Wishing you a Happy Healthy Holiday From my Heart To Yours.

Beautiful Photo of our San Francisco Christmas Tree in Union Square taken by my good friend and talented photographer Larry Wong.

Beautiful Photo of our San Francisco Christmas Tree in Union Square taken by my good friend and talented photographer Larry Wong.

Happy Holidays Friends!

I love this season! It’s a time when we celebrate and share our love with family and friends. Its a time for gratitude, giving, and merry making.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen some of my holiday photos. I wanted to share them with you in this space, as a Merry Christmas card blog post. Just a little slice of my life: the people I love and the memories I am grateful for. <3

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My family outside the church on brother Timothy’s wedding day in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia November 22, 2014.

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Fundraising with inspiring friends Larry and Toni in Union Square San Francisco

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Supporting an afternoon of dancing and giving back. FLASHMOB choreographed by the talented Toni Alejandra and Lionel Tan benefitting http://groundworkopportunities.org/ideas/instruments-of-change/ . I have amazing friends.

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Parents visiting San Francisco for a weekend of holiday shopping and checking San Francisco restaurants off the dining bucket list. Bluestem Brasserie is a MUST!

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Quality time and family festivities with my 92 year old Grandma Joan – my healthy living INSPIRATION. 

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White elephant gift exchange with some of my favorite girlfriends

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“Tipsy and Toasty” with my family at lululemon Grant Avenue. Classic cable car ride and a night of crafts, gingerbread, and peppermint schnapps.

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Holiday pajama party potluck. So fun.

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Merry Fitness Card!

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Family gatherings to celebrate the newlyweds: My little brother Timothy and his lovely British wife Amber.

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Santa came to Spin (and cycled in that onesie the WHOLE time!)! Love my incredibly brave and AWESOME students at EQUINOX Pine. 

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Late night Holiday Shopping with the lovely ambassadors of Lululemon Grant Avenue and adorable “Be About It” gift tanks from manifestoprintco !  So beyond grateful for this company and the incredible people behind it.

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My Family on Christmas Eve: Little Brother Tim, His adorable British wife Amber, Parents Colleen and Weldon, and Me. We are ALL wearing my mother’s collection of holiday sweaters (including my brother in her Reindeer vest) 🙂

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Christmas morning run December 25, 2014. A lot of people talk about exercise during the holidays as a way to “burn off the cookies”. I think this type of mindset is negative and sets you up for a lifetime of yo-yoing with your body, diet, holidays, and self. Exercise should be a way to celebrate your health, NOT as a form of punishment. So this holiday season I invite you to view movement as a gift. As a way to live a more positive, powerful life inside and out. As a way to be more present in your relationships with others and with yourself. And as a way to have the energy and strength to enjoy every moment. My Christmas wish for you is a healthy relationship to yourself and to your life. Wishing you happiness and a lifetime filled with joyful movement. 

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Love my new sweater: Santa knows me too well 😉

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Learning the Christmas cooking ropes from my mini-mamma. Cooking up Food Network Star Ellie Krieger’s Healthy “sweet potato pecan casserole” : http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/sweet-potato-pecan-casserole-recipe.mobile.html Delicious, nutritious, and festively fabulous!

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A Merry BRITmas with Amber’s parents visiting from the UK for Christmas. 

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Going through all of these photos was such a wonderful way to reflect on the season and all the people I have to be grateful for. May you know just how lucky I feel to have you in my world. Thank you for continuing to support me in living the bold and brave life of my dreams! Happy holidays to you and yours, may your days be filled with health and your heart filled with happiness. Sending you all my love and blessings, looking forward to sharing a bright new year with you.

In health,

Caroline

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New Years Wellness Spa Retreat Weekend. January 3rd and 4th at SOLAGE Resort Calistoga, CA.

