Chrissy Teigen on diet culture: ‘I’ve thrown all of that out of the window’

Coming off of her silver-wigged midlife crisis, Chrissy Teigen has gone blonde this week. She documented the process on her Instagram Stories, because she’s not on Twitter anymore. I knew she would be really extra on IG and I was right, she’s ‘gramming constantly and posting all kinds of content to her Stories. It’s an oversharing itch she has to scratch constantly. Meanwhile, People Magazine released more of Chrissy’s interview for her Most Beautiful cover story:

Chrissy Teigen is focusing on enjoying her life. In her latest cover story with PEOPLE, the former model, 35, shares that she’s gone through “ups and downs” with “dieting and diet culture” over the years — and she’s over it.

“I’ve thrown all of that out of the window,” she says. “I think now at this point in my life it’s more important for me to enjoy things as they come.” Now, Teigen says she’s trying to focus on what’s “going to make me happy.”

“I eat things when I want them. Because if I don’t my mind personally goes crazy,” she shares. “I kind of put my mind over body a little bit, mind and spirit over body. If it’s going to make me happy and make me feel good, then I indulge in it.”

Giving up the diet mentality has also been an important step in the Cravings author’s wellness journey. “I’ve lived a whole life. I’ve spent way too many years counting calories, scheduling way too many workouts and trying to figure out what my term for wellness was for myself,” she says. “I’ve been trying to figure that out for so so long.”

“Now I know that it’s on the ground playing with my kids, getting out there, going to a park, going to an aquarium, being able to drive around with my kids in the car,” adds the star, who shares daughter Luna, 4, and son Miles, 2, with husband John Legend. “That is activity for me and I enjoy doing things like that.” As for her wellness routine, the star just tries “to have fun with it.”

“I will say I indulge in some things I thought were maybe cuckoo before. I do appreciate a good sound bath and I’m learning to meditate,” Teigen says, adding that she’s “not necessarily a great meditator because I really think so, so much. I do love yoga and pilates now but the balance in it is really nice because it’s nice to be able to kill two birds by playing with my kids and getting that activity in honestly. To me that’s more fun. John is different, he’s the kind of guy who can go to the gym at like 6, 7 in the morning every single day no matter what but me, no, I try to have fun with it.”

[From People]

Whatever, I’m fine with this? I don’t understand how women can be in their 30s and 40s and still be deeply entrenched in/neurotic about diet culture anyway. I’m looking at you, Gwyneth. I’m not talking about being on a program like Weight Watchers and counting calories that way – it is what it is and those kinds of programs do help people (for a time). For Chrissy specifically, my guess would be that cutting out alcohol would help/has helped her with her diet and weight. Several years back, she made it a point to drink a lot less, and that alone was probably the healthiest choice she has made, physically and mentally.

IGs courtesy of People/Teigen.

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  1. Rose says:

    RoyalFamily account on Twitter just announced passing of Prince Philip.

  2. Sarah says:

    For a better understanding of the grip diet culture has on us all, I really recommend the book What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon (@yrfatfriend) or listen to her podcast with Michael Hobbes called Maintenance Phase. It’s been very eye opening indeed.

    • Keats says:

      Yes!! When she was talking about being put on blood pressure meds simply because she’s fat and not because she actually has high blood pressure and all the health issues it caused! Stunning.

    • Goldie says:

      Aubrey Gordon is such a good writer. I haven’t read her book yet, but I’ve read several of her articles in Self Magazine (online) and I follow her on social media. I definitely want to check out her book. Her work has been very enlightening for me.

  3. Léna says:

    Wow, these photos really do her justice! Way more than the cover from a few days ago

  4. Darla says:

    I love her blonde hair. I am about to do the same, in May. I may bring these pics with me. Honey blonde is exactly what I am aiming for.

    • Watson says:

      Ooo go for it Darla! Honey blonde is the best for summer!!!

      • Darla says:

        Thank you! I haven’t done it since I turned 40, but before that I used to often. I just want to do something for post-covid. I decided this is it. :)

  5. Watson says:

    Love that Chrissy is taking a lot of steps to take care of herself. From eliminating diet culture from her life, reducing her booze intake, to her self care (therapy, baths, yoga and meditation), it’s like her grief made her really focus on healing. She’s doing all the right things in my opinion.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    “Kindness is so important” — ohhhh boy, okay

  7. HoofRat says:

    On a side note, I loooove that apricot-coloured dress; Fortuny pleating is so flattering.

  8. Christa says:

    Different strokes for different folks… in my mid forties and started the WFPB mostly NO diet because of strong family history of coronary artery disease. I get that she said “mind over body” and for her right now that works. I will be moving into menopause and risk for CV disease increases. The diet also reduces risk for breast cancer which plagued 1 in 8 US women. I will try to keep this diet for my health not weight loss.

  9. Jules says:

    So she says no to diet culture, but yes to plastic surgery, being nipped and tucked beyond recognition. How admirable.

    • Kate says:

      well ya know, one thing at a time! when your whole teenager and young adulthood revolves around looking thin and pretty to be valued as a model that’s got to be a big part of how you value yourself. Releasing the grip of diet culture is a big thing to come to terms with and should free up a lot of mental space for her. Also she’s hardly the only celebrity to have a streak of vanity and to get plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures!

      • Jules says:

        Oh please, Chrissy is the one in our faces, on the cover of People mag, all over social media, posing and preening. She is the one flaunting the fake body and face. Stop making excuses for bad behavior.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    “I don’t understand how women can be in their 30s and 40s and still be deeply entrenched in/neurotic about diet culture anyway.”

    Really? Maybe I’m not understanding, Things that bother and worry us don’t magically disappear. Neurosis and obsessive behaviors don’t either.

    • Watson says:

      EXACTLY. We all work through our trauma at different times in our lives. I can only imagine how being a model messes with your head in terms of what the ideal body type or look should be. Just because you turn 30 or 40 doesn’t mean those anxieties magically get waved away.

  11. Joanna says:

    My mom is 79 and still entrenched in it. Sad to me

  12. Kathy Kack says:

    I cannot stand her and the pics look awful IMO.

  13. matahari33 says:

    Diet culture is so outdated in my opinion. I’m team Chrissy on this one