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Cynthia Cherry believes in embracing life at its best, whether that means feeding her children the healthiest food possible, growing that food herself in an organic garden, or helping a friend design the perfect wedding.
"When I was growing up," Cherry said, "I always wished I could be an artist. Unfortunately, I can't draw or sculpt to save my life, so I found other ways to express my love of beautiful design and presentation."
Cherry holds a degree in interior design, and worked for a time as a wedding planner in partnership with a college friend. "We had so much fun running that business," she said. "I really enjoyed coordinating with the various caterers we used, and began to get more and more interested in that part of planning the events. Before you know it, I was enrolled in cooking classes."
Her plan of becoming a caterer was postponed, however, by the birth of her first child. She continued to study cooking, but there just wasn't time to care for an infant and start a new business. Cherry did become convinced, however, that the American diet is a complete disaster and was determined her family would not live that way. While she was pregnant with her second child, Cherry began to put together her book "Feeding Baby."
"I knew we adults weren't eating well," she said, "so there was no reason to assume the available nutritional products for infants were any better. I wanted to manage both of my children's diets with wholesome, homemade foods. Before we realized what was happening, the whole family's relationship with nutrition was transformed."
These changes led Cherry to write "Superfoods Explained," which reflects her family's dedication to the most optimally nutritional foods available. "We live this lifestyle," Cherry says. "I've taught my children to love real food and even my husband, who used to be a meat and potatoes kind of guy exists almost completely on a plant-based diet."
Nourishment, however, is not just something humans derive from a well-balanced eating program. "We need emotional and physical 'food,'" Cherry says. "The way we manage our relationships, our homes, and our desire to be creative all contribute to overall health and well being. That's extremely important to me."
Currently Cherry is a full-time, stay-at-home Mom, but one with a passion for writing and creating. She finds time in each day to work on her current projects, including whatever book she has in progress. "I thought I wanted to be an artist," Cherry says, "but now I know that writing is perfect for me. I love sharing ideas and explaining them. I like to think about people using my books to make positive changes in their lives and in those of their families."