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New Years. A time to reflect, goal set, and create a powerful and positive intention for the year ahead. A time to evaluate how you are living your life, how you WANT to be living your life, and to move forward with purpose. Setting powerful, detailed, and motivating goals inline with your life values is truly the way to create a year you love. But this takes time, energy, and effort; which can be challenging to create space for in your busy, successful life.

Thats why sometimes you need to get away. To distance yourself so that you can see clearly. To unplug from the world and plug into YOU. You know its true: the only way to have the time is to make it and the only way to create your life is by getting intentional on how you live it.

So where can you go to have distraction free space to give yourself time to renew and refresh your body and mind? You dont have to travel around the world, sometimes a weekend is all you need to restore your health and feel re-inspired. This year I have partnered with Solage Resort in Calistoga to host a New Years Wellness weekend just for you. An investment in your health and wellbeing is just the gift to give yourself this holiday season.  A little retreat may be the perfect experience to reboot your health and excite your spirit for the new year ahead. Heres what I have planned for you:

New Years Wellness Spa Weekend Retreat

Solage, Calistoga. January 3-4

Start 2015 off in a balanced, blissful state…by taking time for YOU.

You are invited to spend an uplifting weekend at Solage resort, to create conscious intentions for 2015 and jumpstart your new year in health. The weekend experience will allow you to reboot your body, renew your energy, and reawaken your spirit.

Our weekend will include daily fitness classes and motivational workshops in Calistoga’s rustic and restorative setting. There will be ample time for rest, reflection, and pampering yourself in Solage’s legendary bathhouse facilities. 

Join Caroline Jordan Fitness for a New Years Wellness Spa Retreat January 3-4 at Solage Calistoga. Space is limited, for reservations, please contact Solage Calistoga at 855-706-4341

Schedule of Events.

Saturday January 3:

12-3pm Arrive and check in to Spa Solage in Calistoga California
3-330pm Meet and Greet other Participants for a healthy juice
330-430 Nature hike
430-6pm Hatha / Restorative yoga 
6pm-close Free time for dinner, journaling, and rest

Sunday January 4th:

830-915 am Meet in Solage lobby for an invigorating 5K walk/run
930-1015am All levels body weight strength workout 
1030-12pm Vision Board and Goals Workshop 
12-close Rest, relax, and enjoy the bathhouse 

I believe a success is not something you have; it’s something you DO.  It’s something you experience when you wake up and act accordingly.  So let your first weekend of 2015 set the theme of proactivity and success that is certain to echo through your entire year. Let 2015 be the year you move forward with vision, motivation, and health. Let 2015 be the year you are good to yourself.

Hope to see you January 3rd and 4th at Spa Solage! Please feel free to email me at : carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com with any questions. Know someone who might like to come along? Share this post on Facebooktwitter, or email. 2015 is going to be a great year…. a change is in the air.

In health,

Caroline

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Products that help Me Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

Staying well fueled for a busy day of holiday shopping with VeggieGo's fruit and veggie strips!!

Staying well fueled for a busy day of holiday shopping with VeggieGo’s fruit and veggie strips!!

I love the holidays. I enjoy the festive parties, savor seasonal foods, and take a few days off in a row (WOO HOO). But since my body isnt used to being a monday through sunday socialite, sometimes I feel the effects of all the events add up. When my energy, digestion, sleep, or workouts get off kilter Im not a happy camper. Thats why I try to plan ahead and balance the holiday festivities with healthy habits. Regular workouts, clean meals, and lots of water ensure that Im not a complete mess come New Years. Here are a few products I keep in my back pocket to aid in managing my energy and fitness throughout the season. Remember it’s not about what you choose to eat or how you choose to celebrate between Christmas and New Years that matters, but about HOW you balance what you eat and celebrate within your healthy, active, life.

Caroline’s “Keep Me Healthy During the Holidays” Product List. For digestion, energy, and being your best self!

