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Healthy Christmas Shopping List

Posted: 12/18/2009 2:16 pm

I always track the latest health research, the newest recommendations by doctors and experts, the best health books and products. So this year I decided that the most helpful thing I could provide is healthy gifts, that contribute to my loved ones' wellbeing.

So here's my healthy gift list--and I welcome hearing your favorite healthy gift ideas too!

Overall Health:
• Why Your Health Matters by Andrew Weil--a must-read on transforming our health care system
• Soul of Healing Affirmation CD by Deepak Chopra--Hear the master of healing bless every organ and cell in the body
• Psychosomatic Wellness CD by Candace Pert - uses healing sound frequencies based on research
• Conscious Breathing CD by Andrew Weil (HealthJourneys.com)

Transforming from Within;
• Smiling at Fear by Chogyam Trungpa (Shambhala 2009)
• The Art of Happiness: Tenth Anniversary Edition by the Dalai Lama (Riverhead, 2009)
• Living Deeply by Marilyn Schlitz et al (IONS/New Harbinger 2008)
• Be the Change by Deb and Ed Shapiro (Sterling 2009)
• Spontaneous Evolution CD series by Bruce Lipton

Noetic Healing Wisdom:
• The Power of Premonition by Larry Dossey, MD (Dutton, 2009)
• Morphic Resonance by Rupert Sheldrake (Park Street Press, 2009)
• Ancestral Blueprints by Lisa Iversen (Family Constellations West Press, 2009)

Healing Through Lifestyle and Diet:
• The Spectrum by Dean Ornish, MD (Ballantine, 2008)
• The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (Penguin 2007)
• Food Inc DVD by Robert Kenner
• The End of Overeating by David Kessler, MD (Rodale 2009)
HealthJourneys.com)" target="_hplink">High Impact Weight Loss Combo, 4 CDs to support breaking free from emotional eating

Resolving Depression:
• Unstuck by James Gordon, MD (Penguin, 2009)
• The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD (Scribner, 2008)
Combat Depression CD by Bellerth Naparstek

Addressing Low Energy:
• Spent by Frank Lipman, MD (Fireside 2008)
• The Source by Woodson Merrell, MD (Free Press, 2008)
• Increase Vitality CD (Sounds True) offers a selection of classical music that uplifts and invigorates

Relaxation:
• Relax Rx: A Self-Hypnosis Program for Health & Well-Being (available from HealthJourneys.com)
Why: Lavender is relaxing and soothing. You can put a drop or two in a bath or on the underside of your pillow for deep relaxation. One cup of baking soda in a bath is both relaxing and cleansing. Listening to Guided Imagery promotes relaxation via the parasympathetic (restorative) half of the nervous system
• Baking Soda Baths (local supermarket--get the large size!)
• Lavender Essential Oil (available from Urban Zen)

Heart Healing:
• The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health by Dean Ornish, MD (Ballantine, 2008)
• The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing by Mimi Guarneri, MD, (Touchstone, 2007) Touching tales of psychological and physical healing
• Andrew Weil's Healthy Heart Kit has CDs, a workbook, and cards that feature his recommended anti-inflammatory diet, and mind-body tools
• Hawthorne Tea: The healthy heart herb used for centuries

Love and Healing:
Intentional Chocolate-- A delicious and high quality Hawaaian chocolate into which monks have instilled loving intentions. Studies show that eating it helps to relieve stress, and increase calm and focus
• Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart by John Welwood (Trumpeter, 2007) - the all time classic of relationship books
• Wild Rose Body Oil by Weleda - soothing to the heart and soul

Sensuality and Sex:
• Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together by Tammy Nelson
• Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel (Harpers 2007)
• Good Clean Love: Organic green personal products
• Cupid's Poisoned Arrow by Marnia Robinson (North Atlantic 2009)--about how to share sexuality to heighten love and spirituality

For Children and Parents
• You: Having a Baby by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz (Free Press, 2009)
• Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten by David Perlmutter, MD (Broadway 2008)
Weleda Baby Care Starter Kit offers shampoo, body wash, diaper cream and other non-toxic products formulated for baby's sensitive skin
• Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell (Tarcher, 2004)--a classic that integrates neurological development and mindfulness techniques into childrearing
• The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids by Michael Pollan (Dial 2009)
MindWorks for Kids by Roxanne Daleo, 9 CDs for supporting children through their worries and issues

For Vegans
• Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Little, Brown 2009)
• The Millennium Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine by Eric Tucker et al (Ten Speed, 1998) --- not for special vegan feast occasions
Organic Raw Nut Butter Christmas Basket (from WildernessFamilyNaturals.com) Who says vegans don't need protein?

Share your favorite healthy holiday gifts with me!

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