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Lorraine Bracco: My Kids Thought My Healthy Diet Was Gross

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights(NEW YORK) -- When Lorraine Bracco lost 35 pounds, her daughters couldn't have been prouder of her.

However, that's not to say that they wanted to copy her lifestyle choices.

"They used to come to the house and go through the cabinets and go, 'What the f--- is this s---?!'" the Rizzoli & Isles star told ABC News with a laugh. "There were all these packages they'd never seen before or heard about before."

Bracco, 59, weighed 183 pounds when she realized that she wanted to change her eating and exercise habits to ensure a longer life. After caring for her parents and helping them cope with various health ailments, she went on a liver cleanse, cut out dairy and sugar, and began practicing Pilates. All of her tips will be included in a new book, To the Fullest, which Rodale Books will publish next year.

Her daughters "would laugh, like, 'What is she gonna make us tonight?' But whatever I made, we ate, and they were happy," noted the former Sopranos actress. "I had a good couple of laughs with them."

All joking aside, she acknowledges that her children are very proud of her progress and her ability to keep the weight off.

"They understood it and they see the difference in me," she said. "I'm young and have energy! I'm happy and happy with me."

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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