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Some of you may be familiar with people following a modified Paleo diet that is referred to as the Auto Immune Paleo (AIP) diet/protocol/plan. It is Paleo with even more restrictions for those who may be dealing with serious medical conditions or working on healing up a leaky gut. I have a bit of experience with this elimination protocol and it is not a lot of fun! However, I experienced even more healing and was able to identify a couple more significant food intolerances (TOMATOES!).
I do not claim to be any kind of expert in this area, but I wanted to compile a comprehensive list of resources for those who are trying to follow AIP. It is very restrictive and can make meal planning a challenge. In this post, I will give a quick summary of what the AIP involves and some of the blogs, podcasts, articles, recipe sites and FB pages that I have found useful.
“It is vitally important to adhere to a strict paleo diet with no cheating. While other people may be able to enjoy the occasional bowl of rice, if you suffer from an autoimmune condition you are not one of these people. Grains and legumes should never be consumed. Dairy of any kind (even grass-fed ghee which can still have trace lactose and dairy proteins!) should be avoided initially (most people will not be able to successfully reintroduce dairy, although some will be okay with grass-fed butter and ghee). This may be true for the rest of your life. In addition, if you have an autoimmune condition, you should completely avoid:
The reason is that each of these causes gut irritation and/or increased gut permeability (and in the super sensitive gut of those with autoimmune conditions, they just aren’t tolerated). “
In my humble opinion, this protocol is a challenge, but can be very rewarding for someone with a serious auto-immune condition. If you aren’t under the supervision of a doctor, or are looking for a doctor to support you on your path to wellness, try looking in your geographical area for a physician practicing “Functional Medicine.” I was lucky to find a Dr. at Wellness Alternatives of St. Louis that helped me immensely and I have never felt better.
Personal Paleo Code from Chris Kresser
There is a cost associated, but it is minimal. This service lets you plug in what ingredients you can not eat, and then provides you with Paleo recipes that only use allowable ingredients.
Paleo Parents – Stacy Toth
Stacy has very descriptively shared her personal journey with the AIP. The good, the bad & the ugly. She also hosts a podcast, The Paleo View, along with Sarah Ballantyne (The Paleo Mom — see below). The recipes, blog posts and podcasts that are AIP specific can be found by clicking the autoimmune tag.
The Paleo Mom – Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D.
I have consulted this site several times. I enjoy writing style of this “scientist-turned-stay-at-home-mom.” There is an Autoimmunity tab across the top of the page to get you to the specific posts regarding AIP. You can also select AIP – friendly as a category in the drop-down of the Recipe tab. Co-host of The Paleo View. Also, her book, The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body, is available for pre-order and will be released in September 2013.
Balanced Bites – Diane Sanfilippo
The website Balanced Bites needs to be one of your go-to references for all things Paleo. As is her book, Practical Paleo. In Practical Paleo, Diane has a section devoted specifically to the AIP and has recipes that are AIP friendly. An e-book is in the works for even more AIP recipes as the response to that section of Practical Paleo was quite overwhelming. Click on the link here to stay informed of that publication.
“For four years, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis confined Dr. Terry Wahls to a tilt-recline wheelchair. But by using Functional Medicine to create the Wahls Protocol™, Dr. Wahls has transformed her health and body: now she walks easily without a cane and commutes by bicycle. Dr. Wahls uses these diets and protocols in her primary care and traumatic brain injury clinics and is leading a clinical trial to test her protocols on others.” Dr. Wahl’s site also has links to several videos that are helpful, including her very popular TEDTalk.
I try to be comprehensive, but I always miss things. If you know of another great resource for someone challenged by the AIP protocol, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. I appreciate your feedback!
Image above from What’s Wrong with Legumes? from Easy Paleo
The exclusion of legumes in the Paleo approach is probably one of the top 3 topics that I receive a lot of questions, skeptical looks and outright criticisms of. (The other 2 being the omission of grains & liberal use of fats in the diet, especially animal fats.)
Just to clarify, legumes are beans & peanuts.
These are both foods that I previously enjoyed before going Paleo. I mean, who doesn’t love peanut butter? Also, I am from Missouri and George Washington Carver is one of our state heroes and a part of our state history. Sometimes credited with the invention of peanut butter, but legitimately found 300+ uses for peanuts. How could our beloved peanuts be bad for us?
