All of us want to be happier and healthier, but there’s so much conflicting information out there that doing the ‘right’ thing to stay healthy and have a toxin-free home can seem like a mine field.
In recent years, there has been a lot of press around toxic chemicals lurking in everything from our food, to our beauty and cleaning products, but lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow advises to simply be aware of the toxins around us — and to try to cut them out one at a time whenever and wherever you can:
“It can be one thing at a time,” the mother-of-two says. “I just ordered a new standing desk like a complete nerd because there’s so much research now about how carcinogenic sitting is. But, there are so many chemicals in mascara, so maybe it’s buying a clean [formula]. Or, maybe it’s removing fragrant laundry products that are full of chemicals.”
The Goop founder underlines that you don’t need to go crazy and re-work your entire lifestyle in one go, and that for her, being healthier still allows for drinking alcohol and eating fries:
“People think, ‘Ugh, if I do this, I have to throw everything away,’ but it’s really just about saying, ‘I am willing to experiment in this area’ and going easy on yourself,” Gwyneth says. “I drink alcohol and eat french fries. But I’m also motivated to make good changes that are sustainable, even if they’re small, like remembering to drink more water.”
Gwyneth explains that what motivates her to make healthy choices is how much better she looks and feels when she does: “The more true you are to yourself, the more beautiful you are,” she says. “And I think that goes hand in hand with making small choices. And after [doing that] you start to feel a little bit better and you get more motivated to keep going.”
The star readily admits that when she was younger she had “a laissez-faire attitude” to her health, and it wasn’t until her father Bruce was diagnosed with throat cancer, and died in 2002, that she decided to make some changes:
“When my father was diagnosed, I started frantically throwing things out,” she remembers. “I went through a really fanatical phase of being macrobiotic, and obviously it was motivated by pain. I think that was the hardest and most misguided part … was the idea that I had to go all or nothing. But it’s not about that.”
Now, Gwyneth insists that balance is her mantra and that word was also the driving force behind her new tome, Goop Clean Beauty, which is a guide from the editors of the Goop website that includes their non-toxic product recommendations, detox recipes, workout plans, and favourite hair and make-up looks in one handy reference book.
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