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Meet Maggie The Substitute Teacher

In the picturesque college town of Athens, Georgia, Maggie "The Substitute Teacher" Appiah is not a teacher to many surprise she's a culinary virtuoso whose journey from Ghana to Georgia has transformed her into inspiration for health-conscious food enthusiasts everywhere.

Born Margaret Appiah in West Africa, Maggie's family embarked on a journey of opportunity, immigrating to the United States when she was just a year old. Growing up amidst the pursuit of her parents' Ph.D. degrees, Maggie's childhood was defined by simplicity, humility, and an abundance of familial love. Despite the academic pursuits of her parents, Maggie found joy in the simple pleasures of school life, earning straight A's to unlock precious "free time" filled with band music, sports, and cherished moments with her close-knit nuclear family.

Central to Maggie's upbringing was the influence of her mother, affectionately known as Nana, whose tireless dedication to work, education, and family served as a blueprint for Maggie's own approach to life. From an early age, Maggie found herself drawn to the warmth of Nana's kitchen, where she learned invaluable lessons in cooking, cleaning, and finding joy in the art of homemaking. However, despite her culinary prowess, Maggie grappled with weight issues that persisted into her adult life, prompting a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Tired of the cycle of yo-yo dieting, Maggie made a pivotal decision to prioritize her health and well-being. After learning about Locked In Wellness, a metabolic specialist offering a unique approach to nutrition, Maggie embarked on a transformative journey that would change her relationship with food forever. Through comprehensive food sensitivity testing, Maggie gained valuable insights into her dietary habits, discovering the root causes of her health challenges and paving the way for a new chapter of culinary exploration.

Armed with a newfound understanding of her body's needs, Maggie embarked on a culinary adventure, combining her love of cooking with a passion for experimenting with natural, wholesome ingredients. Drawing inspiration from her Ghanaian roots and her mother's teachings, Maggie began creating mouthwatering dishes that not only satisfied her taste buds but also nourished her body from within.

As word of Maggie's culinary creations spread, friends and followers on social media took notice, showering her with praise and encouragement. What began as a humble collection of food photos soon blossomed into a full-fledged YouTube channel, where Maggie shared her culinary expertise with an eager audience hungry for healthy, delicious recipes.

Maggie changed the game; she really played with words by substituting food items for healthier ones and teaching us how to still create amazing dishes and she became "Maggie The Substitute Teacher"

Today, Maggie "The Substitute Teacher" Appiah stands as inspiration as she teaches the world how to make better eating choices. She has turned life's challenges into opportunities for growth and inspiration, leaving an indelible mark on the world, one delicious dish at a time.

Maggie Interview

  1. Your journey from Ghana to the United States and growing up in Athens, Georgia, is a unique cultural experience. How did your multicultural background shape your perspective on food, family, and the concept of a healthy lifestyle?

  2. Growing up with a mom who cooked everyday, we were constantly introduced to new and different cuisine. The expectation was to try everything, and not look down on someone else’s food choices. Clearly, I grew to love tasting all kinds of foods and didn’t exercise portion control. Luckily for me, I learned to cook and when I needed to make a lifestyle change, I had the basic skills needed to revamp my habits. 

  3. Your childhood was filled with academic pursuits, music, sports, and family time. How did the lessons from your upbringing, especially the emphasis on a productive home life, influence your approach to balancing work, family, and personal well-being in adulthood?

  4. I was raised to be a wife. I knew from an early age that all of the fun family activities would someday be replaced by the responsibilities of being an adult. Coming from a traditional nuclear family, the expectation was clear that success also meant marriage and family. I saw my parents work hard together and that became the basis for what I wanted too.


  1. The transition from yo-yo dieting to addressing your health problem through LockedinWellness is a significant turning point. What prompted you to explore a metabolic specialist, and how has this journey impacted not only your physical health but also your overall mindset and approach to life?

  2. I still meet with my metabolic specialist today. It has been the best decision I ever made to take control of my health. I used to be prediabetic, with elevated blood pressure, and borderline cholesterol. All of that was corrected with the 80 pound weight loss. When I saw another woman at work who had amazing results, I asked her what she did and the rest is history. I had no idea all of my aches, joint pains, and other issues were simply caused by my diet. 

  3. Your discovery of food sensitivities and subsequent substitutions have become a central theme in your culinary journey. How do you combine your love of cooking and experimentation to create meals that not only align with your health needs but also capture the attention of friends and social media followers?

  4. I love the challenge of recreating recipes using ingredients approved for me. It has completely changed my approach and thought of being deprived, to one of excitement. Food is something that brings us all together and I had no idea anyone would watch. I am still amazed at how diverse my audience is and I make something that was intimidating, lots of fun!  

  5. The positive feedback on your culinary creations led to the creation of a YouTube "how-to" channel. Can you share the inspiration behind starting this channel, and what message or impact do you hope to convey to your audience, especially those who share similar struggles with weight and health?

  6. My channel started with me recreating social media recipes and only posting the final picture on Facebook. People would exclaim, “Did you make that?” Yes! I made that. Then they would ask “How did you make it?” I would answer in the comments section. One day I just decided to go live and show them better than I can tell them. I hope to show people of all ages that cooking can be fun and healthy eating can be tasty with a few substitutions!

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