(20)15 Gifts For Every Wellness Enthusiast On Our List

For those of us with an appetite for the world of wellness, the feast of advocates for sustainability, the soul seekers and rejuvenation junkies, we may beg the question: what on earth does one buy for us?! Well, if you’re thinking earth, you’re on the right path. A path paved by aloe plants, bouquets of kale and petals of Echinacea, if it’s earthly and earth-wise, chances are we’ll dig it!

For us wellness enthusiasts and every holistic personality on our list, this is our ultimate holistic gift guide of 2015!

 Gift guide

For The Scent-sational

This is the individual who is seduced by the allure of perfumes and fragrances but forgo’s the chemical cocktails linked to neurotoxicity, asthma, migraines and irritability. The ones distributing fragrant pine branches throughout the home, with simmering pots of blood oranges and cinnamon steeping on the stove top…

1) A Diffuser + Essential Oils

  • My work party did something very special this year. We all regifted items from our home, (funny or otherwise) drew numbers and decided to open a new gift or steal someone else’s. It’s a great way to reduce excessive Christmas spending, rid your basement of lingering junk, and is all fun and games until the diffuser you stole gets stolen from you! I begged, I pleaded, I drew the “I’m new” card, to no avail.
  • At the top of my list, essential oil diffusers make the perfect home air fresheners without the synthetic chemicals. These oils also offer a host of medicinal properties when you are sick (oregano) and the ability to relax and enhance sleep (lavender) or revigorate and energize (citrus).
  • They can also be used as perfumes (forgoing the up to 3,000 chemical constituents of conventional fragrances) and in beauty products.

For The Wild Soul

 

Those of us with a flaming passion for wildlife, the preservation of endangered species and the deep longing for the safari’s of Africa …

2) “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas”

  •  Give or receive an ACTUAL hippo! My guinea pig, Aussie, was my “all I want for Christmas” last year, but animals (even miniature ones) are big, daily commitments. Not yet ready for that responsibility? Thankfully there are “pets” we can give with  no clean up, free to roam their natural habitat, and bypass the aggressively deadly behavior of the territorial hippo. Sadly, no, the house hippo is not a real thing.

aussie

Remember this? Though he no longer fits in the palm of my hand, Aussie still loves Asian pears too (the perfect stocking stuffers)!

For The Holistic Culinary Adventurist

Those of us who are no strangers to the kitchen. The ones who dare experiment in the mishaps, the joys, the dangers of blenders on turbo and the triumphant successes of gluten-free, dairy-free baking, this is for you!

3) CUPCAKES

  • Kelly’s Bakes Shoppe cookbook is topping off my list this year as I’m eager to replicate their decadent baked goods in my very own kitchen. Featuring dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free recipes that would trick even the most health weary members of our family. To all local family and friends; expect some special deliveries with the overflow of desserts guaranteed to be wafting through my home.
  • Order here: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/made-with-love-more-than/9780147529831-item.html
To give you an idea of the truly special treat you’re in for, check out my review of the bake shoppe; https://lifeofeden.com/2015/07/24/restaurant-in-review-kellys-bake-shop-burlington-on/
triple fudge brownie

For The ACTIVE-ist

The trail runners, the rock climbers, the insatiable ACTIVEists. For those of us who can’t last the movie without a good stretch..

4) Yoga Membership

  • The gift of exercise, stress reduction, increased circulation through the winter and detoxification sounds like the holy grail of gifts to me! Bonus; there’s minimal wrapping required.
  • Deals on memberships surface this time of year to entice us in for our resolutions of the New Year but should this be too much, opt for an instructional yoga DVD (Crunch Yoga Body Workouts) or the Yoga Girl series you can purchase from her website here: http://practice.rachelbrathen.com/
 christmas tree

The Lovers Of SOUL-itude

Those of us silently retreating beneath the christmas tree for steaming herbal teas with a juicy soul read…

5) Eckhart Tolle’s : The Power Of Now

  • Or any Eckhart Tolle. Originally brought to light by Oprah Winfrey, he has been a transformative spiritual spark for millions. If you have yet to read this, add it to your list!

 

6) A Course In Miracles

  • Coming about the same way Eckhart Tolle did, I’ve seen, heard, and read about this book everywhere recently, taking its spot on my wish list!
  • For a more easily digestible read, showing how to apply the principles of A Course in Miracles; opt for “A Return To Love” by Marianne Williamson.

