‘As I always say to my kids, “You have to eat the good stuff to get the good stuff.”‘
It was no shock when People revealed that their ‘Most Beautiful Woman’ of the year was the now-five-time honoree Julia Roberts. Because come on: That smile! That hair! That personality!
The world knows she’s beautiful, yes, but we wanted to know exactly what she’s done to keep that title over the years. (The first time she was 23, and, honestly, we can hardly tell a difference between then and now!) Here’s what we found out.
She’s cool with carbs. (Yes, really.)
Back in 2012, Roberts revealed to The Independent that she can’t stick to carb-free diets, simply because she couldn’t give up bread. (Totally with you, Julia!) So, with the help of nutritionist Carrie Wiatt, Roberts decided to take a balanced eating approach to most meals.
And, lucky for us, Wiatt gave The Independent a full breakdown of what the star likes to eat on an average day: For breakfast, it’s homemade granola, seasonal berries, and yogurt, or a carrot and banana muffin, and fresh papaya with yogurt. Lunch is baked artichoke polenta or spinach filo pie with a wheat pilaf. And dinner is often ginger-crusted salmon with quinoa and Chinese veggies, or sea bass with black-bean salsa and asparagus. We can totally get on board with that!
You might think of her as an Oscar-winning actress, but the low-key star told CBS This Morning she prefers to be called a ‘stay-at-home mom’ to her three kids, Phinnaeus, Hazel, and Henry.
She’s making sure she passes on a few healthy lessons she’s picked up over the years: ‘We definitely try to eat mindfully,’ she told In Style. ‘As I always say to my kids, “You have to eat the good stuff to get the good stuff.”‘ We love that philosophy!
She trains four times a week for an hour.
Roberts studies yoga to keep up her fitness, according to E! Online, but she also enjoys plyometrics (aka jump training), pilates, and aquatic workouts, as well.
‘I don’t love exercise, but I do love how I feel afterwards,’ Roberts told The Independent. ‘Accomplishment, clarity, energy, strength, joy… these are all things I give myself through working out, and I can feel it in everything I do.’
Roberts’ trainer Kathy Kaehler spoke to ELLEin 2010 about how the star managed to travel around the globe for Eat Pray Love while remaining committed to staying in shape: ‘We currently do 20 to 40 minutes of step aerobics and up to 40 minutes of body work – lunges, crunches, planks, push-ups – after.’
She brushes her teeth with baking soda.
Obviously, dental hygiene is important for a woman with such a famous smile. So how does Roberts maintain her trademark grin? ‘I brush [my teeth] with baking soda,’ she told In Style in 2012. ‘[My grandfather] would put a big heaping mound of it on his toothbrush. He had only one cavity in his entire life.’
She’s very minimalistic about her beauty regimen.
Her teeth-cleaning method isn’t the only thing she keeps simple.
‘Look, I’m happy if I have on moisturiser and ChapStick! When you’re dressing three people besides yourself, something has to fall away,’ she told InStyle.
Her daily routine? ‘On a regular day, I’ll just brush my teeth, wash my face, and apply sunblock,’ she told Viva. ‘I’m a busy mom, and sometimes I just sunblock my kids and run outside and get my nose burned. So I’ve made a stronger effort to take care of myself.’
In her efforts to take better care of herself, Roberts has started using extra-virgin olive oil to rejuvenate her skin, according to Vogue Italia. The actress reportedly massages a few drops of EVOO and warm water onto her skin to give her a glowing complexion. (It clearly works, Julia!)
She realises she’s going to age whether she wants to or not.
Roberts turns 50 this October, and many of her recent press interviews have brought it up. And because she’s Julia Roberts, when she was asked about how she ages so naturally and gracefully, she had the best response:
‘Trying to have some peace with the ageing process. Just realising that it’s going to happen whether I like it or not,’ Roberts told Viva.
That’s why she’s one of our favourite natural beauties.