Photo Journaling: Helpful or Harmful?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 4, 2009

As you probably have figured out, I am not really what you would call a ‘food blogger’.

I don’t take pictures of everything I eat; I instead like to focus on a variety of topics that appeal to me. On average I probably post 1 meal a day and I also enjoy posting healthy baking recipes often too.

As Dr. Phil would say:

“How’s that working for ya?”

I really enjoy blogging and I have especially enjoyed focusing on writing- it is one of my passions!

I like the freedom I have by not taking a picture of everything I eat. I like to be able to just sit down at the table and not have to worry where my camera is.  I like to be able to stand at the counter and munch crackers from a box mindlessly (Hey it happens!). Given my history with disordered eating, I really don’t think it would be wise for me to take pictures of everything I eat. Right now I think I have achieved a nice balance in my life.

Yesterday, I read this great article on a new study that was done on the topic of food journaling. Lydia Zepeda and David Deal from the University of Wisconsin-Madison wanted to find out whether taking pictures of one’s food would be more beneficial for weight loss than simply writing it down.


Does taking pictures of one’s food make one more mindful of what they are eating?

Zepeda and Deal asked 43 participants to record what they ate for one week in words and as pictures. This required that participants snapped pictures of their food prior to eating it.

When researchers quizzed the volunteers, they found that photo diaries were found to be the most effective tool.

Taking pictures of one’s food appeared to provide a strong visual reminder of what was consumed, including binges. Snapping a couple shots immediately prior to eating served as a critical evaluation point and made participants mindful of the situation.

In comparison, written food logs are often seen as less effective because they can be written hours later when it is already too late. Many dieters will sit down before bed and write down what they ate. This may not be as effective a strategy as people assume.

The results of the study allude to the possibility of the usefulness of the photo journaling tool. Dietitians are beginning to ask their clients to take pictures of what they eat as it is a much more precise gauge.

My Take:

I can definitely see how taking pictures of one’s meals can result in making better food choices! Images are such a powerful tool. I think this study is a bit similar to the study about participants who eat their meals in front of a mirror. Guess what? They eat less! The mirror serves as a ‘visual’ reminder of what they are putting into their mouth. Other research shows that people eat more in dimly lit rooms. See a pattern here?

I think that photo journaling would be a great tool for dietitians to obtain a better ‘visual’ of what their client is eating! However, it isn’t fool proof, I mean…who really knows if someone is truly photographing everything they eat.

Taking pictures of one’s food can be problematic though. As I indicated above, taking pictures of everything I eat probably wouldn’t be a good idea for myself. For others it is a great tool that keeps them in check and tells them if they are eating enough. It is quite similar to people who have told me that they count calories to make sure that they are getting enough calories in a day. If they don’t count calories, they usually end up eating too little. So I definitely think that like everything in the health world, it can have a positive or negative influence on someone.

I know some food bloggers who have told me that taking pictures of everything they ate made them crazy and obsessed and they had to stop. Conversely, many have no problem with snapping pictures of what they eat and do so without the blink of an eye! It is simply a quick blip during their day that they have become accustomed to.

Taking pictures of one’s food is not going to work for everyone! Many people would find it bothersome. On occasion, when I plan to snap a few shots of a meal it can be annoying! Sometimes I just want to eat!! Eric gets to happily munch away and I have to try my best to take professional looking pictures. Taking pictures of my food can be a real drag! There, I said it!!

I love the freedom of taking pictures when I want to. I guess I am a bit rebellious that way and don’t like to feel that I have to do something. I think if I felt like I had to snap all of my meals it would take some of the joy out of the process for me.

My questions for everyone today are:

  • Do you take pictures of what you eat? Why or why not?
  • Has taking pictures of what you eat ever caused problems for you?
  • Do you think it is a helpful tool for weight loss?

I’m off to bake, bake, bake! Baking madness in the kitchen today! See you tonight for some fun pictures!!!!

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Nicole June 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I take pics of some of meals when they come out especially delicious. I just like to remember them, kind of like a work of art, lol


Georgia June 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I also struggled with disorded eating throughout high school. I know that method works for many peopls but I feel in my heart that for me it would lead to some major issues… It’s just not for me.

