The #1 Secret to New Year’s Resolution Success

Want to be a New Year’s Resolution success? Read on for my top coaching steps on how to be a New Year’s Resolution success and the #1 secret to make your positive resolution results last. 

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Did you know only 8% of people that set a resolution actually achieve their goals?  92% of people have good intentions but just abandon them after a few weeks or so.

We can do better than that. I know it.

And 2017 is the year to make what you want HAPPEN.

I want to help you succeed and make your goals a reality! I want to help you be the person you want to be. What do you want for your life in 2017? Here are my top coaching steps on how to be a New Years Resolution success and the #1 secret to make your positive resolution results last. 

Steps for New Years Resolution Goal Success:

  • Create a clear vision. Creating a clear vision helps you choose where you want to go in life and motivates you even when the going gets tough. What is the outcome you want from your resolution? What will your life look like if you achieve your goal? That is your vision, the positive end result. 
  • Make a powerful visual reminder. Creating vision boards is considered by many to be a vital step on the road to success. Since positive, focused thinking is the key to achieving goals, pinpointing what those goals are and having something tangible to symbolize them is an essential part of the process.Read my guide on how to make a Vision Board for goals that have lasting power. I make one for every new year and swear by it’s magic powers.
  • Pace yourself. There’s no better way to get sick of something than to do it too much, too hard, and too often, to the exclusion of other pursuits and activities. Take your time and don’t hurry things. There’s no need to do several marathons in your first year of running or become fully sugar free in 30 days. Slowly build upon layers of learning, growing, and small wins. With that approach, you’ll be able to accomplish your resolutions without burning out.
  • Get SMART. Goals make resolutions real. Your resolutions need to be SMART to work: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time Bound. When helping clients set goals, I always tell them to act like a news reporter. If your goal was on the news, what would be the who, what, when, where, and why? Cover all the bases when defining and describing your goal. For example: Goal: “I want to get strong”Specific goal: “I will complete a strength routine using 10 to 20 exercises, targeting all my major muscle groups, for 20 minutes at least twice a week to build strength and fitness”Goal: “I will be less stressed.”Specific goal: “Every workday at 3:00 p.m. I will take a regular break to get outside, go for a walk, and de-stress.”Goal: “I will eat healthier meals.”

    Specific goal: “I will make a grocery list and shop every Saturday morning for at least five days of meals and snacks per week.” Or “I will use eatingwell.com for meal plans, grocery lists, recipes, and guides.”

    Having specific and measurable goals will lead to success, because the goals are attainable. It’s easier to make progress when you know you are making progress.

  • Avoid quick fixes and extremes. Quick-fix solutions like a “30-Day Diet,” “Fit in 5,” or “10 Days to Calm.”  are typically not sustainable long term and can lead to negative outcomes. When we expect immediate results or it’s too much to handle all at once, we get discouraged, burnt out, and quit. It doesn’t have to be that way, you can accomplish your resolutions without resorting to extremes. Just go about it in the right way. Customize your approach to your resolutions by setting SMART goals tailored to your personality, prefrences and unique lifestyle. Use chapter one of  Balanced Body Breakthrough to help you.
  • Come up with solutions for potential challenges. Think about what has gotten in your way in the past or potential excuses that might prevent you from achieving your goals. Forgetting? No time? Losing interest? Not knowing where to begin? Write down foreseeable challenges and create strategies in advance for dealing with them. That way you won’t get sidelined or lose forward momentum when they arise. Think ahead and be prepared to overcome obstacles on your path to success.
  • Drop the “all or nothing” mindset. This mentality sets you up to feel guilty eventually and is why so many people struggle to succeed. Expecting to stick to a structured plan for an extended period of time without ever deviating is unrealistic. Things happen and life can get in the way – through illness, other obligations, exhaustion, different opportunities, etc – it is impossible for everything to go “perfectly”. Let go of the black and white thinking and make achieveing your goals about progress not perfection.
  • Embrace mistakes. You can’t make positive change if you beat yourself up every time you mess up. Mistakes are part of the process. Whats important is what you choose to respond from slipups. Learn, grow, and pick yourself up. Mistakes are proof that you are trying and as long as you choose to grow better from each one, you’ll make progress. Remember it doesn’t matter if you fall down, it matters if you pick yourself back up.

