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Sometimes the holidays can bring up some of the tougher aspects of dietary transition–like having to talk to your extended family about your health, or partaking in food-centered celebrations. If your family celebrates the season with gift-giving, however, it can be a good opportunity for you to request items that support your healing journey. I’ve put together a list of my favorite ideas, from big, more costly gifts, to small presents and stocking stuffers. Perfect for sharing with those who may be buying you gifts, or for getting ideas for those in your family who are committed to a real-foods lifestyle!
Big Gifts ($200+)
Vitamix Blender—A high-powered blender is an incredible tool for making smoothies, sauces, and blended soups and stews. Backed by a 7-year warranty, it is an indispensable tool in the healing kitchen!
Berkey Water Filter—This is an excellent countertop filter that produces clean, tasty water from both city and well sources. Can also be used in an emergency situation.
Meat Share/CSA—Find a local farm near you to source high-quality, pastured meat to purchase in bulk. You can often order a whole lamb, whole or 1/2 pig, or 1/2 or 1/4 cow. Alternately, you can get a season subscription to a local fruit/vegetable CSA!
Tickets to Paleo FX 2016—Join the largest Paleo gathering in May 2016 in Austin Texas, complete with speakers, cooking demos, and vendors all centered around ancestral health.
Test, Clear, Heal Program—This is an advanced study program for those who want help ordering and interpreting their own functional medicine testing.
Mini Trampoline/Rebounder—This is an awesome solution for those who are too fatigued to exercise. Rebounding can be a great way to support detoxification and get some movement without wiping a person out!
Useful Tools ($50-200)
Instant Pot Pressure/Slow Cooker—If the AIP community could give out a blanket recommendation for most useful kitchen tool, this would be it. This electronic programmable combination pressure/slow cooker makes food prep a breeze!
Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven—These sturdy pots are ideal for cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. If you are looking for a higher-end model, we recommend the Le Creuset.
Cuisinart Food Processor—Having a food processor on hand makes it easier to shred and chop vegetables as well as make AIP-compliant treats!
Thermapen Thermometer—This is our favorite thermometer because of its durability, accuracy, as well as three-second temperature read. Ideal for cooking meat to the perfect temperature!
Essential Oil Diffuser—Nebulizing diffusers are great for getting essential oil aromas spread into the environment without the use of water.
Yoga For Healing Program—This program contains videos and exercises specifically developed for those recovering from chronic illness.
AIP Batch Cook Program—Its no secret that batch cooking is one of the keys to being successful on AIP! This is Mickey’s video-based training program that walks you through just that.
Vivobarefoot Minimalist Shoes—Shoes with “zero drop” and a wide toe box are all the rage in the ancestral health movement, because they strengthen feet as well as enable them to move naturally. This is our favorite brand that makes casual as well as workout shoes of this type.
Mini Jambox Portable Speaker—For listening to audiobooks and podcasts!
Small Gifts ($20-50)
Vegetable Spiralizer—A spiralizer makes it easy and fun to make noodles out of vegetables like carrots and zucchini!
“Nutrivore” T Shirt—Show your real-food pride with a nutrivore T-shirt or tote bag for farmer’s market veggies.
Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug—This is handy to have for toting around drinking water, tea, or that warm mug of bone broth!
Fat Face Skincare—Skincare products focused on fat-soluble nutrition like tallow, lard, and plant-based fats.
Luminance Skincare—Gluten-free, organic skin care products without synthetic chemicals or toxins.
Non-toxic Yoga Mat—Great for those who want to start a new home or class-based exercise routine, like yoga, pilates, or stretching.
Headspace Subscription—This is a meditation course that comes in the form of an app that sends you reminders to practice and cultivate mindfulness.
Amber-Tinted Glasses—These shades help block blue light before bed. A must for anyone who needs to use a computer or watch TV after sundown, and also protect their circadian rhythms!
The Healing Kitchen Cookbook—The latest release in the AIP community by Sarah Ballantyne and Alaena Haber, featuring over 175 recipes.
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook—Mickey Trescott’s recipe and guidebook to the Autoimmune Protocol, including over 110 recipes.
The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook—Angie Alt’s recipe book that also includes information about reintroducing foods as well as how to tackle the emotional side of dietary transition.
Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook—Rachael Bryant’s collection of flavorful, allergen-free recipes.
He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook—Bre’anna Emmit’s collection of family-friendly, AIP-compliant eats.
The Paleo Approach—The original and most comprehensive guide to the Autoimmune Protocol, written by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne.
The Paleo Approach Cookbook—The cookbook accompaniment to The Paleo Approach, featuring countless nutrient-dense staples.
Adult Coloring Books + Colored Pencils—Wonderful for anyone looking for additional ways to de-stress!
52 Lists Journal—A book that provides a year of weekly journaling inspiration.
Solid Cooking Fat by Fatworks—Choose from tallow, lard, or duck fat, all made from pastured animals, to use in an AIP kitchen.
Otto’s Cassava Flour—This amazing, AIP-compliant flour can be used to make tortillas, chips, pies, and pastries.
Organic Olive Oil (Kasandrinos)—A high-quality olive oil is a perfect addition to the healing kitchen, adding nutrition and flavor to meals.
Organic Coconut Oil (Tropical Traditions)—This is a fantastic plant-based solid cooking fat to have on hand for cooking, and Tropical Traditions makes some of the highest quality out there.
Truffle or Smoked Sea Salt—Having some different salts on hand is great for imparting unique flavors to AIP dishes.
Essential Oils—Aromatherapy can be great for people who need to de-stress, and are powerful and portable to boot!
Primal Palate Spices—A high-quality line of organic, non-irradiated spices and spice blends.
Epic Bars—All natural meat bars that come in a few AIP-compliant flavors (just be sure to read the labels carefully, as some flavors are not suitable!).
GIR Silicone Spatula—This small spatula is perfect for getting the last little bits out of a high-powered blender or food processor!
Linen Journal—A sturdy, well-made journal can be a helpful tool for symptom tracking, or to start a gratitude journal!
Power Ball Treats (Paleo Angel)—These AIP-compliant snacks are perfect for those traveling or on-the-go!
Pure Beeswax Candles—Great for setting the stress-reduction mood without toxic perfumes or scents!
Sweet Apricity Sea Salt Caramels—Yes, these are fully Autoimmune Protocol compliant and made in a gluten-free facility!
Wahls Research Fund—Help Dr. Terry Wahls fund her important research on the impact of dietary and lifestyle changes on multiple sclerosis.
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund—This organization defends the rights of small farmers and helps keep nutrient-dense staples available in the food supply.
However you celebrate, Angie and I are wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season! We’ll be taking a break to be with our families, and we look forward to sharing new resources in the New Year.