The Cooking Channel host's mantra? "Do what you love to do."
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In the first month of the year, many are searching for the best diets and best fitness workouts to help them jumpstart their wellness routines. Yet, Tia Mowry, cookbook author and host of the Cooking Channel's Tia Mowry at Home, believes that most people are skipping a really important step. She wonders: when it comes to eating healthy and remaining active, are you actually taking stock of what you love?

Mowry stopped by Cooking Light to share her tips for starting the year off right, focusing on the things that help her stay focused on her wellness journey. As the author of Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You, Mowry understands that a majority of her focus in the new year has to do what she eats.

"I start to focus on the ingredients that I use, I cook at home to see how much of what I'm actually using," she explains. "I focus on simple and tasty swaps for healthier snacks and meals."

But just because she focuses on incorporating healthier ingredients into her meals doesn't mean Mowry thinks of her diet as "a death sentence"—she tries to find the ingredients that she actually enjoys herself as opposed to those that may be trending.

When it comes to fitness, however, Mowry sticks to a different regimen than most: she loves yoga, and not because it promises fast, quick results, but because it helps it helps her remained centered.

"I absolutely love doing yoga. And it's not a vain thing—you may walk out with more muscles or tone, which is great, but for me it's about feeling good," Mowry explains. "If I feel good, then I'm going to continue on that journey… I love this idea of focusing on something and being grateful."

While yoga helps Mowry stay grounded, she doesn't believe it's an automatic solution for everyone: "Do what you love, and do what you love to do. Yoga may work for me, but some people—and I know it may sound crazy—some people may like to hula hoop. And guess what? You can workout with a hula hoop!"

Mowry's biggest tip for finding success on your wellness journey, whether you're just starting or have been practicing for years, is staying true to your preferences. "Whatever you love to do, whether that's hiking, or if you like to run, do it: because you'll be consistent with it."