It’s a Goop World and You Are Just Living In It
Three time’s a charm; my third and final installment of conference season. Last Saturday in Culver City, California, I attended Goop’s inaugural In Goop Health summit. It was the most intellectually stimulating of the three events I have attended — March’s #Girlboss Rally and June’s Create & Cultivate NYC Conference set the bar high. While the other conferences converged in business and entrepreneurial spirit, In Goop Health concentrated on, well, health. More broadly, on life. Goop’s #ladyboss, Gwyneth Paltrow, set the tone: to continue the journey to implementing a “life that feels good to me.” That sounds a lot like ALB’s mantra, does it not? In fact, Saturday was my personal paradise!
The New York Post’s critical article highlights the Goopie type: "well-groomed [thirty to sixty-something year old] women wearing yoga pants and expensive handbags hooking themselves up to IVs and oxygen tubes in a parking lot.” Accurate, but why cast such negative light? What the paper critiqued was, conversely, the captivating insight of the day. To this tune, Dr. Habib Sadeghi spoke about our choice of reaction. The New York Post was clearly looking through its judgmentally fogged glasses. I am not saying that its opinion is wrong, but it is all about “cosmic flow,” as Dr. Sadeghi calls it. As humans, we have the choice to break things down before we build them up. In this case, to reflect on what Goopies gained from the day and how that helps shape a better world. What The New York Post overshadowed is that while some like to travel to Mykonos and spend the wee hours of the morning at Cavo Paradiso, others prefer to have their auras photographed and to savor the latest adaptogenic herbs. Some even like to do both!
Dr. Sadeghi is one of the most influential people in Gwyneth’s life. Their relationship began in 1997 and has since been unwavering. His name may ring a bell due to his architecture of GP and Chris Martin's conscious uncoupling. Interacting with Dr. Sadeghi concretized the magic of like-minded people coming together. The energy we emit into the world is fundamental and reciprocal to every interconnected stem of our lives.
This interconnectedness streamlined through the day; Gwyneth’s mother, Blythe Danner, was the summit’s higher power and voice. “Since you have already began to drink the Goop Kool-Aid, the ladies rooms are down the mythically lit purple hall,” she broadcasted. You can tell that Goop is the baby Gwyneth has nurtured over the past nine years.
The day continued with gut talks. Yes, that not-so-elegant-yet-mainstream word used to describe one’s inner workings (or rainforest, as the experts called it). Cardiologists-turned-functional health doctors, Dr. Alejandro Junger and Dr. Steven Gundry, spoke with Dr. Amy Myers and Manhattan chef, Seamus Mullen. While the current buzz is about maintaining a healthy balance in your stomach’s flora, a long-standing message remains true: eat whole real foods. Avoid corn and nightshades; they produce the protein, lecithin. In lay terms, these plants do not want to be eaten. So, to protect themselves, they produce lecithin which harms humans. The bottom line: find what works for you. Remove the obstacles and help your body heal. However, despite finding your personal diet, Chef Mullen iterates that it is important to “remember, food is supposed to evoke joy, pleasure, and happiness.”
See how psychology is so prevalent in all areas of life? Dr. Sadeghi’s energy theme permeated the day. Psychiatrist Dr. Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels spoke with Gwyneth about empowering yourself to grow into the person you can be. A courageous woman, Christine, volunteered for live therapy. GP gave Christine her chair and sat cross-legged on the floor; how can critics call her prissy? She is open, warmhearted, and real — she even admitted to smoking a cigarette once in a while; it is all about accepting that we are not, nor should not, be perfect. With the audience’s energy, Dr. Stutz coached Christine through one of his acclaimed Tools: a form of visualization. As Christine worked through her mental obstacles, you could see her energy changing from complacent to confident. She emerged “strong and ready” to tackle the fore standing hurdles. Talk about the power of the mind!
Elise Loehnen, Goop’s Editorial Director who spoke at the #Girlboss Rally, sat down with Dr. Oscar Serrallach, Dr. Robin Berman, and Dr. Sherry Sami to discuss motherhood. Although Dr. Sherry Sami, an Integrative Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist, was the only non-psychotherapist on the panel, she counsels her patients, too. “It is not only about the teeth,” she said. Maybe she gets it from her husband, Dr. Sadeghi. The panel dove into learning to mother yourself as you mature. “Take responsibility for your self-worth […] Ask what life you want and go get it; do not wait for anyone’s approval,” Dr. Berman said. You are the only one who can take care of yourself the way you need. Not selfishly, but because you can emit the most when you are the best version of yourself.
Before the end of the day, I ventured through the indoor/outdoor “Goop Hall” at 3Labs. The chic parking lot was well dressed with activations and Goop Oompa Loompas (coined by The New York Times): Goop-clad men serving probiotic juices and other magical potions on silver platters. I repeat: paradise! I breathed flavored oxygen at my very first oxygen bar (an infusion of lemon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, and lavender O2). This boosts brain activity, serotonin levels, and alertness — effects similar to those evoked by mindful breathing and meditation. Talk about a clarity high! Attendees took The Class with New Yorker, Taryn Toomey, had their crystals read, foam rolled, and sat for organic manicures with Tenoverten. Not a second was wasted.
Although it was a wellness day, there was no lack of sustenance. Overnight oats and matcha chia pudding by Manhattan’s Ancolie; Matchabar lattés and Bullettproof coffee. Sweetfin poké bowls, By Chloe Chill, Erin Mckenna’s Bakery gluten free and vegan doughnuts. You name it, there it was!
It was a fantastic and riveting affair, opening so many doors. Whether new CBT techniques, a vial of freshly ground turmeric, or a new doctor to visit, all women left full. The vibes were contagious.
Tory Burch, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie, and Miranda Kerr closed the day “Juggling It All.” Talk about a room of #girlbosses!
And, speaking of #girlbosses, I spoke with Sophia Amoroso, the original #Girlboss. Had it not been for her eponymous book, who knows when my creative energy would have jumpstarted!
Other details remain sacred between attendees, but you will soon be able to experience this cosmic experience for yourself. After such a booming day, Gwyneth announced that the next summits will be in New York in January and in Los Angeles next June. I hope to see you there! I am off to make my golden moon dusted latté and have a cup of bone broth!