Gwyneth Paltrow and avoiding carbs for kids - what do you think?

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JaneGMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Mar-13 13:49:10

Hi,

You may have read news stories today about Gwynneth Paltrow avoiding carbs for the whole family, including her children aged eight and six:

"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."

We'd be interested to hear what you think about this story.

Does your own diet influence the way you feed your children?

Thanks,

MNHQ

reallyyummymummy Wed 13-Mar-13 14:59:12

They could both do with eating more carbs and protein. Their mentality is the sort of mentality that comes from spending too much time on a diet (and also not having enough to do with their time but write crap articles about them).

snoworneahva Wed 13-Mar-13 15:04:52

Not sure what her approach is because it's so hard to get to the truth without reading the book....but if it's avoiding refined carbs and wheat based products then i think it's a healthy approach for kids and adults.

Kazooblue Wed 13-Mar-13 15:10:19

Sorry couldn't get past the joyless list of things her diet is free from in that link.

motherinferior Wed 13-Mar-13 15:10:22

I agree with Ariel.

motherinferior Wed 13-Mar-13 15:12:13

This 'avoid wheat' mantra is utterly bonkers. Yes, some people do have genuine problems with wheat. Most of us don't. Wheat is fine.

Mind you I am a journalist and - gasp - specialise in writing about health, so what do I know...

Her kids are going to rebel and only eat junk food from about 14 onwards. We'll see how smug she is then.

To answer the question in the OP: of course my diet influences the rest of the family. But the kids' (and H's) preferences also influence was I eat/cook.

SisterMonicaJoan Wed 13-Mar-13 15:21:19
SisterMonicaJoan Wed 13-Mar-13 15:27:56

Got distracted by DS so just quickly posted the above link...

I think if her diet has potentially affected her health then she should be even more determind to provide a balanced, healthy diet for her children which means involving all the food groups.

My diet wasn't the best before I had DS but I adopted a healthy diet when he came along because I didn't want to pass my hang ups onto him. He eats healthily so a few sweets here and there are not big deal.

Thanks chic that looks a lot like my shopping list (plus coffee. I drink a lot of coffee) smile

I think one of the reasons I am not strict with it for DS is that I want him to appreciate health-giving foods rather than feeling it is joyless and limiting. I try to encourage sweet potato and casseroles over pasta and pies though.

Tailtwister Wed 13-Mar-13 15:44:15

Sounds fine to me. Not terribly interested in what feeds her kids though, far more interested in what I feed my own.

AmberSocks Wed 13-Mar-13 15:56:34

i like her,and avoiding the food she mentioned isnt avoiding carbs,you can get enough carbs from fruit ad veg if you want or need to.

BIWI Wed 13-Mar-13 15:59:14

If they really were following a low carb diet then they wouldn't be hungry, as that WOE suppresses the appetite.

Greythorne Wed 13-Mar-13 15:59:31

She seems to regularly fall into the over privileged person's trap of thinking, "if a little of something is good for me, a lot of it will be very good for me."

ChicHeroine Wed 13-Mar-13 16:10:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

enormouse Wed 13-Mar-13 16:12:21

As an aside, didn't Gwyneth do the blood group diet too? I vaguely remember reading that in a magazine.

Oblomov Wed 13-Mar-13 16:16:27

I think it's wrong to avoid any foods. Why enourage a child to avoid a food group.
Such a bad example to set. So very very wrong.

duchesse Wed 13-Mar-13 16:20:07

<wonders idly if GP is a mumsnetter>

duchesse Wed 13-Mar-13 16:22:10

There is really no nutritional need to make white food the mainstay of any meal. We'd all fare a lot better if we ate mostly vegetables and fish/meat, with limited amounts of whole grains (and not just wheat). Of course affordability is another matter, but there are many kinds of cheap vegetable. I agree with Gwyneth.

multitaskmama Wed 13-Mar-13 16:24:21

At first I thought she was barking mad. Then I thought about it a bit more and thought she is actually better than the mums who let their kids eat too many processed carbs, fast foods and junk. It's only because she is a celebrity, there is the discussion, otherwise no one would care.
If her kids do crave carbs, I'm sure they'll get them from somewhere if she keeps restricting them. I don't envy her diet smile but having said that she is much slimmer than me envy. Their her kids and I guess she can tell for so long before they start making their own minds up!

multitaskmama Wed 13-Mar-13 16:25:13

They're NOT their

duchesse Wed 13-Mar-13 16:31:03

<wonders what MN would make of this family if they think no eating white food is bad>

gimmeanaxe Wed 13-Mar-13 16:34:02

I bet dinner parties round her house are a laugh-a-minute grin. They probably all discuss poo and seaweed and the latest fad.
Her kids probably go sugar bonkers once out from under her thumb wink

surley using that much peroxide isnt good for you either?

maybe shes not worried abou that though

motherinferior Wed 13-Mar-13 16:40:07

This thread is prompting me to go and eat cake.

SirEdmundFrillary Wed 13-Mar-13 16:46:46

Quite, mother. Should we not all be trying to die younger, given we'll be left gasping for water in a pile of poo? Actresses, rich people and royals excepted. The least we can do is get out as soon as we can.

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