Gwyneth Paltrow’s annual New Year’s detox features solid food… once a day


Do have any idea how many times Gwyneth Paltrow has “recommended” a detox for all of the peasants? SO MANY TIMES. I’ve lost count. Before she even began her stupid Goop-letters, she only recommended extreme detoxes in interviews, but once she created the Goop-letter platform, she went a little detox-crazy. The first few years of Goop, I swear, Gwyneth was recommending juice cleanses and no-solid “detoxes” every month. The past year or so, she’s been toning it down a little bit more, especially since her new thing seemed to be starving her children of eggs, pasta, rice, eggs and milk (although she later denied it, I personally never believed her denial). Still, Goop does manage to recommend a cleanse or detox every few months, and what better way to start 2014 than with yet another Goop-cleanse?

If you want to read Goop’s New Year’s detox, go here to read this week’s Goop-letter. The basics? Lots of lemon water and herb tea through the day, with a “clean” soup for lunch and some kind of light poultry or fish dish for dinner. Gwyneth really went out of her way to recommend a detox with “solid food” (at least for one meal a day) this time around. She’s slowly learning. Baby steps. But that hasn’t stopped one nutritionist type to cry foul on Goop:

As much of the East Coast is battered with blizzard conditions, it might seem like a good time for a hearty bowl of oatmeal or mashed potatoes. But Gwyneth Paltrow thinks fans should curl up with a nice mug of water — with lemon if they’re lucky.

Wannabe lifestyle guru Paltrow released her annual New Year’s detox diet through her Goop newsletter on January 2, and it is heavy on water and spices and little else. Now, a top nutritionist tells exclusively that she’s advocating a “starvation-type-diet” that could be seriously dangerous for anyone who follows it.

Day One of Paltrow’s diet, for example, starts off with a glass of “room temperature lemon water.” At 8 am, dieters may indulge in a mug of herbal tea. At 10, for breakfast, it’s still more tea with various spices and just two tablespoons of almond butter mixed with half a cup of almond milk. At 11:30, it’s time for tea or lemon water again. And at 1:30, her recipe for lunch — which serves four! — includes just one cup of chickpeas, six cups of water, one large onion, juice from three lemons and salt and pepper. Three hours later, dieters can snack on a paté made from 3/4 cup of walnuts, one cup of lentils, one large onion and seasonings. Finally, dinner time is 1/4 of a stuffed squash.

Hungry yet?

“Basically, there is no food until about 4 in the afternoon, which for a ‘winter’ detox should be the opposite!” Dr. Fred Pescatore, MPH, CCN tells Radar exclusively.

In addition, he says, “The only foods on tap are foods meant to make you eliminate [waste] one way or the other. It is essentially a three-day fast with a bit of protein thrown in.”

“There is no doubt that this will make you lose weight,” Dr. Pescatore points out, “as this is a starvation-type-diet with lots of liquid to make you feel full, but nothing to nourish the body or soul. … It’s basically no food or nutrition.”

Would-be-dieters would be better off, Dr. Pescatore [www.logicalhealthalternatives ] says, switching things up. “As for plain detox diets, the food is best eaten [early], especially in the winter when we are hungrier in the morning,” he explains. “Try working, being a mother, or just trying to exercise on this detox. You would never make it through the day!”

[From Radar]

Poor Gwyneth. No one understands how she suffers with her fancy eating disorder, which she disguises as a constant plea for the peasantry to simply STARVE themselves for her. What it must be like in that Goop-brain as she tries to process the idea that some people like to eat food throughout the day so that they will have energy to function. HOW GAUCHE.



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  1. Liv says:

    Everybody who follows her “advices” is to pity. She changes her opinions like her underwear.

  2. GiGi says:

    Here’s where Goop misses the “Lifestyle Guru” boat – Most lifestyle brands present things that may be out of reach but are aspirational and have elements that can be incorporated into everyday life. Certainly very few of us live like Martha Stewart, but everyone can run over to Kmart or Michaels and grab some ornaments or glitter and incorporate that style into our homes. Everyone can make a Martha recipe – they’re usually simple.

    But not Goop. Goop only panders to women who are exactly like her. Wealthy, privileged and White. So even though I’d consider myself comfortable, with good jobs, little luxuries and household help, the Goop lifestyle is unattainable. She’s trying to sell a lifestyle brand to the 1%. It’s beyond exclusive and appeals to so few. Thank goodness she’s not trying to make money at it – she’d be a collosal failure.

    • Spooks says:

      Why white? I never heard she recommended something women who aren’t white couldn’t follow. Rich and privileged, yes,but white?

    • zinjojo says:

      @gigi, I agree with everything you wrote — she panders to only the wealthiest among us — like you, I have a very good job and live quite comfortably, yet there’s no way I’m spending over $250K on a spring wardrobe (as Goop advocated last spring) or even $90 on a stupid white tee shirt. Or doing on of these ridiculous cleanses (the Daily Fail estimated that purchasing the ingredients for her allowed “hot chocolate” would cost $50 — 80, and the ingredients actually include mint-flavored chlorophyll!).

      However, I think that she is making money on Goop — some of the stuff she pushes actually sells out and she’s expanded to have more e-commerce on her site, so I think someone out there is buying this crap. I guess she’s found her market of rich, privileged, self-hating people who will lap up whatever she’s selling.

