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Jenny McCarthy on Her Gluten and Milk-Free Diet: “Best health change I’ve ever made”

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On her gluten and milk-free diet:

“That’s the best health change I’ve ever made. I lost a few pounds and have much more energy. My new favorite thing is my soup diet. I make a ton of nutritious ones, like butternut squash and vegetable. When I want to drop 5 pounds quickly, I eat them for every meal for about 10 days.”

… says Jenny in Shape Magazine, while showing off her toned stomach on the cover.

 

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  • I don’t get this current obsession with gluten…

    • Ali

      I Agree Lovisa, why this obsession with gluten?

    • annabanana

      apparently a lot of people have sensitivity to gluten, if not celiac disease, and there is research about how our bodies aren’t made to eat as much bread etc. as we do… i really dont know how true all of it is though. i do know a few people who have undoubtedly benefited from going gluten-free but i dont know that it would necessarily benefit everyone… sometimes i think ppl are just eating less when they stop eating all their regular carbs, which is what makes them lose the weight, not the absence of gluten necessarily… anyways not for me! couldn’t live without my bread haha

      • Casey

        The notion of gluten sensitivity is greatly exaggerated, imo. It exists and awareness has been made, but now everybody thinks that they have gluten intolerance. And it doesn’t help that doctors, unable to figure out the causes of various digestive complaints, are just grouping it under Celiac Disease because it makes their job easier.

        How much bread we eat has no correlation to gluten intolerance. If you are insensitive gluten, it doesn’t matter how much of it you eat, you’d know.

        I think if you suspect Celiac Disease, you should get proper blood tests to diagnose it. Otherwise, people need to understand that gluten is a nutritional protein….

        • Casey

          Sorry, this wasn’t directed so much at you annabanna as just generally speaking.

          I also wanted to say that a lot of people eat bread and then feel bloating and indigestion and think they have a gluten intolerance.

          A more likelier cause is that they have minor disruptions in their stomach bacteria, and after sugar, bread is the next favorite bacteria food. That’s why some people see “benefit” after they cut out gluten.

          Again, I think blood work diagnosis is necessary to actually say you have gluten insensitivity. And if you don’t, probiotics are likely to help your stomach calm down and allow you to eat bread.

          I know I was once “insensitive” to bread, until I started eating probiotic yougurt.

        • Completely agree as usual on this topic Casey. I think it’s a fad diet – people think there is a quick fix to their problems. Not that many people are truly gluten intolerant or have celiac – and you’re right that you’d know it if you were. Intolerances are usually quite apparent. I’d say if someone without a confirmed intolerance cut out gluten and found they lost weight and felt better, it’s probably due to simply paying more attention to their diet and eating less processed foods and more veggies, etc. I’d be surprised if they were all truly intolerant!

          • Yeah, I agree with both of you, Erica and Casey 🙂

          • megs362

            Actually it is a very well-known fact that many sufferers of coeliacs are not aware of any problems whatsoever. For example, I was only diagnosed after a long and circuitous process to discover why I was so dangerously deficient in many important respects, e.g. iron, zinc, potassium, etc. I never suspected any digestive problems until the doctors made me go and get a biopsy.

            When I was diagnosed, the doctors explained that it has a genetic component: my family went and got tested. My mother and sister are also coeliac but had presented with no apparent symptoms. Not until they stopped eating gluten did they realise that there had been something wrong.

            Also, the blood tests available are not even remotely accurate. They give a lot of false positives, and clear a lot of people who really need to move on to the biopsy. Also, if eating gluten-free makes you feel better, I don’t see why you should be thought less of for doing so even in the absence of any formal diagnosis.

            Plus the more people on this particular ‘bandwagon’, the greater the range of foods that will be available for me to eat!

          • My bad, megs – I have been reading about celiac and you are completely right that most people are unaware they have a problem. It’s only that the two people I know with it had terrible digestive problems for some time before finding out it was celiac – so I lazily extrapolated from that!

            It’s great it has made such a difference in your life. My only problem with some people regarding gluten is that they make it sound as if the majority of people are intolerant and cutting it out of their diet (which is no mean feat – I don’t see it as a small change at all) would change their lives. I just don’t think that’s the case and it could lead to many people unbalancing their diet in the hope that they will find some miracle cure to their weight/fatigue/happiness, etc. I think it is the case for some people – but I just don’t believe it’s *the* food bogeyman that some insist it is.

