July 17, 2013

Ode to Food Pics

Yes, it's true, I love a good food pic and I'm not ashamed to admit it. So much food pic bashing out there in the interwebs and I just don't get it. I follow people who post a million pictures of their kids, their cats, their post workout sweat, their post run garmin reads, and so on and so forth. And while I appreciate the smiles they bring to my face, especially the kid ones (keep those coming please!), I don't save them to reference later like I do a great food pic. Let me explain.

Step one of getting my ass back in gear for the NYC Marathon was to actually do my runs. Every single mile of them (you can read about that here). I'm happy to report I've been sticking to that plan. Even though I had to move Sunday's 8 miles to Monday, and miles 5-8 felt impossibly difficult, I refused to give up and I got it done. Yesterday was strength training and I took a one hour body conditioning class that left me feeling strong and motivated. Tonight will be 4 miles in Central Park with Robert and I love running with him, even though for him it's more like jogging, so I'm actually excited for tonight's run. So although I know I have a lot of hard work to do to get there, with 16 weeks until the the race, I'm feeling confident that I will get there.

Step two: eat better. EAT MUCH BETTER. When I trained for Philly years ago, I ate raw and vegan and then eventually switched to vegetarian because I was always rungry. But lately, my diet looks more like this.
Yes, that's me looking euphoric eating a street taco in Mexico. And yes, that is food falling out of my mouth as I happily grin. Also, note the lack of arm muscle definition. I've gone soft, literally, and it isn't pretty. Thank you Robert for capturing this beautiful moment but I think I prefer your Runner's World Photography ;)

So step 2: EAT MUCH BETTER. Back to healthy and clean eating for me and that's where food pics come in. I have no typical work day and there are days I wake at 5am to start working and don't stop until 8 or 9 at night. Finding the time to prepare healthy meals has become challenging which sucks because not only do I need nourishment, but I truly love cooking. And during my busiest days, finding the motivation and inspiration can be even harder. One day, I was in the aisles of Trader Joe trying to decide what I wanted to make for lunch and feeling totally overwhelmed. My mind was on work and I couldn't focus. I realized that I had saved a bunch of instagram food pics for future inspiration and whipped out my iphone to take a look. I decided on a healthy, colorful and lovely looking salad, set forth into the aisle to get my shopping done, and felt relaxed and happy I could focus on work again.

Really folks, there are some great food instagrammers out there who provide endless ideas for quick and healthy delicious meals. I don't endorse the food pics that look like poop but I won't knock them either... I prefer not to judge and if I don't enjoy, I unfollow. You too have that luxury. But here are some of my favorites who have provided countless moments of food panic relief and delightful meals.
Instagram pics and beautiful inspiration courtesy of Katie from sherocksfitness, Melissa from mosheard , Michelle from vogiyogi, and Vanessa from vanperrone
Sending these ladies some grateful thank yous for making step two of my journey towards NYCM a bit easier and more delicious!

Do you follow any of these ladies? Or are there those you follow I haven't mentioned? Would love any recs you have so leave some ink and let me know!

Have a great day!

6 comments :

  1. I post a lot of food pictures (and cats...) on Instagram, and it seems like I'm definitely not in the minority there! I've definitely read/seen some of the "food picture hate," but I think that goes for everything - I see just as many people complaining about Garmin and "sweaty selfie" pictures. Like they say, you can't please everyone!

    And I'm like you - I find a lot of inspiration for my weekly meals via Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

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    1. Ohhh I'll have to check out your food pics Danielle! And no, we certainly can't please everyone. I guess I'm just not a fan of putting people down either, ya know? XO!

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  2. Thanks so much for the mention! Good luck with your training and excited to follow you through it...I'm always here if you need some quick food inspiration. I highly recommend picking up healthy prepared foods at the "deli counter" and then putting it on top of a salad beast or steamed veggies. So easy and quick to make. It's a "go to" for me now a days! XOXO

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    1. Yes, love that idea! I'm a huge fan of the chickpea concoction from Trader Joe's. I love to throw it in a salad with some other veggies for a quickie. XO!

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  3. Admit it. You love my cat photos.

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    1. I do I do! And I love your food blog too :) Certainly wasn't knocking cat pics- just saying everyone has their thing

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