Snow has hit the northeast super early this year and I think many are already in full “Holiday Mode.” I’ve been busy working on the film and a few other exciting projects! In the meantime, I’m getting ready to do some serious cooking and excited to NOT travel for the next little while, so I can hang out with my kids and just be home on the farm, my favorite place to be!
Shameless plug for my film project:
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I’ve compiled my yearly list of picks below. Hopefully you’ll see a few unfamiliar gift ideas!
# 1: Infrared Sauna
I have really felt so amazing since getting my SaunaSpace this summer that I feel the need to share about it as my #1 holiday pick. The price is far less than other infrared saunas, and it doesn’t take up too much room, is super easy to put together, and I use it daily. It looks sort of like a little fortune teller’s tent, and 20-minutes a day of red light therapy has shown documented benefits like:
- Wound healing and soft tissue repair
- Collagen growth
- Hair growth
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Pain and inflammation for joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord regeneration
- Increased circulation and formation of new capillaries
Not up for a full sauna? They also offer just the light kit so you can build your own in a bathroom, or you can also get the travel light, which is one bulb and lovely for seasonal light therapy. I’ll be releasing a podcast and a longer blog post about SaunaSpace soon. Check them out here, and when you use my code SUSTAINABLE, you can get 5% off your order!
# 2 : Dry Farm Wines
I discovered Dry Farm Wines this spring and recorded a podcast with the owner plus wrote a longer blog post about it here. In my nutrition practice, I find that and many times when I prescribe a diet plan, it’s the abstinence from drinking that makes the biggest differences in how my clients feel. For women in particular, realizing that wine used to make them feel horrible is a real eye-opening experience. They sleep better, have less sinus congestion, lose weight, and generally just feel so much better.
Their wines are lab-tested to ensure low sugar, free of chemicals like glyphosate, free of added sulfites, and lower in alcohol than typical wines. This means you’re able to enjoy them without the side effects most people complain about. I’ve tried them for myself and am completely sold. I’ve been a dedicated customer of Dry Farm Wines for the last few months and have loved every bottle. It’s also great to have a few extra on hand for when I go to a friend’s house – and they always thank me the next day for feeling great after drinking it! They’re also offering one time and gift subscriptions for the holidays. Check them out here.
# 3: Better Meat
I like to send food to my relatives that live far away, and lately I’ve been really loving the meat from Grass Roots Coop and Farm Foods Market. I’m excited to see so many more choices available for better meat online, but most of it is not sourced from the US (even though they may lead you to believe this). For you lamb lovers (I’m one for sure!) check out Central Grazing Company. They offer high quality, grass-fed lamb and amazing bags made from the hides, mentioned in my next holiday pick.
I’m also a huge fan of Vital Choice Seafood for wild caught, sustainable fish. I’m particularly in love with their sablefish — also known as butterfish or black cod — a superbly rich, silky delicacy. Sablefish provides far omega-3 fatty acids than most other fish, making it incredibly luscious and nutritious. Vital Choice also sells high quality beef, chicken, bison, pork and other proteins. Use code DRODGERSRD for 10% off your order.
# 4 Better Leather
Looking for a special handbag or laptop bag? Central Grazing Company offers beautiful handbags and wallets made from grass-fed lamb in a variety of colors. I’m also really loving Farrier Leather bags. I have a laptop bag and love all of the compartments for a water bottle, and all of the other necessities I want to have with me on the go.
# 5: Better Skincare
I’m addicted to Beautycounter makeup and skincare, and my 12-year-old daughter is also thrilled because they just released their “Countercontrol” acne line, just in time for her first breakout. I use the full line of “Countertime” and especially love how thick the moisturizer is for the winter. For smaller intro gift packs, I recommend the “Best of Beautycounter” gift set, which includes the Cleansing Balm, Lotion, Facial Oil, and the Balancing Facial Mask. They have a wide variety of make up and other special collections for the holidays, check out their gift sets here.
# 7: Healthy Cooking and Meal Planning
Do you know someone starting a #Whole30 in January or maybe you want to inspire them to do so? I highly recommend the new Whole30 Slow Cooker: 150 Totally Compliant Prep-and-Go Recipes for Your Whole30 – with Instant Pot Recipes. This book is my favorite Whole30 book because I love soups and stews. It would also make a great companion to an Instant Pot, if the person on your list doesn’t already have one. I use mine several times a week!
# 8: Tickets to a Health Event:
Who wouldn’t want to attend Paleo(f)x, held in sunny Austin, Texas in April 2019? I’ll be there, so get your tickets today! I’ll also be speaking at the Nutritional Therapy Association conference “Roots” in Portland, Oregon in March. Another great one is the Ancestral Health Symposium, which will be in San Diego in August 2019.
Looking for more book ideas, kitchen gadgets, tools for better sleep and more? Check out my curated Amazon store! Here are a few of my favorites: