How to Eat Less and Photograph More

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The psychological side of overeating

I had a lovely nutritionist in Miami who helped me lose weight and change how I related to food. She worked with me on the psychological side of overeating, anxious eating, and mindless eating. During the first few months, she gave me a set menu that I could vary ever so slightly, and I had to keep a written journal of everything I ate. The daily journal helped me eat less.

I loved writing down what I ate, but I hated reading it because I could see where and when I was splurging -I cringed when I read my food diary and understood my problem areas. The cringing took me to a new path, and I decided to create a photo journal of my meals. After some time, I started to style my food, and I looked at food as something fun and not a menace.

 

I learned that veggies and fruits are much prettier photographically than potatoes, meats, and cheeses. The latter doesn’t have much color, and they need the veggies and the herbs to look more appetizing. I focused on learning how to cook the colorful dishes, and with time they became the more significant part of my plate because they are so beautiful! That is one way that food photo-journaling helped me eat less.

I’m not making any suggestions; I am only sharing my experience. Right now, I am going through another bout of anxious eating. It could be due to this new style of pandemic living that is driving me up the wall, and it could be due to other things- I have changed how I eat and am creating a written and photo food journal. Join me?

Mornings

advocado, eggs, parsley salad dish

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to eat eggs in the morning. I do change things around. Sometimes I eat rolled oats, but those never photograph well! I drink a protein smoothie on some mornings, and I am yet to make a mouth-watering photo of a smoothie.

I look forward to the challenge of a good smoothie photo. It will probably be all about the detail, such as mint leaves, a few blueberries around the glass, or using a champagne flute to make that smoothie look pretty.

Lunch and dinner

table setting with yellow and white table cloth, salad, fish, glasses and dressing bowl

I love these meals because they allow me to work with texture and color. Lettuces, tomatoes, carrots, and bell peppers make any dull color meat look beautiful. I look at many food photos for inspiration, and then I create my versions of the dishes.

Desserts

sliced oranges, blueberries and rasberry

Yes, to desserts when on a diet! I’ll be eating lots of fruits and will search for different ways to make low-calorie but tasty desserts.

Join my food photo challenge! Tag me on Instagram @50andrising, and let’s share our images.

Marguerite

Marguerite Beaty, Blogger, Photographer & Artist

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4 Responses

    1. Hi Thelma, sorry for the late reply! I use the Sony ZV1 and my iPhone.
      I think that the secret is to photograph under a good light- I use day light.

      The settings on the camera vary. If I want everything to be reasonably sharp I photograph with an F8- most of my food photos are pretty sharp. I only use the shallow depth of field if the background is ugly or if I’m photographing a drink.

  1. Great tips! I really need to start to keep a food diary again. Love the pic of your poached egg and avocado!

    1. Hi Lara, apologies for the late reply!
      The food diary helps me so much- That photo had to be done a few times because the egg yolk wasn’t spreading out in a delicious-looking way!

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