Gwyneth Paltrow won’t let her children eat bread, pasta, rice, dairy or eggs

Am I alone in not wanting Gwyneth Paltrow’s life whatsoever? Like, Gwyneth thinks that everything about her life is so aspirational to all of the peasants, but in truth, I don’t want to be her at all. It’s too much work to be Gwyneth. All of that patronizing and condescension, the crap that she has to put up with from her husband, the extreme dieting and extreme workouts, the try-hard “singing career”, and on and on. Gwyneth exhausts me and I’m just a casual observer. I imagine her life is terrible (when compared to mine – I get to eat ice cream whenever I want).

Anyway, I was just thinking about how much I didn’t want to be Gwyneth while I was reading this completely asinine story about her latest cook book. Apparently, some early excerpts from the book have come out, and Gwyneth is SO SMUG about being so terribly vitamin deficient and she’s proud of passing on her crazy food issues to her children. She’s an awful human being.

She has tried the macrobiotic diet, the kale and lemon cleanse and only eating salad for days on end. But now Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she has begun inflicting her obsessions with food on her own children – by starving them of carbohydrates. Miss Paltrow, 40, said that that she avoids feeding pasta, bread or rice to Apple, eight, and Moses, six, because it is bad for them, even though they are left ‘craving’ the food.

Her decision was based on the fact that everyone in her house – including husband Chris Martin – is supposedly intolerant of gluten, dairy and chicken’s eggs. Miss Paltrow’s comments are an admission that her habit of going for the latest fad diet is filtering down to how she behaves as a mother. She has in the past told how she snacks on almonds when she is hungry rather than cave in and have a proper meal. She spent her 20s on the macrobiotic diet during which time she ate mostly vegetables and beans and chewed her food more thoroughly than usual.

In her new cookbook, called ‘It’s All Good,’ which is released next month, Miss Paltrow devotes an entire chapter to grains but is deeply skeptical about them.

She writes: ‘Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across . . . seems to concur that (gluten) is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it. Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs’.

Miss Paltrow, who won an Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love, added that Mr Martin, 36, the singer with the band Coldplay, and their children are all intolerant to ‘many other surprising foods’ – but her claim was met with skepticism by experts.

London-based public health nutritionist Yvonne Wake said Miss Paltrow was being ‘foolish’ and that she could be doing her children harm. She said: ‘I think it’s not a good idea, especially because her children are thin – I’ve seen pictures of them.

‘Kids need carbohydrate because it gives them glycogen which keeps your brain going. Without it they won’t be able to think straight as their brain won’t be functioning and their thinking patterns will be slow. It’s like when kids don’t have any breakfast – they will do less well at school and won’t be able to run around with the other children’.

Dr Carina Norris, a registered nutritionist, added: ‘Far too many people self-diagnose themselves with allergies, or cut out wheat to lose weight, or because they think it’s bad for them. Not only are they making their lives difficult, cutting out such an important food group shouldn’t be done without the advice of a medical professional, as it could put them at risk of nutrient deficiencies.’

In the new book Gwyneth describes the moment she thought she had a stroke. The ‘Iron Man’ actress sought medical advice when she suddenly fell ill at her London home in 2011 while serving lunch to friends, and despite her fears, she was found to have been stricken with a migraine and panic attack.

She wrote in her new cook book: ‘One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought – without sounding overly dramatic – that I was going to die. I had just served lunch in the garden at home… I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn’t forming thoughts correctly… I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn’t speak, and I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was having a stroke.’

The 40-year-old actress – who has children Apple, eight, and Moses, six, with husband Chris Martin – was also found to be severely anaemic and vitamin D deficient, so had to overhaul her diet, cutting out coffee, eggs, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, wheat and meat.

Her health scare prompted herself and her family to undergo food allergy testing. Miss Paltrow’s previous cooking book, ‘My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness’ detailed more of her curious food obsessions. For a refreshing drink she turns to a juice made of kale, lemon juice, water, vitamins and natural sweetener agave.

Miss Paltrow, who writes a food and lifestyle blog, claimed that this drink, coupled with five 45-minute workouts each week taught to her by celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson, had left in the best condition of her life.

[From The Mail]

FOR THE LOVE OF GOOP. Jesus. Seriously, I know I’m not one of Gwyneth’s fancy nutritionists (and seriously, it sounds like she goes nutritionist-shopping the same way a Vicodin addict goes doctor-shopping), but whatever happened to “you can have almost anything in moderation”? You can have a steak, just don’t eat one every day. You can have pasta, just don’t eat a mountain of it. You can have a cup of coffee because you’ll fall asleep if you don’t. And I still don’t understand how Goop gets diagnosed with anemia and vitamin D deficiency and then goes on to cut out eggs, potatoes, wheat AND MEAT. And I don’t understand how Gwyneth has some kind of mind-block on how she got to be so unhealthy (to the point where she felt like she was having a stroke!): decades of starving herself and crash diets and eating in a severely unbalanced way. And now she’s passing all of that on to her children.

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  1. Hannah says:

    If you cut out all those foods, what is left to eat?

    • lune says:

      I for one am happy she’s back. Her advice is useless but man is she entertaining. I can’t wait until she starts promoting this soon.

      Also there are pics of her making pasta with moses on the goop Pinterest page and I believe they’re recent. So is this something she only did for a while

    • Shaz says:

      Actually, that’s exactly what Dr. Fuhrman, M.D., recommends in “Eat to Live”. His diet prevents and often cures diseases like cancer and heart disease. You eat loads of veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, beans. Oddly, especially mushrooms and onions are good for preventing breast cancer. It’s hard at first, but you feel awesome after a few days. Apple is a beautiful little girl!

      • Sara says:

        If eating lots of vegetables could cure disease and cancer don’t you think everyone would know about it by now?

      • minime says:

        @ Sara

        +1000 and I guess that is not necessary to say more than that

      • backwards says:

        + Sara

        As mentioned above, moderation is key. I think kids need a balanced diet with carbs, meat, fresh fruit veg etc

      • a321 says:

        read dr andrew wiels books sara. the research is out there. the general public just likes processed foods too much. so between that & the constant onslaught of marketing by food manufactures…

      • andrea says:

        Sorry, did you say “cures” cancer? That’s a bit of a sweeping statement.

        Let me put it this way. My best friend was a vegan since he was 18 (difficult person to go out to dinner with, let me tell you). And he exercised at least 9 hours a week. And for a long time he lived out by a nature reserve with all the fresh air and everything. He still got cancer. After chemo, he continued living that lifestyle, but the cancer came back anyway.

        Of course I believe the advances in our civilization are costing us health-wise, but it’s rather ridiculous to state that all it takes to prevent and cure something like cancer is a bit of produce.

      • Esperanza says:

        In paleo times people lived to be 20. Now the average lifespan is 4 times that. I believe that you shouldn’t eat a bunch of processed crap and should definitely eat fresh fruits and veggies but the point is there is no mountain of scientific evidence backing up his claims. This is just one man hawking his book similarly to the mountains of evidence Jenny McCarthy has about how vaccines are bad and cause autism.

      • partypants says:

        Just because your friend is a vegan doesn’t mean he’s eating properly. Many vegans are the unhealthiest people I know because they eat soy crackers and lettuce and not much else. I have a friend who had brain cancer and because she cut out refined foods and sticks to veggies, she has been in remission for a long time and is quite healthy right now.

        Eating a vegetable-based diet is immensely better for you and has been proven to reverse the effects of cancer. There are many studies out there, including the ones mentioned above and I’ve been reading The China Study.

        Cure may not be the right word, but eating plant-based protein vs. animal definitely eliminates the growth of cancer cells if the disease hasn’t already reached the later stages.

        Someone else asks if eating veggies cured cancer, wouldn’t everybody know about it by now? Are you serious? People know how bad smoking, energy drinks, processed food etc. is for them, and yet they continue to enjoy these vices. I’m pretty sure people are well aware how good veggies are for them, but like somebody else mentioned, are addicted to processed food and slaves to the bad food marketing that is so pervasive in our society.

      • minime says:

        @ partypants

        Unfortunately cancer is still a very complex disease and to resume it to something so simple as eating vegetables to cure it sounds naive to me. I’m certain that different kinds of cancer have different kinds of dietary needs and also cancer has a huge genetic predisposition. So although your lifestyle will affect the probability of having cancer, that probability will vary from person to person…and yes, sometimes you might be the healthiest person in the world and you can still get it (we all know those cases, so I will not enumerate them). Vegetables are the healthiest thing and every meal should be partially composed by them, but that doesn’t mean that other food doesn’t have important nutrients as well. It’s all a question of knowing what you eat, how much you eat and how often. I tend to think that equilibrium is the key word.

        And I am pretty sure that if your information about veggies curing cancer would be accurate, miraculous vegetable pills would have been already invented and distributed to cancer patients. No one will continue smoking after having cancer and people still smoke because not everyone who smokes develops cancer (it’s stupid, but that’s how our mind works). If there would be enough scientific evidence for the veggie question, this would be known. But I’m with you against the processed food, still I guess that eating it very seldom will not be bad for you.

      • andrea says:

        @partypants: I called him vegan for brevity. But trust me, he ate a very healthy diet. Not just organic vegetables, but lots of fruit, nuts (which I loved him for because I’m a nut freak), etc. His ex was a nutritionist and that’s how he figured out his diet plan.

        Obviously, we all believe in eating healthy. No one is going to tell you that eating crisps and diet soda is good for them. My point is that diseases like cancer are very complex. You have to look at so many things, like genetic markers and a person’s predisposition to the disease, etc., so when someone tells me, “hey, a good diet will cure cancer” it surprises me.

        And that’s why I questioned the word “cure.” Living and eating healthy are good things and do wonders for your body, but there are just some things in your life you cannot control with just that.

      • partypants says:

        i never said it cures cancer. someone else said that. i’m saying that eating a plant-based diet over an animal-based diet will help you control disease more effectively since animal-based protein is shown to actually have direct correlation to promoting cancer cell growth. anyway, i’m not here to spout the details to you. if you are curious about the scientific study done over many years in areas with very low to no cancer rates, than you should read the book.

        your generalizations about nobody smoking after finding out they have cancer is just that, a generalization and you have no evidence of that. i’m sure a lot of people continue smoking after they find out they have cancer. i see a lot of people outside hospitals smoking, and cancer isn’t the only health hazard to result from smoking.

        anyway, my point is that people know smoking is bad for them and they still do it, so invariably, people who know vegetables are really good for them don’t necessarily eat them all the time. i think we both know that people don’t get their required fruit and veggie servings per day, but exceed their sodium intake daily. and we shouldn’t even be eating refined sugar or anything refined. you change the chemical make-up of food and you change the nutritional quality of it. you also have to add some pretty unsavory ingredients to food to extend shelf-life etc.

        it’s naive to say things like, “I am pretty sure that if your information about veggies curing cancer would be accurate, miraculous vegetable pills would have been already invented and distributed to cancer patients”. Do you even know how eating, digestion and chemistry works? Getting calcium from broccoli is different from the calcium you get from milk. They just put that calcium in milk to make you buy it so you think it gives you strong bones/teeth etc. In fact, your body can’t even properly convert that calcium because it’s basically synthentic. However, if you eat broccoli, your body can properly use that calcium. I can’t explain all the science behind it but you should do some simple research and you’d be surprised how much the industry pulls a blind one over on you and everyone else, to make a profit. remember, everyone’s out to make a profit, especially the food and drug industries. curing cancer will never happen because then nobody would be spending money on anything.

        personally, i don’t even drink milk anymore at all, not only because it’s not natural to drink another animal’s milk after nursing, but it’s also the worst culprit of all because of the kind of animal protein in it. you should do yourself a favour and research it. you’d be surprised how much of what you say is a direct result of being brainwashed by the food industry. everything in moderation is definitely true, but to me, there is enough compelling evidence out there to convince me that plant-based is the way to go.

      • Contrived says:

        @Sarah actually a lot of people do know about it.

        Simple carbohydrates are terrible for one’s health—you might as well eat table spoons of sugar. Most of the epidemic with diabetes is because of simple carbs.

        because it spikes your insulin so much.

        (My Boyfriend is a chiropractor)

        I struggle with trying to keep the non natural carbs away but anyone that does is smarter than me.

        When I have kids I will keep it out of the house.

        you should read up on it before making blanket statements and snarky comments, without facts.

      • OutstandingWorldCitizen says:

        Brain washing has led us all to believe the food pyramid is right for everyone. As person with auto immune issues I eat mostly organic and I can tell you not consuming frankenfood has changed my life.

        Here is the States Sugar, Fat & Salt are manipulated in laboratories to get us addicted to some of the worse food ever. Monsanto, one of the most evil corporations, has created an orange rice full of beta carotene to allegedly help poor children. We keep hearing how GMO’s will stop hunger WELL they have not. They have made it worse. These franken grains and seeds deplete nutrients in our soil and hurt us as well. And guess now large corporation aka Monsanto can patent seeds. Unbelievable.

        I applaud Gwyneth for speaking out. For those of you who don’t have health issues then eat what you like. The food industry is not made up of podunk hayseed farmers they are large corporations that do not have you best interest at heart.

