Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress
Born: 1972

Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer & director Bruce Paltrow. She was born in LA but at age 11, the family moved to Massachusetts where her father worked in summer theatre, and also where Gwyneth started acting. For college, she started at UC Santa Barbara majoring in art history, but dropped out to pursue a career in acting. She won an Oscar for her starring role in Shakespeare in Love awards, and a Golden Globe for her role in Glee, and has been nominated for many others. She has written cookbooks and one on health and beauty, and she has her own line of vitamin supplements. She is on the board of the charitable organization called the Robin Hood Foundation with the goal of alleviating poverty in New York City. Paltrow was named one of People magazines Most Beautiful People in the World in 1998. In 2008, she launched a lifestyle website called Goop which is as popular as it is controversial. She has 2 children with her ex, Chris Martin from Coldplay, and is currently married to Brad Falchuk. Paltrow is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 132 lbs.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet

Summary

Paltrow strives to eat clean: fresh, organic produce and animal protein are her mainstays, but she admits to having a weakness for refined carbs. Her website has been under fire for promoting more than one oddball detox diet, including the gallbladder flush and a goat’s milk cleanse, but she says that while she used to do a lot of these cleanses, she’s no longer a fan and now takes a more relaxed approached to eating. She’ll be strict at breakfast and lunch, and have whatever she’s in the mood for at dinner. For her annual cleanse (the only one she says she does these days), she eliminates just about everything except fresh fruit and vegetables.

Estimated Macros

  • Low-Medium Fat 20% 20%
  • Medium Protein 30% 30%
  • High Carb 50% 50%

Diet Details

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Smooth Wake Up

Paltrow’s breakfast is usually a smoothie made with almond milk, coconut oil, protein powder, and Moon Juice dust.

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Power Lunch

Paltrow will have a salad and protein at lunch, and go very light on the carbs to try to help stave off the mid-afternoon slump.

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Choice Dinner

Paltrow says she usually eats ‘whatever she wants’ for dinner, although it still tends to be healthy, such as organic meat and vegetables.

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Refined Treats

Paltrow’s indulgences include cheese and crackers, baguettes and wine. Pretzels are a more low-brow pleasure.

What to Eat

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Organic Vegetables

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Organic Fruit

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Wild-Caught Fish

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Organic Animal Protein

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Edamame

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Goat’s Milk

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Herbs

What to Avoid

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Refined Sugar

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Processed Foods

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Chemical Additives

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Artificial Ingredients

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Junk Food

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Paltrow On Her Clean Eating Diet

[I eat] good proteins and lots of vegetables and not too much grain or sugar, and nothing baked.

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Paltrow On When She Falls Off The Wagon

But at the same time, you want deliciousness, you want a fun life—pleasure!

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Paltrow On Detox Diets

I’m basically never cleansing. Only if I’m guinea pigging something for the website. Or, I try to do one good cleanse a year.

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Paltrow On Toxins

I believe the combination of toxic load, the modern environment and nutritional deficiency makes our bodies more vulnerable to breaking down.

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Paltrow On Refined Food

I really love white carbs, which is not great for optimizing your health and your energy.

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Paltrow On Processed Cheese

I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Fitness Routine

Weekly Routine

Daily Dose

Paltrow exercises 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. She is a fan of the Tracy Anderson Method and will use her DVDs when she can’t work out with Tracy personally.

Compound Movements

Paltrow’s trainer focuses on both large and small muscles to get a toned, compact body, rather than a bulky one.

Zen With Gwen

Paltrow uses an infrared sauna, practices Transcendental Meditation and does yoga for mind-body balance.

Mix It Up

Paltrow’s trainer will mix things up to avoid hitting a plateau as the body gets used to the same routine.

Some Like It Hot

Paltrow raises the room temperature to 80 degrees, per her trainer’s instructions, to help burn more calories.

Cardio Dance

Along with her Tracy Anderson Method, Paltrow will also do cardio dance to keep her muscles toned, long, and lean.