      • LadySlippers says:

        For the record — mint flavoured chlorophyll is awesome!! :-) And not terribly expensive. BUT a warning — if you take a lot of chlorophyll be sure to take some extra zinc as the chlorophyll can upset the delicate copper/ zinc balance. (And most of us can use some more zinc so it’s usually okay)

        The problem Goop has is she touts things without knowing all the scientific or nutritional background behind them. Most nutritional advice should come with considerations. Her nutritional advice is dangerous and that is worse than asking us to drop a quarter of a million on clothes (which not everyone has but most of us can go out to buy chlorophyll).

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


        Dahling, ALL my Xanax is mint flavored, makes it so delicious, don’t you know. Kiss kiss.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Mint flavoured Xanax??? I’m outraged! Mine own Herr Doctor Wagner only prescribes me plain Xanax! And the things I have to endure for those!

        *melodramatically sobs into hands*

    • claire says:

      I don’t agree with the criticism.

      There are wealthy people who can afford to follow some of her advice. Those of us that aren’t that rich aren’t her audience. If I was rich, I’d probably read about that caliber of recipes or vacations or home decoration or detoxes with fine ingredients because that’s what I could afford. I’d want things that are tailored to my sense of luxury. There are plenty of lifestyle people to read that do cater to lower levels of income, so read those. Let her audience read her stuff. What’s the big deal?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I think you make an excellent point. Maybe what people object to is her seeming attitude that her way is the only way to be hip? I don’t read her, so I don’t know. That’s just what I’ve gathered from other commenters. Also, I think she gives bad advice about diet. But you have a point that there’s an audience for luxury goods and services, so why shouldn’t she write about them? If a lot of people can’t relate, they can just read something else.

      • claire says:

        You’re probably right. I guess I don’t take offense to it because I don’t see myself as her audience. I don’t see it as poor me can’t be that hip, so I’m lame. I see it as what wealthy people think are hip amongst themselves. Doesn’t affect me one bit.

        I can say that her diet stuff doesn’t bother me as much as others either. I have a ton of health issues, so I do frequent fasts, cook at home a lot and follow a pretty strict diet that is not far off from what she advocates. I do not eat pre-processed one bit and do make things at home on the regular like walnut pate and carrot or chickpea soup. That detox plan in her newsletter is not dissimilar to my daily food routine, except that I don’t have hot tea for lunch. LOL. I eat food. It’s great for them if people have issues with clean eating, have at it. But for those us with a lot of health issues, sometimes clean eating is an integral part of our treatment. It’s not all down to an eating disorder.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Actually I still disagree. Even if I had her kind of money I’d still think she was being presumptuous. Her ‘yellow brick road’ is not the only way to the Emerald City.

        (Mine would be in Glinda’s pink bubble with fancy fizz on hand to make the trip more bearable)

      • Kiddo says:

        I don’t hate Paltrow, I think she was a decent actress, she’s pretty, I have no issues with her size or body, but she isn’t a nutritionist. If someone has specific health issues then they should adjust their diet accordingly. What I find disconcerting is that people outside of her echelon do look at this stuff as important advice. Look how many people thought it was incredibly important how Diaz personally groomed herself. Further, there is no “detox”. Paltrow is restricting calories for other reasons, and then you have people here jumping on board with her program, like it is panacea to stop obesity. That’s where this kind of crap is dangerous. Look at Jenny McCarthy and her mis-information campaign against childhood inoculations or Suzanne Somers’ quackery about fighting cancer. It can have negative consequences for the impressionable.

  3. Marigold says:

    She must be a nightmare to be around. I know I would be if I only drank tepid water and ate a handful of beans all day. Her poor children.

  4. DD says:

    Yeah, yeah, her diet. But, how do I get the blank cold look in my eyes? How do I marry a man who won’t be seen with me in public? How do I get the whole world to hate me? HOW?

  5. Rai-rai says:

    This made me soooo hungry! Everytime I read about Goop’s new detox/diet/cleanse/doublespeak for starvation I always feel a strong surge of love towards any type of food…
    Honestly, what is trying to detox herself from, vitamins? Minerals? Every single essential nutrient? Somebody explain to me the mysterious ways of Goop’s brain.

    • Egla says:

      She made me eat bakllava now too……it’s solid food by the way. If i drink that much water and tea and no solid food all day i want a portable toilet with me and a bed to lay down after 11 in the morning as i couldn’t go on doing my job anymore. Eh no goop detox for me as i see.

    • IzzyB says:

      I’m eating a donut right now and eyeing up some Hula Hoops.

      She must be so miserable to be around!

      Eat balanced, be happy, and for that little black dress that shows every bump there’s tummy control tights.

  6. Kim1 says:

    I just saw pics of her in pink bikini @justjared I thought she had a better body.Not very toned but slim for the most part.

  7. moon says:

    This sounds like my diet when I was anorexic. I tried to keep it down to 500-700 calories a day, so I was only eating a boiled egg or a few slices of smoked salmon or an apple every few hours. And lots of green tea. Just reading Goop’s detox now makes me feel hungry and sick.

    • endpolasmic_ridiculum says:

      Totally. Her diet seems like something I might have come up with when I was anorexic for a year and a half. Breakfast of tea, organic puffed rice cereal with no milk at 10, carrots and mustard for a snack at noon, salad with no tomatoes or any fruit/veg with sugar in the afternoon and a big meal of steamed peas with salt for dinner. MMM.

      Why don’t I start a blog teaching the masses how to lose weight?? I was an ace at it!


    • IzzyB says:

      My anorexic diet was very similar. I’d have weak squash and eat small amounts of raw onion to quell hunger then I’d have a tiny portion of food. I was absolutely miserable and a right cow to be around to put it mildly.

      Now, I’ve discovered roast potatoes and sage and onion stuffing with sunflower & honey bread hot from the oven and dripping with butter.

      Detox? Stuff that! I just drooled on my keyboard.

  8. Pri says:

    This food once a day is total BS. It is clearly a PR stunt. It is to make her seem more relatable to peasants. I can see right through her. Hrmphf…

  9. Abbicci says:

    Anytime an actress or model says something blazingly stupid in an interview I always assume their brain lacks the proper nutrition to function properly. Imagine living all day, every day with a case of the stupids.

    A special thanks to Kaiser for using that header photo again. The Goopiness in that photo makes me giggle a bit every time I see it.

  10. GeeMoney says:

    Everyone hates Gwyneth… but I like her so much! I can’t help it.

    I have both of her cookbooks, enjoy her fashion (not the fashion misses, like pictured above, mind you) and I think that she’s a pretty good actress. Shakespeare in Love is one of my all time favorite films.

    Maybe I’m on crack or something… I know she’s a snob and the fact that she hocks $400 sweaters on her website is just heinous… but dude… I just like her!

    PS – And I am black, middle class, I shop at Old Navy, and I don’t even come close to living the lifestyle she does. I’m probably the last person on earth that probably “should” like her. Oh, the horror of it all.

    • Abbicci says:

      You get to like who ever you like. No shame in that. Some of us love the Cumberbatch, some of us love the Hiddleston.

      On a side note. I thought her first cookbook was pretty good. Real food and all that. How did you like her second cookbook?

      I flipped through it at the wholesale club and it looked strange at best to me.

      • GeeMoney says:

        Oh honey… I’m a Cumberbatch fan. My devotion to him runs deep, lol.

        Her second cookbook was just “ok”. I was a bigger fan of the first. The first one had more meals that in my opinion, were more appealing and required less expensive items to make dinner with. The second cookbook did have it’s bright spots… she had some good ideas in there for homemade teas and smoothies, but all in all, it wasn’t as great as the first.

        I liked both books because she has good ideas on healthy eating, even if it may be slightly out of the price range of the average consumer. If you are really into that, perhaps you would enjoy the second cookbook as well.

    • Abbicci says:

      I’m a cookbook obsessive ( and I must confess a Hiddlestoner) . I didn’t think either book was really original but they were both well presented, and packaged.

      The second one was just a clean eating retread. I didn’t think it was offensive or completely mental because clean eating is a huge cookbook trend right now. I did think it was the polar opposite of her last book and that’s why she got so much blow back on it. And she’s well Goop. and everyone wanted to take a swipe at her crazy talk about eating.

      If anyone else in the clean eating field had put out the book it wouldn’t have cause such an uproar. I did chuckle at the how to boil and egg bit.

    • skyler says:

      I love her too. She’s just so adorably clueless. I don’t get the massive hatred some people have for her. She’s pretty harmless as celebrity assholes go.

    • emmie_a says:

      GeeMoney: I know I’m in the minority here — but I actually loved the dress pictured above. I thought it was one of her fashion hits!

    • Dee Vine says:

      I love Gwyneth too! I am not white, nor rich. But I like the way she thinks-trying to eat clean and healthy. (I know many of you think she is unreal and extreme)

      One meal a day is not bad. I do it personally after the overeating during the festive season. If you follow the caveman diet or intermittent fasting, it is pretty much a low carb one meal a day. But it’s more about timing when you eat, rather than a diet.

      This detox diet is presumably temporary so I have nothing against it!

      • Abbicci says:

        I’ve been reading about the 5:2 plan ( five days clean eating 2 days yummy eating)
        and i keep up with clean eating books and mags. I am not a convert but I do apply some things. I think with clean eating, you really have to have some solid nutritional information and knowledge. Goop says things, that if she thought before she spoke people wouldn’t be able to pick her apart. Like when she said they don’t eat carbs, what she meant was grain based processed carbs.

        Everyone gets to decide how they are going to eat and cook. So much of how we eat and cook depends on economic factors and time. Goop has money and time. It also makes her seem disconnected from how the vast majority of people eat and live.

        Giada De Laurentis just came out with a clean eating book before Christmas. Goop got massive blow back and Giada, not so much.

      • rudy says:

        One meal a day is terribly unhealthy. This has been proven over and over. Little meals all day long are much better for you. I shudder to think what her kids are learning about nutrition from her.

    • mayamae says:

      GeeMoney, I don’t hate her either. Of course I stay away from her Goop stuff, and I avoid a lot of her print interviews. She’s always seemed shy and awkward, and I kind of like that. I liked how she was honest about how overwhelming it was to go through the Oscar season and win. Also, I just watched Seven recently and her character is so sympathetic. What’s in the box?

  11. Samtha says:

    It’s sad that so many people (Gweneth is hardly the only one) value thinness over health.

    • lisa2 says:

      Obesity in America is at an all time high. I don’t think ever person in the world that is thin is suffering from an eating disorder. Some people are naturally thin. But the fact is there are more and more Americans that are obese. And this is affecting children more and more. Something is wrong. One third of all adults worldwide—1.46 billion people—are now overweight or obese.

      we now have childhood diabetes.

      I don’t agree with Gwyneth at all. But I work with children and can say that I see more and more overweight children. So being negative about being thin seems to be the new trend. I think all the talk of women being curvy and having meat on your bones is right on some level, but it is also an excuse to be overweight too.

      we have a problem and the fat people are the ones that are losing the battle of life.

      • bettyrose says:

        This comment totally dilutes the issue. The obesity epidemic is a result of the rise in cheap processed foods, GMOs that do gawdknowswhat to our bodies, and lack of physical activity. A healthy lifestyle involves a diet of fiber and protein rich oganic foods along with daily physical activity.
        Extreme measures to be fashionably thin are JUST AS harmful as over eating.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        “we have a problem and the fat people are the ones that are losing the battle of life.”

        Sorry, but I have to call you out on this. You know who’s skinny? People who smoke, are addicted to Adderall, do crack, have eating disorders, drink too much alcohol… They’re nice and thin. Are they winning at the battle of life?

        You must be aware that it is possible to be plump AND healthy. If you aren’t, do your homework before making glib comments about “fat people.”

        BETTYROSE good for you! I believe corn syrup (and corn sugar in all its forms) is Evil Stuff – and all a byproduct of growing too much GMO corn nobody needs (not even cows!).

      • emmie_a says:

        Belle Epoch: Your comment about being plump AND healthy reminds me of that fit mom (can’t remember her name) who keeps dissing overweight women and saying there’s no way they can possibly be healthy… which is totally incorrect. I bet the fit mom probably loves Gwyneth and her skewed views on nutrition.

      • Kiddo says:

        First off, obesity rates are declining, see CDC stats. Secondly, the worst thing that an obese person could do is to starve themselves. They might lose some weight, but that weight will return rapidly upon eating “normally” (not necessarily over-eating) and probably more abundantly after essentially shutting down their metabolism. Trading one extreme for another is insanity.

        Also, how can you, on the one hand, understand and accept the concept that some are “naturally thin” and yet completely ignore that others may be “naturally heavier”. I’m not picking on you, I see this all the time. People accept the concept of rapid metabolism, but deny the concept of slow metabolism. Further, aside from eating habits and genetics, there are other environmental considerations that scientists are studying, including the influence of ubiquitous plastics, which are hormone disruptors, and the type and quality of bacteria in the intestinal tract amongst other things like poverty, depression, access to supermarkets and the like. And clearly, with technology consuming people’s lives, they aren’t moving around as much as they once were, going outside to play.

        I just feel it’s disingenuous to comment on the problem of obesity under an article that describes one person’s very unhealthy and uneducated approach to eating: it comes across as an endorsement for it, especially since you have repeated this refrain several times in the thread.

      • Samtha says:

        I didn’t say there is anything wrong with being thin. I said it’s a problem when people value being thin more than being healthy.

        It’s just as possible to be skinny and unhealthy as it is to be overweight and unhealthy.

      • jjva says:

        @Kiddo, wonderful comment. People may also not be aware that in 1998 the government changed its BMI standards so that 29 million people went to bed “normal weight” and woke up “overweight”:

    • Sullivan says:

      I agree, Samtha. I also think it’s sad that some people value over-eating and/or living on fast foods over their health.

    • IzzyB says:

      Exactly. Gwyneths yo-yo detoxes and cleanses are incredibly unhealthy for the body and can actually strain the metabolic systems, causing it to slow down or cause health problems.

      A doctor approved plan of small portions at regular intervals really is the best method as it won’t shock or strain the metabolic system. Nobody should follow the advice of a celebrity or the internet.

      Lisa2 – the obesity crisis is a big issue, but there’s a healthy way to lose weight and an unhealthy way. I think that’s what Samtha was pointing out.

  12. Mew says:

    Definitely an anorexic diet. Anorexics also love masking their disease with “healthy lifestyle” -theory, such as claiming it’s fasting or detoxing to gain health. It’s all and utter BS.

    • emmie_a says:

      Mew: Great point. There is a blogger I follow who seems to go on cleanses and/or fasts every other week, in the name of health. She has mentioned having an eating disorder when she was younger and I can’t help but think all the cleanses and fasts are in fact, an eating disorder. I can see maybe doing something like that once a year or once a season but when you’re doing it constantly it’s not about your health.

    • LilyT says:

      Absolutely an anorexic-type diet disguised as a detox. Another favorite euphemism is “cleanse”. These are words to watch out for. Our bodies are designed to consume food, and to use the nutrients it provides. Our body does a fantastic job of detoxing itself via the liver and kidneys. Eating a healthy, balanced diet low in over processed foods is the way to go. I truly question the scientific validity of a “detox”
      I say this also as someone who has bought into these starvation diets before.. Because despite my doubts about their safety, I wanted to lose weight at any cost. While I’m not anorexic I do struggle with disordered eating. It’s a horrible internal battle waging my body-hatred against my need to stay nourished and alive. I can get to very bad mental places sometimes.. I see it as dangerous and irresponsible for well known celebrities to throw out potentially dangerous diets without considering how is could affect their audience.

      • mayamae says:

        Yolanda from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills constantly touts her cleanses. She’s a former model and her teenage daughter has started in the industry. Anyway, Yolanda’s daughter competes competitively with horses and called her mom because she was dizzy while riding her horse while on a cleanse, which is obviously quite dangerous. So, Yolanda advised her to eat an almond – slowly. How’s that for motherly advice?

  13. Belle Epoch says:

    Yes, definitely disordered eating dressed up like it’s good for you. Many experts say the whole “detox” concept doesn’t even make sense. The body is constantly producing toxins, breakdown byproducts, waste, dead cells, etc. and it already knows how to deal with these things (kidneys, liver, poop, sweat, etc). You cannot “cleanse” yourself no matter how much freaking tea you drink or how little food you eat. The GOOP detox sounds like it is based on self-punishment (or self-loathing).

    I get the idea of taking a break in order to re-set your eating patterns, or do penitence for over-indulging over the holidays. But don’t call it detoxing or cleansing – there is no such thing.

    WEB MD: “But the idea that your body needs help getting rid of toxins has “no basis in human biology,” says Frank Sacks, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health. Your organs and immune system handle those duties, no matter what you eat. Plus, you’re likely to lose weight and gain it back when you go off any extreme diet.”

    • Ice Maiden says:

      LOL I said something similar below. We humans are pretty smartly designed, and come with our very own detox system. And what’s a ‘toxin’ anyway? Arsenic, yes, but I’m not likely to be consuming that on a daily basis. So what are these ‘toxins’ we have to starve ourselves to get rid of?

    • lolo says:

      Also, if you diet like this, you will slow down your metabolism, and gain weight the minute you eat normally again.

      • lisa2 says:

        I still say we as Americans are too fat. And we seem to be getting fatter. And the thing that bother me is we now are attacking thin people because they are thin.

        Toxins aside. Gwyneth has always been a thin person. She is lean and has managed to stay lean. It is her DNA. And if she thinks others doing what she does is going to yield the same results she is wrong. No two people are going to have the same results; because our DNA will always dictate the outcome. We can overcome it but it is a battle that has to happen daily.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        Yes – it’s easy to lose weight in the short-term when you’re essentially starving yourself. But the weight loss is mostly water, which will be quickly replaced as soon as your body realises what’s going on.

    • Emma33 says:

      Great comment. I have also heard some people debunking the idea of the body needing to set up a “detox” regime, because our bodies already do it! It’s a word that gets thrown around way too much, from people who often have very little understanding of how the body works.

      I heard an interesting definition of “disordered eating” once, which is that when you notice another person’ seating habits — when they seem odd or unusual — that this could be a sign of disordered eating or an eating disorder. People with these disorders often try to convince others that their strange eating habits are health based, when they are really based in a disorder.

    • Hakura says:

      Maybe she’s such a ‘tight wad’ that she *has* to have ‘assistance’ evacuating those toxins? (That, or her head keeps getting in the way). xD

  14. mia girl says:

    Still can’t get over how awful that dress is. It’s like a home ec project or a “sexy alien” costume from a bad 70s Sci Fi movie.

  15. Ice Maiden says:

    Maybe super rich goddesses like La Paltrow are different, but happily for us peasants, we have a built-in detox system all our very own and have no need of special diets.

    It’s called a liver.

  16. Granger says:

    Clearly Gwyneth doesn’t need to use her brain while doing one of these “detoxes.” I can’t imagine how foggy, tired, and irritable I’d be on so little food. So my job would suffer, my children would suffer, and my house would be a mess. But then, I don’t have an army of nannies, housekeepers and personal assistants to help me get through a couple of weeks of starving myself. More power to ya there, Gwyneth. What an idiot.

  17. smee says:

    I have been vegetable juice fasting one day each week for the past year and I really like it. My husband and I have both lost weight and you honestly do have energy that day and not just a raging headache and hunger, like I thought I would.

    I doubt her kind of fasting would be beneficial to children or young adults, but I do think fasting helps people stay in control of their bodies as they get “older” (especially after the holidays!) My $.02

    • emmie_a says:

      Ok but vegetable juice fasting is radically different from what Goop is doing. You are still getting lots of nutrients and plenty of calories. She is eliminating most nutrients and almost all calories.

    • Shannon says:

      Also one day a week is reasonable. It’s not putting your body into starvation mode or anything. Going light on the calories just once a week isn’t going to leave you without enough nutrients because you are presumably getting plenty the rest of the week, and you’re not in some king of extreme cycle where you indulge and purge, which is what a lot of people who do this “7 day cleanse” or “2 week detox” stuff end up doing.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      Smee, what kind of regimen do you follow on your juice fasting day? How much and what type of veggie juice?

  18. Zbornak Syndrome says:

    Does she have a nutritionist degree or has she acquired a doctorate that I don’t know about? What are her credentials took keep recommending supplements and detox diets for people?

  19. bettyrose says:

    Yeah I’d be real effective at work if I were slowly starving myself. Guess no one relies on Goop to be productive or mentally present on an average day.

  20. Godwina says:

    I would fall over by 2pm on that diet–and I’ve been thin my whole life. That said, I must chase down that nut/lentil pate recipe. Sounds like great snacking food…BETWEEN PROPER MEALS.

  21. Rhiley says:

    Read this while eating a large stack of blueberry pancakes drowned in butter and syrup. Ain’t no way I could sustain on lemon water and lentils.

  22. PrairieGirl says:

    Not to hijack the thread but can we talk about her cold weather tips for just a second? She suggests wearing socks indoors in January, when the weather turns chilly. The temperature outside my door, at this moment, is -36C. Never in a million years would I have thought, “Hey, socks indoors!” on my own. God bless this clueless woman! (*This comment written while eating last night’s left over Chinese take out.)

  23. Sticks says:

    Actually the Clean detox she endorses has always involved a solid meal a day at lunch. I kinda love her. Don’t hate me;)

    • glaugh says:

      I’m warming to her too! I might invest in her first cookbook.

