What’s the first thing you do when a beautiful meal is placed in front of you? If you’re a keen foodie, chances are you’re probably pulling out your phone to take a pic to go on your Instagram page before digging in.
Foodie posts on Instagram have been popular since the inception of the app and for some, it is a full-time job.
Posting your food on Instagram is so popular that one London restaurant even started Instagram foodie packs, offering free kits (complete with an LED camera light, charger, clip-on camera lens, and tripod selfie stick) that help aspiring food Instagrammers get the perfect shot.
Instagramming your food can lead to healthier food choices
The ‘Instagram foodie’ trend seems to be more than just a fad.
A recent study done in 2017 found that it can also help you stick to a diet or healthy lifestyle plan. The process of cooking food and making it presentable serves as an“interactive journal”. This is where people can use Instagram to track their meals and as a means of accountability.
But it is not a perfect method. Especially when it comes to factors like self-esteem. The internet gives you the power to be mean and not face any repercussions.
Instagramming your food can be difficult if you’re someone who struggles with criticism or relies heavily on positive reinforcement or validation.
If you decide to have a food-Instagram to stay accountable, integrity is key. And, also, make sure your food looks super pretty.
The 3 top ways Instagram can help you with your healthy eating journey:
- You won’t get bored with your food choicesLooking for dinner inspiration, or what to pack in your kid’s school lunch? Don’t worry, there are literally thousands of Instagram accounts that will suit your needs perfectly. When searching for a particular type of diet or recipe idea an easy way to find related accounts is to search via hashtags. This way you can find tons of accounts with exactly what you need.
- You get to keep yourself accountableThere are so many weight-loss accounts on Instagram. They are created as a form of an online diary where the user can communicate with their followers about the progress of their journey. You share your highs and lows and you will have a team of people encouraging and cheering you on. Often this kind of exposure helps you to keep tabs on how you are doing as people will look to follow your journey.
- It can help you realise how much progress you’re making even when it doesn’t feel like it Hitting a plateau or feeling unmotivated is a normal part of life. Doing something that matters won’t always be easy. Surrounding yourself with an Instagram foodie community will help you keep going on those days you feel like giving up. Furthermore looking back on your previous posts and captions you have shared can be like a little letter of encouragement to your present self.
Looking for some Instagram foodie inspiration? Take a look at these accounts we love!
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Sheet Pan (sticky) Korean Chicken Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Yum Yum Sauce. I know, everything is the "best", but honestly this bowl is SO GOOD. The chicken is tossed in sweet + spicy Korean style BBQ sauce, roasted until crispy and caramelized. There's sweet potatoes + rice, all the toppings, and creamy, tangy "yum yum" sauce too. And it's made on one sheet pan…so it's EASY. Does not get better. Shared the recipe on the blog today. Linked in profile. #f52grams #instayum #koreanfood
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Welcome to the roasted carrot comeback tour! This blackened carrot and daikon salad from @lildebsoasis revitalizes roasted root veggies with a bit of cast iron charring. Oh, and a vibrant dressing spiked with anchovies, vinegar, sweet pomegranate juice… and a heroic sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. Get the full recipe through the link in our bio. 📷: @yungbludlau food styling: @susietheodorou
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MMMM melons! . Since getting food poisoning and literally vomming my lungs out (and then the wonderful hours of dry heaving that followed that) for the better half of Thursday, my body has just been CRAVING melon and paw paw. 🍉🍈🍈 . So that’s what I’ve been having loads of, with yogurt and granola! 😍 . Melon bowls FTW. . 👉🏼 But it reminded me of one of the (many!) gems of info from the Gut Health podcast I recorded 3 days ago that is coming out in SEASON 2 of @maxichats getting launched next month. 👏🏼🎙 . And that is that before we get wrapped up in supplements, probiotics, powders and pills, a healthy microbiome is facilitated by practices simpler than we think. 💊💊💊 . And so after a bout of food poisoning, I didn’t be pop any pills or do anything weird to “help my gut”. I returned to eating how I usually do and just rested. . 🥬🍌🥦A VARIED diet based around loads of plant foods, lean protein, mostly unsaturated fats and whole grains goes a long long way in facilitating a healthy gut! And then the usual culprits – enough sleep, stress management and exercise! A healthy microbiome = a diverse one, and those things help a variety of microbes to thrive. . 👉🏼 Actually, quite interestingly, one study we chatted about examined the effect of taking probiotics to restore the gut microbiome after a round of antibiotics, and simply returning to a balanced, varied diet restored it quicker than when a probiotic was taken. Mad hey. The probiotics colonised the gut but prevented the normal microbiotia from repopulating it for longer than if none were taken. But really, it is such an individualized thing that it’s tough to know the effects (good or bad) a particular probiotic will have on a particular person. The study goes a lot deeper than that so I’ll link to it in my stories if you want to give it a read. . This is far (far!) from a full scope look at this of course, and certainly not to say there is no context in which they may be useful, but more just to say don’t underestimate the basics! Hi fruit, veg and whole grains (aka fiber!), hello rest and sleep, yo yo movement. 🌸 . Will give y’all a heads up when the ep is due out – it’s a banger! Happy SaturYAY 👯♀️