Tia Mowry On Self-Care, Motherhood & Her Iconic Television Career — Exclusive

The 'Sister Sister' star shares how she puts herself first.

Tia Mowry is a TV legend. In the early ‘90s she starred in the hit sitcom Sister, Sister and her latest Netflix show, Family Reunion is streaming now. But she’s added more titles to her resume since then, like author, chef, and mom. To update fans on everything she has going on, Mowry stopped by The Dr. Oz Show to co-host for Celebrity Superfan Takeover Fridays. She shared the latest in her favorite self-care practices, health hacks, and what she experienced during her weight-loss journey. 

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Now, in an exclusive interview with DoctorOz.com, Morwy gets even deeper. She shares how she gets her kids to eat their vegetables, how she learned to put herself first as a busy mom of two, and what she’s learned as a successful actress over the course of her career.

On Putting Yourself First As a Busy Mom

Mowry says she was that mother who used to think of herself last — if at all. But everything shifted after she heard a quote that changed her viewpoint forever. “‘How can the goose lay the egg, if the goose doesn’t take care of herself?’ When I started to live by that perspective, I became a better wife, mom, friend, and sister,” says Mowry. “I just want to encourage women to take care of themselves. Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary for your happiness and the happiness of those around you.”

Mowry encourages others not to be afraid of starting small. She tries to get at least 20 minutes a day of exercise and tackles reading books by the chapter — not from start to finish. If you only have 10 minutes to spare, Mowry suggests meditating. She also makes tasks she does every day as easy as possible to tackle. For example, since she knows she takes supplements daily, she keeps them right next to her bed with a glass of water, so it’s the first thing she sees when she wakes up. Setting yourself up for small successes like this makes approaching your to-do list even easier. 

On Teaching Your Kids Healthy Habits

Over time, Mowry has gotten into a workout routine that she loves. “Yoga reminds me to breathe. And running is like a cup of coffee, it gets me energized,” she says. She also enjoys weight training and spin classes. 

Mowry wants to instill healthy habits in her kids from a young age so they’re better equipped as adults — but it’s not always easy to convince a toddler to eat their vegetables. Sometimes she has to get a little creative. “Putting veggies in a smoothie is my easiest, quickest, most successful tip,” she says. “Also, when you introduce a vegetable or fruit, try to pair it with a food your kids are already familiar with. For example, my kids love pancakes, so if I add raspberries on top of that, they’re more likely to eat it because they’re familiar with the pancake.”

TV Now & Then

TV today looks a lot different than when Mowry first started out in 1994. “We’re allowed to get deeper into the conversation and I love it,” says Mowry. “That’s been the best thing about working with Netflix. They’re allowing us to not sugar-coat topics that need to be discussed.”

When she looks back on her career, Mowry says she’s most proud of being able to stay true to herself in an industry that can be easy to crumble under other people’s expectations of you. “I’ve never followed trends. I’ve followed what I’m passionate about and I’m always pushing myself to try new things,” says Mowry. “ I’m proud that I didn’t allow being a mother stop me from achieving my goals and aspirations.”


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Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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