All of the above will help you be a New Years Resolution success. But what’s the #1 key that will make all your positive accomplishments last?

Support 

This is the key.

When it comes to achieveing goals, people are generally accountable only to themselves and often that isn’t enough. Having a strong support network helps ensure that you will remain on track and maintain positive changes in your life. What people, resources, systems, and environments can you draw on to help you realize your resolutions, overcome challenges, and sustain positive change? Communicate your goals to your network and ask them to support you. Choose to surround yourself with people who have a positive impact on your lifestyle and goals. No person is an island, it’s truly challenging to accomplish goals or live a positive life without a community supporting your success.  Find your tribe and make your support network. You do not have to do this alone.

Every month, I host large events to help you connect with other positive people who can support your mental, physical, spiritual health. At these events you’ll meet others who can support you in your resolutions and in making 2017 healthy, happy, and fulfilling. Some of my closest relationships have come because of these meetups. My next event is January 10th 2017, a “ROCK YOUR RESOLUTION” workout to give you what you need to get 2017 started on a high note. Join the party and connect to those who can help you make the New Year better for you. Register here. 

What do you think is the #1 key for achieving a New Years Resolution goal? Let me know in the comments below. 

When we set out to achieve a New Years Resolution, change a habit, or bring a dream into being, ultimately we are involved in a bigger act of conscious self-creation. Rather than being stuck with the way we are now, we can actually choose the habits of the mind and the qualities of the soul we wish to be. We can consciously choose the behaviors and skills we wish to learn, the life we wish to have, and follow through to a successful conclusion. In this way, creating a new habit brings us to precious spiritual gifts: hope – that our future will be brighter than today through the efforts we make – and faith: that we can bring into being more of what we desire in ourselves and in our lives. What more do we need to weave a life of meaning, purpose, and beauty?

And while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too. Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow till our very last breath. Keep going. Keep growing. Keep creating a life you love. I’m cheering for you my friend.

Wishing you a happy and blessed New Year,

Caroline

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Get Rid of Sciatic Pain. Stretching and Strengthening Exercises for Pain Relief.

Sciatic Pain, or Sciatica, which is pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg, can cause severe, debilitating pain. But there are all natural ways to ease and treat Sciatic Pain. Read on for a quick video routine to overcome Sciatic Pain.

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Hi Friends!

Are you struggling to overcome a “pain in the butt” sensation? Do you ever wake up feeling agonizing pain all the way from your upper thighs to your feet? Do you deal with nagging lower back pain that spreads downward and won’t seem to quit no matter what you try? You could be dealing with sciatic nerve pain, also called sciatica, which causes painful throbbing in the lower back and limbs. I am here to help you feel better!!

Overcome Sciatic pain with this exercise routine designed specifically to help stabilize the pelvis and muscles of the hips, core, and butt to prevent and treat pain. In this video, I’ll guide you through simple stretches and strength exercises that will relieve sciatic pain and tension.

You’ll begin this therapy based workout session with a few simple stretches that will likely stop your pain immediately. Then I will lead you through a series of key exercises to strengthen your core, legs, and butt. These moves will help you develop the strength you need to stabilize the pelvis and live without sciatic pain. Once you are pain free continue to practice these exercises on your own to bring long lasting relief and prevent future flare ups.

Many doctors will tell you that you should stop training or stop the sport that caused the pain, however I believe that it is possible to overcome Sciatic pain and it’s symptoms with proper management and therapy based exercises like the exercises in this video. Movement is medicine. A regular physical stretching and strength routine will help you get rid of sciatic pain and live tension free. Repeat this routine as much as needed to keep your body feeling its best and live without sciatic pain.

