In her new book book Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You, the 38-year-old recalls the dangerous steps she took to maintain her figure.
‘I didn’t feel fat, but the pressure of being on television and wanting to look sexy and beautiful took over,’ she wrote in an excerpt published by People, explaining that she started taking diet pills. ‘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.’
Part of the problem was that she had constant access to craft services on the set of Sister, Sister, meaning snacks were always on hand.
”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,’ she said.
‘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.’
Eventually, while attending Pepperdine University, she stopped taking the pills, inspired by a lecture in her psychology class.