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30 Delightful Sources of Food Inspiration on Instagram

30 Delightful Sources of Food Inspiration on Instagram

More often than not, it seems we are either preparing food, consuming it, or speechless, and unable to look up at the sight of Instagram’s constant flow of #foodporn. Whether you’re hoping to be initiated into the ‘fit fam’ after proving to those around you that there are other food groups besides pizza, or you’re trying to figure out how it is possible for melted cheese to stretch over a foot in length, Instagram is everyone’s go to source for food inspiration. If you’re like me and use your Lifeproof phone case as a drool protector, you’ll love these 30 inspiring food Instagram accounts.

Infinite #FoodPorn:

1. Alice Gao 

If one’s fan base can be seen as a reflection of an individual’s success, Alice’s band of 700,000+ loyal followers speaks volumes of the artist’s talents as a food photographer. But don’t take my word for it, take a look yourselves:

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    2. Sunday Suppers

    Sunday Suppers is the brainchild of photographer Karen Mordechai, whose cook book will be launching later this year. It just.. looks.. so good.

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      3. Slice Of Pai

      The job to end all jobs.. thought only to be a myth for quite some time… a food stylist. The manner in which Joann arranges the dishes is both classy and reminiscent of the European traditions of the past.

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        4. Andrew Scrivani 

        Something about Scrivani’s employment as a New York Times photographer adds a bit of legitimacy to this compilation, which could otherwise be considered a concise list of Food-spiration, constructed entirely of personal preference. Scrivani’s photos are as crisp as they are vibrant, creating still life portraits that blur the boundaries between what is real and what is photographed.

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          5. Put A Fork In It

          Enter the world of two self-proclaimed NYC foodies, documenting the eternal food crawl we call life. “We like to eat” hardly describes the dishes we come across on their feed.

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            For the Health Cautious:

            6. Nutrition You Can Trust

            Health Practitioner, Jon Antelline, reminds us that just because its not dyed, chemically enhanced, and advertised on Super Bowl Sunday, it doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. From Recipes to inspiring bits of info, this Instagram covers all of the basics. Not to mention his meals look outstanding.

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              7. Blender Babes

              The art of the smoothie/uncertain concoction in a glass is no easy feat, but Blender babes make it fun, easy, and not to mention extremely satisfying to the taste buds.

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                8. Just Glowing With Health

                If you’re on a health kick, this account is a no-brainer. From delightfully healthy treats and snacks to meals centered around health improvement, this account has it all.

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                  9. Deliciously Ella 

                  Ella has gained national attention since starting this account to document her eating habits following her diagnosis with postural tachycardia syndrome. Working with only a plant based diet, Ella shares mouthwatering images along with health tips across the board.

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                    10. Fit Men Cook

                    Whether the name is a reference to gender equality in the kitchen, or simply just a way of tooting his own horn, this Instagram account specializes in meal preps fit for kings and queens. I don’t know what the #StruggleChicken is, but I don’t intend to find out

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                      The Starving Food Artist:

                      11.  Samantha Lee

                       I’ll go out on a limb and say that her parents never asked her to stop playing with her food at the dinner table. Below is the less threatening version of Edward Scissorhands, a dish best served cold.

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                        12. Meiling

                        Certainly a fan favorite, Meiling’s Instagram highlights all that is right with the world. A single mom with a passion for food (arguably a giant understatement),  Meiling brings her meals to life in the form of cute, cartoon-like figures and animals.

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                          13. Ida Frosk

                          As far as we’re concerned, anyone who can turn a desert crepe into a hot air balloon with minimal effort deserves recognition. And, for the record, this is what having your cake and eating it too looks like.

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                            14. Bento Monster

                            In the spirit of #foodart on Instagram, this feels only appropriate.

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                              15. Bento Days

                              If you’re looking for a side of laughs with your food inspiration, look no further. In case you weren’t certain, Bento can be used to bring to life any and all television characters you desire.

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                                Chefs of Instagram:

                                16. Dominique Crenn

                                Not surprisingly, the holy grail of food-spiration is a source derived from the men and women behind the meals themselves. If you squint long enough, and tilt just the right way, re-creating these amazing dishes almost seem do-able

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                                  17. Matthew Jennings

                                  “You will never get this, You will never get this, la la la” *in Borat voice*

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                                    18.  April Bloomfield

                                    This critically acclaimed female chef divides her time between three restaurants, and judging from her Instagram feed, she keeps herself pretty busy whipping up mind-blowing concoctions.

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                                      19. Dominique Ansel

                                      Say what you want to about the queen of cronuts, but this chef’s Instagram is nothing short of amazing to feast your eyes upon.

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                                        20. Jamie Oliver

                                        As far as the official chef hierarchy is concerned, world renowned chef, Jamie Oliver, has an Instagram account worth mentioning.

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                                          D.I.Y Food-spiration:

                                          21. What To Cook Tonight

                                          This father daughter duo based in Australia offers easy to cook, eclectic dishes. Perfect for anyone looking to try something new in the kitchen this evening.

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                                            22. Spoon Fork Bacon 

                                            Trigger Warning: those who struggle with a lack of self-control, shield your eyes. In all honesty, this collection of flavorful recipes has few rivals who come even close. However, it is the incorporation of good design that truly sets the standard for food photography.

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                                              23. GK Stories

                                              The vegetarian food blogger primarily uses locally grown, and often home-grown ingredients as well. Many of these recipes add just the right amount of flare to traditional vegetarian dishes, while still remaining extremely simple to prepare yourself.

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                                                24. Sprouted Kitchen

                                                Generally, those who take their best pictures at meal time can be fully trusted, so it will come as no surprise that I browse the Sprouted Kitchen like I’m skimming through the New Testament. The recipes are just that good.

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                                                  25. Nom Nom Paleo

                                                  In an age where the number of people who are gluten free by choice far outnumber those who suffer from gluten allergies, other restrictive diets like the Paleo Diet are gaining much attention, and thus, have a much larger audience to appeal to. Nom Nom Paleo is an award winning blog that offers zesty and different recipes for those on a Paleo diet.

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                                                    26. Nourish Kitchen + Table

                                                    Following your favorite dining spots on Instagram is the ultimate catch 22: By sparing yourself the torture, you often miss redefining moments in #foodporn, but the choice to follow is one that should not be taken lightly, as immediate hunger will ensue.

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                                                      27. The Meatball Shop

                                                      Your only excuse for not following the self-proclaimed meatballers is that you haven’t yet stepped foot into one of their six New York locations. Now, I’m not one to spoil surprises, but you won’t regret it.

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                                                        28. Rolf & Daughters

                                                        If hypothetically, Rolf & Daughters was a kid from your high school, it would be that one kid who was so rich he was literally in competition with himself to see who was richer. You know, that one kid who wore Gucci loafers and an Armani tux to prom, but rejected the term showoff. Yeah, these guys are truly showoffs.

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                                                          29. The Smith

                                                          Considered by many to be the quintessential NYC brunch, the Smith’s elegant arrangements and unique American-style menu are seemingly frozen in time via the restaurant’s jaw-dropping Instagram feed, full of inspiration… If that’s what you call being able to justify saving work for tomorrow in the name of a twelve dollar mimosa.

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                                                            30. The Cypress Room

                                                            One of Miami’s best in terms of elegant dining, the Cypress Room’s Instagram account reminds us why we drag our feet when it comes to cooking for ourselves. Because, life’s too short not to splurge on the finer things in life.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Portobello Buns/Wendell via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                                                              13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                              13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                              Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                              Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                              The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                              Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                              1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                              Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                              When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                              • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                              • The man facing the judge.
                                                              • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                              • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                                              • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                              • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                              These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                              Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                              Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                              2. Accept Your Fear

                                                              Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                              We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                              And here’s what can be done.

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                                                              3. Get Some Perspective

                                                              I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                              And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                              That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                              We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                              So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                              • Are you really at risk?
                                                              • Will this kill you?
                                                              • Which leads us on to..
                                                              • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                                              4. Hold a Hand

                                                              As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                              Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                              We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                              Ask yourself:

                                                              • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                                              • Could that really happen?
                                                              • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                                              • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                              By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                              5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                              This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                              Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                                              The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                              It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                              For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                              Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                              6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                              I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                              Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                              Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                                              Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                              Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                              Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                              7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                              Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                              I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                                              It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                                              One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                              Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                              It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                              8. Assume the Worse

                                                              If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                              Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                                              • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                                              • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                                              • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                              And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                              When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                              Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                              9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                                              If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                              Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                              Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                                              10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                              One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                              11. Go with Fear

                                                              When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                              I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                              Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                              One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                              However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                              We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                              12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                              And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                              The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                              What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                              13. Own Your Fear

                                                              Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                              We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                              You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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