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Gwyneth Paltrow redefines balanced diet: Fresh fruit, raw nuts and hot Cheetos

Get the skinny on Gwyneth Paltrow.
Photo by Michael Buckner

When it comes to celebrity popularity, Gwyneth Paltrow's star power has tarnished. She's earned titles such as "Most Hated Celebrity" and ridicule for her Goop newsletter that preaches detox diets featuring extravagantly expensive foods and beverages. Now Gwyneth appears to be attempting to restore the sparkle and sprinkles to her star power by revealing the human side of her aloof lifestyle.

For example, Gwyneth seems to be trying to compensate for the negative feedback she earned for saying she feeds her family the same gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, meat-free, soy-free diet depicted in her book "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great."

She's tried to publicize her willingness to allow her children to "cheat" occasionally with comments such as "My daughter gravitates toward fresh fruit and raw nuts but will inhale a bag of hot Cheetos at the airport. It’s all about balance.” (Strange fact of the day: Did you know that Cheetos Cheese Flavored Snacks, Crunchy Flamin' Hot flavor, are gluten-free?)

In addition, critics challenged her comments in the book such as "This is what to make in the morning if your boyfriend is a body builder. Or you want him to look like one" about egg white omelets.

Although she earned scorn for those sexist statements, Gwyneth won applause when she talked with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show recently about flasks that masquerade as bracelets. Apparently this is the next big thing, as other options for hiding booze include Smuggle Your Booze Sun Sunscreen Lotion flasks.

Gwyneth also has recommended the cleansing diets created by Dr. Alejandro Junger, author of "Clean Eats: Over 200 Delicious Recipes to Reset Your Body's Natural Balance and Discover What It Means to Be Truly Healthy" and "Clean -- Expanded Edition: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself."

But there's definitely nothing "clean" about her revelation to Chelsea Handler about what she planned to eat for her birthday. Gwyneth announced she was going to gorge on food from the fast food chain, Chick-Fil-A. No word on whether she'll have a side of hot Cheetos with it.

What is known: How Gwyneth exercises away those binges of fried chicken. She works out regularly with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson and even wrote the preface to her book: "Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible."

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