#ThrowbackThursday Post: Important Steps Towards Healthier Eating

Here’s a blog I wrote in 2011, check it out!


You’ve made the decision to change up your diet and start eating healthily. As a child of the noughties, you’ve done your research online and absolutely everyone has a suggestion: Shakes for breakfast and lunch and a cooked dinner, The Maple Syrup Diet, The South Beach diet, The Atkins diet…aaargghh! What is the best way to navigate through the nutritional maze??

Why not start with these small but very important changes?

1. Always Eat Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and I am speaking from experience. I recently made changes to my breakfast and was pleasantly surprised by the changes I noticed within 2-3 weeks.

The simplest way to explain why you need breakfast is: Say you don’t feed your body all
morning. Come lunchtime, you feel hungry, your mind and your body tell you that you need to eat a lot to make up for not eating breakfast. Of course you deserve a bigger than usual portion of food. Seconds? Why not? I’ve noticed that I eat much more than I need to when I’m very hungry, so I aim to never get to the point where I am “starving” (which I doubt I’ve ever really been).

TIP: A bowl of wholegrain cereal (e.g. quaker oats, weetabix or shredded wheat) with milk. And a piece of fruit.

2. Drastically Reduce Fried Food
The first thing that comes to mind is ‘dodo’ – fried plantain. You will not find a bigger supporter of how good it tastes than me but (and it’s a big BUT) it is deep fried. When I do fry plantain, it goes straight from the frying pan to a bed of kitchen towels – to soak up the oil and even then, I am still amazed by how much oil it absorbs.

Cast your mind back to the last time you ate dodo and jollof rice with fried meat at a party. How much oil was left on your plate when you were finished? If there is that much oil left on the plate, try and imagine how much oil you’ve just ingested? Oil is 100% fat. Do the maths.

TIP: Instead of frying plantain, why not boil, even better grill or roast it – everybody loves ‘boli’.

3. Surely not that much Oil!

Yes – more on Oil. It does not make food taste better – when you have time, please taste warm oil (not that I have). Does it taste nice? Definitely not. So why are we so insistent on generously pouring oil into the pot when cooking stew?

I recall my friends making fun of me and my “Weight Watchers Stew” while I was at Uni and faithful to Weight Watchers (I had 40 pounds to lose). And for no other reason other than it didn’t have the usual inch of oil floating on top. Did it taste good? Yes it did because I seasoned it properly and I can cook ;-)

Remember – chicken and meat have animal fats/oils in them which I believe provides more than enough oil without the need to add unnecessary amounts of vegetable, sunflower, etc oil.

TIP: Swap Fried Chicken for Baked/Roasted Chicken.

4. Control your portions
I love rice – jollof rice, fried rice, white rice, you name it. I love yam – fried yam (yummy!), asaro (love it but why all that palm oil? Yes I can’t stop thinking about oil, lol), pounded yam… Bottom line – I love food.

I’m not saying cut out everything you’re used to. Just modify (less oil), eat these processed carbohydrates less often and eat them in less generous portions. No one wants to eat 4 mouthfuls of food and call it a meal. Bulk up your meals with vegetables and no I don’t mean efo and egusi (yes you guessed it – palm oil).

TIP: Rice (fist sized serving), a couple of pieces of chicken (not fried) and steamed mixed vegetables (chopped carrots, peas, sweet corn, etc)

5. Snack Often

No I don’t mean a pack of plantain chips or chin-chin. Neither do I mean a meat pie or sausage roll. Sorry ;-)

I remember when I joined a weight loss program in 2002, I expected to be told to eat only 3 meals a day, I was surprised when we were advised to eat breakfast, snack an hour or two after, eat lunch, snack again, eat dinner and maybe snack if I’m up later than usual. By doing this, I noticed I hardly ever felt very hungry. I didn’t feel tired and it was easier than I expected to start eating healthier.

TIP: Fruit or a handful of nuts.

Try these and you’ll be amazed by the changes you see within a month. Of course exercise is important but I am a strong believer in taking things one step at a time… So why not start with your diet?

Good Luck!

