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Connie Britton's New Role: Healthy Living

The actress talks about mothering, staying healthy, and her work with cancer organizations.

Britton Stands Up for Pro-Choice continued...

"I have been very lucky about that. We did an abortion story on Friday Night Lights that was so well done that people on both sides of the issue actually embraced and loved the episode," she says. "For me, I speak out about women having a choice and having options for excellent health care, and it's really about caring for all women, for all people. I want to have productive conversations about showing empathy for women. I can always hear anybody's point of view."

Becoming a single mom at 44 brought her own views on childbearing into sharper focus. "Listen, I am a single mom who has a great life. I am so fortunate," Britton says. "I have the resources to have help when I need it, but even so, it is still overwhelming and exhausting. And like it or not, if women don't have a right to choose about their body, they will have to take that on and the men can leave. No child should grow up with a mother who can't take care of him. There's really no woman who can spiritually survive being an ineffectual mother. We need to be able to mother our children."

Connie's Health and Beauty Secrets

At 46, Britton has hair, skin, and a body that women 10 years younger envy. What's her secret?

Know your body's needs. "I've developed bulging discs in my back, and so I have really had to find exercises for those kinds of injuries," Britton says. For her, that's Pilates and hot yoga.

Get back to nature. "I love walking and hiking and anything outside," says Britton. She's fallen in love with Nashville's parks, especially Radnor Lake, an oasis of trails and wildlife in the heart of the city.

Tweak your bad habits. "I tried to cut sugar out because if I have a little, I can't stop. I love chocolate so much!" She's found a brand of chocolate sweetened with beet sugar. "I really try to make that my treat. Technically that means I'm taking care of myself!"

Get your beauty sleep. "Sleep is probably the No. 1 thing we need to stay healthy," she says. "But listen, these days if I have a night where I get 7 hours' sleep, I feel like I'm doing a good job. If I had a day for myself, I'd take a nap!"

Know what you're putting in your body. "When I have the time, I make fresh fruit and vegetable juices," Britton says. "But when I can't do that, I try to find a juice place near work where I know the quality of the products they're using."

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Reviewed on October 14, 2013

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