    • Jenna says:

      I actually did the Clean detox a few years ago–the full 21-day plan outlined in the book Clean. I’ve done a couple of 7-day versions of it since then, though I agree it is too restrictive for most people to do all the time. It did help me to sort out some digestive issues and identify a few food intolerances, so it was useful for me. I did it totally DIY, didn’t buy any of the Clean “shakes” or supplements that the guy who wrote the book is now offering (can’t remember if they were available then or not but they definitely weren’t as front and center as they are now). It is possible to do the Clean program and to be eating a LOT more food than Gwyneth is, and I would even say it’s encouraged. Also, high-fat foods like nuts, coconut milk & oil, and olive oil are permitted, so again, it’s possible to bump up your caloric intake quite easily if needed. I think one of the smoothies suggested in the program Gwyneth sent out has something like 1/2 c. of coconut cream, plus almond butter, plus protein powder? That’s easily a 500 calorie meal there. I usually had a smoothie (with almond butter, hemp protein, flax seed, spinach, and fruit) for breakfast and a big bowl of soup for dinner, with my solid meal at lunch. If I needed a snack, I ate some carrots and hummus or something like that. I wasn’t eating massive amounts of food, but it definitely wasn’t a starvation diet either.

      • Jen says:

        Me, too! I do the cleanse twice a year and eat that way most if the time anyway.
        Peoples’ comments here are laughable. Gwyneth bashing is one thing but folks are so uneducated about food and nutrition and health!

      • Jenna says:

        Yup, I would say I eat about 90% “clean” all the time. I’m not starving and I’m definitely not underweight (I also don’t spend 2 hours/day working out). I do pay attention to whether or not I am getting enough protein, iron, calcium, etc.

        Any diet is crazy if taken to extremes by the wrong person. Frankly, it kind of irks me that GP has become so associated with Clean because it really is a pretty sensible program on its own. I am curious as to why Junger continues to associate with her when the version of Clean that she promotes really IS kind of a starvation diet.

  24. Jaded says:

    After binging out on chocolates, wine and rich food over the holidays, I cut out the junk and incorporated more veggies and fruit into my diet. I’ve boosted the workouts, and I drink a big glass of water with the juice of half a lemon in it first thing in the morning too. That seemed to work, I’ve dropped 4 lbs. in a week.

    This detox nonsense is actually harmful to your digestive system as it needs the proper balance of protein, carbs and probiotics to run well. I see it as a car engine that needs fluid levels topped up regularly, an oil change and full tank of gas. Goop isn’t a nutritionist and her obsessive attitude towards diet and detox is unhealthy, period.

  25. Maureen says:

    I can vouch for the lemon water! The rest, however, sounds like a load of rubbish from an egomaniacal woman who believes that wealth and fame means she’s always right and that the little people will believe everything she says because she’s fashionable. She’s an idiot and a nasty person.

    I’ve been using lemon water for the past year and I just love it. First of all, lemons contain powerful vitamin C — more powerful than oranges. Secondly, lemon juice is a natural internal cleanser. Thirdly, lemons aid in digestion (grapefruit is great for the same reason!). I literally carry a fresh lemon in my bag whenever I leave the house so that no matter where I am I can replenish my water bottle, which I also carry full of lemon water. Add a tsp of maple syrup for flavor or drink the lemon water alone. I do this every single day. It is a lifestyle. A lemon lifestyle. I rarely drink plain water anymore.

    • Jaded says:

      Good idea taking a lemon or two to work with you, I’m going to do that too!

    • LadySlippers says:

      Lemons and grapefruit are fantastic detoxifiers and both alkalises you too. As does chlorophyll drops, although, as I mentioned above, you do need to add more zinc to your diet if you go w/ the drops.

      I also bring lemon drops with me as plain water is too boring. And I love love me the taste of lemon!

      I don’t have a huge issue w/ detoxes as long as you do your homework. Detoxes and cleanses can be helpful for some people. Some, not all.

  26. jwoolman says:

    Actually, if you just make it all “serves one” instead of “serves four” then it’s enough calories and nutrition… Loads of good oils and protein and some fiber in the almond butter and walnuts, and loads of protein and fiber in the beans. Even the onions and squash contribute protein and fiber in those amounts.

    She sounds as though she has various food allergies/intolerances, and so she probably does feel a lot better with a lot of meals including one or two things at a time (rotation diet to control food allergies). That might be why she turns to this pattern when feeling out of tune. When I strictly rotate foods with simple meals, I feel very good. But usually you just eat as much as you want at such simple meals. I don’t normally feel hungry in the a.m, especially when facing a deadline, and it’s not unusual for my starter breakfast to be a tablespoon or more of nut or seed butter. Quick and filling and I only need to locate a clean spoon… I can’t face anything sweet (even fruit) until late afternoon or evening. There are loads of tasty simple meals that are filling and balanced over the course of the day and week: apples or carrots or bananas with nut/seed/legume butter; hummus by itself or with rice crackers; crackers of any tolerated type with nut/seed/legume butter or avocado or by themselves; sweet potato or squash with some fat/oil (coconut butter is very nice); cup of beans of any kind, with or without rice or quinoa; an avocado with or without lemon/lime juice, with or without corn taco shells or rice crackers; any nut/seed/roasted legume with or without fresh or dried fruit; big bowl of any kind of lettuce with beans or nuts and dressing; big bowl of popcorn; big bowl of grapes; watermelon or any other kind of melon (many people find these easier to digest when eaten alone); all sorts of raw and cooked veggies with or without grains or nuts/seeds/legumes etc. If you’re eating this way and eating as many meals as you need per day, you get plenty of calories and protein and fiber. Rotating foods for allergies tends to normalize your weight (you lose or gain, whichever is needed).

    So except for the “serves four” stuff, her “detox” plan just sounds like a simple eating program, which is a nice way to rest the digestive system and get out of a junk food pattern. I’m not a planner, though, and just eat what I’m hungry for, but if I track- amazingly enough it always ends up nutritionally complete even when I’m eating simple installments rather than complex meals.