Exercise Style

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Sequence 1: Days 1-10

Do 20 Reps Of Each Exercise
Bend & Kickback
Hip Straight Leg Lift
Frog Cross Leg Lift
Knee Touch Extension
Three Beats Lift
Attitude Butt Lift
Straight Leg Crunches
Crunch With Attitude Lift
Cross Leg Crunches
Arm Reaches
Alternate Arm Hit
Palm Rotations
Low W/High V

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Sequence 2: Days 11-20

Do 20 Reps Of Each Exercise
Straight Leg Knee Pull
Straight Leg Side Pulse
Leg Lift & Straighten
Step Up Attitude Lift
Diagonal Knee Touch
Diagonal Tuck & Sweep
Side run Scissor Split
Straight Leg Crunches
Tuck Crunch Extensions
Leg Diagonal Reach
Push-Up With Leg Lift
HH Double Hit
Thumbs Up-Down Lift
Arm Back With Hits
W-Arm Pull Down Press

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Sequence 3: Days 21-30

Do 20 Reps Of Each Exercise.
Foot Front Leg Sweep
Pulse Climbing Kick
Push-Up With Leg Tuck
Inner Thigh Pull
Down Dog
Diagonal Lift & Back
Hand-Chair Back Kick
Knee To Back Kick Swivel
Bent Tuck Lift & Sweep
Double Side Crunch
Double Crunch Arm Reach
Cross R-L-R-Center Frog
Forward Reach & Switch
Forward Press & Push
Wide Reach Up Back Forward
Arms Sweep Back

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Paltrow On Exercise

It’s worth it to me to do that extra exercise so I can eat what I want and not think about it.

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Paltrow On Exercise, Take II

I like feeling good, and I know I feel my best when I exercise.

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Paltrow On Exercise, Take III

You can’t bottle a great workout.

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Paltrow On Maintaining One’s Figure After 35

You either starve yourself or you eat and you do serious cardio. But there’s no free ride.

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Paltrow On Cryotherapy

I haven’t tried cryotherapy yet because I’m kind of scared to, but they say it’s great for pain. Our diets are so full of inflammatory foods that I think we need to do increasingly extreme things to combat it.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Supplements

Multivitamin

Multivitamin

Despite her clean eating, Paltrow says a daily multivitamin is still part of her health regimen because we can still be deficient in nutrients due to soil depletion.

Berberine

Berberine

Paltrow likes berberine because it can lower blood sugar, help with weight loss and improve heart health.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Paltrow also mixes coconut oil into her morning smoothie. Coconut oil promotes fat burning and its medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can help rebalance blood lipid levels and improve heart health.

Glutathione

Glutathione

Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps remove toxins from the body. It supports immune function and boosts energy.

Fish Oil

Fish Oil

Paltrow is also a fan of fish oil which is a powerful anti-inflammatory, brain booster and promotes overall health.

Protein Powder

Protein Powder

Paltrow starts her day with a smoothie that includes vanilla mushroom protein powder to help her feel fuller, longer.

Adaptogens

Adaptogens

Adaptogens help the body deal with stress. Paltrow’s supplements contain the Ayurvedic herbs Ashwagandha, Holy Basil and Bacopa.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle

Clean Sleeping

Paltrow coined the term meaning a healthy amount of sleep. She herself gets at least 7-8 hours, and ideally 10.

Multi-Lingual

Paltrow spent some time in Spain as a teenager and also a summer in Paris, and she speaks Spanish and French quite well.

Deep Research for Shallow

Paltrow wore a fat suit out to a bar as part of her research for the role of playing an obese woman in the film Shallow Hal. She said people refused to make eye contact and were rude to her, and that she was saddened by the injustice toward overweight people.

No Ex-Spence Spared

For high school, Paltrow attended Spence, an exclusive all-girls school in New York City.

Hard Knocks

Paltrow suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her second child, Moses. She also nearly died due to the miscarriage of her third child.

Grandiose Gift Guide

Paltrow has some pretty wild ideas on her Goop website, including 18 karat gold dumbbells (price tag: $125K), a recipe for ‘spirit truffles’ (that nourish harmony and ESP), and a $90,000 trip to outer space.

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Paltrow On Sleep

Sleep plays such a powerful role in determining your appetite and energy levels that I believe it should be your first priority—even before you think about your diet.

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Paltrow On Beauty

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.

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Paltrow On Life

I realized life is so short and precious, you should do things that make you feel inspired, that push you and teach you something. I’d rather not have a big house, a huge closet of clothes, diamonds and a private plane, and instead a body of work that I’m proud of.

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Paltrow On Guinea-Pigging

At Goop, they call me “GP the guinea pig” because I’ll try anything.

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Paltrow On Simplicity

The simpler things are, the happier they are.

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Paltrow On Marriage

I try to remember as I hear about friends getting engaged, that it’s not about the ring and it’s not about the wedding. It’s a grave thing, getting married. And it’s easy to get swept up in the wrong things.

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