Tia Mowry, actress and best known for her role in Sister Sister has recently discussed what it's like living with Endometriosis, a life-changing illness that impacts a majority of Black women and minorities on a global world scale.
During Mowry’s early 20’s, she was diagnosed with the painful health disorder which later resulted in her having to undergo two surgeries. In an effort to avoid a third procedure, Mowry’s doctor shared that the secret to ultimately changing her entire life and condition resulted solely in her diet and the foods she consumed.
"She got me on the path to eating right. I learned that certain foods promote inflammation in the body, and that's important because endometriosis is a highly inflammatory condition," said Mowry in an interview with Shape. "I saw a huge shift in my health when I started to eat organic and avoid anything overly processed. Now I focus on real foods — vegetables, protein, grains. Foods that come from the earth."
Mowry’s condition resulted in her creating her own wellness company, Anser, which promotes must-have formulas that help a variety of health issues Black women often face. Mowry’s wellness company aims to help women feel more empowered to take charge of their health and self-image in a way that stems from cultivating deep self-love rituals and healthy habits within an everyday routine.
"At the same time, I realized there weren't any women of color in the wellness arena. I didn't see anyone who looked like me, and I wanted to change that," the 43-year-old actress said. “So I started Anser, which is a line of supplements that help us reach our health potential," she continued.
In addition to Tia’s life-changing wellness company, she wanted to change the scope of how we view eating healthy by creating her own cookbook, “The Quick Fix Kitchen,” which has also changed her children’s view on eating healthy and delicious recipes.
"My mission, especially with the book, is to inspire people to have a good time, make delicious meals, and not feel overwhelmed. In the end, cooking is about creating memories with your family," said Mowry. "Some of my favorite moments are on Sundays, when our whole family makes breakfast together."
Mowry adds, "My son, Cree, 9, helps prep. He loves mixing things. He is also getting comfortable with the stove and helps make eggs. My daughter, Cairo, 3, has a little ladder that she stands on to help out," the Instant Mom alum revealed. "Growing up, I used to cook with my family. I still remember those times — they're so dear to me. Cooking together as a family is such a bonding experience."