    • jenna

      Lots of people have sensitivity to gluten and to dairy – they can’t digest it well, which causes bloating, constipation, etc.
      Once you cut something that you’re sensitive to out of your diet, extra weight pretty much melts off, because your digestive system is working properly again 🙂

      • Mads

        I think gluten-free has gained popularity similarly to the whole foods approach. Most whole grains are gluten-free and unprocessed which makes them more fiber rich and an overall healthier choice to bread and pasta. However gluten-free breads and pastas that are made with refined ingredients are (obviously) processed and have a high GI.

        • Morgan

          I think it’s easy for celebrities to lose weight on a gluten free diet because a lot of gluten-free foods (the would-be processed kind, like cookies and breads) taste awful, lol. I was on a gluten-free, dairy-free, processed-free diet for two weeks because doctors were trying to figure out if I was having a reaction to something that was sapping my energy. I was allowed to eat fruits, veggies, and meat. That’s it. No condiments.
          Basically it kept my glucose index (? if I remember correctly) low, and it did actually give me a noticeable boost in energy, even after a few days. I’m thinking of going back on it. I’m always lethargic in the winter, lol.

      • Mads

        I think gluten-free has gained popularity similarly to the whole foods approach. Most whole grains are gluten-free and unprocessed which makes them more fiber rich and an overall healthier choice to bread and pasta. However gluten-free breads and pastas that are made with refined ingredients are processed and have a high GI.

    • MerryHappy

      Completely agree with all of you.
      I’m from Portland, Or, (ahem… Portlandia… the shame) Home of the “*wheeze, glasses push up* I can’t have gluten. I’m allergic”
      There are so many fad/self-diagnosed food allergy people, that it’s ridiculous. And, as Casey pointed out, at times doctors just don’t know what to do with it. I have a friend with terrible digestive issues–no one knows what’s wrong with him or what to do with him. It isn’t gluten, even though so many hipsters here tell him if only he’d stop eating gluten, meat, and diary, he would be fine! He tried. He still had digestive issues. Fad diets and self diagnosis’ are lazy and dangerous (and at times in Portland self aggrandizing).
      Also, Erica… your picture looks like the TARDIS.
      It made me very happy. :]

      • serena

        @MerryHappy – a gluten-free diet isn’t dangerous as you said, because you do not need to eat bread/pasta; the nutrients and fiber can easily be found in other foods. So even if you are completely gluten tolerant and have no GI issues, it’s perfectly safe to cut out gluten if you want to for whatever reason. Bread has fiber and is often fortified with nutrients like B vitamins but like I said, you can easily get it from other foods – fruit has a ton of fiber for example. Gluten is not necessary at all.

        • MerryHappy

          i never said gluten free was dangerous, i said self diagnosis was. Never once did i say gluten free was dangerous or safe, just people and their desire to self diagnose. No offense, but you didn’t read my comment closely at all, you thought i said something you disagreed with and got offended. Obviously, true sufferers of allergies and diseases should avoid what they’re allergic to our what perpetuates symptoms, hence a real diagnosis, not thinking your are and telling everyone you are without facts or testing

          • serena

            Merry I don’t disagree with everything you said. Your Portlandia hipsters claiming to have Celiacs without being tested are plain foolish. But you specifically said self-diagnosis leading to a new diet in regards to gluten/lactose was “dangerous”. But how is cutting out an unnecessary food that triggers a negative symptom “dangerous”? If drinking milk gives you diarrhea, then it makes sense not to drink milk. You don’t need a piece of paper (blood test) to instruct you to not to drink the milk; it’s a natural reaction to avoid pain. Eating hazelnuts gives me instant hives, so naturally I stopped eating hazelnuts. I initially tested negative for hazelnut allergy, but I continued to not eat them. Then I had a positive test like 9 yrs later, but in the meantime I didn’t need that paper to tell me to avoid nuts; my body’s reaction did that. Similarly if a person’s symptoms are relieved by cutting out gluten, then it makes sense not to eat it, whether they have a disease or not. I’m sure you know gluten’s in a lot of junk food, so we can’t be surprised people feel better after cutting it out lol. Even if they’re doing it to be trendy, it’s hardly harmful.

