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Non-Diet Gift Ideas

If you remember from last year, a blog post went up with Non-Diet Gift Ideas, and I thought it could be fun and useful to do it again with some updated options! Here is a list highlighting some non-diet guide options to add to your list for yourself and/or spread cheer to others.

Anti-Diet Book Options: If yourself or someone you know is an avid reader, receiving a book as a gift is always a great option!

  1. Intuitive Eating for Every Day: 365 Daily Practices & Inspirations to Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating by Evelyn Tribole

  2. Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace with Food and Transform Your Life by Alissa Rumsey

  3. The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery: Advice from Two Therapists Who Have Been There by Colleen Reichmann and Jennifer Rollin

  4. Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating by Rachael Hartley

  5. Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook: Tools for Living Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

Another idea is a subscription for audiobooks if that’s their preferred way of taking in content (and share the list above to get them started!).

A subscription to a meditation/relaxation app

The past nearly two years have had a greater focus on unplugging, and practicing rest and relaxation; not only when we really need it or burn out, but in an effort to prevent burning out. A paid subscription to certain apps could help yourself or a loved one to access more content and really amp up a self-care routine!

Personal favorite - items from Thoughtful Nutrition on

If you’re also a Registered Dietitian practicing in the Health at Every Size (HAES), Intuitive Eating, anti-diet space this may be a great place to stock up on gifts for colleagues. As noted, this one is a personal favorite. I have ordered a “All Bodies are Good Bodies” mug and a sticker that announces to all that I am a HAES Dietitian! On top of mugs and stickers there are also fun apparel options ranging from hats to sweatshirts! To stay up to date on shop announcements and new listings, follow on Instagram @designsbythoughtfulnutrition and @thoughtfulnutrition.

A meal delivery service or meal kit subscription

If you or someone you know would benefit from one of these resources, it can be a very welcome gift that keeps on giving! Whether it is someone who is a self-proclaimed foodie and would love trying new recipes or someone who isn’t as confident in the kitchen and this would remove some daily stress, these can be a great option.

Cooking class or food and drink pairing ticket

This is another option for foodies and those who may be newer to cooking alike. Try looking into local options if either of these ideas speak to you; additionally this can be a great way to support local businesses and depending on the style of the class or event, a way to learn about certain aspects of food and beverage.

Give your time

The gift of time can be one of the most beloved gifts that we can give! Taking a loved one out for coffee or inviting them over for lunch and dedicating time in both of your schedules to connect may often be something that we take for granted. Especially as this time of year can become very busy, making plans to just designate some time for one another can be priceless. Giving the gift of time is often very welcome for local charities as well, and many individuals may be looking for ways to give back this holiday season. Perhaps you and a family member decide to volunteer a few hours of your time at a local food bank and then see a movie and go out to dinner together; volunteering has been proven to be good for our health as well as connecting with others! Win win.

Hoping that if you found your way through this list that one or more of the ideas resonated with you! Have a merry, happy holiday season to all!


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