Gwyneth Paltrow has been pretty skinny for as long as I can remember, although I don’t think she ever crossed the line and got “scary skinny.” Remember when she was with Brad Pitt? That was sooo long ago! Anyway, Gywneth used to follow a macrobiotic diet. In case you were wondering what a macrobiotic diet is (I know I was) here’s what Wikipedia says:
One goal of the macrobiotic philosophy and practice is to become sensitive to the true effects of foods on health and wellbeing. In this way, one goes beyond rules and regulations concerning diet to choosing foods that sustains one’s health. Dietary guidelines help one to develop sensitivity and an intuitive sense for what sustains one’s health and wellbeing in diet as well as in relationships and activities.
Macrobiotics emphasizes locally grown whole grain cereals, pulses (legumes), vegetables, seaweed, fermented soy products and fruit, combined into meals according to the principle of balance (known as yin and yang). Dietary recommendations include whole grains, such as brown rice, and other whole grain products, such as buckwheat pasta (soba); a variety of cooked and raw vegetables; beans and bean products, such as tofu, tempeh and miso;; mild natural seasonings; fish; nuts and seeds; mild (non-stimulating) beverages, such as bancha twig tea; and fruit.
Nightshade vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant; also spinach, beets and avocados are forbidden (or used sparingly) in macrobiotic cooking, as they are considered extremely yin. Some macrobiotic practitioners also discourage the use of nightshades due to the alkaloid solanine, thought to affect calcium balance.
Gwyneth ditched the macrobiotic diet while she was pregnant with her first baby, Apple, and now she sticks to organics and tries not to eat processed foods or anything “toxic.”