The holiday of lights is here and last night I got to light the menorah for the first time at our new house. Scratch that - our new home! (Insert squeal of delight here.)
This year brought lots of new and exciting changes and the party ain't over yet (hello spring wedding)!
My gratitude bucket is overflowing this year and I want to share it with you!
Since we're in the midst of Hannukah, and the rest of the holiday season is close behind, some of you might be way on top of your gifting this year. Maybe you even already have everything wrapped and hidden in the the back of the closet (um, not me). But I know there's at least a few of you who've been waiting for someone like me to make your lives a hell of a lot easier.
There's a lost art to gift giving (can you say Amazon gift certificate?) so I've done some of the hard work for you and compiled a link list of my tried and true favorites any health conscious guy or gal needs.
*A note before we dive in: Some (but not all) of the links below are affiliate links. If you’re unfamiliar with affiliate links, this means that, if you click them and then choose to purchase, I might get some money for spreading the good word. While I never promote anything that I don't use and love myself, if you’d rather not use an affiliate link I totally get it. Just Google the product and use a clean link that way. If you’re willing to allow your click to help me out a bit and keep this blog alive, I truly appreciate it.
SHOW (AND TELL) THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE HOW GRATEFUL YOU ARE FOR THEM WITH THESE HEALTHFUL GIFTS.
For the foodie in your life:
I've been drooling over the Instant Pot since I learned about it from Michelle Tam on Nom Nom Paleo last year. Not only is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and warmer, but you can saute and brown directly IN the pot before setting it to pressure cook. Seriously, I'm drooling just thinking about it!
Do you know a paleo foodie who never can find enough time in the kitchen? Pete's Paleois here to help. You can sign up for weekly meal delivery or just pick and choose a few products that will help trim some time off of kitchen duty. Their 30-day gut healing kitcontains lots of homemade bone broth and gelatin gummies to heal the lining of the gut.
Going gluten free doesn't mean having to give up spaghetti night. Use my favorite spiral vegetable slicer to make zucchini noodles and top with your favorite sauce. In the summer I top my zoodles with pesto, fresh cherry tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. OMG good.
Have you heard of Thrive Market yet? It's an online natural foods and beauty products market with crazy low prices. Make your foodie's day by gifting them a membership so they can save all year on their favorite staples. Plus, they give one free membership to a low-income household for every membership sold. How cool is that?
While you're shopping at Thrive, pick up some Endangered Species dark chocolate. Not only does their chocolate taste decadent and satisfy my sweet tooth, but they also donate 10% of their net profits to support conservation efforts.
For the health nut in your life:
My top two fave supplements for a healthy gut: Heather's tummy fiber with acacia powder and Great Lakes grass-fed gelatin. I take these daily and have noticed great benefits from both.
Treat the tea drinker in your family with the highest quality herbal teas mixed by certified herbalist Lindsay Kluge from Ginger Tonic Botanicals. My favorite is the Heart Rise Teasince I'm obsessed with holy basil. Yum!
Looking to make your own natural body care products for friends and family? Make sure to buy the highest quality ingredients. I know and love Starwest Botanicals from when I used to sell their products while working at the local co-op. They're the best of the best!
Looking for the relaxation of an acupuncture treatment without even leaving your home? The Spoonk acupressure and massage mat stimulates energy points on the body in a similar manner to acupressure, allowing your body to relax completely, reduce pain, and increase sleep quality. I used mine a lot after my neck surgery years ago and loved it.
Speaking of acupuncture, if you're based in Minneapolis, don't forget that you can pick upgift certificates for cupping or acupuncture sessions with me at my downtown office!
For the bookworm in your life (my favorite book-club reads this year):
Brene Brown is my number one brain crush right now. Seriously, if you haven't watched her TED talk yet, stop reading this e-mail and go watch it here. Ok, now that you're obsessed too, please read Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. You can thank me later ;)
Feeling like you're in a creative rut? Read Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic and then watch your own magic happen.
Know someone who is trying to learn the art of saying no to others in order to say yes to themselves? Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes is for them then.
For the sporty spice or athlete in your life:
I use these pain terminator patches in my office daily for everything from chronic back pain to menstrual cramps.
Zhen gu shui translates to 'penetrate the bone water' and is better for pain in bones and joints. I also love that it's easily to apply with this handy spray bottle. I always take this with me on long bike rides to treat my creaky knees.
Speaking of my creaky knees, I use this massage stick or a foam roller on my quads and IT bands right after working out and it seriously reduces my pain - but it totally hurts like the dickens when my muscles are really tight. Try it, you both love and hate it!
If you've ever seen me in my office for pain you know I'm a heating pad junkie. I always recommend my patients use heat on their chronic aches and pains and I'm no exception. I use my microwavable heating pad on a daily basis.
For the Goddess/Witch/Queen/Bae in your life:
Goddess Provisions is a subscription service that sends monthly boxes full of goodies like various crystals, tea, aromatherapy, and tools for spiritual growth. Help your goddess vibe high every month!
Flight of Fancy is a hand-made design collective based in San Diego, California. Their jewelry is made with sustainable materials and is hands-down gorgeous. I ordered something for myself this year and absolutely love it.
Need some warm, loving, truths in your life? Well, Danielle LaPorte has you covered with her Truth Bomb Card Deck.
Link of Hearts is trying to raise awareness for depression and spread hope one gift at a time. Check out their inspirational pieces.
Sick of buying stuff or shopping for someone who already has everything they want? Try one of these ideas instead:
A year long subscription for complete relaxation with the Headspace meditation app.
A membership to their favorite gym, meditation center, or spa.
Time. Seriously, the best gift anyone could give me would be the gift of time. Offer some free babysitting, housecleaning, or gardening to your loved one and you'll be at the top of their gratitude list.
Do you have too much stuff you never use anyway?
This year, spend some time this holiday season cleaning out the items you no longer need and donate them to a local refugee center so that families coming to this country with nothing more than the clothes on their backs can use them to start a new life. It's an invaluable gift that's so easy to give.
I hope y'all have a wonderful holiday and spread the attitude of gratitude!
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