Goop deigned to write a new cookbook highlighting her vitamin deficiency

Peasants are about to get another hot, vitamin-deficient injection of GOOP!! Aren’t you happy, peasants? Aren’t you grateful that Gwyneth Paltrow is now deigning to condescend to you about your terrible diets? Your diets are so, so terrible. Gwyneth knows all! Gwyneth will tell you how to eat like a GOOP BOSS. The problem? Gwyneth’s food tips come from a really weird place. Basically, Gwyneth has done her second cook book (following 2011’s My Father’s Daughter, which was a surprising success) called It’s All Good. It’s All Good is about the food Gwyneth began to eat AFTER doctors told her that her crazy, ridiculous diets and cleanses and elite diets had left her anemic and vitamin deficient. FOR REAL.

Although we are most accustomed to seeing her dazzle on the red carpet, A-list actress Gwyneth Paltrow maintains that she feels happiest with a tea towel over her shoulder in her North London kitchen cooking for her family.

The budding chef has already divulged her diet secrets and favourite dishes in two popular cookbooks, and her latest offering is so hotly anticipated that it is taking pre-orders four months before its release date.

The 40-year-old’s latest book of cuisine, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, features recipes ‘for the foods she eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic’, according to the description on Amazon.

According to the book’s synopsis, after a grueling schedule and lapse of overindulgence last Spring, Gwyneth was left feeling fatigued and faint and a trip to the doctor later revealed that she was anemic, vitamin D deficient, and that her stress levels were sky high.

Her doctor prescribed an elimination diet banning coffee, alcohol, sugar, eggs, wheat, meat and processed food to clear out her system and help her body heal.

As an avid foodie, the actress was concerned that so many restrictions would make mealtimes boring and repetitive, so joined forces with food writer Julia Turshen to compile a collection of recipes that adhered to her guidelines and put the fun back in food.

The 185 recipes, which include huevos rancheros, hummus tartine with scallion-mint pesto, salmon burgers with pickled ginger, and even chocolate brownies with banana ice cream, apparently help the star feel more energetic.

[From The Mail]

Here is the profound hypocrisy/stupidity of Gwyneth Paltrow: after years of a bullsh-t version of veganism and “macrobiotic dieting” and endless cleanses and “spiritual fasts” (it was just anorexia with some visits to the temple), her doctors told her that her body might LOOK okay, but that she was profoundly unhealthy. So instead of going on a simple, normal eating regimen which included normal amounts of dairy, meat and gluten and plenty of iron and greens, Gwyneth then goes completely crazy in a different way and cuts even more stuff out of her diet. This woman is going to end up completely osteoarthritic by the time she’s 45. And the fact that she’s shilling this crap for a profit is profoundly disturbing.

Book image courtesy of Amazon, additional photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. truthful says:

    Its going to be alot of celebrity crap happening in 2013 and I want NO part of it.


    here she goes with her crapola of crazy.

    no thx

  2. Pam says:

    Bitch please! We all know that you only eat air and drink rain water and you have no idea about THE REAL FOOD.

  3. Meow Mix says:

    Who the F**k is buying this crap? Four months in advance? Puleaaase!

  4. lisa2 says:

    My mom always noted that the supposed healthiest people are the ones dropping dead (sorry). If she is eating so healthy and not using process foods and such, why does she need all that fasting and cleansing. I don’t get it. If you are not eating “toxic foods” then why do you need to get all these toxins out of your system.

    I don’t understand her at all.

    • Cirque28 says:

      RE: removing toxins. Because she is always trying to push the image of Self-Indulgent Badass Goop with lots of Italian food and wine and eyeliner!

      I don’t really get how that squares with the Healthy Disciplined Goop image, but apparently it’s supposed to.

  5. merski says:

    ” [...] “spiritual fasts” (it was just anorexia with some visits to the temple) [...]”

    Ahahaha, Kaiser, you really slay me sometimes.

  6. Celebitchy says:

    Let me get this right. She was anemic, so her doctor told her to cut out eggs and meat. How does that make any sense at all?

    • Birdix says:

      and then she puts in a recipe for huevos rancheros?

      • XiuFetish says:

        And how does she remove the banned sugar from her brownies and ice-cream without replacing it with toxic artificial sweeteners?

        I notice the diet doesn’t banish dairy, because her previous ridiculous dietary regimes rendered her osteoporotic. I wonder if she feels any shame in leading other women down her highly unhealthy path. Will she ever be held accountable for her damaging advice?

      • Victoria1 says:

        Hahahaha that is the best line ever. As for someone who is “healthy” why does her skin and hair look lousy?

      • AmandaPanda says:

        Hahaha! I love it – from “the doctor told me to cut out eggs” to “the recipes include huevos rancheros” in just over a paragraph, without a glimmer of irony.

    • Faye says:

      When I was reading this article, I had a big mental “WTF” when she claimed a doctor told her to cut all that stuff out and go on a cleanse. Speaking as someone who suffered from anorexia as a teen and who spent years working with professionals to develop a healthy attitude toward eating, I highly doubt any actual, board-certified doctor or nutritionist would say that. Cutting out processed foods and sugar, maybe. But eliminating eggs, meat (assuming she means chicken too here), dairy? No way.

      The healthiest way to eat is to have small amounts of dairy, healthy fats, carbs, and healthy proteins along with lots of green vegetables. If you follow that kind of diet, exercise regularly, and only indulge occasionally, you will be slender and your body will be healthy. There is nothing healthy about fasting or cleansing, and it angers me that this idiot is putting ideas like this out there, knowing they could influence people who don’t know better.

      • Amelia says:

        I get the feeling that the ‘doctor’ she’s talking about was either Tracy Anderson or Rachel Zoe prancing about in a white coat and stethoscope.

