Well, if Gwyneth isn’t doing one I guess we can all catch a break, as the Hollywood actress, known for her super healthy detox dieting, has announced to the world that this New Year she is taking it easy. Gwyneth Paltrow is renowned, not only for her amazing acting skills and her tearful Oscar acceptance speech, but for her strict healthy eating style. Back in the 90’s she followed a rigid macrobiotic diet, but more recently she has relaxed a little and concentrated on family recipes and incorporating healthy foods into her diet.
Releasing two very successful cookbooks and updating her website GOOP, which advises on types of foods and a healthy lifestyle, Gwyneth loves to share tips and recipes to her fans and she has even telephoned the U.S. Rachael Ray talk show from her kitchen, where she could be seen swigging red wine while she defended claims she had not written the recipes herself.
And it looks like all this eating healthy and super fit lifestyle has paid off as the 40-year-old actress looks positively amazing. So it comes a huge surprise to learn that at the time when most people are gearing up for a new diet, or a detox session, Gwyneth is taking a break from New Years resolutions. On her famous Goop.com website, she stated: “Happy 2013! I am not on a detox. I am not on a diet. I know, New Year’s cleansing and all that. Not this year. Can’t do it. Maybe later in the year. Maybe in the spring.”
Of course, anyone that follows Gwyneth knows that she would not just leave us to bag a brace of Belgium buns and send us on our merry way. She still has some tips on what we should be eating. She continues: “So for now, I would like to continue with my pasta and cheese, but perhaps be more mindful of ingredients. I asked my friend Dr. Frank Lipman about his list of superfoods so that I could incorporate them into my diet a bit more.”
The blog suggests nine superfoods that Gwyneth and Dr Lipman think would be beneficial if you add them to your diet, and helpful as ever, Gwyneth even provides a useful sample recipe for each.
So what are these superfoods and are they hard to get hold of? Well, surprisingly we have heard of them before; they are blueberries, cruciferous vegetables (different types of lettuce apparently), dark chocolate, spinach, walnuts, beans, avocado and wild salmon and chia seeds. Chia seeds are, according to Dr Lipman, the single richest source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids you can buy. They’re also loaded with antioxidants, protein and minerals, plus soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep your digestion moving in the right direction. What’s more, chia seeds have an unusual property – they swell to more than 5 times their weight in liquid, so adding a spoonful or two to meals will help you feel fuller faster. How to eat ‘em? They’re virtually tasteless, so you can drop a spoonful or two into just about anything, including smoothies, sauces, soups and salads.
Dr Lipman has his own website full of advice and says: “Lose weight! Boost immunity! Improve your love life! If there were a pharmaceutical drug that did all three, there’d be a stampede to the pharmacy, but for now, no such pill exists. My advice? Build your own – not a pill, but a plan – an eating strategy that packs power, nutritional value and a host of benefits into every bite. Where to start? Simply load up on the “Superfine 9” – nine of the most nutritionally valuable foods you can buy.”
However some of the recipes I have to say do not look that appetising and do actually look like a detox diet meal, take this Romanesco with Lemon Aioli, that just looks like fried lettuce with mayo.
But then I guess, looking like Gwyneth does take more than a little effort. Now where did I put those buns?
Food Pictures Credit: Ali Allen