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Q&A With Sasha Alexander

The 'Rizzoli and Isles' actress shares her healthy living habits.
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Pantry Staples

"Three things you'll always find in my 'fridge: olive oil, almond milk, and San Pellegrino. My kids call it 'Papa Aqua,' since their dad is always drinking it."

Off the Clock

"My perfect day would be blissfully unscheduled. I'd wake up whenever I wanted, without an alarm. Maybe I'd sit by the beach, since I love the ocean. I'd like a quiet day -- watching my kids hang out and play, being with my husband [director Edoardo Ponti]. We're so busy that I find it a luxury to be spontaneous these days."

Stress Rx

"We live in such a go, go, go society that we really need to take the time to stop, rest, and relax. I try to meditate for 5 minutes in the morning. It might just be breathing -- taking careful deep breaths and slowly assessing how I feel, and entering my day. It's also a physical thing: Your brain needs all that oxygen to help stay alert and alive!"

Pretty Picks

"My makeup must-haves: LORAC Touch-Up concealer and foundation pen, La Mer cream for hydrating my skin, and creamy Chantecaille blush, which I put not just on my cheeks but also dab just above my eyes and around my brow bone, to give my whole face a healthy flush."

Fast Fitness

"Since I have a dance background, I love dance workouts like the Tracy Anderson ones, but I also am careful not to be too hard on my body, because I am sensitive to over-exercise and injury. I like hiking and walking, as well as taking the occasional [indoor cycling] class, which is fast but effective -- and I love the group aspect of it. But I also have a bunch of DVDs, as well as 15-minute routines, that I have learned so that when I am short on time or if I am at work and I can't really break a sweat I can still squeeze something in, such as stretches or light weights."

Sweet Success

"I make a huge effort to drink enough water every day, and also have pretty much nixed added sugar from my life -- so no candy, and just one raw sugar in my coffee each day. I found that eating too many sweets seemed to lower my immune system."

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