Gwyneth Paltrow Tells SELF: My Diet “Changed My Marriage” to Chris Martin
In a cover interview for the April issue of SELF, Paltrow explains why she adopted the new regimen. “A couple of years ago, I got really run down. I had to sing at awards shows, which was fun but stressful,” reveals Paltrow. “I’d have a Guinness and a beta-blocker every time. I also was constantly getting on airplanes, trying to knock myself out with sleeping pills and wine, waking up, trying to sweat it out with exercise and a steam, and then working really hard all day.”
She recalls, “Eventually, I had a panic attack. My body was like, ‘What is happening?'” That’s when her doctor recommended that Paltrow “cut out basically everything: dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed. I was like, ‘What the f*ck am I going to eat now?'” But Paltrow’s new diet has made all the difference. “You feel lighter and your emotions get smoother. I also was run-down because I had a lot of unexpressed anger. I made everyone else’s feelings more important than my own,” says the star. “I’d suck it up and then be alone in my car yelling at traffic or fighting with hangers in my closet when they got stuck together.”
She tells the magazine, “You’re not learning anything unless you’re having the difficult conversations.” “Dealing with things directly changed my relationships. Sometimes when you get clear about who you are, others get less comfortable because they liked who you were. It’s changed my marriage, too, but he’s up for the challenge,” notes Paltrow.
But her restrictive diet isn’t necessarily a 24/7 commitment. “I probably eat this way two or three times a year for three weeks at a time,” says Paltrow. “Past that, I’m not willing to make the sacrifice. Life is about balance. It’s good to work in healthy food, whether it’s five days a week or five meals a week. And if you’re going to do it, it should be awesome food you’re psyched to make. But never cut out the brownies or the wine.”
How does Paltrow unwind? She says, “I watch Homeland or New Girl. I also like to have martinis with my girlfriends. I feel a sisterhood emerging around me. I’m less threatening now that I’m 40 and not 26-with-an-Oscar. There’s a sense of love and support. I feel really lucky.”