The world knows she’s beautiful, yes, but what exactly has she done to keep that title over the years? The first time she won she was 23, and, honestly, we can hardly tell the difference between then and now. Here’s what we found out.
She eats carbs
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. 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 yoghurt, or a carrot and banana muffin, and fresh papaya with yoghurt. Lunch is baked artichoke polenta or spinach filo pie with a wheat pilaf. And dinner is often ginger-crusted salmon with quinoa and Chinese vegetables, or sea bass with black-bean salsa and asparagus.
Other favourites for the Oscar winner? Roberts loves avocados — and adds them to both her breakfast and dinner, according to E! Online.
Then, for dessert, it’s a cookie, “Because I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like,” Roberts told Vanity Fair in 2008.
She makes eating well a family affair
You might think of her as an Oscar-winning actress, but the low-key star told CBS This Morning that 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.'”
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 Elle in 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 InStyle in 2012. “[My grandfather] would put a big heaping mound of it on his toothbrush. He had only one cavity in his entire life.”
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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.
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She realises she’s going to age whether she wants to or not
Roberts turns 50 this October, as many of her recent press interviews have mentioned. And because she’s Julia Roberts, when she was asked about how she ages so naturally and gracefully, she had the best response:
“I’m trying to have some peace with the ageing process, she told Viva. “Just realising that it’s going to happen whether I like it or not.”
That’s why she’s one of our favourite natural beauties.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK