Gwyneth’s Hunger Games

March 14, 2013 19:24:45 Posted at March 14, 2013 19:24:45
Maria Posted by Maria

(Lainey: as promised, there will be a lot of G on the site today. Previously we heard from Dean. Here’s Maria’s take on Gwyneth’s new cookbook.)

It’s a wonderful time for gossip when Gwyneth is promoting something because raging on her is practically a national pastime.

This time, it’s for her new cookbook, “It’s All Good.” The intro reads:
"Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across . . . seems to concur that (gluten) is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it. 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."

Some headlines:

Globe & Mail: How Gwyneth Paltrow's restrictive diet leaves her children hungry

US Weekly: Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Kids Avoid Carbs: Apple, Moses Are Often Hungry

Daily Mail: 'We're left with that specific hunger': Gwyneth Paltrow reveals she avoids giving her children carbohydrates

It’s no surprise that Gwyneth eats clean – look at her. And I appreciate the fact that she’s not “eating French fries” every day, like so many of them pretend to. And it’s funny that moms are railing on her the hardest, because in most families, the kids eat what the parents eat. Isn’t it a sign that she’s “just like us”?

No, because her kids are starving! Come on, do you think Apple and Moses are suffering? Hungry and chronic hunger are two different things. People are interpreting it as she doesn't feed her kids enough or "properly" because it is fun to criticise her (and she makes it so easy).

The comment strikes a nerve because grocery shopping and eating is a huge socioeconomic marker. Sad fact is, it’s cheaper to eat crap than healthy, not to mention the time and preparation that goes into cooking. Organic food is not cheap, and maybe making that trip to the hip bakery for vegan cupcakes isn’t a top priority in the budget. But because bad food has become synonymous with laziness, it’s a very quick and easy way to pass judgment. When Gwyneth graciously shows us her no gluten, no dairy, no sugar recipes, the implication is that she is more involved and evolved parent. It’s grating, it’s annoying – but is the message untrue? Or is it just the delivery we hate so much?

Her kids' hunger is a choice. Not a bad choice, but still... only Gwyneth could make hunger seem …snobby.

(For many people around the world, hunger is not a choice but a daily struggle: Play this super addictive word game and help the World Food Programme at the same time, check out http://freerice.com.)

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