Among the endless feed of edited bodies, face-tuned complections, and snapshots of people’s most perfect moments, Instagram can be a place that makes us feel like there are unattainable standards by feedings us these false realities. However, by making the conscious decision to follow accounts that focus on sharing genuine images, relatable thoughts and positive body/lifestyle habits, you have the power to shift your feed into an inspiring and realistic space to explore. Lucky for us, @eastswithclaire is the perfect account to follow for everything above and more.
Based in Cleveland, Claire is a recent college graduate who has created an Instagram page that allows for her followers to join her on the never-ending journey of overcoming everything from comparison and breaking down impossible expectations while gaining food freedom and self-acceptance. As quoted in her Insta bio, her goal is to inspire “others to live their fullest life” and her seventeen thousand can attest to this. With a minimally edited but mega aesthetic feed, Claire frequently posts images of what she ate in a day, a realistic range of selfies and her relatable mental check-ins.
When it comes to food, Claire is super transparent with her struggles that a lot of us can relate to and keeps it real by posting healthy options that nourish your body rather than deprive it of super yummy desserts that everyone deserves to have without feeling guilty. As noted in one post, Claire explains how she “used to make my meals based on trends, aesthetics, and what I thought i “should” be making. while I have no hate towards “ig worthy meals”—I love seeing them and sometimes making them—it’s not a priority of mine when it comes to deciding what to eat, and I would MUCH rather cook myself a meal that’ll fully satiate me even if it looks boring or like a mess than one I’m making because I think it’ll look good to other people”. VALLEY loves an authentic queen.
Her captions are also super thought-provoking and comforting to anyone who struggles with confidence by including honest write-ups that remind us “it’s OKAY and normal to get caught up in our thoughts, feelings, and what we think we “should” do sometimes, but don’t forget to take a step back, give yourself space to be human, and remember that life doesn’t always have to be so serious and complicated” (@eatswithclaire).
Food aside, Claire is constantly sharing posts reminding her followers to put themselves first by reassuring them that“it’s OKAY and normal to get caught up in our thoughts, feelings, and what we think we “should” do sometimes, but don’t forget to take a step back, give yourself space to be human, and remember that life doesn’t always have to be so serious and complicated (@eatswithclaire)”. Her page is a safe space for anyone and everybody in need of a break from the pressure of social media and will leave you feeling like you are enough just how you are. Remember you have all the power to follow people who make you feel better about yourself and there are allows communities ready to welcome you with open feeds!