You wouldn’t expect a woman who buys six limes during a charity Food Stamp Challenge to be laid-back about food. But in a new cover story for Women’s Health, Gwyneth Paltrow shares a deceptively simple guide to health and confidence.
“My routine is the same every weekday,” she says. “I drop my kids at school. I do an hour of dance cardio, then I go to work.” Sounds like a normal, GOOPy day.
Calorie counters will note that Paltrow drinks coffee “with half-and-half” each morning, then moves on to “a smoothie after I work out. For lunch I usually have a big salad with grilled chicken, and then for dinner I’ll have whatever I want. Most nights I eat with the kids, like, a stir-fry of chicken and broccoli or pasta or roast chicken and potatoes.”
Paltrow also nixed any notions of her as a helicopter parent to her two children Apple, 11, and Moses, 9. She said, “My food philosophy is ‘Nothing should be ruled out.’ I don’t believe in saying, ‘You’re not allowed that.’ If my kids want a Shirley Temple with the radioactive cherry in it, go for it, you know?”
Her casual attitude about food has paid off in newfound body-confidence. Paltrow says, “I feel way more comfortable in a bathing suit now than I did 20 years ago.” Fortunately for her, she also looks just as good.