I seem to have lost the ability to notice the passage of time. According to all of the calendars and electronic devices I own, today is Christmas Eve Eve. Today is also a day of Hanukkah, Kwanza Eve Eve Eve, and Solstice After Day, but I don’t need to buy nearly as many presents because of those days as I do for the upcoming Santa Day.
Back in the good old days when it was Christmas Eve Eve (CEE), you either already had your gifts bought or you intentionally wanted to get in a fight with someone over the last toaster on the store shelf. Last minute shopping was not for gentle souls or the unarmed. You may have wanted to get a TV for that special someone, but if you waited this long you needed to be able to settle for a package of bungee cords or a can of shoe polish.
Decades later, shopping on CEE online is somewhat similar because all of the shipping options have evaporated and the pressure is on. If you want something in time for Christmas from LL Bean or ThinkGeek you will need to be willing to hire Dr. Who to fly back in time in his Tardis to get it for you. Nerd burn!
There is good news, last minute economy stimulator! You can still buy last minute gifts online that don’t requiring shipping. Some of them don’t even require printing.
Since some poor misguided souls have been asking me for advice about becoming more healthy, I have pieced together a very short list of possible last minute gifts that also promote a healthy, plant based lifestyle.
1. Happy Herbivore and Everyday Happy Herbivore– I know what you are thinking. “Hey Jason, aren’t you just shamelessly promoting the awesome author of those books because she honored you as Herbie of the Week on her blog the other day?” Well, kinda. I am also shamelessly promoting her because both of her cookbooks are overflowing with plant based recipes that make living the life of a herbivore easy and delicious. Shannon’s favorite of the two is EHH because it has a lot of spicy ethnic dishes. We have both loaded on the iPad that has become our new cookbook shelf. You can email or print out the gift certificate for that special someone who doesn’t get mad when you email or print their gifts.
2. Forks Over Knives movie and book– I know what you are thinking. “Hey Jason, aren’t you just shamelessly promoting them because the good people at Forks Over Knives (FOK) took the Herbie of the Week interview and posted it on their Facebook page and then followed you on Twitter?” You would think so, but in reality this documentary was the catalyst for my own drastic change from Atkins style dieting to plant based living. If you are trying to lead a loved one, yourself included, to a healthy and longer life, this is the gift for you. Or them. You know what I mean. Buy, buy, buy.
3. Engine 2 Diet– I know what you are thinking and I am shocked and appalled at your perverseness. Sure, a little impressed, but shocked and appalled all the same. This book has everything you need to kick off a new plant based life except the plants. E2 is a great book about a 28 day cleansing diet that a fire station full of hunky firemen found successful at lowering their cholesterol, weight, and blood pressure. The book is mentioned in FOK but what it doesn’t talk about is how much reading the book will make you want to live plant strong AND become a fireman. Plus, it has the added benefit of making your chunky loved one think that they are only going to give up meat and dairy for 28 days when you and I both know that after 28 days they will not want to switch back.
Whatever gift giving excuse you are using this time of year, I hope that these last minute gifts make it to the people you care the most about. As always, this list should include yourself. Merry Plantmas and Happy Herbivore everyone!