Hello dear reader, how are you this fine (cold, rainy, winter) morning? I’m finally (finally) healthy and energetic and ready to start blogging again. I mean, it’s only been a little while, right?
(3 months. It’s been 3 months.)
For my (not so grand) return, I’ve decided to go back to basics and review a cookbook. Not any cookbook, though, these two weeks I’m tackling…
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook? Seriously Sara?
At this point, everyone has heard of Gwyneth Paltrow and her eccentricities (and mocked her relentlessly for them). From the crystal vagina plugs to the health stickers, it seems like everything that comes out of her lifestyle company Goop is a little… Weird and expensive and pointless. Which has lead people to see Paltrow herself as weird and expensive and pointless and, worst of all, out of touch.
Why am I reviewing a book of hers then? (A cookbook, of all things.) Well, because when I was struggling with my third strain of flu of the winter I remembered a book synopsis I had come across a while back.
“Last spring, after a particularly grueling schedule and lapse of overindulgence, Gwyneth Paltrow 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, Paltrow was concerned that so many restrictions would make mealtime boring, so, together with Julia Turshen, she compiled a collection of 185 delicious, easy recipes that followed her doctor’s guidelines. And it worked! After changing her diet, Paltrow healed totally, felt more energetic and looked great. Now, in IT’S ALL GOOD, she shares the go-to dishes that have become the baseline for the restorative diet she turns to whenever she feels she needs it.”
My first thought was “Wait, what? Gwyneth Paltrow eats? Like food? Seriously?”
My second thought was “Oh shoot, that’s me. That’s how I feel.”
It’s been a while since I’ve connected with a book blurb so intensely; I have a chronic vitamin D deficiency and have spent the past few months feeling drained and tired and unable to do much of anything. Could better food make me feel better? Maybe!
So I hopped up to amazon and ordered the book tout de suite. Now, book in hand and spirits up high, I’m gonna cook my heart out once again!
Do I intend to take Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook as gospel?
(Even as I’m writing this post, I can hear people screaming “DON’T TAKE ADVICE FROM GOOP SARA, STOP.” To those people I say: chill, I’m just gonna cook some food.)
Short answer: no.
Long answer: of course not. As the book itself states, doctors and nutritionists should always be your first stop in your search for health and wellness. (I have both, and this horrid winter aside, their advice works out pretty well for me.)
Gwyneth Paltrow and her co-writer Julia Turshen aren’t specialists, they’re an actress and a chef who wrote a book about what works for them food wise. So my quest the next couple of weeks will be to see if what works for them can work for me, but their opinions won’t be the be-all and end-all of my life.
It’s All Good Index
A quick perusal through the It’s All Good cookbook shows that while Gwyneth may have done a strict elimination diet, this book does not. Instead, it looks like “healthy” food of all types.
Besides the expected salads and vegetables, the book includes recipes with birds, some meat, fish, grains, and even sweets. I’m going to try to sample a bit of everything to figure out what’s doable and what’s delicious (or edible, I’ll take edible in certain categories).
Two Weeks Of: It’s All Good begins now!
To follow the spirit of the thing, I think I’m gonna start with quinoa! (I’ve never even seen quinoa in person, so we’re gonna start with a bang!)
See you in a bit!