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What would encourage you to post photo's of your meals on HE?

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Good morning everyone, we've had a great poll idea from Imaaan to explore why more members don't post food photo's.

We love photo's of each others food and meals on HE and have a very eclectic membership with differing food needs and choices.

What everyone has to realise is we all posted our first photo once and now enjoy sharing recipes and ideas with one another as we want to encourage/inspire all members to eat well for them and their needs.

As for comparing our meals to others we have to be careful with this as we take so many things for granted and often see others meals as more interesting than ours. I have felt this recently with some quinoa and buckwheat porridge photo's that I've posted because compared to Zest my bowls of porridge looked more like a bowl of slop and her hubby would be worried if he was presented with a bowl of my porridge. But this is exactly the reason that we should share our photo's of meals as we have so many choices and there are so many variations and a photo shows this diversity.

So please say what would encourage you to post photo's of your meals and we will see if we can put a poll together and explore this further and most importantly encourage you our members to participate as you the members are the community. We your admin team merely try to guide the community in a positive and wholesome way as we all have a common interest in healthy eating.

One of the most stunning food photo's that I've seen posted on a community was of a large strawberry in the palm of the members had and it was wow. Which shows how less can be better. ๐Ÿ“

And thank you Imaaan for this great idea.

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Lavender54 profile image

Hello, I think that's a brilliant idea, would certainly concentrate my mind & encourage me to be a bit less idle & more adventurous.

Problem though as I have absolutely no idea how to put a photo on here. L

in reply to Lavender54

Hi Lavender54 then here's how to post a photo please see the screen shot, you type the title of your post in the header box then you write the script about your post then you have 2 smaller boxes one that says Photo click this hox and then you can download a photo from. your photo library and the box beneath this is to chose from one of our Topics.

I hope that this helps and I'd love to see your photo's of food.

How to make a post and add a photo
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Lavender54 in reply to

Thank you very much. I use a laptop so can transfer from my phone.

I'll give it a go presently. L

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Lavender54 in reply to

Sorry Jerry, not having much luck here.I transfer phone photos to Drive, so can't access them with that icon, which only goes to files, downloads etc.

I insert photos from Drive into emails.

Apologies, am rather cloth headed with tech. L

in reply to Lavender54

Hi Lavender54 to make a post with my mobile this is the screen shot:

Screen shot.
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And when you click the photo box you have choices:

Screen shot with Photo options.
Cooper27 profile image
Cooper27Administrator in reply to Lavender54

Hi lavender54, are you trying to post a photo on a phone, tablet or computer?

I think it should be the same for all, but this is an image from my phone.

You attach a photo by clicking this icon, browse to where the image is stored, select it. It'll come up with a window asking you to add a description of your image, so do that, and hit OK, and you image should appear.

Image showing how to attach a photo
in reply to Cooper27

Thanks Cooper and this is how to post a photo in a reply Lavender54 so we don't confuse you.

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Lavender54 in reply to Cooper27

Many thanks. I'll start experimenting in a mo'. L

Faith33 profile image
Faith33 in reply to Cooper27

testing... how to post an picture

0ven oats
in reply to Faith33

Hey well done Faith33 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Faith33 in reply to

I dont think you can read the instructions. I dont have puc of food in my laptop but i will try to make some to post. Its a great idea.

Activity2004 profile image
Activity2004Administrator in reply to Faith33

When you click on the picture of the recipe, it enlarges the picture on the phone. Sounds good!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Cooper27 profile image

We don't allow phones at the dinner table, so I only take a photo of a meal if I think it's worth breaking the rule for ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fran182716 profile image

Some of my one pot meals taste delicious but donโ€™t look great, especially soup can look like it was ๐Ÿคฎ !I just forget to take pictures but I will do when I get something that looks appetising ๐Ÿ˜€

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Isinatra in reply to Fran182716

Same here, Fran. I made onion soup and couldnโ€™t for the life of me make it look like anything but a bowl of worms.

in reply to Isinatra

Hey Isinatra I sometimes think my main meal looks like a plate of slop LOL...

