Jessica Alba Shares Her Surprisingly Attainable Health Regimen

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Jessica Alba is like the popular girl in school . . . only way nicer. The 35-year-old actress has become a sort of lifestyle guru in recent years largely due to the success of The Honest Company, her billion-dollar company that offers natural and organic household, baby, and, now, beauty products. Just a year after covering Shape in the Summer of 2015, Jessica is back on the magazine's October cover, further proving her welcomed ubiquity.

Look ahead for some of the interview's standout quotes about her pretty accessible diet, fitness regimen, and overall healthy lifestyle.

  • On her realistic fitness regime: "If I work out four times, I consider it a successful week. But it's typically more like two to three days a week because that's what I have time for. I take Spin or hot yoga classes in the morning, and I sacrifice sleep to fit them in. For me, the benefits of exercise are more mental than physical. Working out takes away that little edge so that I feel happier and more productive and my brain can get kick-started."
  • Her go-to diet for slimming down: "With exercise, I get a little more toned and I definitely feel stronger, but my diet is much more important if I'm trying to slim down. In that case, I usually don't eat gluten, dairy, fried foods or processed foods. I try to stick to a diet that's low in sugar and carbs and high in lean protein and vegetables."
  • On indulging in moderation: "I'm not big on carbs, but some of my Honest colleagues and I just ate like a gallon of popcorn! Also, while I don't usually have dessert, I do really like strawberry shortcake. I mean I really, really like it."
  • On appreciating her body's capabilities: "I love my shape because it does what I want it to. If I want to go on a hike or a bike ride or go for a swim, I know my body will do everything I tell it to. I also appreciate that I can push myself through when I'm feeling tired. There's always a little extra something to get me past the tired moments."