Beans were also one of my favorite foods, I loved all the different varieties. Butter beans, black beans, refried beans, beans & cornbread…OMG. Now I am really starting to get nostalgic One of my favorite pre-Paleo recipe creations was a really amazing Smoky BBQ Chili that had 3 or 4 different kinds of beans in it. Also, a lot of people out there rely on beans as an inexpensive food to sustain their family. My great-uncle was just telling me that he probably ate beans everyday of his life growing up with a big farm family.
Nearly any dietitian or conventional wisdom based health article will tell you that beans are an excellent source of fiber & protein that spare you the fat & the calories of meat. We should be increasing them in our diets. Even planning meat-less meals, using beans as a substitute. My 1st grade daughter recently brought home a nutrition handout from school that promoted peanut butter & beans as good sources of protein.
This is simply one of those areas of the Paleo diet that is in direct opposition to conventional dietary advice.
So, why no beans? Why no peanuts? If you are thinking about this as you visualize cavemen hunting and gathering, beans require A LOT of preparation (soaking and extensive cooking) to be edible. If you aren’t into the whole caveman thing then consider this:
Read more from the Whole9 crew in The Legume Manifesto.
It was really hard for me to give up beans. They were a food that I enjoyed and considered “healthy.” It was so easy for me to give up gluten and soy, because I had such a skin reaction when I did eat them. I didn’t have that experience with beans, so I still “wanted” them, from time to time. After a few months of pretty strict Paleo, I decided to indulge in some yummy hummus at a Middle Eastern restaurant and I ENJOYED. EVERY. BITE. A few hours later I was sleeping in the spare room because I was too embarrassed to sleep in the same room as my hubby! Yep. You know what I am talking about. I was lying in bed till 2 AM, unable to sleep. Not worth it.
Growing up, we even seemed to know that beans weren’t going to agree with us. They have their own song:
So, enjoy a quieter digestive system without your beans. And with peanut allergies at an all time high, with very serious risks and complications, replacing peanuts & peanut butter seems to be a great idea. My kids have no issues with peanuts, but attend nut-free schools and have classmates with severe allergies.
Fortunately, all kinds of nut butters are available in regular grocery stores and even more options in specialty markets. With a good food processor you can pretty easily make your own! Using nuts besides peanuts is a little more expensive, but still affordable and full of nutrition. (You know, the kind of nutrition that your body can actually absorb!) We use almond butter & sunflower seed butter regularly for snacks and in recipes.
Beans are more difficult to “replace,” but you can have meat, so that is even better, right? I have modified my chili and now it is delicious. Even without beans. And when I have cooked it for a (non-Paleo) group, no one has ever yelled out in horror “Where are the beans?”
But, if you are a person, like me, that is missing hummus …
Paleo & kids. How does it work? It can work, but I think it is about 1000 times harder than if you are a single, Cross-fitting, 20-something. One of the reasons I started blogging, about 1 1/2 years ago, was because very few of the Paleo/Primal resources I was using seemed to have families in mind. I loved the blogs, websites and recipes, but they just didn’t seem to “speak to” my situation. Things have changed a lot in the last couple of years though and there are now lots of incredible, informative resources out there for you and your family. I can’t wait to share them with you in this post! I am really excited that some of the big names in Paleo (Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, Dallas & Melissa Hartwig) are beginning their journeys into parenthood and I am sure some amazing resources will result! My plan for this post is to:
When I first went Paleo, I had already been on a path of “Clean Eating”. (Few processed foods, rare fast food visits, careful reading of labels, varied whole grains, more veggies & fruits, etc…) I had very healthy pregnancies, deliveries & breastfeeding experiences. Baby #1 was healthy as a horse. Never sick. Then, quickly along came Baby #2 and was he a whole different story. My boy was practically born with an ear infection. He was an excellent nurser and a great eater, but he had an ear infection every 3 weeks until 7 months. Trip after trip to the Dr, where we were given antibiotics over and over. To the point at 7 months when the meds were so strong, he couldn’t even keep them down. We were told our only option was tubes in the ears. I had been reading and researching like crazy & decided to go dairy-free (He & I, because of the breastfeeding). Within days, the congestion was gone and never an ear infection again. After a few months, we tried reintroducing a little yogurt here, some cheese there and no ill effects. Straight milk, however immediately resulted in a little bit of congestion or his actual ears turning bright red for a few minutes. We weren’t quite ready to go Paleo, but you could say that this was our first adventure into looking at specific foods as a trigger for medical, health and behavioral issues. (Grapes/grape juice or any artificial coloring would turn this kid UPSIDE DOWN within 15 minutes.)
