For example, Paltrow, 42, isn’t one of those health nuts who will deny herself – or her kids – a good eat in the name of a strictly nutritious diet.
“My food philosophy is ‘Nothing should be ruled out,’ ” she tells the magazine. “I don’t believe in saying, ‘You’re not allowed that.’ If my kids want a Shirley Temple with the radioactive cherry in it, go for it, you know?”
That philosophy means Paltrow starts most mornings with a coffee with half-and-half – “Me with no coffee is not a good look,” she says – followed by “a smoothie after I work out. For lunch I usually have a big salad with grilled chicken.”
And when it comes to dinner, Paltrow says the rule is “whatever I want.”
“Most nights I eat with the kids, like, a stir-fry of chicken and broccoli or pasta or roast chicken and potatoes,” she says.
She explains that she’s similarly laid-back about her beauty regimen. “I believe, as cheesy as it sounds, in exercise, laughing, having sex, being yourself,” says Paltrow, who is dating producer Brad Falchuk after consciously uncoupling from husband Chris Martin in March 2014. “I’m not like, ‘Then I use this masque that I make on my stove.'”
She does an hour of dance cardio every morning before work and says she feels “more comfortable in a bathing suit now than I did 20 years ago.”
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She defended her lifestyle website GOOP.
“It’s not hippie-ish,” she says. “I think Goop has become synonymous with detox because we’re interested in ways to be healthy. It’s dealing with the reality that we live in a really toxic world.”
The new issue of Women’s Health hits newsstands May 26.