I’ve always considered giving meaningful, thoughtful gifts to people I love to be an art! I’ve taken months to ponder just the right gifts for my friends and family members, considered their tastes, preferences and even keep a special dedicated notebook to note down hints from conversations or observing them throughout the year.
But not everyone is an artist in this respect! Growing up, I often got sweatpants and gym socks for Christmas, although I was more of a skirt and high heels girl, and would not have been caught dead in sweatpants, or even worse, sweating (things have changed now, of course as I’m writing to you in my favorite yoga pants, having just returned from the sauna at my gym).
Eventually, instead of expecting others to read my mind, I learned to make Christmas lists to make it easier for my loved ones, and then, of course, I also learned that sometimes, when we want something in life we have to go out and get it on our own.
So since your Hashimoto’s diagnosis, your tastes may have changed, and the people in your life may have a harder time shopping for you, as you may have become more conscious of endocrine disrupting chemicals in your personal care products, so your old perfume may no longer be on your list, and the usual sugar full stocking stuffers may no longer seem appealing.
Here’s a list of gifts that are health promoting…in case you want to forward them to someone you know or if you are looking for gifts for yourself 😉
- Hashimoto’s Root Cause Book – My New York Times best-selling Hashimoto’s patient guide
- You’re Not Crazy, And You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s
- The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life
My Favorite Cookbooks
- Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy
- The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-free Meals the Easy Way
- Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
- The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness
- The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul
- Autoimmune Disease: The Clean Eating Cookbook: My Road Back to Health – Color
- Mediterranean Paleo Cooking: Over 150 Fresh Coastal Recipes for a Relaxed, Gluten-Free Lifestyle
- Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
- Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Balancing Roll-On, Expressive Throat, 0.31 fluid ounce – This is a beautiful smelling replacement for endocrine disruptor loaded perfumes. I use it now instead of the designer perfumes I used in the past.
- ACURE Conditioner Leave in Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell, 4-Ounce – all natural, gluten free hair detangler. A Hashi’s dream come true.
- Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Pink – Windy days and suboptimal thyroid hormone levels may make hair more brittle, tangled and difficult to brush. This little brush is a brilliant invention for tangles.
- Tanka Bars – gluten free, dairy free and Paleo bars.
While a luxury for many, some of these tools may make your life much easier in adjusting to a real food lifestyle. I’ve collected the following over the past few years, taking advantage of birthdays and holidays (and forgoing that cute pair of shoes).
- Vitamix – this little machine is a powerhouse for green smoothies, cauliflower mashed potatoes, soups, nut butter, and making your coconut yogurt. If I could have just one appliance in my kitchen, this would be it!
- Juicer – Green juice is an excellent way to get nutrients into your body!
- Spiralizer – this awesome tool makes all kinds of veggies into noodles and thin slices that cook much faster. Much healthier that gluten free noodles that are full of processed grains! I’ve made beet noodles zucchini noodles and rutabaga noodles in the last month.
- Yonanas – my most recent acquisition. This little machine makes frozen bananas into delicious dairy free ice-cream!
If you’re a minimalist and prefer experiences to things
- Allergen Free Cooking Class
- Nutrition class
- Yoga classes
- Pilates Pass
- 1 on 1 Yoga lessons
- Vacation to a sunny place
- Food delivery service
If you’re in need of a good listener or friend… I know that Christmas puppies are so cliché, and you shouldn’t adopt a dog or cat unless you’re fully ready for one, but having a furry critter works wonders for our stress levels. My little dog Boomer is a powerful adrenal adaptogen.
You can adopt your critter though a lot of local shelters or Overstock.com.
Wishing you all the best and happy shopping!
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