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Jessica Alba: 'Cookies and exercise keeps me sane'

Jessica Alba emphasizes the importance of sustainability to her two young daughters.

Actress Jessica Alba relies on workouts and treats to maintain her mental health.

The 34-year-old Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star normally starts her day with a round of exercise, telling Better Homes and Gardens magazine in their February (16) issue "yoga or spinning" are her activities of choice.

But even though she sticks to a regular fitness routine, Alba refuses to become obsessive about health and wellness.

"I'm healthy, but I don't go to extremes," she explained. "I exercise for my mental health, but can mow through a box of cookies with the best of them."

Alba shares two children with her husband Cash Warren - daughters Honor, seven, and Haven, four. And in addition to maintaining a household and a thriving film career, she is also the co-owner of The Honest Company, a business that offers affordable, non-toxic and eco-friendly household items to customers.

Growing up, Alba reveals she was "a very sick kid" who saw herself rushed to hospital for allergy and asthma attacks, so when it comes to teaching her own children about wellness, the actress goes to great lengths to ensure they are bright-eyed and able-bodied.

"My kids are my top priority," she shared. "Their health and well-being come first.

"We love, love, love to cook, and family dinner is mandatory Friday through Sunday. I wish I had more time from Monday to Thursday to make dinner, but the truth is, we rely on healthy food delivery when we have to."

Sustainability is also an important topic in Alba's household - her children already know a lot about recycling and reusing.

"I try to teach my girls by doing," she said. "We fill water bottles instead of buying new ones, recycle and talk about what products are safe and unsafe for them and the earth."

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