          • MerryHappy

            That’s pretty apparent though. My niece is allergic to hummus–it gives her a huge rash. But some people just villain to have an allergy without experiencing any symptoms. If people want to cut something out because they think it might make them healthier, then they should, but they shouldn’t feign an allergy. Allergies are serious. Sorry for being a bit testy, this has been aggravating me for some time. People i know diagnose themselves with allergies without even having a reaction to the food they’re allergic to.

    • nope

      Well, in her case the gluten-free, casein-free diet is most likely for the whole family as its a well-known treatment for autism spectrum disorders. Many families find it much easier to keep the entire household on the diet so that there arent any mishaps with the child getting ahold of the wrong thing. Some families claim its cured their child, others note improvement in behavior or communication. Quite a few say it doesn’t do jack.

      Interestingly, a lot of people in the autism community think her son was misdiagnosed and actually has a rare epileptic disorder, not autism.

  • Rachwestnz

    God ur so grown up u didn’t even say first. Good. And I agree, it’s far to expensive for ur average peasant like me

  • Stace

    How old is she? I think she must look pretty great for her age. I tried giving up dairy once and it nearly sucked the joy out of my life ( sorry maybe a bit dramatic), so good for her if she can stick to it.

    • schuk

      your comment made me laugh, cause I made the same experience as I once tried to cut down dairy products… I just love cheese, joghurt etc. too much 😛

    • MerryHappy

      Girl, I was vegan and no dairy literally sucked the joy from my life too. How can I have vegetarian mexican food without cheese?!?!

    • Ugh I am so glad I am very tolerant of lactose I can’t live without real milk. I would never give up dairy just to lose some weight it would have to be causing my immediate death in order for me to give it up

    • Sienna

      You should try almond, hazelnut and soy milk (and yoghurt made out of those substances). I never use products based on cow milk anymore, except for cheese sometimes.
      I dislike the taste of cow milk; it’s so creamy and heavy tasting. Almond, hazelnut and soy feel lighter and healthier and I like that it’s plant-based.

      • Yeah I have tried all plant milks. Nothing can replace cows milk for me. And I’m not lactose intolerant so I have no need to. If you buy hormone free cow millk it isnt unhealthy

        • solaxia

          Hav eyou tried making your own nut milks? I can’t stand the ones in the boxes that you buy at the supermarket, but I do really love my own home made nut milk! I love to experiment with the different types of milks, but I think so far my favourite is macadamia nut milk, and I really like peptita milk too. I find them lighter and healthier, but I also like the fact I can make them a bit creamier and heavier by adding less water.

          Although, they can be higher in calories depending on your nut : milk ratio.

        • solaxia

          Aaife- Sorry I just realised you said you had no need to replace cows milk! Ignore my comment =o) I read it wrong thinking you wanted a substitute for milk, and got excited to share my pov because I am drinking macadamia milk now =P

          • I do like rice milk on cereal sometimes. And chocolate soy milk! But i drink that as dessert instead of milk replacement haha

          • I do love macadamia nuts…if i see macadamia milk i will try it

  • Sammy

    A few years ago she made a comment about how she’s a mom now & she wants to be a role model. I’m pretty sure this negates that statement. I can’t stand her. Every qupte she makes sounds stupid

  • Ash

    Firstly good health should be priortised over just losing weight. a gluten free diet in the long run would compromise health. Secondly losing weight is should nt be just centered ard funny diets like gluten free diet, cookie diet, Atkins diet and blah blah. All these would have transient effect on weight loss but they don’t have an effective long term effect on both your health and weight loss process. Nothing beats a balanced diet (which means eating moderately) and at least an half and hour of proper workout daily. I hope women who desire to lose weight out there take these types of ridiculous weight loss suggestions/advice with a pinch of salt.

    • Lex

      OK, I think the gluten free is a fad and won’t help you unless you are gluten sensitive (which is also connected to your genetics). BUT in answer to the commenter above, going gluten free won’t harm your health. You can still get your healthy whole grains and starchy carbs from Millet, Corn, Rice, Potatoes, Buckwheat, Oats and more.
      I avoid wheat (the biggest gluten offender) not because I am gluten sensitive but because most wheat in the US is GMO.

      • Jessie

        No it isn’t. Hybrid wheat is not the same as genetically modified wheat, the latter of which is not in the food supply.

    • jenna

      Ash, in no way would a gluten free diet harm your health. Unless you go hog wild on other grains as a substitute (like eating too much white rice or something!).