      • emmie_a says:

        I was diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, low vit D and anemia a few months ago. My doctor put me on a similar diet BUT he did not eliminate eggs or meat, because we get a lot of needed vitamins and minerals from those foods. Eliminating caffeine, wheat, sugar and processed foods is believable because those foods do not provide needed nutrients (that we cannot get from whole foods). And the diet isn’t a cleanse, it’s just getting down to basics and fueling your body with healthy, whole food. I don’t know why Goop is so caught up on the whole ‘cleanse’ thing because I think she takes it to unhealthy levels.

        And I agree Faye that a licensed doctor would never prescribe this diet to someone with an eating disorder — but we don’t know that Goop has ever admitted to having an eating disorder or has ever been treated for an eating disorder. I agree to everything in moderation as well, but sometimes, when your body is not functioning properly, you have to eliminate foods that cause inflammation until you are healed. I am not supposed to be on this diet for life – just until my medical conditions are under control.

        And actually there are a lot of dessert recipes out there that do not use processed sugar or toxic artificial sweeteners — the recipes use dried fruit or honey for sweetness.

        And I loved Kaiser’s comment about the spiritual fasts being anorexia with a few visits to the temple. So true!

      • Potato_Chip says:

        @Faye- You’re absolutely right. I don’t buy this ‘the doctor told me to eliminate these foods from my diet’ excuse either. When I had the same symptoms as Goopy (but was totally stressed by 2 jobs, family bereavements, moving house), i was advised to eat a little red meat, add a vitamin supplement, and make sure that I went on vacation for some quiet and sun. Guess that was too simple a prescription for Goopy.

      • Pandy says:

        Unless she has a vegan doctor, I don’t buy it either. I’m a vegan and have adrenal collapse and thyroid issues (due to stress/aging/menopause really). My doc has never said to do anything but watch my carb intake to control weight. My naturopath even told me that she sometimes advises vegans to eat meat. I’m having surgery in a few days and she said to eat eggs while healing as easy to prepare, digest and full of nutrients. I’m not going to add meat to my diet or anything, but the point of this kind of long-winded post is that I have yet to hear a doc tell someone to cut out meat unless they have severe heart issues. So is she too healthy or is she a mess? Would the real goop please stand up? Fraud. Just trying to sell books as her acting career has dried up.

    • littlestar says:

      You are right, it doesn’t make any sense at all! I have iron anemia, and my doctor of course recommended that I eat tons of iron rich foods – which are MEAT and EGGS! Goop is ridiculous. I hope someone (besides Celebitchy) calls her out on her sh*t already.

      • decorative item says:

        Green leafy veggies, such as spinach, are higher in iron than meat. I’m a vegetarian ( no fish and no eggs), but I do eat a little dairy.
        Many people who begin a vegetarian diet start to feel sluggish and tired. Often, people assume that they need to bring meat back into their diets when what they should do is up the leafy veggies and include a green drink in their daily routine.

      • decorative item says:

        I have iron anemia as well, have had my whole life. I’ve had far less issues with it as a vegetarian because I eat more iron rich veggies instead of filling up on chunks of lower iron content meat.

    • yumbans says:

      there are many different types of anemias. iron, b12, or folate deficiency fall under acquired anemias. I think the egg comment is taken out of context because it is a nutrient rich food, as long as you are not eating too many yolks.

      also, i believe you meant to say osteoporotic (brittling of bones) not osteoarthritic (which is more likely to occur in overweight people who bear a lot of stress on their joints).

      • Michelle says:

        Not to mention the anemia you can get from slow, constant internal bleeding. Not to sound crazy or anything, but there are many people with undiagnosed Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis that have this problem. I did for years!
        It took my doctors about five years to figure this out, and why none of the typical anemia fixes weren’t working.
        It wasn’t until I started to have severe Crohn’s attacks that they put it all together. But you can still have the bleeding (just slow and steady, without any visible signs) and not have any serious attacks…
        Anyway, I just went on some rambling rant that probably isn’t making sense to anyone. :P

      • Sassy says:

        Osteoarthritis can occur in slender people. I have it in knees and back. I am a very small person.

    • yumbans says:

      anecdotal medicine (“because this happened to me, it must be true of everyone”) is not the same thing as evidence based medicine, which is how modern medicine is practiced in the US. i am an MD, and I did not get my degree from Google, as many people think it is so simple to make their own diagnosis by searching the internet.

      this is certainly not the right forum to give or receive medical advice. see a dr if you have questions, and dont hold GOOPs word as the word of the gods. she is clearly misinformed.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      How does it make sense that the fool who gave her that advice is a doctor? There is no doctor, that’s just astral projection coupled with hallucination due to general lack of everything and pots of deficiencies that she’s experiencing because there is no credible doctor alive who would suggest that the cure for no health is less health.

      Frigging eat something, lady! Your blood must be half sediment by now, so why punish yourself like this? What was so horrible about your previous lifestyle and diet that you have to get all of your oxygen sent in fro Alsace? Don’t cleanse, you have a ready-made system built into your body that could be really good at cleansing itself if you’d give it a chance. All of her health problems could be solved with one word: unclench.

  7. Christina says:

    ”a grueling schedule”

    Oh, spare me these cossetted multi-millionaires and their ‘gruelling schedules’! Yes, all that ghost-writing, red-carpet walking and fittings for borrowed designer gowns must really take it out on a girl.

    • Green is Good says:


    • Gine says:

      Seriously. And even if they are busy, it’s not like they HAVE to be. You’re a millionaire, just stay home and relax if that’s what you want! (But of course, they wouldn’t get any attention that way.)

