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Healthy Living: The Yin and the Yang of Social Media and My Diet

Healthy LivingMy name is Amy and I’m a social media addict.

I have a permanent residence established on Facebook. I have second homes on Twitter and Pinterest. I visit Instagram and Vine on a regular basis. HootSuite has a place on the home screen of my iPhone.

I chat with my friends, keep up with their children’s lives through pictures, stay in touch with my far away family and get snippets of news and entertainment from my social media sites. I also get recipes, lots of recipes.

We all know I love to cook. I love eating more than cooking. For those reasons, social media is a gold mine of culinary nuggets.

Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it isn’t.

My friends are pretty equally divided into the Paleo/Cross Fit category and the Stanley’s BBQ/Whataburger group.

The recipes that have come across my newsfeed today include Jalapeno Popper Dip, Texas Corn Caviar, S’mores Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Oreo Cookies, Snickers Dip and Bacon Wrapped Sausages. On the flip side, there’s been Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Greek Yogurt Dip, Sweet Berry Smoothies and Skinny Enchiladas.

I’ll admit; yesterday it was hard to eat my salad with grilled chicken and lemon juice for lunch because right before going to eat, I’d read a recipe for Southwestern Stuffed Cheeseburgers, which sounded really good.

The social media diet isn’t easy. Food pictures are mouthwatering. Recipes are riveting.  However, the beauty is that there are as many healthy options at your fingertips as there are not-so-healthy ones. It’s just a matter of making the right choice.

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