For Tia Mowry, being a teenage star naturally came with its perks. There was the fame and fortune that came from television stardom. There was the chance to launch herself into a steady career of acting. But what people didn’t see was that the pressure of looking great primetime TV forced her into some pretty bad habits, too. This is what she reveals in her new cookbook, Whole New You.
You might know Tia Mowry from the 90’s sitcom, Sister, Sister, where she starred with real-life twin Tamera. In those days, television sets were always catered. That was where her troubles started.
Junk Food Everywhere
“I was surrounded by junk food 24/7,” she writes, “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.”
Tia admits that she didn’t feel particularly fat, despite the delectable temptations surrounding her. However, with the pressure to look all slim and gorgeous piling on, Mowry turned to diet pills. The pills did more harm than help.
“I got skinny, true, but the pills caused my heart to race, and I knew in my gut that I was hurting myself.”
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For Sister, Sister fans, hearing about this may come as quite the shock. In the show, between Tia and Tamera (the characters shared their names with the actresses), Tia was the responsible one. She’s the one who typically came off more measured – the whip-smart problem solver, as opposed to the impulsive Tamera. It’s hard to imagine Tia wrestling with such struggles behind the scenes.
She finally faced her issues in class, and at the advice of a professor wrote “give up diet pills” on a piece of paper and threw it in a fireplace. “Something in me released,” she confessed. Since that day, she hasn’t turned back to the pills, nor wanted to.
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More Health Issues?
That wasn’t the end of her health issues, however, because she was soon diagnosed with endometriosis. That’s a condition that causes pain in the pelvic area.
The doctor suggested that she change her diet. Otherwise, she’d have major health consequences – like infertility – on her hands. “It was like a slap in the face,” she admitted, learning she’d have to give up some of her favorite foods like butter, cheese, and gelato.
But the actress used it as inspiration to prepare her cookbook. Now, Tia Mowry hosts Cooking Channel’s Tia Mowry at Home. She and her husband Cory Hardrict have a son. And seeing her smile on the cover of Whole New You, she could not be happier.