Time to cut the CRAP!

cut-the-crap-e1421657435113-630x446By the time Christmas and New Year’s Eve are finally over, most people feel like they need to make a shift in their health. Typically, the word, “detox” gets bandied around a bit, health pros start getting asked the usual, “how can I shift a few kilos quickly” line and you spend your lunch hour surfing the internet for the hottest new gyms and latest get-fit-quick workouts. Right?


We get it! And instead of giving you a thousand pieces of advice about the best approach, we’re going to assume that deep down, you actually do understand that all you’ve really gotta do is pull your finger out, get your regular fitness routine back on track and ditch some of the dodgy nutrition habits you picked up over the break.

Right?

Thought so.

 

JOIN OUR HEALTH BOOST CHALLENGE!

But if you need some clear direction, then join a few of your fellow AGOGIANS in our all-February-long, self imposed health boost challenge. If you’re keen, watch out for our kick-off posts on Instagram (@agogabondi) and get on board so we can all take it on together. If you’re only feeling half-committed to the cause, try joining us for just the first 10 days of Feb instead. Hey, it’s a good start ;)

But first, what exactly are you getting yourself into…?

Well, we’ve decided to take a leaf out of celeb trainer James Duigan’s book and for the entire month of love, we’re cutting out the CRAP – and it’s a zero tolerance policy!

 

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY?

Basically, from February 1st to 28th, not a single bit of THIS will pass our lips…

C – caffeine & crappy carbs
R – refined sugar
A – alcohol
P – processed foods

What does a day in the life look like? We’ll leave the specifics up to you, but we’ll be posting lots of updates of all the healthy stuff we’re getting up to on Instagram, and a typical day might look something like this…

  • Wake up, sip on water with a squeeze of lemon/lime juice, head to the gym
  • Workout!
  • Recover with a small piece of fruit within 15-20 minutes of finishing your session
  • Breaky could be eggs and greens, or a little meat/fish with nuts, or some plain organic yoghurt with seeds and berries. At a pinch or in a weak moment, avo on sourdough, drizzled with olive oil will be accepted!
  • Green juice for morning tea
  • Big salad with lots of greens, avocado, tomato, a protein or whole grain of your choice, plus some feta for lunch
  • Afternoon tea of easy-peasy, home made almond meal muffins/buffins (see recipe below)
  • Dinner of organic protein of choice, green veggies, maybe some sweet potato or pumpkin
  • Scoop of coconut yoghurt, or chamomile tea with coconut milk and honey for dessert

You have one more week to live it up athletes and then… it’s ON!

 

FREESTYLE FRIDAYS

Oh and don’t forget, if you’ve got a New Years resolution to be more active and healthy, but find it tempting to fall back into your old habits with Friday night work drinks… then join Dru and the crew for FREESTYLE FRIDAYS at 6:10pm! It’s the SIGNATURE format that you know and love, but with the freedom to choose your own resistance/cardio exercises based on your goals. Dru will be there to support and keep you on track. Or, if you need a bit more guidance, just tell him your goals and he’ll tailor workout just for you.

To book, just sign in via the timetable like you would for any normal class.

 


 

EASY-PEASY MUFFINS

What you’ll need

  • 1 cup of almond flour or almond meal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar OR sub for plain yoghurt
  • Add in your favourite healthy extras to “Make ‘Em Your Own” – apple/cinnamon, dark choc/coconut, walnut/banana, or plain!
  • Optional: add a handful of oats to make them heartier!

What you’ll do

  • Preheat your oven to 180°
  • Combine almond flour/meal and baking soda together in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, syrup/honey and vinegar
  • Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing until combined (+ add any ‘extras’)
  • Scoop batter into paper muffin cups, or a lined tin
  • Bake (still at 180°) for 20-30 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges
  • Allow to cool in the pan before serving with a little bit of organic butter!

Good luck trying not to eat the whole batch… lucky they’re so easy to make and you can just whip up another one in a heartbeat if you do!

HINT: if you don’t have a muffin tin, or just can’t be bothered, make BUFFINS (biscuit-muffins) instead by lining a tray with baking paper, greasing with butter and shaping your mix into cookie-shapes instead! We love them this way!

Libby Babet

Libby is the founder of AGOGA. She is also the new trainer for Channel TEN’s "The Biggest Loser: Transformed," fitness expert for Women’s Fitness Magazine and 'entertrainer’ for the Hit Network. Libby also founded BUF Girls and Chief Bar.

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