Spring Wellness Weekend with Caroline Jordan Fitness at Spa Solage.

“The time to take a deep breath is when you dont have time for it” 

I am beyond excited to head back to Solage Resort Calistoga March 21 and 22 to host another rejuvenating wellness weekend. My January retreat was a memorable, uplifting experience and I’ve been craving the soothing setting of Solage ever since. The world moves so fast these days its important to pause and give yourself time to breathe. Are you in need of a mini-getaway? JOIN ME. Take a weekend for YOU. Give yourself something that feels GOOD. You deserve it. And you are so worth it.

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Spring cleaning shouldn’t just apply to your closet, save the date and come join me at Solage Calistoga​ | March 21-22

Most of us like to step into the warmer months by shedding the heaviness of winter— through detoxing our diets, ramping up our workout schedules, and revisiting our spiritual or happiness goals. And what better way to get all of that done than an escape that recharges your wellness batteries and fitness goals—and delivers a mega-dose of sunshine? Join Health and Wellness coach Caroline Jordan for a Spring Wellness Weekend retreat at Solage Calistoga. Take some time for YOU with this special spring getaway with San Francisco’s #1 health and happiness coach. Escape to Calistoga for invigorating workouts, inspiring conversations, and deep relaxation. The weekend experience will allow you to reboot your body, renew your energy, and reawaken your spirit for a Spring season of health.

Your weekend will include daily fitness classes and motivational workshops hosted in the heart of wine country with ample time for rest, reflection and pampering at the award-winning Spa Solage.

Weekend Retreat Schedule

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
4 pm Check in at Solage Calistoga
4:30-5pm Vineyard Walk
5-6pm Hatha Yoga
6-6:30pm Fireplace reflection exercise
6:30-8pm Bath house, dinner, relaxing

SUNDAY, MARCH 22
9-10am Nature Hike
10-11:30am Pilates and Yoga Fusion class
11:30-12pm Secrets to Health Success Inspiring Talk
12-2pm Bath house, lunch, relaxing

To reserve your space in the Wellness Retreat* contact Spa Solage at 707.226.0825

Price: $95 for non-resort or $75 for members/resort guests, including activities and dining outlined above. Limited to 25 people * Does not include guest room* Don’t think you can getaway for the whole weekend? Make a day trip out of it and choose to take part in Saturday OR Sunday’s workshops. To make sure this getaway is right for you, check out photos, videos, and stories from my last retreat at Solage Calistoga. 

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If you have any questions or need additional information on this special upcoming weekend, please email me at : carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com .  My purpose and passion is to support you in finding time and energy to take care of yourself.  I hope to help you in living a life that feels good on the inside and savoring every moment in this one, precious life. I’m SO excited to host another retreat at Solage Calistoga and I would love to enjoy this inspiring wellness weekend with you.

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Yours in health,

Caroline

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Don’t Seek Love, Live in Love. 70 ways to Fall in Love with your Life!

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When Valentine’s Day approaches, we all start looking for signs of love outside of ourselves—chocolate, cards, phone calls, flowers, gifts or other sweet sentiments.  Its all to easy to connect our happiness to these external factors and use these things to define the level of love in our lives.

Yet it’s important to remember that happiness is not really determined by the external world, but by the world found inside of you. No amount of flowers, gifts, or love from someone else can fill a void created by a lack of internal happiness. Love is an inside job—and the irony of it is, in order to receive it, we have to already have it. So with Valentine’s Day coming up, Id like to invite you to look at your relationship with yourself and your life. Are you in love with it?

Love takes work. Relationships take work. And the love you have for yourself and your life – yes you guessed it – takes work. Just like anything worth working for, great love doesn’t happen over night. It takes time, sweat, dedication, patience, practice, persistence, and a positive attitude. Learning to love life and all that life has to bring you is a sure way to bring more happiness into your world. One small intentional action a day can create a big changes in creating a life you love. Here are my thoughts on 70 different ways you can create a positive, powerful relationship to your life, and fall in love with it…. every minute of it.