Get Rid Of Sciatic Pain. Stretching and Strengthening Exercises for Pain Relief

 

Try this video and let me know how it makes you feel in the comments below. As always, please check with your doctor to make sure these recommendations are right for you. Honor your body and be good to yourself.  Stay strong and keep smiling my friends. Always cheering for you.

Love,

Caroline

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Foot and Ankle Strengthening Exercises. Rehabilitation Program.

Foot Ankle Strengthening Exercises. Rehabilitation Program For Pain Relief. 

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Join me for this 15 minute foot and ankle strengthening exercise rehabilitation program for pain relief. These are some of the  all time best exercises to strengthen, stretch, and mobilize your feet, ankles, and toes. I have personally used to help recover from a serious foot injury and return to foot health.

To do this video you’ll need:

  • a foam roller or something to hang on to (wall or chair)
  • A small ball or small pillow
  • A set of yoga toes or pedicure toe separators – you can get my favorite set here.

ALWAYS check with your doctor or physical therapist before starting this or any other exercise routine. Listen to your body and be smart! Healing is your #1 priority. Stop if you feel any pain!

In this video you’ll complete a series of exercises for your toes, ankles, and feet. All of the moves will help you gain strength, mobility, and health. The toe swaps are challenging and fun to master! Hopefully they can aid in you performing better in all the activities you love or heal from an injury to return to full health.

Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common among athletes and other physically active individuals. Rehabilitation programs like the one in this video that emphasize the use of therapeutic exercise to restore joint range of motion, muscle strength, neuromuscular coordination, and gait mechanics have been shown to have clinical success for patients suffering various foot and ankle pathologies. Rehabilitation programs are beneficial for ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, turf toe, heel pain, ball of foot pain, toe pain, ankle sprain, stress fractures, mortons neroma, or other foot and ankle conditions.

The human foot is made of 26 bones and approximately 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is also the part of the body that bears the most weight, so it is not uncommon to suffer from foot pain or diagnosed foot problems at some point in your life. It helps to make foot and ankle specific stretching and strengthening a regular part of your daily regimen. Take good care of your ankles, arches, and toes. It can be done in a few minutes a day and just might make the difference in keeping your feet pain and injury free. Exercise specific to foot care can go a long way towards improving all aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

Start from the ground up — work your feet for a maximum body benefit! Here you go!

 

Be sure to also check out these hurt foot workouts and foot exercise videos  to help your feet feel fabulous.

I hope you enjoy this video! I want to help you live without pain and feel your very best! I hope these exercises serve you in having happy, healthy, feet.

Happy feet = happy life. Keep smiling and keep shining my friends.

Caroline

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Easy Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer (and Help Make the World Brighter)

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“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy The Elf

The world could use a little holiday cheer right now.

Ok, maybe more than just a little.

And we can help with that.

Well, we probably can’t help everybody or save the world overnight. But we can intentionally spread some holiday cheer and make the world a little more bright. And if we can cheer up one person’s day, maybe their smile can cheer up one more.

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You can make an impact simply by giving the gift of a smile or a happy moment with little random gestures.  The best part? It’s so easy to give, costs nothing, and the time you invest does a world of good for happiness. Lets join together, pay it forward, and spread holiday cheer. Here are a few easy ways to make the world brighter: 

Easy Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer (and Help Make the World Brighter)