      • Christina says:

        Yup. I said exactly the same thing on the thread a few days ago, where we were told Gwen Stefani was supposedly having a ‘nervous breakdown’ due to her ‘stressful lifestyle’. Cry me a river, sweetheart. Most people would kill to have your ‘problems’.

      • mystified says:

        But she does have to work! We lowly peasants would be lost without her sage advice. How selfless of Goop to work tirelessly to make sure that we don’t fall prey to our cretin diets!

  8. sirsnarksalot says:

    All I see is a deeply unhappy woman with an eating disorder she’s trying to market as a lifestyle. She can ruin her body however she likes, but the real shame is that there are idiots who will follow her down the eating disordered path. The whole “GOOP” brand is about being like her…no thanks. And the natural look they are going for on the cover just shows how unhealthy her hair and skin is.

    • Christina says:

      Agree completely. I used to think Goop was annoying but harmless. But marketing this type of dangerous nonsense is going too far. There should be laws against this type of thing. Seriously. And how much money does she need? Isn’t she supposed to be an actress?

    • AlexC says:

      Yes, she looks so natural on the cover (another calculated move) except for the tons of filler in her cheeks. Generally you don’t get fuller cheeks as you age and maintain a low weight.

  9. Ida says:

    I completely agree, it is disgusting. People should not be cutting out so many food groups unless there is a real medical condition. I say ‘real’ because I doubt this moron went to a proper doctor. Also, most of her health problems have likely been caused by her horrible diet. I suspect that her anemia is probably an iron deficiency and when my sister was diagnosed with the same the first thing that came back on our menu was red meat as well as some seafood that is rich in iron like sardines, mussels, etc. I also suspect her calcium deficiency has largely been caused by her abhorrence of all things dairy. Stupid little woman.

    • Talie says:

      I was thinking the same, it doesn’t sound like she went to a normal doctor. I don’t know any doctor who would tell you to cut out that much food unless you had major allergies.

      • Gine says:

        Ditto. I think she went to some celebrity “guru” who tells their mega-rich, pampered clients what they want to hear. What actual doctor would tell someone with anemia to cut out that much, especially protein?

      • M says:

        Devil’s advocate here: Doctors get little to no formal nutrition training in medical school. Those who advise patients regarding good nutrition have learned this information through other sources.

  10. poppy says:

    wtf? eliminate eggs but eat huevos rancheros?
    2 cookbooks? does she count the uk version or does she seriously think anyone believes she had any input into the batali spain cookbook?
    i thought she just went off in every interview about how now she is forty she is at peace with herself yet ‘recipes that make you look good’?
    not surprised she titled the book ‘it’s all good’ -ugh. such a hackneyed phrase i wish would go straight off the fiscal cliff during the end game, with her in tow, totes, for real. yolo! false advertising.
    she is going to wear me out this year. smh
    (end rant)

  11. Cirque28 says:

    Goop expects us to believe that no doctor ever said, “You are weak and vitamin deficient because you probably don’t eat enough calories.”


  12. Talie says:

    Yeah, um, her bones are definitely not going to be in good shape by the time she’s 50. She’s such a faux foodie.

  13. amurph says:

    Elimination diets are usually given to people who have symptoms doctors suspect are food related, whether it’s an allergy, intolerance, or whatever. She was probably doing a cleanse to “flush her system” and trying to lay it on the doctors. Vitamin deficiencies and anemia are helped only by one thing – getting that vitamin back into your system. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s going to have the weakest bones in existence by the time she’s 45 or menopause is going to wreck her.

  14. Francesca says:

    Nothing remarkable here. A huge percentage of people are vitamin d deficient. Thanks in no small part to all the sunscreen we wear and just from living north of the equator.

    • carrie says:

      80% people are vitamin D deficient

    • Layale says:

      Right! And it’s unusual for the regular, everyday doc to even check for it. So I suspect her doc was an alternative doc or such.

      • Lisa says:

        In Canada, they’ve de-listed Vitamin D testing. Is it the same in the US? You have to pay to have your levels checked now, and it’s by request, or done regularly only if you have osteopenia/osteoporosis. One of the worst decisions they could’ve made, imo!

      • michkabibbles says:

        i don’t think it’s that unusual to be checked-mine gets checked every year at my physical (i had a vitamin d deficiency and now take a supplement).

      • RN says:

        My OB/GYN checked me after my routine checkup. It’s not unusual at all, depending on the expertise of the clinician and the symptoms that the patient is reporting.

      • Layale says:

        It hasn’t been routine for me. I had to pay extra, and have it pulled by a private lab, as my primary doc refused to test for it, saying that since I take a multi I shouldn’t be concerned about it. Of course, I was low anyway, despite the multi, because I live in the Northeastern US. So, I guess it must depend on the doc, since there seems to be varying experiences.

      • M says:

        I am a doctor in the northeastern US. Vitamin D testing has become quite mainstream. It is important not only in bone health but many other conditions. Primary care physicians and specialists order the test on a regular basis, and yes, many people are deficient, particularly darker skinned folks and those who rarely spend time in sunlight (e.g., office workers). Anyone taking a supplement under a physician’s guidance should be sure to take with the largest meal of the day to facilitate intestinal absorption.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Black female living in Canada, here, and yes, vitamin D is a problem, even with supplements. A HUGE amount of Canadians have vitamin D deficiencies, what with the twelve minutes of sun it can sometimes feel like you’re getting in the winter month, temperature is immaterial to that. Then it finally gets warm and we’re back on cancer alert.

        Vitamin D: the wiliest tease.

  15. Gine says:

    The recipes themselves sound like they’re fine, and eliminating grains from my diet is actually the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, but yeah, I’m guessing the stuff about her “doctor” is total bull–sounds like she’s just trying to justify her extreme habits.

