5 Healthy Foodstagrams That You Should Be Following

5 Healthy Foodstagrams That You Should Be Following

For when you need to work off that freshman 15

Sure, you probably should have skipped the 2 a.m. pizza, and you didn't need that bowl of ice cream after dinner. But it's hard to resist eating food when it's right in front of you. And with the recent rise in popularity of food accounts on Instagram, it's becoming even harder to stop those junk food, carbo-load, "anything with chocolate" cravings. Personally, I know that I follow 10+ of these notable accounts, commonly known as foodstagrams, where photos (accompanied by their specific location) consist of drool-worthy donuts, candy-covered milkshakes, mac and cheese burgers, and delectable pizza pies that make my stomach grumble just by looking at them. Like many others, I have fallen victim to this food craze. While my love for finding the best eats will never die, I think that all of us could use a little change in our eating habits. With the New Year just around the corner, It's time to challenge yourself to kick the unhealthy foodstagrams out of your phone and tempt yourself the right way: with some healthy foodie feeds that are so pretty you’ll never know they’re good for you too.

1. @shutthekaleup

This account is owned by Jeannette Ogden, a wife and mother to the cutest kid. In addition to some adorable snapshots of her boy Elliot, Ogden posts incredible pics of the food that she eats, most of which is home made. And if you watch her Instagram stories, you'll get live updates not only of her daily meals, but also of little Elliot as he explores the world. There's really nothing better than an adorable baby and some delicious looking, healthy food.

2. @rachaelsgoodeats

Get your daily dose of beautiful bowls, perfect plates, and tasty treats from Rachael DeVaux, a registered dietitian. This girl serves up some delectable dishes, from elevated avo-toasts to protein-packed waffles, that will have you stocking your fridge and pantry with new ingredients in no time. And trust me, the credit card bills will be worth it.

3. @thetoastedpinenut

With her "orang-ins" in Orange County, California (gotta love the food puns), Lindsay's claim to fame as a recipe developer and food photographer makes for one awesome lifestyle. She shares with her followers some egg-cellent breakfast dishes, superb-looking salads, and drool-worthy desserts that you wouldn't believe were also good for you (did someone say zucchini chocolate chip bars?!).

4. @cleanfood_cleanmind

Charlotte is my go-to gal, not just for her good eats, but for her mantra and lifestyle. She's a firm believer in "self-empowerment, the strength we have as women, and the power we can unleash onto ourselves and to the world." One minute she'll be diving mouth-first into some vegetarian tacos, and the next she'll be jumping feet first into a tropical ocean. A little adventure and a lot of food, what more could someone ask for in life?

5. @srunsforcake

If you're checking out these accounts and thinking "I don't have the time to eat this healthy," maybe Sanaz will inspire you. She a lawyer, a wife, a mom of 2, and an avid runner, and still makes time to whip up these tasty (and healthy!) meals. The first step to healthy living is getting over the hurdle of excuses. One you stop complaining and start getting to work, you'll realize how fun, delicious, and rewarding a healthier lifestyle can be.

Cover Image Credit: shutthekaleup

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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5 Tips To Help You Feel Better If You're Sick

A few helpful tips if there's a bug going around.


Not to brag, but I don't get sick very often, maybe once a year. When I do find myself a little under the weather, there's a few things I like to do for a faster recovery. I have no idea if any of these are 100% accurate, but I'd like to think they do. None of these will immediately make you feel better, but they'll help quicken the process.

Drink lots of water.

This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do sometimes. I know when I'm sick, I definitely don't think about it. Water can help flush toxins out of your body, makes you hydrated, and can help you feel more awake and energized! If you're not a huge water drinker like I am, Tea also helps.

Stay home.

If you're sick, it's honestly better if you just take a day off and focus on feeling better. If you're worried about going to school or work, it's better that you don't spread anything. Let me just say, I'm fairly certain the last time I caught something was because someone behind me in a class was coughing through the entire lecture.


This one goes with the last point, but sleeping will help your immune system fight off any infections. It's good to take some time off and get any extra sleep you can.

Clean everything.

I like to wash all of my clothes and bed sheet, because they're what I wear and touch the most, especially my pillow cases. This will help get rid of some germs and stop them from spreading. It's also good to disinfect anything you touch often, like doorknobs and table surfaces.

Take medicine.

This one also sounds like a no brainer, but seriously if you expect to feel better soon you should be taking some sort of medicine. At the very least, it'll help with your symptoms, so you're not couching or sneezing every couple minutes.

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