Why Gwyneth Paltrow Drank Only Goat Milk with Herbs for 8 Days
The celeb gets real about her favorite workouts, foods, beauty fixes, and more
There's a reason Gwyneth Paltrow's wellness website, Goop, does so well: She's perpetually radiating from the inside out. Even if you're not game to try the Goop detox diet or her wellness potion-style daily smoothie, you can't help but want to know the secret behind her healthy glow. Shape caught up with Paltrow to see what's been on the wellness guru's radar, from workouts to try and her latest adventurous cleanse, to her #realtalk feelings about the grays growing in.
The One Workout She Swears By
Gwyneth Paltrow: You know, I'm a total die-hard Tracy Anderson fan. Her method works so well for me. I've seen all these fads come and go, and nothing works for me the way that Tracy's approach does, so I really stick with it. She's amazing. (ICYMI, the two are total BFFs, and even launched a healthy take-out business together.)
Shape: Why do you think her method is so successful?
GP: A lot of people create their methods as business people, but Tracy's coming at it as an inventor, and someone who is obsessed with the human body and how to change it. Her mind is always calculating ratios of this and that, what glucose does to a muscle, and what happens when this hormone is running through your system. She's on another level.
I stream her whenever I can when I'm in New York, and when I'm in California, I try to go to her classes five days a week for an hour. But now I'm so busy with my company, that I only do it three or four times a week. When I started doing her method, I had 20 pounds to lose, and I had just had a baby, so I did it six days a week for a long time. I did it for so long it's in my DNA now.
Shape: What fitness trends do you have your eye on?
GP: The other boutique fitness class that I like a lot is The Class (Taryn Toomey). I do it once in a while. For me, it's more of an emotional release than a workout-though it is a hard workout.
Her Wellness Regimen Staples
Shape: What else is in your wellness routine?
GP: I definitely take supplements. The way the modern food system is, we're always depleted of nutrients, so I take a good multivitamin, and a fish oil, and then I have other herbs for various things. I also try to meditate, but I run out of time a lot. And I love to take an infrared sauna; it's really detoxifying. It's a real gift to myself. I haven't tried cryotherapy yet because I'm kind of scared to, but they say it's great for pain. Our diets are so full of inflammatory foods that I think we need to do increasingly extreme things to combat it. (This other super fit celeb is a huge fan of infrared too.)
The Kind-of-Crazy Cleanse She Just Tried
Shape: What about your diet?
GP: At Goop they call me "GP the guinea pig," because I'll try anything. I just tried a goat milk cleanse for eight days to rid my system of parasites. That was really interesting. It's only goat's milk and herbs. The theory is that we all have parasites, and they love the milk protein. So if you eat nothing else, they all come out of the intestinal wall and then you kill them with the herbs. I had to try it for Goop, but I felt so good after it. But usually, I just try to eat pretty clean during the day-good proteins and lots of vegetables and not too much grain or sugar, and nothing baked-and then I tend to eat whatever I want for dinner.
I cook every weekend, but during the week, it's hard because of my job. I have a bunch of chicken dishes and pasta go-tos, and I do a lot of stir-fry for the kids. I always keep cooked brown rice in the fridge. Then it takes two minutes to chop up some vegetables, make a nice sauce, and you're done. (BTW, Goop once tried the food stamp challenge-and you need to see the results.)
How She Stays So Damn Glowy
Shape: What are your beauty must-haves?
GP: I'm completely devoted to my Goop skincare line, which I swear by. I use my Instant Facial every single day, and it's changed my skin. I haven't done lasers, fillers, Botox, or anything. Oh, and I always wear our mascara, which is amazing. It's our best seller. I don't think people realize that with regular mascara, they're putting petroleum combustion byproducts on their eyes, but Juice's natural mascara uses plant-based ingredients instead. (BTW, Paltrow is the Creative Director of Makeup for Juice Beauty.)
I'm a very bare-faced person in my normal life, but if I'm going out at night, I'll put on a bit of makeup-at minimum, mascara and blush. At a certain point in my life, my mom said to me, "Now that you're over 40, you have to wear lipstick." So I was like, okay. And you know what? She was right! So now I wear lipstick too. My mom and I get lost without mouths.
Shape: And what about your hair?
GP: I stopped putting all the blonde in my hair, so now it's just highlights, which blend with the gray. It's totally gray at the roots, but I kind of love it.