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Actress and mother of two, Jessica Alba, assures that the lifestyle tips in her new book The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You are achievable and inexpensive for everyday women.
According to the New York Daily News, Alba’s book gives a full range of advice from buying nontoxic household products to preparing organic foods to time-saving tricks for moms on the go.
The Fantastic Four star explained, “There’s lots of options, like delivery services for fresh produce that is organic, if people just want to do a couple of things in the book that are super easy.”
Alba is not the only Hollywood star currently promoting a lifestyle guide. Fellow actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, announced her cookbook titled It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, which is set to release next month. She's offering recipes devoid of gluten, sugar, and dairy.
Paltrow has garnered searing criticism for It’s All Good. The New York Post had a particular issue with its obsessively strict and, at times, contradictory tips, describing the book as “a manifesto to some sort of creepy healthy-girl sorority with members who use beet juice rather than permanent marker to circle the ‘problem areas’ on each other’s bodies.”
Alba’s own book may be guilty of the same impracticality. One of her parenting tips is on how to avoid hidden chemicals by making your own baby food. New Yorker Samantha Willner told the Daily News, “I don’t think anyone who’s an average person has any of the resources: Time, money or, quite frankly, the patience.”
However, Alba insists that her advice is different than Paltrow’s, explaining, “Gwyneth Paltrow probably lives a very similar lifestyle, but I didn’t grow up with a bunch of money, so my tips are much more grounded: Repurposing things and making things at home.”
Unlike Paltrow’s strict elimination diet, Alba says her readers are welcome to pick and choose what they want from her book The Honest Life.