6 Celebrities Thriving on Paleo and Low Carb Diets
An eating philosophy that has built great momentum in the western world is the low carbohydrate concept and many celebrities have planted themselves firmly on this path.
The moment research pointed towards processed carbohydrates as the culprits behind obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle disorders, the momentum of healthy eating quickly swung away from grains and headed directly into the path of whole food, low carbohydrate diets. Under this umbrella, you will find Paleo, Atkins, Banting and everything else in between. The one point that links these systems is the exclusion of processed foods and grain, and encouragement to move back to locally produced, organic vegetables and animal products.
Gwyneth has always been aware of her eating habits, spending many years exploring macrobiotic and vegan eating styles. Her passion for health, led her to develop her lifestyle website GOOP. After experiencing adrenal stress and anaemia a few years ago, Paltrow’s doctor advised her to overhaul her diet by cutting out sugar, dairy, wheat, corn, soy, coffee and alcohol for a few weeks. Her anaemia cleared up and she felt great. This catalysed her new Paleo-inspired recipe book It’s All Good. Today she eats a lot of vegetables, salad and white meat.
“My philosophy is eat good, fresh food that is totally delicious. It has to taste great and be fulfilling to all of the senses. We know so much now about how inextricably linked our food is to our overall health. The bottom line is, our bodies have a hard time with anything processed. I know from my own research that the more whole the diet, the better I feel.”
Gwyneth feels her body is looking better at 42 than it did in her twenties.
Like many women, Alanis has been through deep strife in relation to the reality of food. After healing herself from an eating disorder, she has now found a balance point between the different healthy eating styles she has explored over the years.
“These days, the best descriptor I can give myself is to say that I am a nutritarian. The nutritarian diet is a way of eating that bases food choices on taking in the maximum micronutrients per calorie. I am obsessed with high-nutrient foods and how food, in general, can chemically change your biology, brain, moods, sleep, level of vitality, allergies … and how it can alter any predisposition to disease. That we have this preventative medical power in our hands and our salad spoons is so empowering. At the end of the day, I am a smoothie girl. And depending upon where I am in my cycle, sometimes I do eat meat—grass-fed and organic, or salmon.”
Being a self-confessed carb addict, Biel made 180 degree turn after giving birth to her first baby in April 2015. She decided to dive into the Paleo lifestyle to help shift her baby-weight.
“Eating Paleo just leans you down and slims you up and takes that little layer of fat and water-weight right off your body. I do a lot of cooking at home using fresh fish or lean meat like chicken and vegetables. I eat well. I don’t like the word ‘diet’. Fermented veggies and probiotics are also great for my skin and digestion. You can also buy shredded fermented vegetables at a health-food store and sprinkle them over a salad or even eggs in the morning.”
After the birth of her second son, Milano struggled cut sugar and carbs to lose the baby-weight and later discovered the Atkins diet app, which for a mother of two, she found to be a lifesaver. Milano is happy with the high protein and good fats, even though she doesn’t eat red meat.
“I needed something to help me and cutting carbs is the only way that I could do it. Plus I feel better, I’m healthier, my energy is so up, I don’t deal with those sugar highs and lows.”
At home, McConaughey and wife Camila do their own cooking, often with fresh ingredients from their backyard garden. They like to eat as healthy as possible without being obsessive. They avoid processed foods and grains wherever possible. McConaughey enjoys a diversity of salads along with grilled fish and chicken. During his preparation for the movie Dallas Buyers Club he discovered the delicious tasting tapioca pudding.
He admits that his acting carrier fuels his motivation to stay in shape, “…I have a job where I like to look good and be as healthy as possible.”
After many years of being vegan, Hathaway abandoned her beans and tofu during the physically intensive filming of Interstellar. She was feeling increasingly fatigued and one day realised she needed some animal protein. After eating a piece of fresh fish the difference in her energy levels was noticeable overnight. “I just didn’t feel good or healthy,” she says, “not strong.” The next day she “just felt better.” She adds: “I am eating lots of greens, a lot of grilled chicken, salad and some fruits.”