      • partypants says:

        what you say makes sense. it won’t work for everyone.

      • partypants says:

        @minime: i did not say it cures cancer. i said it can reverse effects of cancer. don’t know why you keep insisting i said that. also don’t know who you’re referring to when you say guru/expert so sarcastically. the china study is written by a scientist, apparently like you, who conducted study upon study over many years. why are you so offended by this research?

      • littlestar says:

        @OutstandingWorldCitizen – damn straight Monsanto is EVIL EVIL EVIL!!! Thank you for pointing it out. I wish more people knew about this horrible corporation and the harm it does to US and the WORLD. I’m probably sounding crazy here, but I know first hand how disgusting Monsanto is. My father is a grain and cattle farmer. When you buy seeds from someone to plant to grow a crop, you pay them money in exchange for the seeds and that’s it, right? Not so with Monsanto. If you buy their “genetically modified” grains, you are also expected to pay them a certain amount per quarter of land that you are planting their crop on. It’s ridiculous! They are doing everything they can to kill the small family farm (which grows healthy natural food) and replace it with their huge corporation that creates unhealthy food that is unsustainable. Wise up people! You need to RESEARCH where your food comes from! I refuse to eat beef and chicken that doesn’t come from my parents farm and only buy organic pork. Food Inc is also a really great documentary that highlights how scary the foot industry in the US has become.

        End rant.

      • elceibeno08 says:

        If you only eat veggies and fruits and beans, you would be gassy all the time.

      • minime says:

        Sorry partypants, you’re right about the book. I wasn’t refering to the China study, that seems to be very interesting data, I was still refering to the first book that started this discussion. Anyway, don’t see why my comment about equilibrated eating needed to be deleted. Oh well, sorry to try to put some logic in a discussion. Apparentely ranting at others and making assumptions about their life style is better accepted.

      • ol cranky says:

        I’ve read Fuhrman’s books and followed E2L; while he may have helped a lot of his patients, he DRAMATICALLY overstates the results and the health benefits/healing abilities of his diet. The stories he tells of the amazing clinical improvements in 30 days need to come with the “results not typical” caveat that diet plan ads are required to have. To be honest, his stories tend to undermine his credibility. I cringe when the E2L disciples will advise others that this diet is a cure all and prevents all illness.

        BTW McDougall and others have similar diets that make the same claims but include brown rice, potatoes and other starches as necessary and his followers can claim the same results.

      • april says:

        I actually think Fuhrman looks unhealthy and older than he is. I believe in moderation and you need a huge variety of different foods. I tried a very clean, restricted diet for 3 months and felt the worst ever.

        I believe if you restrict a food group you are doing your body a disservice since it needs more different things than you know.

        Now I eat meat, dairy, veggies, grains, fruits and nothing is restricted except I try not to eat much sugar and processed foods. I try to eat mostly organic except for meat because of the expense. I eat a lot of Ezekial bread, I eat a tbsp. of coconut oil daily, I drink a glass of water with a tsp. of apple cider vinegar, and I’m feeling better than ever.

        Also, more important than food is your sleep. So if you have sleep apnea or any sleep breathing disorder get help. All the food and supplements in the world will not help unless you are sleeping right. I had to have nasal surgery for sleep apena.

      • Hmmm says:

        But, still, ya have to die of something, right? There are so many ways to be miserable in life, and the Goop can help you to achieve that.

      • jwoolman says:

        Fuhrman’s approach is interesting because he gives some simple recommendations. For the first few weeks for his patients with serious often obesity-related problems, he basically suggests eating at least 1lb raw low-starch veggies, 1 lb cooked low-starch veggies (mushrooms included with veggies), a small amount of starchy veg or non-wheat grain, 1oz nuts or seeds, 1 cup beans, at least 4 fruits. More or less depending on need. The main idea is to make “salad” the main focus. If you get enough of the nutrients in veg especially, your body works better, your immune system is happier, you don’t feel hungry, and you don’t get cravings for junk. Amazon has hundreds of interesting reviews. A friend and his wife periodically follow a similar scheme, emphasizing veg in particular, and they are much healthier (and lighter) as a result. I think he’s right, I’ve noticed a difference on days I follow his advice to really pig out (tofu out?) on the veggies in particular. Diehard carnivores get recommendations for amounts of animal products that still get results after the initial vegan period, and more things are added after the first six weeks. But just the idea of eating loads more veggies than the food pyramid says, along with lots of beans and a good portion of raw nuts and fruits, is a valuable tweek to try.

      • Gretchen says:

        @ esperanza
        Actually no, the ‘average’ age of death is calculated to be around 25, however a large factor as to why this is the mathematical average is because the infant mortality rate was so high. Sorry, i actually don’t give a crap about paleo, or any diet fads, but my inner anthropologist is all ‘NO! false assumption!’

    • RocketMerry says:

      Goop is sooo frustrating: some people have actual food intolerance, and they don’t make a big deal out of it, and certainly don’t force it on others!

      I hope this crazy woman is at least allowing mais-based products! The few people I know who are intolerant to both gluten and lactose mostly live on mais and soy (and rice: why does Goop forbid that, too?)
      Periodically, they just cave in and eat some cheese or a plate of pasta and accept that they’ll have some digestive problems the next days. No biggie.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @rocket, thank you. I have celiac and have found that restaurants and servers aren’t as careful about cross contamination, because they think people are eating gluten free because it’s the trendy thing to do. I’ve actually had waiters ask “is this a preference or an allergy?” it’s more than a f*cking allergy you prick, it’s celiac! I’m not eating like this because it’s a fad, I eat like this because I have a risk of colon cancer that is 500% greater when I consume gluten. I also get extremely sick and had to be treated at the hospital once. It was so uncomfortable that I avoid gluten at all costs. I would love to eat a slice of pizza, a bagel or bread without feeling sick, or have a bowl of fried rice with soy sauce. My one guilty pleasure is fried rice with gluten free soy sauce (not nearly as good as the greasy Chinese restaurant fried rice, but it’ll do).

        Anyway, this woman isn’t eating healthy, she has a disordered pattern of eating and she’s passing it on to her children and ensuring that they too will have a disordered relationship with food. I’m saying this as a recovering orthorexic who sometimes wonders if my digestive issues are a product of my years of disordered eating.

      • Sugarskulls2000 says:

        She suffers from Orthorexia nervosa and her advice is downright dangerous.

      • Amelia says:

        Mort, that must be so frustrating! I remember loads of people (read: idiots) I knew who started obsessing over going gluten free after Miley Cyrus starting proclaiming it was the best thing since sliced bread.
        And a few of my team mates started looking into going gluten free after Novak Djokovic did and his game improved dramatically. FFS!!

        “I’m saying this as a recovering orthorexic who sometimes wonders if my digestive issues are a product of my years of disordered eating.”
        That’s a really interesting theory, Mort. When I was in recovery from my ED, I remember my digestive system going completely out of sync for a while. It just couldn’t cope with a normal quantity of food, and I’m pretty sure if my stomach was able to talk, it would have turned the air blue swearing at me. Since recovery, I’ve have a few issues with foods like white bread, pizza and bagels, especially if I eat them several days in a row. Thankfully, I don’t have a gluten allergy or celiac disease! But I’ve heard reports of former anorexics developing food allergies and sensitivities.
        Anyway, the short and short of it is, elimination diets are a dumb idea unless you genuinely have an allergy to X, Y or Z.

      • Umlaut says:

        @Mort, it’s a hard judgment call for wait staff. I work as a server in a fine dining restaurant and there is a huge difference between waiting on someone with celiac and waiting on someone who’s “gluten-free.” Celiac customers require significantly more time and work, different pans, absolute vigilance with sauces, in-depth communication with the chefs, going over recipes with patrons, etc.
        When someone is “gluten-free,” we pretty much just leave croutons and breadcrumbs off their meal, because a little flour in a veal stock isn’t going to do any harm. I believe it’s frustrating to be asked (my sister-in law and niece both have severe celiac, so I am accustomed to accommodating it), but generally (or in fine dining, at least), we are trying to get more information so we know how careful we have to be.

      • jwoolman says:

        In the US, corn (maize) and soy allergies are relatively common because they’re in so many processed foods. But yes, life is possible without them. Also many people find that many of their allergies are “cyclic”, meaning they can eat the foods on rotation with a certain number of days between (two days, three, five, sometime a week or so). It isn’t as hard as it sounds, you just eat more of the foods you can eat on a given day. Helps avoid developing new allergies, too, since we seem to inherit tendencies toward allergies more often than specific allergies. Basically, getting out of a food rut (same food every day or even every meal) helps a lot. I discovered avocados that way! Lots of other foods, too. When I was first trying rotation, I found my body was naturally rotating foods in the different groups – if I just ate what I felt like eating, if I had corn one day then I wanted rice the next. It seemed that junky food and too much salt and sugar would derail this pattern, as though they made it harder to tune in to what I wanted.

    • Lucinda says:

      Okay, there are a lot of fad diets out there but I’m not going to ding her too hard on this one. There is significant research being done on gluten intolerance and we are learning that grains are difficult to digest and more people are gluten-intolerant than we realize.

      However, there are lots of carbs kids can eat that are not grain based. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of carbs. Especially fruits. You can create a healthy, balanced diet without grains and without going vegan or ridiculous.

      That being said, I’m not sure Ms. Paltrow is capable of eliminating grains without doing it wrong.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @Andrea, I agree with you. As a mortician, I’ve handled funerals for people who died in their 90′s and smoked a pack or more of camel unfiltered cigarettes a day since the age of 9 or 10. My grandmother died at 90 and ate cake for dinner every night and a load of candy for dessert. I’ve also seen marathoners and cyclists drop dead while exercising. Genetics plays a big part in cellular mutation. I’m not denying the environmental contribution, but processed foods are the least of our problems. cleansers and many brands of cat litter contain the carcinogen crystalline silica. Some car cleaning products and children’s shampoo contains formaldehyde.we are surrounded by carcinogens and some of us are a great deal more susceptible to their effects than others (that’s where genetics comes in). Eating healthy will decrease our exposure, but it won’t cure cancer.

      • andrea says:

        @Morti (I hope it’s ok I call you that for short): In my extended family, we’re up to 5 people who’ve died from or are in various stages of cancer… but that one uncle who drinks like a fish and smokes like a chimney is still puttering about, without so much as a liver disease, at the age of 72. His siblings like to joke that he must be adopted. At some point, you run out of things to point the finger at because there are just so many factors to consider.

      • Heather H says:

        People seem to think carbs are only grain based or sugar based. All fruits and vegetables are carbs, I assume her kids are eating plenty of those so they will be fine. We also eat little to no grains and have been much happier for it.

      • Amelia says:

        “…and many brands of cat litter contain the carcinogen crystalline silica.”
        Wait, what?
        Well, I’m going to be checking my cats’ kitty litter a little more carefully from now on.

      • littlestar says:

        Me too, Amelia! That can’t be good for us or for our kitties!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Amelia and Littlestar-
        This is completely off-topic but I use Swheatscoop:

        It’s a wheat-based kitty litter. Amelia-they may not have it in the UK but might have something similar? It’s all-natural and biodegradable-I get it so I can flush kitty’s crap and not harm the environment and not die from what Mort was talking about (BONUS!).

        Also, IMPORTANT: use litter deodorant or plain baking soda in conjunction. Arm & Hammer makes a good one.

      • Amelia says:

        That’s brilliant, Kitten, I’ll be keeping an eye out for that!
        At the moment I use compressed wood pellets for my cats, which puff and expand whenever they use their tray. As far as I know there are no carcinogens in there, but that didn’t stop me from running to their playroom and checking (yes, my cats have their own room. I dot know why I refer to them as ‘my’ cats, because going by the way they boss me about, they clearly own me. I’m just the bringer-of-food/tray cleaner/mobile cushion :) )

    • Jen says:

      Surely she gives her children milk which is so important to their bone development. All the foods she listed that she and her children do not eat could be eaten portion controled and still maintain a healthy body. Celebrities will do anything to stay young and skinny.

    • suki says:

      This is all a great discussion, but lets be honest: when it comes to anything out of Goop’s mouth it is only about vanity.

      Masquerading vanity as healthy, good living etc is why Goop will never be Martha Stewart. Martha is honest about just liking nice things. She doesn’t try to pass it all off as something else or something we will die without. She makes it aspirational, not condescending.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @Amelia, I always think about the carcinogens in cat litter when I’m choking on the dust as I pour it.😳
        Anyway, I think most of us who’ve struggled with ED do not come away unscathed. As is common among others I know with EDs, I’d obsess over a certain thing and eat only that. One year it was egg whites, vegan bacon, and berries (because they’re low glycemic index) for an entire year! Before being diagnosed with celiac I was diagnosed with PCOS and infertility, then reflux. Upon further research, I found that PCOS and reflux are also common in those with celiac. If my ED did contribute to my celiac it could have also contributed to the other two issues. I’m glad you haven’t had similar issues. The psychological torture that comes with an ED is difficult enough to endure without also having to deal with these other issues.

        @Andrea, morti is fine ☺

    • WendyNerd says:

      Okay, I feel like I have to interject here:

      Cancer is not a disease, and there will never be a cure for it.

      Now before everyone erupts at me, let me explain: What we call “cancer” is actually an encompassing term for about a gazillion different types of diseases that resemble each other somewhat and can cause maybe a couple other diseases that somewhat resemble them. But they’re not the same disease. Brain Cancer, for example, is actually a completely different disease than say, colon cancer, they just have a somewhat similar symptom. So, when they can cure maybe a certain type of cancer— prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc—- that doesn’t mean that curing one cancer will help cure any of the other cancers. The whole “cure for cancer” thing is a myth. It would be more accurately referred to a cure for “one or maybe a couple types of cancer”. What will prevent one cancer won’t prevent another.

      So….. yeah.

      • Umlaut says:

        Thank you! I get frustrated when I see people advocating that we “find a cure for cancer!” It’s like “find a cure for traffic accidents!” There are so many variables, so many different ways things can go wrong…I know it’s well-intentioned, but it seems very naive.

      • jwoolman says:

        That’s very true, every cancer is different. But a common feature is uncontrolled cell growth. The immune system is supposed to deal with it, cleaning up tiny tumors and hacking away at larger established ones, so one approach to dealing with all cancers is to enhance immune function. We also look for external ways to turn off the cell growth switch and selectively kill cancer cells (which have various features distinguishing them from normal cells), such as increasingly better targeted delivery of radioactivity or chemotherapeutic agents. But an internal approach is to work on the immune system, e.g. via diet and exercise. Both approaches are valid and can be used together, realizing that we still know so little about it. Genetics also explains people who smoke like chimneys and subsist on Twinkie clones and root beer but never get sick and remain cancer-free… So genetic therapies are another interesting approach. But researchers seem pretty much agreed that for most of us, high fruit and veg intake lowers risks, because of the nutrients ingested (not as easily assimilated in supplements).

    • Malak says:

      I was wondering the same thing!

    • aimee says:

      perfect example of a person in the world who doesnt understand the truth of the universe and uses a biased opinion-one that most of the world uses so i cant blame them too much-to justify their reasoning…
      dear world. you actually CAN get by on eating a plant-based diet. as a matter of fact, believe it or not but plant-based diets will keep you alive whereas processed standard american diets will kill you slowly.
      she is NOT starving her kids of carbs.
      quite the CONTRARY…fruit is freaking FULL of carbs. literally. she is giving her kids energy in a natural way and keeping them healthy.
      its hard to hear people who are clearly so misinformed and just keep making the same nutritional mistakes over and over and over again because they dont know the truth, and then spreading their incorrect information to others who become more unhealthy as well.

  2. Leigh says:

    That outfit of hers in the first few photos would look so much better with flip flops instead of those ridic booties…

    Her “diet” is crazy. I can’t imagine being a kid and worrying about carbs. The whole thing is nuts.

    • MollyB says:

      Many psychiatrists and nutritionists refer to a term called “orthorexia nervosa” which is an obsession with eating only “healthy” foods, in which the patient is constantly eliminating and refining their diet to only included foods that they believe are “pure” or “healthy”. Taken to an obsessive extreme, this is a type of disordered eating no different from bulimia or anorexia. Considering that Goop has moved from one very restrictive diet to another, depending on which is trendy and who her current “guru” is (macrobiotic to vegan to juice cleanses to gluten/carb/etc free), it certainly seems like she suffers from a very disordered sense of eating masking itself as health.

      • Auruor says:

        Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head. That’s exactly what this struck me as as well.

      • CreamSoda says:

        And she comes off as being completely unhappy. On the surface it seems as though she wishes she didn’t have to eat at all, but deep down she might be craving many foods.

      • becky says:

        oh my god. i think i have that.
        btw i agree that pasta, rice and all grains should be eliminated fro the daily diet, since I can eat veggies and fruits that have lots of carbs and fiber and are much more nutrtious. They´re not processed and dont have added stuff. Pizzas and sandwiches are occasinal treats (HBO Sunday w pizza!), but not a diet staple.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Very interesting comment. I wouldnt doubt this. Goop clearly has a very unhealthy relationship with food. I really hope what she’s pushing on her kids doesnt have any negative side effects on them later in life, but that is just wishful thinking. This is their lifestyle as small children!!

      • Belle Epoch says:

        Thank you for explaining the term Orthorexia Nervosa. It is very clear that Gwynnie has a totally UNHEALTHY relationship with food, and I am sorry she is teaching her kids to fear food instead of enjoy it.

        My son was allergic to EVERYTHING as a child, so I know food allergies are real. But he and I used to laugh at all the phonies who enjoyed being picky eaters but didn’t realize they weren’t even making sense. Like, “I can’t eat peanut butter but I’ll have some of those peanut M&Ms”, or “my child can’t have dairy, I just fixed her a grilled cheese sandwich.” For every person who really has celiac disease, there are 10 people who have it until there is a really good pizza on the table.

    • partypants says:

      flip flops? anyone who suggests that flip flops look better with an outfit than booties really shouldn’t be judging fashion.

      • Leigh says:

        Wasn’t “judging” anything.
        Just my opinion.. then again, I’d pick flip flops or Toms over almost any shoe… so I am obviously fashionably challenged..

        As far as I’m concerned, anyone who sports booties, has no business calling themselves “fashionable” – they’re Katie Holmes go to shoe, for chrissake. Very few people can pull them off.. and rightfully so.. they’re ugly. (

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @becky, I was diagnosed with orthorexia at 18 and didn’t eat refined sugar or complex carbohydrates for 10 years. It sounds like you’re healthy if you’ll allow yourself the occasional slice of pizza. I would have anxiety attacks before family dinners knowing that there would be an argument over my not eating what was prepared. I would bring my own food or my mother would prepare another meal that I had to watch her make to be sure she wasn’t slipping any butter, oil etc. in. If I didn’t see it made, I wouldn’t eat it. I also weighed everything on a food scale, knew the nutritional information in tons of food by heart and was disgusted when I saw other people eat any of the foods I considered off limits. I’m also an exercise anorexic and have to limit physical activity, as I start to obsess over it and take it too far. Anyway, now that I sound completely nuts, I’ll be going. Moral of the story though, I don’t wish this on anyone. It is psychological hell!

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Really? Bc I think almost any “bootie” is a big fail…I do not get the hype of those. At all.

  3. mimifarrow says:

    Talk about turd in a punch bowl.

  4. T.Fanty says:

    I like the “I’m not being melodramatic – but I thought I was going to die.” Bless her little crazy heart.

    Never mind not wanting to be Gwynnie – if I were her kids, I would run away from home. Why won’t Chris Martin stand up for those poor little buggers?

  5. Poink517 says:

    Please go eat a big bowl of pasta and live under a rock for awhile, goop. Enough with the holier than thou bullshit.

  6. Carobell says:

    I actually don’t have a problem with this. I don’t eat any of those things except for eggs. You’d be surprised how much there is to eat and if you eat fruit and vegetables regularly, as well as yams and sweet potatoes, getting carbohydrate is not an issue.

    • mimifarrow says:

      Yeah aside from her natural born obnoxiousness, I don’t have a problem with it either. I’m ridiculously gluten intolerant, like it seriously does a number on me, but there are plenty of other alternatives.

    • gee says:

      I think the main issue with her is her crazy delivery. There are plenty of carbs in fruit and other starches but when you treat food like it’s bad or stigmatize anything with children, you’re going to open a world of crazy later on.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I honestly don’t care what she does to herself but where I take issue is with keeping the kids from eating all of those things. I mean, kids are growing and need protein and vitamins and minerals (and etc) and if she’s cut out everything short of veggies and legumes, what’s left for them?

      A scoop of ice cream now and then won’t kill them, nor will it make them all “peasanty”, lol. Let a kid be a kid.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I assume you are a grown woman and made the decision yourself, the issue is that she forces her diet on her children who are growing and “even though they are left ‘craving’ the food.”
      Craving is your body telling you, you need that food. Her children develop an unhealthy relationship with food, instead moderation once they are adults they will feel they have to make up for the years of restricted dieting and indulge in an extreme unhealthy manner.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah I don’t have a problem with it either. I eat very very healthy but I enjoy my beer and the occasional salted caramel. I don’t have kids though so I’m not sure if I agree with major restrictions to a child’s diet-kind of on the fence about that….

      • Heather H says:

        Our children eat this way and we don’t have any issues. In fact no one gets sick in our house when all their friends do. People have a visceral reaction to cutting out calorie deficient foods because they themselves are addicted to them. I do take issue with her disallowing eggs though, those are such a great source of nutrition unless one is truly allergic.

  7. Anna says:

    Every day I’m grateful I’m not Gwyneth Paltrow’s child.

  8. brin says:

    If I were Goop’s kids I would run away to the Jolie-Pitt house.

  9. hairball says:

    I actually stopped eating wheat a while ago and started eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and I feel outstanding. Have LOTS more energy, think more clearly, and less depressed. I also really reduced my meat intake.

  10. Jane says:

    If that is how she wants to raise her children, that is her choice. But it also seems like she is forcing her insecurites on them. Hope they never attend any children’s party’s though or they won’t be able to eat anything, unless they bring their own food. Moderation is truly the key to a healthy life. Hope the kids learn that when they are on their own.

    However, when she did that “foodie” tour of Italy with Mario Batalli, how on earth did she avoid all those things. Somehow I doubt Mario was making gluten or egg free pasta in Tuscany. Seems a bit hypocrital to me.

  11. emmie_a says:

    She is the poster child for eating disorders. A friend of mine, who is anorexic, claims to be *allergic* to most food groups, very much like Gwyneth claims that her whole family is intolerant of gluten, dairy and chicken’s eggs. How does an entire family become intolerant of three major food groups?? It’s one thing for her to have food issues but seriously, keep it to yourself and don’t go infecting your children with your sick and twisted nutrition lies.

    • CC says:

      yea, seriously. And honestly, it’s a part of a few US trends, it’s like the peanut thing. Other than a few people, most people develop resistance to it, if they eat from time to time from an early age. Or are Us people genetically defective compared to europeans? you don’t see that peanut craze here, there are warnings, of course, but you don’t big drama over it.

      Onions and chocolate give me pimples and higher than normal skin oil production (a reaction of sorts) but I don’t cut either from my diet, I eat them in moderation.

      • amanda says:

        I’m not sure about being genetically defective but as someone with legit food allergies it annoys me when people attribute food dislike to allergies. A former friend once snuck ground almonds into a meal to ‘test’ my allergy. After anaphylactic shock and a hospital trip I decided I hate people who feign allergies to get out of eating stuff they dislike. Not liking something or not wanting to eat it is enough of a reason not to put it in your mouth.

    • Sweet Dee says:


      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not eating refined carbs, child or adult. Complex carbs would certainly suffice, although I’m sure every chance they get those kids eat ice cream and Cheetos as long as they know their mother won’t find out.

      HOWEVER, it is quite another thing altogether to have a mother who goes to a “doctor” that tells her to stop eating meat and dairy when she is vitamin D deficient and anemic, a mother who thinks a migraine is a stroke, and who thinks panic attacks are caused by wheat. I mean, come on. GOOP be trippin’.

      She has orthorexia nervosa and she’s trying to give it to her kids, period.

      • GByeGirl says:

        I agree. No doctor is going to recommend reducing meat, eggs, and dairy to someone who is vitamin deficient and anemic.

        Pretty much every doctor recommends an everything in moderation (except for things that cause true allergic reactions) lifestyle. Food sensitivities typically result from lack of exposure to certain foods, or from way too much exposure. Obviously, there are certain legit diseases which can cause issues, but besides that, a little bit of everything ensures better nutrition and happiness.

  12. Rikki says:

    WTF kind of life is that? Poor kids

  13. tmbg says:

    I think she became kind of crazy about nutrition after her father died. She used to be relatively normal back in the 90s (well, maybe still smug, but not as bad), but she’s gone off the rails. That whole macrobiotic thing started when her dad was sick and it seems like she has skipped around from diet to diet since then.

    I hope her daughter doesn’t wind up with an eating disorder and the feeling that she needs to work out 6 days a week. I’m sure those kids know Tracy Anderson very well by now. *groan*

    • Esmom says:

      That’s my sense, too. The stuff she says seems cobbled together from various, sometimes contradictory, sources. Which I get — it’s amazing how much conflicting info there is about nutrition, diet and exercise. The problem is that she talks as if she’s an authority and she’s not.

      I also don’t think she’s as restrictive with her kids’ diets as people are saying. My impression is that she’s trying to do what’s best for them but generally they eat normally. I get that, too — I often think my kids should eat fewer “white” foods. So I try to slide in some whole wheat pasta but it just doesn’t taste as good to them and they cry foul.

      So with all that info out there I end up defaulting to “everything in moderation.” Except fast food, we generally avoid that as much as possible. Plus as many fruits and veggies as possible. For myself and my kids. Seems to be working so far.

      • ElizaJane says:

        totally agree with all of this, except I think she is restrictive of her kids diet.
        At this point with my youngest, I feed her whatever she will eat. She dances 4 days a week, so if she wants a frozen pizza and that is a way to get calories into her, that is fine by me.
        I offer whole wheat, veggies and fruit, locally raised beef and chicken, getting them to eat it is a whole other issue!
        once a month, I let them go to McDonald’s…its a treat and it isnt often.
        My fear is that if I get to restrictive, when they are out of my house they will go insane with food choices. My friend was really controlling with what her kids could eat, they were not allowed to eat TV. They now eat everything they can get their hands on and watch TV nonstop. Not good!

  14. allons-y alonso says:

    Goop and I could never be friends. I’m a carbivore and she’s, well, her.

    Carbs, dairy and eggs are good for you in modernation.

  15. BessieQ says:

    Okay, the thing with this is I’m off gluten too. It gives me a rash, period. But when she says she’s off gluten and then says carbs right after like they equate…they don’t. It sound like she’s saying no carbs to her means no gluten. There are tons of carbs that are non gluten, so if her kids are “craving” carbs that means she’s not feeding her children enough carbohydrates but pretending it’s because of the gluten allergy. I hope she knows starving your brain of carbs especially when young can lead to serious neurological problems.

    • Katie says:

      Yeah, for her, gluten = carbs, which is weird because you could eat a vat of processed white rice even with Celiac disease. Rice is gluten free. Obviously there are a group of people with immune problems whose bodies react to gluten, causing them a bunch of problems. And then there are the people who use it as an excuse to cut out groups of food in the name of health.

      It’s not the cutting out gluten that’s weird, it’s the all or nothing about her that’s weird.

    • Erinn says:

      My fiance thought he had celiac for a few months because he had some symptoms. He dropped gluten. He kept having re-occurring dreams that he ate a sandwich and had to purge it. In then end, he didn’t have a gluten issue. I swear he almost had tears in his eyes when we went to subway after his doctors appointment.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Is it bad I find this funny?

      • emmie_a says:

        I feel your fiancee’s pain & joy! I thought I had a gluten intolerance too — but it turns out I had a bacterial infection in my gut, which was making my body react to certain foods. I had to eat a very clean diet for a few months but after the infection cleared up I was able to go back to eating gluten — and Subway! I love the way that place smells. mmmm BREAD!!

      • Erinn says:

        I found it hilarious as well… so if it’s wrong to find it funny I’m probably being a worse person haha. He’d wake me up in the night “I had that dream about having to throw up a sandwich again” and I’d just laugh.

        I had to eat relatively gluten free to be fair to him haha. I felt awful eating gluten foods in front of him. We ate a lotttt of fruit and vegetables. I’m not sure I could do it for good, but since then I have actually eaten a lot more because I got so used to it.

  16. Jessie says:

    I have a serious vitamin D deficiency, am anaemic and have a serious autoimmune disease (BEAT THAT GOOPY) and I was prescribed a heavy dose of Vitamin D tablets, iron tablets, (and other meds) and told to get out in the sunshine and eat well/exercise. So yeah she’s full of shit.

    My daughter’s BFF mom does this to her family. Poor girl can’t even have RAISINS. Whenever she comes to my house I give her full fat Coke and some Cheetos, I’d never seen such a grateful child in my life. Lol

  17. danielle says:

    Shes a nut, and its amusing, but i thought whole wheat was supposed to be very healthy. I try to follow the dash diet…

  18. LAK says:

    In my house, that fainting, dizzy, headache is called a hunger headache. Nothing that a good solid filling meal can’t cure since you’ve starved yourself to point of fainting and headaches.

    This woman’s nutritional advice is about as welcome as a peanut allergy and just as toxic since it’s led to all kinds of health problems for her.

    It’s too bad her kids are going to grow up with food issues and health issues.

    • aims says:

      I agree. She is passing off to her kids an eating disorder. Life is about moderation. She is to extreme, and when her kids go out into the world, they are going to be in shock. Depriving yourself good, solid foods will mess up your decision making. Maybe thats her problem, she really hungry and cant think straight.

  19. Faye says:

    What a maroon. You can give your kids 100% whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta, and unprocessed wild rice (Trader Joe’s!), and those things are very healthy. As I think I’ve mentioned before, as a former anorexic I had to work with nutritionists and doctors for a long time, and ALL of them recommended a balanced diet that included sensible portions of things like whole-wheat bread, pasta, and rice.

    These kids are going to be so screwed up with all the deprivation. You shouldn’t give them soda and junk regularly, but depriving them of things like bread is only going to lead to an unhealthy relationship with food later.

    Also, I agree that I wouldn’t want to be Gwyneth. I envy her those beautiful children, for sure, but otherwise, nada. She just does not seem like a happy person.

    • CC says:

      They can become intolerant due to her bad parenting. Again it’s like cow’s milk, the more you consume as a child, the less you become lactose intolerant, or when as adult, and naturally start developing intolerance, it develops at a slower rate.

    • Joy says:

      This x 1000. I work at a psych facility and as a hospital we are always fully staffed with dieticians and never have I ever heard any of them (who have master’s degrees in nutrition) say to cut it all out. It’s good that she’s not shoving them full of coke and chips but she sounds like she is directly shoving her eating disorder issues in their faces.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      …and this is how we know she never went to a doctor or nutritionist.

      She probably read some bogus study online about all this.

      FYI people, avoiding experts and looking at studies’ conclusions is not good enough. Most people do not know how to dissect a study document and will trust it if they like the results. Truthfully, you need to look at methods, subject numbers, inclusion bias, sampling errors, timeframe, dropouts, and the list goes on. If you don’t know how, you need a scientist and not a website or news article to help you. A great deal of nutrition studies are oversimplified bunk, pure and simple.

  20. lisa2 says:

    I think you can raise your kids however you want.. It is life, but why is it necessary for her to tell us about it. Not a fan of hers and I find her so off putting. Maybe if she was getting real acting roles she wouldn’t have all this time on her hands. And please don’t say she is in the Iron man movies. She was in Avengers all of 10 minutes at best. Hardly a staring role or a role that even matters.

    I remember her mother saying she took the kids for ice cream and was going to get in trouble for it. WOW

    I understand her wanting her kids to be healthy. but I see other celeb kids eating ice cream cookies whatever, and they are not fat. For children it is about being active. Running playing having fun. That is the way to battle the budge. This way I think her kids are going to go insane when they are older and able to make their own choices outside her influence.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      Exactly. Both my dh and I grew up with parents that only stocked healthy foods at home. A few times a year my mom would make homemade cookies or pudding and that was a real treat! Also, about once a year she’d put a piece of hard candy in my lunch for school. That was it. When I went to college, I was overwhelmed with all the chips, etc. My husband says the same. we decided that our kids would always have a fridge and pantry stocked with healthy foods but junk would never be taboo. Making it taboo just makes it all the more tempting.

  21. anneesezz says:

    How do these poor children get any protein? She is so insufferable and cray cray. Those kids look just like daddy – very British, which I’m sure makes Gwynnie very happy. We all know she wishes she was born a Brit anyway.

  22. Cinnamon says:

    Gooper seems so boring and I bet her kids will run straight for the cookies and french fries when they leave the nest.

    my mom wouldnt let me have cinnamon toast crunch or funyuns as a kid and you bet thats the first thing on my list when i got to college.

    • Esmom says:


      Reminds me of my sister’s friend when we were little. She was a little overweight and was allowed no sweets or junk at home so when she was at our house she was a candy and cookie and junk food hound. My mom was mortified, she didn’t want to deprive her but she didn’t want to sabotage the girl’s mom’s plan either.

  23. Cam S says:

    I don’t think its good to totally eliminate foods, unless you are allergic. Teach them to eat in moderation. And for goodness sake don’t pass your food anxieties down to your kids (my Mother did this). It resulted in a lifetime of yo yo dieting and an unhealthy view of food. I work for a Functional Medicine practitioner and he says your brain NEEDS carbs.

    • Esmom says:


      My mom did this, too. It affected my sister more than me. But in any case we have vowed not to do the same with our own kids.

    • Contrived says:

      medical professionals don’t know anything about prevention. They are trained to put out the fires not prevent them.

      anyone that tells you carbohydrates are good for you is uneducated on the subject.

      Anyways, good luck with your lifestyle choices all. But if you wonder why we have so many chronic diseases now look no further than eating habits.

      • Aotearovian says:

        “anyone that tells you carbohydrates are good for you is uneducated on the subject.”

        Carbohydrates, as one of three macronutrients, are essential. There’s no need to argue whether or not they’re good for you – without them you’re sick and then dead. The key is in what form the carbohydrates are consumed.

        They are the primary component of fruits and vegetables, along with fiber and water. I’m sure you wouldn’t advise anyone to avoid fruit and veg.

        It’s better not to use ‘carbohydrate’ as a synonym for grains or sugars or whatever you may have been referring to, lest you misinform people.

      • caitrin pope says:

        Contrived: Your blanket statement about how carbohydrates are extremely bad for everyone is so ludicrous and ignorant that you might just want to take your own advice: avoid making inaccurate and sweeping generalizations without doing some very basic research first. (And not just from the one-sided websites which have apparently brainwashed you into your blind, self-righteous conviction.) My 8 year old daughter has Type 1 diabetes, and not only are carbs absolutely NECESSARY for her, in small but substantial amounts, but the full avoidance of them could likely be FATAL to her. In moderation, for most people, carbohydrates are important, and to go for extended periods completely w/out them can be extremely dangerous to some, as my own daughter’s life exemplifies. People’s nutritional needs are all different; even in the same person throughout a single lifetime, dietary needs and requirements and risks will change. As much as any diet, it’s the extreme, this-is-bad-for-EVERYONE mindset that you and some others (including Goop) have that is absurdly presumptuous, ignorant, and–were you a doctor, nutritionist, or a mother–quite endangering. You don’t even know the essential BASICS of nutrition– that everyone will have different (and changing) requirements and needs. Therefore, there is absolutely NO blanket rule which can permanently, necessarily, and safely cut out carbs– or anything else–for EVERYONE. (Or for most of us.) Ironic how extremist “experts” like yourself, who like to preach extreme, erroneous generalizations (presuming to speak for ALL OF US) are the ones who have not yet mastered this very basic, simple tenet of nutrition.

  24. Eleonor says:

    If she could stop eating she will be happy, she is telling to her kids to be scared of food.
    Unless someone has a serious health condition, you can eat everything, in moderation, being in shape, and healthy.

  25. Oops says:

    I hope I would be wrong but her kids children risk to have problems in their report with food when they will be adults. She does not give them a good example: a well-balanced food (with a little of everything) is the best for the health from the moment we don’t have particular allergies

  26. Lolly says:

    Can we please start an online petition begging Paula Deen to come kidnap Apple & Moses?

    • EscapedConvent says:

      HA! Great idea. Those kids would be much happier. Deprivation & extreme control like GOOP’s is what’s not good for them. She’s creating two extra-fussy, food-neurotic kids.

      I wonder where Chris Martin is in all this “philosophy of deprivation.” I suspect he just doesn’t want to tangle with her Majesty–it’s easier to be quiet & stay out of her way.

      It’s absurd that the writes cookbooks when she seems to have such a feeble grasp of nutrition.

      And any time a grandmother has to cringe about taking kiddies for ice cream—-something’s wrong with Mummy.

  27. jane's evil twin says:

    If she cut out every food group then what is this bit ch eating? Oh I see she doesn’t have to eat because she is full of herself.Got it.

  28. Talie says:

    This book sounds deeply dangerous and it’s horrifying that she is allowing her children to carry on like this. Their bone structure is probably not as strong as other children. For god sakes… and it just so happens that her *entire* family has a gluten allergy?! Riiiiight, because that’s not a one in a million chance.

  29. JenD says:

    No carbs, but lots of cray-cray.

    Also, it’s become very trendy to have a gluten-free diet. From what I understand, if you don’t have an allergy, it’s unnecessary to avoid gluten. Mind you, I’m not a nutrition expert, but I’ve read that multiple times.

    • emmie_a says:

      That’s right. Unless you have a true allergy, you don’t have to avoid gluten. Gwyneth is sort of correct when she says that wheat/gluten can cause inflammation (in your gut) BUT as long as you are healthy (healthy gut, healthy digestive system…), your body is designed to handle/digest gluten with no problem.

      It seems she has picked up bits and pieces of nutrition info along the way and is trying to create strange rules for herself (and her family) — but overall her rules seem more eating disorder-based than nutrition-based.

  30. Lucy says:

    I miss the good ole days when no one knew wtf gluten was.

    • Micki says:

      I do pity the people though who have the real problem, it’s one giant change of a lifestyle.

      But I think it bacame posh in the last decade to have whatever deficiency, alergy, intolerance, being pale and interesting. It’s a stamp of speciality.

    • PrettyTarheelFan says:

      The gluten-free trend is ridiculous and over-hyped, but individuals who truly have Celiac disease are benefitting from faster and more accurate diagnoses and access to products specifically targeting their needs.
      My aunt was almost killed by Celiac disease 10 years ago before it become a common diagnosis. She lost close to 100 lbs, had severe, on-going digestive issues, and was finally hospitalized with life threatening blood clots. Her physician ran a battery of tests for 14 months, finally tying her digestive issues to a trip to Mexico. When she was hospitalized, a different physician was finally able to figure out what was happening, and it was a miracle how much a difference it made. Our family traditionally goes to pasta and biscuits for comfort foods, so her “comfort” was making her sick, which made her turn to more “comfort” food, which made her sicker…
      We were so lucky it was finally diagnosed, and we’ve all become comfortable cooking gluten-free when need be.

  31. elceibeno08 says:

    If she doesn’t eat carbohydrates and meat. What in the world does she eat?

  32. sasa says:

    So THAT’S why she called her daughter Apple.

  33. Zorbitor says:

    When the Obesity Recovery Squad comes for you they’ll put us in groups and make us watch Goop videos.

  34. redheadsun says:

    I was a vegetarian for years and a few years ago found out I was severly anemic (my ferritin level was 4). I went to so many doctors trying to find out the cause (gyno, kidney, gastro, hematologist) and we couldn’t find a reason. I started eating meat again, still didn’t help. My body wasn’t absorbing the iron from my food (and I eat a pretty clean diet with little processed food).
    Finally I went to see a holistic MD and was tested for food allergies/sensitivities. Gluten is one of the foods that I am sensitive to. When I cut that out issues that I had had for years started to clear up (gas, near constant diarrhea, belching). An undiagnosed gluten sensitivity or allergy can cause malabsorption of nutrients, especially iron.

  35. Dingo says:

    Although she is crazy. She dose not look dangerous thin. She looks like she at least eat something unlike many other women in Hollywood.

    • Eleonor says:

      Yes it’s true, but you know, I’ve got a collegue who has (in my opinion) an eating disorder, but when you meet her the first time she seems fine.
      I mean she looks extremely fit, but when you start to know her you find out she is completely obsessed by NOT eating food. If for example we go out and eat an ice cream, the first thing you know is that after she will be running for hours (and I mean hours,literally), because she has eaten something fat. She barely eat something different from a (very small) salad, without any dressing; and when we talk about food everything is bad for the health.

    • Happy21 says:

      I don’t know…I saw a photo of her in an In Touch weekly from a month or so back and it featured scary skinny celeb moms and she was one of them. She was wearing jeans and they were falling off of her non-existent hips and her legs looked ridiculously thin. I thought she looked like a 12 year old boy…

    • chopps says:

      I work with someone who is known to suffer from bulemia and restrictive eating…she’s slim but no where near starving looking…guess it depends on the person

  36. anonymous fan says:

    God I love they way Kaiser puts this pretentious a-hole in her place.I thought I was the only person in the world that could see through Goop’s phoniness before I discovered celebitchy.The worst part is Gwyneth really thinks that we all aspire to loook like her.Like we want to be 5’11 and 90 pounds.She looks like a sick yellow lab and she thinks we want diet advice…from a woman that doesn’t eat?

    The worst part of the article is when they write that she had to cut out wheat,meat,eggs,sugar,shellfish and potatoes? She WASN’T eating those to begin with!That is why she was sick from not getting enough protein and healthy carbs.And now she wants us to live like her? OMG is she kidding?

  37. gloaming says:

    She said……. “Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta”……….,

    It doesn’t sound to me like it’s a permanent thing at all.
    And that person commenting on how thin her children look needs a slap.

    • Seagulls says:

      + 1 on commenting on the kids. They look like normal kids to me. Maybe the nutritionist sees too many kids with obesity and it’s skewing her vision.

    • CL says:

      Exactly! I don’t know how people hear “starving” her kids and being a “terrible” mother from that one statement. Her last cookbook was full of all kinds of recipes, including cookies, muffins, homemade pasta, rice dishes.

      That bit about thinking she was dying of a stroke was pretty funny.

      • anonymous fan says:

        Yes that is our point.This woman writes (or ghost writes)cookbooks with food she clearly isn’t eating.She looks like she isn’t getting enough protein and just doesn’t look that healthy.In “The Avengers” she was so pale they had to put all that blush on her just so you could see her.You can’t live on lemon water and vitamins.There is nothing wrong with eating right and cutting out meat.But Gwyneth doesn’t seem to have a healthy balance.

  38. Guesto says:

    I always wondered why her hair looks so stringy and dry and brittle. Now I know.

    All this tells me is that she’s one unhappy, needy woman. No one, and I mean no one, would be so obsessed by food if other aspects of their life were happy and fulfilled.

  39. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Like others, my problem isn’t so much with the diet but with passing on at best an obsession with food at worst an eating disorder to her children. Also these are all growing children, they need way more calories than we do, so she may be underfeeding them if all they are given is fruits and vegetables.

  40. Mare says:

    If she’s avoiding processed grains I say good for her, that’s very smart. You get carbs from fruit, vegetables and unprocessed grains. Also, “everything in moderation” with most people means a little bit of different kinds of crap.

  41. Lindy79 says:

    I’m all for promoting a healthy attitude to food and eating from a young age and it makes me so angry to see young kids being given sweets, fast food and crisps etc. by their parents as a way of keeping them well behaved but she seems to take pride in the “craving” comment which is deeply wrong…reminds me of Kate Moss saying that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

  42. backwards says:

    She sounds just like my friends mum who used to say to us as children ‘girls only eat salad’

    My friend has an eating disorder and has been in and out of facilities for years.

  43. Chrissy says:

    I’ve been diagnosed with vitamin D, vitamin B and iron deficiencies in the past and rather than being told to cut out the foods full of vitamin D (dairy) and vitamin B/iron (meat), my doc told me to incorporate more of these foods into my diet so as not to relapse…makes sense even to the dumbest person. Goop/Gwyneth is ignoring sensible medical advice and inflicting her messed up eating patterns onto her kids- that’s a form of child abuse in itself. Poor form, Gwynnie.

  44. Buffoon says:

    It’s not uncommon for women with eating disorders to pass that behaviour on to their children. Whether or not their kids are able to kick that pattern in their adult lives is up to them, basically. GOOP for sure is not going to change. Let’s hope they do.

  45. Lucy2 says:

    I think the full title of her book should be “It’s all good- how to create a diet that leaves you malnourished and vitamin deficient”.
    Telling everyone how ill she was after following her own previous advice is not a ringning endorsement for her next book.
    The glutdn thing is most likely her being trendy, or instantly thinking she has something she reads about.
    She seems to have some serious food issues, and it’s a shame she is passing it to her kids and those who buy into her advice.

  46. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    “… we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs” – I’m sorry, that’s another way of saying “I’m starving my children”. Those poor children – what ever happened to encouraging one’s children to enjoy life in all its many guises and that includes all the wonderful food out there!

  47. OhDear says:

    Wait until her kids become teenagers and rebel and start sneaking out of the house for significant others and sourdough bread.

  48. yeahright says:

    Here’s the deal. At the heart of it she is right in the sense that if you eat a diet of natural foods your chances for death and disease decrease drastically. This is fact.

    All of us have foods that our bodies don’t tolerate so well. I think most people arent aware of this and write off headaches and toilet issues to be attributed to something else and then medicate when really they just need to limit their dairy etc.

    Gwenyth is off the wall with all of this though. You cant look at health in terms of extremes, its just not… well… healthy. Does this make her a horrible person? No. I think that’s an awful thing to say about someone no one here knows.

  49. lem says:

    Ugh she’s just awful. No wonder she looks so unhealthy all the time.
    If she wants to raise her children to be vegetarian or vegan, that’s perfectly fine but she needs to do so in a healthy way. I find it really hard to beleive that if they’re vegetarian/vegan and ALSO completely deprived of CARBS (not to be confused with gluten– you can eat lots of carbs without eating any gluten, my waistline is a testiment to that) that they are getting all of the nutrients/calories that they need as growing children.

    I’ll go ahead and say it: She’s a terrible mother.

    • Mare says:

      They are not completely deprived of carbs. She said “no processed grains” which means they get carbs from unprocessed grains and vegetables and that’s a much healthier option. I don’t see how is she a terrible mother. I would say it’s terrible to feed your kids processed food with no nutritional value.

      • elceibeno08 says:

        You know. Gwyneth does not look any healthier to me than people who eat regular. She thinks she looks amazing and she does not.

      • Mare says:

        @ elceibeno08 – Well I think she looks good, apart from some sun damage on her face. She has great muscle tone and is not too skinny.

      • lem says:

        agreed that it’s completely okay for her to not feed her children processed foods without nutritional value– that is a good habit to give your children. to me it sounded like she cut out all grain carbs, including whole grains, which seems completely unnecessary. she could easily provide her children with sandwiches on ezekiel bread and not worry about gluten intolerance or lack of nutrition. it seems like she’s imposing her own f*cked up food issues on her children, and that’s terrible.

  50. Ailine says:

    I’m happy not to be her either. She does make everything look hard. And her obsession with being fit is mentally exhausting.

  51. Cody says:

    I feel sorry for her kids, because pasta is a real kids food. When my kids were little there was nothing like a bowl of bow ties and sauce for dinner and it is funny , because now that they are older they are healthy and a nice weight. In my grocery store, there is some nice lines of gluten free breads and pasta.

  52. caitlinsmommy says:

    Evil, horrible woman and a terrible parent. I have a legitimate gluten allergy. I don’t eat it, but I’m the only one in the family who is allergic and I don’t stop my husband or daughter from eating wheat products. There are also plenty of other grains that those who are celiac or have gluten intolerance can eat… and just how is she getting any iron at all if she’s not eating meat or eggs?

  53. EscapedConvent says:

    I just noticed the side-eye Apple is giving Goop in the first pic. I can’t wait until she’s older & changes her name to some other fruit—something wild like Acai or Goji.

    Let your freak flag fly, little Applet!

  54. Nanz01 says:

    I was talking to a friend one time about emotional eating (because I think I do eat based on emotions if I’m not careful). She said the most interesting thing to me. She said, “I don’t think much about food.” It was like being snapped out of some food trance. It never occurred to me to NOT think about food. This thing with Goop’s food obsession made me think of that conversation. It’s so freeing to simply not think about food. That’s not so say I eat loads of whatever I want whenever I want. But I eat healthy most of the time, exercise, and try not to beat myself up when I have dessert. Eating is a lot more enjoyable this way. And it works for ME.

    • lem says:

      legitimate question: how do you stop thinking about food?
      I’m constantly thinking about food, mostly b/c I’m constantly trying to lose weight. If I slip up or allow myself dessert, I spend a long time beating myself up over it. I wish I could only think about food when I’m actually hungry, but I’m constantly thinking about my next meal and what I should/shouldn’t be eating.

      • Bey says:

        lem I have to admit that used to be alot like you.But addiction to junk food is a learned behavior.And just like you taught your body to love sugar and carbs you can teach it to reach for fruit and healthy snacks.And if it is a real food addiction that seems out of your hands then either hypnotism or a good therapist can help you alot.

      • Kris says:

        Lem, I have had the same problem my whole life. I was a fat kid who lost the weight in my teens in unhealthy ways. I developed thinking patterns that still affect my perceptions of food. I’m thirty now and the ONLY thing that has quieted the crazy has been using a food track (I use my fitness pal) and planning my food consumption a day or two in advance. The site I use breaks things down into calorie, carb, fat, and fiber counts so I know what I’m putting in my mouth and can have realistic expectations later. I do not veer from what I have already decided to eat and that seems to take so much of the obsession type worry of my shoulders. Look into it. It might help. Good luck.

      • lem says:

        sorry i didn’t really explain this– it’s not junk food that i’m constantly thinking about. I actually do eat pretty healthy (lean protein, veggies, unprocessed carbs, limited fruit and the occassional sweet) but i’m constantly thinking about my next meal. right now for instance: i’ve had a protein based breakfast, i’m not hungry, but i’m sitting here thinking about my chicken and broccoli that i packed for lunch, and after that the protein shake and apple i get to eat this afternoon before the gym. I just don’t want to think about my food all damn day but I have yet to figure out a way to stop doing it.

      • Jayna says:

        I used to think about food all the time. I don’t know when it stopped, but it really was freeing. Maybe because I was at my thinnest and not as hungry. But I eat whatever I want at lunch just in small portions, like half a sub and a cookie from Subway’s and never think about food again until dinner. I could have a bag of chips in my house or ice-cream and not even think about it. Usually that would be calling me. I always think it is because when I am at my thinnest for me (not scary skinny), my stomach fills up quicker and not overeating because I am so hungry all the time.

      • minime says:

        Hi Lem,
        I tend to think that I concentrate a lot more in food when I’m unhappy with something and don’t want to deal with it (or when I’m worried, depressed, whatever). Not saying that it is your case, but maybe you could check if there’s not something else that you don’t want to deal with or maybe some change in your life that you can make. Just an idea ;)

      • Jaariel says:

        @lem: I grew up thinking about food all the time too. It was natural to me. Then I met some ppl who didn’t think that way & I wanted to be free of it too. For me, juicing for about 5-7 days in a row completely broke the spell. Once my subconscious realized I was not going to starve to death without my food, it was like a switch was flipped & food quit being all-consuming. For clarity, I’m only talking about doing a juice fast 5-7days once or twice a year. Now my problem is I forget to plan dinner for the family!

      • lem says:

        @jaareil i would LOVE to juice but sadly it’s a bit cost prohibitive for me at the moment. it’s definitely something that i’ll keep in mind though as i’ve heard it is great for a cleanse, as you suggested, and to do in general in order to get all of your vegetable nutrients (minus fiber of course).

  55. carmen says:

    Wasn’t she diagnosed with osteoporosis at one point? Surely such a restrictive diet puts her health in jeopardy even more?

  56. Garvels says:

    I think the diet of a young growing child is different than the diet for an adult. I hope she has enough sense to consult with a pediatrician before depriving her children of carbohydrates.

  57. mel says:

    You are only a kid once and can pretty much eat whatever (in moderation) until you have to spend the rest of your life basically watching your diet. I kind of get what she is saying…that if you don’t give your kids negative options then they learn to enjoy whats in front of them. My kids in general prefer healthier options and makes those choices out of free will. Its never forced…I feel this has been a positive guiding force.

  58. Joanna says:

    this chick has issues. the last thing we need is her giving nutritional advice and giving her crazy views to others. she needs help

  59. M says:

    She needs to stop listening to Tracey Anderson.

  60. Diva says:

    I agree Gwyneth is insufferable. This women obviously has an eating disorder. Not necessarily like Anorexia or Bulimia but she has a very distorted few on eating. I can’t see a doctor thinking the ways she eats is healthy.

  61. Kris says:

    I think the original article is slanted in a way to cast unfair shade on Gwyneth. I’m not a fan of hers by any means, but no one’s diet really requires breads, pastas, wheat, ect. All the carbs you will ever need are found in veggies. I promise. The same goes for kids too. Oh. And iron deficiency is the cause of anemia. All the iron you will ever need can be found in beans, kale, raisins,ect. I’m no health nut, and I eat some crap food, but it’s just facts. Humans just haven’t had wheat and rice in their diet long enough for it to do us any good. But I digress. As long as Gwyneth is making sure her littles are eating the right balance of veggies fruits and beans, the woman is really doing her kids a favor. They’ll just never experience the awesomeness of a yummy trans fat twinkie.

  62. Hahaha says:

    UNICEF?? i’ll sent them a link to this page… ;)

  63. Jenna says:

    Now I just want a steak……..and a milkshake. Mmm…milkshake.

  64. sitting quietly says:

    I don’t get it, on her website she shows some really yummy looking recipes with meat and everything. I agree she should be teaching her kids moderation. What she’s doing seems borderline disorder.

  65. Jayna says:

    Dear Lord, I usually try to stand up for her, but she is so dramatic and truly just goes through her newest obsession regarding food. The last time was what a real foodie she was, loving traveling with that guy and enjoying all types of food, and how they have axwood-burning pizza oven out in their garden and how she makes amazing pizzas from scratch and how her children just love her fresh pizzas. I guess those days are over.

    She just seems to be on to her newest kick. I expect a new one in a few years. Remember her macrobiotic diet for years and then she said she missed real food and the joy of it and being relaxed about it. Now on to this.
    I don’t really care because it’s not unhealthy for her, but her children don’t seem happy.

    I myself love balance and try to always eat healthy, but don’t deny myself pasta in a small portion. But i enjoy a great croissant, etc, once in a while.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah…I don’t know. I feel like I sort of do the same thing as Paltrow..When I discover something health-related that really works for me or helped me to make a significant change in the quality of my life, I tend to get excited and want to tell my friends about it. I could see how some would interpret that excitement as sanctimony but I really mean it to be helpful.

      Feeling energetic and healthy is really important to me. I just think a lot of people don’t realize that food is not just for the purpose of immediate gratification and, well, yumminess-it really is nourishment and a way to bolster our energy and protect our immune systems.

      Ugh, do I sound like her? Sorry, friends…lol…

  66. Caroline says:

    I don’t mind the way she dresses generally, but does her 5-years-younger husband have to wear those idiotic unlaced massive sneakers? Is he channeling Bieber??

    and for what it’s worth, I love how she’s trying to tell everyone how to live/eat/shop like she does but all this ever does is invite scrutiny and mom-shaming from the internet. Karma.

  67. Elian says:

    Um…the nutritionist IS aware that we get carbs from fruits and vegetables, yes? It’s infinitely more healthy to eat, say, a sweet potato and an apple to get your carbs than eating bread, pasta and rice. Goop should give her kids eggs, for sure. But I also don’t give my kids gluten, dairy or refined sugar.

    • minime says:

      Well it depends on the pasta or the rice right? Also depends on the way things are cooked. Carrots are super healthy until they are overly cooked, what gives them a high glycemic index (so higher sugar intake). A lot of vegetables and fruits are overly low in GI and that can immensely change with the cooking process. A proper portion of whole wheat pasta cooked “al dente” will have a medium GI and that’s fine. I think that this all concept of carbohydrates got out of proportion when it jumped from the scientific labs to the media and people are still a bit lost about it. More important then the carbohydrate concept is the Glycemic index or even better the Glycemic load, that is how much a usual amount of food will rise sugar in blood. A diet with low/medium glycemic index is suppose to be healthy, but the key to everything is in the equilibrium. Also different bodies have different necessities and to totally shut down a great variety of food seems silly to me, specially based in carbs content, since most of the people don’t know much about it.

    • ElizaJane says:

      Elian, you do know that the carb in fruit is different from the one in grains?

  68. Karen says:

    I don’t understand cutting out meat to HELP with iron deficiency.

  69. lisa says:

    i dont think there is anything wrong with any of this but whenever goopy makes some pronouncement, she comes off so obnoxious. she could say she doesnt let her kids smoke crack and it would sound snooty.

  70. BRE says:

    I know they are children but I think when you are that strict about anything it just backfires. I know a woman like her, her children have never been allowed to eat out at any restaruant, never even allowed candy or treats at the fair. I just think that is a bit too controlling.

  71. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    In a way she is like Bob$Michelle Duggar – foisting a strict limited (ignorant) lifestyle onto children who don’t have a choice, who suffer the consequences of having to go along with illogical dictates. Almost like how Canada’s Harper ‘governs’ as well.

  72. kct says:

    To come in the future, a book by Apple and Moses Martin: “Growing up Hungry-How Our Mother Wrote Cookbooks but Didn’t Feed Us”

  73. ladybert62 says:

    That little girl looks just like her!

    She is beautiful and obsessive – not an unusual combination but I am glad she did not raise me!

  74. mar says:

    she is so much better then all of us.

  75. JL says:

    I don’t care what she and her kids eat anymore than she cares what I eat.

    I don’t eat bread, pasta, rice, or dairy either. It’s fine.

    What is even better is that I don’t need to share what I eat to feel like I’m somebody.

    STFU Goop. no one cares. When you do something RELEVANT let us know.

  76. truthful says:

    Goopy is loopy, nothing new here.

    her daughter is soo cute, she looks like Chris.

  77. Sara says:

    While I think she is being a bit severe with her kids, you can get plenty of carbs from other things like fruit, beans and there is a whole world of other grains that most people don’t even know about that are very healthy for you such as quinoa and amaranth and free of gluten.

  78. Ginger says:

    I’ve always felt that Gwyneth is far too thin. You can tell from the condition of her hair and skin that she is likely not getting enough vitamins. Judging from this article I believe she needs to see a mental health professional NOT a nutritionist.

  79. Reece says:

    Now I know what I want for breakfast/lunch a big bowl of carbonara.

  80. Meerkat says:

    I so want her to co-author a book with Pippa. And now I’m going to pour myself a glass of red wine…

  81. Feebee says:

    If she wasn’t Paltrow and some hick on a reality show people would be wondering if restricting her children’s diet was bordering on child abuse.

    IMO growing children need a full and balanced diet that includes all food groups esp carbs and dairy unless of course they have a real proven aversion to some compound in those foods. Not to mention the future harm her kids could suffer via a totally screwed relationship with food.

  82. EscapedConvent says:

    I regret to say that food quirks can haunt you for the rest of your life. Because I used to do regular juice fasts, (for 5-10 days) & also would just go without eating for days at a time (to keep weight down) I messed up what was a perfectly good metabolism. I was young & didn’t know my ass from an apple about the way the body holds onto fat, etc. to provide energy & keep you from starving when you’re not feeding it. Your body doesn’t know if you’re shipwrecked on a desert island with no food, or just a dingbat 19 year old who wants to be skinnier! I’m not saying Goop is starving her kids, but her extremism isn’t healthy & she is setting her kids up for a lifetime of eating disorders.

    Just my tuppence!

    • littlestar says:

      @EscapedConvent – I hear ya. My sister’s close friend has been posting on Facebook the past week or so about her juicing cleanse (this morning she announced that she is on day 10 and it will be her last day and that she feels awesome and will be doing it again in the future). It made me think, how healthy can juicing be? You’re getting a ton of sugar out of the fruits and veggies you are juicing, but no fiber. How do bowel movements happen on juicing fasts? Serious question. How is she getting enough protein from fruit and veggies alone? She’s also said she’s lost weight. Okay, well, I bet she’s going to gain that all back once she starts eating solid foods again.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Hi,littlestar–just saw this. Interesting about your friend. I wonder if she’s going to do these fasts regularly. Now that I know what I did wrong, I think a juice fast can be a couple of days but I wouldn’t make it a way of life. From what I remember, your intestinal tract kind of takes a break. And yes, when you start eating solid food again, you start gaining weight, at least I did.

        Something else happened after several years of long fasts—I went from having low blood sugar to high blood sugar, & it’s been the bane of my existence. It is just not worth it to screw up your metabolism.

  83. partypants says:

    i agree GP is annoying as hell but who cares what she allows her children to eat or not? how about all the parents out there who are shoving pop and fries into their kids. have you ever been to an ikea on a saturday and seen the amount of overweight children loading up on free pop refills? that’s far more sickening than what goop does.

  84. ChocolateFreak says:

    Oh my goodness. I am a medical professional and her views on nutrition are downright pathological to me.
    I still have a very vivid memory of a girl who was being basically “pushed” into eating disorder by her obsessively “healthy-eating” mother! What Goop is saying sounds like that terrible woman. In the end, the mother lost the rights to her daughter when it became obvious that her parenting ways were so damaging to the child (it happened in Europe, I don’t know how this works in the US).

    To me, she’s an anti-role model when it comes to health and lifestyle.

  85. Brat says:

    Survival of the Fittest, and she actively trying to make her kids weak. She’s a ridiculous human being.

  86. Dee Cee says:

    How many times was she dropped on her head as a baby when the nannies raised her?

  87. lambchops says:

    She has had an eating disorder for years! She did not consult any doctor worth their salt if she had Vitamin D deficiency and anaemia and went on a restrictive diet. Also, didn’t her last cookbook have all of these things in it that she has now forbidden herself to eat? Sounds like an angle to schill a new cookbook and I’d bet my salt she doesn’t really eat like this. I cannot imagine restricting my children’s diet like this. How horrible!

  88. erika says:

    i recently wwent gluten and dairy free for actual health purposes (stomach acid reflux and ulcers….ouch…) and there are sooooo many yummy GFree products out there, healthy too. My issues have been resolved but i still follow that diet.

    um…corn flour pasta, rice flour bread, cocunut milk, almond milk….all these fab substitutes that are GOOD for you and tasty.

    why in the Hell would you deny your kids basic nutrition? all i’m saying is i’m on it for real, Gfree/dairy adn i feel physically great BUT….i consume eggs/whites (protein), corn/rice flour baked goods cuz they’re still tasty, healthy and affordable too..

    whatev. i hate this b**tch and for her to enforce her craptrend i do it just for the fame attention—

    she’s skeletor ad her brains are crap too…what Hell it must be living w/ that warlock

  89. Amanda says:

    Why? Unless her kids have a medical condition where they shouldn’t eat those things, she is doing her growing children more harm than good.

    • Contrived says:


      She is doing them a world of good.

      Humans do not need refined cards, rice, potatoes for health.

      they all break down as sugar in the system and are ONLY ok if you are immediately needing a big burst of energy.

      otherwise, the minute they hit your system, you start producing insulin —one slice of whole grain bread will spike your insulin higher than a tblespoon of sugar.

      So GP is actually really smart and saving her kids from a lifetime of health problems.

      you will live a bigger quality of life and vitality if you abstain from it.

      You can hate her for what ever reasons you want. But, this isn’t the battle you wanna pick…cuz the facts are just not on your side.

  90. Gemini08 says:

    Again- people love bagging on GOOP (I love her – can’t help it). But what she is saying isn’t that far off from what a lot of Doctors and nutritionists say.

