August 5, 2014

Instagram Inspiration!


Who’d have thought that countless people across the globe would spend hours pouring over small square photographs on various versions of a small black box?! But we do. And I love it.  I love the community and inspiration that Instagram can bring! As you can probably guess, my feed is comprised mainly of food related pictures.  I love being inspired by other people’s worlds.  From watching homesteading life and being inspired to eat seasonally to feeding on the creativity of stunning healthy desserts in an Aukland cafe, I love it all.  So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.  They’re all different and provide different kinds of food and inspiration but I’m always happy when these people below pop up on my feed!

The Whole Food Diary


‘A 32 year old story to a healthful 365 days, minus the sugar’. Simple, clean, nutritious every day life made beautiful, happy and delicious.  Londoner Charlotte provides gorgeous daily inspiration for eating clean around the clock in the midst of her daily life.  Breakfast bowls to eat on the train, baked oatmeal, smoothies, clean simple desserts… it’s all manageable, and she posts lots of recipes and clever ideas.


The Whole Food Diary


I saw Katie the other day and she said that she’d just come from her gym, her grocery store, and her tanning salon… aka her garden! Katie is a wonderful homesteading, homeschooling, healthy eating, fun loving wife and mom of 5. Her insta comes with a really useful and fun blog too where she shares her journey in transitioning the family to eating healthily, building a garden (and a house!) and living off the land.  She has weekly meal plans with seasonal produce and meal ideas for families, kids and individuals using seasonal, clean ingredients.  I love it!


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How many things can you fit on top of a burger? This genius of a lady will beat you 😉 The Hulet family’s Instagram famous #sundaynightguacburgers have inspired many Sunday night grilling sessions in our house, just go and check the hashtag! And it’s not just Sundays, the rest of the week you’ll find inspiration for all kinds of paleo wonders and beyond gorgeous desserts.  If you glance through you’ll see there’s also a cookbook on the way (I can’t wait) –  it looks like nothing else in the paleo dessert world, phenomenal.


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Leah welcomes you into the good the bad and, well, the real life of being dedicated to health and fitness with a husband, 4 kids and a full schedule!!  She’s a close friend and I love her and this down to earth, honest account!  At 30, after having 4 kids and already having cut out gluten/dairy/sugar, she ventured into the gym just to lose the baby weight… and never looked back, she’s now a bikini competitor! She shares everything; food, prep, cheat meals, struggles of food intolerances, the honesty of real life, body insecurities, all of the truth behind the scenes. The ultimate real life journey to remind you that health is possible and manageable for everyone!


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Alyssa is a mom of two, pregnant with her third and she inspires me! I’m taking notes for when I have babies! She’s a pilates and yoga instructor and always a super healthy eater but in a life bringing and non restrictive feeling way, which I sooo value! Listening to our bodies and being gracious towards ourselves is so important, Alyssa is one of the best at showing how to live a healthy balanced life. Like no one else she manages to navigate health through the ins and outs of every day life, at home and on the road.. and during pregnancy.


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This is definitely one of the top resources for creative and inspired grainfree/gluten free/paleo cooking. My boss gave me Danielle Walker’s NY Times best selling cookbook a while back and I’ve been following her and loving her food ever since.   She has come up with clean ways to recreate some of the most delicious dishes and as well as the instagram account, her blog is full of recipes for clean versions of everything you need in life.


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Formerly The Blonde Vegan, Jordan recently ‘came out’ about how she is changing up the way she eats and moving away from veganism.  Having been on a similar journey myself and moved from myself from strict raw veganism to adding meat, eggs and cooked foods back in for a more healthily balanced approach, I love watching her demonstrate a balanced and healthy lifestyle.  She’ll inspire you with recipes, a great fun account focusing you on staying balanced in life while pursuing health, she’ll remind you that everyone’s different and inspire you to find what’s right for you.  There’s also a great blog with lots of recipes, tips, and two brilliant, totally manageable 5 day cleanses.


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I love the creativity and beauty of food and this is one of my favorite places to watch that foodie creativity happen! These guys will fill your feed with the most stunning raw food creations that inspire me to get in the kitchen with simple ingredients and create excellent food in its least processed form. More than anyone, they prove that healthy food is the furthest thing from boring.  I dream daily about going to Auckland just to pick up the chia puddings and detox salads from the Little Bird Unbakery! I didn’t know that what was missing from my life was fresh flowers, sprouts and hemp seeds in half avocados on my lunch salads… but now I know 😉


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Who doesn’t love a really great cup of coffee? Sometimes I just need pretty pictures of things that make me happy! Temple coffee is one of our favourite coffee spots and they add a little good looking coffee into my feed!




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