70 Ways to create a positive, powerful relationship to your life. 

  1. Love yourself first.
  2. Live in the present moment.
  3. Don’t ignore the past.
  4. Look for the good in everyone.
  5. Don’t believe everything you think.
  6. Be honest with yourself.
  7. Do what you enjoy doing.
  8. Eat foods that nourish you from the inside out.
  9. Travel. As often as possible.
  10. Give back to others.
  11. Practice patience.
  12. Don’t avoid conflict.
  13. Know what really matters.
  14. Learn to say no.
  15. Learn to say yes.
  16. Create positive rituals.
  17. Find something to believe in.
  18. Accept what you cannot change.
  19. Don’t try to change others.
  20. Let go, forgive, and move forward.
  21. Stand up for yourself.
  22. Be grateful for what you have.
  23. Avoid judgments, stereotypes, and assumptions.
  24. Expect good things.
  25. Be open-minded.
  26. Find a positive outlet.
  27. Use positive language (especially when talking to yourself).
  28. Take chances.
  29. Don’t sabotage your happiness. Get out of your own way.
  30. Find your voice and listen to it.
  31. Surround yourself with positive people.
  32. Believe in your ability to change your life.
  33. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  34. Ask for help.
  35. Take life one day at a time.
  36. Treat others how they want to be treated. Golden rule people!
  37. Don’t let fear hold you back. Feel the fear. Do it anyway.
  38. Avoid complaining.
  39. Don’t create unnecessary drama. Don’t put up with people that do.
  40. Stop making excuses.
  41. Get rid of mental clutter.
  42. Get rid of physical clutter.
  43. Set up clear boundaries.
  44. Seek out opportunities.
  45. Don’t take things personally.
  46. Celebrate the little things.
  47. Trust your intuition.
  48. Help others help themselves.
  49. Be a good listener.
  50. Don’t take life so seriously.
  51. Pick your battles.
  52. Highlight your strengths.
  53. Look for beauty everywhere.
  54. Let go of what you don’t need.
  55. Work hard and play hard.
  56. Know your life has a purpose.
  57. Greet yourself with love.
  58. Pay attention to what your body is saying.
  59. Take calming time-outs.
  60. Don’t wait for someday.
  61. Look for learning opportunities.
  62. Make time to play.
  63. Don’t settle. Ever.
  64. Don’t waste time on hate and envy.
  65. Handle stress positively.
  66. Inspire yourself – and others.
  67. Try your best in everything.
  68. Turn your face to the sun.
  69. Stop wanting to be what you’re not.
  70. Be your own hero.

“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” Give yourself permission to fall in love with your life, no matter what’s missing or what you wish could be different. It’s your life and like it or not, you are married to it. You might as well make it the relationship of a lifetime and find all the beauty in it. Love is a choice. No one can take that choice away from you and no darkness is bold enough to extinguish it. Go ahead… you have nothing to lose. Fall head over heels in love with your life. Every minute of it.

Till next time…. live in love,

Caroline

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Raw Coconut Chocolate Almond Treats and a Super SWEET NuNaturals Giveaway!

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VALENTINES holiday is almost here! Want to sweeten it up a bit?

Whether you follow specific diet, or just want to reduce the amount of white sugar in your life, you’ll want to check out STEVIA, a fabulous natural sweetener and a healthy alternative to sugar. Stevia, is an herb 300 times as sweet as sugar with a glycemic index (GI) of 0.

Stevia is a plant native to South America. It is part of the sunflower family and its leaves are naturally sweet. In fact, the indigenous people used to chew them for their sweet taste and use them to naturally sweeten beverages. Stevia is unique among food ingredients because it doesn’t add calories. Stevia has no calories, and it is 100-300 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. It comes in powder or liquid form and can be found in supermarkets or health-food stores.  Stevia sometimes has a slightly bitter, licoricey aftertaste that not everyone likes. 

Can something THAT sweet be good for you? Actually YES. Stevia is natural, unlike other sugar substitutes. It is NOT an artificial sweetener. It is a real food sweetener! The FDA approved the purified form of stevia as safe to use. Several studies have shown that stevia in its pure form (not processed products like Truvia or PureVia) may actually offer many types of health benefits.  It’s been shown to be safe without containing toxins or producing side effects in those who consume it. And because it’s zero calorie and doesn’t spike blood glucose, it’s a great sweetener for diabetics or others with blood sugar issues.  Recent research suggests it may help to stabilize insulin levels as well, and some studies even show that it can regulate blood pressure. A Japanese study (where stevia is immensely popular) found that stevia can help to prevent plaque buildup on teeth. In addition, stevia (like all plants) contains antioxidants, known to help fight free radicals that can lead to chronic conditions and cancer.