I keep up my fitness and Health blog at:


Kayzilla June 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I tried taking pictures of my food for a little awhile.

It got old. Real fast.

I’m pretty good about watching my portion sizes and accurately calculating how many calories I’m taking in, so I don’t even write it down anymore. I usually estimate my meals to be 400-500 calories, and my snacks to be 100-200. If I go above that, I take away from the next snack/meal. It’s simpler for me.

I get too obsessive about things regarding weight loss tools, so I can’t take pictures, weigh myself too often, take measurements too often, or keep track of calories on a daily basis or else my eating disorder thinking kicks in, and I end up with the binge and restrict cycle. Blegh.

I think it’ll be helpful for people who need awareness of what they eat, but for me it’s not a good idea.

“Whatever flies your kite” I guess. :D
I do, on occasion, take pictures of my foodles that I decorate and do a good job on. :3 But that’s not for awareness, that’s for sharing like “ooh look at what I just made!” heh.


Katherine June 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I take pictures of MOST meals, and I’ve found it to be helpful. For example, I knew I wasn’t hungry last night when I was cleaning up before bed, but I found myself reaching for the container of dried fruit. Since I didn’t want to bother getting the camera out, and I’d already created my blog post for today, I backed away (slowly!) from the cannister and I was happier for it in the morning.

That said, I don’t stress about taking pictures of every single thing. While I log what I eat, I don’t take a picture of every bar I eat at work since it’s pretty much the same most days and that would get boring for readers!

I agree, food blogging is, like everything else in life, all about balance :)


Jennifer @ His N' Her Health June 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I do take pictures and log ALMOST everything I eat. Sometimes I get bored and munch on a cracker or two and I think… who wants to see ONE damn cracker on my blog… I am not gonna take a picture of it! I feel like since starting my blog I haven’t done as much mindless eating in front of the TV or while studying, which was one of my biggest problems because I wasn’t even hungry. I mean it happens every now and then but not everyday like in the past.


Alison June 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I’m relatively new to food blogging myself and I too am not taking pictures of everything I eat. I’m trying to give my family and friends an overview of what a healthy diet looks like and how they can still make healthy food taste yummy, and that variety is a big part of it too. It works nicely for me because cooking is a creative outlet for me as a stay at home mom, and so is photography and writing, so it’s a great way to tie these three things together!


Michelle Hisae June 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I’m definitely with you on this one. If I had to photograph everything I ate, I think I’d lose some joy out of eating it. Not everything has to have a mathematical equation or purpose. Just savor and enjoy!

Taking photos to lose weight makes sense for people who can benefit from that. But people with normal eating habits usually aren’t the ones who take photos in the first place. Unless you’re a cook who does it for a living.


Allison June 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I go to UW-Madison!!! Goooooo Badgers! :D


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I think it’s great for certain people. Nothing works the same for everyone, including food blogging. For me, it’s working :)


Christina June 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I take pictures of everything for my blog and I love doing it. I don’t think of it as a food journal though. I just really like buying new dishes and making my food look pretty. I guess I like the whole photography aspect of it!


SweetKaroline June 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I only take a picture of a meal that I had already planned on posting in my blog… no spontaneous pictures of meals. I usually only take a couple of pictures a day so it’s not a big deal.

I couldn’t imagine taking pictures of everything I ate…that would definitely be a drag.


Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I take pictures of dinners only, or particularly great lunches or snacks out that I want to share. I don’t use my blog as a food diary by any means!


tj June 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I have been on Weight Watchers for 19 months now and since I started my blog in January Ive lost SO much more weight with taking and sharing my pictures of the meal I cook. I find it to be a very helpful tool for me. I used to be a binge eater and ate TONS of food in secret, so feeling like I am being held responsible for what I eat helps me. Even though I stopped my bingeing ways before starting to blog. :)


Krista June 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

While I have a food blog, I do not snap photos of every single thing I eat. If I eat some cereal straight out of the box or grab a quick snack before bed, I do not bother to snap a pic. I guess I focus mostly on main meals and snacks that I eat over the course of the day. Because of this, I don’t find it problematic at all. I also don’t find it to be a good visual tool because I’ve never intended for my blog to work that way.


