It's that time of year when we are starting to think about holiday gifts! The weather is cooler and it's beautiful walking by twinkling lights in the city's trees on my way to the metro after work. I love this time of year and it's starting to feel festive around my home as well. I put up decorations over the weekend and have started to think about holiday shopping. Here in this blog post, I've put together a list of some of my favorite healthy gift ideas. Happy Holidays!
Thrive Market Membership - Thrive Market is on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. This online grocer offers all the non-GMO foods and healthy products you love at 25-50% below retail prices—all shipped right to your front door.
Organic Indoor Herb Garden Kit - This kit includes everything you need to grow basil, cilantro, chives and parsley from organic and non-GMO seeds.
Vitamix Blender - There are plenty of options for making healthy foods with a Vitamix. Think of chunky salsas, thick vegetable soups, green smoothies, and lots more.
Berkey Water Filter - I love my Berkey water filter. It's a staple in my kitchen and I use it for everything, including water for cooking and even for filling my little dog's water bowl. These water filters are top notch and last a long time too.
Laptop EMF Protecting Pad - Think of this as a safety block between your laptop and your body, designed to block RF, WiFi, and bluetooth. It helps to cool your laptop and reduce body's heat exposure.
Himalayan Salt Lamp - I was gifted one of these last year and I really enjoy mine. Each is handcrafted and unique. It has a soft light inside and emits negative ions that can purify the air and help relieve stress.
Gratitude Journal - You can keep a daily record of life's blessings with this journal. It's filled with a year's worth of insightful prompts and inspiring quotes.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses - These glasses can be used when looking at screens to help absorb blue light emitted from laptops, computers, iPads, and phones.
Glass Water Bottle - These glass bottles have a protective sleeve, which is great for taking water on-the-go. There's no leaching from plastics or metals and it has a wide-mouth so that it's easy to add ice cubes or a lemon slice. It's dishwasher safe as well.
Glass Meal Prep Storage Containers - These containers can be used to prepare healthy meals in advance or to store leftovers.
PlanetBox Lunch Box - This lunch box can be for kids and adults alike! It helps to make packing healthy lunches easy and fun. It's eco-friendly and also made of non-toxic and recycled materials - safe from lead, PVC, phthalates, and BPA. Kids may like that it comes with a set of magnets to decorate.
VitaClay Multicooker - This is a rice-cooker and slow-cooker. However, what sets it apart from other products is that it has an unglazed clay pot to intensify flavor. It also does not have any aluminum, lead or a chemical coating, which can be found in other slow cookers.
Book by Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth - This book is enlightening and uplifting. It's also one of my favorites, as well as Oprah's. It has inspired millions to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.”
... and here's a gift idea for our furry friends:
Organic Cotton Pet Collar - This collar uses organic cotton and is hand-crafted in California. Take a look at the sizing guide - for dogs and cats!
Oven roasted turkey, corn bread stuffing, green bean casserole, and sweet potato pie. November is a very delicious time of year. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a lot of holiday parties to look forward to, it can be easy to gain weight this time of year. Not to mention that most of our holiday comfort food is full of extra fats, sugars, salts and food allergens that we tend to crave. Below are 5 tricks, plus a bonus tip, to get your holiday fix without the holiday pounds that go along with it.
1. Keep It Small. When facing a feast, banquet, or buffet table, choose the smallest plate size possible. This will keep your portion sizes smaller. Scan the table for fruits and veggies first, the raw kind without added sugars, fats, and other ingredients. Try a large helping of these healthier foods. Then scan for your lean proteins such as turkey, chicken, or fish. With the room you have left, indulge in a small portion of one or two of your favorite go-weak-in-the-knees dishes. Try eating these last so that you get to savor the flavor after your appetite has been mostly satiated.
Each day, Americans toss out enough food to fill the Rose Bowl stadium! As much as 40% of edible food in the United States goes uneaten. That’s a drain on your wallet of between $28-$43 a month.
All that uneaten, but perfectly good food doesn’t just lay waste to your budget, it rots in landfills and pollutes the planet. While your virtual self is looking for spare change in that mountain of food trash, we’ve got good news: With a little mindfulness, there are easy ways to reduce your food-print and put money back in your pocket!
Net-Zero Your Fridge. Before you restock, make sure it’s emptied of all edible food. If you really must stick to a shopping schedule, try freezing, canning or preserving foods.
Befriend Your Freezer. Most frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
FIFO Your Meals. Plan and cook meals using the “First In, First Out” rule. Place the most recently bought items toward the back so older items, in the front, are used first.
Love Leftovers. Look for recipes that will help you get creative with using leftovers.
Shop Smarter. Plan your shopping and avoid impulse buys. If you have no idea how much food your family wastes in a month, do what restaurants do to manage profit and loss: keep a log of what you buy and what you throw away.
There's no doubt about it: what we eat, and how much we eat, has a direct impact on our physical health. But did you know that those same choices also influence mood, mental alertness, memory, and emotional well being? Food can act as medicine, have a neutral effect, or it can be a poison to the body and mind.
When food acts as poison, it creates inflammation, which alters the body's balance of nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This directly affects your body's ability to manage and heal from stress or illness.
While some body-mind effects are due to naturally occurring nutrient content in food, much is due to hidden additives. Below, are four common culprits. If you're experiencing symptoms that interfere with your quality of living, you can talk with a naturopathic doctor about the role these or other foods may play in your health.
What is ADHD?
Today, ADHD is viewed as a multifaceted condition triggered by varying behavioral, biological and environmental factors, including certain foods and food additives. The hallmarks of ADHD are an inability to focus and/or impulsivity that is not developmentally typical for a child's age. Symptoms fall on a spectrum from predominantly inattentive on one end to predominantly hyperactive at the other end. Certain criteria must be met for a doctor to diagnose a child as having ADHD.
The Role of Food in ADHD
While there are many ways to use "food as medicine," for some children, food and its additives can actually trigger ADHD. Because diet plays a crucial role in ADHD, it's important to examine issues such as food intolerance, food allergy, and the additives and chemicals associated with food production. There are various tests to determine both food allergy and intolerance. Your naturopathic doctor can advise you about the most appropriate test and then help with interpretation and treatment.
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