She’s shared her unique heath hacks for years, but what exactly is in Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet? Does she live off of edamame beans until she’s ready to health cleanse and drink goats milk for eight days straight? Is she so chill from her aura-protecting vampire repellent that she doesn’t need to eat? Or is she spouting wellness and jade eggs while secretly scoffing packets of Oreos on the sly?
While Gwyneth has long been known as an – ahem – alternative lifestyle guru, what she eats day to day has been the subject of much speculation. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey back in 2008, she claimed: ‘I just cannot diet. I think maybe it’s the idea that you can’t have something… I just can’t do it.
‘It’s worth it to me to do that extra exercise so I can eat what I want and not think about it.’
However, her former personal chef, Kate McAloon, might not agree. The celebrity chef has worked for many famous faces, including Miranda Kerr, Courteney Cox, and Steven Speilberg, but she recalls finding Gwyneth and her then-husband Chris Martin’s culinary demands slightly restrictive. Kate acted as the couple’s personal chef in 2008 while the 44-year-old actress was starring in the first Iron Man movie.
Kate told news.com.au that Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet is just as stripped back as you probably thought.
‘I had a brief from their assistants. They eat nothing. They are very strict. They avoided any sugars, anything sweet, no dairy, just more vegetables,’ Kate said.
‘When I got there I was trying to stick to the brief and I realised as I started adding more ingredients in, they said: “Your food is getting better!”
‘That’s what happens when you eat more than grass.’
Gwyneth has discussed her diet at length over the years, once telling Yahoo Beauty: ‘I really don’t have any rules. I really believe in delicious food and enjoying life and not saying no to anything.’
She also told You magazine: ‘I don’t mind my wrinkles. I think ageing is beautiful and very sexy. I’m never going to give up Martinis and French fries and I’m never going to be one of those people who sacrifice life for vanity. So this is me.’
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However, if chef Kate is to be believed the pasta and French fries might not frequent the Paltrow household as often as she’d like us to believe. A quick scan of her controversial website, Goop, lists a detox with a suggested menu and, unsurprisingly, there’s not actually that much food on it.
It states: ‘Adjust the time to your schedule and the meals to your taste but remember that there can be no dairy, grains with gluten, meat, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), fatty nuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant), condiments, sugar, and obviously no alcohol, caffeine or soda.’
So what can you have? A glass of water, herbal tea, a smoothie, nuts and soup.
While Goop criticism has been at an all time high this month, Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet isn’t the only one under the microscope in Hollywood. There’s one thing Jennifer Lopez will never ever drink, and Kim Kardashian’s latest diet definitely raised a few eyebrows.
Whether or not you could live on Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet or not, if it makes her happy and she’s healthy then that’s all that really matters. But if you’re expecting Goop to fade into the distance, you couldn’t be more wrong. Gwyneth recently announced that it’s planning to launch a TV show.
‘I would be going into the field and talking to any number of doctors, scientists, civilians, people in crisis in Flint, Michigan, where there is something to uncover and confront about wellness,’ she explained.
‘We would want it to feel more Vice-y in its vibe, but we’re just in the brainstorming phase.’