese and took a walk.
Years of frustration and trying every diet, skin cream, anti-depressant, and exercise program led me to a revelation.
Hospitality is what we’re known for down here; it’s in our blood to pull out cheese straws and lemonade at the first sign of a visitor. Yet many of the women I knew didn’t apply those principles to themselves. I know I certainly wasn’t. Not only was I not hospitable to myself, I was hostile.
I’d been in a terrible marriage years before, I’d gone through a brutal divorce and never really grieved, I’d been battling a severe auto-immune disease, and the only emotions I felt were despair and self-loathing. There was nothing about my life that was hospitable; nothing I was doing was favorable for growth, life, or even comfort.
And still, I thought I’d find the secret in a diet book.
Two years later, I’m a long way down the road to being hospitable to myself and to the people I love. I’ve found that health and even weight loss are dependent on how we treat ourselves and how we think about ourselves.
Listen, it’s taken two solid years of counseling, a nutrition degree, hundreds of hours of journaling, and more prayer than you can imagine to get to this point.
I’d like to tell you the shortcuts. Start here. I’ll define a healthy southerner. You can read my whole health story. And you can read more about my training.
Here’s what I write about:
- Soul Food: These are ponderings and thoughts from my heart about getting healthy and reclaiming my heart.
- Wellness: I’ll share what I know and what I’m learning about health and wellness. New research about diseases, weight loss, and aging. Those things are tagged, In Good Health.
- Recipes: I’ll write recipes that will fit into a multitude of eating plans. The one thing I always stick to is real ingredients. You won’t find processed food, but you will find an occasional cake or cookie. There is room in a healthy life for an occasional sweet. Recipes are tagged and organized here.
- Reviews: Feeding your mind and heart good stories is imperative to good health. Here you’ll find reading lists and book reviews. Occasionally I’ll review a kitchen product as well. Reviews are tagged and organized here.
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