    • Kiddo says:

      But she didn’t designate it as ‘one serving’, nor did she express that it is for food allergies or intolerances, she’s advocating it for “detox”, which is absolute crap. It’s a very restrictive diet, with little greens, and it goes against the most accepted medical/nutritional advice of actually eating something for breakfast to get the metabolism going. Eating too many nuts with little of anything else can actually be binding. With the onions and beans, she must be an olfactory delight. geez. Small portions of healthy meals through out the day isn’t a bad idea, as well as drinking plenty of water, but this meal plan is ridiculous.

    • another nina says:

      Very useful comment, jwoolman. Thanks so much for sharing with us all this information.

  27. Bread and Circuses says:

    If you want advice on health and nutrition, talk to a doctor or nurse, not some frickin’ actress who got all her information second-hand from people who were trying to sell her something.

    To those commenters who are saying we shouldn’t criticize people for being thin (just as we shouldn’t criticize them for being curvy), you’re absolutely right. But while Gwyneth has a naturally slender build, she is *not* naturally thin. This diet proves it–she maintains her figure with an eating disorder.

    Also, as an aside, I recently read an interesting fact: Athletes do not live longer than the general population. Mail carriers do. In fact, the people who live longest are those who are active but about 10% overweight. Carrying a bit of extra weight buffers a person against dying of serious illnesses, like pneumonia, when they occur.

    Gwyneth has said she works out two hours a day. That’s actually shortening her lifespan thanks to the additional oxidative stress and chronic inflammation caused by extreme physical activity.

    • LilyT says:

      And if she is attempting to maintain these “2 hour” workouts while detoxing.. Then it’s especially dangerous. She would have a negative caloric intake every day, if she manages to stay conscious

    • Jaded says:

      That kind of over-strenuous workout routine, coupled with insufficient caloric intake, also results in a run-down immune system. Thirty odd years ago I wanted a model-skinny figure so I exercised obsessively and lived on salad, fruit and fish. I looked great but started getting sick with every bug around. I was always catching some cold or flu or whatever until my doctor read me the riot act, so I slowed down on the workouts and started eating a healthier diet. Bingo, no more colds or flu.

      Hasn’t Goop suffered from vitamin D deficiency and osteopenia? At her age those should be the last things she should suffer from, so it’s clearly been caused by a diet lacking in D and calcium/magnesium, plus obsessive exercise.

  28. Naomi says:

    I agree. I saw pics of her in a bikini in Hawaii and she does not look toned. She is too slim and has an unhealthy look to my eyes. For a person who works out I see no muscle definition.

    After reading her detox I also wondered where are any nutrients? It also seems logical to me that if you are detoxing which is a process of elimination wouldn’t it make sense to begin the day with food so that the detox has something to detox? Otherwise it seems terribly harsh on ones body. There seems to be no replenishing. I imagine having zero energy plus in a weird way it’s as if she is advertising and advocating an eating disorder.

    • Santolina says:

      She doesn’t look particularly toned for working out two hours a day, so I wonder if she exercises to the extent that she claims. Supposedly, she spends all that time in the gym so she can have ‘treats,’ later. I thought maintaining a balanced diet involved habitual, sustainable eating habits. What she advocates seems very extreme and binary — like starve/binge or punish/reward.

  29. Nicolette says:

    A mug of water? I’m sorry, but no. As we here in the North East and many other parts of the country have been through snow, blizzard conditions and now are in for a deep freeze, I’m looking for comfort food. Hearty food that warms the bones and the soul, and makes the house smell good. Our temps may be in the 40′s today and tomorrow, but by tomorrow evening we will be back in the deep freeze with single digit temps and wind chills below zero. She can keep her mug of water with maybe a little lemon in it. Us peasants will eat food, real food thank you.

    Besides that, not eating actually makes your body go into starvation mode. Not exactly the most healthy advice, but what else would you expect from someone who is completely out of touch and lives in her own little fantasy world.

    • Dimebox says:

      Yes! Hooray for cooking for both body and soul. When the temperature dips I look forward to making soups, stews, roasts, chile, etc. My crockpot saves me and there is nothing better than coming in cold and tired and being greeted with the scent of a slow-cooked meal. Goop may need to disguise her eating disorder as a lifestyle, but it will never be mine.

  30. elisabeth says:

    What is she constantly flushing out? I can’t imagine she’s got much left to detox from.

  31. Liz says:

    Normally I eat very healthily, but reading this ridiculous diet made me want chocolate cake for breakfast, and in a moment of defiance against restricting one’s self-indulgence, I went ahead and had a slice. Maybe this is goop’ s secret plan… Either way, I’m so glad I’m not her and I can indulge without feeling like I have to do penance after! Poor goop!

  32. Holly says:

    I can’t agree with the comments here about her not being toned. She is incredibly toned, but she is still rather shapeless.

  33. Kay says:

    If you don’t like her don’t read about her,I will never understand why people read and go through the pain of commenting about celebrities they don’t like.

    Never heard about her but the fact that she’s kinda advocating for thin people makes me like her.When a celebrity stands for fat people they are seen as heroes,why shouldn’t Gwyneth be seen as one?I’m tired of all this body shaming,if you’re thin or fat its all okay don’t bring others down to make yourself feel better,and it seems thin people are the ones who suffer the most from this-this site correctly proves that-.
    You CANNOT tell someone who is healthy by how they look,I love Kesha but she’s a good example of this.When pictures of her are posted on this site the comments are always about how healthy and fit she looks but guess what?she isn’t.I don’t see the big deal with being fat or thin and I will never understand why others do.