So, a year or so later when this Mama was struggling so much with her own issues, I was open-minded about eliminating specific foods to see if I noticed a difference. I never thought the path would lead us here, but it did. I am lucky that my kids were already used to eating healthier than the average kid. However, what I wouldn’t give to have been Paleo a little earlier. Just like many of you out there, my kids are “transition” kids. They have had some of the ‘good stuff’, and they know how light, fluffy & sweet it is! I also have quite the range. My daughter is a VERY PICKY eater, but my little guy will eat ANYTHING! (I also do not claim to be “Perfectly Paleo” at anytime. My kids are 80-90%, but with my damaged stomach, I don’t have that kind of wiggle room.)
The Godmother of Paleo. A personal friend of Robb Wolf, she had the first blog, the first cookbook, the first everything. And it is all good stuff. I highly suggest that you get both of her cookbooks and not just for the recipes. Her personal story is very motivating. At the same time, she gives excellent advice on time management, exercising & how to spend family time in meaningful ways. While two of her children were young when she “went Paleo,” she also had a teenager that was difficult to transition. She shares the story in the cookbooks & blog. Great visuals in her first book on how to workout with your kids at home. They are essentials in a Paleo library! She also has an informative & fun FREE podcast, Paleo Talk, with Chrissy Gower (see below) that covers all parts of being Paleo that is geared towards women and mothers.
Chrissy Gower’s cookbook is really great for a couple of reasons. First, the introduction explaining her personal path to Paleo and her challenge in cooking for a husband that is a very picky eater is a lot of fun to read. Robb Wolf is Chrissy’s brother-in-law. However, she didn’t run to Paleo with open arms. Second, the recipes really are delicious & SIMPLE. These recipes do not require a lot of fancy ingredients & as you can gather from the title are primarily CrockPot cooking. If you don’t consider yourself much of a cook, check out her cookbook & website. Simple ingredients and simple recipes with an emphasis on flavor. She has learned to cook for a picky eater and you can tell with this book. She is also a very integral part of the Paleo Talk podcast & might be one of the first bloggers I have run across to really detail a Paleo pregnancy. She loves using Penzey’s spice blends, just like I do, but is kind enough to develop spice blend recipes to mimic Penzey’s for her readers.
Paleo Parents (Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten Free Kids, Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes That Respect The Whole Hog) – Matthew McCarry & Stacy Toth
These folks are a powerhouse of information when it comes to Paleo & kids. They transitioned 3 kids to Paleo while losing a combined total weight of 200 lbs. In the meanwhile, they solved a bunch of health & behavior issues with the kids. All while writing a very in-depth and visually stunning blog, working full time jobs (he is a stay at home dad, she works outside the home) & putting together the 1st Paleo kids cookbook. There really isn’t a thing that they aren’t willing to share about their journey & struggles with Paleo. (Everything from loose skin, entertaining vegan relatives, packing Paleo lunches for a nut-free school & how Paleo affects your sex drive.) This is one of my go-to sites for baking recipes! You will love them for their Pumpkin Pucks & Easy Peasy Pancakes, alone! Although they have LOTS of other great stuff! I am really looking forward to their Beyond Bacon book which is available for pre-order now. (Just click the link above.) Stacy also co-hosts a FREE podcast with…
The Paleo Mom – (The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body) -Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D.
Direct from the blog: “The Paleo Mom is a scientist turned stay-at-home mom who shares recipes, explains the science behind the paleo diet and its modifications, and blogs about the challenges of raising a paleo family.” This is a SMART blog, but don’t think it won’t be full of everyday ideas. Sarah has everything covered and then some. Her personal story (120 lb weight loss, health & healing) is remarkable and worth a look. She is also an expert on the Auto Immune Paleo protocol (AIP). When adopting a paleo diet isn’t enough to take care of some intense health issues, this is the route to take and she is one of the best resources for those following it. Sarah collaborates with Stacy on The Paleo View, another FREE podcast that is full of information geared towards women & families.
