- Gwyneth Paltrow addressed netizens on Friday who criticized her diet on her Instagram Stories.
- Paltrow, 50, said she has long suffered from COVID and has been working with her doctor to eat foods that aren’t inflammatory.
- Some dietitians have warned against the Paltrow diet.
Gwenyth Paltrow is defending her diet after being criticized online.
On Friday, Paltrow addressed the backlash she’s been facing 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 vegetables for dinner. A video clip of the discussion has gone viral, drawing criticism from TikTok and Twitter users.
When one of Paltrow’s Instagram followers asked about the controversy during a Q&A with fans, 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 on her Instagram Story. “So this is someone I’ve worked with for over two years now dealing with chronic issues.”
Paltrow continued that she had long COVID and one of her symptoms includes “very high levels of inflammation over time.”
“I worked with Dr. Cole to really focus on foods that aren’t inflammatory,” Paltrow said. “So lots of cooked vegetables, 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 meant to be a “transparent look at a conversation” between her and her doctor.
“This is not meant to be advice for anyone else. This is really what has worked for me, and it’s been very powerful and very positive. It doesn’t mean I eat this way all day, every day. And by the way, I eat way more than bone broth and veggies,” Paltrow said. “I eat full meals, and I also have plenty of days to eat whatever I want. You know, eat fries and whatever. My baseline has been to try to be healthy and eat foods that will really calm the system.”
In the original podcast, Paltrow told Dr. Cole that she fasts intermittently.
“I eat dinner early in the evening. I do a good intermittent fast. I usually eat something around 12 o’clock. In the morning I will have something that will not raise my blood sugar, so I have coffee. But I really like soup for lunch. I have bone broth for lunch a lot of days,” Paltrow said.
She added that she does “one hour of movement” every day to exercise before entering a sauna. Paltrow said she tries to follow the paleo diet for dinner, so she tends to eat vegetables.
After the podcast episode and the backlash, dietitian and TikTok Lauren Cadillac told Insider’s Kieran Press-Reynolds that “there’s so much wrong” with Paltrow’s diet. She told Insider that based on the exercise regimen described by Paltrow during the podcast, the amount of food she consumes is not enough for a healthy diet.
Paltrow has received criticism for her health habits in the past, including suggesting that women should vape their vaginas. At the time, some gynecologists pushed back against that claim, saying the act could cause burning and upset the balance between good and bad bacteria.