Photo Credit: Google & ‘So you think you can cook’ on Facebook.

Interval Training – Sprint Interval Workout

Sprint Intervals Fat Burning

Monday morning post-sprint interval glow today :)

I can’t say this enough times – you will save time, burn more fat, build endurance and fitness and burn more fat with high intensity interval training (HIIT).

Constantly challenging your body (heart, lung, muscles!) by unleashing your inner Usain Bolt and sprinting, then giving yourself just enough time to catch your breath before going again is more effective than running at a constant steady space in double or triple the time.

Last month, I decided to go back to my ritual of kicking off my week with sprint intervals and I haven’t looked back. Now I’ve invited my followers on social media to be my 5.30am Monday sprint buddies and I think they’re loving it ;)

PLEASE NOTE: It is important you get the all clear from your Doctor, especially if you have any health concerns or are new to exercise.
Depending on your level of fitness and/or injuries, modify this workout to suit YOU.
E.g. Power walking instead of sprints. If you have any specific questions, leave a comment below.


  1. Warm up (5-10 minutes) – light jog
  2. Stretch (prep your muscles and joints) – focus on hamstrings, calves, quads and
  3. 20s SPRINT (@ 8-9% RPE*)
  4. 40-60s LIGHT JOG OR WALK (4% RPE)
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for a total of 10 sets
  6. Cool down (5 minutes) – gentle walk

Try this once a week for the month and thank me later.



Work Your Arms & Your Core With This InchWorm Combo

Two things inspired this quick blog post and video:

  1. The common question asked by people who have just 30 minutes to spare for an effective workout, “Can you share ideas for quick workouts?”.
    One of my answers is: 20 minutes of interval training (e.g. sprints) followed by a quick core workout.
  2. How awesome I felt after a morning workout, bearing in mind that just 45 minutes earlier, I hit the snooze button twice and dragged my tired body out of bed in a bad mood. My change of mood was all thanks to endorphins (feel good hormones) released after my workout and we all need anything that makes us feel good. Well, try exercise!

Below is a quick upper body & core exercise to add to your workout three mornings next week. “What workout?” I hear you ask…

  • 20 minutes of jogging or power walking
  • Sprint Intervals: 8-10 sets of (30 seconds of sprints, 1 minute of light jogging/walking)
  • Any workout of your choice

Finish off with this exercise and thank me later.

Please note there are two options, so you should watch the entire video.

10 REPS | 45 seconds of REST | 5 SETS

TIP: Keep your core engaged when you are in plank position (hips shouldn’t sag towards the floor or stick up in the air). Try it and let me know how much fun you have with it :)

If you add this to your next workout, comment below and let me know!



Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Egg Muffins

Paleo Healthy Egg Muffins

Before I go into simple recipe, I have to give credit where credit is due.

This is completely inspired by my friends at Fitter Food and their “Omega Breakfast Bake” recipe in their best-selling book (Read More HERE).

This is one of the simplest, healthy and nutritious to-go breakfasts out there and I love this because you can play around with the ingredients (both the fish and the courgettes/zucchinis). I’ve made these with chicken, turkey or sausages, and spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and other vegetables. I’ll post another variation next week :)

You can make a big batch of these muffins and store in the fridge for the week. Now, isn’t that a super easy breakfast, no matter how busy you are?

6 eggs
2 small courgettes
200g wild alaskan salmon (tinned)
Seasoning (I used salt & thyme)

1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
2. Mix the eggs in a large bowl, add the salmon and mix.
3. Grate the courgettes into the mixture, and stir.
4. Season and lightly grease the muffin tin with coconut oil (I used coconut oil spray)
5. Add the mix into the muffin tin, add about quarter cup portions to each muffin cup
6. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
7. The muffins should come out clean from the cups.


Eat alone or with a side of vegetables. My favourite side is half an avocado.

While we’re on the topic of recipes, I’ve been asked by a few people how they can purchase my recipe ebook.
The thing is, it’s not for sale, people who sign up for any of my online programs get it for free. Next one is ‘Trimmer In 21′, where one of the ladies has lost 7.4lbs and 7 inches with one more week to go!!! It starts on Monday 17th February, secure your spot today as spaces are limited
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Healthy Salmon Egg Muffin Recipe. Rich in Omega 3. Personal Trainer

#WorkoutWednesday Mini-Challenge

10 Minutes Of Wall Sit… ONLY ;)

Wall Sit Exercise www.adura-o.com

At work, at home, on the phone, watching TV, when you have time to kill, or multitask, etc Break it up into sets of 30, 45 or 60 seconds.

Increase the intensity by adding some resistance – be creative with this, anything of substantial but reasonable weight – yes to a heavy handbag, baby, toddler… NO to a TV :/

1. 90 degree angle at knee joint between upper & lower legs, hips and knees in line.
2. Ankles and knees should be in line.
3. Thighs should be parallel to the floor.
4. Head, shoulders and back against the wall.

And …. Of course you don’t have to do it one go, break it down into sets e.g. 4 x 30s every hour for 5 hours, it’s up to you.

Please Note: If you have knee problems (which can be aggravated by squats), don’t do this or you could try increasing the angle by lifting your hips a few inches higher than your knees to reduce the demand on knees. It’s important you maintain proper form as detailed above to reduce the risk of injury and for effectiveness of this exercise.

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Slam Ball Burpees

There are stories behind this exercise.

1. Slam Balls – While I was on holiday in the U.S, I fell back in love with them, I attended some classes with Core Group Fitness @ Performant Fitness.
Side Note: If you’re in Dallas TX, you have to check them out and tell them I sent you - http://www.performantfitness.com ;)
I hadn’t used slam balls since I moved to Lagos (Nigeria) a year ago…. wow, time flies!
Slam balls made a regular occurrence at CGF this time around and although they can be hard work, I LOVED every class we used them.

Once I got back from my holiday, the plan was (and still is) to order some  new workout toys, slam balls included, and have them shipped to Lagos. I still haven’t done this and should do so ASAP to keep my group and personal training sessions interesting!
Luckily, I found two 10kg slam balls in a store here in Lagos, I was pleasantly surprised both at seeing them and the cost – very affordable. Of course, I bought them both and the rest as they say, is history. My class members are already raving about them.
Find out more about my classes and services HERE: http://adura-o.com/services/

Slam balls are very durable and unlike medicine balls, don’t bounce back with the risk of knocking yourself out!! They are filled with air and sand and have a tough exterior to help withstand high speed impact. NOTE: Make sure the surface you’re slamming the ball is strong or use a pile of mats to cushion the impact and protect non durable flooring.

They can be used for ball slams (see video below) and also as weights e.g. I posted a video with overhead split squats using a slam ball.

Ball slams are high intensity and get your heart rate right up! The trick is to reach overhead and use your upper body and leg strength to drive the ball towards the floor, just like you’re trying to make a hole in the ground.

2. Because BURPEES, of course!

This workout is a good combination of 2 high intensity exercises – ball slams and burpees. Thank me later!

30s of slam ball burpees, 15s rest x 5 sets.

Stick to both the work and rest periods as detailed above to get the most out of this short, effective, fat burning interval workout.

Don’t own a slam ball? Try a tuck jump instead of ball slam… it works, trust me!

Strength And Conditioning Workout (Kettlebell & Bodyweight)

I meant to post this last week, after uploading it…. but totally forgot!

This was my workout last Wednesday, give it a try and let me know what you think :)

You Will Need:

  • A Kettlebell
    Beginners: 8kg
    Intermediate: 12kg or 16kg
    Advanced: The sky’s the limit ;)
  • A mat
  • WARM UP & MOBILITY – 5 minutes at the very least
  • COOL DOWN & STRETCH – Minimum of 10 minutes


Strength Workout Video For Arms, Back, Legs & Core!

Woohoo – a fat burning, body tightening workout for you!

Yesterday, I got off my backside and worked out as dictated by my work/workout schedule. Now I wish I’d listened AGES ago on the courses I went for, and just taken the time (only an hour!) to put together a schedule and make my days more productive!

