Gwyneth Paltrow Says Dad’s Cancer Inspired Her To Get Healthy

Gwyneth Paltrow recently revealed that her dad’s bout with cancer inspired her to get healthy.

The actress, who was named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman last month, is known for championing diets that promote better living. However, many of her fans may not realize it was her father’s health scare that made her decide to change the way she eats.

Paltrow recently discussed her dad’s cancer with the folks at Beach magazine. The Iron Man 3 star told the publication about her decision to pay closer attention to the food she puts in her body.

“I began to consider the effects of food when my father was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. I started to research anti-cancer diets in hopes that he would try to hit it from all angles,” the actress explained.

She continued, “It’s about being mindful about what you are putting in. Good whole foods are the way we have eaten for generations. It’s amazing how good you feel when you just cut out the processed stuff.”

Bruce Paltrow passed away due to complications from cancer and pneumonia in October of 2002. He was 58-years-old. Gwyneth soon started researching the effects certain foods can have on your system.

After deciding to ditch dairy and gluten from her diet, she later put together a cookbook entitled It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. The actress and her family reportedly follow many of the guidelines listed in the tome.

“Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across… seems to concur that [gluten] is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it,” the actress explained.

Are you a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow? What do you think about the actress using her dad’s struggle with cancer as inspiration to live a healthier life?

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