About

COOKING TO A T IS A WEBSITE DEDICATED TO USING REAL FOOD TO MAKE FRESH, HEALTHY, AND HOMEMADE DISHES and blog about managing type 2 diabetes.

T'ara, the creator of Cooking to a T, holds a Master's degree in Nutrition Education from American University and specializes in long-term behavior change by addressing issues such as emotional eating and helping individuals reform their underlying behaviors and habits by setting attainable goals for them to become their healthiest selves. 

 

 

I started this website because I love to cook, am passionate about health and wellness, and I want to share my passion with the world.

Nothing makes me happier than putting together a meal with the freshest ingredients. Cooking is always a learning experience for me, especially when a dish I'm super excited about making fails. It just encourages me to try and try again. 

As a girl who's constantly battled with her weight and aims to be in the best shape I can be, cooking allows me to put healthy spins on my favorite "junk" food items. That way, I save on the extra calories and fat and see my waistline decrease. Who says healthy food has to be boring? Healthy food is way better than your local Chinese take out or local sub or pizza shop. It's all about combining the flavors you love the most into a satisfying dish. If health isn't a motivator, then maybe money may be. Learning to cook at home can save a ton of money. Dining out on a regular basis adds up over time, even if you're just spending $5 or $10 a day on food. Cooking at home can be fun. All it takes is a little patience, trial and error and open mindedness. 

However, since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my life has taken an unexpected turn. Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that carries fatal consequences if it isn't managed properly. Physical activity and a healthy diet are the two most important factors in blood glucose control, but that doesn't mean it's easy to keep up that regimen and it can get discouraging when the glucose numbers aren't where you want them to be. But, with constant effort and small changes each day, diabetes becomes more and more manageable each day. 

I hope you enjoy my site. I'm going to post about how food and type 2 diabetes impacts my life on a regular basis and what new creations I'm making in the kitchen. 

If you have any questions about my recipes or have any suggestions on what I should make, e-mail me at contact@cookingtoat.com. 

- T'ara Smith, MS, Nutrition Educator and Health Coach