This is one of my favorite blogs. I think sometimes that i read it and check in just for motivation to be a better person! Shanti is married to Superman, as she lovingly refers to him, and he, like me, is a late in life celiac diagnosis. So their path to Paleo is spurred by his health journey, but as usual everyone benefits. They have 5 kids, age 10 and under. She is a stay at home, homeschooling Mama & he is a high school teacher. Now you are starting to understand the title of their blog! Now, what is your excuse for not doing Paleo again? It’s too hard? —This a very warm, inviting and motivating blog that isn’t super-polished. She is a real wife and mom and it comes across it each post. Another great feature that she offers is very detailed 30 Day At Home CrossFit Challenge Workouts. If you don’t have a CrossFit box near you, or the expense of a membership is a problem, she has you covered.
This is my Go-T0 resource for anything related to baking. Her recipes are foolproof. Although she began as gluten-free, she has evolved to Paleo and her recipes are very easy to follow. I have made substitutions for various oils to coconut oil & sweeteners to maple syrup/honey with no issues. Looking forward to the newest cookbook.The cookbooks are wonderful, but an extensive amount of recipes are available on her blog, for FREE! The Chocolate Cupcakes have passed the non-Paleo test at several parties & the Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies have been winners everywhere I have taken them. Cooking has trial and error opportunities, baking does not. Save yourself money, time & energy by following recipes by an experienced baker!
Paleo Non Paleo -Alison Golden
I love Paleo Non Paleo! Alison is one of the few people out there that are writing about how difficult it is to be Paleo when you don’t know ANYONE ELSE that is following the lifestyle. She also chronicles specifics on how she has dealt with her own health issues. She has a real gift for breaking the problems down and is honest about how her family handles them. You will find a friend in Alison as you read her posts about family, kids, jumping hurdles and dealing with all life’s little surprises. She happens to score really great interviews with some of the big names in Paleo, as well. Read Top Paleo Bloggers: Their Best Tips and Nighttime Reads.
3 Diets One Dinner - Brittanie Duncan
I stumbled upon this site through Facebook. The title caught my eye: Brittanie is Paleo, her husband and kid are not. Her blog posts & yummy looking recipes can give you some ideas on how to handle a family, when not everyone is following the same dietary plan that you are. Check out Spaghetti Night. She has a really great post if you are interested in The Paleo Diet for Weight Loss.
Nom Nom Paleo is the blog for you if you love yummy food and lovely food photography. She is a foodie, that just happens to be Paleo. In collaboration with her husband (Fit Bomb), she has created a really beautiful site that has one several awards for photography and content. Not just “best of” the Paleo community, the entire food blogging community! She also manages to crank out a lot of delicious food while raising two boys and working night shifts. This blog is beautiful, mouth-watering, entertaining and real. A great place to stop and figure out how to cook with a pressure cooker or a sous vide. There is no cookbook available, but they created an app for iPad that not only features recipes, but step by step cooking processes and TONS of pictures. I don’t have it (we don’t have an iPad), but all reviews seem to think it is the BOMB. Personally, I can vouch for her Slow Cooker Lemongrass & Coconut Chicken Drumsticks & Slow Cooker Kalua Pig. Michelle also did an extensive blog series on packing Paleo lunches which is another must read.
Whole Family Strong – Brandon & Jacque
Some blog readers sent me to this site and I have just been blown away by the great content. Jacque is a homeschooling stay at home mom to 3 (and another on the way) young children. Everything is covered here including transitioning to Paleo, how Paleo affects her son’s Type 1 Diabetes, spirituality and relationship with Jesus Christ, finance, time management & of course it covers all her cooking. Written in preparation for the new baby, the post on Healthy Freezer Meals should be appealing to any family. Real Food Munchies & 12 Tips for Pinching Your Paleo Pennies are other must reads for your family!
I found this site when looking for posts on packing lunches. Getting Your Family’s Buy-In for Real Food Lunches is a post that everyone, Paleo/Primal or not should read. There are literally hundreds of pictures of lunches that the blogger is packing for her young daughters and her husband. If you are a visual person and looking to be inspired, this is the blog for you!
Civilized Caveman - George
Okay, George isn’t married & doesn’t have kids. Why am I suggesting him as a family friendly Paleo blogger? Because his food is delicious. Recipes like Paleo Banana Bread (with 3 variations), Apple Dijon Burger & Crock Pot “Smoked Beef Brisket are family favorites of ours.
The Wellness Mama – Katie
Food & recipes is just one thing that The Wellness Mama offers. I love this crisp, fresh site. Some of the articles I have found most interesting lately include: Oil Cleansing for Naturally Perfect Skin, 12 Uses for Gelatin, 9 Easy Ways to Boost Your Child’s Health.
