Asijiki! ladies in on the diet

2016-11-24 06:01
 Sleekgeek founder Elan Lohmann and  Carol Gajana, founder of Team Asjiki opening Ikhayalempilo Health Shop in Ntlazane Road recently.  PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Sleekgeek founder Elan Lohmann and Carol Gajana, founder of Team Asjiki opening Ikhayalempilo Health Shop in Ntlazane Road recently. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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Asijiki! With those words the gates of Ikhaya Lempilo Health Shop swung open at 158 Ntlazane Road in Khayelitsha.

Members had gathered to witness the opening of this new shop and listen to Sleekgeek founder Elan Lohman and founder of Asijiki, Carol Gajana speak about the positive spin offs of a healthy diet, mixed with exercise.

Gajana who has lost a whopping 32 kilograms since taking part in the programme, had her audience in stitches as she regaled them with anecdotes of her journey to slimness.

“I started following the Sleekgeek Healthy Lifestyle Community on Facebook in January 2014, weighing 120.8kgs. I gradually started cutting down on bread, rice, pap and cereals, slowly until October 2014. Just with those small changes, I managed to loose 6.8 kgs, but also realised that this was taking much longer as I was not a dedicated dieter, until I decided to go full on,” she said.

Team Asijiki has a support group on Facebook for their 30-day Reboot Real Eating Challenge, with a national membership of 74,000.

“We are growing like wildfire. Members are from all around the country. It was only the other day we passed the 10,000 head count. It is an incredible success story,” she said.

She said they were very excited about this milestone.

“Our vision is to inspire 100,000 South Africans to live a healthier lifestyle and give them the tools to do it, ” she said.

This unique group ads to Sleekgeek’s established community of over 40,000 people in the main Facebook Group.

“When you scroll through the group, you see a team of Xhosa-speaking people posting pictures of meals, recipes, home exercise routines as well as inspirational before and after images. The group was very female dominated to start with, but men also started to join. It is a very rare and unique community of people in SA,” enthused Elan.

Carol said the health shop will provide close access to the community and Team Asijiki members.

“She l has already run a few workshops and is looking to organise a national seminar later in the year for “Team Asijiki” members around the country.

“I loved the idea! Even though the ladies can speak English sometimes discussing things in your mother tongue is more appealing. If that was not the case, we would not have Afrikaans newspapers or a Huis Genoot Magazine. It was Sleekgeek’s first venture into another language area.

“She and her amazing ladies adopted the phrase “Asijiki!” which is Xhosa for “No turning back!”.

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