      • ash

        I agree with Lex and I think she gets my point. My pt is not so much abt gluten free diet per se. My pt is moderation is key to good health and it should be of primary importance rather than just concentrating on the weight only. Ladies out there have to take all these so call reccommended fad diets by celebrities with a pinch of salt if they really want to reach a healthy weight. It is always best to eat whatever we want in moderation and burn them off by working out. Even working out should be done in moderation.

        • ash

          Gluten free may not harm your health. I did nt state that it would harm your health anyways. My point is such a fad diet is not an effective way to lose weight. Besides gluten free diet would an ordinary person’s pocket too. These celebrities and rich personnel have the resources to explore all of these so called fad diets. Keep with these fad diets bears little practicality for a normal person.

          • ash

            I meant “keeping up with these fad diets……” Sry for the typo.

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          • jenna

            Ash, you did say that a gluten free diet would harm your health. In your first comment, you said “a gluten free diet in the long run would compromise health”. That’s what I was responding to. We don’t need gluten in our diets to be healthy. I do agree that we need a balanced diet that focuses on whole foods and that we shouldn’t follow fad diets to lose weight,

          • megs362

            When I was first diagnosed coeliac, I was like, “well, that’s a pity – ‘cos I can’t afford $9 for a loaf of GF bread!”. But it turns out that actually it’s cheaper to live GF. You live on fresh fruits and veg – my main starches are potatoes, kumara, brown rice cakes, and the odd bit of GF baking that I do myself at home. I found I had to up my protein to stay satisfied, which was initially difficult, but eggs are cheap, you can take cold meats for lunch left over from dinner, it’s all eminently do-able and did not break my budget as a debt-sticken student living on $200 a week, let alone now on a (admittedly low) salary. It’s not expensive and it’s not time consuming and it doesn’t destroy your social life or limit where you can eat (except for fast food restaurants) or any of the negative things I had expected. What it DOES require is forward planning, which I manage to do without the help of any expensive assistants or other celebrity advantages.

            A normal, busy person with a family is totally capable of living GF without going bankrupt or insane. That is all I want to get across! Hahah.

  • D

    At her age you would think she would be educated as far as proper diet/health goes – yet here she is endorsing a stupid fad such as the soup diet? That boggles my mind.

    • Jacky Daniels

      its not so stupid i know some some people that really feel better on that diet and it helps their health. every body is different..

    • janae

      How is a soup doet for a limoted amount of time bad for you? Especially if legumes for protein are added….yes watch the sodium and make sure you are eating enough calories, but absolutwly nothing unhealthy about it if done correctly. And judging by jennys body she is doing it in a healthy way.

  • Jacky Daniels

    i thought she was just another annoying blonde until i saw her interview on oprah years ago. surprise, she turn out to be smart and a great mother.

  • Not something you want to read about when you’ve just had about 5 Thorntons chocolates -_- lol

    I don’t get these quick diets to lose weight when you’re just going to put it all back on once you’re off the diet.. These things can do all sorts to your body over time. I say having a balanced diet and regular exercise is the way to go. Imagine having soup for every meal.. umm, no thanks, I’m not ill Jenny!

  • Sidney

    If she has a healthy diet why would she need to lose 5 lbs quickly. Well probably as a celebrity she wants to look extra thin for shoots, events etc, but i don’t know, lots of people yoyo but to me a healthy diet means you can just pretty much maintain and not have to worry about diets and losing weight for all of eternity.

  • Mara

    Does she know that you can drop 5 pounds in 10 days and keep eating solid food?

  • seijidan

    lost a few pounds and brain cells.

  • natalia

    avrge

  • Heather

    She is a fad dieter…after she had her son, she went on and on about Weight Watchers..and it does work, but she seems to jump onto the latest diet craze. Her face looks…different. Maybe just fillers, but something different.

  • vivi

    her eyes are totally creepy on the cover

  • Jenny

    This idiot goes on TV and tells parents not to vaccinate their children because the MMR vaccine supposedly causes autism (no scientific proof whatsoever). Just search Jenny McCarthy Body Count.

    • Yeah they found the study that linked vaccines to autism to be fraudulent and the doctor who wrote it altered most of the information to fit his findings. Multiple studies done afterwards found no link.

