If Gwyneth Paltrow Is So Healthy, Why Are Her Kids So Hungry?

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it's all goodGwyneth Paltrow has a new cookbook coming out next month. Yay! It's called It's All Good, only it's not exactly about "it" being "all good." She probably should have called it "It's all good except for gluten, meat, eggs, dairy, and sugar." The book is full of recipes that conform to the elimination diet her doctor put her on. And what's good for Mama is good for the kids, too, right? Gwyn put the whole family on the diet -- yes, including her kids.

Well, good for her, feeding her kids healthy, wholesome foods. But did Gwyneth go too far with her kids' low-carb diet? She admits in her book, "Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread, or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs." That part made me cringe. Hungry kids? Oh no!

Maybe it's just because my kid has inherited his father's rapid metabolism, but when he says he feels hungry, I feel instant guilt. (Unless of course it's right after dinner because he dawdled and gabbed instead of eating, and then I just feel exasperated.) I think it's okay for small children to feel sad, mad, scared, confused, and tickled, but it's never okay for them to be hungry!

Not to mention, even if you're truly convinced that going gluten-free will FIX EVERYTHING WRONG, you can still get those carbs from other sources. Carbs are not evil! Not only that, kids really need them.

There are children here and around the world who don't have enough food to eat. It just seems ungrateful and a little OCD to have such a restrictive diet that your kids go around feeling hungry. And anyway, is it really the low carb thing that's making them hungry? We don't eat a lot of gluten in my family, either, but I make sure we fill up on other foods. Even if you're vegan, you can get enough carbs, fiber, and protein in those little bodies to satisfy. I wonder if the problem is more that they don't like the foods that come with that elimination diet.

Well, I guess they can just eat their parents' money. I'm pretty sure it's gluten free.

Sorry, that was such a cheap shot. But seriously. When rich people work themselves up into a frenzy with their food restrictions, I just can't take them seriously. Elimination diets may be the new prestige eating, but can we please leave kids out of it?

Do you think kids should ever be put on an elimination diet?


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handy... handy0318

The "specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs" is NOT hunger.  If one is eating healthy food one is not hungry. The "specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs" is generally sugar withdrawal. Totally different thing.

knitt... knittykitty99

I think Gwyneth has too much time on her hands.

poshkat poshkat

I agree wi handy. I am no Gwyneth paltro fan but I know this specific statement was taken out of context.

Hayley Luna Hollands

This post is blowing a small statement WAY out of proportion. Don't have anything better to write on than misinterpreting one sentence by Gwen? Yawn.

Aeris... AerisKate

And please don't just casually throw around the term "OCD."  That gets old. 

kelti... kelticmom

I have yet to understand why this site and it's writers hate Gwyneth so much.

Keran... Kerannmer

Oh, wait, she should feed her kids garbage because there are hungry kids all over the world? Nutrionally speaking, you're backwards.

amazz... amazzonia

Well said, I hate all the new trend of cool moms who eliminate everything. It's not healthy even if they think so a kid needs to eat everything, adults need to eat everything as well. One thing is to avoid processed foods, one thing is to eliminate food. Mediterranean diet is the only good one ant the best to follow, and includes carbs, lots of them 

older... oldermomat41

Handy, the kids should be over the sugar withdrawal by now so I have to agree with the author, any kind of hunger should be addressed most of the time ( I realize there are times when a kid refuses dinner and some parents let them go to bed without dinner, everyone has their own system) but I agree with everything the author had to say..even if Gwen's one statement was taken out of context. The fact that she is so strict will likely backfire. I had a friend in high school whose parents were kind of nutty like that, she would binge eat all the forbidden foods and I mean gorge. We had soda, ice cream, etc in the house. They were not staples but I never felt the need to sneak them or gorge because I was not restricted.No one is suggesting she let them eat whatever crap they want, but no need to swing to either extreme. Plenty of ways to eat healthy and not be hungry. 

laris... larissalarie

If a parent believes that a certain food or foods are bad for you, why would they leave their child out of the "diet"? Here Timmy, I think -insert food here- is terrible for you and I won't touch it, but here eat some!" I think most parents want the best for their children and if they eliminate certain foods from the diet, it's because they believe it's what's best for them.

Gwyneth is promoting a book. She wants people talking about her right now and a statement about hungry children is a good way to accomplish that. Unless she's not providing her children with any food, they won't chose starvation over having to eat what they are allowed to have. Kids get used to the food and cooking style in their home, while we might think the food is bland or weird, I'm sure they think nothing of it it's just normal food to them.

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