We all have indecisive dads, picky best friends and those impossible people to shop for who seem to already have everything! To help you out HealthKick has curated a selection of items that are perfect for four types of people: The Self-Care Enthusiast, The Classic Man, The Fitness Fanatic and The Nutrition Guru. Now that you’ve found the perfect gifts for every single person on your list (perhaps including yourself!), you can rest easy and enjoy the holiday season with one less 2020 worry on your plate.
The Fitness Fanatic
From the hottest workout wear to the best fitness apps, these are our picks for the fitness fanatics in your life.
The Nutrition Guru
We all have that friend—the one who inspires us to treat our bodies well, eat nutrient-rich foods, and cook more at home. to show that you understand how seriously they take their wellbeing, choose a gift that reflects their style, from personalized vitamins and supplements, a cleanse to the best personal blender to make delicious healthy smoothies!
The Classic Man
Whether the man you’re shopping for is sporty, preppy, or just wants to be comfy there’s something here for him. Forget the gift receipt, he won’t be returning these presents.
The Self-Care Enthusiast
2020 has been a crazy year, to say the least. So giving friends and family the best self-care gifts to relax their bodies and minds is a great way to show how much you appreciate them. From massages to skincare, and beauty treatments, there’s something that will fit almost everyone’s needs and personalities.
We hope these suggestions make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier this year! You can find all of these gift ideas here!
These days, our kitchen, office, bedroom, relaxation area, and workout studio are all under the same roof. For many of us, it’s challenging to create boundaries within each area, and for many, even more difficult to foster a place for mindful eating within our new normal.
As a celebrity wellness chef and nutrition coach, I’ve helped many clients tap into the practice of mindful eating over the years. This has helped clients keep energy up, hormones balanced, their mind clear, and their soul happy.
During this time with so much change and unknown, adapting to positive habits and conscious eating can help create a sense of calm and centeredness. Here are five ways to practice mindful eating.
1. Set The Foundation
Mindful eating starts with the food you keep in your house. Before you do your shopping for the week, think of your goals, how you want to feel, and who you want to be that week.
Furthermore, keep the following formula to mind when shopping and building each meal: Think protein, fiber, and fat.
I recommend keeping high-quality protein options like wild and grass fed meats, above ground vegetables (fiber), like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, lettuces, cauliflower, and lastly, fat like avocado, olive oil, and nuts in the house.
Additionally, the less packaged foods the better — this pushes you to cook and create dishes to keep on hand, which connects you to the food you’re eating. Keep it simple and dedicate a little time to baking veggies and protein so you’re never in a mind. If you’re short on time you can also make eggs, and/or purchase a rotisserie chicken.
2. Eat Smart, Not less
This brings us to the next tip. The aforementioned three-part formula of protein, fiber, and fat will help to keep you full, satiated and energized between meals. The best part? You can eat until you’re satisfied and not worry about counting a thing.
This naturally fosters a sense of mindfulness as you’re relying on your own measurement of hunger.
3. Change it up, but eat what you love
If you’re dining out, going food shopping, or ordering in, think of the foods you’ve been eating and how you can provide your body with new information. If you’ve been eating a lot of chicken, change it up to beef, or turkey.
Before ordering off a menu, tap into what you’re craving before you go looking. Think of what you’d like to have and find that item or something similar on the menu.
On the topic of eating what you love… this is where you can get creative.
If you’re craving italian, get creative by sauteing vegetables and a protein in a red sauce like Rao’s Marinara.
If you’re craving Indian, use a pre-mixed spice blend like Garam Masala or Curry and create a dish using your favorite vegetables, protein, and coconut milk.
But there’s an exception! Sometimes you’re really just craving something familiar and something you love.
The other day I really wanted a grilled cheese, and instead of ordering the gluten free version on bread that I knew wouldn’t do it for me, I ordered it on crunchy sourdough and went for it to the fullest. I was so happy and content and later switched back to the three-part formula and went heavy on the vegetables. My body was craving it by that point and I was able to listen to it because I listened to it earlier before.
