Read of the Day: “I Tried Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet”
6:30 pm, May 10th | by Colette McIntyre
Despite the brief but vigorous public trial of Anne Hathaway (spoiler: she was found guilty of being Anne Hathaway and, therefore, TERRIBLE), Gwyneth Paltrow remains the object of the Internet’s fascination and derision. In the latest Paltwoe news, NY Mag‘s Rebecca Harrington tries to eat according to Gwen’s latest cookbook, It’s All Good. As it turns out, living the
GOOP good life isn’t easy.
In this excerpt, Harrington describes the preparation that went into living like Gwyneth, People‘s Most Beautiful Woman 2013, for a week:
I went on Amazon and purchased Gwyneth’s book as well as Tracy Anderson’s Method DVDs. Gwyneth reportedly does Tracy Anderson’s fitness method which focuses on “small muscles” for two hours a day, so if I am going to live Gwyneth, I figure, I might as well try to get her butt, that of a 22-year-old stripper. When I finally get the book a month later (I pre-ordered it like a weirdo), I am filled with both happiness and fear. The book itself is beautiful; there are all these pictures of Gwyneth in a floppy hat in front of a barn or Gwyneth putting a huge fish in a vat of salt. While doing a close reading, however, I am stunned at the magnitude of the things I will have to give up. I can’t even eat yogurt, nor can I have a tomato or a strawberry! They all cause allergies! It seems excessive to me, yet the book also promises me that if I do this, I will have Gwyneth’s “clear eyes, glowing skin and fit body.” And I definitely want clear eyes! I decide to follow the seven-day detox diet listed in the back of the book, as well as a smattering of her other diet menus. One day I will live like a vegan Gwyneth, another day I will eat like a child of Gwyneth. Hopefully this will give me the whole Gwyneth experience.
Next, I go food shopping. I have been on many diets before, diets of famously excessive Hollywoods stars, including a star that one time ordered 200 pairs of mink earmuffs at a store just because she was going skiing soon (Here’s looking at you, Liz Taylor), but I have never paid this much for a week of groceries in my entire life. At $154.31, it is almost triple what I usually pay for food, and I haven’t even bought all the fish I will eventually buy! (The diet is really heavy on fish.) I bought at least ten dollars worth of kale and an eleven-dollar jar of honey. Do you know what raw honey is? It is eleven dollars! And there are so many more ingredients than just those two. I actually had a mild panic attack while buying the food and I wasn’t even having a dinner party.
To discover what it’s like to eat like Gwen, read “I Tried Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet” in its entirety over at NYMag.com