"One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought – without sounding overly dramatic – that I was going to die." That's how Gwyneth Paltrow begins to explain why she wrote "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great" at the start of the book. "I had just served lunch in the garden at home," she continues. "I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn't forming thoughts correctly … I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn't speak, and I felt as if I couldn't breathe. I thought I was having a stroke."
As it turned out, she was having a migraine and a panic attack, and she was anemic and deficient in D vitamins. She complied with a doctor's suggestion to eradicate coffee, eggs, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, wheat and meat (aka: all the fun stuff) from her diet and gradually found that she felt better. And here we thought she was only intolerant of throw blankets not made from Mongolian cashmere and essential oils not developed in a walled Victorian garden.