- Gwyneth Paltrow addressed online users on Friday who criticized her diet on her Instagram stories.
- Paltrow, 50, said she’s had COVID for a long time and is working with her doctor to eat foods that aren’t inflammatory.
- Some dietitians have warned against following Paltrow’s diet.
Gwenyth Paltrow defends her diet after being criticized online.
On Friday, Paltrow spoke about the backlash she’s faced since discussing her wellness routine on Dear Media’s “The Art of Being Well” podcast four days earlier. Paltrow, 50, told host Dr. Will Cole that she usually starts the day with coffee, eats bone broth for lunch and veggies for dinner. A video clip of the discussion went viral, sparking criticism from TikTok and Twitter users.
When one of Paltrow’s Instagram followers asked about the controversy during a fan Q&A, she responded with two videos on her Instagram stories.
“I think it’s important for everyone to know that I was doing a podcast with my doctor,” Paltrow said in her Instagram story. “So this is a person I’ve been working with for over two years now to deal with some chronic stuff.”
Paltrow continued that she has had COVID for a long time and one of her symptoms is “very high levels of inflammation over time.”
“I’ve been working with Dr. Cole to really focus on foods that aren’t inflammatory,” Paltrow said. “So lots of cooked veggies, all kinds of protein, healthy carbs to really reduce inflammation. It works really well.”
Paltrow added that her diet was based on her medical results and “extensive testing I’ve done over time.”
She concluded that the podcast episode was intended to be a “transparent take on a conversation” between her and her doctor.
“It’s not meant to be advice for anyone else. It’s just what has worked for me, and it’s been very powerful and very positive. This isn’t to say I eat this way all day, every day. And by the way , I eat a lot more than bone broth and veggies,” Paltrow said. “I eat full meals, and I also have a lot of days where I eat whatever I want. You know, eating fries and whatever. My baseline has been to try to be healthy and eat foods that will really to calm down.”
In the original podcast, Paltrow told Dr. Cole that she fasts intermittently.
“I eat early in the evening. I do a nice intermittent fast. I usually eat something around 12. In the morning I have something that doesn’t raise my blood sugar, so I drink coffee. But I really like soup for lunch. I have bone broth for lunch a lot of the days,” Paltrow said.
She added that she does “one hour of exercise” each day to exercise before entering a sauna. Paltrow said she tries to follow the Paleo diet for dinner, so she mostly eats veggies.
After the podcast episode and the backlash, registered dietitian and TikTok Lauren Cadillac told Insider’s Kieran Press-Reynolds that “there was so much wrong” with Paltrow’s diet. She told Insider that based on the exercise regimen Paltrow described during the podcast, the amount of food she consumes is not enough for a healthy diet.
Paltrow has faced criticism for her health habits in the past, including suggesting that women should steam their vaginas. At the time, some gynecologists backtracked on the claim, saying the act could cause burns and upset the balance between good and bad bacteria.