Thats where NuNaturals (and this week’s Valentines giveaway) come in. I tested at least half a dozen stevia products and found NuNaturals stevia to have the best flavor and to be reasonably cost-effective.

NuNaturals has an extensive line of Stevia products that are 100% natural. They have pure Liquid Stevia in several flavors (like peppermint, lemon, chocolate, vanilla and orange), NuStevia White Stevia Powers, NuStevia No Carbs Blend Stevia Powder, and their newest products- Simple Syrups and Cocoa Syrups. NuNaturals products DO NOT contain aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, soy, yeast, what, milk, synthetics, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are GMO Free,  from sustainable agriculture assisting in making a healthy Earth.

NuNaturals NuStevia is Non-Bitter tasting, has ZERO calories, and does not effect blood sugar levels so it is safe for diabetics and figure conscious fitness fanatics. I like to use NuNaturals in my oatmeal and enjoy flavoring my beverages with it too. The options to use it are ENDLESS, theres even an all-star world wide recipe collection that NuNaturals has created online through partnering with healthy living bloggers. To help you celebrate Valentines day, I thought I’d give you one of my favorite HEALTHY, sweet, no-guilt recipes to try featuring NuNaturals stevia. 

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Caroline’s Raw Coconut Chocolate Almond Treats

These are really fun and easy to make. Healthy enough for a pre-workout bite but indulgent enough for a valentines treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp NuNaturals Vanilla NuStevia
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup + 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk 
  • unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt almond butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Remove from burner; add in unsweetened cocoa powder and Vanilla NuStevia, and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in coconut flour and almond flour (mixture will be crumbly), then add almond milk until fully combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough and roll into balls using your hands and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat until all dough has been used (optional: roll balls in unsweetened coconut flakes).
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.

Enjoy!!!

As a HAPPY VALENTINES gift to you, NuNaturals has generously offered a sweet giveaway package for Caroline Jordan Fitness readers. I’m able to award FOUR winners who will each receive the following:

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup NuStevia MINT COCOA NuStevia 50 Packets Top Angle Liquid Cherry Vanilla

Entering the giveaway will allow you the chance to try this high quality ALL NATURAL sweetener for FREE. The Cherry Vanilla flavored stevia makes GREAT smoothies and baked goods, and the peppermint is just good in anything ranging from homemade healthy candies, tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. The to-go packets are perfect to throw in your purse for on the go use for if you find yourself out at work, or coffee with a friend and don’t have a healthy sweetener choice. Just pop out a packet and you’re good to go!

How To Enter:

  1. Visit and LIKE the NuNaturals Facebook page and the Caroline Jordan Fitness Facebook page.
  2. Share this blog post on twitter or facebook with a tag to @Caroline Jordan Fitness and @NuNaturals . In your post or tweet tell me why you want to win “Caroline Jordan Fitness’s Super Sweet NuNaturals Valentines giveaway”!

THATS IT! So what are you waiting for? Get those entries in! FOUR of you will win! 🙂

Giveaway Rules:
 * Contest is entry to contestants WORLDWIDE. Be aware no PO boxes are acceptable for shipping, so if you enter, please have a physical location where it can be shipped if you win. All ages welcome. Contest ends Sunday February 15th, 2014  at 11:59 p.m. PST. Four winners will be randomly chosen and announced Monday, February 16th, 2014 by 9 a.m. PST. Winners will also be notified via email by Monday at 9 a.m. PST, February 16th 2014.  * 
BONUS SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Caroline Jordan Fitness readers :
*Ive got an Exclusive BONUS for you! If you want to order any NuNaturals products, visit their website where you can get a ONE TIME special discount and free shipping over $35 for all U.S residents, however they ship worldwide to anyone. 
* This is a great time to stock up on your favorite stevia products, healthy baking supplies, and other goodies. They have a HUGE library of healthy recipes that wont damage your diet and are fun to experiment with 🙂 Check out  the NuNuturals website and use this code at checkout: BLG0615  to receive 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2015.