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Isinatra in reply to

Never! Your meals are always cheerful and appetizing. I think your post is the sumthinโ€™ sumthinโ€™ needed to get past the hesitancy of sharing photos. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผWords of encouragement are always welcomed.

in reply to Isinatra

Its true Isinatra and you know when something is cooked when the smoke alarm goes off.

We want to encourage one another to eat well and for us and to share our experiences and photo's and you have posted some great meals. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Isinatra in reply to

๐Ÿ˜I had to disconnect my alarm. Way too much smoke ๐Ÿ’จ

Thank you, Jerry.

in reply to Fran182716

Hey me too Fran but fortunately its the taste that counts...

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Fran182716Prediabetic in reply to

Your photos look good Jerry, especially the breads ๐Ÿ˜€

in reply to Fran182716

Thank you for saying this Fran it is appreciated. Jerry ๐Ÿ˜Š

kitchengardener2 profile image

I will post photos if I remember, usually remember after we have eaten!! Homemade veg soup for lunch today, chicken tandoori, salad and rice for dinner. I bottled my winter blackberry gin this week and I will cook the strained Blackberries with our own apples and make crumbles. That'll keep me busy today!! Alice x

in reply to kitchengardener2

Hey what lovely sounding meals Alice and you have been industrious so you enjoy your Blackberry gin that'll keep you out of mischief...๐Ÿฅ‚

Hi Jerry, I hope you won't mind my thoughts as just a guest member. I don't comment much on posts here as I am just a guest but in the background I really love to read about everyone's inventive and delicious recipes and I love to see the end result in a picture. I'm really bad at being inspired by cookery books which don't have photos. I need that visual end result to see what I'm aiming for.My favourite photos are often of the more exotic or colourful meals, with rarer ingredients, but I completely agree that there's lots of merit in one which is artistically pleasing of the most simple of foods, like the strawberry. What could be more inspiring to make you want to have a healthy breakfast than a beautifully presented bowl of porridge with a topping, whatever that might be, for example.

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Hi Sue on the contrary we want as many thoughts as possible and you are more than a guest visitor you are a friend so thank you for this and the other week you had more likes to your reply to our poll then anyone has ever had before so you're a goodun'

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Thank you Jerry! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

HungryHufflepuff profile image
HungryHufflepuffMeal Of The Month

I worry that people would think my photos are boring. ๐Ÿค”

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Isinatra in reply to HungryHufflepuff

Iโ€™ll appreciate any photo of food you post. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

HungryHufflepuff profile image
HungryHufflepuffMeal Of The Month in reply to Isinatra

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Zest profile image
Zest in reply to Isinatra

Me too, I'd appreciate seeing HungryHufflepuff 's postings too. :-)

Zest :-)

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HungryHufflepuffMeal Of The Month in reply to Zest

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

in reply to HungryHufflepuff

Hey your photo's are great HungryHufflepuff I really like your posts. ๐Ÿ‘

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HungryHufflepuffMeal Of The Month in reply to

Thank you, that's very kind of you to say ๐Ÿ˜ณ

in reply to HungryHufflepuff

Its the truth ๐Ÿ˜Š

Imaaan profile image

Hiya Jerry,

I figured my poll suggestion was going to remain anonymous, so thanks for mentioning me :) I really like all the points that you brought up and even appreciate that used your porridge picture as an example in reference to comparison. Kudos to you for being open and vulnerable in order to encourage others to post.

When I was uploading my porridge picture I thought to myself it doesn't have all the aesthetically pleasing bells and whistles. That thought quickly left because I remembered the benefits of eating my variation of porridge at the height of my flare up. Since we are a community with members that struggle with one or more health conditions, I figured it would be nice for others to see what got me through my flare ups. Even though mine couldn't hold a candle stick to Zest's porridge, I posted anyway because we all have our own journey to healthy eating. More importantly, food is nourishing and delicious regardless of how its presented.

Im hoping that this post will open the floodgates for a discussion that will lead to an increase in participation and interaction from the 53,000+ members.

in reply to Imaaan

Hello Imaaan firstly thank you for this poll suggestion and we believe in open transparency so you deserve full credit for it especially as we've had such a great response.

