For the past few weeks I’ve been soliciting you, my blog readers, for your holiday wellness wish lists.  Selfishly, I was hoping your desires would spur me to realizing what I wanted for the holiday season.  (We celebrate Christmas and then, a few short weeks after, I have a birthday.)

Your thoughts did more than help me think through my “wants” – they inspired me!  I hope you will find inspiration reading what others have to say, too.

I’ve separated these into two posts, so look for the second installment on Thursday.

The Recent Convert to Paleo

KS started eating paleo earlier this year.  She and her husband have embraced the lifestyle and as she says,

This is the first time EVER in my life I’ve made a wish list of kitchen gear. Ok, maybe the second time.  The first time was when my girlfriends strongly urged me to make my bridal shower theme kitchen gear since I only foraged for food and had nothing other than beautiful dishes in my kitchen.  I recently started using most of the items (8 years later).

I love it!

So what does KS – who is a consultant and is always on the road – want this holiday?

  • A Travelpro Insulated Lunch suitcase bag so I can carry more diverse food onto my flights without getting hassled about gel packs.
  • Plaintain flour.
  • A smaller crock pot.
  • A heavy roasting pan with a cover.
  • A meat thermometer that goes into the meat and sticks outside of the oven for better internal temp monitoring.
  • More cooling racks so I can perfect my sweet potato fries.
  • Ramekins.
  • Some sort of travel-safe and microwave-safe dishes to use in hotels.  Haven’t found just the right thing.
  • And, the much coveted [amazon_link id=”B0062U6GBY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Vitamix[/amazon_link].

(Girl, I cried like a baby when I opened my Vitamix a few years ago!)

KS recently had a birthday and got one of her holiday wishes early – a [amazon_link id=”B004YG1PX2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sous Vide Supreme[/amazon_link].  She is a big fan of Nom Nom Paleo who uses her Sous Vide machine all the time.  The resulting “food porn” pics are enough to inspire even the wariest of kitchen goers.  KS, I can’t wait to hear about all the fabulous things you make in yours!

The Two-Cooks-In-the-Kitchen Family

MH’s husband is a fantastic cook, yet she also shoulders her fair share of the feeding and fueling of their family of four.  Her hubby’s got a Kitchen Aid mixer on his holiday wish list, and she’s got Ina Garten’s [amazon_link id=”0307464873″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Foolproof[/amazon_link] on hers.  As she says, and as any Barefoot Contessa fan will recognize:

If it’s good enough for Jeffrey, it’s good enough for me!

The Data-Loving Active Mom

KP has two things on her wellness list this year.  The first is the Jawbone Up.  She is in a unique position because she actually got the Jawbone Up last year and she loved it.  But,

(T)hey had some serious manufacturing defects and it stopped working after a month.  They refunded our money and just released their next version.  I’d love it again!  It’s an activity tracker that you wear like a bracelet.  It will track your sleep (light vs. deep which I thought was very interesting), activity (and will “buzz” you if you’ve been sedentary too long), and food … .

Her explanation of her favorite feature really piques my interest, although it’s not something I could take advantage of until the baby starts sleeping through the night:

The sleep and activity tracking was what I liked, though.  With the sleep portion, it even had an alarm.  You would set it for a time (say 6:30), and when it sensed you were in light sleep anywhere from 6-6:30, it would buzz you awake.  So it was easier to get up in the morning being awakened when you were in light sleep–even if that was 20-30 minutes before you needed to be awake.

Sounds cool, no?

KP also has a new tennis racquet on her list!

Brand New to Paleo / Autoimmune

TS started diving into her own n=1 experiment a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  She checked out Robb Wolf’s [amazon_link id=”0982565844″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Paleo Solution[/amazon_link] from her local library, but she wants more cookbooks.  Both [amazon_link id=”1936608871″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Eat Like a Dinosaur[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”1936608936″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Paleo Comfort Foods [/amazon_link] top her wish list.

She also seeks:

a book that has recipes that I can make to take as an appetizer to Bunco or snack night at church – any suggestions?

I think Diane Sanfilippo’s [amazon_link id=”1936608758″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Practical Paleo [/amazon_link]would be a great addition to your list, TS!

She’s also got a gift certificate to US Wellness Meats on her list.  I am so happy to see that, because I am sending some US Wellness goodies to some of my loved ones this year.  (You can pop over to the sidebar on the right to place an order from this fabulous vendor.)

On a less tangible, but more important note, TS has been battling some chronic pain issues, and her holiday wish is that those can be resolved.

I hope that for you, too!

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Meet me back here on Thursday for more wellness wishes!

2 Responses to “The Inaugural Exploring Wellness Holiday Wish List, Part I”

  1. on 27 Nov 2012 at 9:30 amhot Nai Nai

    I love this and hope you keep the ideas coming. It is really great to see what ohter people want or need. Might even have gotten a few ideas myself. Thanks

  2. […] Last year, in advance of the holiday season, I solicited ideas from you guys.  Together, we created a “Wellness Holiday Wish List.” […]

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