Identify your WHY - it’s different for every- body, write it down and paste it on your mirror. Sounds cliché, I know. However, writing down your WHY sends your consciousness and ev- ery single cell of your body a signal that says… “Hey I want this, and I mean it!” What will they make you feel? What will they bring into your life? Maybe you were diagnosed with high blood pressure, or high cholesterol (common conditions that we now see/think are normal; yet they are not!) Reversing these conditions can be your why; Or maybe you want to feel good/look good/have that sustained energy I keep referring to so often; this could be your why. Identify your why - it’s different for everybody, write It down and paste it on your mirror (I’m assuming you have a mirror that you look at every day). Sounds cliché, I know. However, writing down your why sends your consciousness and every single cell of your body a signal that says… “Hey I want this, and I mean it!” With your WHY sorted, Schedule your activities. For instance, if you have pilates or massage (I strongly believe we should have massages twice a month as part of our self-care) on a Wednesday, block your calendar in advance. Remember if it’s not scheduled, it won’t be done. Be very selfish with your goals by not allowing any competing interest or distractions. Remember it’s only through consistency that our activities become habits. Learn How To Meal Plan. Plan your success by planning your meals. This is big for me. Imagine coming back home after a stressful day at work. You are so tired and hungry (terrible combination) Where is your first stop? The kitchen. Yes..? You open the fridge and there is nothing you can eat right away. What’s your next available/ convenient action...? Take away! Ouch. It’s not only costly to your wallet, but also to your health; especially if not made from whole fresh ingredients. When you learn and begin planning your meals ahead of time, life becomes an adventure. You shop with a list that is consciously prepared with your health in mind, you manage your time better and experience low stress levels that often come with not knowing what to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My whole life shifted when we as a family sat together and created a menu based on foods we love. It feels so amazing when you feed your family or yourself (if you are cooking for one) fresh, home-cooked whole foods that contribute positively to their/your wellbeing. Where do you start? Easy. Sit and list the foods/ingredients that you love. Pair the foods into groups (protein, starch, fats, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds). Pick foods from each group and that’s a complete meal. Remember to keep it simple. Next step is to create a shopping list. Use the meals plan as a guide. If you can make your meals in batches the better. I do this with Githeri (fresh maize and peas/beans). I soak the grains overnight, boil in the morning, store in containers and freeze. When its Githeri day, it becomes easy to prepare the veggies (cabbage, carrots, courgettes, herbs and add the de-frosted githeri. Voila! Cooking double batches is a time-saver - You can do these with sauces, soups and stews. Lastly, savor the meals. Take time to give thanks, chew your food and experience the flavors on your plate. Be mindful. It’s a great habit for good digestion. These are my top three tips that have worked for myself and the many patients I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Please remember it’s a journey, and just like life, you don’t walk this wellness journey alone. So here is a bonus tip; Find friends/accountability partners who will consistently remind you that it’s not about perfection but progress. Bring the joy by encouraging each other. Are you surprised at how simple the tips are? Well, I warned you they were going to be simple. But again, shouldn’t it be simple? I hope you are inspired to make your health habits stick! To your well-being! Jennifer Mwangangi-Ayoti is a Chartered Marketer (UK), and a seasoned Wellness Coach at Licial Wellness. You can commune with her on this or related issues via mail at: Info@licialwellness.com. You can also visit the website at: www. licialwellness.com.