The Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Author: Chloe Davenport

Books

The Loving Diet by Jessica Flanigan- This was written specifically for people with auto-immune issues, but is a quality read for anyone that has tried everything to lose weight, get healthy, or heal their body. This book brings light to the missing component: the power of the mind-body connection, healing through mindfulness, and love. The Loving Diet is an important reminder that food is not our only source of nourishment, and that healing requires self-love, care and compassion.

It Starts with Food & Food Freedom Forever- both books are from the Whole30 program developers.  Their first book, It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, is a great read for anyone wanting to clean up their diet. This book details the importance of removing certains foods from your diet for at least 30 days, and the scientific backing as to why those foods can cause negative health reactions. It is easy to comprehend and stay engaged throughout.  

Food Freedom Forever is the 2nd book written by Melissa Hartwig and focuses more on life after Whole30. The focus, as seen on the front of the book, is letting go of bad habits, guilt, and anxiety around food.  It erases the belief that you should count calories, obsess over food or restrict heavily to have dietary success. It’s practical, realistic and empowering.

Inspiralized: Turn vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci. Looking to eat better? Here you go- From her cookbook: “Whether you’re low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo, or raw, you don’t have to give up the foods you love. Inspiralized shows you how to transform more than 20 vegetables and fruits into delicious meals that look and taste just like your favorite indulgent originals. Zucchini turns into pesto spaghetti; jicama becomes shoestring fries; sweet potatoes lay the foundation for fried rice; plantains transform into “tortillas” for huevos rancheros.” This would also be a great, fun way to get kids involved with helping in the kitchen and eating more vegetables.

Practical Paleo by Dianne Sanfilippo. This book is more like a text book, cookbook, meal-planner, health book all in one. Tons of great information and recipes even if you’re not following a Paleo lifestyle (of course, the recipes are Paleo though)

 

 

Gifts & Gadgets

Spiralizer- For the cook or foodie- add some variety to your diet and be inspired to eat more vegetables with this handy gadget. Don’t forget to get the cookbook listed above!  Lot of options on Amazon from hand-held, counter top variety or a super fancy one that hooks up to your Kitchen-Aid mixer.

Foam Roller- used for exercise recovery, massage, sore areas, and myofascial release. Regularly foam rolling can also help with circulation, detoxification and cellulite.  Anyone working out regularly could benefit from a foam roller. Many sizes, colors, textures and options available online.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=foam+roller

Foot roller balls- these mini massagers relieve tightness in the hands, arms, legs and feet. Their small size is great for on-the-go use, and the textured surface provides added relief. Helps to soothe pain from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and everyday aches. Also a great gift for people who are on their feet all day.

http://www.gaiam.com/product/restore-ultimate-foot-massager/05-61356.html

Self Massaging stick- This is great for upper back, shoulder and neck aches. Breaks up tension in those hard-to-reach muscles. There are six applicator balls to apply deep, targeted pressure,  and best of all, you can do it to yourself!

https://www.amazon.com/Thera-Cane-JMAS5000-Massager/dp/B000PRMCJU/ref=pd_lpo_121_bs_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ANA532MQHTRTC5HD2WPR

Fitbook- 12 week fitness and nutrition journal full of tips and inspiration to keep you motivated and on track. There are pages to help you set your goals, plan workouts, meal plan. In addition, there are pages to record workouts, meals and track progress. Great for journal lovers and goal setters. It’s also small enough to fit your purse or gym bag!

https://www.getfitbook.com/

Glass or Stainless Steel Water bottle- most of us could benefit by drinking more water. And what better way to drink more water than by having a bottle you love and take everywhere! There are tons of cute, snarky, shiny, functional water bottles available online.  I like these:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/221412682/be-the-kind-of-women-engraved-vintage?ref=market 

https://www.hydroflask.com/

Oh, and this water bottle calculates your personal hydration needs and reminds you to drink more water, while pacing your hydration intake. If you know someone who likes being bossed around by their tech gear or maybe just needs some extra motivation to get that water down, this would be a great gift.  

https://www.amazon.com/Sportline-HydraCoach-Intelligent-Water-Bottle/dp/B005QB24LQ

 

Himalayan Salt Lamp- Not only do these look cool and work as a nice night-light, but they help boost blood flow, improve sleep, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, and calm allergies and asthma symptoms.  They’re also beneficial to indoor plants if you have a hard time keeping them alive, like someone I may know.

http://www.himalayansaltshop.com/salt-lamp-buying-guide.html

 

Food

RX Bars- Not your typical holiday gift, but everyone’s gotta eat, right? These bars are all natural with just a few ingredients, no weird additives and are GOOD. They’re great to keep in your gym bag, in your car, in your backpack or purse when you need a quick, filling snack. Lots of different flavors, too. Great for someone always on the go or as a healthy stocking stuffer!

https://www.rxbar.com/

Republic of Tea’s Get Burning Blend- for the tea lover- a tea blend full of warming herbs that help boost metabolism, boost energy and endurance, and helps the body combat stress with adaptogen herbs. It’s stimulating without being taxing. Tasty, too.

http://www.republicoftea.com/get-burning-herb-tea-for-metabolism/p/v01090/

Kombucha home brew kit- Kombucha is a probiotic, fermented tea beverage is great for energy, digestion, weight loss, detoxification and helps to ease joint pain, strengthens immune system. This would be a great gift for the crafty, DIY-er health nut on your holiday list.

https://www.amazon.com/Kombucha-Brewing-Organic-Scoby-Temperature/dp/B00LW7OR4A

 

And lastly, and maybe the coolest gift of all, rather than buying something for your health–conscience-fitness-loving friends, instead you could go on a hike with them, or a run, try out a climbing gym, or a new yoga or barre class. You could also purchase FemTribe training packages for your friend! Our special is $50 for three one-hour private sessions. 

Or you could invite them over for dinner and cook them a really nourishing and satisfying meal. Spend an afternoon and help them meal-prep or do the meal prep and deliver to their home.  You don’t have to spend a bunch of money: time and thoughtfulness are always the best gifts you could ever give.

Happy Holidays!