- Gwyneth Paltrow on Friday addressed netizens who criticized her diet on her Instagram stories.
- Paltrow, 50, said she has had a long history of COVID-19 and is working with her doctor to eat foods that are non-inflammatory.
- Some nutritionists have warned against following Paltrow’s diet.
Gwenyth Paltrow defends her diet after receiving criticism online.
On Friday, Paltrow addressed the backlash she faced after 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, has bone broth for lunch and vegetables for dinner. A video clip of the conversation went viral and drew 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 that everyone knows that I did a podcast with my doctor,” Paltrow said on her Instagram story. “So, this is someone I’ve been working with for over two years to deal with some chronic issues.”
Paltrow went on to say that she has long-standing COVID and one of her symptoms includes “very high levels of inflammation over time.”
“I’ve been working with Dr. Cole to focus on foods that are not inflammatory,” Paltrow said. “So, lots of cooked vegetables, all kinds of protein, healthy carbs to really lower the inflammation. It’s worked really well.”
Paltrow added that her diet was based on her medical results and “extensive testing that I’ve done over time.”
He concluded that the podcast episode was meant to be a “transparent look at the conversation” between him and his doctor.
“It’s not meant to be advice for anyone else. It’s really just what’s worked for me, and it’s been very effective and very positive. It’s not that I’m going to eat this way all day, every day. And by the way, I eat a lot more than bone broth and vegetables,” Paltrow said. “I eat full meals, and I also have a lot of days where I eat whatever I want. You know, I eat French fries and whatever. My starting point has been to try to be healthy and eat foods that really calm the system.”
In the original podcast, Paltrow told Dr. Cole that she does intermittent fasting.
“I eat dinner early in the evening. I do a nice intermittent fast. I usually eat something around 12. In the morning I eat something that doesn’t spike my blood sugar, so I drink coffee. But I really like soup for lunch. I have bone broth for lunch many days,” Paltrow said.
She added that she does “an hour of movement” every day for exercise before going to the sauna. Paltrow said she tries to follow a Paleo diet for dinner, so she tends to eat vegetables.
After the podcast episode and the backlash, registered dietitian and TikToker Lauren Cadillac told Insider’s Kieran Press-Reynolds that there was so much wrong with Paltrow’s diet. He told Insider that based on the exercise program Paltrow described during the podcast, the amount of food she was consuming was not enough for a healthy diet.
Paltrow has faced criticism in the past for her health habits, including suggestions that women should steam their vaginas. At the time, some gynecologists dismissed the claim, saying the act could cause burns and upset the balance between good and bad bacteria.