How Healthy Living Keeps Kelly Preston Happy

Q: When times are tough, who is your rock?
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A: Johnny is definitely my rock. Kirstie (Alley) is one of my absolute best friends. My mom, my brother. And to be honest, the Scientology center. I don't know if I would have made it through without it. We've been able to navigate through it and to come to a place that is a lot better.

Q: You started the Jett Travolta Foundation to help children.
A: Johnny and I feel you're at your best when you're helping others. And it was really important to us to have something positive come out of this, and help people, whether it's with learning difficulties, or seizures, or special needs—it's really a wide spectrum of help.

Q: Do you have any advice about staying positive for others going through a tough time?
A: Even though it may seem like they won't, things always get better. And there are things that you can do—sometimes as simple as taking a walk or spending time with your girlfriends. Take vitamins. Never underestimate how important it is to have sleep and good nutrition. When you have those basic things, your outlook is a whole lot better.

Q: Do you think your healthy lifestyle helped you have a child at a later age?
A: Absolutely. For a lot of people getting older means you start slowing down. I don't think you have to. A lot of it is mind-set.

Q: Is it true that you got your The Last Song co-star Miley Cyrus to take her vitamins?
A: Yes! And Miley texted me the other day, and said, "I'm still taking my vitamins, Second Mama!" She calls me Second Mama.

Q: What steps do you take to raise healthy kids?
A: All our home products are nontoxic. We eat primarily organic, and as little packaged and canned as possible. On the other hand, I'm loose about desserts! We're not obsessive. I say: Do what you can, enjoy yourself, and don't live in fear.

Q: So you have some total indulgence foods?
A: Oh my god, too many to list. One reason I wasn't losing as quickly was because I was like, "Ooh, those cinnamon muffins are really good." I sort of got on a jag with that. Then in the last month I lost most of the rest of it. I still have a few pounds to go.

Q: You look so great. Your natural diet must help.
A: I try to eat natural organic foods, free of chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones. That's why if you go to a country like France, you can eat more and not gain. It's because you're eating more natural foods.

Q: Is it hard being in an industry where new moms snap back into shape so fast?
A: In Hollywood everybody loses the weight in about three or six weeks; it's kind of insane. And I mean, if you have that type of body, then, all the power to you, it's amazing that you can do that if it's still healthy…

Q: Did you feel that pressure?
A: I didn't feel it, because I didn't put it on myself. And I consciously didn't want to go back to work right away. So I gave myself the break to lose it in a healthy, natural way.

Q: What's your favorite way to work out these days?
A: Johnny and I have taken up tennis, and that's really fun. He got the upper hand when I got pregnant, because I didn't play. So he's a little better than me, and he'll love me for saying that! But we're well matched.

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Alison Prato
Last Updated: July 28, 2011

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