Gwyneth Paltrow responds after critics accused her of promoting disordered eating
Gwyneth Paltrow was aiming to correct the record on Friday after her controversial response to a question about her ‘wellness routine’.
During an appearance on the “Art of Being Well” podcast earlier this week, host Will Cole asked the actor and lifestyle mogul, “What does your wellness routine look like now?
Paltrow described drinking coffee in the morning, having soup for lunch, and eating “lots of vegetables” for an early dinner, all while practicing intermittent fasting.
“I often have bone broth for lunch,” she told Cole, director of an alternative medicine center in Pennsylvania.
Elsewhere in the interview, the host pointed out that Paltrow was hooked up to an IV as they spoke, which the actor called “an old-fashioned bag of good vitamins.”
His comments quickly went viral online, with many accusing him of promoting undernourishment. Registered dietitians have also criticized Paltrow’s professed diet.
“I think in general it’s just very, very little food and actually not that healthy at all,” dietitian Sammi Haber Brondo told BuzzFeed.
On Friday, Paltrow held a Q&A on her Instagram story. Someone asked anonymously how she felt about the backlash from her interview.
“It’s important for everyone to know that I was doing a podcast with my doctor,” Paltrow said in a video response, referring to Cole. “He’s someone I’ve worked with for over two years now dealing with chronic issues.”
Paltrow added that Cole was helping her deal with the symptoms of the long COVID-19. She said she felt better when she ate a diet that not only included “cooked vegetables” but also “all kinds of protein” and “healthy carbs”.
She went on to say that her previous remarks didn’t paint the full picture of what she actually consumes.
“I eat a lot more than bone broth and vegetables,” she said. “I eat full meals. And I also have plenty of days to eat whatever I want, and eat chips and things.
She also emphasized that she did not intend for listeners to model their own diet from what she described.
“It’s not meant to be advice for anyone else,” she said.
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