Happy Healthy Holidays

My little family joined me in my quest to look and feel better. Check it out, I've lost 18 pounds since Thanksgiving and got to stop all the medications the doctor gave me at my last check-up. No more high blood pressure – how cool is that! You can imagine our challenges this Christmas. No sweets means none of the usual stocking stuffers and baking delights. I found this great list of healthy Christmas gift options I thought I share with you. If you're still looking for last minute gifts that make it easier to eat well, exercise regularly or reduce stress, consider these as ideas from Duke Diet & Fitness:

  • Exercise videos or equipment
  • A meditation or self-awareness CD
  • Workout clothing
  • An assortment of herbal teas and a teapot
  • Gift certificates for a spa treat such as a massage or pedicure
  • Tickets to a concert or play
  • A sports watch with a stopwatch
  • A pedometer
  • A colorful water bottle to take to workouts
  • A yoga mat with a gift certificate to a yoga class
  • A counter-top grill or steamer
  • A juicer
  • A backpack or gym bag
  • A basket of fresh fruit [Harry and David – yum]
  • A portable music player
  • A soothing tabletop fountain
  • Aromatherapy bath products
  • A cookbook featuring healthy fare
  • An all-weather jacket
  • Maps of hiking trails, or guidebooks to the outdoors
  • Sunglasses
  • A subscription to a fitness or health magazine

Here's hoping we all have a healthier New Year.

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