Whats one sweet you’ll be enjoying this Valentines Holiday? Cant wait to hear what you think of stevia!

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Wishing you all a super sweet Valentine’s Day full of love,
Caroline
Disclaimer: Although I received free products from winning the giveaway, I was not compensated by the company to write this review. All opinions are my own and based on my general satisfaction with the products. 
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Recipes and Workouts for a WINNING Superbowl Sunday!

Want to have a healthy Superbowl? Read my healthy Superbowl guide for winning recipes and a workout to help you get game day ready and feel your best.

Want to host a healthy Superbowl sunday? Read on for my guide on how to host a healthy Superbowl party.

Sharing time with people you enjoy, delicious food, and unforgettable commercials – the Superbowl is always a good time. But unfortunately, along with the fun of the party comes lots of calories and sitting (not really a winning combination).  According to an article in the USA TodaySuper Bowl parties are second to Thanksgiving when it comes to the number of calories consumed.  If we are not careful, we could eat our daily intake of calories, doubled, during one super bowl game.

DO NOT FEAR!!!!

I have created a healthy superbowl guide to help you. Below are my choice football party recipes and workout videos to get you game day ready. You might be surprised how delicious choosing a healthier superbowl celebration is and you’ll feel so good you’ll have ample energy for the after parties.  With these resources you can prepare a game day plan that wins all around. Have fun, be safe, and may the best team win! TOUCHDOWN!

Healthy Superbowl Guide.

Healthy SuperBowl Recipes.

Plan ahead and cook up a few nutritious recipes so that you have something healthy to serve at your party. Here are a few of my favorites:

Healthy Superbowl Crispy Kale Chips

Ditch the Doritos and put out a bowl of these (healthy) bad boys instead. To make them, simply wash kale, dress with olive oil and a bit of sea salt, and roast in the oven until crunchy and crispy.

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of kale (I used the curly kind)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Wash kale, remove the inner rib or stem, and tear into chip-size pieces. Make the pieces a little larger than you want the chips because they will shrink.
  • The kale must be thoroughly dried. I ran it through a salad spinner, laid it out on paper towels for 5 minutes, and then ran it through the spinner once more.
  • Put the kale pieces in a gallon plastic baggie and add the olive oil. “Massage” the kale to ensure that each piece has a coating of oil.
  • Arrange the kale in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or you can place them right on the sheet). You may need a to use more than one sheet or bake in batches.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt. Use a bit less than you think you need because the kale shrinks and the salt intensifies.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, until the kale is crisp and slightly browned.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If the chips last more than 5 minutes (mine never do) you can store them for 2 days in an airtight container or bag. Make sure they are cooled thoroughly before storing.

Healthy Superbowl Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary  ( adapted from FeedMePhoebe)
Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons loosely packed fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Toss the sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl with the olive oil, rosemary, salt, and paprika until well incorporated.

3. Arrange the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, redistributing once during the cooking process, until browned and crispy. Allow to cool slightly – they will get even crisper and firmer as they come to room temperature.

Serve the fries alongside ketchup, lemon aioli, and perhaps a turkey burger, if you’re feeling frisky.

Healthy Superbowl Root Vegetable and Black Bean Chili (Gluten/Dairy Free from FeedMePhoebe)
Makes 10 servings

This chili is the perfect earthy blend of sweet and spicy. If you want to get even more rich flavor out of the vegetables, roast them until they are nice and caramelized and then add them to the stew. You’ll cut down on your stove-top cook time, and the extra step is worth it. If you can’t find chile negro any mild dried chili will work here.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dried chile negro
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 28-ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 small parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 4 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1. Place the chiles in a bowl and submerge in boiling hot water. Soak for at least 20 minutes, up to an hour. Remove the chiles from the water, reserving the liquids. Rinse off the seeds and skin and discard along with the stems. Place the cleaned chiles in a small food processor along with 1/2 cup of roughly chopped cilantro stems, the garlic, and 1/2 cup of soaking liquids. Puree until you get a fine paste, adding more liquid as necessary.

