We’ve all taken photos whilst enjoying cocktails with friends, posted our beach side lunch on Instagram or gushed over a romantic dinner on Facebook. A recent study has found that the photos you like and the accounts you follow on social media are affecting your eating habits without you even knowing about it. Put another way; ‘you eat what you see’.
Given the widespread use of social media we are exposed to new norms outside of our usual social circles, these in turn can influence our own subconscious behaviours; including what we eat.
If you’re following accounts and influencers that prioritise healthy foods and have an active lifestyle, then there’s a high chance of you following suit. In contrast, if your friends flaunt their indulgences, such as desserts and fried foods, then you’ll likely favour them as well. The people you follow can encourage you to try more exotic foods, avoid meat or even follow fad diets, without you realising.
Author of the study, Lily Hawkins Ph.D, encourages us to clean out our social feeds, unfollow accounts that don’t align with our goals and in turn, be more mindful about what we post in order to promote a healthier lifestyle for others.
With this in mind, we’re presenting five of our favourite foodie accounts that you SHOULD be following on Instagram. They’re not all spinach smoothies and flaxseed crackers, but promote good nutrition balanced with a healthy dose of indulgence.
Food Writer and Great Taste Award Judge, Felicity Spector, displays gorgeous imagery of meals she’s enjoyed out, as well as delicious dishes she’s cooked herself following recipes created by top chefs, such as Diana Henry and Ottolenghi. The wholesome meals displayed follow a ‘less meat, more veg’ theme and will leave you scrolling through for hours.
Sara Forte, author of Sprouted Kitchen, delivers quick and easy meals using natural ingredients that are packed with nutritional value. For parents, she even has a how-to cookbook, encouraging little ones to eat more veg!
Sister chef duo, Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, have a whole range of cookbooks as well as sharing healthy recipes from their quaint cafe in London’s Selfridges.
Our favourite Aussie restauranteur delivers unpretentious, simple food that is packed with goodness. Full of inspiring meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner, his feed is colourful, clever and has great interiors inspiration too!
Jeanine Donofrio’s insta-feed is full of gorgeous photos of hearty, vegetarian dishes from recipes posted on her Love and Lemons blog, making it super easy for you to recreate at home.
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