I don't post meals if I dint think they look attractive and I'm also very aware of how LED lighting affects photo's pf food and can make them look less attractive.

You are also quite right that its what goes into our meals and not just how we present it.

We do have 53K+ members with around 3K contributing monthly so remember folks this is your community we the admin are only the stewards of the community and we all need each other.

So thank you again for this great suggestion.

Jerry. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Activity2004 profile image

I take some pictures of what my meals are here and there, but the pictures have to look really good and show how the meal(s) with the food look. Some pictures don't do the meals/food any justice. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

in reply to Activity2004

You're spot on here Leah as often a photo does not do the meal justice. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Zest profile image

Hi Hidden

As you know, I am a frequent poster of my meals here in HE, and I enjoy doing so. I love it when I see other people's postings, and I'm happy that you've done a post about encouraging people to post - it's lovely to see everyone's meals, and I am a fan of all your posts - your breakfast ones are always great, as are all your other postings. :-)

I've relied on some of your recipes too - you are the King of Cakes! :-)

Zest :-)

in reply to Zest

Thank you Zest you are a star poster of HE and we all know that and respect you and your meal choices very much as you are an inspiration to all our members to eat well and have plenty of exercise. So thank you for all your great contributions you are indeed a star and I think I'm probably more of a cup cake...LOL ๐Ÿ˜Š

Biomet profile image

Good morning Jerry, In response to pictures of meals etc, and whilst this is not a meal, itโ€™s a picture of what it says on the โ€˜tin.โ€™

I did some research recently about how to lower ones BP (as it was high at the time) through food and not tablets. Finding that Flaxseed and chia seeds helped, my subsequent purchase at a health food shop was for separate items.

As you can see Tesco had a mixed bag so thought it should be shared with people on this forum.

Whilst this works for myself, if anyone else has found ways to lower the blood pressure through food, it might be useful for other people too.

Milled seeds
in reply to Biomet

Good morning Biomet and thanks for this as it looks very nutritious and if it helps lower blood pressure then spread the word. ๐Ÿ‘

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Fran182716Prediabetic in reply to Biomet

I bought some flax seeds with the vague intention of making some sort of low sugar flapjack but so far they have sat in the cupboard, what do you do with yours?

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Biomet in reply to Fran182716

Well I would generally sprinkle it on my porridge or other type of cereal. If you are making some small pancakes just put a dessert spoonful into the mixture. Well there are a few suggestions. You may find your own use.

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Fran182716Prediabetic in reply to Biomet

Sounds good, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

secrets22 profile image

IF I KNEW HOW TO DO IT...i am rubbish at all tech

in reply to secrets22

Hey secrets22 if you check these replies out you will be an expert:



Biomet profile image
Biomet in reply to secrets22

Hello Secrets 22, When you press the reply button there is a little row of options. There is one with a little mountain and โ€˜sunโ€™ in an oblong. If you click on that you have the option of looking in your photograph archive or taking a picture.

This was done on my phone so not sure how it could be done on a laptop.

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secrets22 in reply to Biomet

i dont use a mobile phone...i am a complete technophobe....but thank you.

My plates of food, generally, look like a war zone - not enticing at all ๐Ÿ˜‚. I'm trying my best to engage here more as I find the largest majority of posters helpful and interesting. Will try to crawl out of my shell a bit more and get more involved .........

HKAnne profile image

Hi Jerry,

I often think of taking a picture to post but I am so greedy, I usually eat everything before I can take the photo!

It is a great idea though and I really enjoy looking at your and others pictures of your lovely food.

Perhaps it could be my New Year Resolution to post some food pictures!

Kind regards.


in reply to HKAnne

LOL HKAnne and thats very kind of you and that'd would be great to see your food photo's. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wulugu profile image

i dont know how to . happy to try wulugu

in reply to Wulugu

Hi Wulugu , others have asked this so if you check out these replies they should help. And thats great that you're happy to try as everyone will be happy to see your photo's. ๐Ÿ˜Š




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