Behrs’, whose real life guilty pleasure is sour straws and pizza, was forced to rethink her lifestyle after she suffered a life-changing virus that left a stress rash covering her entire body for months when starring on “2 Broke Girls.”
“I quickly felt exhausted, burnt out and depressed. I was in pain all the time,” she wrote in the book.
At the same time, she said the anxiety she suffered as a kid had returned, tenfold, along with serious panic attacks.
“It was extremely difficult to keep up with physical demands of the show just to survive each week of shooting, Behrs writes in the book.
The 31-year-old actress penned the book about getting healthy to empower women to revamp their diet and exercise habits after she suffered a virus because of her unhealthy lifestyle.
“The only way to get it to go away was to get my immune system and health back on track. There was that sort of wakeup call which really led me to making sure that I prioritize self-care of self-love,” she told the Daily News.
Her new book dishes on cheap lifestyle hacks that will leave you feeling happy and healthy.
Sadly, we all can’t afford to take Tracy Anderson classes.
So Behrs recommends DIY workouts and swears by the YouTube channel “Yoga With Adriene,” which offers a variety of options from yoga for weight loss to more specific personal issues like Yoga for loneliness or stress.
“Finding out what makes you feel really great and what you enjoy doing is a process,” she said.
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“You don’t have to pay a monthly fee for a workout you’ve never tried and then you’re just committed to doing it because you paid for it and you’re not going to waste money – just making sure it brings you joy in your life.”
She also suggests “Meh” workouts, to avoid being a “lazy sludge monster,” the term she uses in the book to refer to how she used to live — eating doughnuts and funnel cakes every day and never working out.
Even if you hate physical activity, Behrs assures that the smallest bits of movement in a daily routine can help. She suggests a 10 minute walk to soak in the sun, or jump roping and hula hooping while binging Netflix. And don’t forget that dance is not just a night out activity — it could also be a workout, she explains.
She also suggests lunch break workouts that take a page from her personal routine, which is keeping resistance bands and foam rollers on hand to get in a quick stretch.
“Just a little something to move your body and sort of connect to yourself and prioritize yourself,” the star said.
There’s also a more serious work-out section for those who conquer the easy and cheap options.
When it comes to food, steer clear of reaching for that box of mac and cheese. If there’s one thing to invest in, it’s a blender.
“I think local farmer’s market produce — it’s cheap and it’s also super easy to throw in, there’s no cooking. You throw in some spinach, some frozen pineapple from Trader Joe’s and whatever else you want and you have a really healthy meal.”
She also urges broke women to still listen to her advice and hold back from saying you can’t cook because you can’t afford the ingredients.
“Total Me-Tox” is chock full of cheap recipe ideas, like the “No-Frills ‘gourmet’ chicken’ made up of simple ingredients like rosemary, mustard and chicken breasts and spaghetti and turkey meatballs — yes, you can still eat pasta!
“Get this,” Behrs writes. “Cooking, especially from whole ingredients, is way less expensive than ordering takeout.”
Behrs revealed she was plagued with crippling anxiety as a kid and it returned just when everything else started to fall apart at the time she got the stress rash.
Her panic attacks “kicked up a notch” during her sludgy times and she found it harder and harder to do what once came naturally to her.
So she turned to meditation instead to find intention and happiness in her life. The actress was introduced to transcendental meditation by fellow actress Whitney Cummings and she now practices for 20 minutes, several times a day, which ultimately helped her out of her afternoon slump. The practice has also calmed her road rage.
But for beginners, she suggests just a few minutes whenever you can fit it in during the day. Even by starting out with five minutes, “you’re going to miss it when you don’t have it,” she told The News.
“I’m more in tune with my intuition than I’ve ever been,” Behrs writes. She also noted her acting career is better than ever before thanks to her clear head and energy level.
Behrs advises creating your own cozy space to have some quiet time at home for meditation. She also personally uses equine therapy — which promotes physical and mental health through activities with horses — to help curb her anxiety and suggests that others should look into animal therapy also.
“The more mindfulness and meditative practice I brought into my life, the better things got for me,” Behr writes.
“Whatever small steps you’ve taken to improve your life — from making yourself a smoothie, to taking a walk to adding intention to your day…” she said. “I know it’s going to pay off for you.”