    • ceedee

      Ugh we talked about that in one of my classes when I was in college. Ever since then I can’t stand her. She honestly thinks she knows more than doctors and scientists who research autism?! Signs of autism usually occur around 2 years old…the same time kids get all their vaccines, but correlation does not equal causation.

  • ash

    I meant “….keeping up with these fad diets would hurt an ordinary person’s pocket…” Jesus Christ why am I making so many typo errors today….

  • She looks very well photoshopped in this – they made her look a lot younger, but kept her recognisable!

    In interviews I usually like her – she’s smart, funny and blunt. But I think she’s a bit obsessive about her weight – like too many in Hollywood. I don’t think losing 10 pounds in a hurry is ever a healthy (or necessary) idea, myself.

    The gluten-hate is getting a bit grating – that and the kale-love – I have heard enough about that from celebs! I agree with her about soups though – I love them!

  • jamie

    She has a horseface

  • Lorraine

    I really don’t get this thing that’s going on about cutting off particular food groups for no apparent reason (obviously, if you have an intolerance, it’s justified).

    But most of the time it’s people under the impression that by cutting off a food group, they’ll magically lose weight. But they don’t realise (or maybe don’t care) that they’re also cutting off important nutrients. And then people go on and read about how Miley Cyrus, this woman and who knows how many others, have cut out gluten from their diets, and they look so nice, that they’ll probably cut it off their diets as well.

  • Candy

    Most people have an intolerance to gluten, casein, and lactose on some level. Its not just about weight but also health. Your digestive system can’t handle the foods and is broken down. Wheat has been highly hybridized and now we only have three strains with gluten content that is off the charts compared to what it was 100 years ago. There is nothing in grains that you can’t get in other foods, in fact grains are pretty low in nutrient density. A lot of these comments are very ignorant, it isn’t a fad diet.

    • megs362

      Thank you Candy. I agree.

      I should probably point out that I have been defending a gluten-free diet not because it will help you lose weight (calories from rice as the same as calories from bread, after all) but because it really can make an amazing difference to your physical and mental health. I know that making such a small change has made an incredible and entirely unexpected difference to every aspect of my life: I have so much more energy, I am a much kinder, more tolerant, more patient person to be around, I actually feel positive about the future and I don’t feel the need to punish myself with food (or the lack of it). My skin is clear, my hair grows amazingly fast, my joint pain has gone, I sleep properly, I don’t fart after meals anymore (hilarious but true).

      I was the biggest sceptic, who took great joy in heartily mocking a friend for trying what I thought was a ridiculous fad diet – now I am the biggest fan ever – not because removing gluten has made me thin, but because I feel like it’s made me human again!

    • serena

      Candy is spot on here. Modern agriculture has changed so much from what our ancestors used to eat – this is why gluten (and other food intolerance) is more common now – there used to be thousands of grain species around the world and now we cultivate a handful! Grains in America are often enriched with extra vitamins but natural grains on their own aren’t that healthy at all, just cheap and filling. Remember that rice (not gluten) was really the staple grain for most people in the world until Western food trends became globalized, leading to tons of gluten consumption and with it obesity and diabetes.

    • Kimberly

      I agree with you. I have pretty serious allergies and have always had a sensitive GI tract. When I cut out wheat, most diary, processed food and alcohol, my immune system improved, my migraines went away, I slept better and had better energy. My body doesn’t like processed food so I try and stay away from it.

      • serena

        Kim the reality is most people’s bodies don’t like processed foods, but we’re too used to it. If you don’t eat it for a while and then try it again, it tastes pretty awful. When I lived in Ghana for just 6 months I ate a very natural diet and coming back home to America was a big wake-up call, like soda tasted disgusting lol.

    • I think the thing is Candy – and I am by no means an expert – that although what you say about there being a lot more gluten in our diets than there used to be is completely true, I still don’t believe that most people cannot handle *any* gluten at all. To cut out gluten entirely from ones diet without having at least a strong suspicion it is causing problems is a big ask – a lot of foods contain gluten, including many healthy ones. Cutting out all grain is very difficult – especially for a vegetarian like me who is soy intolerant! Some of the best sources of protein for me are whole grains (then there are the people who say beans and legumes are also bad, which leaves me very little to eat!) I’ve eaten seitan at times for extra protein – and that is basically all gluten – you would think I would have felt the effects of that if I was intolerant, sensitive or worse. The list of things someone with celiac cannot eat is quite scary to most people – there are an awful lot of foods on there that most of us consume daily and can’t really imagine going without. It’s no small thing.

