My Favorite Things

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I’ve gathered my essentials for healthy, homemade living from natural, paleo and AIP ingredients to cast iron pans to gardening equipment. These are the items I purchase myself from the companies I trust. Also, note that most of the links on this page are affiliate links, so the prices are the same but if you purchase an item through the link it will support my blog. Thank you so much for your support, it allows me to continue blogging!

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Spices: 

– Garlic Powder : Since following the AIP diet garlic powder has been my go-to seasoning for just about anything in need of a savory kick, and it is great for saving time when you can’t chop up cloves of fresh garlic.

Herbes de Provence: This is a great combination of herbs that is AIP friendly. Combo seasonings are so difficult when you’re trying to avoid seeds and nightshades so this a great tool to have in your cupboard! It is great on chicken, fish and veggies!

Himalayan Sea Salt: salt is a very valuable mineral, but not when it has been processed, iodized and turned into the table salt we are used to. Natural salts like this pink sea salt contain valuable minerals and help balance hormones and promote health.

Ground Ginger: When cooking on AIP many of the herbs and spices that would usually add some ginger or excitement to your dishes are off limits, but ginger is the perfect solution. It is totally AIP legal, great for digestion and adds a lot of excitement to any dish! I especially love it on salmon!

– Cinnamon: Cinnamon is awesome for cooking, baking, adding to tea or coffee, using as a potpourri on the stove and in natural home remedies! It is a must have for sure!

Sweeteners: 

  • Raw Honey: Raw honey is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and unlike refined sugar does not cause blood sugar levels to spike.

  • Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup is also a complex sweetener that causes less of a blood sugar spike than refined sweeteners.

  • Coconut Crystals: I recommend only using these in moderation as they are still technically refined. That being said they are a low glycemic sweetener and can be a great replacement for brown sugar.

Baking: 

  • Coconut Flour: gluten free, grain free, and nut free coconut flour is a good option for AIP friendly recipes. It is extremely absorbent and extremely high in fiber so a little goes a long way.

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is one of the most amazing substances on the planet. It is antimicrobial, antiviral, easy to digest and is easily converted into energy by the body. This one of the best cooking oils you can use.

  • Carob Powder: While only meant to be used in moderation, carob powder is a nut and seed free substance that can act as a decent substitute for chocolate. Use it to make a delicious hot chocolate substitute, truffles, or a chocolate chip replacement. (For AIP followers, be very sure that you do not use any carob products that contain diary)

  • Palm Oil: Palm oil is another healthy cooking oil, common in the rest of the world, but rarely seen in the US. It is not processed like other vegetable oils making it safe to consume.

  • Coconut Butter: This delicious ingredient is made purely from coconut and is creamy and wonderful as a treat or snack!

Meat: 

US Wellness Meats: For affordable grass-fed meat I highly recommend ordering from US Wellness meats. They have just about everything you could possibly need, including tallow, bone broth and offal and they even have an entire page dedicated to they AIP Friendly offerings.

Other Staples: 

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is amazing and is good not only in cooking but also as a remedy and beauty supply. Use it to help heart burn, clear up a rash, and make a great salad dressing. Organic apple cider vinegar is truly fermented and is not made of grain like white vinegar.

  • Gelatin: Grass fed gelatin is a wonderful healing food and is especially helpful in treating leaky gut and autoimmune issues. The glyceine found in gelatin is a vital amino acid in rebuilding cell damage.

  • Coconut Milk: Coconut milk can be a good dairy substitute for those following a dairy free diet and especially those avoiding nuts. Just make sure to get a brand that is free of preservatives and emulsifiers that can cause gut damage and irritation.

Fermentation: 

  • Kombucha SCOBY: Kombucha is a delicious fermented tea that is easy to make at home and a great way to incorporate probiotic foods into your diet. In order to ferment your tea you will need a SCOBY- the bacteria and yeast starter that adds the probiotics to the tea. Once you get one SCOBY your are pretty much set, they will even multiply so you can get many SCOBYs from one that you buy.

 

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Food Processor: I LOVE this food processor. It is heavy duty, has a side scraper and does just about everything. It is also very affordable. I have had other processors that did not work at all. I do not know what I would do without this one.

Cast Iron Cookware: Cast iron cookware is a great addition to any kitchen. It is non reactive, meaning that it does not release any toxic chemicals like teflon or other non stick cookware, it lasts forever, and is multi functional as it can go on the stove or in the oven. Just be sure to season in properly before using the first time. This set is affordable and will give you a lot for your money.

Silicone Baking Mats: These are a must have in a paleo or AIP kitchen. Many AIP and Paleo baking recipes use flours that are not as sturdy as wheat flour thus it is very important that your delicious goodies do not stick to the pan. Rather than dealing with a never ending supply of parchment paper I use these reusable silicone mats that work perfectly and are easily wiped off and reused.

Swing Top Bottles: The bottles are great for flavoring your kombucha, they create a good seal and are just fun and pretty!

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Castile Soap: Castile soap is a plant based highly concentrated soap. Because it is concentrated it works best when diluted at varying ratios. As a result, it is great for saving money because a little goes a long way. I use it in my shampoo, body wash, dish soap, dishwasher soap, toilet cleaner and mopping solution… talk about multi functional!

Fractioned Coconut Oil: Fractioned coconut oil is coconut oil that has been modified to stay in liquid form. It is NOT good for cooking, but it is perfect for cosmetic uses. I use it to dilute my essential oils, in my conditioner, in salves, and you can even use it as a natural personal lubricant 😉

Castor Oil: Castor oil is an amazing oil, often people associate it with its use as a laxative or labor induction method but it is actually wonderful when used topically. I use it to clean my face when using the oil cleansing method and also to apply castor oil packs to injuries or painful spots.

Essential Oils: A lot of attention has been given to essential oils lately. I have thoroughly enjoyed using essential oils over the past few years. I primarily use them in place of over the counter medications when colds, flus or other common ailments come to town. Because of my autoimmune condition I do not often use them internally but I still only recommend using a therapeutic grade oil, any other oil may be very dangerous as it can contain pesticides, toxins or other harmful substances. When using on children always dilute at at 1:4 ratio!

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The Paleo Approach: This book changed my life. This book is the basis of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet it is packed full of evidenced based information that is also easy to understand, it includes all of the whys behind the AIP diet as well as tips and lifestyle recommendations to help reverse damage done by autoimmune diseases.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: This cookbook was writhed by Mickey Trescott and is filled with amazing meal plans, shopping lists and recipes to get you going on the AIP diet. There is no way you will feel deprived or confused if you eat this food it is delicious!

AIP Reintroduction Guide: This little e-book was written by Eileen over at the blog Phoenix Helix. If you have been following the AIP diet and are ready to begin the reintroduction process I highly recommend getting a copy of this book. In it she discusses how to handle reintroductions, what symptoms to look for, and even gives you recipes for reintroducing certain foods.

We Can ALL Scream For Ice Cream: this fun little ebook is filled with AIP compliant frozen dessert recipes. AIP treats should only be consumed in moderation and in balance with healing foods, but when you need a treat this book is your best friend!

Radical Homemakers: This book is what got me started on my journey towards homesteading, real food, and simplified living. It is the story of a bunch of men and women across the country using the concepts of homemaking to change the world.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette: this book is a compilation of newsletters printed in the 1990s called the tightwad gazette it is a great resource for ways big and small to simplify your life and save a lot of money.

Gardening Supplies

 

Compost Pail: Composting is a great way to minimize your waste, grow a healthier garden, and help the environment. Use a countertop compost pail to collect your kitchen scraps before throwing them in your compost pile or worm bin outside.

 

 

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