Delicious, healthy meals with clear instructions are my m.o. My name is Amy, and I’ve been cooking balanced healthy food for more than a decade.
Growing up and into adulthood, I was used to eating whatever I liked because I had what my family called “good metabolism.” I could eat as many burgers and fries and drink as much soda as I wanted and not put on a pound.
Right here, I was eating anticuchos (cow hearts on a stick) in Peru. What you can’t see are the giant ears of corn and fried potatoes on the rest of the plate. A sugary beverage was in that glass to my right. I cleaned up and ate some more the next day …
Later, in my thirties, I learned that obesity technically doesn’t lead to diabetes; the lifestyle that brings it on does. I (and everyone who knew me) was pretty shocked when my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic, but it was the kick in the butt I needed to make a major lifestyle change.
After some deep thoughts and deeper research, I began a low-carbohydrate diet, which helped me out of the danger zone in just six months.
The evolution of my diet
Over the years since my diagnosis, I have slowly started introducing more grains into my diet. Today I no longer stress about how many carbohydrates (or calories for that matter) are in a dish. Instead, I focus on whole, mostly unprocessed foods.
My diet is the result of many years of food diaries, doctor consultations, trial and error. The infographic I designed (I’m also a freelance graphic designer) guides me in making healthy food choices to stave off GERD and pre-diabetes. My fridge is full of fresh veggies, and the only ready-made meals in my freezer are those I cooked myself.
I won’t lie—this lifestyle takes commitment. The general daily demands can topple the best of us, and I don’t have any uncanny resistance to stress. What keeps me in line is a collection of organized, easy-to-follow whole meal prep recipes. I also use my own weekly meal plan tool, which you can download at the link and try out for yourself.
My recipes are to the point, with no long-winded stories about why I like the color orange or how much I love the smell of autumn on the wind. My recipes are just recipes—recipes that are concise, simple, and scrollable.
The best way to follow my recipes
- First, read through the whole recipe first to make sure you have all the ingredients and tools you need.
- Then, take out all the tools and ingredients.
- Next, prepare the ingredients under the “Ingredients and preparation” list.
- Finally, follow the instructions and enjoy your easy healthy meal!