I Ate Like Chrissy Teigen For A Week & Here's What Happened

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Chrissy Teigen loves food. She is as real as they come for celebs on social media, and her focus on chowing down is nothing short of inspirational. Not only has the former model published her very own cookbook, Cravings (with another on the way), but she also fills her social media pages with all things food-related on the reg. And because I also love (and live for) food, I felt compelled to model my meals on her fabulous foodie inspiration for a week.

Thumbing through Teigen's Instagram account, I picked out the dishes that seemed to be 'grammed again and again to build my five-day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner plan. Her favorites (pizza, pasta, and Shake Shack) also happen to be mine. She loves Egg McMuffins? Hey, so do I! CT does cook at home in addition to eating out, so I tried to strike a somewhat fair balance. This will be great, I thought — piece-of-Momofuku-funfetti-cake great.

And while my week started off strong (and delicious), this food journey ultimately turned into a struggle with a capital S. Because, as much as it kills me to say this, I have come to learn that there really is such a thing as too many burritos.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 1 Breakfast
I began with Teigen's "low and slow creamy eggs with garlic-roasted bacon and burst tomatoes" — which have appeared on her Instagram more than once, so I'm assuming they're one of her breakfast faves.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
While I admittedly have a slight pork sensitivity, I dove right into this first meal (because, bacon) — and it was damn delicious. A pretty practical start to my CT journey (pork allergies aside).
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 1 Lunch
For lunch, I turned to Teigen's sweet-chili salmon. She's apparently big into whipping up fresh fish at home — and I, unfortunately, am not.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
I cheated a little and purchased my salmon, pre-made, at the supermarket. It was less of a hassle than making it myself, but I would guess that Teigen's pan-seared (skin side up, people) would've tasted a lot better. Overall, I was still feeling good.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 1 Dinner
If you follow CT on any form of social media, you know that she absolutely loves pasta — and guess what? Same.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
So for my first day's dinner, I happily ordered up a big bowl of spaghetti, true Teigen-style. And I swirled, twirled, and savored every last cheesy bite.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 2 Breakfast
Teigen's next breakfast go-to: avocado toast with a fried egg on top, also known as her "favorite easy breakfast."
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
This one was a no-brainer for me, and is something I already regularly consume. And even though I didn't have the makings at home, you can luckily purchase avocado toast with a fried egg on top just about anywhere in NYC. It was delicious.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 2 Lunch
Teigen's super-timely summer rolls! CT impressively made her batch fresh at home...
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
But I, again, purchased mine pre-made. They were still fresh and pretty tasty (I was also able to tote them with me for a day trip to the beach). A win-win — day two was going just as smoothly as day one.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 2 Dinner
Until this happened: Teigen's "This burrito is so big I'm using it as a table for my fish taco" dinner.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
I love Mexican food — but this enormous burrito-and-taco combo is definitely more than I would usually order. And fam, I struggled to finish that massive burrito "table."
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 3 Breakfast
I was running out of Teigen breakfast options that match my own favorites — so I was left with Fruity Pebbles.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
Still full from the previous night's Mexican meltdown, I resorted to eating these Fruity Pebbles cake balls (conveniently sent to me by friendly PR people). It was a strange and weirdly sugary start to my third day.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 3 Lunch
Teigen and her hubby, John Legend, love Shake Shack. And so do I. So do I...
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
Yep, this is when things really began to unravel for me. I was still full from my cake-ball breakfast. And while I'd never turn down a ShackBurger and some crinkle-cut fries, I was seriously starting to slow down. (I still finished every last bite.)
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 3 Dinner
Teigen and Legend at it again with their bread-and-cheese-loving antics — here's a shot from one of their Italy trips. And while I am a firm believer that pizza is life, four pies seemed a bit excessive.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
So, I opted for one pie and called it a night on my day filled with cake, burgers, and pizza.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 4 Breakfast
Because I hadn't consumed enough grease the day before, here's today's breakfast — brought to you by Teigen's "John McMuffin."
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
I don't have a John Legend to sweetly serenade me while whipping up toasted English muffins with melted cheese and fluffy, fried eggs — so, I just picked this up at a deli. I love BECs, but, if it's even humanly possible, I was starting to feel some cheese fatigue.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 4 Lunch
I attempted to recover from my cheese bonanza with Teigen's homemade spaghetti-squash bolognese (sans shaved cheese).
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
So I whipped it up for lunch, and it was seriously delicious.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 4 Dinner
Teigen happens to love one of my favorite NYC restaurants: Seamore's. So I knew I had to stop by for crispy fish tacos — and enjoyed them as much as she does in this picture.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
PSA: That is not a smirk of satisfaction. I was stuffed.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 5 Breakfast
I made it to the final day, and was desperate for something that didn't involve burgers or Fruity Pebbles. Thankfully, I remembered that Teigen loves herself a soft-boiled egg.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
Breakfast on my last day was fast and simple — giving me hope that I could make it to the end.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 5 Lunch
Hoping to continue down the quick-and-easy route, I went with Teigen's take on a gourmet grilled cheese.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
I threw in some veggies for good measure, but all in all, gourmet grilled cheeses are genius.
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Photo: Via @chrissyteigen.
Day 5 Dinner
I saved the best for last, hoping to end on a high note — my last supper paid homage to Teigen's "crab boil at the casa."
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
My Reality
Okay, so I went a little overboard with the additional French fries and onion rings — but isn't that what CT would do? I'm pretty sure she would. I finished most of them and then rolled into bed.

Final Takeaway
Instagram isn't necessarily reality. The food I regularly 'gram doesn't actually reflect what I eat on a daily basis; it's more of a collection of "best of" moments. So I'm guessing Chrissy's comfort-food posts aren't always reflective of her actual daily meals. While I'm totally down with Teigen's food-lovin' lifestyle (I wish someone would buy me a Parmesan wheel for my birthday), in the future I'll try to space out my Shake Shack, pizza, and Egg McMuffin trips a little more. My stomach will thank me.
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