Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 40, is a new woman thanks to her healthy eating habit. And she says the effects of eating a "clean diet" has also rubbed off on her children and husband, rocker Chris Martin.
Paltrow, who covers this month's SELF magazine, says making the switch to a low-carb, gluten-free, no sugar diet has done wonders for her life and marriage. She said her "clean diet" helped relieve her pent up "unexpressed anger" and gave her a more peaceful outlook on life.
"You feel lighter and your emotions get smoother," the It's All Good cookbook author says of her healthy diet. Adding that she often felt "run-down" before changing her eating habits, Paltrow says she "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."
The Oscar winner continues, "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, too, but he's up for the challenge."
According to Paltrow, it wasn't until "a couple of years ago" that she realized how much her diet affects her mental state. "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," she recalls. "My body was like, 'What is happening?'"
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