As the author of a clean eating cookbook, you may never have guessed there was a time when Tia Mowry struggled with keeping a healthy lifestyle.
Opening up in her new book Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You released on Tuesday, the actress and cooking show host revealed her past with diet pills.
In one excerpt published by People, Tia recalled her diet of junk food on the set of Sister, Sister with her twin Tamera Mowry.
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"TV sets are always catered, so I was surrounded by junk food 24/7. To my teenage self, it was like living in a Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Everything I wanted was at my fingertips: Twizzlers, M&M's, Starbursts, potato chips, you name it. And if something I craved wasn't there, all I had to do was ask: ‘Chocolate chip cookies, please?' And they simply appeared. It was heaven. If heaven leads to health problems, that is."
It was then in her late teens she decided to start taking diet pills, admitting:
"I didn't feel fat, but the pressure of being on television and wanting to look sexy and beautiful took over. I'm not proud of it. I got skinny, true, but the pills caused my heart to race, and I knew in my gut that I was hurting myself."
While taking a psychology class at Pepperdine Unniversity, Tia revealed how her teacher advised her to burn a piece of paper with "Give up diet pills" on it:
"I had never told anyone about the pills, but I got honest in class. As I watched the paper crackle and burn, something in me released. I haven't touched diet pills since that day, and thankfully, I haven't wanted to."
But it wasn't much later that the actress learned she had endometriosis after experiencing severe abdominal pain. After two laparoscopic surgeries, her doctor suggested she try cutting dairy out from her diet:
"It had never even occurred to me that something I had always eaten (so innocently) could be causing me such harm. Now here was a well-respected doctor telling me that my problem — my big, you-may-never-get-pregnant problem — came down to my favorite foods: butter, cheese, and gelato. It was like a slap in the face."
Cutting out "processed foods, refined sugar, and dairy" she found her migraines and eczema had disappeared:
"As if that wasn't enough, I got a bigger surprise about a year after I began eating this way: I started to feel deeply, thrillingly alive. I had more energy than I remember ever having… The cherry on top of this dairy-free sundae is that I got pregnant. Quickly,. Given all of my health issues, I hadn't expected it to happen so fast — if at all — but after I'd been following my new regimen for just twelve months, Cory came to visit me in Atalanta, and a few weeks later, we got the happy news!"
We're so glad to hear how much the 38-year-old is loving her healthy lifestyle!!
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