      I think the main culprit in all of this is processed food. Yes, there is often gluten in processed food, but there is often a sh*tload of other additives that are harmful too – I believe these things have lead to a great upsurge in many health problems from cancers to autoimmune (which gluten intolerance is). For most of us who are not truly gluten intolerant, it is still a good idea to cut out these highly processed foods and many would feel better as a result, but I think blaming it almost entirely on gluten is a bit short-sighted. It’s become a food bogeyman and these things tend to be proven to be not so scary in the long run when other things take their place.

      I think it’s great for those of you who have cut out gluten and noticed an enormous improvement in your health – but I don’t think it’s ignorant for some of us to question whether gluten is really so detrimental to *everyone’s* health. Maybe it is – we could turn out to be completely wrong – but there’s no harm in debating it.

      • annabanana

        i agree with you erica. My boyfriend worked on an organic farm for a while that produced a complete diet- beef, chicken, pork, eggs, vegetables, fruit, dairy products… anything produceable in the northeast U.S. One of the men he worked with followed the paleo diet- which meant no sugar, processed foods, or carbs (basically). Living off the diet the farm produced, plus some outside things like bread or noodles, made a huge difference in everyone’s health who lived and worked there. But the man who was paleo didn’t really experience any added benefits. Obviously this is a really small example based on very few people, but I think for MOST people, cutting out all processed foods and artificial sugars (not including the occasional maple syrup and honey which can be substituted for cane sugar in baking, etc.) will solve many health problems such as weight, fatigue etc. But going gluten-free, or paleo, doesn’t make that huge of a difference after going organic. Of course there will be individuals who it does make a difference for, but the majority of people will become much healthier just after getting rid of the processed crap that so many of us eat nowadays.

  • jenp

    My digestive system loves dairy. Thank God. I’ve given up enough of the foods I love (and freedom too, yay kids!). The day I give up Dairy is the day my soul dies. Mwahahahaha.

  • Megan

    Gosh, there are a lot of medical experts out there in the world reading skinnyvscurvy and making comments.

    • Ld

      Haha,I know, incredible isn’t it? Everyday is an education on skinnyvscurvy.

  • Jewel

    I don’t think that cutting out certain foods unless you’re intolerant is good. It’ll probably make you lose a little weight but thinking the nutriets you’ll be missing… not worth it imo. I get cutting out white bread; it’s not particularly nutritious (wholegrain foods are better) but milk? Ok maybe she drank a lot as a kid, idk, but my mom and my grandmother developed osteoporosis because they didn’t drink enough milk (they ate dairy but milk is the richest in calcium) when they were younger and the doctor forced them to drink a glass daily. Even though I am not too big on milk, I drink daily myself (low-fat ofc haha). Better be safe than sorry.

    • serena

      Broccoli and other vegetables have a lot more calcium per size than milk does…plus the broccoli isn’t pumped full of hormones lol. I love dairy (yogurt, cheese) but to be honest I eat it more because it tastes delicious than for the calcium benefits 🙂

      • hanan

        @serena
        Hmmm , except , vegetarian calcium is NOT absorped as near as calcium from milk < old info .

        • Leila

          actually calcium from milk is an inferior source. animal protein creates an acid environment in the body which causes it to pull calcium from your bones in order to restore your PH. this is one reason why the top dairy consuming countries have the highest rates of osteoporosis , while countries that traditional have a high vegetable/low dairy consumption have very low rates

      • There is a lot of hormone free dairy available now.

    • Kimberly

      There are plenty of people that don’t drink milk that do not get osteoporosis. You can get calcium from many sources. Also, some women are prone to osteoporosis.

      • hanan

        they may will in future if they continue it

        and no @:” some women are prone to osteoporosis.”
        osteporosis is not genetic

        • Kimberly

          I encourage you to do more research then.

      • Jewel

        So what? And some people smoke and don’t get cancer. As I said, better be safe than sorry.

  • hanan

    celebs are insane !!
    why don’t you just eat normal food ?

  • hanan

    and yeah good luck with osteoporosis .

