As a doctor, I advise my patients all year long on how to increase their fitness levels and on how to achieve their optimal sense of health and well-being. This time of year, I enjoy giving gifts that reflect my philosophy of whole-body wellness.
I thought I would share with you the products that are on my 2014 holiday gift list. I’ve included wellness-oriented products that appeal to a wide age range and can meet a variety of budget constraints. Why not show someone you care this holiday season by giving them a gift that encourages a healthy lifestyle?
Here’s a great gift idea for the people on your gift list who think eating fresh and healthy foods takes too much time. Door to Door Organics partners with organic producers and local family farms to make good food convenient. Founded in 1997, Door to Door offers a selection of organic, local, humanely raised, and fair-trade food – all delivered to your door in eco-friendly packaging. Four sizes of boxes of fruits and veggies are available, ranging from the Little Mixed Box (enough for one to two people) at $25 to the Large Mixed Box (feeds a family of vegetarians) at $54. Delivery price is included. (Available here)
Once you start using the Spiralizer, you will wonder how you ever got along without it. Use this ingenious hand-operated device to create home-made vegetable “noodles” for pasta dishes, stir-fries or salads. Use it with a variety of firm fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, apples, carrots, cucumber and zucchini. Around $40. (Available here)
Juicing is a fast, easy and convenient way to work more nutrient-dense and delicious fruits and vegetables into your diet. Breville offers a range of commercial quality juicers that are ideal for home use. These juicers give you or someone you love the opportunity to start making and enjoying fresh, delicious and nutritious juice every day. $99 to $399 (Available here)
All hair dryers are not created equal. This high-performance hair dryer uses anti-microbial violet technology to cleanse and deodorize your hair while smoothing it and increasing its shine and manageability. In addition, its infrared heat decreases drying time while protecting the hair’s outer cuticle. $200. (Available here)
As you get more active, this clever device will help keep you motivated. The Fitbit Flex keeps track of how many steps you have taken and how many calories you have burned. It even tracks your sleep quality and wakes you in the morning. Use it to set personal goals. $99.95. (Available here)
If you are serious about reforming your health and nutrition, you need to get (or give) the Vitamix. Using high performance blending technology, the Vitamix will help you create juices, smoothies, sauces and other tasty creations featuring fresh, whole food ingredients. $259- $649 (Available here)
Give a gift that gives back. For every TOMS product you purchase, the company will help a person in need. Since its founding in 2006, TOMS has given more than 35 million pairs of new shoes to needy children and has helped restore sight to over 250,000 people. Other projects include the gift of fresh water with the purchase of coffee. And TOMS is not just for grown-ups. Check out the great selection of kids’ shoes and boots! (Available here)
Conscious Box is a personalized subscription service that lets you sample some of the best all-natural, non-GMO products around. Conscious Box supports sustainable, fair trade businesses. Gift boxes are a great way to treat your friends and family to these wonderful finds. $9.95/month for Taster $19.95/month for Plus. (Available here)
We use these diffusers throughout our NYCPT office both to help our patients relax and to help them gain therapeutic benefits. This diffuser operates up to four hours with no condensation. You can adjust its LED lighting to create a soothing mood. Not only does the diffuser gently relax you by creating a wonderfully scented environment, but it also moisturizes your skin at the same time. About $149. (Available here)
With clinically tested actives which are combined with fresh organic living botanical super foods, Body Deli’s skin care products not only make you look good but you will feel great using them. Give one of Body Deli’s lovely gift sets to a special someone on your list as an introduction to his or her amazing skincare regimen. $39-$145. (Available here)