7) Robin Sharma’s: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

 

  • An equally eloquent and insightful writer, this book is a soulful adventure laced with meaning, purpose and inspiration. A must read for us all.

 xmas tea

8) Japanese Tea Steeper

  • The all-in-one Steeper and mug and the necessary companion to every warming read. Pair with a loose leaf bag of herbal tea, particularly digestion reliving peppermint or cleansing chai.

For Us Who Know: Theres No Place Like OM For The Holidays

For those of us who beg the question:”are they resting… or meditating?”…

9) Oprah And Deepak’s Latest Meditation Series

  • With Oprah and Deepak as our guides, we are whisked into effortless meditation, relaxation, rejuvenation and empowerment. This, in my personal opinion, was their most powerful series yet. Welcoming you whether you are a seasoned meditator or are new to the experience, we will all benefit from coming OM for the holidays.
  • For only $39.99, this CD pack comes with online access to meditate anytime, anywhere. https://chopracentermeditation.com/store/product/116/become_what_you_believe_streaming

Beanth the christmas tree

To Our Natural Beauties

Those of us whose beauty routine is practically edible, doubling as a wholesome breakfast and equally exfoliating skin mask…

 

10) Giddy Yoyo’s Edible Body Butter

  • Made from cacao butter, coconut oil, olive oil and vanilla, you will smell (and taste) like chocolate! Need I mention it’s organic, vegan and cruelty free? Oh, and it all acts as a natural lubricant… Just be sure to remove this tip when sharing this gift guide with your mother. 😉

11) A shower head filter

  • Want  shiny, healthy hair and smooth, glowing skin? This is a must! If not filtered, that water is flowing with chemicals including chlorine which binds to hair and strips it of its natural oils leading to oily, frizzy and unruly hair as well as dandruff and an irritated scalp. It also disrupts the beneficial bacteria on our skin causing excessive dryness and irritation.
  • The water flowing over our skin (the largest organ of our body) is absorbed into our blood stream, intensified in hot showers where our pores are open.  This lending the case that we are not just what WE eat but what our BODIES eat. For our healthiest, most radiant hair and skin, this is a MUST.

The Rejuvenation Junkie

Likely to be caught soaking in a tub of epsom salts (a great socking stuffer) with lavender essential oils and the soulful harmony of Trevor Hall, our rejuvenation junkies will revel in gifts that sooth their wellness souls.

 

12) A Bed Of Nails

  • It is the de-stress mattress of 2016. Though it doesn’t sound comfortable, it feels amazing! The acupressure mats have thousands of non-toxic plastic spikes that stimulate energy to induce deep relaxation, stress reduction, improve clarity and mental alertness.
  • Some find the experience intense and may benefit from a sheet or shirt between themselves and the mat. I, on the other hand, enjoy the full effect and will stand on it, lay bare backed on it and even sit on it.
  • Find them here: http://bedofnails.org/products/

Acupressure mats + Aussies

Tip; its rejuvenating effects are amplified when coupled with your favourite Aussie!

13) Himalayan salt lamp

  • Responsible for the eery, luminescent glow from my bedroom, these lamps are soft, non stimulating lights with medicinal and rejuvenating properties from its illumination of negative ions. I received this last year and use it all day everyday until I go to sleep at night as we should aim for total darkness for the adequate release of our sleep hormone melatonin.
  • Disclaimer; for these potent benefits, be sure you are purchasing one made with authentic Himalayan salt.

For The Foodies

For those of us more enticed by the unveiling of the christmas feast than the unwrapping of gifts beneath the tree…

14) Giddy Yoyo Dark Chocolate

  • Of course we love chocolate! Chocolate is a superfood after all, so long as it’s done right.
  • Real chocolate is high quality  with at least 70% cacao (which means less sugar is added), and only real, whole food ingredients. With a rainbow of flavours to choose from, there is something for everyone on your list! My top picks;
    • Spicy for those who love their chocolate with a kick (my personal favourite)
    • Vanilla salt, or raspberry, for those who enjoy the sweetness
    • And mint which comes in 76% and 100% dark.
  • Read more here: http://shop.giddyyoyo.com/chocolate-bars-1

 

15) Kale Bouquets

 

Whether this is your wish list or your cheat sheet gift guide to the holidays, grab your favourite ones and share! 🙂

 

Happy shopping wellness enthusiasts!

