You are surrounded by them -- bad influences that cause you to eat when you don't need to. You can think of them as "countless triggers messing with the off-button for eating," the food journalist Bee Wilson writes in her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn To Eat."
And you can bet Instagram, with its bazillion images of delicious, decadent food, is partly to blame (a 2015 study found that ogling "food porn" might lead to us putting more food in our mouths. Go figure.).
Instagram feeds like Hungry Betches, which posts portraits of food buckets full of chocolate, pizza, pretzels, ice cream, hamburgers, bacon, graham crackers and waffle fries, or The Infatuation, whose pictures of plates are often accompanied by helpful restaurant reviews (so you know how good it tastes, too) will surely buck you off your New Year's resolutions.
This year, we challenge you to kick them out of your phone and replace them with feeds so pretty you'll never know they're healthy, too.
Tempt yourself the right way with these healthy foodie feeds:
25-year old Dutch blogger Sanne van Rooij is all about the raw diet and posts pictures of produce artfully arranged, smoothie bowls, banana-chocolate pancakes and vegan sweets, the recipes for which she posts on her Dutch blog, Living the Green Life
The Crunchy Radish
Miranda Hammer, a registered dietician who runs the accompanying namesake blog, The Crunchy Radish, features everything from soups and desserts to breakfasts "for people who don't have time for breakfast
," with reminders on why it's healthy to eat this way, community challenges and recipes on her blog
. It's like having a dietician in your pocket.
Although Carina Wolff's no dietician -- she studied journalism and psychology at NYU (and now lives in California) -- she's committed to a plant-based life
and shares her recipes
, all of which she says use "clean, organic ingredients, and contain foods that will help nourish and strengthen your body and mind," are oftentimes also vegan and gluten-free friendly. In her feed, you'll see balsamic kale salad with figs, persimmon, heirloom cherry tomatoes and shaved almonds, and a collard green wrap with white beans, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, and lemon garlic aioli.
The ethos at Be Smart. Eat Smart. is all about taking in "a wide variety of foods in the right proportions to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight," and that's just what they post on Instagram: maple-glazed tempeh wraps, spicy black bean tacos and chocolate peanut butter avocado pudding (pictured here). Find recipes for most of the pictures at their blog
Katie Higgins, the blogger behind Chocolate Covered Katie, is the feed to follow if you want healthy sweet treats: raw chocolate cherry truffles, coconut glazed donuts and chocolate peanut butter tagalong bars. Find her recipes for breakfast, lunch and dessert
on her blog.
The IG feed for the popular food/photography blog, Sprouted Kitchen
, run by Sarah Forte and her photographer husband, is just as pretty as its home base on the Internet -- a rustic approach at how to make the most of your local farmer's market. You'll find pumpkin, date and quinoa muffins, ricotta cloud pancakes and all the best omelets you could ever make.
What started as a Tumblr blog for Kevin Alexander to post his motivation to get in shape has turned into a lifestyle brand called Fit Men Cook
, and his bilingual IG feed features community challenges, how-to videos, recipes and tips to make the healthiest dinners, desserts, breakfasts and lunches: walnut and dijon crusted cod, butternut squash marinara and meatballs, and sautéed pears covered in cottage cheese and blueberries.
Jeanette Ogden is a yoga instructor who posts recipes and healthy products she reps: think baked sweet potato with a Health-Ade Kombucha chaser (as well as a healthy dose of her newborn baby).
Vegetarian Jess Meltzer posts creative ways to mash up fruits and vegetables, from steamed sweet potato with crunchy peanut butter for breakfast to buckwheat apple pancakes and almond matcha lattes.
Blogger and cookbook author Angela Liddon posts vegetarian recipes (healthy chili and cheese nachos) and smoothies (break out your mason jars).