  1. Smile at strangers ( I love this one. Smiling is my favorite )
  2. Leave a large tip
  3. Pay for the person behind you in line
  4. Hand write a letter of gratitude and appreciation
  5. Help someone get active.  There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy, but needs a helping hand.  Offer to go walking or running together or join a gym together.  Check out your local Active activities.
  6. Call your grandparents / relatives just to say hi.
  7. Give an authentic compliment to three people.
  8. If someone you love really likes something (a meal, a favor, etc.) give it to them when they least expect it.
  9. Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.
  10. In the madness of holiday shopping: make eye contact with the store clerk. Ask about their day. Give them a smile.
  11. Be compassionate. Ask about people’s stories. Listen. Be a good neighbor. 
  12. Hold the door open for others.
  13. Introduce yourself. Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome.
  14. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Your old is someone else’s new.
  15. Write a positive Yelp review about a local business you like.
  16. Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything.
  17. Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.Locate your nearest blood drive.
  18. Volunteer at a hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc.  Get outside of yourself and help others.  Check out Volunteer Match.
  19. Invite someone without local family to your holiday gathering
  20. Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
  21. Surprise a new acquaintance with a gift
  22. Send flowers or bring one for everyone in your office
  23. Bake healthy treats and share with a neighbor, colleagues, or fitness instructor 🙂
  24. Listen to someone’s pain and help them find a path through it.
  25. Hug a friend.  Let them know how important they are.
  26. Let someone go ahead of you in line or give up your parking spot
  27. If you have a good book you’ve read that’s just sitting around on a book shelf, give it away to a friend.
  28. Attend an event for a good cause (like the 10th Anniversary ALIST ‘Passport to the World’ NYE Spectacular )
  29. Invite someone out for dinner
  30. Dance. Everywhere. 
  31. Go Christmas caroling
  32. Forgive someone (or yourself)
  33. Leave a nice comment on a blog or Facebook post
  34. Collect and donate prom dresses for underprivileged youth.  Check out the Princess Project.
  35. When you’re eating out, buy an extra meal for a homeless person.
  36. Stand up for someone.  Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them.
  37. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know.
  38. Decorate your office or work space with festive holiday candles and decorations
  39. Bring a little thank you gift for the coffee barista, delivery truck man, or local store owners you visit often.
  40. Teach others how to make a difference in this world by setting a good example every day.
  41. When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward.

The quickest way to find happiness is to help someone else find theirs. Remember, cheerfulness and love is contagious. We probably can’t change the entire world with these little gestures. But we can still intentionally seek to add life and cheer to the people around us. And as a result, make this world a little more wonderful.

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What would you add to the list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s make this world a little brighter with our love and positive energy.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday full of health.

Caroline

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Struggling with the Holiday Blues? You are not alone. Here’s How to Cope.

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Struggling with the Holiday Blues?

You are not alone. Here’s How to Cope. 

The holidays are hard.

Wait, did I just say that?

I know it’s supposed to be the “most wonderful time of year”, but I’m just going to be real with you. They can be hard for me. And hard for others too.

Sure on Facebook, everyone’s holidays look perfect. Shiny things and families smiling. But that’s just social media for you. Everything looks like a good time when you scroll online. Let’s be real. No one’s life is perfect like a Christmas card and sometimes a smile signals great strength despite life’s obstacles.

The holidays can trigger sadness, anxiety, stress, and depression for a lot of people (eight out of 10 Americans according to the American Psychological Association). I’m one of them. As a recovering perfectionistic people pleaser, the holidays often challenge me to stay well mentally. Over the years I’ve learned how to better work with the season and created self-care strategies to help me stay grounded, positive, and present (which I go into deeper detail in my book). But that doesn’t mean the holidays are a walk in the park.

For me, it helps to identify and be mindful of triggers to seasonal sadness so that I can better move through the holidays in health. Some “holiday blues” triggers include:

