Gwyneth Paltrow’s Winter Detox

GwynethPaltrow2Gwyneth Paltrow, on her website Goop, has a winter detox posted for January:

“Our winter detox has looser guidelines and restrictions than ones we’ve done in the past, but here is what we’re avoiding: dairy, gluten, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and soda.”


The recipes include these foods:

  • Almond milk
  • Heavy coconut cream (in a can)
  • Mint flavored liquid chlorophyll (nature’s way)
  • Spirulina powder
  • Protein powder
  • Stevia
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Chicken stock
  • Vegetable stock
  • Bone marrow broth
  • Seafood broth
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Smoked pimentón

What counts as a processed food?  Most food, indeed all of the foods above, undergo some form of processing before we eat them.  If she’s going to say that, say, soy milk is excluded because it’s processed, why not almond milk?  Why not exclude all the stocks, broths, and vinegars?  Personally, I don’t see anything unhealthy about a broth or a milk made from soy or almond or coconut.  I think she needs to explain her definition of “processed” and then apply it more objectively.

Really, if there is any food on the planet that should fall under the heading of “processed” it’s protein powder, which she allows!  I mean, what is it?  You don’t even know, not by looking at it. You could be breaking her no-dairy, no-gluten, no-processed, no-soy, no-sugar, and no-caffeine rules all in one food.

If you want to eat a diet with few “toxins,” smoked foods shouldn’t be on the menu. Her addition of “smoked pimentón” breaks both a no-smoked-food rule and her no-pepper rule in one shot.

She includes a healthy dose of miso and tamari in these recipes, which are soy foods, which break her no-soy-products rule.

Her rules don’t align well with her recipes. What is her goal? It looks to me like she’s just not eating much, and what she is eating is liquid. There’s no solid food until 1:30 in the afternoon, and then it’s soup.

There’s also the issue of how something like homemade “Warm Walnut Lentil Pâté” just appears in the middle of the day, as a snack!  When is she doing all this meal prep?  (And how does she have the energy when she eats nothing before 10:00 a.m. but room temperature lemon water and herbal tea?)

2 thoughts on “Gwyneth Paltrow’s Winter Detox

  1. RB

    I like Gwyneth Paltrow, especially as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man movies. She was the sane one next to Robert Downey Jr.’s neurotic Tony Stark. But lot of famous actors/artist are a bit flaky so why should there diet not be flaky too?

    However, I never understood the rationale for a “detox diet”. If one eats healthy food, why is there a need to detox?


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