Hey snap happy Instagrammers! Looks like those food photos you stand on chairs to get just the right angle, add filters to enhance the drool factor and make your friends wait before digging in….are helping you stay healthier!
(Oatmeal cookies with dried berries, banana and peanut butter above, by the way.)
How so? Well, according to University of Washington researchers who studied Insta-food grams, keeping track of what you eat and how much acts as a online food journal.
PeachDish, home meal delivery kit fans, are ALL OVER Instagram sharing the beauty of their latest dish creations. As one of the registered dietitian nutritionists who works with PeachDish, I am happy to report that posting and sharing nutritious and delicious PeachDish meals on Instagram can be a great way to food journal.
I SEE WHAT YOU’RE EATING
And since you are sharing with the world, it’s not a secret note in your private diary. People are paying attention. Did YOU really eat that a whole bunch of donuts, cookies, nacho chips, fries ? Of course, you didn’t.
It was definitely a kale salad with a rhubarb infused vinaigrette.
MORE ON THAT INSTA-STUDY
This new study from University of Washington researchers -presented at the 2017 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems- describes how some people turn to Instagram to track food intake or to be held accountable by followers in meeting healthy eating or weight loss goals.
The online Instagram community uses #fooddiary and #foodjournal hashtags. #goodidea
EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!
“It’s more socially appropriate for people who are trying to track their diets to snap a photo of their plate when they’re out with friends — everyone’s doing it and it doesn’t look weird,” said UW human centered design and engineering doctoral student Christina Chung.
The interviewees ( there were 16 by the way) said support from other Instagram users ( !LIKE!) helped them stick to their healthy eating goals. It also encouraged them to be more honest about what they were eating.
What’s on your Insta-Plate?
Tips for Food Journaling. Writing or Snapping
- Be consistent. Try to capture all meals, snacks and beverages. Yes, fries from someone else’s plate do count!
- Keep track of quantities. It’s OK to splurge but keep portions sensible. If you crave a glazed donut, have one. Food journaling helps you keep track of how often you ‘splurge’!
- On Instagram, review your grid. The last 9 photos are called your ‘quilt’. Do you see a pattern? This is a snap shot to help you assess meal patterns.
- Reach out to support others on Instagram who are also using the photo-app to keep a food journal. #foodjournal #fooddiary
Are you ready for your close up?Share this on: