When your health is a main priority, it can’t help but seep into every part of your life- including the holidays. Because after so long, health is no longer just a goal. It’s a lifestyle. Cliche, I know. But, if you’re reading this, you probably know exactly what I mean. While “health” looks different for everyone, I’m here to tell you it is still possible to stay healthy during the holiday season.
With that being said, I got to thinking: how can we prioritize and pursue “health” together this holiday season? Or, at the very least, honor and respect those who are doing so? Well, gifting “health” this year seemed like a good place to start.
Why Gift “Health?”
Gift giving during the holiday season isn’t simply about unwrapping boxes on Christmas morning, or receiving the “things” you really want. Hear me out: giving gifts during the holiday season is really about spreading joy, being generous, and showing love to those around us. So, if you or someone in your life is pursuing health/healing this year, gifting “health” is the most meaningful, joyful, and loving thing you can do. Giving the gift of health shows that you care about their passions, priorities, and most importantly, their well-being.
The question remains: how can you gift “health” this season? I have a few ideas for you. For every person in your life- the health foodie, beauty lover, fitness guru, and more- you can find gifts at every price point in my Healthy Holiday Gift Guide, below:
Healthy Holiday Gift Guide
For the Beauty Lover [$30+]
I have been hooked on Flying Cow Tallow since earlier this year. It’s a clean, nontoxic product to moisturize, heal, and nourish your skin. I use the Coffee Bean scent every morning! But, I have to say the holiday scent, Vanilla Mint, is giving Coffee Bean a run for it’s money.
For the Beauty Lover [$15+]
Beauty Counter makeup has been on my list for years, but I’ve yet to make the switch from $10 powder from Target. So, this year I’m asking Santa for gift cards to Beauty Counter. I’ve had my eye on their Flawless in Five package, which would also make for a great gift for the beauty lover in your life.
For the Healthy Foodie [starting at $5/month]
A Thrive Market subscription has also been on my wishlist for quite some time. It has all the best pantry goodies, foods, healthy products, and more at discounted prices! My favorite brands on Thrive include Simple Mills, Ancient Nutrition, Vital Proteins, and so many more. This year, gifting a subscription to the healthy foodie in your life is sure to be a win!
For the Fitness Guru [$25+]
Old Navy is my go-to for activewear and workout clothes. I still have 5 year old leggings from Old Navy that are in perfectly good condition! All their workout gear is comfortable, affordable, and great quality! Plus, you can get 3+ pairs of Old Navy leggings for the price of ONE Lulu Lemon leggings. Just saying.. ;)
For the Nutrition Obsessed [starting at $50]
Gifting Nutritional Therapy this season may just be the best idea, yet. With a virtual or in-person package, your loved one can receive a custom Nutritional Therapy protocol and heal their body from the inside out. I also offer monthly custom meal plans and personal training/nutritional therapy packages. So, there’s a little something for every need!
Ways to Prioritize Health During the Holidays
In addition to gifting “health” this year, there are other ways we can stay healthy during the holiday season:
- Allergy-Friendly Recipes– There are endless allergy-friendly recipes available online- most of which you wouldn’t even know are “healthy.” Don’t hesitate to make your favorite allergy-friendly dish this year to share with your friends and family at your holiday celebration. These are some of my favorite healthy holiday treats: Paleo Pecan Cookie Dough Bites, One Bowl Coconut Chocolate Cookies, Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie (this was a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving and we will for sure be making it for Christmas!), Paleo Apple Crisp, Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars.
- Unplug & Connect- This year, instead of being glued to the phones and devices, imagine a holiday where everyone unplugged. Once the phones are down, we have a unique opportunity to connect with our loved ones. Emotional connection (or lack thereof) plays a bigger role in our overall health than we may realize. So, making an effort to connect with those around us may just be the healthiest thing we can do this holiday season.
- Reason for the Season– I pray that in the midst of Christmas movies, white elephant gifts, and hot cocoa, we remember that Jesus is the real reason for the season. When Jesus is our focus for the holidays, every thing becomes less important- the gifts, food, decorations, etc. As a result, we can soak up all the joy of the season and reduce the added stresses and pressures of the holidays. Focusing on Jesus recanters our hearts and fills us with the joy that the season is truly about!
Alright, now you know what’s on my wishlist this year. So, tell me, what is on your “healthy holiday wishlist?” And how will you prioritize health this season?