One thing that I felt I was missing in preparing for the transition to the AIP diet was information on the places, items, and tools (actual tools) I would need to set me up as a beginner. Autoimmune Wellness is an AMAZING resource to get you started and to keep you going. They have a “YES” and “NO” food list + a free two (2) week meal plan with a grocery list to get you started on the journey.
That said, I felt the little “essentials” I needed weren’t listed all in one place. I know not everyone, including myself, can afford to buy brand new equipment all at once, in which case you can certainly improvise in the meantime! For me the food came first and the switching out of my products has been a slow progression, it’s expensive overhauling the items you use in your daily life.
Every two (2) weeks I switch out or buy the equipment and/or natural/organic products that I want/need to integrate into my life. It is overwhelming to read through the many alterations you have to make in your life to conform to the AIP lifestyle, but I/we need to remember this diet and the products we use can be individualized, I may react to rosemary in my lotion (I don’t) and another person will be totally fine with it. It’s a process and it takes some time to figure it all out, be kind to yourself, that’s part of the lifestyle too!
All that said, below are a few items I found super helpful to have around the house/kitchen.
- The Instant Pot is a must have, I promise you it is worth every penny, this version is smaller. If you need to feed more than just yourself I’d recommend the larger versions. It’s great for soups, stews, and the essential AIP nutrient dense food, bone broth.
- Slow cooker, especially good for easy meals
- Lots of glass mason jars, glass tupperware, or bpa-free plastic tupperware to store/save your meals for the week. Batch cooking is a life-saver with this diet
- Blender (and it doesn’t need to be fancy to get the job done, mine cost $26)
- Food processor (you can get by with a blender, but this is good to have handy)
- Mandolin (not necessary, but nice to have, I DON’T have one)
- Juicer (also not necessary, but a nice to have for a quick breakfast)
- A good set of knives
- Cast-iron skillet(s)
- Stainless steel cookware
- Wood cutting boards and stirring spoons
- Coconut Oil (lots of it, virgin, organic, and unrefined)
- (Not a product) planning meals ahead, cook in bulk, and freeze/store food for breakfast/lunch/dinner. If you work full time this is 100% necessary to be successful.
As far as food, you can find a lot of great organic fruits and veggies at Ralphs (and similar stores) and Sprouts for cheap, the Farmer’s Markets for harder to find healthier meats like grass-fed beef and pastured pork and chicken + fresh/organic seasonal fruits and veggies, Amazon for hard to find compliant flours and gelatins, and of course Whole Foods has a vast array of compliant ingredients (but is pricier).
There are so many great online resources for AIP recipes and helpful lifestyle guides for skincare, haircare, cleaning products, etc. that I shared in my previous post, it’s not just about food but that’s a great place to start. The five areas of healing are in your food, products, environment, sleep, and stress level. Maintaining these parts of your life is the key to a better life with an autoimmune disease. I am still working on all of them everyday!
Some other AIP resources I didn’t mention before are listed below
A great resource for Hashimoto’s, while not strictly AIP is Izabella Wentz, PharmD
I bought Izabella’s book “Hashimoto’s Protocol” and am still in the process of reading, her protocol is specifically targeted to those with Hashimoto’s and will be my next venture in healing.
Thanks for reading!