    And I’m totally confused about how you can apparently make huevos rancheros without eggs.

    • Christina says:

      Also, eggs are a GREAT food, full of nourishment. Unless you have a specific allergy or other reason to avoid them, there’s no reason a normal healthy person should give up eggs. What a load of Goop.

      • Sam says:

        Actually, there’s a lot of evidence now that egg YOLKS are pretty bad for you. The amount of cholesterol they have is frightenly high (although there’s some evidence that the cholestrol in them works differently that saturated fats’ cholestrol). The Mayo Clinic, which is a pretty reliable source, generally, recommends that people heavily restrict their egg consumption and favor the egg whites over the yolks.

        So in general, eggs aren’t bad for you, but very few people will call them a health food now.

      • LAK says:


        On the one hand the Mayo clinic is a pretty good source of information, but when it comes to food, specifically the insidious way that food is now treated as the enemy, that bit of advice is one you have to take with a pinch of salt.

        It’s true that egg yolks are cholesterol heavy, but the assumption that eating them will give one the condition based on assumption that one is going to eat nothing but egg yolks 24/7 so they advise caution. Not a rule that egg yolks should be avoided or that they are bad for you.

      • Pandy says:

        I don’t think food is treated as the enemy – it’s what is done to food that is bad for us. Meat and dairy is disgusting – not what our parents ate anymore.

      • LAK says:

        Pandy – i could give you a long list of foods that have been deemed bad for us for one reason or another. Not just the processing but this isn’t the forum, but food has definitely been turned into some kind of enemy by the diet industry which profits from our eating habits.

        Instead of restoring nutritional education so people can eat a balanced diet people are encouraged to eat all kinds of rubbish or to cut out food groups for no apparent reason.

        I had ridiculous conversations with various otherwise intelligent people on long term Atkins or Dukan diets who have told me in seriousness that fruit and vegetables are bad for you and will fatten you.

        A few months ago on this very board someone said that a bowl of oranges was fattening!!! putting aside the issues one may have from eating too many oranges, since when are oranges fattening?

        No one ever discusses a balanced diet that also takes into account portion control.

        The diet industry encourages disordered eating and in the process has brainwashed many people into treating food as the enemy.

      • mystified says:

        I agree that eggs are an excellent food source and inexpensive too. No one has proven that the cholesterol in egg yolks increases your blood cholesterol. The yolks are an excellent source of choline and lutein.

        I am in my 50s, have a BMI of 19% and eat an average of four eggs per day in one form or another. I also eat as much cholesterol laden shellfish as I can afford. I take no medication but I have low LDL and high HDL. Maybe it’s s genetic but her one size fits all diet holds no interest for me.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        I can’t help it, I just keep thinking of the ‘egg council creeps’ with his legs protruding from his little egg suit costume some faceless, armless mysterious employee in Chucks running away from Homer’s inquisition after Lenny informed him that while eggs do contain cholesterol, there’s no conclusive proof that they raise the amount of serum cholesterol in the bloodstream of humans, or something to that effect. I think he stole Lenny’s egg sand–OH, I remember, it was the Stonecutters. He had to save the life of a member of the guild so he tried to save Lenny from the ravages of cholesterol by stomping on his egg salad sandwich.

        Crap, I’m lame for relating all of that. ‘You’d better run, egg!’

  16. Sam says:

    This sounds like to me that she’s probably not going to a real doctor to start with – she strikes me as the type who goes to “natural” doctors because they’ll tell her what she wants to hear as opposed to other doctors who will be honest with her. No properly-credentialed doctor that I’ve personally known would ever okay such a restrictive diet to a vitamin-deficient person. They’d also never ok juice cleanses or “detoxes” of any kind. Because there’s no scientific evidence to support that stuff. I hope that her kooky diet is just her own and that she doesn’t push this stuff on her family. Take those kids and run, Chris Martin!

    • Eleonor says:

      You’re right, a friend of mine is a dietician, and once I’ve asked him about “evil” carbs, he told me “unless you have allergies, or peculiar health condition you must eat everything” naturally with portion control,avoiding junk food, and a good workout routine.

      • Lisa says:

        tbh, I think grains are a big problem, whether you have a full-blown allergy or not. The trick is to avoid replacing them with packaged gluten-free junk.

  17. Eleonor says:

    A lot of celebrities are going to have tons of health problems because of their crazy dieting (Victoria Beckham), and this crazyness isn’t going to stop anytime soon.

  18. Lulu says:

    Going meat free means she can eat salmon? Der.

    I agree with the others who have said she didn’t go to a real doctor. No one with deficiencies is going to be told to cut out even more foods. Food sensitivities (not allergies – allergy refers to something like the reaction some people have to peanuts. The reaction that can kill you) are really extremely rare according to the latest research. Unless you have celiacs there is no reason to cut out anything, and then only glutens. People with eating disorders use sensitivities as a justification for their weird eating habits.

    As far as cholesterol goes, there is no link between eating cholesterol and high blood cholesterol. The studies that supposedly have shown a link were flawed.

    • Sam says:

      Your argument is flawed by your quoting Joseph Mercola. Mercola is an HIV/AIDS-denialist, believes that microwaves poison food, is anti-vaccine and supports all other varieties of bad science. Google him and see how terrible his advice is.

      • Lulu says:

        Just like Dr. Oz, some of his advice IS terrible. But there is no research that supports a link between cholesterol consumption and blood cholesterol levels.

      • busy ramone says:

        High sugar consumption has been linked in studies to lower levels of HDL cholesterol and skyrocketed levels of LDL cholesterol in a very short period of time.

