Gift Guide for the Health-Conscious
Here is a list of my personal recommendations for the health-conscious or eco-friendly person in your life. This is not a sponsored post, just what I have loved, and what I commonly suggest to clients and friends. Feel free to comment with your favorites as well!
Great cushion, non-slip and extra durable! You may think $75 for a yoga mat??! Well, let me tell you, it is worth it! I have had my mat for 12+ years and it is still in great condition. Then we got an extra long mat for my husband a few years ago and it is also still like brand new and it gets used multiple days throughout the week. Just be careful when cleaning because these mats act like sponges.
Earbuds that are comfortable and do not fall out! Get some, now. Oh, I mean… for a friend.
If you have a loved one who has yet to jump on the activity tracker bandwagon and would like to move more throughout the day, this is for them. I used the Fitbit Flex for about a year and a half and loved it (until the bracelet broke and I lost the tracker..). I also have friends who use the Jawbone Up and Garmin Vivofit and love those. The only complaint I have heard with those is that you cannot participate competitions with friends since the Fitbit is most popular.
Foam Roller or Foot Log (Free Massage)
For anyone with tight muscles, prone to knots and/or who wants to improve flexibility. Foam rolling, also known as self myofascial release, increases circulation, promotes muscle recovery and helps reduce the risk of injury. It feels great on areas of the body, like your back and glutes, but I’ll be honest and say it can be painful at first on tight IT bands and quads. Roll as part of a warm-up, cool-down or anytime.
A foot log is great for reducing and preventing foot pain (for example, it could help with plantar fasciitis!). It improves circulation, and loosens connective tissue throughout the body, use it while hanging out on the couch or at a desk… and best of all it doesn’t roll away!
Not sure exactly what to get? Let them pick! New workout clothes are motivating and feel good — try athleta or lululemon for a splurge. The pants are an investment, but I have had the best luck with them staying in place during workouts and they last forever! Also, try classes at a local yoga, barre or spinning studio. Personal, partner or small group training that could be done with you or friends are also great options.
Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy
Joy has shown up on my social media accounts over and over again because the information she shares is just so good! I love this book — it is very well written and educational, and also has delicious recipes to reference.
Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook
I do not own this cookbook, but have seen many recipes appear on Peanut Butter Fingers, which is why I have added it to my wishlist this year. If you follow my blog, you know that I do not follow any one particular “diet” but rather dabble in them all. I look forward to adding this book to my collection and think some of you might too!
Glass Water Bottle with Straw
A glass water bottle is a must, especially if you ever put essential oils into your water. Having a straw is also important for convenience, and so you’re more likely to keep on sipping! I bought a two pack of glass bottles at Costco without straws and am constantly frustrated because I always dump water on me when I’m on the go. If you’re not as clumsy as me then have at it…otherwise go with a straw!
Stainless Steel Straws
Stocking stuffer idea! Having these straws on hand saves the need for constantly tossing plastic straws. When I’m at home this what I use in mason jars. They are eco-friendly and can be put the dishwasher.
For juice and smoothie lovers: If you live in the Detroit area, try DROUGHT. Grand Rapids area, try Sip or Malamiah. I love treating myself to green juice on super busy days when I’m on the go and need the energy. Gift cards to anyplace that promotes healthy eats, especially when convenience is needed are also great.
For Stress Relief
Who doesn’t like to create something beautiful? There are many varieties to choose from, mandalas, animals, picturesque landscapes, you name it. Coloring books can be found most everywhere now.
Stressed out mom? Trouble sleeping? Always sick? We all know someone who could use a boost! Essential oils are so versitile. Here are just a few ideas to enhance health:
- Put Peppermint in shoes before working out for an energy boost.
- Place a drop of Frankincense on the back of your neck before yoga.
- Add a drop of citrus oil to water for energy and immunity boost.
- Rub Lavender or Cedarwood on pillow at night to enhance sleep quality.
- Add PanAway or Stress Away in an epsom salt bath for muscle recovery and relaxation.
- Apply Stress Away to wrists and wear as perfume.
- Use a diffuser as a non-toxic candle alternative, with benefits!
- Deodorize your car with Purication on cotton balls.
- Make bath salts, body butter, lip balm, sugar scrub, body wash, and cleaning spray — all with ingredients you can pronounce!
Just make sure to invest in quality oils free of synthetics.
Cost: $10 and up
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