4. Be intentional
If you’re craving something really indulgent, tap into the feeling and decide if you’re really truly craving that item, or if it’s the sensation you’re craving from a self-soothing standpoint. For example, if you’re craving a crunch and want to reach for the bag of chips, this typically stems from anxious energy. Eating crunchy items like carrots, celery, or swapping tradition chips for grain-free chips like Siete can help give you that same sensation while keeping you feeling great. From a physical standpoint, going for a walk, run, listening to music, and weight lifting can help move that anxiousness out of you.
If you’re craving foods that require scooping and sucking like ice cream, cereal, or a glass of wine, this typically comes from the primal sensation of sucking which gives us a sense of comfort, love, and nourishment. Try mimicking that sensation by having coconut yogurt, chia pudding, or sipping tea. For the physical swap, take a bath, spend time with a loved one, or journal to foster your deep need of connection to self and others.
5. Let go of perfection
There’s so much information out there on eating, working out, biohacking, and wellness. The science is constantly changing and we are fed (pun intended) conflicting information through ads on television, our phones, influencers, and friends and family. Sure, information is power, but sometimes all the information gets confusing and difficult to sift through, and ultimately our decisions around food and living have to come from deep inside our soul.
Mindful eating is like strengthening your intuition, and the more you use it, the more you trust it. Trust your judgment, trust your body, and be true to what you’re needing and craving because your body ultimately has all the answers.
In honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, we have collaborated with HK partner Binto, to highlight vitamins and nutrients that are particularly important to maintaining good health. Find out more about how these vitamins impact different body systems and functions.
Vitamin B12 plays an important role in blood production, nerve function and cell production. It is an essential water-soluble vitamin found in foods such as poultry, meat, fish and dairy. B12 supplements are also available.
Helps the body produce healthy red blood cells (when B12 levels are too low, the production of red blood cells is altered, causing megaloblastic anemia)
Plays a role in nerve function and the production of DNA
May improve mood and symptoms of depression − Vitamin B12 is needed for the production of serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating mood
Plays a role in cell production, so adequate levels are needed to produce healthy hair, skin and nails
Magnesium plays a vital role in a number of bodily functions, including energy production, immune function, and cell communication. It also helps maintain healthy bones. Magnesium can be found in leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, meat, and dairy products.
Plays a critical role in brain function and mood – low levels have been linked to an increased risk of depression
Contributes to increased bone density and helps prevent the onset of osteoporosis
Has been shown to enhance exercise performance by aiding in the disposal of lactic acid, thereby easing muscle cramps and reducing inflammation
Helps balance hormones
Vitamin D is critical for bone and cardiovascular health. It also supports lung function and plays a role in mental health and cognition. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin present in fish oil, egg yolks, butter, and fortified foods such as milk and yogurt. Our bodies also produce Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the UV rays in sunlight.
Promotes the absorption of calcium, which is critical to growing and maintaining healthy bones (low levels of calcium increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures)
Reduces blood vessel inflammation, and can help moderate blood pressure
Activates receptors in the brain related to the regulation of behavior
Helps you take in more oxygen when you breathe and reduces the likelihood of conditions that negatively affect respiration
Omega-3s are a family of essential fatty acids that play an important role in brain, and bone health. As the human body cannot produce Omega-3s, we must get them from foods, such as fish, nuts,seeds , or from supplements.
Improves ability to think, remember and recall information by protecting against the loss of brain plasticity
Improves bone strength by boosting the amount of calcium in your bones.
These are just a few important vitamins and nutrients that should be part of your diet. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out Binto. It’s a great resource for women who are interested in personalized healthcare, with the convenience of a monthly subscription and access to licensed health experts. Take their quiz to tell them about your unique health needs and they’ll match you with the right supplement routine for you and connect you with a licensed provider.