This is another new blog I am following and it is a GOLD MINE of useful posts. I was in love as soon as I saw the header for the blog. I have been sharing the weekly meal planning posts on my FB page. For a taste of what they have to offer check out: Paleo Meal Planning – Family Favorites, Paleo Meal Planning – K.I.S.S, Paleo Meal Planning – Cheap & Easy.
This list was meant to be extensive, but I chose to only profile sites that I visit on a regular basis. I am sure that there are many more out there that would be useful for those of us struggling to survive the “real world” while teaching our kids the Paleo lifestyle. If you know of any great sites that I have missed, please message me at email@example.com.
Pictured above: Golden Chicken served over sauteed cabbage and kale
I have been struggling to eat around some of my new dietary restrictions lately. Not a permanent situation, just healing up an unhappy stomach. Instead of dwelling on what I can’t have (coffee, chocolate & paprika), I am trying to focus on playing around with some new recipes. It is kind of working. Fortunately, 2 of my favorite bloggers (Stacy of Paleo Parents and Melissa of The Clothes Make the Girl) are following a similar plan right now, and both of them are blogging some of their frustrations and recipes. Stacy put together an amazing Pinterest board with links to recipes that are already egg/nut/nightshade/dairy/chocolate/caffeine/alcohol free or easily adaptable. I re-pinned some of those recipes and I am working my way through them.
This recipe was originally featured in Saveur magazine. Djej Besla – Chicken and Onion Tagine. Nobody at my house will remember that name, so it will affectionately be known as Golden Chicken. I doubt that Saveur magazine intends for anybody to throw this all in a Crockpot and cook it at once, but that is how things get done around here. When my kids are all grown up and out of the house I will buy a Tagine, brown each little bit of chicken perfectly and let it simmer over the stove while I pick the appropriate wine to accompany the meal. Until then, we will probably eat it this way.
This chicken is really beautiful when served. It is very tender in the Crockpot and has a pretty gentle flavor. If turmeric or saffron aren’t your usual cooking spices, don’t worry, it isn’t overpowering in this dish. You could also easily leave out the saffron, if it is hard to find or too expensive. Saffron is pricey but you don’t use very much an any individual dish.
Paleo Parents is still, hands down, one of favorite Paleo resources. Of the big names in blogs, cookbooks & podcasts, they are the ONLY ones that have kids (3) and have transitioned to Paleo from a Standard American Diet. This is huge! They freely share their obstacles, their compromises, their inventive baking recipes and their health obstacles and successes. If you have a family and are trying to figure out how to do the best for your health, but navigating the “real world” as well, it is a great blog to follow.
I knew these Pumpkin Pucks were supposed to be really good, but I just hadn’t got around to making them. Wow, I am glad I finally did. They were very easy, used pantry staples and tasted delicious. They have a dense texture and really taste just like pumpkin pie! Matt and I loved them. Probably one of the best things I have baked in a while. The kids were not that thrilled, but I think it is just because pumpkin isn’t their thing. Elliot was happy to run the mixer for me and I think he would have liked them better if his sister hadn’t announced that she didn’t like pumpkin that much. Peer pressure.
The only substitutions I made in the recipe (my version is below) were using canned pumpkin and using only maple syrup instead of the honey. That was out of laziness. We topped the Pumpkin Pucks with Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds from Trader Joe’s for a little fall decoration. Next time I will probably sprinkle with the seeds about halfway through the baking time so the pretty colors don’t melt. This recipe is on my list for holiday baking and taking to parties.
(only a couple of minor substitutions made from the original recipe from Paleo Parents)
Makes 1 dozen pucks. Store at room temperature only for a day or two, otherwise keep in the fridge or freezer (if they last that long!).
I am not recreating the wheel here, folks. I needed to make some cupcakes for a friend’s birthday and I was kind of tired of chocolate. I decided to try one of the cupcake recipes from Elana’s Pantry, yet again. I picked one that was on her website so I could share the goodness if it turned out. And they did. Delicious. I added a frosting recipe from Paleo Parents that I have used before. If you are in the mood for a nice, frosted cupcake, this is a good method. (Probably worth noting that this should only be every great once in a while. Birthdays count.)
