GWYNETH Paltrow’s recently revealed ‘wellness routine’ is ‘dangerous’ and could lead to an ‘eating disorder’, a dietitian has warned.
In a recent podcast episode of The Art of Being Well with Dr. Will Cole, Paltrow revealed her daily routine, shocking the internet with social media users calling her an “almond mom.”
An “almond mom” is a term used to refer to a person – usually a parent – who passes on unhealthy eating beliefs or disordered eating habits to their children.
Dietician nutritionist Deanna Wolfe shared her expert opinion on Paltrow’s wellness routine exclusively with The US Sun, warning that it’s “not right in my eyes”.
Wolfe thinks Paltrow’s eating habits are very restrictive, which could lead to an eating disorder in those who mimic the routine.
The dietitian also believes it is “very dangerous” for Paltrow to exercise without eating enough food.
In a video clip from the podcast posted on TikTok, Dr. Cole asks Paltrow what his “wellness routine” looks like now.
Paltrow replied, “I eat dinner early in the evening. I do good intermittent fasting. I usually eat something around noon.”
But Wolfe warned that Paltrow “fasts much longer than even a normal fast would.”
“Potentially there’s a lot of research on fasting (being helpful) for men, but female hormones can be so affected by fasting that I really don’t recommend fasting for most women,” he said. she stated.
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Wolfe added that when fasting, “most women then overeat at night.”
Paltrow revealed that when she breaks her fast in the morning, she chooses to eat and drink things that “won’t raise my blood sugar.”
“I’m having coffee, I’ll have celery juice with lemon, lemon water,” she said on the podcast.
“Coffee is not a meal,” Wolfe said.
“I really try to get clients, even if you’re not hungry in the morning, to have breakfast, and that can have a much better impact on your day than fasting.”
She recommended having “a good source of protein, carbs and fats to keep us going for a good three hours.”
Some healthy breakfast examples are egg and avocado toast or Greek yogurt, berries and chopped nuts, Wolfe said.
As for exercise, Paltrow said she aims to do an hour of movement between breakfast and lunch, like taking a walk or doing Pilates.
But Wolfe said the revelation that she usually likes to have soup or bone broth for lunch has raised alarm bells.
“I wouldn’t want anyone exercising while eating so little,” she said.
“It would be like exercising when you’re sick, when you’re eating soup all day.
“Exercising without enough fuel from food is very dangerous.”
For dinner, Paltrow revealed she ate the paleo diet, “so lots of vegetables,” she told Dr. Cole.
She pairs vegetables with “any type of fish or bird” and a carb like sweet potato noodles.
Paltrow said, “Supporting my detox is really important to me,” explaining her wellness routine.
She said she was not a “natural detox”, adding that she had “methylation issues”.
Methylation is an essential part of your body’s detoxification process.
“A lot of people, it’s absolutely part of their biology and their process,” she explained. “I’m not one of those people, so I’m more heavily impacted by things.”
Wolfe said it’s very rare for people to be unable to detox naturally, pointing out that’s what our livers and kidneys are designed for.
“The number one word (dietitians) hate the most is detox,” she said.
“We literally feel like screaming because nobody needs to physically go through a food detox.”
The dietician explained that “our liver and kidneys are designed to filter out toxins”.
Wolfe said that after watching the clip of Paltrow’s interview, she was worried the star’s routine was “not going well.”
“I work with a lot of women with eating disorders and I can’t diagnose them,” the dietician said.
However, if it was one of my clients, I would want them “to get more help because (her routine is) really centered around not eating a lot and making sure she has to practice for a while,” she explained. .
Wolfe said that “a certain percentage of people who simply diet or adopt wellness habits actually develop an eating disorder.”
“So we know that while you might be doing it just for the feel-good factor at first, it can lead to that, which is scary,” she said.
Wolfe believes in “additional nutrition instead of restriction nutrition,” which means adding healthy foods to your meals rather than removing foods that you might deem unhealthy.
The dietitian shared some red flags of undernutrition, which you should look for in your friends or relatives.
“The things we see potentially are women losing or missing their period,” she said.
Wolfe added that you might be “constipated because you usually don’t eat enough to have regular bowel movements.”
“You have low energy, you struggle to recover or see progress in your workouts,” she added.
Additionally, fasting, for women, “can lead to irregular periods,” Wolfe warned.
After receiving backlash from the clip, Paltrow responded to some of the comments online.
“I eat a lot more than bone broth and vegetables,” she said.
The actress and founder of wellness brand Goop added: “I eat full meals and also have plenty of days to eat what I want and eat fries and whatever but my line The basics has really been to try to be healthy and eat foods that will really calm the system down.”
Paltrow explained that the podcast “was a transparent look at a conversation between me and my doctor.
“This isn’t meant to be advice for anyone else. This is really what worked for me.”
She said she’s been working with Dr Cole for over two years ‘to address some chronic things and I’ve had Covid for a long time and the way that manifests for me is very high levels of inflammation over time’ .
Representatives for Paltrow and Goop were approached for comment by The US Sun.