One of the biggest names in the wellness world, Gwyneth Paltrow turns 50 on September 27, and she looks as young as ever, thanks in part to her daily health practices. (Of course, some are a bit unconventional and potentially dangerous). In fact, Brad Pitt just announced that his detailed skin care routine is thanks to Paltrow, his ex-fiancée and dear friend.
With health and wellness in mind, in 2008 the actor and entrepreneur started Goop, a lifestyle brand that brings people everything from articles, podcasts, TV series, to in both online and physical stores where you can buy many of the team’s products aims to support your health. This empire has helped many people pursue their own health journeys, but Paltrow has also experienced major backlash for things like making her products inaccessible to the average person’s income, as well as promoting a harmful diet.
Regardless of the push she and her company have received, Paltrow seems to be entering her 50s with an appreciation for aging and taking care of her body as best she can.
In a recent Goop article about her 50th birthday, Paltrow says, “It’s important to have some grace around your aging body, to be forgiving,” she says. “Okay, well, maybe my skin or my muscle won’t be back here like it used to be, and that’s okay. You have to recalibrate.”
With this added appreciation of her aging body, she notes that she is grateful for the health choices she has made over the previous decades. “I actually feel pretty good about turning 50,” she tells Goop. “I feel very blessed to have my health (knock on wood) and strength in my body. I feel like a lot of the decisions I made in my late 20s, 30s and 40s are paying dividends now.”
With the star looking and feeling amazing at 50, it’s no wonder Paltrow’s fans are wondering what “decisions” she’s glad the star made in the years leading up to this milestone birthday
One of the eating habits that Paltrow has been consistent with lately, and one that she’s used to help reduce inflammation in her body, is eating clean (for the most part).
Another aspect of aging that Paltrow noted in the Goop piece is how much it has motivated her to take care of specific aspects of her health.
“I notice that the older I get, the more drawn I am to monitoring my health, doing blood tests and collecting data on inflammation levels, blood sugar levels, sleep, vitamins, etc.” , he says “Your body recovers a little less quickly from excess—staying healthy takes a little more intentionality.”
Paltrow notes that a clean diet is what has helped her focus on these aspects of health in a closer way. She tells Goop, “I keep a very clean diet. Last year I cut back on alcohol and focused on reducing inflammation. What has turned out to be the best for me is [the] paleo [diet], so I’m grain free, sugar free, eating lots of veggies and clean protein. Lots of fish, lots of olive oil.”
The important thing to note here is that Paltrow’s diet is what works for her, which she even admits in the article. This way of eating, especially since paleo is quite strict, is not for everyone. If you’re curious about implementing some of these habits into your daily life, you may want to talk to your doctor or a dietitian first.
Some of Paltrow’s eating habits also seem to resemble the practices of people in the Blue Zones, which are regions of the world with the highest concentrations of centenarians. These regions focus on sources of healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, low consumption of meat and added sugar, and whole grains.
Paltrow is familiar with these blue zones and says she tries to pick up their habits whenever she can. “we are [she and her husband] always getting some exercise, even if it’s just a nice long walk, trying to follow the patterns that people in the Blue Zones do: spending time with people we love and continuing to nurture our own relationship.“
With these inflammation-fighting eating habits, it’s no wonder Paltrow is turning 50 looking as healthy and happy as ever!