Eat yourself sexy like Gwyneth Paltrow: how to make your diet work for you!

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a boring, dreary experience and it shouldn’t be a short term effort either.

“I’m going on a diet” means that it’s not permanent, except we’re always after permanent results. Doesn’t really make sense does it?


The latest in Hollywood gossip is that Gwyneth Paltrow has been ‘depriving’ her children of ‘healthy grains’… oh dear, what a naughty irresponsible Mom she has been.

Hollywood pediatrician, Dr. Robert Hamilton was quoted to say, “I feel it’s unnecessary really, all around the world, the foundation of people’s diets are carbohydrates and sugar.”

Um, yes, quite the observation Doctor. And all around the world people are becoming fatter and unhealthier by the day.

Gwyn’s story:

In 2011, after a particularly grueling schedule and lapse of overindulgence, Gwyn was feeling fatigued and faint. A visit to her doctor revealed that she was anemic, vitamin D deficient, and that her stress levels were sky high.

He prescribed an elimination diet to clear out her system and help her body heal. But this meant no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all!

An avid foodie, Gwyneth was concerned that so many restrictions would make mealtime boring, so she compiled a collection of 185 delicious, easy recipes that followed her doctor’s guidelines.

And it worked! After changing her diet, she healed totally, felt more energetic and looked great.

Gwyn’s story reminds me somewhat of my own personal health journey:

In early 2013 I had hit rock bottom in terms of how I felt about my body and my health. I was putting on more and more weight year after year, and my energy levels were steadily decreasing. The more I tried to exercize, the more tired I became.

And then to make matters worse, I spotted a grey hair. I started to believe that when you hit 30, life really does throw you a curveball…

And then thankfully, I discovered the Primal Lifestyle and everything changed.

However, like Gwyneth, I found certain elements of the Primal way of eating very boring, so I started to experiment and spice it up a bit by adding my own style. I think this is very important when embarking on a long term eating plan or ‘diet’.

If your diet is not enjoyable, you are not going to stick to it!
(it’s a tweetable!)

For example, I luuuurve honey and I luuuurve fruit. The Primal diet suggests limiting these two things to a very high degree – they say 1-3 portions of fruit per day and a little honey here and there, if any at all.

I admit I abided by this rule for my first 90 days while I was trying to get my body to lose weight quickly, and it definitely worked, but once I felt healthier, stronger and leaner, I started to expirement by re-introducing certain foods here and there to see how my body would react.

There is just no ways I can be on a diet that limits fruit. I love fruit. It makes me feel healthy and my body craves it.

I have a teeny drop of honey in every cup of tea and I love it.

I also stick to the 80/20 rule – I eat Primal for 80% of the time, maybe even 90%, but if I feel like indulging with a couple slices of pizza here and there, I do and guess what… I don’t get fat.

If I eat an entire pizza – yes, my tummy will suffer, so if I really feel like an entire pizza, then I have to go to the extra effort to make a cauliflower or almond flour base pizza, but honestly, after 2 pieces of regular pizza – your new Primal body will tell you that you’ve had enough and you’ll feel like you just ate a whole pizza anyway.

So my advice when going on any diet, is to make it work for you. You shouldn’t be feeling like you’re missing out on life just to lose a few kilo’s.

Rather embark on a lifestyle change that works for you and allows you to add some of your own personal style to make it your own. For more ideas you can check out these 16 easy primal ingredient swaps.

I’d love to hear from you – how has ‘being on a diet’ made you feel in the past? Let me know in the comments area below.

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2 Responses to Eat yourself sexy like Gwyneth Paltrow: how to make your diet work for you!

  1. Jill Bok March 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Hello Shannon, it’s been great reading how your new lifesyle and approach to food has improved your life and well-being. We’ve been following the Banting/Tim Noakes way of eating since early January this year and to date I’ve lost 7.2kg and have never felt better. Once I’d made up my mind and bought a digital scale it really has been easy. I’m planning on another 1.5 – 2.0 kg weight loss and know that the high fat, low carb way of eating is now an established way of life! I also love fruit and have had an extra portion or two per day! Your blog is certainly an inspiration, so keep posting! All the best, JIll

    • Shannon March 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      Thanks so much Jill, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Congratulations on the weight loss and thanks for sharing your results with us.

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