The holiday season begins Wednesday night when the first candle on the menorah is lighted to mark the beginning of Chanukah. Thanksgiving follows the next day and the season continues through New Year’s Day. This time of year brings opportunities to gather together to share meals and good times as well as exchange gifts.
This blog provides an update to last year’s blog on healthy gift giving and provides additional ideas on gifts that promote health. Gifts of health can come in many forms: time, services, a homemade or purchased gift. When considering a gift of health, select one that meets the needs of the person who is on the receiving end.
The Gift of Your Time and Handcrafted Gifts From the Heart
- Encourage healthy eating, by taking the time to research, shop for ingredients and cook a healthy meal for a friend or loved one.
- Plan and plant an herb garden and the recipient will enjoy the benefits of fresh herbs throughout the year.
- Become a health buddy to a friend or family member to support them in achieving their wellness goals.
- Plan and schedule regular activities with a friend or family member such as walking dogs for your community animal shelter or training to participate in a walk/run for charity.
- Consider a gift of personalized nutritional consultations with a dietician.
- A single or multiple sessions with a personal trainer is a great way to show support and boost fitness.
- A home office ergonomic assessment and corrective products and actions can provide needed relief for those that suffer from repetitive stress injuries or injuries from poor posture at workstations.
- A healthy cookbook, published in 2013:
- The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, Mollie Katzen
- Men’s Health Guy Gourmet – Great Chef’s Amazing Healthy Meals, Adina Steiman, Paul Kita, and Men’s Health Editors
- Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets, Giada DeLaurentis
- Fat Chance Cookbook, Robert Lustig, M.D. MSL, Recipes by Cindy Gershen, (Due out 12/31/2013)
- Mason jars make healthy food storage products. Healthy food storage can reduce the levels of phthalates, a known hormone disruptor in your body. The Environmental Working Group recently came out with a list of the top 12 hormone disruptors. The Mason jars that have traditionally been used for canning make an excellent choice for food storage. You can transfer hot food, store and reheat in the microwave (remember to remove the metal lid!) in a single container. Mason jars are available in multiple sizes and can be found at many hardware and grocery stores. More decorative food storage systems are also available thru Weck and Pyrex.
- A healthy assortment of dried herbs and spices, are a great way to add healthy flavor to meals.
- A monthly floral delivery is a great gift that provides an emotional boost throughout the year.
This season is a great opportunity to give gifts that last a lifetime by giving the gift of health. But don’t forget yourself—request a gift of health to support your wellness goals.
ConnectWell wishes you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season!