  • Financial Stress. Not enough money, fear of not having enough money, guilt around spending money, or feeling like you can’t afford to celebrate or give the gifts you want to give.
  • Too Much To Do. The added stress of events, shopping, and planning when you’re already overworked and tired can feel overwhelming. We try to fit everything into an already tight schedule which can be exhausting. When my plate is too full it makes me feel frazzled and burnt out. I feel defeated when I feel like I “can’t keep up with it all” or “half-ass” on commitments I want to be there for.  
  • Loneliness and Grief. Missing those we love, reminiscing on past memories, or facing deep emotional feelings. Tis the season. 
  • Interpersonal Relationships. There’s no such thing as the perfect family or relationship. The holiday’s can serve up a lot of psychological or emotional stress in dealing with complicated family/friend relationships.
  • Divorce/Breakup. If you’re newly divorced, the holidays may remind you of happier times and accentuate your grief. It’s especially difficult for children of divorce who have to balance seeing two sets of parents. The stress is multiplied for married children who have three or even four sets of parents to visit.
  • High Expectations. Expectations of a magical holiday season can create physical and mental stress. High expectations of a happy family gathering can end in disappointment. We put pressure on ourselves to make the holiday “perfect” and when it doesnt turn out the way we expect it to, we feel let down or sad. 
  • People Pleasing. Trying to be there for everyone and everything – can make you feel guilty and like you’re not doing enough.
  • Holiday Travel. Having to deal with airports, traffic, hotels, and getting from point A to point B during the busiest season for travel can be exhausting. Not to mention dealing with jetlag and maintaining your health while on the road.
  • SAD. Many people experience the blues during gloomy weather due to decreased sunlight, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I am absolutely one of those people! Summer is my favorite holiday 🙂

Do any of the above factors make you feel stressed, burnt out, sad, sick, or depressed? Well let me tell you, you are not alone. I’m right there with you. But you can make the holidays easier on yourself by following the below tips for success.

Here are a few ways I’ve learned to handle holiday stress triggers and manage the season without losing my marbles:

  • Set reasonable expectations and let go of perfection. Don’t try to do too much or match some ideal of the “perfect” holiday. If you’re comparing your holidays to some abstract greeting card ideal, they’ll always come up short. Strive to keep expectations in balance and drop the need for perfect. The best moments happen when you stop to enjoy them and real is so much better than perfect.
  • Commit to self care. Whatever it takes, take care of yourself. When you are traveling make time for exercise. Commit to getting enough sleep as much as possible. Make time for rest and for yourself. Remember the old airplane order: You put your oxygen mask on first before you can take care of everyone else.
  • Don’t overbook! Leave space. It’s tempting to fill in every waking minute of the season with events.  Don’t do this to yourself.  Leave space. Not feeling overbooked and having space will significantly reduce your stress.
  • Practice healthy drinking habits. Alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate feelings of stress and sadness. Too much alcohol can also interfere with healthy sleep and interrupt natural sleep cycles.  Not to mention, getting too drunk at your family event might not help you improve relationships. If you accidentally overdo it, read my “holiday hangover cure” here.
  • Move Your Body to Move Your Mood.  While the physical benefits of exercise are great, I exercise to keep my mind in good shape (especially during the holidays). Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce depression and anxiety, decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Endorphins really are the best natural happy drug in the world and even a short daily walk can have a big impact. If it’s too cold in your area to enjoy a walk or run, check out a fun group fitness class or press play on my youtube videos for effective, no-equipment needed home workouts. There are also dozens of smartphone apps that can also guide you through a workout and I include my favorites in my book.  
  • Nourish Yourself. There’s nothing that spells mental meltdown faster than going too long without a real meal (sorry, cheese and crackers at the holiday party do not count as a balanced diet). Make sure to get a solid breakfast, eat all the healthy vegetables you can, and commit to quality nutrition during this time. For me this means eating light, eating clean, and eating often. Keeping myself well fueled with real food helps me maintain my energy levels and keep stress at bay.  I have snacks on hand and prepare healthy dishes to bring to events so that I know I’ll have options.  Real food = happier mood and staying well fueled = keeping your cool.
  • Kick sugar to the curb. Processed white sugar is known to contribute to depression and can exacerbate the holiday blues. Plus sugar is toxic and causes stress on the body (no one likes a sugar hangover). When you begin to notice how what you eat affects how you feel, it becomes easier to make smarter choices with sugar. Being mindful of your sugar intake during the holidays can significantly help manage anxiety and boost your mood.
  • Budget your bucks and get creative with gifts. Overspending during the holidays can lead to continued stress down the road. Set spending limits and stick to them. Or get creative and give gifts that you can’t buy in a store (experiences, memories, homemade crafts, etc).
  • Limit Social Media. Even though you know that most people only post their happiest moments on social media, it’s easy to lose perspective and get a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Comparison is the thief of joy and you can’t compare yourself to others’ highlight reels of their lives. Limit your consumption of Facebook, instagram, snapchat, and instead  reach out to your close friends via phone or text message when you feel like connecting with people. You’ll get more satisfaction from spending real, face time with people rather than scrolling down a feed of tons of people you haven’t seen in years.
  • Create time for yourself during family gatherings. This one is huge for me. I love people and get a lot of energy from social events, but if I don’t have mini breaks, I lose my sh*t. Take a walk outside, find a quiet corner in the house, or make a quick trip to the store to gather your thoughts and relax.
  • Reframe Your Holiday. If you feel isolated, it’s important to remember you’re still in charge of your life. The way to bring more abundance into your life is to give first. Find opportunities to volunteer. Meet people. Attend events. Instead of feeling left out of others’ holiday plans, think of the break as free time to do whatever you wants — even if that means spending the day at home making vision boards or watching movies.
  • Eliminate stress by pre-planning. Plan any shopping, errands, and cooking in advance. Setting a schedule and making priorities will prevent too much from piling up at the last minute.
  • Set Aside Differences. Christmas dinner at Aunt Maud’s house doesn’t have to be the annual free-for-all or tension-filled affair as in past years. Make a pact with yourself to accept family members and loved ones for who they are without any expectations. Hopefully, they will do the same for you. But if they don’t and someone tries to pick a fight, just smile and wish them a Merry Christmas. This is not the time to air grievances, although it might be a good time to walk away.If there is someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, send them a holiday card. You don’t have to say anything other than “thinking of you and wishing you well.” It will make both of you feel better.
  • Talk to someone. If you are feeling down during this time of year, seek support. It’s totally OK to ask for help and talk to someone.  Infact, if you are struggling with anxiety, sadness, depression, or your mind, talking to someone may feel like a huge breath of fresh air. Lean on a friend or family member you trust, or seek out a mental health professional. You can try an online service like Reflect, an incredible online talk therapy resource.
  • Renew Your Spirit. Wellness is so much more than being fit, it’s being fulfilled in spirit. Take the time to connect to the people, places, and things that help you feel most alive and find purpose in your life. If you need some guidance, read the Spirit section of my book which is filled with suggestions, tools, and resources to lift you up.

It took me a few years to personalize healthy lifestyle habits that help me manage seasonal stress and feel my best. So if you are struggling this year, take some solace in the fact that no one’s life is perfect and you are not alone. It can be the most bittersweet, highly charged time of year (even though that’s the part that we don’t talk about). But I’m positive that this can be your best holiday yet if you are open to changing some of your old traditions that bring you down and trying new holiday habits that can lift you up.

Want more tips so you can keep your mind in good shape no matter what life brings you next? Check out my new book  Balanced Body Breakthrough. There is an entire section of the book dedicated to mental wellbeing with tools, resources, and suggestions to keep your headspace in good shape. Wellness starts in the mind and spirit. Pick up your copy here and help your mind feel better.

Do you struggle to cope with any of the above? Are the holidays challenging for you too? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday full of health. Always here for you –

Caroline

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Rich, Chewy, and Totally Guilt Free Balanced Body Paleo Protein Fudge Recipe

Hi Friends!

Headed to a holiday party and want to bring something nice that tastes naughty? I’ve got the perfect recipe for you.