        There’s an article about the sugar lobby’s science suppression and propaganda in this month’s Mother Jones. As far as magazine articles go it’s a good one.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Actually, food ‘sensitivities’ are strongly linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome! IBS is the catchall term for you feel rotten, and we doctors have no idea what’s causing your crippling abdominal pains, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea.

      After almost 25 years of numerous colonoscopies, an exploratory surgery, and countless tests, I sent my locally family doctor obtained blood sample to U.S. Biotech on the opposite coast.

      I learned I was not tolerant of eggs, garlic, and Lima Beans, eliminated these foods, and have been symptom free for FIVE YEARS! Being forced to cook and use whole foods instead of processed is/was a huge hassle, but it’s great to feel normal all time. The testing was $500 (a bargain compared to the money we threw away over the years seeking a diagnosis and ‘cure’).

      If I stray during the holidays and family events, I know to expect the recurrence of awful gut pain and ‘IBS’ within 1 1/2 hrs of eating one of my sensitive foods. Everyone I know who’s followed through with U.S. Biotek has had excellent and astounding results, just like me. Really hope this helps anyone who’s suffering out of control mystery issues needlessly.

  19. thebutlerdidit says:

    Rachel Zoe’s vacation pics are frightening. She looks like she’s been chained to a post in someone’s basement, and the only thing she could reach, was their tanning bed. All this jazz with her, GOOP, Beckham, Tracey Anderson, etc, is a terrible thing to do to women.

    • MsMileHigh says:

      Yikes! I agree! She ruined her skin through smoking, extreme dieting, and God knows what else. I’d bet that is the reason for the long wrap: she’s hiding wrinkled, saggy skin on her body.

      She may dress well, but everything else about her looks like hell.

  20. Kate (newer one) says:

    No medically qualified doctor or properly qualified dietician would advise a woman with already disordered eating to eat obsessionally like that. Surely the main priority would be working with her to be saner and more relaxed in her approach? And cutting out eggs and meat when the patient has vit D and iron deficiences? Huh? How does that help in any way at all?

    Most Brits are deficient in vit D, though. Medical advice is to supplement all year round for small children, and at a minimum in the winter for adults. People use too much sun cream now, ironically enough. There isn’t enough sunshine to metabolise the vit D in a country this temperate.

  21. Layale says:

    Did they photoshop a younger pic of her face on the book cover? Something seems strange and contrived about it. Her skin doesn’t look all that glowing to me, and her hair looks unhealthy and over-processed.

    • rachel says:

      This. She hasn’t looked this way in well over a decade. Her peels/fractals whatever have taken all the natural color out of her skin- this pretty sun freckled look is loong gone. I am also thinking that was at least one nose job ago- it looks alot less pinched. She was a pretty girl.

    • MsMileHigh says:

      To me, she looks sick. Her cheeks are too red and her eyes seem glassy. It makes me want to check her forehead for a fever.

      When I was a small child, I got an annual case of bronchitis every winter. In pictures taken around the times I would get sick, I had the same red cheeked/glassy eyed look.

  22. Hannah Gleave says:

    This bit makes no sense at all…

    “…the doctor later revealed that she was anemic, vitamin D deficient, and that her stress levels were sky high [thus] prescribed an elimination diet banning coffee, alcohol, sugar, eggs, wheat, meat and processed food to clear out her system and help her body heal.”

    • Lulu says:

      Lots of people are moving away from wheat. Today’s genetically engineered wheat is very high in glutens and sugars compared to what our predecessors used to eat. Eating a slice of whole wheat bread today raises your blood sugar level as fast as a tablespoon of sugar does (husband is a diabetic, so we have to know these things).

      The food pyramind is a crock – Americans eat way to many carbs and not enough saturated animal fats. No fake butters in our house – only real butter. I eat whole fat cottage cheese and drink whole fat milk. We eat lots of fruits and veggies and I’m trying to get my husband to knock off the popcorn and chips, but it’s a slow process. I’m thin, but I can gain weight if I don’t watch out. Eating healthy fats along with everything else keeps me feeling sated and my energy levels up. If I ever want to drop a couple of pounds, all I have to do is cut the sugar out completely for a few days and off it comes.

  23. Lisa says:

    lol, so she’s super healthy, but has deficiencies in two areas that are easily avoided with a good diet. Plus she has osteoporosis. Nobody is perfect, but if you set yourself up as a guru, at least have your organic, grass fed ducks in order.

  24. Lisa says:

    @Sam – the mayo clinic? who cares? the yolk is where the nutrients are. in a week, they’re backtrack and tell you how good they are for you.

  25. Agnes says:

    She’s full of crap. Despite her cleanses and detoxes. She seems unhappy – always searching for something that eludes her, switching from one trend to another. Do some charity work, give some of your cash away, Goop. Stop being so centered on yourself. You’ll feel better.

  26. Ms Kay says:

    How to loose audience and alienate the masses by Goop – Food You Peasants Can’t Afford.

    Oh Goopy we peasants can’t afford it but most importantly we peasants *DON’T* want it!

  27. erika says:

    twovo things i’ve learned in this lifetime:

    - the ‘Healthiest’ people are most often even sh****tier with their diet and lifestyles as they think YOU are

    @ I once got flack for eating a hamburger from an ‘uber granola’ couple who sat opposite from me chain smoking and drinking hard liquor@e

    dc- watch the news, every other WEEK th=ey tout the latest health guidelines that tell you to scrap what we told you to do and believe for the past 3 yrs because you SHOULD do that!

    = “studies NOW show that you shouldn’t do this after all…but instead should do that…



  28. dcypher1 says:

    I want to give this woman a cheese burger and force her to eat it and make her say there nothing wrong with cheeseburgers and they are delicious.

