Hi, C0C0BABE !!
The Spark Meal plans are merely suggestions of meals you could eat. You don't have to eat them every single day. They can be used as a guideline if you need some structure.
It's true. Southern cooking is loaded with high fat fried foods. BUT, you can make healthier changes to foods you really love i.e. like say fried chicken. Have you checked out the Spark Recipes section ? Chef Meg as well as many many members have posted ten of thousands of great recipes. If you do a search on fried chicken (for an example), you'll find hundreds of healthier versions you could make instead of the traditional fried recipe.
Too many people think that healthy food tastes like cardboard. That is a misconception. Healthy food tastes much better than fast food or junk food. It's just a matter of reminding your body how good your veggies are.
I'm guessing that since you cook a lot of Southern food, you may enjoy veggies like okra or collards ? If so, there are healthier ways to cook those veggies and they are wonderful veggies. How about black eyed peas dishes ? Beans are a super food ! I'll bet if you check through the recipes section, you'll find many recipes that are not only tasty, but healthy too.
So, why not start with the recipes you do cook. Find healthier versions. that's a great way to start your quest for a healthy lifestyle. Don't look at this as a diet. You don't have to eat "diet" food to lose weight and be healthy. Start with small changes. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. make simple changes you can stick with and a simple change would be drinking more water each day.
If you're looking for healthier Southern recipes, how about checking out this website ? southerncookinglight.com/