Stuff I Use

Whether you’re new to the AIP, or a veteran, sourcing some of the things we need can be a hassle.  On this page, I’ve collected many of the things I personally use in support of my own AIP lifestyle, including links to Amazon.  (NOTE: You do not need all of these things to go AIP!  Over time, you will fill out your pantry.  Go at your own pace.)  You’ll find many of the weirdo ingredients we need to use for substitutions, kitchen items, and other random things that can make your path a little smoother.

To your health!  *raises glass of Kombucha*  🥂 🍾



Pantry items

THE BEST substitute for soy sauce.  So much flavor!  Find it here:  Big Tree Farms Coco Aminos All Purpose Seasoning Sauce, 10 Ounce

 This flour, made from yucca root, is the one you will likely use the most.  Find it here: Otto’s Cassava Flour Gluten Free — 2 lbs – 2PC

  Arrowroot starch/flour is versatile.  It can be used as a light flour, and as a very good substitute for corn starch.  Find it here: Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch/Flour, 16 oz

Tigernut flour is not made from nuts but from a tuber.  This flour can be a little gritty in baked stuff, but it makes a killer tigernut butter!  Find it here: TigerNut Flour (1 Pound)

  Carob powder is an excellent substitute for cocoa powder. 😋 Find it here:Chatfields All Natural Premium Carob Powder, 16 Ounce

Use Grain Brain Organic Palm Shortening in place of Crisco for baking.  It absolutely works! Find it here: Grain Brain Organic Palm Shortening

Use Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate as a substitute for eggs.  It can dissolve in warm, or cold liquids.  (Not all gelatins on the market can.)  Find it here:Great Lakes Gelatin, Certified Paleo Friendly, Keto Certified, Collagen Hydrolysate, Peptides, Pasture-Raised Grass-Fed, Non GMO, 16 oz, FFP

Kitchen items

 This 5 1/2” knife can be used for almost everything.  Its big brother, the 7 1/2” one, is perfect for larger jobs.  They fit perfectly in your hand (note the indentation for your thumb), they are a “hybrid” knife (meaning you can rock, or whack), and are suitable for cutting both veggies and meats.  This knife is for right-handed people, but they do make a version just for lefties that can be special-ordered.   CAUTION: VERY SHARP!  A good knife is an investment.  They are expensive, and they need to be sharpened properly.  Find it here:Global SAI-M01 Chef’s Knife, 5-1/2″, Silver Or: Global SAI-01 Chef’s Knife, 7-1/2″, Silver

This blender is not fancy, but it is a work horse!  You can make smoothies in it, purée soups in it, and the pouring spout keeps things safe (no splashing), neat and tidy.  Find it here:Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Multi-Function Blender with 14 Speeds & 40 oz Glass Jar, Silver (54221)

 This little guy is the zoodle master.  It doesn’t do well on hard veggies like carrots (they break), or on large veggies like sweet potatoes (they don’t fit), but when you need to make some zoodles, you can crank ‘em through, and put the thing in the dishwasher.  Done.  Find it here:Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta

If you want to spiralize beets, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, etc., you’re going to need a counter-mount spiralizer.  Find it here:  Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty, Best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals, With 3 Exclusive Recipe eBooks

If you want the Cadillac of instant pots, here ya go.  This thing can work both as a slow cooker, and as a pressure cooker.  It has a sear function, and a reduce function (for making sauces), among other abilities.  It does a fantastic job of making broth, and the gasket around the lid does a pretty good job of sealing in cooking odors.  Find it here: Breville BPR700BSS The Fast Slow Pro, 6 Quart, Silver

This gadget makes short work of squeezing all the juice out of citrus, while capturing almost all of the seeds…except for the tiny ones.  Find it here:Fresh Food Ware Lemon Squeezer – Premium Manual Heavy Duty Handheld Yellow Aluminum Metal Citrus Juicer Press – Squeeze Lemons Limes Small Oranges and Extract Fruit Juice Lemonade – Dishwasher Safe

Helpful books

  This book is total awesome sauce. It gently reminds us that healing from an autoimmune disease is not JUST about the food.  Mickey and Angie are the bomb.  There are recipes in here as well.   Find it here:The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness

  Aaaaaaaand Mickey’s cookbook.  Amen. The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness (US Version)

  At first, you will think you are reading a college science textbook.  Oh my WORD.  But persevere.  Dr. Sarah Ballantyne did exhaustive research while she was healing from her own autoimmune diseases.  After you get through all the science behind AIP, it gets a little easier to read.  It will be your go-to book when you’re wondering if something is OK, or not OK on the protocol.  If you have any designs on being an AIP food blogger yourself, you MUST have this for reference.  Find it here:The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

  Dr. Myers’ approach differs a little from Dr. Ballantyne’s, but they are very close.  The recipes in here are really good, too!  Find it here: The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases




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