Finding Inspiration to Live Healthier via Social Media

Pinterest has become a popular tool for organizing things of interest fround on the Internet and sharing it with others. Pictured above is a snapshot of the author's account.


It has been said many times that you’re likely to find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I must say from personal experience, this is very true.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that at some point we’ve all had a brilliant idea pop up out of nowhere—in the shower, the grocery store, etc. Somewhere you least expect it, inspiration will happen.

Recently, I’ve been finding myself thinking about spicing up our salads at home, using my homegrown kale in smoothies as opposed to making chips, and mastering the use of quinoa as a delicious side dish versus a high-calorie potato salad. Why?

Pinterest, that’s why!

Those familiar with this virtual pinboard know how useful this social media application for your mobile device or tablet can be. If you haven’t downloaded and used it, the website describes it as follows.

“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

Since setting up my Pinterest account, I’ve created a 11 boards that enable me to collect “Must Try Recipes” shared by others for later experimentation, share pictures of my homemade creations from “The Kam Home Kitchen” in hopes of inspiring others, and most recently, started a “To Good Health” board to organize recipes, tips on healthy living and more that others have posted.

The great part about Pinterest is that it allows you to follow people whose values, lifestyle, and interests match yours. You can also tailor the experience to only follow certain boards, so if you aren’t into fashion or handbags (which I’m not), you can “unfollow” those specific topics, but continue to follow an individual’s food, home gardening and home improvement boards.

Many people think primarily about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when it comes to social media, with a good amount of those people who don’t understand or see the value in using these online tools. I don’t blame them.

However, I will make the pitch to give Pinterest a try, especially if you’re one that has long enjoyed making vision or inspiration boards with pictures from magazines. It’s free to download, easy to use, and requires no glue. More than anything, it’s an informative and helpful tool, if used right.

Happy pinning!!

Nathan Kam is a Honolulu public-relations executive, husband and a proud daddy of two incredible kids, Ensen (5) and Avery (2). He enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, blogging and golfing. You can reach him via emailTwitterFacebookLinkedIn or via his personal Kam Family Blog.