Oh well, no point dwelling in the past – I’m just glad I not only worked out but I also recorded, edited and uploaded the video yesterday.

You will need:

  • A dumbbell and/or a kettlebell
  • A mat

Please turn up your volume to hear my beautiful voice talk you through the teaching points of all the exercises.

Always remember to warm up before AND stretch after your workouts. My warm up was a couple of minutes on the jump rope, 30 seconds of squats, 30 seconds of lunges, shoulder mobility work for a couple of minutes and downward and upward dogs.

There are a few stretches at the end of the video, hold them for 30 seconds each.

Enjoy and tell me what you think.

Quick Kettlebell Workout Video & 2015 Updates!

First of all – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know it’s almost February but better late than never, right? ;) I’ve had a lot going on but finally, after 6 months (who’d have thought it?), I think I’m settled into my current life.

During the Christmas holidays, I decided to get off my lazy backside and get back to regular YouTube uploads – I still get emails from people about videos from over 2 years ago! This reminder that my small contribution helps was the motivation I needed to find my YouTube mojo again.

Funny thing is – I still record a lot of videos but take the easier way out (less editing time) by posting 15 minute clips on Instagram (My handle is @Adura_O) . The video below is one of such and although I’ll still be posting these clips on Instagram, more detailed (instructions, etc) videos will be posted on my YouTube channel.


Check it out, try it and let me know how it goes :)


1. My group workout sessions are now in a new venue in Lekki, Lagos – Kettlebells, Bodyweight, Strength, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Core and STRETCH (A new member attended yesterday’s class and in her exact words, “I will never miss this class”. Come and find out what she’s talking about)!

Adura O Timetable2. I now sell Workout Gear (Available in Lagos, Nigeria).
A full listing of all available items will be up on Monday, until then contact me if you want a pair of my leggings – a few have been snapped up by my clients!
Active Wear On Sale In Nigeria
3. There are only 3 spaces left for Personal Training clients, this is a very busy time of the year so if you need to get in shape and start a permanently healthy lifestyle, I’m your WOMAN!
Contact me today for a free 10 minute consultation to confirm I’m the one for you ;) (Email address is above). These spots also apply to those who need combined Personal Training & Nutrition packages.

4. I’ve been on TV close to 10 times so far, how exciting! (yes Television! You know a celebrity – haha!)
I was so pleased to be given the opportunity to work with ‘The Spot’ on Ebony Life TV here in Nigeria. I was also contacted by a TV show on another channel for a quick interview and workout feature – that program should air in the next couple of months and I’ll let you know ALL about it of course!

Ebony Life TV The Spot

And these are only a few of many updates. So you see – I’ve had a lot going on, to the point that I finally had to listen to good advise and create a schedule for myself. Not only have I assigned time for my personal workouts (very important because I was letting myself go a little, ha!), I have also assigned time for daily research for personal and career development. Even better – I have now assigned time to blogging and this blog post is a result of that :)

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and my long deserted blog – have a wonderful, prosperous and healthy 2015!


It’s that time of the year again! ‘Julesfitnex’ and I are back with another #Christmas challenge!

We have the ultimate free Christmas countdown challenge for you!

It runs from Sunday December 14th until 25th (Christmas Day), we are going to help you burn fat and learn some good habits for 2015 with our #HealthMasCountdown challenge.

You will need a pair of dumbbells (don’t opt out if you don’t have dumbbells, we have you covered!) and a fridge full of healthy green vegetables!

Each day we will post an exercise for you to complete. Each exercise will be added to those of the previous days until you have a cumulative exercise for 12 days.

Also you will be required to make one of your meals mainly green vegetables (either breakfast, lunch or dinner) with no added complex carb.
** You should however add some protein with all meals, this included**

It’s Day #4 already, here are all the exercises so far. Watch the videos in the playlist right at the bottom for full demos.

Day 4 is:
4 sets of bear crawls
3 x 20s wall sits
2 x 20s bunny hops
1 x 1 minute side plank rotation

HealthMas Day 1 Healthmas Day 2 Healthmas Day 3 Healthmas Day 4