Julia Roberts: No Sweets For Her Sweets

Julia Roberts: No Sweets For Her Sweets

Julia Roberts says she gained 7 lbs. while filming Eat Pray Love in Rome, mainly from a diet of spaghetti, gelato and rich Italian desserts. But she tells People that she’s much stricter when it comes to what her three kids get to indulge in at home.

I’m a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets. Even though I have such a sweet tooth myself.

Julia says twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 5, and son Henry, 3, only get to eat candy and junk food on special occasions. “You want sweets, ice cream and cake to be a great treat and a celebration,” she says. “Something that’s not everyday. I think this makes them appreciate it when they do have it.”

But the actress admits it’s more a case of ‘Do what I say, not what I do’ when it comes to sticking to the rules herself. “I’m not strict with myself,” she says. “I cheat.”

Filed under: Celebrity Moms,Julia Roberts

Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

  • Anonymous

    yeah yeah.. you know when they’re in school they’re gonna trade the health sandwiches with chocolate and junk food from the other kids

  • Anonymous

    In my experience, as a teacher, it’s the kids who come from the strictest homes that rebel the most – i.e. no TV allowed and that’s all they want to do when they get old enough to have the freedom to choose themselves or when they go to friends’ houses. Same with restriction of everything – junk food, internet, etc.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree! I’m a teacher too and I’ve definitely seen this happen. Plus from my own experiences growing up, my parents never stopped us from having junk food. We always had it in my house but we also had healthy food too. Because we always had access to it, we didn’t really care to have it. All of my siblings and I have grown up able to control ourselves with junk food and I truly believe it’s in part because we learned how to control ourselves as children.

  • Tazina

    I restricted my son when he was small of all sweets except on rare occasions. Now as an adult he is a sugar addict. He went completely nuts when I no longer had control over his food. Perhaps moderation is the best.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that moderation is best. But her kids are still very young and there is nothing wrong with controlling what they consume until they are old enough to make their own decisions. It’s not as though they need sweets. It’s not like it’s a part of the food triangle. lol. They have plenty of time to eat junk when they get older.

  • Rei

    I learned why this is bad in my Developmental Psychology class. It creates a mystique of specialness around the food which is why those kids grow up to be sugar addicts. You should never put emphasis on food as being a treat because it instantly creates an unhealthy relationship with that food, all food should be seen only as something to sustain your body with.

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