Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas from Dr. Joe Galati and You Health First

EAT

  1. Juicer
  2. Blender/magic bullet
  3. Water bottles (with built-in filter, stainless steel)
  4. CSA membership (Community Support Agriculture -- Local organic produce delivered to your door)
  5. Tea set (with variety of teas)
  6. Tea of the month club membership
  7. Cooking classes
  8. Nuts & Fruit baskets
    • Harry & David Fresh Fruit Gifts ($24.95 and up)
      You have to eat right to think right. Why would you give the people you love foods like chocolate, cookies, and cakes that work on the heroin centers in the brain and lower brain function? If you love your friends, shower them with some of the 50 best brain foods like apples, oranges, and peaches.
  9. Cookbooks
  10. Food steamer
  11. Food dehydrator
  12. Food blender (make protein shakes)
  13. Lunch bag/cooler
  14. Food scale
  15. Brain Healthy Spices ($3 and up)
    For the cooks on your list, spice up their life with a gift of brain healthy spices. Adding a touch of sage, a pinch of saffron, or a dash of cinnamon while cooking can add a burst of flavor and boost brain power. These spices, as well as curry powder, ginger, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, and marjoram, are loaded with antioxidants and have been found to have beneficial effects on the brain. Buy in bulk at InternationalSpices.com to save.
  16. A good set of Knives and a Sharpening Steel
  17. 3 – 4 Paring Knives
  18. Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
  19. Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons including “Taste, Pinch & Dash” spoons
  20. 3 – 4 Vegetable Peelers – they always wear out
  21. Good “COTTON” Kitchen Towels and Wash Cloths
  22. 2 –3 Cutting Boards. Wood is nice put plastic is practical. The fit in most dishwashers. Blue for fish, Yellow for Poultry, Green for Produce, Red for Meats and White for Baking
  23. A “FAT” separator for stocks, sauces and gravies
  24. A Citrus Zester
  25. 3 –4 Heat Resistant Rubber Spatulas
  26. A set of Stainless Steel Bowls
  27. A roll of Parchment Paper
  28. 2 – 3 Stainless Steel Baking Sheet Pan
  29. A pair of Kitchen Scissors
  30. A Good Thermometer
  31. 3 – 4 “HEAVY” Wooden Spoons
  32. Vacuum Food Saver
  33. Vita-Mixer or High-Speed Blender
  34. Food processor
  35. Table Top Mixer
  36. Mandolin
  37. Tupperware
  38. 2 Silpat Baking Mats
  39. Electric Pepper Grinder
  40. Mortar and Pestle
  41. Electric Knife Sharpener
  42. Rice Cooker
  43. Stainless Steel Pots
  44. Tephlon Coated Egg Pan
  45. Gift certificates to healthy restaurants (118 Degrees, Seasons 52, True Food, Native Foods)

 

MOVE

  1. Exercise mat
  2. Pedometer
  3. Fitness watch
  4. Gym towel and water bottles (customized with initials)
  5. Personal training sessions
  6. Fitness bag
  7. Running/training shoes -- Sneaker-free running shoes are popular now!
  8. Series of lessons/classes (Pilates/Ballroom Dance)
  9. Gym, health club, YMCA membership
  10. DVDs - Exercise (i.e. P90X)
  11. Shakeweight
  12. Dumb bell weight set
  13. Pull-up bar
  14. Treadmill
  15. Stationary Bicycle
  16. Road or Mountain Bicycle
  17. In-line Skates
  18. Go for a hike (trip to Grand Canyon or other scenic, memorable locale)
  19. Jump rope
  20. Foam roller
  21. Workout clothes
  22. Heart rate monitor
  23. Personal training
  24. Fitbit, Bodybugg or other monitoring device
  25. Table Tennis Table ($280 and up)
    Table tennis is the world’s best brain sport. Give your family the gift of better brain health and better physical health with a ping pong table. In addition to being one of the best brain boosters around, it is a lot of fun and will also provide you with more time together as a family.

 

THINK

  1. Video games for the wii/xbox that promote healthy active lifestyles (wii tennis/ wii fitness, etc.)
  2. Subscription to health, fitness, nutritional magazine(s)
  3. Books -- Inspirational, Educational, Cookbooks, Spiritual
  4. Book: Anti-Cancer, a New Way of Life
  5. The Amen Solution, Dr. Daniel Amen
  6. The UltraMind Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman
  7. The Purpose-Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren
  8. Food journal
  9. Relaxation/meditation/prayer CDs
  10. The Sharper Image® SleepSounds™ Music and Alarm Pillow ($69.99)
    Getting at least seven hours of restful sleep each night is critical to brain performance. This pillow includes a built-in speaker so you can listen to soothing nature sounds to help you drift off to sleep.
  11. Ultimate Ball Juggling Combo ($29.99)
    Learning new skills helps keep your brain young. Learning to juggle, in particular, fuels brain cell growth and enhances the areas of your brain that control memory, language, and reading. Perfect for beginners of all ages, this juggling set includes an instructional video and three beanbags — beanbags are recommended for beginners since they are easier to juggle than balls.

 

CONNECT

  1. Bring fresh veggies to a family in need.
  2. Cook Daniel Plan Approved recipes for the holiday meals, reminding everyone to bring healthy choice of food for potlucks and give them the Danielplan website in case they need assistance.
  3. Membership to The Amen Solution. (add link)
  4. Nutrition Coaching with Dr. Hyman’s team. (add link)

 

HEAL

  1. Christian music CDs
  2. iTunes gift card for music purchases
  3. Mobile music player (mp3 player/iPod) & Headphones
  4. Purifying natural beauty cosmetics/soaps/products
  5. Spa treatment (massage, other)
  6. Relaxing massage ball sets
  7. Accupressure mat
  8. Green personal care/home products
  9. The Daniel Plan In-A-Box (include water bottle, small group study DVD, workout towel, copy of Dr. Amen’s or Dr. Hyman’s book, measuring tape)
  10. Massage Oils ($8.49)
    Having a close, loving relationship with your spouse releases feel-good chemicals in the brain and promotes better health. A massage is always a welcome gift that brings you and your beloved closer together. Surprise your sweetie with these natural aromatherapy massage oils that contain antioxidants and pure herbal extracts.
  11. F90 Premier Headguard ($39.99)
    To have a great brain, you need to protect it from injury. For the soccer players in your life, this headguard has been proven to reduce the probability of a concussion by 50 percent.
  12. Soothing Music
Joe Galati, MD
(713) 794-0700
Author: Joe Galati, MD
Phone: (713) 794-0700