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Gwyneth Paltrow's Diet: Actress Introduced To Vegetarian Lifestyle By Leonardo DiCaprio

04/22/2013 09:40 am ET | Updated Apr 22, 2013
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We all know that Gwyneth Paltrow has refashioned herself into a healthy living guru/cookbook author, but who knew that the "Iron Man" actress was persuaded into becoming a vegetarian by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio? That's right, the 40-year-old told The Guardian newspaper that "The Great Gatsby" star was definitely an inspiration in ditching meat:

"I hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio when I moved to New York. He was vegetarian and he'd talk about how dirty meat is and how bad factory farming is," she said about DiCaprio, who has also been outspoken as an environmentalist. "I haven't eaten red meat in 20 years and although Leo's not totally responsible, he definitely planted a seed. When I turned seriously macrobiotic, it coincided with my father having been diagnosed with cancer [in 1999]. I felt I could heal him by proxy."

Paltrow, who recently released the cookbook "It's All Good," also told the British rag a few thoughts about adopting England as her home country after marrying Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, with whom she has two children.

"I've lived in England for 10 years and the accent is the most beautiful in the world, except for how you pronounce pasta as pass-ta instead of pah-sta. I'm sort of joking when I say this but I really don't want my children speaking that way," she said.

Earlier in the month, Paltrow slammed critics who expressed concern after reading in her cookbook that she avoided giving daughter Apple, 8, and son Moses, 6, gluten.

But on a "Dr. Oz," appearance, Paltrow explained the dietary restrictions were out of necessity, not lifestyle choice. "What is it, is that my son has very bad eczema and he's allergic to gluten and she's allergic to cow dairy. I try to make everything gluten-free for him because the difference in his comfort is unbelievable when he's sticking to what he's meant to be eating," she explained. "They eat Oreos, too, and they're normal kids."

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