2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large lidded Dutch oven over a medium-high flame. Saute the onion and carrots until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. You want the spices to get nice and toasted. Carefully pour in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer.

3. Add the sweet potatoes, parsnips, black beans, black chile paste, and remaining soaking liquid. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer, adding one or two cups of water if necessary. You want a soupy consistency, as the chili will thicken as it simmers.

Simmer, partly covered for 20 minutes, until the potatoes and parsnips are tender. Season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Simmer 5 minutes more. Ladel the chili in bowls and serve!

Healthy Superbowl Happy Tummy Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (paleo friendly!)

Ingredients:

  1. Grease the baking sheet. Mix the almond flour and baking soda together.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, vanilla, and syrup.
  3. Mix together the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl.
  4. Mix the chocolate chunks into the batter. You can get creative and add whatever additional ingredients you’d like. Some awesome  options would be: unsweetened dried fruit, walnuts, pecans, coconut, cranberries, mint leaves, or cherries!
  5. Melt the coconut oil and mix it into the batter. The original recipe said it was okay to add extra almond flour if your batter ends up being too runny but my batter stayed firm. I guess it all depends on the quality of your coconut oil.
  6. Drop the cookies onto the sheet. (about 1 & 1/2 tablespoon) The dough is trickier to work with because it has no flour. Don’t be afraid to get your fingers sticky! Place them on the GREASED baking sheet and press down into a cookie form with your hands.
  7. Bake about 10-11 minutes. Let them cool for about two minutes.
  8. Remove from the baking sheet and add to a cooling rack or a separate plate.
  9. Let cookies cool (if you can wait that long ;) and ENJOY!

Healthy Superbowl Workouts: “Get in the Game”!

Fuel a healthy SuperBowl Sunday with POWER by getting your workout in before the first commercial. The below drills are designed to work on your strength, speed, stamina, and agility while burning calories and boosting energy. It’s a challenging series – as always, please check with a doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. And note: *You DO NOT need a football or access to a football field for these workouts. Just a positive attitude, a bottle of water, and some space! ; )

Running/Jogging Warm Up Drills. 10 minutes.

  • Easy jog 5 minutes
  • Walking Lunge. 20-30.
  • Butt kicks (kick your heel towards your butt)
  • Squat with side shuffle 1 minute
  • High Knees 1 minute
  • Plank with mountain climber knees 1 minute

“Make a Tight End”

Build a “tight end” with my free “build a better butt” workout videos! I have two videos just for you to help you strengthen and shape a tight derriere. These all-level workout videos include some of the most effective bodyweight butt, hip, thigh, and leg exercises. You don’t need any equipment and can do them at home before the game starts! As always, check with your doctor before starting this or any other exercise routine. Be mindful and pay attention to your form. Modify as needed to prevent injury and get the most out of your time exercising!

Part One : “Build a Better Butt Workout” Standing Series.

Part Two: “Build a Better Butt Workout” Floor Series

Bring a Superbowl SIXpack. 
Bring your six pack to your super bowl party and you’ll feel GREAT 😉 . Take 8 minutes to work through this quick, effective ab workout video.  This video is appropriate for all levels and involves a some of the most effective moves for stronger, tighter stomach muscles. A short, effective combination of planks, sit ups, v sits, pilates teasers, and other challenging abdominal strengthening moves to work both the upper and lower abdominals. Do a little bit or all of it for a core workout that will make you feel great long after half time.

Cardio BURST: TOUCHDOWN

This high-impact cardio circut will get you sweating in less than 10 minutes. Its a challenging all-levels workout that works the entire body, doesn’t require any equipment, and includes the perfect mix of cardio exercises. It’s a winning combination – you’ll feel like such a rockstar when you’re done you might need your OWN halftime show. Its a feel good, endorphin rush. Give it a try pre-kickoff and let me know what you think!

 


Once through the circuit is GREAT – you can also repeat the above 2-3 times and go home with a longer workout.

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Wishing you a safe and healthy Superbowl celebration. Now get focused, put on your game face, and get ready to “BRING IT”. Im positive you’ll have a healthy Superbowl. TOUCHDOWN!

Caroline

For more uplifting feel good fitness Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough. It will help you keep your mind, body, and spirit in great shape !!

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