Here are the direct links to the yummyness that is pictured above:
I just wanted to note that I substitute maple syrup or honey for the agave nectar that is listed. It always turns out fine. I also substitute freely other types of oil for the grapeseed oil. Coconut oil, olive oil, palm shortening are all good choices.
Cinnamon Ginger Frosting
The palm shortening that is called for in this recipe is a product from Tropical Traditions. It is a lot like shortening that you are familiar with. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_palm_shortening.htm Mixed with a bit of “sugar” and then whipped, it creates something very similar to frosting. Not the same, but similar. Paleo frosting doesn’t really exist, you know. But this is pretty good.
I picked up a couple of packages of bacon from my friend Mike. He is curing and slicing his own. This is the chorizo style. Wow, it is delicious. I suppose if I were a better blogger I would really go into detail, but it is BACON. Fatty, unprocessed, delicious bacon. Enough said. If you are interested in picking up any bacon/sausage from him, send him a message at Mdudenhoeffer@live.com
It was a bit of a happy accident, but we ended up having some pretty delicious bacon burgers on the grill after the hubby got back from golfing on Sunday. I realized that I only had 1 lb of ground beef thawed out, I thought that I had set out 2 lbs. 1 lb doesn’t go very far around here, so I glanced at that beautiful package of bacon and remembered a recipe I had seen a while back from the Paleo Parents, 50/50 Burgers.
I chopped the bacon a bit and pulsed it in my food processor. I added the ground beef and pulsed it some more. Patted out the 2 lbs of meat into burgers and grilled. Wow, they were really good. Next time, I will probably pulse the bacon a little bit more, just to improve the texture. Since I used Mike’s chorizo bacon, I didn’t use any additional seasonings.
Here are the dishes that rounded out our little Sunday afternoon dinner:
I get a lot of questions about paleo baking, so I am going to try to answer some of the most important ones. I want to make a couple of points about how baking fits into the paleo scheme of things. First, paleo encourages a high fat, moderate protein, very low sugar diet. But, on the Standard American Diet (SAD), we love to treat ourselves. Check out the average day on Pinterest. Cake pops, cupcakes, pretzals dipped in candy, brownie/chocolate chip cookie/oreo cookie layer cake, etc…We get kind of crazy obsessed about our treats. Even paleo treats are treats, but you can feel pretty good about learning how to bake some paleo cookies, make some paleo pancakes for a weekend breakfast, or tossing some paleo blueberry muffins into your kids hands if you are in a rush for school. I loved being able to make a paleo pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but it isn’t something you are going to find around my house on any given week.
Lots of paleo folks don’t bake at all. I have two kids and a desire to make our little paleo existence as close to normal life as possible, so I do like to experiment with baking.
My main point is, don’t look at these paleo baking recipes and say “Oh, I can’t do this because I don’t even know what these ingredients are.” Start small, by replacing some of your favorites. Paleo baking is more expensive, but a heck of a lot more nutritious. Most people need to scale back the amount of treats they are consuming anyways. My house included. Also, you can eat 6 regular cookies, full of sugar and no realy nutrition to them. Paleo cookies that are nut-based and filled with healthy fats are much more filling and actually take care of your hunger. Even my kids notice the difference between how filling a paleo muffin is compared to a regular muffin.
New Ingredients to Get Familiar with:
Try your grocery store, health food store or get on the internet. Trader Joe’s is good for some of this stuff if there is one close by. Also Costco and Sam’s Club are a great place to stock up on maple syrup and olive oil. Amazon is awesome especially if you have a Prime membership, you can get some breaks on shipping. Add some of these pages to your FB feed and they will let you know when they are having sales or deals. For a beginner, be prepared to pay the price for a smaller bag of coconut flour or a jar of coconut oil, but you can find price breaks if you look around and buy in bigger quantities.
There is going to be a recipe out there for almost anything you want to make. Heck, even that ridiculous “cookie dough dip” that has been on Pinterest for weeks, was made “Paleo” as a challenge by the Paleo Parents http://paleoparents.com/featured/monster-cookie-dough-dip/. The common sense being that you would make this and take it to a party, not keep it around the house.
My Most Used Baking Recipes:
Paleo baking uses a lot of eggs. Eggs are really good for you! Eat them. Find a good source of local, free-range chickens if you can. They can be cheaper and much yummier than the eggs from the store. Eating paleo means a lot of eggs, so figure it out.
Great Paleo Baking Blogs
Links Worth Reading: