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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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                                                    Restaurants On Instagram

                                                    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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                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                                              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                              I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                              1. The Inner Critic

                                                              This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                              • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                              The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                              Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                              2. The Worrier

                                                              This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                              The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                                              3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                              This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                                              This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                              The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                              4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                              The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                              How can you control these squatters?

                                                              How to Master Your Mind

                                                              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                              This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                              For the Inner Critic

                                                              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                                              You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                                              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                              • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                              • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                              • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                              • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                              Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                              For the Worrier

                                                              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tense

                                                              Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                              Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                                              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                                              For example:

                                                              If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                              For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                              • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tension

                                                              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                              Breathe in through your nose:

                                                              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                              • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                              Breathe out through your nose:

                                                              • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                              • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                              Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                                              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                                              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                              For the Sleep Depriver

                                                              (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                              2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                              From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                              • Shut down your thinking.
                                                              • Calm your feelings.
                                                              • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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