- Gwyneth Paltrow sparked a backlash after revealing her daily wellness routine and diet this week.
- The actress was called an “almond mom,” a term used to describe parents with restrictive eating habits.
- The term was previously used to describe Yolanda Hadid’s controversial advice to her daughter Gigi.
Gwyneth Paltrow recently came under fire after she shared her strict wellness regimen and diet in an interview on the “Art of Being Well” podcast.
in a episode shared on monday, the actress told host Dr. Will Cole that she participates in intermittent fasting, eats bone broth, and follows a paleo diet with lots of vegetables. She also said that she exercises for an hour a day and uses an infrared sauna for 30 minutes.
the clip is gone viral on TikTok after it was posted on Tuesday, garnering 2.9 million views on Saturday.
while paltrow defended his routine In her Instagram stories on Friday, social media users were quick to deem her an “almond mom” who was perpetuating “almond mom culture.” Although the origins of the term are unknown, it has become a way for TikTokers to label parents who share restrictive eating and health habits.
Yolanda Hadid was dubbed an “almond mom” after the reality star’s advice to her daughter Gigi resurfaced.
In July 2022, TikTok user pattypopculture uploaded a video called “5 Reasons Everyone Hates Yolanda Hadid”, in which he claimed that he encouraged his daughters, supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, to follow inhibitory diets.
She also shared clips from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in which Yolanda told Gigi how hard it can be to avoid sugar and “eat salad every day.” In another case, Gigi called her mother to tell her that she had only eaten half an almond and that she “felt very weak.”
Yolanda, a former model, apparently told her daughter to “eat a couple of almonds and chew them real good.”
Enter: The Almond Mom Speech.
Social media users soon began sharing stories about “almond mothers” who passed on harmful notions about food, with some even playing the role of food-conscious parents.
although yolanda responded jokingly to the viral TikTok in October 2022 and told People that month the comment being taken out of context, the clip sparked a broader discourse about the dangers of diet culture and the breaking of generational cycles.
“Mama Almond” was still turning heads online before the Paltrow regime went viral. Points of sale like teen fashion, BuzzFeedand “Good morning america” covered the meaning and impact of the term in early 2023, while #almondmom has amassed over 270 million views on TikTok.
One dietitian said routines like Paltrow’s can actually be “messy.”
Paltrow took to social media to talk more about your routine this weekend, telling her Instagram followers that she had long covid and one of its symptoms includes “very high levels of inflammation over time.”
“It’s not meant to be advice to anyone else. It really is what worked for me, and it’s been very powerful and very positive,” he said. “This is not to say that I eat this way all day, every day. And by the way, I eat a lot more than just bone broth and vegetables.”
Lauren Cadillac, a registered dietitian who responded to the podcast clip on TikTok, told Insider’s Kieran Press-Reynolds “There was so much wrong” with the Paltrow regime that she didn’t even know “where to start.”
“A lot of what we see marketed as wellness is actually pretty messed up,” Cadillac said.
In her caption duet video, Cadillac wrote that Paltrow was not eating enough for someone of her stature and warned viewers against following celebrity diets. He also added an eating disorder trigger warning on his TikTok.
“Please unfollow and listen to celebrities for their health and wellness advice,” he wrote.
another dietician, kim lindsayexplained to Insider that dieting is “unsustainable and doesn’t work for the vast majority of people.”
“Dieting and these behaviors are also linked to an increased risk of developing an eating disorder,” Lindsay said.