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Chances Are You Can't Afford To Eat Like Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow has been very much in the spotlight lately. Her fitness plans, diet and business have made Gwyneth one of this month's most talked about celebrities.

Her cookbook, which just hit shelves this past Tuesday, has been much anticipated ever since Paltrow announced that she had been leading an elimination diet, which restricted the actress from eating coffee, dairy, alcohol, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper, eggplant, corn, wheat, meat, soy or anything processed.

The cookbook, which is titled “It's All Good,” turned out to be a little less than worth the purchase. Reviews of the book are dismal with The New York Post saying that it “reads like the manifesto to some sort of creepy healthy-girl sorority with members who use beet juice rather than permanent marker to circle the 'problem areas' on each other's bodies.”

Ouch. The Atlantic Wire said that the book was “the bible of laughable Hollywood Neuroticism.” Finally, Eater.com claimed that the book is “drenched in a chatty faux-populism that could only come from a rich person fearlessly boasting about her life of privilege… Paltrow casually writes that she overnights homemade vegan cookies to her manager and often has a surfeit of apples from trees on her $5.4 million five bedroom Hampton's summer home.”

Why are these reviews so awful? Well, because calculations prove that the “It's All Good” meal plan will run you up around $300 a day. Um, what?

Here's an example of a day of the meal plan:

For Breakfast: 
An Actually Good Egg-White Omelet, Spinach & Mushroom Version
Duck eggs         $10/dozen
Garlic            $ .80
Crimini mushrooms $3
Onion            $ .50
Baby spinach        $3.99
Coarse sea salt    $3.69
Olive oil cooking spray $6.29
Total:             $28.27

Sweet Potato & Five-Spice Muffins
Sweet potato         $1
Almond milk         $3
Xylitol (a sweetener) $10
Gluten-free flour     $20
Five-spice powder     $4
Baking powder     $3
Baking soda         $3
Total:             $44

For Lunch:
Spanish Chopped Salad with Tuna and Piquillos With Spanish Salad Dressing
Chickpeas         $3
Olive oil         $15
Sweet pimenton     $10
Coarse sea salt     $10
Butter lettuce     $4
Scallions         $1.49
Roasted piquillo peppers $13.50
8 oz oil-packed tuna $18.40
Italian parsley     $2
Dressing:
Manuka honey     $25
Sherry vinegar     $8
Oil from anchovies     $8.99
Total:            $119.38

Raw coconut water (a suggested pantry staple)
$5

For dinner:
Best Gluten-Free Fish fingers, Mustard + Old Bay Style
Vegenaise         $5
Coarse seeded mustard $5
Dijon mustard     $3.50
Gluten-free breadcrumbs $6
Old Bay         $3
Fine sea salt         $4
4 sole fillets         $45
Total:             $71.50

For Dessert:
Flourless Anything Crumble
Apples (use any fruit) $5
Maple syrup         $14
Sage leaves         $2.50
Quinoa flakes     $6
Cinnamon         $5
Total:            $32.50

GRAND TOTAL:    $300.65

Thanks, but no thanks Gwyneth.

Ally | Elite.

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