  91. phlyfiremama says:

    I have done considerable post-graduate school training & education about nutrition. The fact is, that until 10,000 years ago the so-called diseases of civilization did not exist. What happened 10,000 years ago to set us on the path to dietary self destruction was the introduction of grains and dairy products to our respective diets. Since 10,000 years is in evolutionary terms the blink of an eye, our bodies have not been able to adapt to processing these foods properly~which has led to the acceleration of epidemic diseases such as diabetes & heart disease today. Virtually ALL diseases have a nutritional component that is for the most part overlooked by the medical community. Doctors and other medical practicioners are horribly undertrained in general and what they are taught is outdated information not consistent with what is actually happening. Gluten intloerance, for example~ALL grains have gluten. Period. Even my beloved Quinoa. If you have a true allergy (intolerance) than every time you eat grain you will be triggering an immune hypersensitivity reaction that manifests SOMEWHERE in your body.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      Most of the information Dr. are giving advice from came from shoddy research done in the 50′s on a particular protein of gluten called “prolamines”. They totally ignored that other gluten proteins would also trigger the allergic response, so at that time they said patients needed to eliminate only wheat, oats, barley,& 1 other I can’t recall right now. So patients kept eating corn, and rice, and other substitute grains and didn’t get better. It gets tricky with dairy products~because the casein proteins in dairy will cross react with the antigens from gluten & cause the same kind of allergic reaction glutens do. Most “gluten free” labels you see in stores are based on the no corn, no oats, no barley so the misrepresentation is that they are healthier foods when in fact they are not. For the TRULY gluten allergic patient ALL GRAINS and most dairy products need to be eliminated from their diet.

      • Contrived says:

        Finally some sensible comments. It’s really quite amazing the crap that has been pushed on our society as being healthy for us when it’s actually the biggest cause for a myriad of disease in the last century.

        just look at the prevalence of non-alcoholic cirrhosis. The cause being simple carbohydrates.

        The saddest part is how indoctrinated our society is with believing we actually NEED them like it’s not healthy to eliminate them??? LOL

        they never should have been in our diet in the first place.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      The human body is capable of processing at MOST 60-90 grams of carbohydrates a day, without the system being overwhelmed with excess blood sugar. Carbohydrates=Sugar, period. No matter what form they start out in (ie “complex” or not) the net result is blood sugar. The “food pyramid” is total junk~erroneous information passed off as good nutrition. The fact is that you can get the full spectrum of nutrition from Meats, nuts, and veggies. Fruits have slightly more nutritional value than candy, but even that is being lost due to overfarming & lack of nutrients in the proper form available in the growing mediums. CHOLESTEROL becomes dangerous when it is the “bad” type(LDL) or triglycerides.

  92. Lachica says:

    Wait til Apple becomes a teenager and discovers junk food.

  93. phlyfiremama says:

    Believe me, I don’t find myself agreeing with Goop very often. The nutritional paradigm has changed~where once being heavy was a sign of wealth because you COULD eat whatever, now being skinny is a sign~you can afford to pay people to cook for you, shop for you, basically to make the healthy choices for you. Ironically, you used to have to pay extra money to have stuff added to your food, now you have to pay extra to get food WITHOUT pesticides and all the other chemicals used. Dr. Peter Osborne here in Houston & the Gluten Free Society have MUCH more information, and my favorite website to look other nutritional information up on is this website:

  94. hopperlea says:

    From a quote I read earlier regarding this Goopy article, “Only the rich will starve their children”

  95. TG says:

    @Leigh – I agree with you 100% about the booties and flip flop things. Those Isabel Marant booties are so ugly and just downright tacky looking. Basically anything Isabel Marant is ugly in my opinion, but then I have never liked the southwest/country/western look, at least that is what it reminds me of. Also can’t stand those hideous tennis shoes that everyone in H-Wood is wearing now. Those blown up martian looking shoes. And most of the celebs are sporting Isabel Marant versions. They are craptacular and do no one any favors. Why would any woman want to cut her leg off like that and make herself look stumpy?

  96. partypants says:

    what you say makes sense. it won’t work for everyone.

  97. A~ says:

    My mom was obsessive about food and demonized all kinds of food groups. Sugar was made by the devil (not how she said it, but she did call it poison) and so on. The result of all that rigidity: a raging eating disorder that I’ve battled all my life.

    We must be careful how we express nutrition to our kids. They are listening very carefully, and the message they receive is not always what we intend.

    • Irishae says:

      So very true. I grew up in a house where only the worst foods were “banned,” otherwise the lesson was eat whatever you want in moderation. I’m at a healthy weight and have no food-hangups.

      My boyfriend’s mother followed a very similar diet to Gwyneth’s. He was never allowed anything fun, straight down to the sugar and gluten free bday cakes! So of course when he got older and realized he could go to the drive-thru whenever he pleased and buy whatever he wanted at the grocery store, he ballooned to almost 300 lbs for a few years. Eventually he reigned it in, but still has tons of junk food cravings.

      It’s not fair to impose an unnecessary diet on any child. I think it’s borderline abuse. It’s not the 50s anymore, no one should adhere to the “eat your lima beans or starve” methodology.

      • Samihami says:

        So, you are saying that your friend was taught healthy eating habits as a child, started eating garbage as an adult and became grossly obese? And, although he has reigned it in, he struggles with cravings for garbage?

        Sounds like his mother was right to me. I’m no fan of goopy, but she’s not wrong, except for the eggs. As others have stated, there is no value in eating junk even “in moderation.”

        There are lots of delicious and healthy foods available and cramming processed garbage into our bodies is not a “treat.”

      • Cece says:

        Samihami, I think you’re missing the point. The mother made food into a monster and a savior. She warped that kids relationship with food.

        Food should be eaten when hungry and fully enjoyed. Eat only until you’re full, take your time, eat variety, grow as much as you can and make your meals at home.

        I thank goodness that my Italian family (actually from Italy) has a great relationship with food. Several relatives over 100, many into their 90′s, and every single one a normal weight. Food was not the boogey-man in our house, and not a source of comfort either.

        Goop is making food into the boogey-man.

    • Amory says:

      Totally agree. I always know the moms who are restrictive about food intake because their kids hit our house and can’t lave the kitchen. They are literally starving. I don’t provide junk – they are just hungry for some calories and it’s obvious (wow, hummus with my carrots sticks – you rock!).

      She obviously has an obsession with food and goes from one extreme diet to another. Her message as a whole may make some valid points, but she’s more extreme than necessary and than is backed by science. The Japanese have widely be considered very healthy people and their diet includes some grain. Ditto lots of other healthy cultures.

  98. Lisa says:

    lol, “her” cookbook. Wasn’t that co-written with Mario Batali? Where’s his credit? She’s such a hack.

  99. Ryan says:

    I’ve never seen people SO defensive as when they are being told the crap they like to eat isn’t doing their bodies any favors. It’s food, FFS. We are obsessed.

  100. ACD says:

    Grains and gluten are not things that ravage our organism…


  101. lisa2 says:

    Haven’t read every comment. So

    These children have 2 parents. Not 1. Where is Chris and what is he doing or saying about it. Dad’s have a voice too and they are after all married. I would think he does’t care or agrees with it.

  102. Jayna says:

    If I want a baked potato every two months with butter and enjoy it, it isn’t going to kill me. Every great once in awhile I make my hubby spaghetti carbonara really late at night with a glass of wine for us and we sit having the best talks and he loves me for making it for him. We are healthy eaters the majority of the time, especially during the week, lean protein, salads, vegetables, but sometimes, guess what, food is purely for pleasure. I love going to our favorite Mexican restaurant on a night out on the weekend or my favorite French restaurant where I don’t worry about butter or sauces if that’s the dish I want, but their portions are small, not American supersized. We are both in shape, healthy. I love hearing Nigella Lawson talk about food.

    It’s all about balance. Each to his own.

    • anonymous fan says:

      Thank you! and that is the point Gwyneth doesn’t seem to have a healthy balance.And she thinks she is a health guru.Maybe you should write a book Jayna.

    • littlestar says:

      I’m with you. My fiance and I eat fairly healthy through the week but don’t feel bad about having a drink on the weekend or going out to dinner. I also love how Nigella Lawson talks about food – she appreciates it, loves it, adores it, and I think she has a healthy attitude about it. That’s the relationship I try and have when it comes to food – we have to eat it to live, you might as well enjoy it. Oven roasted squash served with porkchops is a hell of a lot better tasting than a Big Mac.

  103. Cazzie says:

    Can’t wait for the revisionist cookbook that little Apple will be publishing in about twenty years:

    “The Beauty of Tradition: How to make home-cooked, stick-to-your-ribs, hearty foods that your whole family will love!”

  104. Miss Jupitero says:

    Eggs are a wonderful source of protein, and if they are organic, one of the best there is. Unless you are genuinely allergic — a d you would know if you were because your fa e would turn punk and you would not be able breathe — there isno reason to cut them out.

    Bread, white rice, and pasta? Anyone would better off without them. There better sources for all the carbs you need. Brown rice is another matter.

    Dairy? Most of this planet is to some degree lactose intolerant, and whole cultures do not include any dairy in their foods. Please don’t say that anyone needs this. Babies need mothers milk; beyond that there are plenty of other better sources for calcium (tahini, green veggies, fish with the bones in such as sardines, etc.)

    All that said, you can do everything right and still get cancer– cancer has a huge genetic component, and there are plenty of unknown factors. There is a lot of it in my family, so I am as health nutty as they come, but I have no illusions that a smoothie will cure cancer.

    There is no magic formula that will make you bulletproof. We are all going to die eventually. Be as happy as you can be while you are here.

    • jwoolman says:

      Uh, I’m allergic to eggs and my face doesn’t turn pink and my breathing is fine… But I could be arrested for driving under the influence of eggs! An odd overwhelming fatigue hits me within half an hour- like my head is too heavy and can’t stay up – and that lasts about an hour. Then there’s a long-lasting big headache. Took me many years to sort out because symptoms were delayed and I only ate eggs occasionally (at scientific conferences, while driving long distances and stopping at HoJo for an egg salad sandwich, visiting relatives). Thought I was just tired or my relatives were just boring (and that’s why I had to lie down after breakfast…) Finally tracked it down when I added more eggs to my normal diet “for more protein” to combat fatigue, but the problem got much worse. In testing foods, I tried eggs early because I thought they were nutritious and safe – and that old familiar head-dropping fatigue hit in 15 minutes after a test meal of just eggs. Oops. Anyway, the point is that food allergies can be very hard to track down and symptoms can be quite varied. There can be long delays between ingestion and symptoms (try removing dairy for a while if you have a bedwetter or sleepwalker). So you can be allergic to a food causing real problems but not know it. Not everybody goes into shock.

  105. Hannah Young says:

    Most people, when they say they don’t eat carbs, means exactly what G here says: no bread, pasta, white rice, etc.

    You can get all the protein, vitamin, minerals, etc. without eating meats, dairy, eggs, pasta, white rice, etc. I don’t know if she has disordered eating or not, but just because she’s cutting these things out of her and her family’s diet, doesn’t mean she’s setting up her kids for future eating disorders.

    I think I know what she means by that specific hunger. I’ve gone on a few yoga retreats, getting up at 5 am, doing yoga twice a day, and eating nutrient-dense, vegan foods. Everyone goes around saying how much better they feel, how clearer their skin is, some lose some weight, etc., but I’m left with this intense craving for processed foods. And I don’t even eat that much of that stuff in the first place. Even at home, when I’m eating a vegetarian meal, even though it has the calories and nutrients, I’m still left hungry.

  106. Shannon says:

    “The 40-year-old actress – who has children Apple, eight, and Moses, six, with husband Chris Martin – was also found to be severely anaemic and vitamin D deficient, so had to overhaul her diet, cutting out coffee, eggs, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, wheat and meat.”

    WHAT A LOAD OF BS!!!!! I was recently diagnosed with anemia and grudgingly had to add red meat back into my diet (after over 5 years of abstaining from it) in order to get the proper amount of iron. I also have to take iron supplements. Taking meat out of your diet when you’re already anemic is a good way to die of malnutrition. This idiocy alone should prove that no one should take any nutrition advice from Gwyneth. She can’t even keep herself healthy on the crap she eats – she’s made herself sick and nutrient deficient. What a moron! Letting her write a cookbook is downright irresponsible. And subjecting children to such an unhealthy diet borders on abusive. She should have read enough about nutrition by now to understand that children have very different dietary needs than adults.

  107. DGO says:

    My pediatrician friend would tear her up one side and down the other. His pet peeve is dieting parents who restrict their children’s food intake to their detriment. He says a cookie never hurt a kid. For example, a too-low fat diet has been linked to a certain type of childhood epilepsy. Fat is needed for proper brain cell growth and development. She’s messing with her kids’ health and their metabolism. They’re going to have all kinds of problems when they get older if she doesn’t cut it out. I hope the nannies sneak them some food now and then.

    • Claire Renee says:

      Finally some common sense DGO! Goop is totally effed up and I feel so sorry for her children. Chris needs to man up and let those kids get some decent nutrition. And to the poster who agreed with Goopy’s ideas and backed up her opinion with fact that her bf is a chiropracter….WTF? Chiropracters are not nutrition experts! They aren’t even “real” doctors!

    • AmyB says:

      It is mothers like this that perpetuate eating disorders. Seriously. I know all about it cause I struggled for ten years to recover from anorexia. And my mother was no where as crazy as her. Damage to children is all I have to say. Children need nourishment to grow. That comes from food. My prediction, her daughter, Apple develops a severe eating disorder. How will her Mom feel then?

  108. Kelly says:

    I just don’t. Understand why anyone would buy any of her books or follow her advice?

  109. Dee Cee says:

    All the people in the world who have survived through gluttony and poverty era’s.. having or lacking all sorts of food sources to eat or choose from.., raised their kids, and grandchildren through fads and famines know at that time of their existence.. this was the best provision of what I can afford for them prevailed.. some listed as the oldest authority alive.. laugh at your pretentious ‘I am so afraid if I cheat and splurge’ diet reasoning..

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Mmm. I’m reading all of this and just kind of taking it all in. Of COURSE not every every era of place in history shares our amenities and I’m not clueless or irresponsible about health and includes my own, it’s just…I don’t have the drive towards food obsession and restriction (unless medically necessary) and guilt. There’s awareness and conscientiousness and then there’s something else.

  110. AlexC says:

    And yet, she has no problem pumping chemical fillers in her face. She has all kinds of filler in her cheeks as seen in the pic of her in black.

  111. jen says:

    don’t have anything to say about GOOP but, american folk eating a mainstream diet are suffering the consequences. My young family and I eat a plant-based diet that doesn’t include the processed grains mentioned here and we are fabulously healthy. Fit, active, slim and rarely sick. It is “asinine” to suggest that eating ice cream, etc… is equal to happiness or that children are harmed by inheriting healthy eating habits. Seems there’s plenty of condescension to go around.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Of course children need to eat healthy, & I wouldn’t let my kids have ice cream everyday. But there is an almost universal truth:

      Ice cream makes ya happy. They’re little kids. Let them have some fun. I feel sorry for kids at a birthday party whose fanatic mothers won’t let them have ice cream or cake with the other kids.

      From what I’ve seen, forbidding kids to have certain foods are the surest way to make them want them. Let them learn moderation.

      And speaking of health, isn’t Goop a smoker?

  112. alison8761 says:

    health conscious is one thing, health obsessed is another. She needs to calm down.

  113. CocoBelly says:

    Chris Martin is hot. He looksfrail most of the time though.

  114. Chrissy says:

    I don’t see how her cookbook can “celebrate togetherness” with a diet like that where she’s so busy focusing on what everyone can’t have. In my opinion, she is teaching the kids to have eating issues by her over-emphasis on what not to eat. Sure it’s good to not go crazy with meat and carbs, but kids are growing and need some. Her daughter especially is going to pick up on body issues and very likely will copy what she does, including abnormal eating patterns and obsession. I’m all for healthy, but this is too extreme to qualify as such.

  115. Kate (newer one) says:

    If a very poor person messed about with their child’s diet that hugely in this country, and had such well documented issues around disordered eating themselves, they’d have social services monitoring their parenting. Seriously, they’d have an assigned social worker.

    Poor little things. How can their father allow this nonsense?

  116. videli says:

    Well, at least she doesn’t have a heroin problem. She looks a bit like having one, but it’s all just avoiding them carbs.
    How does she get protein anyway? (not to mention the poor innocent lamb children). Does she eat a lot of legumes – but then you need the brown rice? Or does she eat 3 pounds of walnuts everyday?
    And, of course I’m no expert, she might have a nice, sophisticated cluster of allergies, but, as a still-active mountain hiker/climber, her ‘stroke’ reminds me of a hypoglycemia attack.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Ha! I like that, a ‘sophisticated cluster of allergies’. It’s most likely that her gastronomical sensitivities are just a special case of Old World Bijou (rather than self-inflicted). You’d think the Anglophilia would lend itself towards the studious cultivation of gout–an excess of good living popular amongst the Regency set–but here we are.

    • Claire says:

      I had something very similar as Goop a few months ago and a first doctor just gave me pills to slow my heart down but than another said it was probably due to stress and eating quickly etc. He told me to take the time to enjoy my food and eat what I really want. I’ve been taking the time to prepare the meals I like and eat them slowly with good company, didn’t have that sort panic attacks in a few weeks. She should try to ENJOY, not only food, but life in general, she seems so stressed…

  117. LakeMom says:

    Yeah, I really take nutritional advice from someone who won’t eat grains, dairy, or meat but smokes.

    It isn’t about a healthy body with her, it’s about being rain thin and a screwed up body image that she’s passing on to her kids. Reminds me of a guy at our local school recently who told a group of us that he only has one wish for his daughter, that she never get fat. WTF? Not that she be happy, not that she accomplish her life’s desires, just not get fat. (And I know you’ll find this hard to believe but the guy is a control freak whose wife walked out on him for some strange reason. Go figure!)

  118. Maritza says:

    So I guess poor Apple and Moses don’t get to eat any cake on their birthday and God forbid they eat any candy on Halloween. Poor kids…

  119. Amanda says:

    On another note, it must be a pain in the butt for other parents who invite these kids to their kids birthday parties with all those food restrictions. I bet they can’t even have cake because it has eggs in it.

    • Claire says:

      Eggs, flour, sugar, fats…It’s probably the devil’s food for the Goop. I suggest to other parents: next time your children tell you you’re unfair or that they hate you, tell them about Goops kids, they will be so grateful to be anywhere else than in her house!

  120. Anne says:

    So, um, where’s their dad in all of this btw? My husband would never tolerate me doing this to it children!

  121. A says:

    I love Brad Pitt and I’m not blaming him for anything, but….everytime a woman starts dating him she gets super thin.
    Gwyneth actually looks healthy here compared to when she used to date him.

    I get that we all have different tastes and preferences, and there is nothing wrong with liking thin women. It’s just something I noticed a long time ago.
    They start out healthy-normal weight but still thin and then get skinny within a few months of dating him.
    Again, there is nothing wrong with liking a certain body type.

  122. eliza says:

    What lucky kids to have a mother who is giving them the best nutrition instead of most parents who are giving their kids Cheetos and McDonald’s.

    • DGO says:

      How is starving them of protein, calcium, and sufficient fat for proper brain development “the best nutrition”? No one’s talking about giving the kids a Big Mac, but an occasional piece of baked chicken or a bowl of plain yogurt would be nice.

  123. e.non says:

    nothing like planting the seed for serious food issues in the future for those kids… esp apple. she’s going to be tall and slender and in constant competition with her mother.

  124. Isabell says:

    When you place such stringent rules on kids, they’re going to rebel..If these kids have any hope of not developing an eating disorder,which Gwyneth may have herself and learned from Tracy, they need to rebel. Here’s to her kids turning into rabid meat eating, milk chugging, bread dipping, butter soaked foodies

  125. Bette says:

    So, we just believe wholeheartedly what’s published in an article by the Daily Mail? I don’t necessarily agree with GP’s dietary choices, if they are as stated, but I’m highly suspicious of anything that comes from the Daily Mail, just on principle. I will reserve judgment for now.

  126. AmyB says:

    The worst thing you can do to your children is make them not eat….they need nutrients they are growing human beings. I feel sorry for her children. I am a survivor of anorexia and it is horrible and unfortunately brought on by mothers like this. Just because she has a sick relationship with food and her body does not mean she has to subject her children to it.

  127. Wingnut says:

    I didn’t read through all the comments but while I think we can all agree that white rice and bleached flour are bad for you, I feel it’s something else entirely to say that whole grains in general are evil. Yes, I think that many people suffer from celiac disease and even more people have an intolerance, but to denounce grains for everyone? Really? The trend and the research are fairly new, I would think.

  128. kibbles says:

    It’s disgusting that she is already forcing her children to live the lifestyle that usually only anorexic Hollywood stars and models lead. If rice is so bad, then why do the Japanese have one of the longest life spans in the world? They eat smaller portions and less red meat than Westerners, but most East Asians eat rice as part of every meal. I have lived in both Asia and Europe where you will find people who eat meat, rice, and pasta regularly, cook with olive oil, even eat fried food, and on average live well into their 70s, 80s and 90s and will probably live longer than Goop. Wasn’t Steve Jobs a vegetarian too? I forgot what kind of weird diet he was on, well, look at where that got him. It is probably much healthier to eat a balance of mostly healthy food with unhealthy food (processed food, the occassional fast food, or fried food) in moderation than it is to live the Goop diet. My grandmother used to eat fried food and still eats noodles and rice regularly. She is nearly 90 and no one in my family has ever fainted or felt like they were having a stroke in their 20s and 30s like Goop. This woman is insane and shouldn’t be allowed to give health advice or write cookbooks.

  129. BC says:

    For the love of GOOP is right! I’m vegan and even I have to throw major shade at GP on this one (brown rice is one of nature’s most nutricious, perfect foods).

    The point of the article that struck most closely to home for me was this one from a registered dietician: “Far too many people self diagnose themselves with ‘food allergies’. AMEN. As someone who has actually spent a significant amount of time in the hospital with genuine, medically diagnosed, life threatening food allergies & intolerances (hence the veganism), I can tell you that there are few things worse that listening to people gripe about their made up immunodeficiencies (everyone just happens to be “allergic to” or “intolerant” of wheat and gluten now)!!

    Maybe the only thing worse for us is eventually mustering up the courage to try to go out to eat only to have the waitstaff roll their eyes at or flat-out not believe you because every other table is inevitably packed with trendy diet obsessed jerks claiming to have “allergies” to gluten. Stop! You ultimately make life much harder for us who have the real thing :(

    I look at this gluten-free bandwagon almost the same way that I did the Atkins craze a few years back; eventually something else will come along that sparks people’s interest and they’ll move on. As my true Celiac friends say: “The best ‘revenge’ is to watch the self-diagnosed ‘gluten intolerant’ pack on pounds when they go nuts replacing stuff w/the g-free version. It’s all more caloric because it’s just made from super starchy corn, rice or potatoes!” :D

  130. Daahling says:

    I hope Gwyneth does this out of love for her children, which, although she is Queen High and Mighty, I am sure is her intention. That said, I don’t know how she can have all these cookbooks, but self-hate herself into avoiding delicious fresh pasta, homemade bread, and heavenly tiramisu, a dessert loaded with dairy and egg. Her loss, pass me the tiramisu, please!

  131. jwoolman says:

    I can’t eat dairy or eggs without unhappy results, but my mother didn’t believe in allergies so she kept assaulting my immune system with them all through my childhood. Most allergies an intolerances have delayed and undramatic effects, making them easy for parents to ignore, thinking they’re afflicted with a dreaded picky eater. As an adult, I’ve discovered I do better under stress (or any time) with limited or no wheat – bread is the worst for me, wheat pasta isn’t as bad. I can eat rice any time. But bottom line is that there is plenty of food with plenty of protein, fat, carbohydrate, calories, and fiber without dairy, egg, wheat, or rice. Her children are not being deprived, no matter what her reasons. Our culture overuses dairy, egg, and wheat (hence the prevalence of allergies to them) for economic reasons, not because anybody is malnourished without those foods. Vegan athletes and bodybuilders manage without dairy and egg, for instance. Vegan children can get plenty of calcium, and actually many people don’t absorb calcium well from dairy.

  132. Nikki says:

    What Goopy is referring to is a traditional elimination diet. What isn’t mentioned in the article (and it isn’t clear whether she said so or not) is that this diet is only meant to be followed for one month. It is a form of cleansing.

    Basically you start out eating all of those foods in specific proportions, ramp them down over a few days, cut them out for a couple of weeks, then slowly add them back in. It’s helpful to take some vitamins and a nutritional cleansing supplement as well.

    I did this last year, and while it sounds evil it’s really not that bad. Because you don’t crash-eliminate, the withdrawals aren’t as harsh. It helps reset your system if your eating habits have gotten really bad.

    The important thing to note is that it’s TEMPORARY. I hope Goopy understands this. If you eat like this forever, you’ll starve. :P

  133. NEENAZEE says:

    I couldn’t even read the whole story… but I do know first-hand that when you deprive kids of things at home, they just look for them outside the home. That is true of food, attention, video games and (fill in the blank).

  134. Jenny says:

    I don’t eat meat, eggs, wheat, pasta, dairy and I don’t drink coffee. Or anything with corn syrup. And I feel great!

  135. Cece says:

    If you cut out all those food and all those carbs, once thy start to eat them, it won’t be good for their weight. But if her kids are okay with it then I guess there’s no issue. That kind of sucks though not being able to eat what they want. (I didn’t read the whole story so yeah)

  136. Katniss says:

    Symptoms of orthorexia nervosa may include obsession with healthy eating and emaciation, among other things. Orthorexic subjects typically have specific feelings towards different types of food. The obsession for healthy foods could come from a number of sources such as family habits, society trends, economic problems, recent illness, or even just hearing something negative about a food type or group, which then leads them to ultimately eliminate the food or foods from their diet.[8] According to the abstract of a 2004 study quoted on PubMed, a service of the National Institutes of Health, “The analysis of the physiological characteristics, the social-cultural and the psychological behaviour that characterises subjects suffering from ON shows a higher prevalence in men and in those with a lower level of education.”[1