    • The Original Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls By Jill Miller. You knew this one was coming. These balls are pretty much the cure for anything. Long flight got your upper back in knots? Roll it out. Car drive making your lower back cry? Drive with the balls against your back and the seat. Feet hurting from a long night dancing in those adorably high heels? Take your toes to the balls. Head hurt from one too many glasses of wine? Ball + head = instant relief. I could go on forever, but you get the point. These balls are medicine and a must if you want to feel your best during the holiday season. Period.

      on the plane and rolling!

      on the plane and rolling!

    • Kevita Organic Strawberry Acai Coconut Sparkling Probiotic Drink. Im addicted to these sparkling probiotic drinks and use them to help me have a happy gut throughout the holidays (yes I said that). Kevita is a bubbly beverage with four strains of live probiotic. “Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that reside in the gut. Intestinal health depends, to a large extent, on having an ample supply of these beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Research indicates that probiotics may support immune and digestive health.” During the holidays our daily stress levels can be so high and schedules so fast paced. Stress undermines our healthy digestive flora. A combination of a poor diet, medications, stress, environmental toxins and chemicals wreak havoc on our digestive tracts. Many believe that our bodies thrive with a constant influx of probiotics to replenish the gut and counteract these negative effects. I drink a few Kevita drinks a week, they are the perfect alternative to soda or cocktails AND have the added health benefits. Im in love with all of the flavors and keep my gut happy with their delicious probiotic drinks! photo 2
    • Green Juice. Green/Vegetable juices are loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of protein), minerals, vitamins, fiber & chlorophyll. They provide loads of anti-oxidants which helps improve the function of all of the body’s functions. Juicing helps fill the gap for people that many be deficient in certain nutrients they are not getting from foods (like when its the holiday season and your diet is not as healthy!). The nutrients from juices are easily absorbed by the body. When we consume the fresh juice it requires little digestion, which means all it nutritional goodness gets rapidly absorbed into your system. Drinking these power packed beverages can help you get the nutrition you need even when you are super busy. Since its rare during the holiday season to have time to prepare and blend, healthy local juice companies can provide you with convenient ways to drink your greens. Project Juice, Urban Remedy, the Juice Shop…. there are lots of healthy options to choose from! Some companies like Organic Overload even deliver your juice FOR YOU. Hows THAT for staying healthy during the busiest time of year?? 10846037_971386169543066_6784740340948527870_n
    • Veggie-Gos. I fell in love the moment I met Veggie-Go’s fruit and vegetables strips. Its the perfect on the go holiday snack and an easy way of incorporating fruits and veggies into your diet. Veggie-Go’s fit easily in a purse, or pocket, diaper bag or gym pack.  They offer 1/2 serving of fruit AND 1/2 serving of veggies in every strip, less than 1/3 the sugar of the leading fruit strip (no added sugar), and are organic and Non-GMO. With many unique and DELICIOUS flavors your taste buds will love eating more vegetables. I cant stop thinking about the sweet potato pie flavor, which at only 20 calories a strip is a MUCH friendlier version than its 500 calorie sweet potato pie cousin. When you have healthy snacks on hand you are less likely to binge on un-healtheir alternatives. Veggie-Gos can be ordered online or picked up at your local Whole Foods Market. 
    • doTERRA Essential Oils Introductory KitI’m the first one to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the belief of slathering some good smelling oil on your skin can cure insomnia, depression, backaches, stress, and the never ending list of ailments. But then again most medicine we take are based on nature’s elements found in plants, herbs, etc. So it’s not that far fetched that oils can have positive health effects. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern trends towards more holistic approaches to self care and growing scientific validation of alternative health practices are driving a rediscovery of the profound health benefits of essential oils. DoTerra’s essential oils can be applied directly on the skin, smelled, or even digested for different benefits. You can use different scents to calm you down, lift you up, ease stomach pain from heavy holiday meals, the list goes on. I use them in epsom salt baths to relax, under my nose to aid in winter congestion, and to help when my stomach isnt feeling its best from too much traveling. You can read more about all the essential oils on DoTerra’s online catalog. My favorite scent is serenity – inhale, exhale, and say “ahhhhhh”. 
    • SKINCERITY Face + Body Oil. The weather, craziness, and abundance of makeup during the holiday season causes my skin to get SUPER dry. I used to use store bought products that promised clear, healthy skin. But since working with SF based esthetician Ashley Curtis, Ive discovered a more natural way to soothe the winter dry skin away. Her “SKINCERITY Face and Body Oil”. She makes this product herself from cold-pressed, 100% organic, locally sourced ingredients including: Jojoba Oil (mimics skin’s sebum, tricking it into producing less oil), Evening Primrose Oil (particularly helpful in balancing hormonal breakouts), Geranium Oil (natural anti-inflammatory), and Neroli (anti-aging). This oil can be used as a cleanser, eye make-up remover & as a moisturizer. Since using this product my skin no longer suffers from winter dryness! A great face oil is an essential part of your skin’s regular diet and will help you keep a youthful appearance and a happy, healthy glow ! You can contact her HERE for more information on this all-natural skin food. Makes a great holiday gift as well. IMG_4639
    • Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink. I swear by this drink! Its pretty much the cure for everything and my secret to shiny skin, proper digestion, a healthy weight, and lasting energy. I drink it every morning. Click here to learn how to mix it up using ingredients you have in your kitchen cabinets. 1006159_659773147371038_908197246_n