Tanya June 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Like you said, taking pictures of everything gets old real fast. But I must say that taking pictures of most of what I eat and posting them has made me eat a little better and also to think about what I am eating.


Jaime (Embracing Balance) June 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Do you take pictures of what you eat?
– Yup, about 95% of it…the other 5% is boring to anyone but me. :)

Why or why not?
– I am really enjoying the different dynamic the food porn gives my blog. Prior to the food photos it was just me droning on about my menu or gym time. Now there are pretty pictures that everyone seems to enjoy!

Has taking pictures of what you eat ever caused problems for you?
– Not yet. Although the BF rolls his eyes every time I’m telling him not to touch the plate yet or to get his hands out of my shot. I think the only time it will cause a real problem is at a fancy restaurant for a date night.

Do you think it is a helpful tool for weight loss?
– It has been incredibly helpful to me for mindful eating. When I’m considering a treat or unplanned/unhealthy snack, I am immediately reminded that I’d have to tell all and quite often I just walk away. :) Of course, often I just say too bad and just don’t take the picture or tell the blog world. haha.


brandi June 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I take pictures of my meals and some of my snacks, but not everything. There are plenty of little bites here and there, and if I have a snack after dinner and I’ve already blogged, I’m not updating :)

I like taking pictures because it’s helped me be more creative in my meals, plus I think it’s fun – if it stops being fun, by all means, I won’t be taking pictures of everything.

I do see how it could be a problem for some people, too, though.


Sarah June 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I used to take pictures of everything I ate, including gum or hard candy! It got so stressful, repetitive and frustrating that I just couldn’t do it anymore. So I don’t. I still blog and I still take pictures of food but not everything. I’m so much more comfortable now and I think I actually eat less and healthier too because I spend more time planning my meals instead of planning my photographs :)

I must say though that it did help for a while and used to be fun. But as with many things, we go through seasons and changes and this is what works for me right now.


Emily (Natural Nutritionist) June 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I take pictures of some of my meals (and attempt to make it more of a piece of art than just to record what I’m eating). I’ve found that keeping track of everything that I eat, calories, etc. causes me to think about food ALL the time so its just not a good option for me. I do think a few days of it can help people realize that they may be eating at times they never realized (ie while cooking kids meals)so it does have that benefit.


Lynne June 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I do take pictures of my food, but not everything I eat. Usually just breakfast and dinner, though I might start scaling that back. I do post most of my meals on my blog, which I think is a good reference, and the visual is more interesting than just a list of what I ate.
While blogging and food photos encourages me to be creative, I do sort of feel guilty when I have leftovers 3 days in a row and the pics are the same.


Kiersten June 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

The only time I take pics of my food is when I plan on blogging about that particular meal or recipe. I am not a hardcore food blogger that blogs about every thing I eat. Frankly, I feel like no one really cares what the salad I had for lunch looks like. (Not that there is anything wrong with the people who take pics of everything they eat. Whatever floats your boat!) I think if I tried taking pics of all my food every day it’d drive me nuts and take the enjoyment out of blogging.

I think taking pics of your food could be a useful diet/health tool, but just like writing it down it can potentially be dangerous. For some people (especially those with disorder eating habits) this might make them a little obsessive. It’s like counting calories- there are some people who can guess the general range and there are those that count every little calorie, down to a stick of gum. It depends on the person I guess.


Jess June 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I started taking pictures of the food I cook not for a blog but to share with my friends on fbook once we all went our separate ways after college, as I was the “chef” (ha, I use that term very loosely here) of the bunch. I’ve continued that line of thought now that I’ve started adding food pictures to my blog also. Sometimes I share daily eats that I think other people might find interesting, or a favor profile I particularly love (duh, that’s why I eat it, right?) but I don’t do a daily diary, because I do eat a lot of the same things all week and I think that would get dull for readers. I’m not sure how this will effect any weight loss or gain on my part. I think that eating healthy foods in general and trying balance out what I eat with how I am active is my road to a healthier weight and lifestyle, not a number.
Great Hot Topic, Angela! Keep up the amazing blog…I really enjoy all of your content.


