Am I alone in not wanting Gwyneth Paltrow’s life whatsoever? Like, Gwyneth thinks that everything about her life is so aspirational to all of the peasants, but in truth, I don’t want to be her at all. It’s too much work to be Gwyneth. All of that patronizing and condescension, the crap that she has to put up with from her husband, the extreme dieting and extreme workouts, the try-hard “singing career”, and on and on. Gwyneth exhausts me and I’m just a casual observer. I imagine her life is terrible (when compared to mine – I get to eat ice cream whenever I want).
Anyway, I was just thinking about how much I didn’t want to be Gwyneth while I was reading this completely asinine story about her latest cook book. Apparently, some early excerpts from the book have come out, and Gwyneth is SO SMUG about being so terribly vitamin deficient and she’s proud of passing on her crazy food issues to her children. She’s an awful human being.
She has tried the macrobiotic diet, the kale and lemon cleanse and only eating salad for days on end. But now Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she has begun inflicting her obsessions with food on her own children – by starving them of carbohydrates. Miss Paltrow, 40, said that that she avoids feeding pasta, bread or rice to Apple, eight, and Moses, six, because it is bad for them, even though they are left ‘craving’ the food.
Her decision was based on the fact that everyone in her house – including husband Chris Martin – is supposedly intolerant of gluten, dairy and chicken’s eggs. Miss Paltrow’s comments are an admission that her habit of going for the latest fad diet is filtering down to how she behaves as a mother. She has in the past told how she snacks on almonds when she is hungry rather than cave in and have a proper meal. She spent her 20s on the macrobiotic diet during which time she ate mostly vegetables and beans and chewed her food more thoroughly than usual.
In her new cookbook, called ‘It’s All Good,’ which is released next month, Miss Paltrow devotes an entire chapter to grains but is deeply skeptical about them.
She writes: ‘Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across . . . seems to concur that (gluten) is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it. Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs’.
Miss Paltrow, who won an Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love, added that Mr Martin, 36, the singer with the band Coldplay, and their children are all intolerant to ‘many other surprising foods’ – but her claim was met with skepticism by experts.
London-based public health nutritionist Yvonne Wake said Miss Paltrow was being ‘foolish’ and that she could be doing her children harm. She said: ‘I think it’s not a good idea, especially because her children are thin – I’ve seen pictures of them.
‘Kids need carbohydrate because it gives them glycogen which keeps your brain going. Without it they won’t be able to think straight as their brain won’t be functioning and their thinking patterns will be slow. It’s like when kids don’t have any breakfast – they will do less well at school and won’t be able to run around with the other children’.
Dr Carina Norris, a registered nutritionist, added: ‘Far too many people self-diagnose themselves with allergies, or cut out wheat to lose weight, or because they think it’s bad for them. Not only are they making their lives difficult, cutting out such an important food group shouldn’t be done without the advice of a medical professional, as it could put them at risk of nutrient deficiencies.’
In the new book Gwyneth describes the moment she thought she had a stroke. The ‘Iron Man’ actress sought medical advice when she suddenly fell ill at her London home in 2011 while serving lunch to friends, and despite her fears, she was found to have been stricken with a migraine and panic attack.
She wrote in her new cook book: ‘One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought – without sounding overly dramatic – that I was going to die. I had just served lunch in the garden at home… I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn’t forming thoughts correctly… I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn’t speak, and I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was having a stroke.’
The 40-year-old actress – who has children Apple, eight, and Moses, six, with husband Chris Martin – was also found to be severely anaemic and vitamin D deficient, so had to overhaul her diet, cutting out coffee, eggs, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, wheat and meat.
Her health scare prompted herself and her family to undergo food allergy testing. Miss Paltrow’s previous cooking book, ‘My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness’ detailed more of her curious food obsessions. For a refreshing drink she turns to a juice made of kale, lemon juice, water, vitamins and natural sweetener agave.
Miss Paltrow, who writes a food and lifestyle blog, claimed that this drink, coupled with five 45-minute workouts each week taught to her by celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson, had left in the best condition of her life.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOOP. Jesus. Seriously, I know I’m not one of Gwyneth’s fancy nutritionists (and seriously, it sounds like she goes nutritionist-shopping the same way a Vicodin addict goes doctor-shopping), but whatever happened to “you can have almost anything in moderation”? You can have a steak, just don’t eat one every day. You can have pasta, just don’t eat a mountain of it. You can have a cup of coffee because you’ll fall asleep if you don’t. And I still don’t understand how Goop gets diagnosed with anemia and vitamin D deficiency and then goes on to cut out eggs, potatoes, wheat AND MEAT. And I don’t understand how Gwyneth has some kind of mind-block on how she got to be so unhealthy (to the point where she felt like she was having a stroke!): decades of starving herself and crash diets and eating in a severely unbalanced way. And now she’s passing all of that on to her children.
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