  29. lucy2 says:

    If she’s been following her own advice and is now so vitamin deficient, why should anyone pay for more of her crap?
    If her life was so stressful, why not take some time off and GO AWAY!? Instead of another book, press tour, interviews, etc. Makes no sense.
    Just based on what she’s put out there, I think she needs to see a different kind of doctor, there’s some kind of eating disorder happening there.

  30. Sapphire says:

    What the hell is a “stress level”? That’s not a recognized bood or urine test. This sounds like more fad pseudo medicine.

  31. Ferdis says:

    Off topic : she could be Claire Dane’s sister.

  32. Kelly says:

    Why do people buyer book or read her newsletter? That’s the real problem. If you ignore her, she will go away.

  33. Smurphanne17 says:

    I have never posted on this board before. I certainly did not think I would de-lurk to defend a Fishsticks posting. That being said, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s and RA within the last five years. The damage that it does to the small intestine can result in a lot of foods temporarily inducing violent and sometimes anaphylactic responses. This was especially true with eggs. I have been on a rotation and elimination diet for almost four years and this has truly helped me regain my health and function. However, I was still under so much stress (serious family illness, death, loss of job and now a divorce)that my body was using up every bit of trace minerals and key vitamins. I was depleted and looked much like Gwynnie on her book cover. Lank hair, ruddy complexion, etc. I was tested up and down by all the specialists (just before my insurance ran out…some doctors just rock)and found to be severely deficient in my b-12, my d-levels were on par with that of my former refugee clients and my cortisol levels were borderline. I could not focus for long periods. I was easily irritated. I was so very, very tired. Once the provider started me on a very low-dose anti-depressant in conjunction with my b-12 shots and high dosage D3, it all came together. I am functioning like I haven’t since I contracted Epstein-Barr at nineteen (I’m 35 now)and I have focus to spare. Despite the upheavals in my current life, all my friends and family can comment on is how great I look and how much joy I radiate. I apologize for going on a tangent, but I feel I have to stick up for the food allergy/intolerance community. Even if they self-diagnose. I totally agree that Fishticks looks crummy these days and something is very off about her. But that’s what happens with provider’s that you pay to pamper you, versus those that do it to help others reach or maintain some sort of self-sufficiency. Thanks for letting me rant :)

    • Lulu says:

      I’m glad you got the help you needed and are feeling better! Yes, certainly there are cases where allergies and sensitivities to foods will result in severe deficiencies.

      My beef with Gwyneth is that she goes to qwacks and tries to pass the advice off as sound and then apply it to everyone else. If she’s this way, then we all must be too.

      As an aside, everyone is saying how awful she looks on the cover – I’m not seeing it. She looks like she has a little too much blusher on maybe. Her hair has always had a tendency to look scraggly.

      Can you tell I’m at work and bored? Must. Stop. Posting.

    • Ida says:

      Hi there, genuinely sorry to hear about your woes! It all sounds quite awful really. Happy to hear the situation is under control now though:-)

      As for Paltrow, she is not suffering from anything nearly as serious or debilitating as Crohn’s. Out of a perverse sense of curiosity I have read some of her newsletters and she is positively obsessed with her body and health, in a really disturbing way. It’s almost as if she thrives on the “challenge” of cutting major food groups out of her diet. I’m not a doctor but I don’t think that a slight sensitivity to some food groups means that one should cut them out completely. For example, I have trouble digesting red meat but I haven’t cut it out of my diet completely, I just eat little of it and infrequently and that works wonderfully. It’s nice to be able to get the nutrients in red meat, the protein, the iron, etc. Same thing with milk, I don’t digest it very well so I generally avoid it but from time to time I do include it in my cooking and even have a milky coffee and have found that this works too. Also, I actually was a macrobiotic vegetarian for a little while and I’ve got to say that once I gave it up I had real trouble re-incorporating the food groups that I had excluded into my diet. That’s the problem with eliminating entire food groups from your diet for no good reason, your body does become more and more sensitive to them the longer you keep it up.

  34. LAK says:

    Gwyneth is a nutrition idiot and anybody who buys the nutritional/diet advise she is shilling because some quack doctor has convinced her of it’s merits is as much an idiot.

    She has early form of Osteoporosis from her lack of nutrients, and goodness knows what else.

    She had the nerve to post her day plan + recipes for her thrice yearly month long cleanses [or it is 2 wks 6times a year, i forget which], and she was starving herself. I am surprised she can function. The food was all smoothies and flavoured water and a small plate of fish/chicken once a day. All with 2hrs of daily exercise. I blame Tracy’s bulimic influence in enforcing Gwyneth’s new extreme diet/exercise plan.

    She’s going to have more serious later. You can already see that despite the A list glam squad in attendance on her she looks wan with stringy hair.

    I don’t understand people who remove essential foodgroups from their diets without replacing them. It is mystifying why people who make the switch do not research the nutritional implication of their diet changes beyond looking or feeling good.

    Things like sugar/coffee/alcohol are not basic building blocks of what the body needs. They all fall under the carbs block of the body’s foodgroup needs. If you eat more of one type of foodgroup whilst cutting out the other, there will be repercussions. The foodgroups are available in all kinds of foodstuffs so unless one becomes a Fruitarian, it is impossible to become nutritionally deprived if they are eating a balanced diet from the whole chart.

    • Lulu says:

      In all fairness to Tracy, she claims she was a junk food junky until Madonna and Gwynneth got ahold of her. And that, I can believe. The girl grew up in Indiana (not knocking Indiana). She didn’t know a cleanse from a hole in the ground.

