Budget Holiday Gift Guide –
I am not that big into material possessions for the most part. A lot of my clothes are from Goodwill or Target. I live in a tiny apartment (in an awesome city! ) with very few “things”. I spend most of my money on things like alternative healthcare, massages and supplements. Of course I would die without my freezer full of grass fed beef and lamb.
I have to confess, I do love my Mac computer and my I phone. The fanciest things I have are in my kitchen are my Le Crueset enameled cast iron pots and my Japanes knives.
Budget Holiday Gift Guide
I just wanted to share some of my favorite must have items that are perfect for that special someone on your list.
Let the Holiday Gifting Begin!
If you are looking for an awesome cookbook perfect for an Ipad, look no further. George poured his heart and soul into this book. Read more about George’s Journey here.
This book: The Paleo Miracle: 50 Real Stories of Health Transformation was written by my Norcal Primal buddy Joe Salama who turned his health around (and lost a lot of weight) with the Paleo diet. He even helped his parents ditch their need for high blood pressure and diabetes meds . It’s only $20 and most of the proceeds go to charity! See more details at Paleomiracle.com.The kindle version is only $9.99! Get it now!
The next must have book of the season is Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo which is full of advice on how to get started on an anti-inflammatory diet. It has special advice for people who have (or want to avoid) thyroid problems, diabetes, dementia and autoimmune diseases. It also has 120 mouthwatering and beautifully photographed recipes. I have made a bunch of them so I know they are great. The kindle version of Practical Paleo is only $9.99!
The next book I recommend is: Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen which is perfect for anyone who wants to get started with fermentation. When certain foods are fermented they can create beneficial bacteria that help strengthen our immune systems and digestion. Alex teaches us about kombucha, homemade yogurts, creme fresh, fruit salsas, corned beef and even wine! This book is very well laid out and full of great teaching photos. I met Alex at the Weston A Price Convention and he is very passionate about healing traditional foods. Btw…..You can see my recipe for sauerkraut here:
One of my favorite strength training books is The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week. Fred was on the Low Carb cruise in May 2012 and I enjoyed his presentation. I used this method for about 8 weeks and I saw major advances in my strength. The great thing about this technique is that it is safe for all ages and even people with osteoporosis. It is a way to increase strength train for a lifetime without injuries that can plague participants of other types of exercise.
This Spiral Vegetable Slicer is amazing at making Paleo noodles out of veggies. It is high quality and lasts a long time.
If you read my blog you know that I advise against using traditional shampoos, lotions, deodorants and perfumes because of toxins and chemicals. I used to love fancy expensive perfumes but now I have switched to essential oils. This is a great set Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set including (Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Tea Tree). Lavender is one of my favorite scents for perfume.
I actually wish I had two because I like to have one going with broth all the time. Then I find I need another one to make ghee. The one with the timer is integral because it will turn itself to warm when the food is done so it does not dry out before you get home from work. I put a lot of meat in there frozen with some onions, garlic, and herbs and it makes it’s own rich sauce. Don’t forget to use meat with bones to get more minerals and vitamins and eat all the juice/broth.
This one has it all!
I love tea, especially in the winter. I love sipping it on a foggy San Francisco Day in my SmartWool Socks. The best tea is loose leaf because it has no additives like gluten/MSG or chlorine bleached tea bags. A great way to make tea is with this Bodum YoYo Personal Tea Set with Infuser. The infuser is made from stainless steel not BPA filled plastic so that is a win in my book!
This is actually my #1 kitchen tool. I do not have a dishwasher so I hate washing appliances with lots of parts. This one you can just rinse the bottom off and you are done. I use it to make amazing soups in minutes that are awesome! I have this Smart Stick Immersion Hand Blender and it is amazing!
If you want to make everyone on your list happy, buy them meat! U.S. Wellness has the amazing grass fed beef at reasonable prices. I love the jerky, pemmican and liverwurst. They are having a big sale on cyber Monday so you can fill your stocking: click here to shop
Did you know a lot of the olive oil in the grocery stores is already rotten when you open it? Also there has been a big problem with big companies stretching olive oil with toxic canola or soybean to stretch their profits. It is important to know where your food is coming from so I trust this brand. I love Kasindrinos Olive Oil made by my buddy Tony who’s family has olive farms in Greece. He is having a huge sale with lots of free gifts! Click here to shop!
Happy Healthy Holidays from Grass Fed Girl!
I hope you stay on track this holiday and keep off the sugar, gluten and vegetable oils this year!
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