Instagram/Social media accounts that inform/inspire and tips to start your own account
By Ellen Schuster, BA, MS

We're a visual society. Instagram is made for food pics. Below are some accounts to consider following and sharing as well as some tips if you want to start your own Instagram account.

First, the bad news...
**Top nutrition myths on SM from an RDN @ https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/top-nutrition-fallacies-on-social-media

**The worst nutrition advice "real" nutritionists have seen on Instagram includes cleanses @ https://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2018/04/09/worst-instagram-health-advice/

Now, the good news...Instagram (and other SM) accounts that inspire
**Tired of the typical online photos of women eating food? Well one dietitian was and she started a hashtag #WomenEatingFood that shows women enjoying their food and these photos don't reinforce many women's disordered relationship with food @ https://www.delish.com/food/a27529399/women-eating-food-hashtag/

**12 best RDs to follow on Instagram...great photos, healthy meal ideas, affirmations, what to buy at the supermarket, mindful eating, cultural foods and more all from registered dietitians @ https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/the-12-best-registered-dietitian-instagrams-to-follow-for-inspiration

**11 best nutritionists to follow on Instagram for safe food advice includes sharing photos of the calories in foods, healthy food swaps and "6 ways with..." which shows how to prepare one food 6 different ways and more @ https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/food/healthy-eating/a708741/best-nutritionists-on-instagram/

**Top nutritionists love these Instagram accounts @ https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/top-nutritionists-love-these-instagram-accounts/

**17 trustworthy RDs to follow...note: not all listed have Instagram accounts but most do @ https://www.self.com/story/trustworthy-registered-dietitians-follow-great-advice

**10 dietitians you need to follow on SM...note: not all have Instagram accounts @ https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2016-03-04/10-dietitians-you-need-to-follow-on-social-media

Tips for Instagram
**Communicating with Instagram stories...the author suggests a "behind the scenes" approach about nutrition along with good/practical tips be responsive and consistent @ https://www.retaildietitians.com/articles/communicating-with-instagram-stories/

**How to grow your nutrition-focused Instagram account...an RD with a private practice shares some netiquette and photo tips @ https://andytherd.com/2017/08/08/grow-nutrition-focused-instagram-account/

**5 Instagram tips for gorgeous healthy food photos...from an RD who says to think about different textures when taking food pics @ https://nutritiouslife.com/professional/instagram-tips-food-photos/

**8 tips for better Instagram videos @ https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/stone-soup/8-tips-better-instagram-videos/

**Tips and tricks to take your Instagram to the next level with even more tips @ https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/student-scoop/tips-tricks-take-instagram-next-level/