Gwyneth Paltrow faces backlash for 'unrelatable' wellness routine

A close up image of Gwyneth Paltrow. (Getty Images)
Gwyneth Paltrow has received backlash after sharing what she eats in a day. (Getty Images)

Gwyneth Paltrow has sparked a backlash among social media users after revealing what she eats in a day on a recent podcast episode.

When asked about her "wellness routine", the 50-year-old actor said: "I eat dinner early in the evening and I do a nice intermittent fast. I usually eat something about 12pm.

"In the morning I’ll have some things that won’t spike my blood sugar, so I have coffee, but I really like soup for lunch. I have bone broth for lunch a lot of the days [sic].

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"I try to do one hour of movement, so I’ll either take a walk, or I’ll do pilates, or I’ll do my Tracy Anderson [routine]. And then... I dry brush and I get in the sauna. So I do my infrared sauna for 30 minutes.

"And then for dinner I try to eat, you know, according to paleo. So lots of vegetables. It’s really important for me to support my detox."

The video was posted by podcast network Dear Media after Paltrow appeared on Monday’s episode of "The Art of Being Well", and it has already amassed over 1.8 million views and 13,000 comments.

Many commenters took issue with what Paltrow eats in a day, with one user Qwn, stating that bone broth "is not a meal".

Another user, Aly, called Paltrow the "mother of all almond mums". An "almond mum" is a term popularised on social media that describes mothers who eat an almond and say they are full.

Others questioned what Paltrow was detoxing from if all she consumed was coffee, bone broth and vegetables.

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Dietitian Lauren Cadillac responded to the video stating that what Paltrow was consuming was "not enough food".

"THIS IS NOT ENOUGH FOOD especially for someone that is 5’9"," Cadillac wrote in the caption of the video. "Please stop following and listening to celebrities for your health and wellness advice."

In a separate video from the podcast it is shown that Paltrow is having an IV drip while recording the show.

"I love an IV," Paltrow said. "I’m an early IV adopter. Glutathione, I love to have in an IV. Kind of a random, more fringy one, phosphatidylcholine, that’s my favourite IV when I can find them. They’re quite hard to find. And those make me feel so good."

A glutathione drip allows doctors to deliver beneficial nutrients straight to your bloodstream rather than consuming these nutrients via food.

Phosphatidylcholine is a brain health supplement that can help boost energy levels and decrease fatigue.

"Tell me you’re unrelatable without telling me you're unrelatable," said one user, known simply as "M".

"I eat food, works just as well," another user, Maggie, wrote.

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"Do you know where else you can get phosphatidylcholine that’s not ‘fringy’ and hard to find?" questioned one nutritionist, @andydoeshealthy in a response to the video. "Eggs, or soybeans.

"And, in general, do you know what also makes people feel really good? Eating and food. I don’t know what comes to mind when I think of the word ‘wellness’, but it’s definitely not someone sitting in a chair giving an interview being attached to an IV bag being pumped full of nutrients that they could easily access in food, when they could be just eating the food."

Paltrow is the founder of wellness brand Goop, which launched as a newsletter in 2008 and is now a wider lifestyle brand that has seen its fair share of controversies over the years.

"People initially were like, ‘This is nuts,’"Paltrow told CEO magazine of her wellness brand in 2021. "They thought I was insane and were up in arms. Now look: [Wellness is] a billions of dollars market. I don’t care about the haters. They are irrelevant to me."

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