Last year I was getting ready for a christmas potluck and needed to bring a dessert dish. I started playing around in the kitchen and came up with this healthy fudge recipe using only healthy, whole food ingredients.  Once I realized how easy it was to produce a decadent dessert based on real food it was a game changer. Gone were the days of giving in to cravings and eating sweets made with heavy cream, white sugar, and butter which would leave my stomach in pain and my head pounding! My healthy fudge recipe left me feeling content and satisfied with a body that felt the same. 

I believe the holidays can be enjoyed without leaving you sick, tired, hungover, exhausted, or overdosed on sugar. Sometimes all you need is a little coaching on how you can satisfy your cravings to indulge life while still honoring your health goals.  In my book, “Balanced Body Breakthrough”, I work with you to think outside the box, personalize your approach to health, and find habits that make you feel good inside and out. That includes recipes that taste as good as they feel and I want to share this Balanced Body fudge recipe with you. This fudge encompasses everything I could want in a fudge – tons of nutrients including fiber, vitamins, minerals, natural sweetness, protein, AND that unforgettable chocolatey, hearty, dense, and delicious fudge taste and texture.

Are you drooling yet?

Get ready to be the biggest hit at your holiday event with this rich, chewy, and totally guilt free Balanced Body protein fudge recipe. 

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Rich, Chewy, and Totally Guilt Free Balanced Body Paleo Protein Fudge Recipe.

  • Serves: 24
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Line a 6×6 pyrex with foil.
  • Melt the coconut oil (microwave for 20s) and mix base ingredients and line the bottom
  • Warm up the nut butter by microwaving for 30s. Stirring, and microwaving for another 30s
  • Blend the fudge ingredients, stopping every 10s to mix with fork. It will get very thick and will start to cool and set fast.
  • Distribute the fudge over the base. Wet your spoon with a bit of water to make this easier as the fudge will be thick and will start to set very fast.
  • Let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or in the freezer for 5-7.
  • ENJOY!! Bonus fun: experiment with coconut flakes instead of almond, cashew butter instead of almond, vegan chocolate chips, the possibilities are endless!

Nutrition: Calories: 152, Total Fat: 14g, Total Carbohydrate: 6g, Protein: 3g

That’s it, that’s all – no flour, no refined sugars, no chemicals, no additives, no fake sh*t!

Even though this healthy fudge isn’t really “low calorie”, it’s so indulgent you’ll be satisfied from one portion size and won’t end up sidelined with a headache. Remember: not all calories are created equal 🙂

This fudge is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and wellness coach approved. Just good whole food to put you in a really happy mood! Healthy desserts CAN be made, enjoyed, and still taste amazing while feeling just as good as they look. 

What is your favorite kind of fudge? Have you made healthy fudge before? What  ingredients did you use? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Hungry for more? get your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough here and start living your best life now. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some sweetness this holiday season. I am sending love to you.

Happy holidays sweet thing,

Caroline

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Best Gifts For Health and Fitness Fanatics 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for your fitness fanatic family member? Or ultra zen girlfriend? Or super sporty sister? I’ve rounded up my top holiday gift picks for everyone on your list! Read on for the best gifts to give your health and fitness nuts.

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Help someone start their New Years resolutions strong and give the gift of balance with my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough. 278 pages full support to help readers clarify values, create a plan and set smart goals, manage time, feel healthy, get fit, and enjoy life. The perfect resource for a new year full of wellness. Paperback on amazon or Inkshares.

