Health freaks are tough to shop for. You try real hard, and get them that delicious pie that you know they are just dying inside to taste. Then you go out of your way to decorate it with more deliciousness, and make it look even more desirable, so much so that you want it yourself.
You then hand over the delicious goodness to your health freak friend, expecting their taste buds to water, and then… nothing, just a plain “thank you” without enthusiasm. And you think… who wouldn’t want to enjoy such delicious mouth watering goodness in life?
Not us health freaks, because we health freaks often don’t find unhealthy food to taste good. We’ve been eating healthy for so long, that what typical people find to be “normal” sweetness, tastes grotesquely sweet to us, because our taste buds have not been desensitized to excessively sugary foods through constant exposure. In addition, those sugary foods make us not only jump off walls, but sometimes make us nauseous. Not quite the reaction you were hoping for. Here is my reaction (in my mind – which I never say out loud for fear of being rude):
“Pie, okay, ingredients, think… sugar, probably beet sugar, so probably GMO. Butter and milk, probably from cows fed GMO corn, so not made with grass fed milk. Filling, probably more sugar, and probably lots of cream. If the cows were not raised organically the cream probably contains bioaccumulated herbicides and pesticides. Eggs? Yeah, probably from GMO corn fed chickens. The wheat in the crust might be GMO. Preservatives? Freshly baked, maybe not, but organic? Definitely not. And all that sugar will make my blood glucose, insulin, and blood triglycerides skyrocket. This was nice of them, but I can’t eat this.”
Yep, that’s what goes through my mind, whether it be home baked pie, cookies, or even sugar free cookies. That’s because health freaks are mindful of the consequences of what they put into (and onto) their bodies.
The truth is, the picky eaters, the health freaks, or, as I prefer to refer to myself, those of us who are “health minded”, we don’t desire pies, cookies, candies, or even heavy starched foods often found at holiday meals. We prefer fresh vegetables, fruits, grass fed or free range meat (for those of us who eat meat) whole grains, organic, and so on. And while I can’t speak for anyone else, I know that when someone gives me a basket of cookies, I get a little offended, just slightly, because I feel like they either don’t respect my healthy body and mind choices, or they are clueless as to what is important to me. That’s like me giving them a celery stick with a bow on it; it’s not particularly nutritious, nor does it taste good. It just doesn’t work.
I must admit, I’m personally a very difficult person to shop for, as I don’t give out very easily the vital information that one would need to know what I would really like. I do this for a couple reasons: 1. I don’t believe the holiday time to be a time for gift giving, but to be with loved ones to celebrate life. 2. Gifts are often not well thought out. It becomes more of a “I must give something, so here’s a knick knack I think she’ll like” tradition, rather than a thoughtful and meaningful gift exchange of “I know you need/want this, but would never buy it for yourself”. Or something along those lines.
But, our culture is about gift giving, and that will likely never go away, especially as the stores keep pushing their ads to encourage the idea that gift giving is all that matters in the world. So if you’re caught up in the “holiday spirit” of gift giving, and don’t know what to buy for that health minded individual, here are some ideas for you.
Make your own:
- Make a card with a coupon for a home cooked healthy meal. This is my favorite gift to give and get as I love sharing time with friends and family at a dinner table where the meal was made with nothing but love, and from ingredients I can trust. Hint hint, brocoli is a wonderful healthy vegetable to add to that home-cooked meal.
- Instead of a dinner coupon, offer a day of cleaning, or several coupons, one to clean the kitchen, one to clean the living room, etc.
- Or, better yet, instead of cooking and cleaning, offer to spend the day with someone doing something fun. A day of companionship is sometimes worth more to some people than any amount of money you could spend on them. Buy a deck of cards and join them for a day.
Order a subscription:
- Don’t like to cook, clean, or play board games? How about offering a regular delivery of groceries? Amazon Fresh offers unlimited grocery delivery to simplify the life of your busy loved one:
Books, books, and more books:
- I’ve never met a health freak who didn’t like to read, and what better way these days to gain access to all the books they want? Kindle of course. My very old kindle has over 1100 books on it, and I never run out of things to read. Plus this makes gift giving in the future much easier, you just give them a kindle gift card so they can expand their book collection.
