January 11, 2016 04:45 PM

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Jennifer Aniston may be fascinated by the Taco Cleanse, but she’s not one for fad dieting or New Year’s resolutions — instead, she keeps it balanced year round.

“I don’t let eating habits get out of control where I need a reset button,” she told Yahoo! Food. “My general philosophy is to eat healthy. It’s pretty clear: eat as much organic fruits and veggies as you can, keep sugar [intake] low, drink tons and tons of water, and get good sleep.”

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“I allow myself to indulge once in a while,” she continued. “I’m good at keeping my starches to a minimum. I don’t like ‘white’ foods, and I’ll always cut back on some breads if I’m trying to slim down for something special. But I don’t give myself any rules anymore.”

There are two foods she always steers clear of, though: beets and caviar. Not for any health reasons — just personal preference. “You can’t acquire that [caviar] taste no matter how many people say that,” she said. “It’s just a s—– taste.”

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And as far as cooking goes, she and husband Justin Theroux are quite the power couple. “[We] both love to tinker in the kitchen,” she said. Their signature dish? Pasta carbonara — lightened up, of course. “We have eggs from our chickens, and then we make it ‘skinny style’ where we use turkey bacon instead of real bacon, eggs, and parmesan. No oil, butter or creams. And we use pasta water to make it juicier.”

When it comes to entertaining, though, they’re not afraid to go all-out, Italian style. “When there’s a big group, we do a vegetable lasagna. You have zucchini, eggplant that acts as a paste, and you layer it with different cheeses and put it in the oven. That’s an easy group meal, and easy viewing party food. Pizza is usually a fun one, too, and everyone can participate and make their own pizzas.”

As for dessert, she keeps it simple: “I have a candy jar that people devour.”

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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