You can enjoy the holidays without letting them destroy the wellness you value. Having these healthy products on hand will help you navigate the season and STILL feel amazing!

What are your favorite products that help you stay healthy during the holidays? Leave your top tip as comment below, Id love to hear from you! And as always, if you liked this post, please share it with your friends on Facebooktwitter, or email. More content on your way every week to help you live a happy, healthy life!

Happy, healthy holidays to you,

Caroline

*** Disclaimer: I was not paid to write any of the above reviews. All opinions are my own. These are products I truly LOVE, believe in, and cant live without!***

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How to Stay Active While Traveling Over the Holidays

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Unpredictable schedules. Hotels. Airplanes. Cars. Events. Family to visit.

From Thanksgiving to New Years theres a lot more life to do! It may feel impossible to fit in fitness while traveling for the holidays. But believe it or not you can find time to exercise during the “most wonderful time of the year” – it just takes a little planning and the desire to succeed.

Staying active is key for me when traveling so I don’t arrive home feeling like a total hot mess. I need fitness to help me deal with jet lag, energy, to allow me to recharge, and to give me the self care needed to be fully present for all the special holiday moments.  Its one thing I pack with me for every trip no matter what! Here are some tips for enjoying your holiday travels without letting fitness fall by the wayside. 

How to Stay Active While Traveling Over the Holidays

Try active sightseeing and fitness-related excursions.

Rent a bike to explore a new city, go snowshoeing or skiing, or simply walk! I love exploring new cities by foot. You get to see things you would never experience in a car. Running is my preferred mode of exploration and I truly enjoy discovering a city’s streets while getting a fun workout. Most recently I visited Philadelphia for my little brothers wedding and made sure to make some time to combine working out with sightseeing.

Try out a new-to-you fitness studio.

I love using travel as an excuse to try out fun new-to-me workouts, studios, or gyms. Its a great way to mix it up from your normal workout routine and give your body a different challenge. Most often studios will offer “first class free” drop ins or 3 day/one week trial passes. Day passes are another option and typically affordable (and worth it for the exercise experience). To find a class near you, use GoRecess.com or yelp.com to check out reviews and get insider tips before you check out a workout.