With their body in mind:
- Most health freaks like me that I know, also love to exercise. Nothing like a home gym they can use at home so they can save their hard earned cash and skip the gym. This is also a great gift for the person who wants to start working out, but are intimidated by the gym itself. Nothing like starting to exercise in the privacy of your own home.
- Limited room? Get them a dumbbell set with a pull up bar and a yoga ball for a well rounded work out (this is the same set I have at home, and I love it!):
2 X 52.5 LBS Adjustable Cast Iron Dumbbells Set. Total 105 Lbs
- They already have all the gym equipment they need? How about one of those fit trackers they can wear while working out (*disclaimer – this is one item I have yet to use, so this is only a suggestion based on what’s popular out there).
For their kitchen :
- Your health freak probably likes to cook, and there’s nothing like quality cookware to make their day. I have to make a comment on cookware, not all of it is safe. Stay away from Teflon coated cookware (Teflon has numerous adverse health effects – article coming soon!). And check to see what other metals are added to the mix; not all cookware is created the same. Copper is fine, but watch out for lead or mercury residue. I recommend either stainless steel or glass if health is important to you.
- I personally love baking my own bread. I never eat store bought bread because of all the questionable ingredients. But I love bread in general as a treat, so baking my own is the way to go. I couldn’t do it without my best friend in the kitchen that turns my bread making job into a 5 minute endeavor. I don’t use a bread machine, because I have yet to find one that is not Teflon coated, so I use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to knead my bread dough.
- Glassware is never a bad gift, especially for those that like to bake. People who have health in mind avoid aluminum, and use either stainless steel or glass. I personally like glass to bake with; it’s easy to clean, and looks pretty when bringing a dish over for dinner to a friends house.
- I also love creating healthy foods from scratch, such as making my own almond milk, soups, salsas, and many other delicious foods, which I couldn’t do with out my second best friend in the kitchen, my Cuisinart. Of note, I’ve had my Cusinart for over 15 years, and still running strong. It is one of those tools you invest in, that lasts for a long time. A great gift indeed.
- And of course, there’s those delicious blended shakes I make. I switched to a stick blender many years ago when I started making soap. That’s when I realized that a stick blender was a much better tool than a regular blender. If you want to whip up a batch of healthy home made dressing from ingredients you trust, a stick blender is the way to go. Same with pulverizing fresh fruits for your shakes, or just making up a delicious frosty drink. My stick blender rarely gets any rest in my home.
- Juicing, my favorite way to get the best tasting and healthiest fresh juice I can get my hands on, which is of course, making it myself. A long time ago I had a juicer, and I loved it. But in all the times I moved, I don’t know what happened to it. I’ve been wanting a replacement ever since, but have to save up for it like all the other things I want (hint to friends of mine reading this – guess what I want for the holidays?). As a health freak, if someone gave me a juicer (or any of these gifts), I would be stunned. I would think, wow, this person really took the time to get to know me, to spend time to figure out what is important to me, and they respect my choices of being a healthy individual. What a great gift.
- And I don’t know what I’d do without my yogurt maker. I started making my own yogurt about 5 years ago without a yogurt maker, and I made it the old fashioned way of maintaining the temperature the best I could. I had a few misses here and there, and decided to invest in a yogurt maker, and couldn’t believe the amount of money I saved in doing so. It took a little while to figure out the recipe, and get it perfect, and now, 10 minutes in the kitchen gives me a week’s worth of yogurt.
- You should never put plastic containers or wrappers in the microwave with your food, as the heat can leach chemicals from the plastic right into your food, and you don’t want to eat those, do you? I’m a busy person, so I like to prep my weekly meals ahead of time, and store them in the freezer. Just grab and go. So I use glass tupperware to store all my prepped food for the week. One afternoon of cooking in the kitchen yields a freezer full of meals for the week.
For those that have it all:
- When all else fails, gift cards are really a wondrous thing. You just can’t go wrong, well, you can actually. Remember, health freaks don’t like to eat donuts, so no gift cards to Crispy Creme, nor do they like fast food, so no gift cards there either. 🙂
- Speaking of gift cards, don’t forget Nature’s Complement (that’s us!) offers great quality personal care products with the healthy freak in mind, because I myself am health minded. You can order an egift card for our website here:
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