      • LAK says:

        And that’s why one should never take diet advice from Tracy. Her exercise regime is based around dance techniques which if you go into a dance studio on a regular basis, you will achieve the same results. Madonna is a trained dancer, so that’s probably why she hooked up with Tracy in the first place but long term, various issues aside, Tracy’s brand of training would not have lasted long with her.

        GOOP, who has never had dance training,, is an easy mark for Tracy. GOOP is too stupid to realise that she can achieve the same results from a ballet class.

        And Tracy’s nutritional advice is straight out the restrictive eating handbook as opposed to the healthy one.

  35. Ravensdaughter says:

    Last paragraph-agreed! If she is going to write about correcting vitamin deficiencies and with proper nutrition, etc, she should at least have a doctor or dietician sign on to make sure she knows what the heck she’s talking about.
    Aahhhh, I forgot about the punishment for skinny white chicks like Goop, although it tends to be over-diagnosed (according to the latest, latest health news)-osteoporosis!

  36. Poppy2 says:

    Gwyneth’s biggest enemy is really her lack of education. The skills one learns with a higher education regardless of major are a lifelong gift. One she doesn’t have. Passing exams and authoring papers forces you to read between the lines. You learn proficiency, critical thinking and need to prove it to a professor with an advanced degree to earn your credits. You can’t bullshit your way through it. This way of thinking will color your perceptions for the rest of your life. Gwyneth never allowed herself this most important luxury. That’s why most of her interviews and quotes are contradictory. She never had an authentic sounding board correct her. If she only realized how the educated segment of society see right through her she’d find a hole and hide in it.

    • Aagje says:

      As someone without a higher education, I actually think your comment is bordering on the offensive.

      I admire those who have the determination and means to go through college and get a degree, honestly, but are you seriously implying that it takes a university-diploma to be able to think critically? That only the ‘educated segment of society’ can realise that Paltrow is a walking contradiction when it comes to her diet and many other aspects of her life?

      You’re no better than Goop if that is what you believe. Do you also sneer at peasants or do you deign to bestow them with the ultimate gift that is you?

      • Poppy2 says:

        No, I’m applying this to Gwyneth because she feels comfortable to speak to the world as an authority figure but without the credentials to back it up. She’s gullible (Tracy Anderson fraud) and is either too lazy and/or ignorant in the skill of research…the kind that would be second nature to one who has written many term papers. Her comments from interview to interview are illogical and contradictory. She doesn’t own it. I’m out.

    • endlesscircles says:

      OK? What? This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read all week…seriously.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Bravo! This is along the lines of Tom Cruise having “read all the studies” re: post-partum depression. Sure, he might have read them, but I very much doubt he understood them.
      I just went through surgery AND targeted radiation for a meningioma, i.e. Cheryl Crow’s tumor. When I hear her blathering about her tumor being caused by cell phone use I just chuckle. Meningiomas have been around since long before cell phones.
      Although I was a patient this time a around, not a health care provider (in my case, a pharmacist), I read extensively about meningiomas to stay sane prior to my surgery. The brain itself is amazingly complex, and despite my medical training, I got stuck in some of the articles authored by “deep brain” neurosurgeons. I think part of having this type of knowledge and training is knowing what you DON’T know (liability comes in there, too).
      Celebrities don’t seem to recognize the obvious limits of their knowledge, thus their broad and loosely founded pronouncements. Still, Cheryl’s “diagnosis” of the cause of her tumor will be noted and likely relied upon by the lay public.
      Dangerous, these people.

      • vvy says:

        Cheryl is likely right. Europe has documented many many cases of cell phone radiation causing cancer and the correlation cannot be ignored. The incidences of cancer in the areas just under where men keep their cell phones in their pockets was so high it was ridiculous. I know for sure the radiation is awful from them because every time I put a cell phone to my ear, my ear starts to burn, and then the burning starts to go over my whole head. I’m a very sensitive person, so a really good gauge for these kinds of things. I know many people who can also feel the radiation as well. Less sensitive types of people, usually the more extroverted types, wouldn’t feel anything. Besides that, we need to start relying on our intuition more. The more I trust my inner guidance system the stronger it becomes. External authorities and whatnot can only take one so far. After that one needs to trust their gut, and if Cheryl believes in her gut that that is what happened, then who are we to say she’s wrong. I hate it when medical people discredit people’s inner knowingness. Mothers have been relying on it for years!

      • Poppy2 says:

        Right. She fancies herself Martha Stewart of the younger set. She scrambled for an insurance policy for her inevitable flailing career. She had a few friends in the biz and decided on that route. When she first started out she wasn’t even aware of chopping skills with a chef’s knife (curl your pushing fingers). Unaware of the basics like never using a metal spatula with a teflon coated pan (there’s a photo of this). She wants to be taken seriously in the same realm as Stewart yet Martha put the sweat in running a catering company. Paltrow is lazy. She doesn’t want to put the work in for anything and then she wonders why she fails and is the laughing stock of the internet community.

  37. Lulu says:

    All snark aside, I have to admit that Goop always looks pretty darn healthy. Her skin glows, the woman has no celullite, she has nice muscle tone, isn’t too bony, on and on. Say what you will, but she must be doing something right. I’m half-way wondering if the doctor who told her she had vitamin deficiencies was one of those who tests for them by having you hold out your arm while they press down and say the vitamin (or something like that – can’t quite remember how that woo-woo works). I mean – I can believe the vitamin D deficiency. Many people are turning up with that now that we have been avoiding the sun so religiously. And that eventually will lead to osteopenia which is what she has (not osteoporisis).

