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Q&A With Jessica Alba

The actress and mother talks about living -- and writing -- "The Honest Life."
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We all want to live more healthful and non-toxic lives, but it seems like a lot of work and expense to shop organic, buy locally, and so on. How can we make it easier?

"That's why I wrote The Honest Life.Look, you don't have to be perfect at it. I'm not! I just wanted to give all the information in the simplest version, and you take what you can. You can't do everything, that's crazy. Say you really rely on your microwave because it's easy, convenient, and fast. Okay, you don't have to give it up, but choose one that gives off the least radiation, and keep your kid's head away from it when it's running. I just hope that people think about things they might not have thought twice about. Everything isn't safe, and there really isn't legislation in place to protect us from many of these toxic things. We have to protect ourselves."

What would you say are the top three changes parents can make so that their families' lives will be more natural and healthy?

"Read labels. Take your shoes off before you enter your house. Get an organic allergen cover for your mattress. Every mattress is basically a solidified gas tank. They're made out of petroleum. A cover allows you to avoid that exposure to petroleum off-gassing while you sleep."

Was it hard giving up products that you loved to go greener?

"It's actually not that bad! I gave up a bunch of lipsticks that have lead in them, because I don't want to kiss my girls with lead on my lips. I swear I tested every lipstick out there. But it turns out there are great alternatives that you don't have to compromise. I use Youngblood, 100% Pure, and Hourglass."

It seems like you must be the healthiest-living woman on the planet. Do you have any secret health vices or guilty pleasures?

"I am not the healthiest! No, not at all. Honestly, I don't think there are absolute 'shouldn'ts.' Have your Fritos sometimes if you want them. I like an In-n-Out burger once in awhile. And I wear high heels, which is not good for my feet."

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