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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

As I look at my calendar for the next two weeks I realized:

Holy COW! I have to attend a lot of parties.

Don’t get me wrong. I like holiday parties. I love dressing up, seeing good friends, eating tasty food, enjoying adult beverages, and listening to Christmas music.

But the holidays can be a bit tough on the body.

So it is important, more important than normal, to make conscious fit and healthy decisions. The holidays are about having fun, spending time with people you care about, celebrating the good things in life, and that includes celebrating YOU! And in order to celebrate you, you need to make sure to take care of yourself and feel good.

Here’s my tricks for staying fit and healthy during the holidays:

1) #StopDropAndYoga

This is no joke.

Oh hey, I’m outdoors and there’s a tree. Should I use this time to practice my handstand variation of scorpion pose? Why yes, yes I should. (Please do not attempt practicing scorpion pose post-holiday beverages, however!)

ScorpionatTreeLoraHoganPhoto by Ashlee Hamon Photography, top  by Lorna Jane, “lava leggings” by Jala Clothing

Or hey! Here’s my adorable nephew. We’ve just eaten Thanksgiving dinner but he wants to play and do yoga. So, what do you do? #StopDropAndYoga. DUH!

lorafrankreversetableTop on Lora courtesy of Le Tote

Or hey! I’m feeling overwhelmed at work? Maybe I should sit down and meditate for a couple minutes and catch my breath? You don’t even have to close your eyes!  You can sit in your chair. Maybe you step outside if the weather is nice. You can hug your knees into your chest or sit with your feet firmly planted. Just notice your breath. Pause. Inhale and exhale. Let go of what doesn’t serve you.  AHHHH. Then go back to your busy day! That’s still a perfect practice of #StopDropAndYoga!!

LoraKneeChestPhoto by Ashlee Hamon Photography, sweater  by Lorna Jane, Nesh NYC Peek-A-Boo Tights, Chakra Necklace by Sacred Charms, Mala By Jivala Jewelry

2) Run Like the Wind

Or just run. Really. Outside preferably. Distance runs for bonus. But the treadmill will work in a pinch. And if you’re injured? Use the elliptical or do some recumbent bike work during the holidays. It may be boring, but it’s worth it! Run run run!!! (Or walk, even. Just move that body!!)

IMG_5445Ready to run with PhenOH7.4, Lorna Jane Activewear, hot pink pro compression socks, my new blue Flip Belt, and Saucony’s Kinvara 4s!

3) Intensify your yoga practice

LoraBeachCrowPhoto by Ashlee Hamon Photography, top  by Lorna Jane, “lava leggings” by Jala Clothing, Chakra Necklace by Sacred Charms, malas by Jivala Jewelry

Did someone say CROW POSE?

What about core work? Inversions? Sun Salutations? Handstands! Planks?

Dedicate yourself to your practice.

Now is the time for power vinyasa and Bikram Yoga!! I’ve been attending Annie Okerlin’s amazing Bikram classes 2 times per week at Yogani Studios here in Tampa, as well as kicking my personal flow yoga up a notch. In all, however, is the reminder for balance. I’m also intensifying my RESTORATIVE practice and making extra Lora time on the mat for stress-relieving postures and child’s pose.

4) Stay properly fueled!

When not partying, I try to eat EXTRA healthy during the holidays.  When I did the Daily Love Mastery class, Mastin emphasized an Alkaline diet rich in leafy vegetables, fruits, lean meats in modetration, and low in carbohydrates, sugar, and anything remotely processed. I try to remember these food guidelines and to balance my unhealthy eating (but OMG baked brie and champagne are amazing) with an extra green juice and winter salads the next day. And with the extra running, yoga, and activities I find myself drinking an extra sports drink (or two) to stay hydrated this season! I’ve been fueling up in Birkam and for long runs and crazy days with PhenOH7.4, a Paleo Alkaline sports drink.


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Sleep, sleep, sleep. Please remember to sleep.

Because really, there is nothing more satisfying than a full night’s rest. Plus, you’ll be better able to find time for fitness, find the ability to make healthy eating choices, and find compassion for others when faced with stress if you get enough rest.

So please please please. Find a few extra zzzs during December!!

What are your go to habits to stay healthy during the holidays? Let me know, I’m always looking to be even healthier each year!




  • Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

    December 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I love that you are doing yoga wherever you can! That is awesome. During the holiday’s it is definitely important to move, even if it is for a couple minutes a day. And SLEEP! Being tired, around a lot of tempting food and having to deal with a lot of people is a recipe for disaster!!

  • Laura

    December 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I need that Lorna Jane top for inversions! Mine tend the invert with me. 😉

  • Gemma

    December 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Great article Lora. You’ve inspired me to #stopdropandyoga 🙂

  • Montana @Pretty Lil Mudder

    December 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Definitely ‘re-dedicating myself to my yoga practice this month! That’s the good thing about not being able to run…I found yoga again! And I love the clothes! Super cute 🙂

  • Cary Hopkins Eyles

    December 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Great reminders and suggestions. Lovely images. Thanks!

  • Marcie Taylor

    December 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I love this! These reminders are simple enough to actually commit to . Thanks for a great post!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz

    December 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    always love your yoga poses!

  • Brittany Suell

    December 9, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I’m loving the sleep one, but probably b/c I should be in bed right now 🙂

    And long distance running. Just getting back into my running, but loving it! And ready to go longer!

  • Nichole

    December 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I definitely take a break outside from my day for some calm and quiet! I think it’s so cute you and your StopDropAndYogas!!

  • Sabrina

    December 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Great reminder to stay with our practice during the holidays!

  • Kali

    January 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Love this post! Thanks for the great ideas & tips. I’m going to work on incorporating more yoga into my life!

  • Frida

    January 8, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Cool info about Phenoh – definitely going to check them out! Yum! Thanks for the info.

  • Mirta

    January 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Love those yoga pants! You rock! 🙂

  • Jennifer

    January 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Cool yoga pants! And great tips – hope they got you through the holidays a-ok!

  • Casey King

    January 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    We’ve been trying Phenoh at the office and I’m loving it, so great to replenish after a tough workout (especially after hot yoga!).

  • Aaron Maibach

    January 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Also love Phenoh, been drinking it post workouts lately and I love how it replenishes like coconut water and also helps reduce acid in the body. Such a cool concept!