    • Santolina says:

      With all due respect, you can often tell if a person is unhealthy by how they look — not always, but often. Not sure what you mean by “advocating for thin people,” but if you mean advocating for a healthy lifestyle, that’s precisely what many of us are commenting on. Paltrow has set herself up as a nutrition guru and we’re questioning her qualifications and claims, which is legitimate. There are people who have gotten ill from blindly following the unqualified advice of certain fitness “experts.”

  34. Kim1 says:

    I wonder if she still smokes her Weekly cigarette? I can relate with my Weekly potato chip.

  35. mayamae says:

    “The past year or so, she’s been toning it down a little bit more, especially since her new thing seemed to be starving her children of eggs, pasta, rice, eggs and milk (although she later denied it, I personally never believed her denial). ”

    I think this comment crosses over into the Mommy Wars area. I don’t know how Gwyneth feeds her children, but there are plenty of people who are vegan and have healthy children who are vegans as well. I don’t have a problem with moms who feed their children the same specific diet they themselves eat – as long as it’s well balanced and nourishing. Like everything else in life, the children grow up to make their own choices. I have more of a problem with parents who feed their children an all processed food diet.

    • I think the issue is more that she keeps switching what is healthy and true and right (to her). Even if she doesn’t feed her kids the same diet–they still see that. They know *why* she’s doing it. A good example is after AJ announced her double mastectomy—someone interviewed her mother’s old boyfriend. He said that when Marcheline was diagnosed w/cancer, she started on this extreme diet (like she drank some type of water, went on a super clean diet, etc)–and stayed on it for years. He said that every morning, she would drink that water–he would get it ready for her. And he said that AJ knew what it was, and why she was taking it.

      It’s not too far off, that her kids see that. It is as bad as an all processed food diet. And whether it affects them or not–who knows? But they see it. I hope her Uncle Steven sends her a photoshopped picture of herself eating solid food throughout the entire day.

  36. Bette says:

    I know a couple people who are doing this “7 lbs in 7 days” juice cleanse, so Gwyneth’s “one solid meal per day” idea doesn’t even sound that extreme by comparison! My instinct is always to distrust any kind of “cleanse,” because seriously, food is not the enemy — eating isn’t something we just do because normally we’re “bad” and we lack self control and we need to “detox” from it — that seems really warped to me. Sure, I can see needing to detox from too much alcohol, sugar, caffeine, fat — too much of anything can be bad. But just food, itself, is not inherently bad for us.

    That said, I almost was swayed by the juice thing that my friends are doing because theoretically, it does give you enough nutrients since it’s based on fruits/veg, and people who’ve done it before swear that they feel SO much better and have so much more energy (and clearer skin) after doing it for a few days. I’m *almost* curious enough to try it myself … but, I think I would eat at least one solid thing a day in addition to the juice. Like Gwyneth!

  37. ilovetobake says:

    Her detox list is making me hungry

  38. Evelyn Apricots says:

    gwyneth bashing is so 2013. it’s just a detox people.

    • Millie says:

      Maybe I missed someone’s comment (and if I did, please let me know) but the only person here (including Kaiser) who mentioned the fact that this is a THREE DAY cleanse was the detracting MD in the article! GP does not, in writing at least, advocate this as a lifestyle. If you read the original Goop newsletter it is meant as a THREE DAY cleanse conceived after eating junk for two weeks straight during the holiday period (of which I am more than guilty). It’s three winter-inspired days of the Clean diet, rather than 21. I personally have never gotten through two days of the Clean diet without cracking open a bottle of wine, but that’s just me.

      I do not consider myself an apologist for Goopy but I think she’s smart enough to cash in on the trend for clean and gluten-free eating while still maintaining the appearance of a well-to-do foodie who can drop an f-bomb or two. I don’t think we will ever figure out what’s for the media and what’s real life.

      What’s worse in my opinion is selling Michael Kors’ pieces priced at $900. Really, even cashmere?

  39. Mab says:

    lmao @ ‘fancy eating disorder.’

  40. Flor says:

    This is unrelated but I just want to say that I don’t get what she’s done with her career. Though I’ve seen just a couple of her movies, I thought she could’ve done better. I remember that she co-started with big names such as Matt Damon, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Seymound Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Talented Mr. Ripley which was an awesome movie in my opinion… and… what happened? I used to find her really funny in her Saturday Night Live skits.

  41. Nadia_R says:

    Why does anyone pay attention to this woman? She is not talented as an actor, does not contribute to charity or endorse a cause that is worthwhile, not intelligent, has not studied or done research on a subject and clearly has a thinly disguised eating disorder. In short, she has no credibility or authority on anything! I cannot imagine anyone aspiring to be like her and emulating her lifestyle.

    Please go away!

  42. Dieter says:

    I just don’t think she can gain any wait. She doesn’t need a diet at all. just stay fit

  43. Evelyn Apricots says:

    I know I wrote that Gwyneth bashing was 2013, but this is just too funny. Reader comments are priceless.

  44. Lauraq says:

    I thought detoxing meant eating fresh veggies and whole grains, and drinking water, for a few days, not stopping eating. It’s never a bad idea to cut alcohol and sugar for a bit, but cutting out FOOD?

  45. jemshoes says:

    Seriously, I would rather eat what I want, when I want, than starve to look “good” in a dress that looks like that! It’s just not worth it.