Actress Beth Behrs

Have you seen Beth Behrs on Two Broke Girls, Potatoheads? She’s easily one of our favorite funny women (not to mention that she is incredibly stunning and down-to-earth). We love Behrs’ honest approach to beauty, strong belief in self-love, and have spent more than a few hours reading her wellness site (and new book). Wondering how she stays in such great shape and how she’d spend an ideal food day in NYC? Read below; consider this your Monday pick-me-up…

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From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

My ideal healthy food day would be in Los Angeles, cooking each meal in my kitchen. My ideal not-so-healthy food day would be in NYC. This town has the best food in the world. I’d start my morning by having a lavender Earl Grey tea from the Tea Bar in Williamsburg. Then I’d head across the road for a vegan breakfast crepe and Pina Green Smoothie from The Little Choc Apothecary. For lunch, I’d have soup dumplings from The Bao on St. Marks. Then a big Italian dinner with friends with lots of red Italian wine at i Sodi. I’d finish the night having a penicillin cocktail at Attaboy on the LES.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I look and feel my best when I’m taking quiet time for myself each day. For me that always consists of Transcendental Meditation twice a day for twenty minutes, and if I have the time, I do a kundalini yoga practice in the morning. I also always feel the most beautiful, happy and healthy when I’m out in nature. I try to spend as much time as possible trail riding with my rescue horse, Belle, hiking, riding my bike, going on a jog around the neighborhood, etc.

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What are your morning and nightly beauty regimens?

In the morning, I usually don’t like to wash my face with anything but a splash of cold water. Then, I use Kiehl’s face moisturizer. At night, I wash with Cetaphil and use Resurface by Shani Darden and Restorsea Restoring Night Cream. I like to start my day with a glass of warm water, lemon and honey from our backyard bees. I end my day with a turmeric tea that boosts my immune system (recipe in my book The Total Metox).

What are your go-to workouts?

I get bored with workouts easily, so I like to change it up each day. Workouts that don’t feel like workouts – like chasing my horse around the pasture – are always my favorites. I also love free Yoga With Adriene videos on Youtube (especially when I’m traveling – perfect for hotel rooms!). Some more I like are Barry’s Bootcamp, boxing with my trainer Gabe Johns, Kettlebell lifting/fight training with Mark Wildman, and jogging/hiking outside.

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A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since your teen years…

Cetaphil and Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover! They’re gentle on my very sensitive skin.

Favorite products to use to prep for a long day on set?

Chlorophyll water, Essentia PH Water, and La Croix – essentially a plethora of water options.

What’s your perfect smoothie comprised of? Your perfect salad?

I prefer to “drink my salads,” so any smoothie with tons of spinach and kale, with enough pineapple or mango to counteract the bitter taste of the veggies!

Do you have a personal mantra? What is it? 

It’s a meditation from kundalini yoga – you chant Sa Ta Na Ma

SA is birth, the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was, is, or will be.

TA is life, existence, and creativity which manifests from infinity.

NA is death, change, and the transformation of consciousness.

MA is rebirth, regeneration, and resurrection which allows us to consciously experience the joy of the infinite.

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What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Almond butter with brown rice cakes, apples, baby carrots and hummus.

What inspired you to work on The Total ME-Tox?

As I’ve started to make self-care a priority in my life, I’ve noticed a massive shift in my happiness and my overall state of well-being. I wrote The Total ME-Tox in the hopes that it will empower women to be authentic and the best version of themselves, without striving for perfection. I wanted to bring it back to what TRULY matters: loving yourself, serving others and enjoying the journey. This is a journey that I am still on myself, but I feel like I am getting stronger everyday.

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What’s your idea of a perfect date night?

Opening a beautiful bottle of Italian red wine and drinking it while cooking a delicious meal with my fiancé and listening to Ella Fitzgerald on vinyl. Then binge-watching Chef’s Table while we snuggle our dog Betty on the couch.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to women looking to be healthier?

Try to live truthfully and authentically – free of pressure to perform, compete or check off “boxes;” get to know and love yourself and prioritize self-care. Self-care/self love equals success.

What has been your favorite part of working on Two Broke Girls?

Everything, but especially working with my best friend Kat Dennings.

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How do you get into character?

I take time to do yoga, roll out and stretch before every tape night. I do a LOT of physical comedy so my body has to be very warmed up.

What issue are you particularly passionate right now and why?

Being a voice for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. I just started a non-profit with my dear friend and horse whisperer Cassandra Ogier called SheHerdPower. We provide cost-free equine guided empowerment weekends for survivors. Horses mirror humans’ emotional terrain. Some equine scientists say they do this, in part, because we share the same limbic system. As prey, horses are also always reading the environment, and in the presence of humans they pick up on our feelings and intentions.

In the SheHerdPower weekends, the women work out how to be clear, direct and confident, as well as learn tools to become grounded and in tune with their bodies, distinct from the mind. They learn to set boundaries and step into authentic leadership. Often, women by nature tend to put everyone else before themselves. Self-care and self-love become secondary to everything and everyone. When you are in the presence of horses they demand you to be fully present and consistently in the moment. They also demand authenticity in order for there to be meaningful communication. Learning that your authentic self is “enough” to communicate with these massive, mystical creatures is empowering, and I truly believe it ultimately leads to a greater self-worth.

Being surrounded by nature – rolling hills and sunshine – away from technology, traffic, and city life, allows you to breathe and relax in the present moment and come back to the self. At the end of the day, I believe it’s self-care and self-love that ultimately lead to success, happiness and a more fulfilled life. This was also my catalyst for writing The Total ME-tox.

In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato?

Prioritizing self-care. Giving back to your community. Standing up for what you believe in. Finding your voice and using it.

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Read our interviews with actresses Hannah Simone of New Girl and Madeline Brewer of the Handmaid’s Tale.

*Beth Behrs, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann