This Woman Went on an All Emoji Diet for a Week

Emoji Diet

Admit it, we communicate more through emojis than we do with actual text messages. Although there's nearly an emoji for every feeling, there's only about 59 foods represented in emoji form. Frankly, it's a little insulting that we don't have a plethora of pixel based representations of America's favorite foods, such as tacos, sandwiches, or even a meager hot dog.


Kelsey Rexroat, a writer over at The Atlantic, was also disappointed in the lack emojis and decided to see if she could survive on an all emoji diet. The challenge was simple, for seven days she would only eat foods represented by emojis and she would have to eat every emoji food by the end of the diet. Just for clarification sake, the emojis could be combined in any way to create emoji recipes, and animal emojis could not be substituted for meat, aka a cow emoji didn't equal steak.

Day one started easy enough, combining some fruit emojis and a bottle (which Rexroat decided was milk) to create a breakfast smoothie. After reviewing the official Emojipedia page, Rexroat learned that some emojis that she assumed were things like an orange and some rice with beans, were actually a tangerine and some curry.


After a few days, Rexroat began to realize just how many of our everyday foods aren't represented in emoji form. Unable to turn to her usual yogurt or bagel for breakfast, she had to start getting more creative in order to survive the diet. After everything was said and done, Rexroat reports that she appreciated the new dishes and places she discovered in her efforts to maintain the diet.

Would she do it again? Probably not, but never say never until we get that next emoji update.

H/T + PicThx The Atlantic