Chrissy is on cover of the february issue of Good Housekeeping. The images were shot by Eric Ray Davidson, on the same day as her Women’s Health photoshoot. Read the interview below ↓
Chrissy Teigen on Food, Family, and What Happens When You Live a Life You Crave
We can always count on social media’s most honest star to tell it like it is.
For Chrissy Teigen, cooking is about more than putting food on the table — after the birth of her first child, Luna, it was a means of healing. She suffered from postpartum depression, and “it was physically hard to get up,” she says in an exclusive interview for Good Housekeeping‘s February 2019 issue. “My bones hurt.” Her mom made simple dishes, hoping to lure Chrissy to take a bite. “One of the ways I knew I was healing was that I found my way back into the kitchen,” says Chrissy in her second cookbook, Cravings: Hungry for More. “Starting to cook again really helped me get back on my feet and get back into normal life.”
Cooking is a safe haven for Chrissy — as evident by her two bestselling cookbooks and new, affordable Cravings by Chrissy Teigen cookware line at Target — that helps her stay centered and focused on her family, including husband John Legend and their two children Luna, 2, and Miles, 7 months. It’s part of her overall philosophy for living a happy life, which, not surprisingly, she’s willing to share.
Cherish where you came from.
I’m so much like my dad (Chrissy was raised by her father, Ron, and mother, Vilailuck). My dad and I are emotional, and we can be stubborn, and we have this need for justice. I was very much a daddy’s girl when it came to food we’d cook together — meat; potatoes; heavy, hearty dishes. But I was always fascinated by things my [Thai] mom was cooking, so I have a good balance between both parents.
Give your body the care it deserves.
I think, in a way, we’ve forgotten what a regular body looks like. There are people out there who are struggling, and I’m struggling, and it’s okay to come to terms with realizing it’s going to be a bit of a journey. I’m not blind: I see my body, I see the difference in shape, I see that I gained weight. But I also see with those same eyes that I have a beautiful baby boy, and an amazing little girl, and I am very happy. This is a new thing that I can change within my mind, that I don’t have to be swimsuit model anymore. I get to be a mommy, cook, and meet incredible people, and I’m happy to be going through this transition.
Read the full interview on goodhousekeeping.com