I have done a few nutty things in preparation for my upcoming nuptials, but the pinnacle so far was the week I went 100% Gwyneth. I gave up gluten, dairy, booze, sugar, red meat, and a bunch of other random things (tomatoes?) to ensure that my wedding gown would zip all the way up during my first fitting. I was roughly following Paltrow’s “elimination diet” as outlined in her new cookbook, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.
A few weeks ago, fresh off of a lovely and indulgent vacation with my mom to Hot Springs, Arkansas, I was feeling rather, ahem, full, and was concerned that I had only a week and a half post-vacation before my first wedding dress fitting. One day at work, I was mulling over my predicament, trying to recall some—any—healthy recipes, when Rachel walked in and told me she received Gwyenth Paltrow’s new book as a Mother’s Day gift. She was impressed by the chicken meatballs and spied a bunch of other recipes that looked tasty and healthy. My ears perked up. I was interested, but highly skeptical. Hadn’t this cookbook been referred to as the “air and water diet” and been ridiculed across the world wide web? Later the same day, Rachel sent me a link to a hilarious New York Magazine article by a woman who dabbled in a number of the diet plans Paltrow outlines in the book and found herself liking many of the dishes. Through the humor, I got the strong impression that this book had a lot of healthy recipes that were easy enough to prepare and darn delicious. At that moment, I decided to catapult myself out of vacation eating mode by jumping on the elimination bandwagon.