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Julia Roberts stays slim with home-cooked family meals and Pilates

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She's regarded as one of the most famous actresses in the world. But when it comes to her personal life, Julia Roberts focuses on the joys of being a mom. And that includes valuing the healthy diet benefits of home-cooked family meals eaten together, she told People magazine on Dec. 13.

Julia says that the family makes time for mommy-made dinners each night. And in contrast to some of her movie dialogues that involve yelling, it's a peaceful environment.

"Our conversations are so much happier than that," she said enthusiastically. "I ask, 'How's school? Who has homework?' It's easy."

In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Julia emphasized how much she values making healthy meals for her family.

"It's my privilege and honor to cook three meals a day for my family, and it's a luxury on a level that I didn't even realize, because it can be relentless for me on some days. You have pride in how you take care of your family," she declared.

And there's a scientific basis for the diet benefits for her children, reported U.S. News & World Report recently. Eating meals with their families helps keep children slimmer and healthier while avoiding eating disorders, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered that children who ate meals with their family regularly were 24 percent more likely to eat healthy foods than kids who rarely ate with their families. They also had lower risks of developing eating disorders.

In addition to cooking up healthy meals, Julia stays slim with Pilates, according to Well Being Journal. She credits it helping her lose her pregnancy pounds.

Julia also does yoga, runs and works with a personal trainer, Kathy Kaehler, who also has created fitness DVDs such as "Kathy Kaehler Basics - Workout Class" (click for details). She and Kathy do one-hour workouts four times a week. The routine includes step aerobics, crunches, lunges and swimming.

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