Valentino Reveals His Crazy Strict Diet

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Beloved Italian designer Valentino Garavani may have retired from fashion (and left his house in the capable hands of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli) but his days remain jam-packed… mostly with getting dressed in the morning, collecting sets of china and changing his clothes again before dinner. The designer shared a day in his life with Harper’s Bazaar (a feature that has offered us many eccentric treasures in the past), but the major revelation is how strident his diet is:

10:30: I like to get up immediately and have my breakfast at a small folding table. My breakfast is rather simple, as are all other meals: berries and Greek yogurt and tea, and a cup of hot water with lemon.
1:45 P.M. Lunch is mostly in the jardin d’hiver, with a great view of the gardens. I am alone or with an associate or a friend, usually Giancarlo or Bruce [Hoeksema]. I try to eat a simple diet: no sugar, no milk, no dairy except goat cheese, no gluten pasta, Bio Rice, no meat, some fish (not the ones with mercury), vegetables, no potatoes, no bread except rice crackers or grissini, one glass of red wine, sugarless sherbet, all sweets made with almond milk and xylitol sweetener, and one coffee a day.

8:30 P.M. It’s now time for dinner. [...] The diet is even lighter than lunch: never pasta at night, some fish and vegetables, and a glass of Brunello di Montalcino.

Emphasis ours.

We’re a little surprised by this–first, because he’s a designer and therefor his body isn’t under the same enormous pressure as other professionals in his field (like models and editors,); second, because he’s a man and therefor his body isn’t victim to the same scrutiny as any other woman in his field; and last, because he’s Italian.

Then again, we should never be surprised when someone in fashion eats like… someone in fashion.

(via Harper’s Bazaar)

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    • laur

      Not to be cruel….but that woman right under Valentino looks mighty frightening.

      • Candace

        That’s Carine Roitfeld, blasphemer!

    • Cee

      Hm. I wonder if this is the type of diet he is having as he ages. I don’t know how old he is but it seems like he is trying to eat sensibly and possibly control blood sugar. I volunteered at a retirement community and their meals made me sad.

    • Kate

      I disagree with your view on this post, I am not a model or in fashion, I’m actually a professional dancer who needs enormous amounts of energy and a healthy body to sustain me every day. I too don’t eat sugar, except for fruit and a limited amount of agave or maple syrup. I don’t eat dairy or gluten, not because I want to be thin, but because they honestly don’t make me feel good, and I’m also careful as to the fish I eat, due to the high levels of mercury as of late. We only differ on meat, I was a vegetarian for 5 years with no energy and was eventually forced to bring meat back into my diet due to my high level of exercise. My body feels at it’s best when I’m eating lots of vegetables, gluten free grains, and fish and meat, or to be eating as simply as possible. Isn’t that exactly what Valentino is doing? I don’t find his diet strident or strict, he is just eating very simply with what nature provides in it’s purest form. Maybe others are caught up by the list of foods he doesn’t eat, instead of all the ones available to him. I commend him for eating so healthy and taking care of himself in his old age!

    • Eve Vawter

      WHERE ARE MCDONALDS FRIES ON THIS LIST? I eat exactly like this, but add in french fries, chicken pot pie, ice cream, cupcakes, lots of coffee, diet coke, bread, french bread, croissants, bread products, cake products, cake with frosting products and Starburst fruit chews™ and chicken and sometimes a nice roast and bread products.

    • Candace

      I don’t actually think the limitations are crazy. In fact, it’s less strict than a how I eat on a raw meal plan (which I follow even though nobody is scrutinizing my body!). Eating mostly vegetables actually allows for plenty of variety and satisfaction. Maybe he has a sensitive stomach or enjoys having an abundance of energy.

      Plus he says he “tries’ to eat simply, and I doubt he never ever makes exceptions.

      Eating in a “jardin d’hiver” ever day? Yeah, that’s crazy.

    • Naomi

      This sounds pretty reasonable to me. Disciplined, yes, but healthy and sensible.

    • Alyssa

      Just because someone chooses to have a restrictive diet doesn’t mean they’re obsessed with their weight. This sounds pretty healthy so whats wrong with it? Maybe he’s taking extra health measures because he’s more concerned about his health as he ages.

    • Native English Speaker

      I think you mean “stringent” and not “strident. Come on.