My name is Sam, and I’m a porn addict.

It’s just not fair. The incredible lighting. Attention to detail. And don’t even get me STARTED on those close-ups… It’s hot. It’s luscious. It’s steamy. You can almost taste it.

Okay, get your minds out of the gutter. I’m talking about food.

Studies have been floating around for YEARS about the addictiveness of food, and it is one of the “go-to” culprits for the obesity epidemic. With the rise of the internet, and more specifically, the prevalence of social media, food has gone from something we’re addicting to eating, to something we’re addicting to staring at.

Yup, we’re dirty, promiscuous, voyeuristic, food peeping-toms.

I’m just as guilty as anyone. This blog is LITTERED with photographs of my latest creation, often trying to capture the flavor in every pixel.

I happened to pick up Women’s Health Magazine at the store the other day; a substitute impulse buy in a weak moment that normally would have resulted in ice cream or a candy bar. Babysteps.

Anyway, smack dab center there is an article about food porn and its effect on our brains… and our waistlines.

Food photography is nothing new. To capture food well is an art. We’ve all seen those bowls of fruit.

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But from magazines to blogs and now to social media, pictures of food are EVERYWHERE; and it’s neurologically screwing with us.

Looking at pictures of food porn releases endorphins in the brain, but because the brain associates looking at food with being fed, a disconnect starts to form and our bodies become confused… and hungry. So later, even if you’re eating something relatively healthy, your body is going to want MORE of it.

Not to mention the extreme feelings of guilt most of us pile on when we look at pictures of desserts and dishes swimming in creamy sauces or covered in cheese. What’s that there? Your exercise motivation board has 151 pins, but your food board has 300? Something isn’t right here…

Addictions come in all shapes and sizes. I mean, I’m sure you go through your day listening to people talk about how they’re “addicted to pinterest.” While this comment is likely hyperbolic, that person may be in deeper than he or she thinks.

Not a pinterest fan? Maybe you’re glued to instagram and twitter instead… which isn’t any better…

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Holy crap, people! Why can’t we just sit and eat food? What is it we find so gratifying about taking pictures of and tweeting about everything that passes through our lips? No really, I’m asking; as one of these offenders, I can’t honestly give you an answer about why I’m so compelled to photograph my food. Gratification? Validation? Who knows. All I know is that I post a lot. And then I OGGLE a lot.

Unfortunately, I can only guess that a lot of people are like me and assume they are helping themselves by just “looking.” But when it really comes down to it, you’re giving yourself food blueballs. By constantly barraging your brain with images of things you want but ultimately denying yourself of them, you’re going to crack. Like, carpal tunnel, wrist in a sling crack. Too graphic? Meh.

What does it come down to? We’re human. We like pleasurable things. More specifically, we like to EXPERIENCE pleasurable things. So even though you think you’re keeping your diet in check, you could be doing more harm than good.

Am I going to stop posting pictures with my recipes? HELL to the NO! But I will be more selective, and perhaps even be less stagey (unless it’s a beautiful masterpiece).

And I have cut back CONSIDERABLY on my pinterest dessert stalking. You know what? It makes a HUGE difference. Instead of lusting after the foods I “can’t” have, I’ve spent my time thinking about what I can do with all the delicious things I CAN eat. It’s empowering.

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11 thoughts on “My name is Sam, and I’m a porn addict.

  1. cjackplay.wordpress.com says:

    PopStuff did a podcast on cooking shows and they basically said the same thing. We don’t get step by step instructions from Julia anymore now we get a quick throw it together and look how pretty it is. People don’t want to learn how to make the dish they just want to see how good it looks. Weird. I try to be mindful of what and how I pin. A lot of my pins are recipes I am actually going to try or was looking for and want to be able to find it again easily, but it is hard not to get pulled in to the gorgeous desert posts. Now I’m gonna be paranoid that people think less of me for dessert pictures. 🙂

    • sexyflexi says:

      haha I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with pinterest; it’s definitely a convenient way to organize posts that you plan to go back to.
      I just know I’m guilty at staring at pictures of “3 ingredient sex brownies!” for a far longer time than should be allowed, without ever visiting the original posting site.
      But everyone needs a good dessert pic now and then 😉

  2. By the title of your post I assumed somebody conned you into reading 50 Shades. Like my cousin did to me. So that I would have a baby and she could enter it in pageants. Wtf is wrong with my family? Why am I telling you this??
    I for one am all for making your food as pretty as you want because I am a chef and no matter how good my food tastes, when I send something that is visually awesome out of the kitchen, everyone wants to order that. I think it’s kind of cool that this movement is happening that everyone wants to create food that is restaurant worthy cuisine and share said art with the world.
    I do not however have any qualms with eating food 99% of the time that isn’t worth a “pin” – my floppy omelettes and blah blah stir frys still taste good in my book.
    But I love your food porn! I hope you keep it up because your recipes are good for everyone and they inspire me to try new stuff!

    • sexyflexi says:

      haha don’t worry; my recipes aren’t going ANYWHERE… just spending FAR less time on instagram and pinterest 😉

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