Infuse Issue 7 March 2019 - Page 30
So with these valuable insights from Marci and Regan’s
presentation, here are five top tips for dietitians sharing on
1. What’s your intention for sharing?
This is a great question to ask before sharing
either a photo of yourself or a foodie photo.
Keeping our own privileges in check and
assessing what we want the post to achieve, will
help minimize potential negative mental health
effects for our community members. And it might
even inspire you to come up with non-foodie ideas!
2. Does it reflect your real life?
Ensure the images you post reflect what
you normally eat, or similarly are the kinds
of foods or meals you’re encouraging your
clients to eat. An occasional expensive
meal or highly stylized food image might
be okay, but let’s keep it real – we don’t
eat like this every day, so be mindful of
the perceptions it could be sending if you
post these lavish pictures frequently. 3. Does the size of the meal in the photo
match the recipe?
Whilst I’m a huge advocate for eating
according to our hunger and fullness cues,
it’s misleading to show a portion size dished
up that is vastly different to an estimated
serve size in the recipe. Our clients need to
juggle their food budget and appetites. If
we get it wrong, they or their family can go
hungry just by wrong assumptions from a
4. Does the meal look easy to cook
There are lots of tips and courses available
to help you take better pictures. For
example using natural lighting, clean
surfaces and avoiding over-
cropping photos (this one’s a
common rookie error!) can all
help. However once we have
the perfect image, it’s
important to ensure it still
looks easy and affordable or
people will feel disheartened. 5. Are you ‘keeping it real’?
Is there an opportunity to show an
“imperfect” meal that you stuffed up or
really doesn’t look appealing to eat?
Sometimes these posts with a
dash of humor can be the most
popular. Keeping it real
shows you’re human and
goes a long way in
creating genuine rapport
with your followers.
© Dietitian Connection
Infuse | March 2019