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Is Gwyneth Paltrow a vegan? And just how out-there is her daily diet?

All the scoop on how the Goop blogger keeps that fab shape
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Who is Gwyneth Paltrow and why she is famous for her diet? 

The Iron Man sidekick has become as well-known for her lifestyle mantras as her acting.

The star, who won an Oscar for 1998’s Shakespeare in Love is a mother-of-two, to daughter Apple, 14, and 12-year-old Moses, both with her ex-hubby (and Coldplay lead singer) Chris Martin. In September, the gorgeous blonde married TV producer Brad Falchuk, who she met when she guest-starred on Glee. She was also once engaged to Brad Pitt!

But it is her one-time side project, Goop – a lifestyle website, online shop and instagram blog said to be worth $US 250 million, and more particularly her out-there eating habits that she has featured on the site, such as the Gwyneth Paltrow elimination diet or the detox guide, that is stealing focus.

Especially with the unusual items she promotes, including a $US125 face mask! “Just one look at her lifestyle blog will tell you Gwyneth Paltrow is the go-to girl for weird wellness fads. From a 24-carat gold dildo to ‘spirit truffles,’ her Goop-spruiked goodies range from being kinda comical to just downright bizarre,” reports Women’s Health.

As well as promoting (and selling) wellness, the online entrepreneur used the Goop website to announce she was “consciously uncoupling” from Chris in 2014.

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What is Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet and weight loss plan?

As for what she eats, in 2012, struggling with fatigue, Gwyneth took herself to the doctor where he diagnosed her as being stressed, low in Vitamin D and anaemic.

“He prescribed an elimination diet to clear out her system and help her body heal. But this meant no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all!” says the official site of It’s All Good (see below), which was food lover Gwyneth’s response to all these rules.

In recent years, though, it seems that she has become more balanced in her diet, eating a wider variety of foods than her previous near-vegan regime. “I don’t believe you should rule out any kind of food; I believe in enjoying life. I’m not a good dieter and since I’ve had kids, I have loosened up a lot,” she has said.

Goop Weight Loss diet:

But the actress – she will be seen in this year’s TV series The Politician – has been criticised for a weight loss plan promoted on Goop, created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. One tweet read, “Can’t keep up with madness! ZERO evidence to support this diet (science-free bunk), exact wrong message & potentially harmful.”

But Tracy does say in the article that the diet plan is only recommended as a short-term method for those with weight to lose.

sample day’s menu:

breakfast – 2 poached eggs with a sprinkle of rosemary sea salt; side of sautéed chopped kale and cherry tomatoes in rice wine vinegar

lunch – grilled chicken breast with a side salad of chopped organic iceberg and butter lettuce, chopped scallions and cucumbers, with rice wine vinegar and lemon.

dinner – steamed salmon with broccolini

Goop detox:

The site also produces an annual detox guide. When Ana Calderone from People magazine tried the 2019 version, she gave the detox diet plan an 8/10 for degree of difficulty. While Day 1 “was torture” (mainly from caffeine withdrawal) and the plan required a lot of work – and expensive ingredients – by the end Ana lost nearly 1.5kg in five days and was sleeping better and had more energy.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet

Harper’s Bazaar reports on GPs daily diet, according to her Goop podcast.

“On a normal day, I’ll have a smoothie for breakfast. I have a pretty healthy lunch, with some protein and salad. And for dinner, I have whatever I want, but I do always try to avoid highly processed foods and high-fructose corn syrup.”

Gwyneth’s breakfast smoothie recipe
Want to glow like Gwynnie? Just track down all these ingredients – or order them from her website – and whack them in a blender:
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla mushroom protein powder
1 teaspoon maca
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
1 teaspoon he shou wu
1 teaspoon cordyceps
1 teaspoon moon dust of choice: Action Dust, Beauty Dust, Brain Dust, Goodnight Dust, Sex Dust, or Spirit Dust.
pinch of Himalayan sea salt
pinch of vanilla powder (optional)

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What diet books has Gwyneth written?

The Clean Plate (2019)
The Clean Plate is Gwyneth’s most recent offering. She includes 100+ recipes, like Butternut Squash Tacos and Chocolate Chia Pudding, that are supposed to make you healthy as well as happy. 

It's All Easy Gwyneth Paltrow
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It’s All Easy (2016)

In this recipe book, the goodness guru whips up healthy meals that can be put together in under 30 mins. Even though they have little – or no – fat and sugar, she promises they are delicious, as well as nutritious.

In 2016, Kelsey McKinney tried eating from this book for a week. While the recipes required unusual ingredients and a well-equipped kitchen, the did stick to the half-hour prep time and “When she stays in her lane—the fancy rich white lady food lane—Gwyneth Paltrow f–king delivers,” Kelsey sums up the recipes in the book.

It's All Good Gwyneth Paltrow
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It’s All Good (2013)

In it are some 185 diet book recipes that stick to Gwyneth’s doctor’s elimination guidelines (as above – no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed). Eating this way Gwyneth claims helped boost her energy and looks. (Not that she needed much improvement in the looks department!)

My Father's Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow

My Father’s Daughter (2011)

Gwyneth’s first cookbook was inspired by her dad, Bruce Paltrow, and includes her favourite recipes for sharing as a family. Her interest in wellbeing was sparked when she found out her beloved father had throat cancer. Now that interest has made her into a business mogul.

Gwyneth and Goop
Goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow (Credit: Getty Images)

Relaxing her standards

While she may have once been a strict near-vegan, in recent years Gwyneth has caved to a broader range of ingredients, including the odd naughty treat.

See her enjoy John Legend’s chicken wings here.

“I am no longer in my 20s and 30s, I am 46 and I love being in my 40s. I think there is this incredible freedom that comes with a woman in her 40s and understanding that this is who I am and I’ve stopped worrying so much about what people think of me,” she told People magazine.

And for her next trick, GP is working on a lifestyle TV series for Netflix.

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