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Non-Diet Gift Ideas

Hi friends - how is it possible that we are midway through December at this point, and in the last month of 2020? What a crazy year it has been. I hope these next few weeks bring time for relaxation, reflection, and compassion to yourself, in whatever way you need!

As I am sure some of you are still scrambling with holiday gift ideas, I wanted to do an anti-diet aligned gift round up! Feel free to buy all of these things for yourself ;) or spread the cheer amongst friends, family, coworkers, etc.

  • Stickers, koozies and comfy apparel alike can be found on the Soft and Strong Market website, which is a company run by two awesome Registered Dietitians (Kylie Mitchell and Morgan Sinclair)*. Their mission statement from the website is to “aim to provide reminders that diet culture sucks, food is meant to be enjoyed, and that you can live a full life at any body size”. Love it!

  • Magnets and apparel for babies (!! aw), and adults available from Body Over Mind Nutrition, which is run by Nicole Groman*. Her styles can be seen all over Instagram touting the message of eating ALL the foods.

  • The Recovery Box is a website that provides eating disorder recovery focused products such as a recovery planner, feelings wheel, putty, a mirror cling, and a journal with 25 prompts specific to ED recovery.

  • 2020 has been the year of self care! You do not need to spend a lot of money to feel as though you are treating yo’self. Bath bombs, candles, soft clothing such as loungewear, robes, cozy socks. All of these can be found relatively cheap and promote R and R.

  • Journals/gratitude books. Along with 2020 being the year of self care, I have found it really important to take stock of what I am grateful for even in such a tumultuous time. A blank journal can be great for reflection or a more guided journal if you struggle with topics or questions to address. Many gratitude journals are designed for you to list at least 3 things you are thankful for each day.

  • Books to help yourself or others learn more about the non-diet approach as well as Intuitive Eating can be really helpful. Additionally, if you are able to shop local/small bookstores this season I am sure the shop owners would do a little happy dance!

Here are some notable mentions although there are many I am sure I am missing:

  • Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating by Christy Harrison

  • Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole

  • The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food by Evelyn Tribole

  • The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner

  • Healthy Eating for Life by Cara Harbstreet

  • Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out--And Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield

If you are more of a nonfiction reader, these two 2020 releases were lauded for their body positive storylines:

  • Big Summer: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

  • One to Watch: A Novel by Kate Stayman-London

I hope this list helps to give you some new ideas to purchase or ask for to continue your own non-diet journey or to help loved ones continue or begin on theirs. Thank you for following along all year! Happy Holidays!

*Contact info provided:

Kylie Mitchell, MPH, RDN, LD

Instagram: @immaeatthat

Morgan Sinclair MS, RDN, LD

Instagram: @morgansinclair

Nicole Groman, MS, RDN, CDN

Instagram: @thehungryclementine


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