    Maybe this is all just more hand waving and ‘look at me and the food I eat’ by our dear eating disordered Gwynnie? Much like the ‘look at me and all the exercise I do’ that she does. Really, I still find her quite pretty and harmless. And would kill to have her legs and complexion.

    • LAK says:

      You want her legs? get thee to a ballet class. not Zumba or aerobic or anything like that. B.A.L.L.E.T!!!!

      Tracy’s work out is classical dance training based similar to Ballet. I have yet to see a trained dancer with cellulite or saddlebags – see also JLO and Madonna as othe examples.

      or order the New York city ballet’s training work out. Those Ballet exercises should have you toned in no time with legs [and other parts] to die for.

      Sorry to be so patronising but i can’t with this tracy chick. she annoys the hell out of me!!!

      • Lulu says:

        :) I fear I just don’t have Goop’s bone structure. I’ve been active all my life including doing triathlons, running marathons and teaching aerobics including dance aerobics, and yes, some ballet thrown in.

        I have Tracy’s first workout video, and I have to admit, it’s really effective. But her second one sucked and her diet advice is downright criminal.

      • ShaCur says:

        I absolutely agree about Tracy – I absolutely love my pilates, but the gym schedules hardly coincide with my work, so I’m a bit of a exercise DVD hoarder. I saw her infomercial (insomnia makes a lot of things seem like a good idea!) and ordered the DVD for something new, not really knowing anything about her. I was completely dumbfounded when I first did it – no instruction, no assistants to point out “Move your hip this way, not that way”, none of the essential instruction that a home DVD really should have. The benefit of going to a gym is you have the instructor there, able to help you and make sure you’re doing things correctly. Some DVDs do that quite well, but this one was awful! Very fast paced, no instruction, no nothing. Not sure if it was her first or second, but the potential for injury and ineffectiveness was quite high. Did it for a few days and couldn’t follow her. SUCH a waste of money!!!!

  38. Lulu says:

    All snark aside, I have to admit that Goop always looks pretty darn healthy. Her skin glows, the woman has no cellulite, she has nice muscle tone, isn’t too bony, on and on. Say what you will, but she must be doing something right. I’m half-way wondering if the doctor who told her she had vitamin deficiencies was one of those who tests for them by having you hold out your arm while they press down and say the vitamin (or something like that – can’t quite remember how that woo-woo works). I mean – I can believe the vitamin D deficiency. Many people are turning up with that now that we have been avoiding the sun so religiously. And that eventually will lead to osteopenia which is what she has (not osteoporisis).

    Maybe this is all just more hand waving and ‘look at me and the food I eat’ by our dear eating disordered Gwynnie? Much like the ‘look at me and all the exercise I do’ that she does. Really, I still find her quite pretty and harmless. And would kill to have her legs and complexion.

  39. Sunny says:

    I hope her bones turn to dust.

  40. Leah says:

    i loved the review of her book on, lol.

    i also read another comment that said something along the lines of “pretty soon we’ll sll be hooked up to iv’s to enjoy food if gwyneth has any say with it.”

  41. vvy says:

    It’s true that most people are sensitive to wheat nowadays and they don’t even know it, mostly because its been so genetically modified that it has waaaay more gluten than it used to have 40 years ago. It’s a different animal now. Lots of people eliminate dairy and meat…..its not that hard. I eat chicken and fish, but no wheat, no red meat, and rarely cheese…. no processed crap either. Its much easier on the body to stay healthy without all that heavy, clogging stuff in it, and no processed stuff to mess with blood sugar.

  42. cruiz2 says:

    I just never got her hype! Girl needs a decent haircut.

  43. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Ugh. That picture on the cover is her just trying to look like ‘the picture of health’. She is such a elitist, self-conscious nutjob. I just cannot stand her. I couldn’t even read the post after I saw the picture.

  44. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Ugh. That picture on the cover is her just trying to look like ‘the picture of health’. She is such an elitist, self-conscious nutjob. I just cannot stand her. I couldn’t even read the post after I saw the picture.

  45. Granger says:

    What cracks me up is that Gwyneth writes about her deficiencies as though they’re these intense health problems that only she, poor woman, has ever had to deal with. Probably 75% of my 40-year-old female friends have an iron deficiency, and many are also vitamin-D deficient (including myself). It’s unbelievably common among pre-menopausal women. But not one of the women I know gave up meat or eggs in order to get better.

  46. lambchops says:

    I think she’s had an eating disorder in various guises for years. First she smoked heavily in order not to eat, then the crazy restrictive diets, now the exercise manic type of eating disorder where she may eat a lot, but exercises like a nut. No thanks on any of her ‘advice’.

  47. Itwillrain says:

    I want to know why insurance companies are being such jerks abt vitamin d testing? Mine will not pay for it as a routine annual test at your physical. There has to be a medical diagnosis to justify the test. This is in the great old U S of A (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas)

  48. akua says:

    I’m no fan of hers at all, but am a gluten-free (due to celiac disease) vegan (by choice) and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  49. jenna says:

    If you ever read her newsletters it’s pretty obvious that she has an eating disorder of some kind. I would say “orthorexia”: and obsession with eating the “right” way. Some of her “nutrition advice” is pretty solid (I recall a post on eating a better breakfast that basically boiled down to “less simple carbs, more fat and protein”, which is sound), but there is SOOOOOO much stuff about the cleansing/juicing/fasting she is into. There is nothing inherently wrong with an elimination diet, it’s just clear that she takes it to extremes.

    Also, while she’s clearly very thin, if she is eating a normal but healthy diet when she isn’t fasting, and is fasting/juice cleansing as often as she says she is, AND working out for 2 hours/day, she should be ultra skeletal. Which makes me think that really she’s a bit of a binge eater, and that she makes up for it by fasting. Find a happy medium already!