On what she actually eats:
“[There’s] a lot of misinformation about what I actually eat. I don’t believe you should rule out any kind of food. I believe in enjoying life. I’m not a good dieter and since I’ve had kids, I have loosened up a lot. My favorite ‘bad food’? French fries. I would eat them at every meal if I could.”
On allowing her kids occasional treats:
“You can’t tell them, ‘No Coke, no cake.’ It is not realistic. Their favorite foods are pasta and french fries. It’s about trying to augment that with something healthy.”
… says Gwyneth.
On living a healthy life:
I think it’s really important to be happy, and I think women get happy by being authentic. But I also believe in exercise, eating well, drinking lots of water, sex, sleeping and being around people who make you feel good. And I think that glow that you get in life comes from a combination of all those things.
… says Gwyneth.
On how people think she is much more strict with her diet than she actually is:
“We are a pretty balanced house. I mean, kids eat sugar. That’s how it goes. So we have organic snacks and we have Oreos, too, so… I think there’s a lot of misinformation about what I actually eat. I really don’t have any rules. I really believe in delicious food and enjoying life and not saying no to anything. But at the same time, you know, I think it’s important to understand what good nutrition does and make sure you maintain a balance. For me the big things are really processed food and foods that have tons of chemicals and pesticides. I try to stay away from that, but I love French fries and cheese and martinis and all that kind of thing.”
… says Gwyneth.
On Tracy’s best advice to her:
“When I started, I was doing it six days a week because I was trying to get in shape for Iron Man. I remember there was a certain point when I felt like I was going to cry. I just physically and mentally couldn’t do it anymore. It was too hard for me. You said to me, ‘Don’t even think of it like that. It’s not an option. It’s like brushing your teeth. You get up and do it.’ I had such a powerful shift that day. You showed me how to take the option out of it and make it something you do for self care as a woman who wants to feel good in her body and feel healthy and feel strong. That was a really inspirational thing that you said to me that has really helped me and that I share with other people.”
On how Tracy inspires her:
“You look like some kind of swimsuit model, but you’re really a scientist. That’s how I see the Tracy Anderson lifestyle. [You know the regimen,] the food combinations, and the best exercise clothes, but you also have such great style. All of that will be available at the new East Hampton studio.”
… says Gwyneth in Hamptons Magazine, where she shares the cover with her BFF Tracey Anderson.
On her daily routine:
“My routine is the same every weekday. I drop my kids at school. I do an hour of dance cardio, then I go to work. For lunch I usually have a big salad with grilled chicken, and then for dinner I’ll have whatever I want. Most nights I eat with the kids, like, a stir-fry of chicken and broccoli or pasta or roast chicken and potatoes.”
On loving herself:
“I believe, as cheesy as it sounds, in exercise, laughing, having sex, being yourself. I feel way more comfortable in a bathing suit now than I did 20 years ago!”
On eating everything:
“My food philosophy is: Nothing should be ruled out. I don’t believe in saying, ‘You’re not allowed that.’ If my kids want a Shirley Temple with the radioactive cherry in it, go for it, you know?”
… says Gwyneth in Women’s Health Magazine.
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