Use small windows of time to Massage, Mobilize, and Maintain your Health

There are lots of opportunities to fit movement, self massage, or self care in when you are traveling. I carry my Original Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls By Jill Miller with me in the car, airplane, and hotel so that I can have them handy to help me feel better in my body. I also typically fly/drive in running shoes and comfortable clothes to make movement more accessible.  Delayed in the airport? Perfect time to stretch your legs and walk around the terminal. Sitting in the airplane? Break out the yoga tune up balls and give your lower back some self massage. Waiting for a taxi cab? Stretch your hip flexors. Opportunity exsits you just have to look for it. Make it easy for yourself to succeed by having tools and clothes that help you feel GOOD ready to travel with you. Here are a few stretch/massage ideas for driving and flying that will help you feel instantly better once you get to your destination:

 Best In Airport Exercises

Airport Stretching Routine

Self Massage While Driving/Flying Routine

Road Trip Stretch Routine

Sign up for a holiday race or walk!

Turkey Trots and Jingle Runs can make visiting a new town for a holiday more fun. Holiday races are a great way to stay active and motivated to train during the busy season. Most cities and towns have gotten on board the holiday race bandwagon; Active.com and RunningInTheUSA.com are good resources for finding races near you. Not finding any that work? Host your own “race” with your family! Bonus: you’ll work up an appetite for those holiday meals and bond over something active.

Pack For Success.

Do some research before you leave on the exercise options and what you’ll need to pack to enjoy them. Is it hot, cold, wet, etc? Bring layers and always always always an extra couple pairs of socks. That way you be prepared to take advantage of exercise opportunities that arise excuse free!

If studios aren’t an option, design your own workout!

Bring resistance bands, a jump rope, a travel yoga mat, or other portable exercise equipment with you, and utilize whatever other equipment you have on hand. You might have a hotel or home gym full of weights and balls, but if not, get creative – use chairs for step ups and dips, turn soup cans into light weights, etc. If you need some inspiration, pack your favorite workout DVDs or try a fitness app. I LOVE to have a video to motivate me when Im working out alone. I use yogaglo.com for high quality yoga classes and subscribe to several great youtube channels. 

Here are some other free fitness apps I love:

  • Nike Training Club – a huge variety of workouts – you can select intensity and time, and there are workouts available that don’t require any equipment, too.
  • The Scientific 7 Minute Workout – this is the online version but there’s also an app that will guide you through it – just search for it by name! I usually do it a few times in a row – it doesn’t require anything but a chair.
  • Hot5 – 5 minute workouts for those that get bored quickly. From abs to yoga to HIIT workouts and more! Sadly only available for iPhone – can’t wait til they come to androids.
  • Sworkit – a big variety of workouts, including strength training, stretching, cardio, pilates and yoga – and no equipment is required. I also love their tagline: “Get to Swork!”

Pinterest is also a great resource for at-home (or hotel room) workout routines.

Incorporate fitness into your family time.

I love taking family walks and hikes during the holidays. And remember that fitness doesn’t just mean organized activity – embrace your inner kid and build a snowman, go sledding or ice skating, or play tag!

Healthy holiday traveling is just all about planning. Think ahead, envision where, how, and when you can exercise before you go, and pack accordingly. Plan for success and it will be easier for you to stay on track and maintain your health. Stay committed to taking care of yourself, flexible with your schedule, and open to all that is possible – these healthy habits will help you be an unstoppable travel pro! All of this said… be realistic, too! You won’t be able to 100% stick to your normal workout routine during the holidays and that’s okay. It’s a time to recuperate and relax a bit, as well! Be kind to yourself – stay active in ways that are fun to you and incorporate built in fitness into your day to day activities (walking, taking the stairs), but don’t stress yourself out if there are days when a workout simply doesn’t happen.

How do you stay active while traveling during the holidays? Leave your top tip as comment below, Id love to hear from you! And as always, if you liked this post, please share it with your friends on Facebooktwitter, or email. Stay tuned next week for my top products that help me stay healthy during the holidays….. More great content is headed your way every week to help you live a happy life! 

Wishing you safe, healthy, and happy holiday travels,

Caroline

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