The importance of food porn

I like food.

No, let me correct that.

I love food.

Have you ever wondered who are these weird people who spend time looking at pictures of acai bowls, avocado on toast and stacks of pancakes?

That would be me.

Yep. I’m coming clean.

If you’ve ever said “oh I forgot to eat lunch, I was too busy”, there’s a good chance you’ll never understand me. But that’s fine, the feeling is mutual.

I’m writing this for all the other freaks out there who might feel ashamed for spending so much time liking #foodporn pics on Instagram and whose idea of a good time is watching “What I eat in a day” vlogs.

You can keep your chin up and continue double tapping on those gluten free multicolored frosted baked doughnuts. Go ahead I know you’ve been waiting for it.

In this day and age, 34.9% of US adults are obese and 53% are reportedly watching their diet.

That word “diet” is on everyone’s lips the second you step outside or turn on the TV.

An online food obsession craze was bound to happen.

Every negative has to have a positive.

You can’t go without food. If you don’t have it in your stomach it will find it’s way into your mind.

You may ask: “How is that a good thing?”

Food is definitely problematic for North Americans. Too much of it, most people would say.

Food may be the problem but it is also THE solution.

Food porn will save lives in the years to come. I firmly believe it.

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I like saviors with sprinkles Don’t you?

Shh. Shh. Don’t speak.

I know, I know.

There is no way in hell that oreo chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles will solve the obesity crisis in America.

I haven’t gone insane yet.

It all comes down to the one thing that people who like to see cronuts and elaborate nicecream towers have in common (besides their arguable weirdness). They are likely to be the kind who “live to eat” rather than “eat to live”.

It may seem counter intuitive but a study that came out last summer in Obesity Research Journal, found that people who are adventurous eaters had a lower BMI compared to more conservative eaters.

The first step into being a more adventurous eater?

Looking at a variety of food and watching other people prepare/eat food that you would “never” try.

I was liking overexposed pictures of carefully tossed kale salads shot at just the perfect angle, way before I ever ate one, let alone made one.

Once you start getting into it, looking at food porn that is, something odd will start happening.

You will find that bright colorful pictures are more aesthetically pleasing. No, really.

What’s bright and colorful on a plate?

Fruits. Veggies. Plants.

You know, those “things” that you’ve been avoiding for way too long.

Don’t want to eat them but gosh do they make pretty pictures. They look good in video too.

One day it’ll happen, you’ll be at the grocery store, strolling along mindlessly when you’ll find yourself facing that scary place. The produce isle.

When you start going down the rabbit hole (pun intended), it’s hard to get back.

Believe me, I’ve been vegan for 3 years.

Everything we see day in and day out has an impact on our unconscious which in turn slowly starts to seep in our daily reality.

Everyone could benefit from a healthy dose of food porn.

 

Photo credits:

*Will write for Food: Ritesh Nayak Creative Commons 2.0

*Vegan cupcakes: Shawna McGregor-King Creative Commons 2.0

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