Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

The Celebrity Shopping Trolley - Jemma Kidd

What Is In Jemma Kidd's Shopping Trolley?

Jemma Kidd is beautiful, married to the future Duke of Wellington, and has a glamorous career. But looking into her shopping trolley betrays a gullible woman who probably believes the hype about her products; says Michael.

Jemma would have been a “Heart Sink” patient if she had arrived at my surgery with this list of eating habits; my heart sank when patients like this came in. Why? Because they were a potential health disaster, so convinced they are doing right that persuading them to change anything was hard work.

Breakfast choices are; Gluten-free toast with avocado and organic ham with freshly juiced spinach, celery, cucumber, apple and Udo's Oil; or Scrambled eggs on gluten-free toast plus apple and carrot juice with Udo's Oil. Jemma drinks Rooibos tea and a pint of water every morning.

Why gluten free anything? Unless she has Coeliac disease there is no benefit except to the makers of the products and the, sometimes doubtful, practitioners who feed off the unwary. Tests in health stores by non-medical staff using an electronic machine are virtually all bogus and can not diagnose food allergies or intolerance.

Udos oil is ok, but does not contain the marine based omega three fats so essential for brain development and function, it is much more expensive than olive, rapeseed, nut or fish oils – even coconut oil is better value for money.

Avocado is fantastic and every woman's best friend thanks to the fat content that improves the absorption of the vital carotenoids they contain. Added to other carotene rich foods like a spinach, carrot and dark green lettuce, absorption of carotenoids increases by 300%!

Lunch is grilled fish with sautéed spinach and potatoes, OR Gluten-free spaghetti with mozzarella, tomatoes, garlic and basil. Then she has a bar of dark chocolate and a glass of Rooibos or peppermint tea.

As Jemma has an AGA most dishes are roast or baked so dinner is; Organic chicken, roasted vegetables, new potatoes and salad with Udo's Oil; OR Roast beef, green salad, sautéed potatoes and broccoli and horseradish sauce. Both are good balanced meals and the horseradish has the added bonus of stimulating the circulation and keeping sinuses clear.

The Perrier water is acidic and very gassy, like all carbonated drinks, so naturally fizzy Badoit is better. Though the occasional glass of wine is a heart healthy bonus, one a day would be better! Jemma has fallen for the myth of “dehydration” drinking six or more pints of liquid daily when no one needs that much unless you are running a marathon in the mid day sun - in fact too much may be harmful.

She does eat well for the most part, but the slightly obsessive habits aren't so good. It would be better if her fridge were stocked with oily fish, live yoghurts, organic milk and cheese. Although there is calcium in broccoli you would need to eat 1.5 kilos to get the 1000g you need each day – the amount in 125g of Cheddar cheese.

Whoever persuaded Jemma that Champagne, dark chocolate and corn crackers are vices is very sad and probably also believes the claims for one of her own cosmetics; "Super 'intelligent' perfecting powder infused with pure energy." I would just love to see the real evidence for both fairy stories.


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