It's that time of year! Time to get your lists ready and start the countdown to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's hard to stick to healthy habits this time of year, so throw your friends a bone (broth) to help them survive the holiday parties and dinners. They can also get a jump-start on their New Year's resolutions!
To help you with those health-nuts on your list, I've created a gift guide of "Amy-approved" gifts. "Amy-approved" follows the guidelines of being low-toxic, natural and health-oriented. You'll find everything from workout clothes and shoes, to beauty products and kitchen gadgets.
Below are some of my favorites, but you'll want to check out the entire guide here.
I love these yoga pants. They are cheap, long-lasting and don't roll up or slip down when you're exercising. Bonus, side pockets to fit your phone!
Once finding out I had heavy metal toxicity from stainless steel, I switched a lot of my cook and drink ware to glass, including my tea pot and water bottle. Not only is this tea pot pretty, but you can heat it up on the stove, unlike some glass teapots.
This mat is super cushioning! Great for exercise, but not great for yoga.
My skincare routine consists of natural anti-aging techniques, like facial cupping! Great for plumping up the skin and getting rid of tension in the forehead, temples and jaw.
My go-to mobility tool, Yoga Tune Up massage therapy balls. They pack easily and can be used pretty much on every body part.
Another facial tool, Gua Sha. Don't worry about pronouncing it correctly, just know that you can get rid of puffy eyes by using these. I also use them on my body for areas of tension or to promote lymphatic drainage.
I have two favorite sneakers, Merrells and Altras. Pictured here are the Altra shoes. Both have a wide toe-box, important for letting your toes spread and being squished together. Both are zero-drop, meaning the heel isn't higher than the front of the shoe, keeping your body weight-bearing and having bone strengthening effects while positively affecting your posture. Note, not all Merrells are zero-drop and have a wide toe-box.
My favorite face oil, hands-down is the Radha Rosehip oil. I no longer use any other face creams. This oil is non-clogging.
My new favorite heated wrap! The simplest way to loosen a stiff neck. Just warm it up in the microwave and wrap around your shoulders.
Another great product from TimeBeeWell, an acupressure mat and bolster! This one really surprised me on how effective it is. And the best part is that you only have to lie or sit on it. I do it every evening as I watch some tv, with the bolster behind my neck and the pad under my hips and back.
To check out even more goodies for your health-nut, click here.
Amy is a stretch therapist, personal trainer, yoga instructor and general health-nut and modern-day hippy.