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Gwyneth Paltrow opens up about the diet that keeps her healthy

Whenever I read articles about Gwyneth Paltrow anymore, the only thing people can seem to talk about is what she’s eating or not eating, and what she’s feeding or not feeding her children. Honestly, who the hell cares what she eats and what she chooses to feed her kids. In the new issue of SELF Magazine, she talks again – at length about her diet, and believe it or not she actually follows her HIGHLY restrictive diet about three weeks a year, and that’s it. She claims her – “no dairy, sugar, gluten” diet was prescribed to her by a doctor.

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Why Gwyneth changed her diet: “A couple of years ago, I got really run down. I had to sing at awards shows, which was fun but stressful. I’d have a Guinness and a beta-blocker every time. I also was constantly getting on airplanes, trying to knock myself out with sleeping pills and wine, waking up, trying to sweat it out with exercise and a steam, and then working really hard all day. Eventually, I had a panic attack. My body was like, ‘What is happening?’ My doctor, Alejandro Junger, recommended that I cut out basically everything: dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed. I was like, “What the f— am I going to eat now?” That’s why I made the book: to stop eating brown rice out of the fridge because I didn’t know what else to eat–it was demoralizing.”

When she adheres to the diet: “I probably eat this way two or three times a year for three weeks at a time. Past that, I’m not willing to make the sacrifice. Life is about balance. It’s good to work in healthy food, whether it’s five days a week or five meals a week. And if you’re going to do it, it should be awesome food you’re psyched to make. But never cut out the brownies or the wine.”

How she feels on the diet: “You feel lighter and your emotions get smoother. I also was run-down because I had a lot of unexpressed anger. I made everyone else’s feelings more important than my own. I’d suck it up and then be alone in my car yelling at traffic or fighting with hangers in my closet when they got stuck together. You’re not learning anything unless you’re having the difficult conversations. Dealing with things directly changed my relationships. Sometimes when you get clear about who you are, others get less comfortable because they liked who you were. It’s changed my marriage [to Chris Martin, 36], too, but he’s up for the challenge.”

Her biggest stress: “When I’m supposed to be in two places at once. I try to avoid finding myself in that scenario.”

Blowing off steam: “I watch Homeland or New Girl. I also like to have martinis with my girlfriends. I feel a sisterhood emerging around me. I’m less threatening now that I’m 40 and not 26-with-an-Oscar. There’s a sense of love and support. I feel really lucky.”

She calls girlfriends for advice: “Always. “I have a guy coming for dinner. What should I make?” or “My mother really upset me. How should I approach it?” They know I’ve been through a lot of pain and suffering—some public, some private—and I keep going. Or maybe it’s just that I was the first one who could afford therapy!

Turning 40: “[My 30s] were happy. I came into my womanhood, had my kids. My 20s were a lot of work, and I had no big-picture sense of who I was, where I was going or the point of it all.”

The point of it all: “Finding your truth. Be honest about what you feel and don’t be afraid to articulate it. “To thine own self be true.” It’s not a platitude. It’s the key to life.

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I actually really like Gwyneth, but I do get awfully tired of listening to her endless holier than thou complex. She doesn’t come across very well in interviews, and maybe this is just what she’s really like. Can you imagine being friends with someone like her? Aye aye aye!

SELF Magazine Got The Beauty Scoop: 14 Looks Guys Love (or Hate)!

It’s time to freshen up your look for spring, but before you book an appointment with your colorist for ombre hair, check out these uncensored thoughts from SELF’s “manel” (as in: man panel). Yup, SELF beauty editors took a different approach this month and asked men to mouth off on the biggest beauty trends of the year. From bangs, nailcolor, glossy lips and more, see how guys react and use their thoughts to help guide you to your next look.

You can check out more on this article and other great features at Self.com

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Easy DIY Beauty Gifts from Self Magazine!

Gifts by you = more love, less spending!
How long is your ‘nice’ list this year? We bet you’re all for showing your friends and family how much you love them around the holidays, but who really has the money for that? Specially for the beauty product junkie on your list, simply whip up these at-home treatments for fruity lip-gloss, candy cane bath salts and more. Grab a bowl and mix ‘em together with basic ingredients that are most likely in your home right now.

Check out these great DIY recipes and more great holiday ideas at www.self.com 

 

SELF Magazine DIY Holiday Beauty

Pom Lip Gloss
We seriously had to resist eating this fruity gloss, and the crimson tint lasts longer than some store-bought stains. The perfect gift for cubemates.

• 1/2 cup petroleum jelly
• 1 scoop or 2 packets Natural Cherry Pomegranate Crystal Light
• 3 or 4 small jars or tins with lids

Mix petroleum jelly and Crystal Light in a bowl, adding 1 tsp water a few drops at a time, until gloss turns berry red. Use a spatula to smooth the formula into jars.

 

Candy Cane Bath Salts
Win over his mom with this sweet calorie-free treat.• 2 cups Epsom salts
• 1 cup sea salt
• 4 or 5 drops peppermint essential oil
• 4 or 5 drops red food coloring
• 1 apothecary jarIn a bowl, combine salts and oil. Spoon out half into another bowl; stir in food coloring until salt turns red. (Don’t worry, it won’t dye skin or tub.) Scoop a layer of white salt into jar. Smooth along the diagonal, then repeat with red salt until jar is full and looks like a candy cane. Tie on a scoop—you’ll use about 1/4 cup per bath—with a ribbon, if desired.

Peppermint Foot Scrub
For the stiletto addict on your list. Both salicylic acid (in the berries) and sugar exfoliate; oils soften; peppermint stimulates—like caffeine for feet!

• 4 strawberries
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 8 drops peppermint essential oil
• 1 decorative jar

Make this the night before gifting it—it’s perishable after 2 weeks because of the fresh fruit. In a bowl, puree or mash berries, then add sugar and olive and vegetable oils. Mix until well blended. Add peppermint oil 2 drops at a time until scrub smells minty. Spoon into jar, then stash in the fridge. Write the expiration date on a card.

Vanilla-Clove Body-Oil Spray
Turn single pals into man magnets with this prezzie: Vanilla stirs up feelings of intimacy, experts say. And the oil makes skin silky.

• 1/2 cup walnut, almond or jojoba oil
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 drops clove oil
• 1 small spray bottle

It doesn’t get easier than this: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and you’re ready to mist.

 

Recipes developed by Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty


Victoria Justice Exclusive Beauty Feature & Tips- Self Magazine.

Victoria Justice Exclusive Beauty Feature & Tips – SELF Mag‏

SELF’s July Music Issue is packed with celebs – including Victoria Justice, pop singer and star of Victorious, who gives her best beauty tricks for a natural, effortlessly chic look.

 Lighten Up Your Look

  • “Don’t be afraid to play up your natural beauty. Natural is always such a chic look. Plus, it is so great to let your skin breathe.”
  • “It’s best to look like yourself. Play up your best features. If you have great eyes, then accentuate those. Or if you like your lips most, then use a great, bold lip color.”
  • “When I don’t look my best, I detox with raw foods and lots of water. It makes me feel better.”
  • “If I have no time to touch up, I get a natural glow by pinching my cheeks 10 times really hard. Well, not so hard that I bruise.”
  • “I don’t want to have to change my nailcolor whenever I put on a new outfit. I usually choose nude, because it matches whatever I wear.”
  • “I wash off my makeup every night before bed. It’s my number-one rule for good skin.”
  • “Guys like natural beauty. I get it. So find ways to make them think you are! My thing is lip stain. It stays put so you don’t have to constantly reapply.”
  • “I swirl a wet eyeliner brush in brown shadow, then swipe it along my lash line and a little past the corner for an easy cat eye.”
  • “I’m only 19, so I’m not super concerned about aging. But my mom didn’t drink, smoke or tan while growing up, and she looks great. I’m following her plan.”

Check out more of Victoria’s tips and favorite products at Self.com