Angie All The Way June 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I did it for a couple of straight months and it actually put the “fun” back into my blog and made it feel “new” again because it was another way I was able to express some creativity with my passion for health and my journey in weight loss. It created a rock wall of accountability for me beyond just tracking, journalling and talking about it on my blog because it was right THERE to see! After a few months of it however, I had to stop because it was becoming exhausting and not as fun anymore. The moment I started feeling like it was a chore, it defeated the purpose.

I started doing it again just recently and I’m feeling that fun sense again and it’s keeping me on track which is the whole point of the blog to begin with. I know that the day will come again when it’s going to feel like a chore and then I’ll stop.

The way I see it is, if you have a blog you can choose to do whatever you want. If you decide to be a “food blogger” and take pictures of every little thing, post them and talk about them, then great! If you only want to take and post pictures when you think it’s “blog-worthy” and a contribution to your readers in some way, then that’s cool too. I love the freedom of blogging and the loyalty of the readers. Chances are if they are reading your blog and have for a while, they are doing so because of the person writing the content first and foremost. There’s a fine line with blogging – do what you want on your blog, or do what you think people want on your blog.

Yours btw is great and I can’t believe that I just recently stumbled on it! Where was I under a rock?? ;-)


Mallory June 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I think it would become such a hassle to photograph EVERYTHING I ate! Make sure the lighting is good… be a nerd and find a good placemat to put underneath it… oops, that shot was blurry, better take another… ugh, just let me eat already :)

Completely unrelated question:
I’ve had so much fun the last couple of weeks going out with friends, attending bachelorette parties, wedding showers, etc. and I actually feel like I am doing a good job of balancing indulging & balanced eating.. so what’s the problem you ask? the comments from family/friends such as “oh, you’re having X ?? you’re eating too healthy… why don’t you just splurge a little? … you always have to pick the healthiest thing on the menu…”
on the one hand it’s kind of a compliment because, yeah, thanks, I do try to give my body what it needs and wants! but it makes me feel uncomfortable also because I don’t really know how to respond to comments like that without sounding defensive.. does that make sense? how do you deal with situations like that?


Lara (Thinspired) June 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Interesting study but I’m not that surprised by the results. Taking photos of my food helped me lose 30 lbs over the course of a year and I believe it is going to become the “next big thing” with mainstream dieters.
Lately I have stopped photographing every meal. I go back and forth in wondering if I still need it. On one hand, it is a habit and it definitely makes me hyper-aware of what I’m eating. On the other, I am trying to eat more intuitively and not be a slave to structure. I think I might be growing out of photographing everything and I am happy about that!


E. June 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Funny you should mention it, but I’m just starting to take pics of my food to put on my blog. I kinda thought it seemed like a lot of trouble, but now I realize that I could use some accountability (especially in my snacks!) I can go overboard on eating healthy snacks, and just today I stopped myself from having multiple granola bars by thinking “I really don’t want to put 6 empty wrappers up on my blog.” :-D

Maybe that’s slightly perverse, but I’m interested to see if it works. I also kind of like the sort of postmodern flavor to it… people taking pictures not for art of posterity but to record food, but the food become beautiful in the recording? Maybe I’m overthinking? :-D


suzanne June 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Yes i have a regular health blog and then i have a blog just to journal my food and put photo’s of the food there. I have found it to be a great tool in my weight loss journey!


Ashley June 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I’ve only started taking pictures of my food this year. I don’t do it for every meal and I don’t post pictures of all my meals. I started doing it to better illustrate the meals I was eating on my blog.

I don’t think of my blog as a food journal, so it hasn’t caused me any problems. I keep my own record of what I eat every day and that works well for me in maintaining my weight. I could see how taking pictures of everything could work for some people, but could also cause problems for others.


Criztawl June 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I try to take pictures of my meals, I find that when I do I’m more accountable. When I stop taking pictures of my food I find that’s when I start slowly falling off the wagon.

I also find posting my food photos on my blog is helpful because others can see what I’m eating and how much.