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

A Festive Food Diary // What A Holistic Nutritionist Eats On Christmas

Good morning readers!
Ever wonder what a holistic nutritionist eats on Christmas? Do we secretly stuff stuffing into our mouths when no one’s looking or do we come equipped with celery in our purse and chia seeds for dessert?
This is your little sneak peek into my holiday eats to see just what it was that I treated myself to and how I go about the holidays in the most holistic way possible with loads of insights and tips and tricks to keeping both happy and healthy with the food on your plate! But first and foremost; what is my philosophy behind such occasions?
I absolutely agree, holidays are a time of indulgence! But thankfully, you don’t have to stray from your diet to do so. I believe in moderation not deprivation. So I come prepared with healthy alternatives to staples such as dips and spreads that are dairy, gluten, soy and refined sugar-free. However, if I see something I really want that includes these things, I enjoy, just in moderation.
  • Breakfast
It was two years ago that, in true Suzanne fashion, I awoke Christmas morning and, forgetting about gifts entirely, I sprang from my bed and leapt down the stairs thinking souly of one thing: food! Christmas breakfast! And luckily, as I drew closer, the lack of mouth-watering aromas sparked the reminder that there were gifts crowded beneath the tree that I was not yet intended to see and so back up the stairs it was!

 

 This year’s  breakfast was sweet, light and wholesome.
Our Christmas breakfasts always begin with half a grapefruit that we recieve in our stockings every year.
grapefruit
This was followed by a small buffet of exotic fruit bowls & platters. We always mix in some fruit that we don’t normally purchase for a special treat such as this Pitya (dragon fruit) and Asian pears. We also had clementines, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple and fresh figs.
pitya
Turns out my cutest little gift this year, Aussie, loves Asian pears too!
aussie
You could say I “pigged” out on Christmas, but did manage to enjoy and savour the food in moderation. Muffins and yogurt are present at the table as well but I opted out of those and ate my weight in alkalinizing, juicy, fresh fruit which left me satisfied but with plenty of room by the time lunch had taken over the table.
  • Lunch
My lunch plate included a good helping of fresh-cut veggies with almond butter instead of the sour cream based dips.
Holistic life hacks: nut and seed butters are easy to carry, need no preparation, and are fantastic as dips. Add a little apple cider vinegar or olive oil and they become great salad dressings too!
lunch
I also had some gluten-free crackers and decided to treat myself to a bit of cheese. This cheese I know to be high quality and I opted for the aged goats cheese which is much easier for the body to digest than cows milk. I also took a digest dairy pill to further assist my body in breaking down the lactose.
We are so spoiled in that my grandparents’ garden supplies most of our vegetables including bizarre ones (which are always the most fun) such as:
  • Mangel
  • Rutabaga
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Spanish radish
  • Turnip
  • Beets in all different varieties
  • Two-toned purple carrots with orange inside

There was also a bowl of grapes present. Normally I would leave fruit completely alone when eating other food as this could lead to poor digestion and bloating but in this case, grapes are harder on your body to digest, taking it longer and making them acceptable in small portions. Bedside, I love grapes!

 

grapes

In between lunch and dinner, I brewed a mug of tea for the gift opening. It was an herbal blend with peppermint which aids digestion.
  • Dinner
Dinner was a plump roasted turkey that was free range; anti biotic and hormone free, organic and grass-fed. Quite the mouth full! There was no gobbling down though, we ate slowly once everyone had sat down and served their own portions. This was after I had stolen hunks of turkey off the plate in the kitchen… to make sure it wasn’t poisoned of course!
The succulent turkey was served with Brussels sprouts, a turnip and potato mash and gluten-free rice stuffing that was surprising delicious! Of course gravy and cranberry sauce are staples but not on my plate, with cranberry sauce laden with sugars and gravy rich in fat that has been heated beyond its limits and dosed in corn starch as a thickener. The best is to leave both of them out. I, myself, love them both and so served up a very small taste of each to have my fill. The food was certainly flavourful enough as it was.
For dessert I skipped the ice cream and opted for a few medjool dates and a slice of my fudge. Got some leftover almond butter? Stuff it in the dates for a delicious treat!
tea
After family dinners, we leave time to sit and digest before dessert and brew coffee and tea in the meantime. I skip the caffeine which hinders digestion and opt for herbal teas with peppermint which boosts digestion. Having this alkalinizing and rehydrating tea after your meal will also help you to reduce sugar cravings so you can go easy on the sweets!
So there you have it wellness junkies! So simple to indulge without overstuffing and with keeping your body as grateful as your taste buds, a nice little gift to yourself on these occasions and you can keep these in mind as we head towards the New Year!
Wishing you all the merriest of holidays,
Suzanne Eden