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High quality, delicious protein powder! Vega is my personal favorite, an all natural plant based protein that tastes amazing. A Vega shake a day keeps the doctor away! Try Vega Greens in french vanilla or Vega sport in chocolate. I gift my brother a tub every year. https://myvega.com/

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Fashionable, functional, feel good flats for your Fitnessista friend. Give the gift of happy feet with a super chic pair of Rothy’s the seamless lifestyle flat made from 100% recycled water bottles. The soft fiber becomes a breathable upper that won’t lose its shape and wicks away moisture. Also big plus: they are machine washable! I have four pairs (when you know what works you buy them all right?!) and they keep my feet looking good on the go without getting sore. Check out the point in camo red or the flat in black. Use CJordan10 for 10% off at: https://rothys.com/

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THE MAT. It’s the only yoga mat you’ll ever need. Reversible and designed with extra cushion, this high quality yoga mat will last you for years of sweaty yoga class. I’ve had mine since 2011 and it’s still just as fabulous. The Reversible Mat 5mm at lululemon.com 

Epsom Salt Bath Kit. I take an epsom salt bath multiple times a week to soothe sore muscles and de-stress. This Grace and Stella kit is the perfect price and has so many delightful scents. Read how to take an epsom salt bath here. 

Blender to Go. I’ve had a magic bullet blender for 4 years and it is my life saver! Perfect to whip up a quick smoothie or pack with you to stay healthy on the go (totally travelable!) Try my simple apple protein smoothie or get festive with my pumpkin pie protein smoothie.

Yoga Toes. Treat your feet with yoga toes, my latest obsession. Yoga toes fit between and beneath toes; gently spreading them apart and away from the balls of your feet – providing even more benefit than walking barefoot. By improving toes and feet, Yoga Toes bring better balance and posture to the entire body. When you put them on it feels like a massage – I wear mine every night in my pajamas.

Fitbit. Help your friends start 2017 on the right foot. Check out the new Blaze and Alta which receive text and call notifications. Shop all styles and steps at: https://www.fitbit.com/home

San Francisco Fitbit local ambassadors: Jeremy Falk and Caroline Jordan

San Francisco Fitbit local ambassadors: Jeremy Falk and Caroline Jordan

Candle set. I love receiving candles as gifts! One of those things I always want but never want to spent money on. This spa set would go great with that bubble bath.

A new pair of New Balance light weight running shoes. New Balance is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals. It’s been their mission for more than a century to focus on research and development. It’s why they don’t design products to fit an image. They design them to fit. New Balance is driven to make the finest shoes for the same reason athletes lace them up: to achieve the very best. And thats exactly what these shoes have done for me. So light I feel like I’m walking on sunshine.

Spa day at Solage in Calistoga. Treat a loved one with a retreat to this heavenly resort. Gift a massage, facial, day at the spa, or overnight stay. Read about my past adventures relaxing in Calistoga here.  Reservations and booking at:  https://solage.aubergeresorts.com/

You can do it coffee mug. Ok this is too cute. I want this in my morning cup!

Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls. Because everybody needs a pair 😉 Then you and your friends can join me for all my rolling videos on youtube! PARTY.

Compression Socks. An active person will love receiving a pair of high performance compression socks. Why? The faster they can recover, the faster they’ll be back at it again! I have hot pink – they are the best!

Wireless Headphones. These sweat-proof, lightweight, wireless headphones will let you blast motivational tunes from the cardio machines to weight room, without that annoying wire getting in the way.

Kale Sweatshirt. For the health nut kale lover in your world.

Thule Urban Glide Sport Stroller. Perfect for your parent friends who want to keep up with their walking/jogging routine. 

TRX

If you have someone in your life who LOVES to workout outside of the gym (at home, in the park or in hotels while traveling), consider gifting them a personal TRX. It comes in a handy travel pouch along with instructions and workout suggestions. It’s light weight and compact enough to throw into a purse, book bag or carryon.

Membership or Healthy Grocery Products from Thrive Market. Im obsessed with this website and it keeps me well fueled in the best way. Thrive Market is an online retailer offering thousands of the best-selling healthy, natural products from your favorite brands at wholesale prices. For every paying member, a membership is given to a low-income American family. Check them out here. 

What’s one gift you love giving to that fitness fanatic in your life? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for being such a gift in my life. I am wishing you a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday season.

Love,

Caroline

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