FREE Nutrition Workshop + Top 5 Recommended Books


It’s January and that means working out and eating better is front of mind for most people. If you’re an Agogian, your workouts are sorted already, so now it’s time to get your food on track!


FREE Nutrition Workshop!

Come join us at AGOGA for our free workshop where we’ll be talking about our experience with nutrition, what’s worked for us as individuals in different scenarios, our years of guiding others through nutritional strategies unique to their goals and/or genetics, as well as answering as many of your questions as we can in an open panel discussion. We’d love to see as many of you there on the night as possible, and feel free to bring your friends along too.

We’ll also open registration for our two lean body programs for the summer, so you can find out all about those at the end of the chat, if you’re keen to get involved.

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Wednesday, January 27 at 6:45pm (we’ll wrap it up by 7:45pm)
Where: AGOGA, 164 Bondi Road, Bondi
What to bring: Just yourself and your burning questions although feel free to bring a notebook.
What to wear: Whatever you damn well please! Workout gear, a suit, jeans, a dress or a pair of boardies, it’s just a casual discussion and a chance to pick your trainers’ brains a little. You could even train right beforehand if you like, as we’ll run a few early classes on the night!
How to book: Just sign up to it as you would a regular class – it’s a free workshop and will not affect your membership. Non-members can sign up for free the same way.
Cost: FREE – bring your mates!

Your Panel

  • Veronika Larisova: Exercise Physiologist, industry educator and ultra trail runner, co-founder of Chief Nutrition
  • Libby Babet: AGOGA founder and ex-elite sprint, dance and touch football athlete. Women’s Fitness expert and founder of the @bufgirls
  • Justin Alexander: AGOGA trainer, ex-elite soccer player and Muay Thai fighter, co-founder of @foodfixup
  • Nic Mendoza-Jones: AGOGA trainer and functional strength specialist, corporate lawyer (only on the side these days) and known for his obsessive research and self-experimentation when it comes to nutrition and new methods of training (Mace, Indian Clubs, next-level Kettlebell moves, you name it).





Next up, check out my top 5 nutrition reads below to get started on those resolutions and learn some cool new stuff 😉

Vee’s Top Nutrition Reads

When I first went to university we didn’t have Internet, which meant no Google, Facebook or e-books, and I spent many sunny afternoons looking for information in a dusty library. It was annoying and time consuming but it had one big advantage: I could be certain that all the information I found was based on the results of scientific research and therefore valid and reliable (at least until scientists came up with and published something new!).

Today, we have easy access to information anywhere and anytime which is amazing but it can also be very confusing. Anybody can write anything and we often find lots of conflicting information.

So how do you find out what is and isn’t reliable; which books are worth reading and which are a waste of your precious time?

We have done the hard work for you and compiled a list of our top 5 books about nutrition that are the most comprehensive and science based but easy to read and practical at the same time. All you have to do now is download them, or purchase them in the old-school way, at a bookshop, and read away ☺

1. Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total health and Longer Life by Nora T. Gedgaudas.

Although we often cringe at the word ‘Paleo’ as it has been widely exploited in marketing all sorts of pseudo-healthy (but often full of junk) foods, this book is actually an amazing intro to the world of eating for optimal health and longevity. It’s my nutrition bible written by a nutritional scientist with a huge reference list, yet very easy and fun to read. It explains how today’s diet is making the human population ill and overweight and provides practical guidance on how to make healthy choices without becoming a social outcast. It covers a wide range of topics, from our ancestor’s nutrition to the old-school food pyramid and packaged food epidemic. It explains gut and immune connection, brain and gut connection, digestion and nutrition assimilation, hormones, genetics and nutrigenomics, as well as giving an overview of diseases caused by poor nutrition. It will give you answers to questions about grains and gluten sensitivity, soy, sugar and sugar cravings, processed foods, fats, transfats, the cholesterol myth, carbohydrate metabolism, protein, , weight loss, calorie counting, detoxification and most of today’s hot topics.

*This book is the best guide on surviving in the world of processed foods, crazy diet trends and overindulging.

2. “Sweet Poison” by David Gillespie

Is there anybody who hasn’t heard about this book? But how many have actually read it? Sweet poison is an analysis of recent scientific research on the causes of the obesity epidemic. The book takes a hard look at the research supporting the, ‘fat makes you fat and exercise makes you thin’ public belief. Written by a once obese lawyer, this book explains what sugar does to our body and gives an insight into the ‘nutrition-money game’.

The most interesting facts revealed:

  • In the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than a kilogram a week.
  • You would need to run 7km every day of your life just to not put on weight as a result of eating that much sugar.
  • Two decades ago 1 in 14 adult Australians were obese; that figure is now 1 in 5.
  • The ‘natural’ sugar in one glass of unsweetened fruit juice per day for a year is enough to add just over 2.5kg your waistline.
  • The more sugar we eat, the more we want. Food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through ‘non-sweet’ products, such as bread, sauces, soups and cereals.

*Reading this book is one of the best cures for sugar cravings.

3. “500 Top Health and Nutrition Questions Answered” by Patrick Holford

This is the easiest and most practical nutrition reading. Patrick Holford is one of the world’s best nutritionists and answers all the questions he frequently gets asked. If you are after practical nutrition tips but don’t care that much about a detailed scientific explanation, this book is perfect for you! It covers a variety of topics such as diet and nutrition, supplements and herbal remedies, diseases and common ailments, mental health, pregnancy, fertility and sex, energy and sleep, stress and fatigue, skin and hair, men’s and women’s health, weight loss and more. It even includes a practical guide to dealing with hangovers! You can definitely trust this guy.

Patrick is a founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, director of the Food for the Brain foundation and an honorary fellow of the British Association of Nutritional Therapy. He was one of the first promoters of the importance of essential fats and antioxidants who has over 30 nutrition books under his belt.

*If you’re spending too much money asking your nutritionist or naturopath basic questions about your health, get this book to cover the basics instead 😉
Two Specialty Reads…

4. For the girls – “Balance Your Hormones: The Drug-Free Guide to Improving Your Hormonal Health” by Patrick Holford & Kate Neil

A must-read for all the girls out there explaining how diet affects our hormonal balance and how women can balance their hormones naturally to achieve optimal health, fitness and longevity. It covers all sensitive topics such as endometriosis, thyroid dysfunction, weight issues, polycystic ovaries, osteoporosis, PMS and post-natal depression just to name few.

5. When you’re ready to go beyond the basics and get a little experimental – “The 4-Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss

AGOGA’s newest trainer and biggest book nerd, Nic and our founder Libby are both reading this at the moment and as a result, they’ve both started eating sardines in olive oil for breakfast!! The content is a little controversial but so engaging and well researched. It’s a really great book for anyone wanting to go beyond the basics and get experimental with their nutrition to take things next level. And of course, for those short on time and patience 😉

Veronika Larisova

Vee is our resident Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist and strength and conditioning coach. She's a keen runner and loves a good ultra marathon trail run! She's also Co-Founder of Chief Bar, Australia's first meat based protein bar. Follow Vee on instagram @veronikalarisova.

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