Secrets of A Healthy Foodstagrammer

By December 1, 2016Eat

Ah, the foodstagram. A reservoir of healthy food inspiration, seemingly perfect nutrition, and allllll the food porn you could ever want or need. How many times can you like a similar picture of squash and zoodles in a day? The limit apparently does not exist.


Of course, no two foodstagrams are alike. There are all kinds of foodstagram accounts on your feed, (read our breakdown of fitstagrammers here) but they all have one thing in common: they seem to have this whole “eating” thing figured out to a T. 

Well, as a healthy foodstagrammer myself, I’m here to tell you that that’s not at all true. We’ve all got our secrets (and if you foodstagram, too, I’m sure you understand). 

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the life of a healthy food Instagrammer:

1. Sometimes the food looks way better than it tastes. 

Case in point: this toast tasted horrifically mediocre.


I know, I know. Disappointing. Wouldn’t we all love to live in a world where the prettiest, healthiest food was also always the best tasting? 

Foodstagrammers also love to experiment in the kitchen. Bad news is, not every experiment turns out great. However, we put in the effort to make that plate beautiful – we’re posting that sh*&. And you can bet we’re going to tell you it was fantastic. 

2. Sometimes, the food looks too ugly to post but tasted so amazing you WISH you could share.

Sometimes I share anyway.

Case in point: 


But most of the time I just endure the unfortunate reality that the food’s greatness will go unappreciated. True tragedy comes in many forms.

3. We always add on more toppings after taking the photo. 

Yeah – food instagrammers eat way more food than their feed would lead you to believe. 

For some perspective, here are two pictures of the same salad bowl: 


I also ate some grapes on the side. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Still don’t believe me? Same bowl of oats:


On top of whatever I post, I usually also eat some more other food in addition. However, the apple and chips I grabbed from my pantry aren’t matching my salad aesthetic, so I left them out. 

What can you learn from this?


No reason to try and gauge how much you “should” eat based on observing someone else. It’s pointless, and a flawed system. Why? 2 main reasons:

  1. Everyone’s body is different.
  2. Unless you literally stalk someone, you’ll have no clue how much or what they’re really eating. 

Listen to your body and eat for you. Those foodstagrammers are great inspo, but trying to follow them exactly is a pointless venture. 

4. We’re always getting caught being #embarrassing and scrolling through food pics in public.

Why yes, I did just run into you walking on the sidewalk because I was commenting on this picture of kale. (Whoops.)

5. There’s a reason we only post once per day.

Think we always eat healthily and prettily? L.O.L. 

Sure I ate that gorgeous oatmeal bowl for breakfast, but my lunch was a slice of pizza at a club meeting between class (whoops). 

Again: comparison is pointless. 

Also, healthy people eat junk, too. It’s a fact. 

6. We think finding aesthetic ways to use random foods we sample is a fun challenge.

Perks of having a food instagram? We get to try out new foods from various companies. Sharing the foods we enjoy is fun, but sometimes the best foods don’t photograph well on their own. Here’s where the creativity comes in. No, no one (including me) eats popcorn as a toast topper on the reg.


Sometimes, the combos we come up with are weird. But dang it, I’m gonna find a way to make popcorn look pretty if it’s the last thing I do! 

7. We’re consistently late, or running late, because it takes TIME to make your food pretty.

Worth it? Sometimes. Lol.

8. We annoy allllll our friends when we go out to eat. 

“Can we walk over to that patch of grass over there first and take a pic?!”


9. We have more Instagram friends than friends IRL.

“Thanks, babe! Hope you had a great day!” sent from a stranger who also happens to enjoy eating farro.

Foodstagram post likes? In the thousands. Personal Instagram likes? Barely scraped 100. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

10. We’re up to date with all the latest food trends, hashtags, and new products.

“Have you heard of sweet potato bowls?” Um, duh. Try sweet potato bowls roasted with vanilla ghee and sprinkled with grain-free granola. Where have you been? #plantbased

-brushes off the haters-

11. Our love for food, and foodstagramming, is too real. 

It’s a seemingly pointless hobby, sure. But it’s the most fun, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. 

You can follow me at @eating_peanut_better on Instagram 🙂 

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Author Holly Van Hare

Holly is a recent graduate from Northeastern University from Boca Raton, FL. She loves writing, math, and all things nerdy, as well as fitness. Holly is a health and wellness online influencer, group fitness instructor at BURN Fitness Studios, and future podcaster. Her favorite classes right now are HIIT training and cardio boxing.

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