Maggie June 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I have a long history of disordered eating, but I don’t think it really peaked until I started taking pics of my food!! I was trying to take pics to make sure I was eating enough and that I was getting variety, but what ended up happening is that I started comparing myself to other bloggers, getting upset and obsessive, and just being more disordered!

I have *never* counted calories (except for a nutrition assignment) which is good. I should never have tried keeping track of everything I ate because it was probably just as bad as counting would have been.

I did the food blog thing for about 3.5 months but it got to be too much. I changed the focus of my blog and I’m much happier.


Kath June 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm

It’s never bothered me a bit because I like food and get excited to share my creations.

Well, it bothers me a little bit when I have my hands full with a buffet plate and glass of wine and need a third arm for my camera ;)


Susan June 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I take pictures of most the things I eat for my blog, but not everything. I don’t bother with the small snacks or repetitive foods. Honestly, I just love doing it because of the photography aspect. I love putting together a colourful dish, setting it up in the light and taking a million photos from all angles. Yeah, I’m a nerd :P


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I agree that I really think it depends on the person. Although I previously struggled with an ED, I don’t feel that photo-journaling and blogging is a negative experience for me. I like to use it as a way to share my passion and interest in healthy foods and living. I actually use it more as a way to FORGET about what I’ve ate. When I had my ED, I used to dwell on my last meal and was constantly thinking about food. Now, I take the picture and forget about it, knowing that I’ll be remembering it later on when I blog about it. It’s actually been a major help in my recovery! I think photo-journaling is wonderful as long as it doesn’t turn into an obsession or used for negative purposes. :)


Katy June 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm


I can totally relate to what you mentioned about comments towards your healthy food choices.

The worst for me is going to my bf parent’s house for dinner every week. When I ask for more salad, eat lots of fruit or pass up the mashed potatos, its like I broke the law or something! One time when I tried to get away with just having one little scoop of ice cream (the dad always dishes out at least 5 scoops of hagen daaz) everyone looked at me funny. The mom said “oh she’s OBVIOUSLY trying to loose weight!” I blushed

wow that was a bit rant-y wasn’t it? :)

I don’t really know yet how to make people stop commenting other than trying “I’m not that hungry” or “I’m just not a huge fan of hot dogs” or a simple no thanks and smile. I think trying to just not talk about food choices in general, and sort of ignoring comments helps too, instead of trying to justify your choices.

Anyone else have helpful hints? Thanks!


Jessica June 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm

When I first started my blog (which by the way has some super cute pictures on it today) I thought I wanted to take pictures of what I ate because I really enjoy seeing what other people are eating on a daily basis. But I quickly found out it wasn’t for me. A. Most of the stuff I eat is really boring and I knew no one wanted to stare at my rice cake with peanut butter breakfast that I have nearly every day. B. My job made it very difficult to snap pics of my lunch. C. I felt way too self-conscious about what I was eating and not in a good way that was going to motivate me to eat better.
But, to each their own and I am glad some people enjoy doing it because I enjoy checking their pics out!


Help Meghan Run June 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I’m with you…I only take pics of my interesting meals that I think have value for others and that people would enjoy and learn from. I don’t take pics when I eat out, and no one has to see when I sneak a handful of cereal from the pantry. ;) I like the well-roundedness of my blog with lots of information that’s not all about just what I eat.


Holly June 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I guess it is different for everyone….for ME, it wouldn’t be helpful to take pictures of everything that I eat. I am afraid I would get too obsessive about it. On the other hand, I LOVE to see what others eat everyday! Weird, maybe? ;-)

I have to say, I posted for a few days in a row while I was trying to “eat less crap.” And it definitely helped to know that I was being held accountable.


Low June 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I think the general concensus that it’s different for everyone is spot on. For me, I use pictures as a way to make me stop and appreciate the food I’m about to eat. It’s also made me realize that mosts foods SHOULD be photogenic, meaning they should be colorful with a lot of different textures and not slimy and dripping with grease. However, I don’t take pictures of everything I eat. If I have half a larabar, I just eat it. People know what a larabar looks like. I just started blogging, so I’m sure my philosophy on this will evolve over time. But for right now I do use it as a semi-food journal, just to make myself more aware and appreciative of what I’m eating.

