Gwyneth Paltrow appears on the cover of InStyle’s October 2012 issue wearing a royal purple Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit. Inside, DVF interviews Gwyneth about her diet and what she has learned in her almost-40 years.
On turning 40: “I’m taking stock and really looking at everything. I’m trying to accept myself. There’s a Rumi poem, “The Guest House,” about welcoming in all aspects of yourself: The dark, the light, the jealous, the happy. Let them all in. But know that you’re not defined by any single one of them. I’ve become much more serious after experiencing all the ups and downs of life—heartbreak, the death of people I love…These days I feel pretty grounded.”
On her diet: “I was very strict for a while. I was macrobiotic for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I’ve learned is I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. I [indulge] but I don’t like sweets. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or French fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger.”
Also in the October 2012 issue: a guide to the best bras. For more, check out the issue when it arrives on newsstands on September 21 or head to InStyle.com.