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WebMD Commentary from "Good Housekeeping" Magazine

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The healthy breakthrough that’s made Julia Roberts glow. Plus: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and other stars share their strategies for living an eco-smart life

Julia Roberts doesn't seem to want for much — she's got a happy marriage, beautiful children, an incredible career. And the woman who has it all must know it all too, right? Wrong. The star is quick to list the litany of daily dilemmas that plague a lot of us, as she recently revealed: "I am a wife and mother of three. My days are busy and fun and full of questions that need answers. What to wear? What to cook for breakfast? Is your blanket my responsibility? Paper or plastic? Has anyone seen my keys? Why is your sister crying? What time will you be home? Where to start?"

Luckily, Roberts found just the right person to answer that last question. Though she had considered herself fairly eco-savvy, she nevertheless began to feel that she wasn't doing enough to protect her family — or her planet. She wants to raise her three kids, twins Hazel and Finn, 4, and son Henry, 1, to be healthy, conscientious people who are aware of their impact on the Earth, but it seemed a daunting task. Enter Sophie Uliano, a passionate environmentalist and yoga instructor who quickly became Julia's go-to "green guru for advice on living green while looking great.

A petite, blond dynamo with a lilting British accent, Uliano is a Mary Poppins for the new millennium: Rather than advocating a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, Uliano will recommend rubbing sugar on your skin to increase its glow — and then offer numerous other homegrown tips and tricks. It's no wonder Roberts has said she immediately felt that her life was about to change: "This is what I've been waiting for...someone to tell me what to do!"

For Uliano, living green comes naturally. "I was raised in England, with a mother who grew our vegetables in a garden and dried our clothes outside," she says. "But when I moved to Los Angeles, obviously I made some compromises. Because of the yoga work I was doing with celebrities, it was like I had a Jimmy Choo in one world and a Birkenstock sandal in the other. So I wanted to find a way to bridge those two worlds."

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The result was the new book Gorgeously Green, in which Uliano offers an eight-step program for living healthier without having to become a "crunchy granola, Earth-mother type who never wears makeup.... That's not the sort of woman I'm talking about," Uliano says with a laugh. Instead, she's talking about someone a lot like Roberts, who got an early draft of Uliano's book and was an instant fan — so much so that she wound up writing the foreword. Not long after, the two women set up a "green group" for Roberts and her closest girlfriends, who gathered at Roberts's home to learn about everything from nontoxic nail polish to safer cleansers.

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