Gwyneth-paltorw-cookbook.jpgForty-year-old Academy-Award winning actress, Gwyneth Paltrow’s youthful appearance has been a source of awe among her fans for years now. An icon of style and trends, she shares many good-living tips via her blog, While Paltrow has been praised for the kind of good taste touted on her site, she’s likewise been ridiculed for being particularly out-of-touch with reality; for example, her recent must-have list topped out at $450,000. Well, she has recently branched out with a batch of fresh recipes in a new cookbook titled It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. Paltrow has always been passionate about cooking, which she attributes to the influence her father, Bruce Paltrow, and has authored other cookbooks including My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness, and Notes from My Kitchen Table. What makes this latest cookbook different from the others? This one includes go-to, easy-to-make foods she personally eats when wanting to lose weight, look her best, and feel more energetic.

After a particularly grueling schedule last spring during which she overindulged on items such as French fries and wine to the point of feeling fatigued, faint, and even suffered a migraine that she feared might be a stroke, she visited a doctor. Tests revealed she was anemic, vitamin D deficient, and her stress levels were high, so the doctor prescribed an elimination diet to help her body get back on track. That meant, in Paltrow’s own words, “no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deepwater fish, no potatoes, no tomatoes, no bell pepper, no eggplant, no corn, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all.”

Concerned her meals would be boring, she got together with Julia Turshen, and compiled a collection of recipes that followed her doctor’s guidelines. The goal was to create recipes that were both delicious and easy to make. After committing to her new diet, Gwyneth noticed she indeed felt more energetic and was looking great (not too hard to imagine!). Wanting to share her health and beauty secrets with fans, Gwyneth released the cookbook to include the recipes she herself eats especially when she needs to restore her health.

Reviews for the book are mostly positive with many applauding Paltrow for encouraging healthy proteins, veggies, and sharing tips to maintain a light and healthy weight. On the other hand, quite a few reviewers have criticized her for having the nerve to feature recipes like “Hard-boiled egg” and “Popcorn.” Some reviewers have been puzzled as to why she includes recipes containing soy and eggs, for example, when the premise of her book is to abstain from such food items. And adding fuel to the fire is the fact that roughly 25% of the photos contained in the cookbook are of Gwyneth herself.

But one thing remains: Gwyneth does look fantastic, and she’s sharing her beauty and health secrets. What do you think of elimination diets such as these? Have you ever tried one, and if so, did it make a difference in your energy or appearance? And did it make a difference in your acting career?