Great post, thanks for bringing this up!


Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance June 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Interesting post. My blog has been running for a couple of months now and I have been playing around with what I do and don’t photograph. I have found that taking pictures of my dinners makes me far more aware of what I put on the plate e.g. portion sizes, how many veggies, how colourful the plate is etc. I am enjoying it so far but can see that I may not always want to do this.

When I read others blogs I am usually looking for ideas and inspiration. So I try to apply this to my posts too. If I eat the same brekkie everyday for a week I wouln’t post 7 identical pictures, but if I have a new idea I would use a photo to illustrate it. I certainly talk about almost all of my food intake, even if I don’t photograph it.


ellie June 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm

My blog was originally an eating disorder recovery blog. Over the past couple of months I’ve started putting up photos- NOT of everything I eat but usually 1-2 meals/snacks. In some ways it’s been positive for me (ie, pushing me to branch out new things, making my meals more attractive/photogenic) but even just a couple pictures seems to detract from the original purpose of my blog and it doesn’t feel like my ‘own’ anymore…. I know people read it for the food talk and my recovery involves my relationship with food, but that’s not the whole part and it’s hard for me to stay focused on my recovery/blog when food is so heavily emphasised. It’s been a big ‘issue’ for me the past few days and my posts definitely reflect that- the whole tone of my blog has changed and I don’t even know who/what I’m writing for anymore.


katecooks June 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm

i try to take pictures of everything i eat and if i can’t i mention it in my post for the day. it can be a little nerve wracking at times, but it also helps me to stop and actually look at what i made or what i am eating. ive come to really love photography and not dig into my food the second it is finished. part of the reason why i do it is because i started the blog for myself as a food diary and that’s still what it feels like to me! also, i really hated reading blogs that sounded and read like a diary but then the blogger would casually mention that usually they eat 2 snacks and a bar of chocolate every day but never mention that.

with your blog, that doesnt bother me because clearly your blog isnt a food diary but it was so discouraging to me to read these blogs and think that people never ate some cereal out of the box, never snacked on some chocolate after lunch. how come i always did that?! it made me feel badly about my own habits and then i realized it’s often an illusion of what a person actually ate that day anyway! so me docummenting everything is also representative of what i want to see from a food diary — honesty!

it can become a little neurotic though. the whole thing is one big experiment/learning process i think!!!


april June 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I’m new to food blogging but have found it does get annoying when I am extremely hungry and just want to dig in! I have been enjoying it though because it is a reminder of what I’m putting in my mouth and helps me make better choices!


SarahF June 4, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I’ve never had a food blog but when I first discovered them about a year ago I seriously considered starting one. However even with the thought of starting a blog I would often find myself having 2-3 glasses of wine and a big bowl of popcorn on a Friday night and think to myself “Well it’s a good thing I’m not a food blogger…this wouldn’t look very good”. So I can definately see where the accountability would play in for food blogging. However, due to those thoughts, I realized that for myself it would end up being too restrictive and would ultimately be harmful to me..which is why I don’t have a blog (though I do enjoy reading everybody elses).


Gillian June 4, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I think taking photos of your food privately could be dangerous for someone with an eating disorder. However posting them publicly can encourage healthier eating if you know you have an audience.

I normally never food journal but was requested to on my site and have been doing so this week. It’s been a little stressful and some things I describe rather than snap photos of. It does encourage me to eat healthfully though as I want to be a positive source of inspiration and show how I get through the day.

I think it would drive me crazy doing this all of the time though!!


kayla June 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

My friend and I made the raw chocolate chip cookies today.. All i can say on how they turned out: Is it bad that i’ve already ate three?? :0 they are a tad addicting IMO..btw do u know the nutrition info on these?? im curious Thanks for the amazing recipe, next me and my friend are baking the donuts!! im pumped :)


Hangry Pants June 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I do not use my blog as a food journal because I have no reason to do that. I did, however, try to show more food when I was training. I like to munch from the box too and I’m not ashamed of it!


Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) June 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I consider my blog less of a food journal blog and more of a “I love food, look at what I made today!” kind of thing. If I used it as a way to journal I don’t think it would be nearly as much fun!


Bec June 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I dont post everything I eat just because it would be to much work and I would drive myself crazy but I do think documenting my food with photos helps me to make sure I get all my fruits and veggies and makes it easier for me to add those extra cals like PB with my carrot sticks since I know ppl will see the picture.


Hannah June 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Ever since I’ve been reading food blogs I’ve been taking pictures of what I eat. After a while, it has become cumbersome and annoying. And now that I’m on a vacation, I feel awkward pulling out my camera to take a photo of my food at a restaurant or a party. How do other people deal with public use of photographing their food?


Meghan June 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

When I started blogging I decided I definitely would not be taking photos of all of my meals. I enjoy looking at photos of food, but I think it would make me crazy to photograph everything. I think people should choose what is best for them, and for me I could see this as becoming a problem.


Faith June 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I agree with you, Angela — sometimes I just want to eat without the photographing formalities! Generally, the only times I take pics is when I make a special meal, or when I’m posting a recipe.


Tammy (Defining Wellness) June 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Hey Angela,

I learned about your blog from Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point, and I’m so glad I found it! This is such a great post! I, too, have suffered from disordered eating, and in fact, am newly recovered (the blog world helped me tremendously). I started a blog called Defining Wellness because I am a health educator and I’m very passionate about all things health and wellness. But, like you, I DO NOT think taking photos of everything I eat would be a good idea. I usually pick one or two meals or snacks to post each day (and sometimes none). I think that wellness is so much more than what we put in our mouths!! However, I love reading food blogs and think that, like you said, some people have it down to a science. If you’ve never suffered from disordered eating, it’s probably no big deal at all. In fact, if you’re a foodie, you probably love it! I’m really glad you brought up this topic, though, because I have wondered if the idea of posting everything you eat seemed too time-consuming and potentially problematic to others. Thanks for bringing up the subject!


Ashley June 5, 2009 at 1:46 am

I’ve attempted to take pictures of everything I eat, with the idea that I’d post it on my blog, but then it starts to drive me crazy and I over think everything I’m eating. So I’ve just stopped attempting it, at least as an everyday thing.


ari June 5, 2009 at 8:20 am

i don’t have a food blog or take pictures of what i eat. i think that because of my struggles with disordered eating and being obsessed about counting calories and food, taking pictures of my food would create lotsss of problems for me.


Whitney June 5, 2009 at 8:45 am

•Do you take pictures of what you eat? Why or why not?
I do take pictures of what I can, but I don’t usually get everything. It helps hold me accountable and cut back on binges. I don’t want to have to post a big eating binge!

•Has taking pictures of what you eat ever caused problems for you?
Not so far, but I’ll get back on that later if it does!

•Do you think it is a helpful tool for weight loss?
VERY much so. It’s easier to see what you ate rather than just writing it down. Plus you go to such lengths to make it interesting for the blog. I lurve it!


Ashley June 5, 2009 at 8:49 am

ange, this post really hit home. I actually semi hit on it in my post yesterday. I started out taking pics of most everything that I ate. Slowly it has started eating at me and i felt obligated to, and in turn i think compared myself to other bloggers and always wanted to make sure the meal was perfectly well rounded and “blogworthy”. It actually ended up with me gaining some weight unknowingly. I didn’t understand? I am eating all the “right” things but have gained some weight? Turns out I was eating the right things but too much of them. I have decided to stop taking pics and posting every meal and focus on meals that i find interesting. This way, I realized that now I enjoy my meal more without having to think about grabbing my camera and has helped me be a little less obsessive about my meals. I think I was thinking about everything way too in depth and way too much. Now i feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and now I am going to add in different aspects to my blog that i’ve always been interested in. Beauty products, lifestyle posts, etc. I”m excited! You are such an inspiration, thanks for all you do for your readers! :)


Caroline June 5, 2009 at 8:49 am

I’ve been without a computer for a few weeks and I definitely notice myself indulging more when eating than I would if I were taking pictures of my food for the world to see. I haven’t been food blogging that long, but knowing that someone (my mother at least!) reads regularly makes me think more of what other people would think, how they’d judge. Something I usually try to avoid thinking about, but in this case it helps me!


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