    • Candy

      Brainwashed by the dairy industry. Calcium in milk is actually less available than that in leafy greens. Not only that but the acidity of the milk draws out calcium from our bones. In addition to that the casein and lactose cause all types of problems for a lot of people. The milk is filled with hormones and antibiotics, is mucus forming and meant to be drinken by calves not adult humans. Far from a “health food” , low fat and skim are even worse as the nutrients become less available and the the milk is even more insulinogenic. Think about it milk is given to babies to fatten them up and they stop drinking it after growth, its not meant for us to drink.

      • hanan

        AGAIN , calcium in veges doesn’t get absorped as well as calcium from milk .
        so it’s pointless.

        • Mara

          I can’t believe that’s entirely true. I’m dairy-free and my calcium levels are borderline too high and have been for a while. When I used to drink milk in my earlier teens I had bad iron-deficiency anemia. You know that drinking milk inhibitis iron absorption? Basically there is a downside to every diet. You just have to try it out and see what works for you.

    • kuri

      It’s not proven that dairy cause osteoporosis, it’s only a possibility since osteoporosis is rare in countries where dairies are not part of the traditional diet. But that might be a coincidence.

  • serena

    Am I the only one who thinks she sounds kind of nuts? Imagine having nothing but soup for 10 days…I have soup for lunch maybe 3 times a week and that’s about as much soup as I can handle lol. It’s good to get some diversity in your diet.

    • HB

      And some bulk / roughage!

  • kbelle

    living on vegetable soup for 10 days would definitely make someone lose weight, she’d probably only be consuming like 600 calories a day. cray.

  • Sienna

    SOME gluten is fine, but overall, we as humans consume waaay too much gluten. Think about it: cereal in the morning, bread at lunch and pasta/rice in the evening?
    Most of these carbs have a high glycemic index too, which isn’t healthy, will make you gain weight and hold water (bloated feeling).
    Cutting out gluten completely would be impossible for me and unnecessary too (you need some carbs for energy), but you can eat better kinds of gluten.
    By example: oats with soy yoghurt and fruit in the morning, really dark bread with salad, veggies and chicken whites at lunch, and a non-red meat or tofu + veggies in the evening. And lots of fruit in between meals!
    I’ve been eating like this for 6 months now and my health has improved in many ways:
    – I don’t get as many colds anymore
    – My blood pressure isn’t dangerously low anymore (it was before)
    – I don’t have iron deficiency anymore
    – I have lost 15 pounds and have no trouble keeping it off
    – My hair looks healthier
    – I don’t have cellulite (I didn’t have much before but because of this diet, it’s completely gone)
    – I have more energy and don’t feel down as much anymore

    PS I still eat dark chocolate and peanut butter almost daily, and I eat pasta or rice a couple of times a week, so it’s not like I’m depriving myself immensely here.

  • Snip

    “Gluten-free” is just a PC way of saying LOW CARB. lol Make like you actually have celiac disease and you won’t face any retribution for not drinking milk or eating sugar or processed starches! It’s the socially terrified person’s dream diet, because they can actually tell people about it.

  • JessicaMarie

    I went paleo about 9 months ago and i never felt better. There is no need for gluten in your diet. Meats, veggies, fruits and almonds. It’s all about eating like a caveman! Would highly recommend it.

  • HB

    I think she looks great! She may have figured out a couple minor food allergies. More power to her. Although it seems like eating just soup for every meal for 10 days would drop more than 5 lbs. Granted she probably doesn’t have 5 to lose, but still.

  • Val

    I’m so confused by her article in Shape. She claims to eat gluten/dairy free, but talks about how deep dish pizza from Giordano’s is her “therapist, best friend, and boyfriend on Friday nights” and that she’ll never give up egg rolls. I’m curious where she finds gluten free eggrolls and it appears that Giordano’s only serves gluten free thin crust. When people pick and choose when to follow gluten free diets but are verbal about eating GF, it makes those of us who have to follow it look like we are trying to follow a trend.

  • Mew

    The gluten & dairy thing is pretty much BS unless there is a real allergy / intolerancy going on. And talking about getting rid of glutein would be a fast way to lose weight is utter crap, but it’s trendy crap these days.

    But of course one can lose weight by eating only small amount of pureed low calorie vegetables for days. That’s no news. It’s usually called an eating disorder.

  • this is whats wrong with america

    Thank you SHAPE magazine. I never knew that eating nothing but soup for ten days was a healthy lifestyle! …..

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