FOOD PORN | Why It Leaves You Feeling Dirty and Unsatisfied

Cookie Milk Shot Glass Dominique Ansel Food Porn
Food Porn is the term used to describe any visual representation of food that arouses, stimulates, and titillates the senses. Nothing has gotten me more excited this last week than Dominique Ansel’s milk shot glasses made of chocolate chip cookies. You just KNOW what it’s going to taste like even before eating it.

You may be more familiar with the term ‘Food Porn’ being used on Instagram hashtagging pictures of gluttonous dinners at the latest hot spot, boozey brunches, and close ups of how much crap is on the plate. Certain food porn leaves us feeling dirty and remorseful, because the food IS dirty. It’s laden with sugar, fat, and oil — all the things that numb our senses and leave us feeling unsatisfied and wanting more. nd no matter how much we’ve had, we want more and cling to it like it’s the last time we’ll ever see it. Are we still talking about food here?

Unlike its dirtier version, good food is filling and reminds us that it will always be there for us. Food is meant to be nutritious, satisfying, supportive, energizing, and eaten in as close to its most natural form. Sadly, it’s not and I’m guilty of it too sometimes. I sit at my computer mad as hell that I still haven’t been to Dominique Ansel Bakery to try the Cronut and this man has just come out with a milk & cookie shot. It’s going to be impossible to get in now.

My problem with Food Porn is not that you’ve been able to try to the Cronut before I have. I admire your ability to stand in line at 4 am! My problem with Food Porn is that it only teases us with salty, fatty, highly processed, and heart-clogging foods. It only tempts my brain to crave foods that make me feel sluggish, bloated, and gassy.

Our brains eat food before our stomachs do. What do you think happens when you’ve been staring at a picture of a milk and cookie shot? You’re going to want a milk and cookie shot! Our brains tell us what we think we want to eat. Food porn is diet propaganda. Ok, that may be a little extreme but it’s true. There’s a reason companies spend billions of dollars in food advertisements and making their product look juicy, fluffy, creamy, and rich.

If the right image can make us eat a burger sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme donuts, the right image can make us crave vitamin-rich spinach salads, juicy orange slices, energizing green juices, and other clean, nutrient-dense foods.

Imagine if your Instagram feed was full of these images…
Food Porn Why We Take Photos of Our Food
green juice food porn
blueberries food porn

LGC TIP: Exposing your eyes and head to healthy, clean eats tricks your body into wanting these foods.

So the next time you’re at the Farmer’s Market, Instagram the veggie stand and note how the leeks and spinach were pulled from the ground and still have dirt on them. Or Instagram the different shades of apples. Capture photos of all the blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Take photos of this kind of food porn and see what it does for you.

Challenge: I’m going to start hashtagging my food with #CleanEats and #LeanGirlsClub. Will you join me for the month of March? Submit your photos and I’ll share some of the best ones with my readers.

I want to hear from you! How did you feel after just looking at these images? I hope you felt refreshed, lighter, and craving fruits and veggies.

Image Source: LeanGirlsClub Instagram except the Milk Shot from Dominique Ansel’s Instagram.

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