Tia Mowry Shows Her Passion for Cooking as WeightWatchers' New Ambassador: 'Food is My Love Language'

When it comes to healthy living, Tia Mowry's focus doesn't stop at what's on her plate. The actress, mom, author and TV personality is all about understanding

how different ingredients can affect her body and mind. Between the value Mowry places on food education and her taste for the culinary world, she's stepping up as WeightWatchers

newest ambassador. "When I think about food, I think about how it brings people together," the Sister, Sister alum tells PEOPLE exclusively. According to Mowry, 44,

WeightWatchers values fit seamlessly with her own: "I feel like we share the same passions," she says of the program. "Food, health and community." Mowry's professional

trajectory in recent years has reflected just how passionate she is about food. From 2015 through 2017, she hosted her own Cooking Channel series, Tia Mowry at Home. The former

child star has also written two cookbooks–Whole New You and Quick Fix Kitchen–and she released her cookware line, Spice! By Tia Mowry, in 2021. "Food is my love language.

Food is how I nurture myself. Food is how I nurture my family, my friends," says Mowry. "I absolutely get so excited when I create content around food. It never really feels like

work for me. Cooking is how I wind down. It's how I zen out."  Mowry found food and cooking at a time when she was searching for that sense of solace and belonging.

After Sister, Sister wrapped in 1999, she and her twin, Tamera, enrolled at Pepperdine University to study psychology. At the time, Mowry was "at the crossroads" of being a young

adult, as she recalls, and wasn't sure where she was heading.