I started my Instagram account because I started to get really into healthy eating and creating different dishes. At the same time that I started this, I was going through an eating disorder. I was just eating one small meal which was enough to get me through the day but I was constantly tired, pale and malnourished. Noticing this decline, a friend suggested that I use my Instagram account as a food diary, which is how it started out for me. I’ll readily admit that for a few weeks in the beginning I would post photos of food that I had no intention of eating, but just cooked the meals because they looked for the ‘gram. As soon as the photo was taken, the meal would be binned.
Things started to look up when I began to combine my healthy eating with weight training. I was tasting my own creations and actually enjoying them. That’s when I decided I didn’t want my page to be like all the others – I wanted to be real, open and honest.
Everything I started to make, from that point on, I forced myself to eat. Then the more positive feedback I received, the more I started to enjoy posting and eating my own recipes. I started to feel guilty if I didn’t post, because that meant I hadn’t eaten. So by pushing myself to post everyday, it meant I ate everyday and the more I ate, naturally the hungrier I became.
Starting my food page on Instagram really was the catalyst for my recovery. It provided a platform for me to be open and honest, a form of self-therapy – it helped me fall back in love with cooking and most of all eating!
Check out my page @thelawfoodie
or read more about my story here