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Course Wrap Up: Kickstart 2024 – A Journey to Healthier Habits

Embarking on a journey to healthier habits is a transformative process, no matter where you are in life – whether you’re an athlete, a professional navigating office life, or someone charting a unique path.

Our recent course, inspired by the principles in James Clear’s “Atomic Habits,” offered a deep dive into the art of habit formation. Throughout this course, we delved deep into the four fundamental pillars of health โ€“ food, sleep, movement, and relaxation/mental health. Each pillar stands as a cornerstone of well-being, and we explored them with a focus on practical, actionable strategies.ย 

Here are the top lessons we learned about creating lasting changes in health and wellness:

  1. The Power of Self-Reflection:

Understanding where you currently stand in terms of health and habits is crucial. Self-reflection helps identify areas for improvement and sets the stage for meaningful change. It’s about acknowledging your strengths and recognizing habits that may be holding you back.

Example: If you notice you’re consistently skipping breakfast, leading to overeating later in the day, this reflection can prompt a change in your morning routine to include a healthy breakfast.

  1. SMART Goals for Habit Success:

Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals is a game-changer in habit formation. Whether it’s improving sleep, enhancing nutrition, increasing physical activity, or boosting mental health, SMART goals provide a clear and structured path to follow.

Example: A SMART goal for better sleep could be, “I will sleep for 7 uninterrupted hours each night for the next month by going to bed at 10 PM and waking up at 5 AM.

  1. Creating a Conducive Environment:

Your surroundings play a significant role in habit formation. By organizing your space to support good habits (like setting up a supplement station or creating a relaxation corner), you make it easier to stick to your new routines.

Example: If you’re trying to exercise more, keep your workout gear visible and easily accessible. This could mean laying out your gym clothes the night before or setting up a small home gym in a convenient space.

  1. Understanding the Habit Loop:

The habit loop, consisting of cue, craving, response, and reward, is fundamental in habit formation. Recognizing and utilizing these elements can help in creating new habits or altering existing ones.

Example: For a habit like drinking more water, the cue could be placing a water bottle on your desk, the craving is the thirst or the goal to hydrate, the response is drinking water, and the reward is the feeling of quenching your thirst and staying hydrated.

  1. Overcoming Setbacks with Resilience:

Setbacks are a natural part of the habit formation process. It’s important to view them as learning opportunities rather than failures. Maintaining perspective and using setbacks as stepping stones are key to long-term habit sustainability.

Example: If you miss a day of meditation, instead of feeling like you’ve failed, view it as an opportunity to understand what hindered your practice and plan to overcome it the next day.

  1. The Importance of Discipline Over Motivation:

While motivation can fluctuate, discipline ensures consistency. Building small, manageable habits and shaping your environment to support these habits can cultivate discipline, leading to lasting change.

Example: Establishing a routine for a morning walk, regardless of how you feel when you wake up. This discipline ensures that you stick to your exercise habit even on days when you’re not particularly motivated.

The journey to forming healthier habits is filled with learning and growth. By applying these key lessons, you can navigate the path to better health with confidence and clarity. Remember, each small step is a part of a larger journey towards a healthier, happier you.

๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ New Course Alert: Journey into Functional Nutrition ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ

We’re thrilled to kick off our 4-week course on โ€œFunctional Nutrition: A Path to Vibrant Healthโ€ starting Monday, 5th February. This course is all about understanding how food influences not just your body, but also your mind and overall well-being. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ช

Week 1: Balancing Nutritional Needs

Dive into the essentials of functional nutrition, exploring the balance between micros and macros, the truth about fats and carbs, and the importance of protein.

Week 2: Food as Medicine

Discover natural ways to reduce inflammation, boost energy, and enhance mental clarity through diet. Learn why a colorful diet is key to optimal health.

Week 3: Navigating Challenges and Misconceptions

Uncover the truth about seed oils, alternative sweeteners, tap water quality, and the reality behind superfoods and detox diets.

Week 4: The Power of Testing

Understand the importance of blood work, insulin testing, and the role of gut health in overall health. We’ll also discuss the necessity and balance of dietary supplements.

๐Ÿฅ— Whether you’re looking to enhance your health, manage specific conditions, or simply curious about the power of food, this course is for you.

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