We’ve been in the AIP game since before there were cookbooks about it! Along the way, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite resources for autoimmune health – books, blogs, food purveyors, online programs, and more. (And we’re constantly updating it!)
Here’s our list of the best AIP- and Paleo-friendly resources available.
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New to the Autoimmune Protocol? These are the first tools you should have in your toolbox!
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The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook – Mickey’s 100% elimination diet-friendly cookbook featuring more than 115 recipes, a 30-day meal plan, and all the basics to get started. [Metric Edition] [German Edition] [Spanish Edition (purchase internationally)] [Spanish Edition (purchase within US)]The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen – Mickey’s newest AIP cookbook that focuses not only on elimination-phase recipes, but nutrient density.
The Paleo Approach – The comprehensive, science-based guide to reversing autoimmune disease using the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, written by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD.
The Autoimmune Protocol E-book – This accessible, practical, 300-page guide was created by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD as an e-guide for those seeking knowledge about the science behind the AIP. Contains over 80 family-friendly recipes and 4 weeks of meal plans.
Real Plans – The only AIP-compliant meal planning service on the internet. Tell them how you eat, how many you are feeding, and how often you cook, and they send you the perfect weekly meal plan (complete with shopping lists and prep instructions) for just $7 a month.
AIP Batch Cook – Mickey’s downloadable online program designed to teach you how to prepare a week’s worth of food in just two 2-hour sessions. Features a 7-day meal plan, multiple video tutorials, shopping/prep lists, and more.
SAD to AIP in SIX – Angie’s 6-week online group coaching program created to guide beginners through the Autoimmune Protocol with a phased approach in a supportive environment.
If you are looking for recipe books that only cater to the elimination diet, look no further! Every book on this list fits that bill.
Click here to see a listing of 100% AIP Cookbooks!
We’ve come up with a list of those can’t-live-without kitchen tools that make the Autoimmune Protocol totally doable for us, long-term!
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Big ToolsInstant Pot – An electric countertop combination pressure/slow cooker that we think is the #1 timesaver in an AIP kitchen. Vitamix – A high-quality, high-speed blender that enables us to make large amounts of soups, batters, creams, sauces, smoothies, etc. quickly, without worrying about burning out the motor. Thermapen – A reasonably priced instant-read thermometer that gets you within 3 degrees of most food temperatures in less than five seconds. Dutch Oven – A thick-walled, cast iron cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. It’s a must-have for slow cooking soups, stews, and roasts. Food Processor – A countertop appliance with multiple blade attachments, designed to help you chop, slice, grate, grind, blend, or mix depending on your needs. Pressure Cooker – A sealed vessel that cooks food faster than conventional cooking methods by trapping steam and increasing the internal pressure above the normal 100ºC (212ºF) boiling point. The higher the pressure, the shorter the cook time. Glass Containers (Pyrex + Ball) – These are ideal for storing batch cook leftovers because they freeze well, reheat easily and they’re BPA free. Chest Freezer – The most economical type of freezer; every inch is usable storage. Ideal for folks (like us) who batch cook and freeze pre-portioned meals, or buy meat in bulk.
EssentialsCitrus Juicer – Great for keeping your hands clean and getting the most out of your fresh fruit. Wood Cutting Boards – Our preferred style of cutting board (versus plastic or glass) because it’s easy on knives, self-healing and won’t hold onto bacteria. Sharp Knives – These are a non-negotiable in a busy kitchen. One or two well-cared-for and high-quality chef’s knives will last you years, save you time and help prevent injury. Baking Sheets – The workhorses of our kitchens! We use them daily for all our roasting, baking, broiling, and toasting needs, and even for holding and organizing foods before/after cooking. This cast iron variety is safe for the grill. Mandoline Slicer – Our go-to for turning just about any vegetable into a quick salad. Multiple blades means you can slice, julienne, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut in several widths and thicknesses. Microplane Zester – A small handheld grater used for peeling the “zest” or outer flesh from citrus fruits, or for finely grating garlic, turmeric, ginger, or other dense ingredients. Cast-Iron Skillet – An economical, versatile, long-lasting skillet that’s naturally nonstick when seasoned correctly. After the Instant Pot, this is at the top of our “must have” list. BONUS: It’s oven safe! Stainless Skillet – A handy all-purpose skillet that’s great for sautéing veggies and searing meats, i.e. anything that benefits from fond (browning on the bottom of the pan). Spiralizer – A device used to cut vegetables into long ribbons or strips resembling noodles or spaghetti. This handheld version takes a bit longer but works just as well. Strainer – A holed/mesh device used to separate solid matter from liquid. We use small ones for steeping tea and larger ones for removing leftover bones, herbs, etc. from bone broth. Vegetable Peeler – A handheld tool with a slotted metal blade used to remove the outer skin or peel of certain vegetables, often sweet potatoes and carrots. Immersion Blender – A handheld “wand” with rotating blades on the bottom, used for blending soups, etc. inside a stockpot.
ExtrasLarge Soup Pot – If you want to start a batch cooking routine, you’ll definitely need a stock pot large enough for weekly batches of soups or bone broth. Dehydrator – A countertop machine that uses low heat and air flow to slowly remove moisture from foods to aid in preservation, e.g. fruits, meats (for jerky), and vegetables (for chips). Ice Cream Maker – A countertop machine that gently freezes and churns ingredients to create homemade ice cream. Countertop Deep Fryer – An appliance consisting of a basket and vessel used for holding hot oil to deep fry and make foods crisp. Household models often come with timers, ventilation systems, oil filters, and/or temperature controls. Popsicle Mold – An inexpensive freezer mold, great for transforming your favorite smoothie, juice or ice cream into a popsicle. Gummy Mold – A small, inexpensive freezer mold used for setting gelatin “gummies”. Springform Pan – A non-stick cake/pie pan with a removable bottom held in place by a circular, hinged “collar” for easy removal. Great for no-bake cakes and other sticky baked goods. Loaf Pan – Loaf-sized baking pan, great for banana breads and other grain-free baked goods.
Looking for health books, local support groups, and other resources that are focused specifically on AIP and/or autoimmune wellness? We’ve got you covered in this section!
Click here to see our favorite Autoimmune Resources!
ProgramsThe AIP Lecture Series – A 6-week video-based, self-directed online course that teaches the scientific foundation for the diet and lifestyle tenets of the Autoimmune Protocol, created bySarah Ballantyne, PhD (The Paleo Mom). Autoimmune Strong – A fitness program designed BY someone with chronic pain, FOR people with chronic pain.
Autoimmune Families – An online membership community that supports families and care providers faced with the challenges of autoimmune disorders. Use code “AIW10” for a 10% discount on membership!
Primal Play Academy – An online video course with cardio, resistance and agility exercises that will teach you how to move and get fit the way nature intended. Use code “TWNT” for 20% off!
BooksThe Wahls Protocol – An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by Dr. Terry Wahls, a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). The Paleo Approach – The comprehensive, science-based guide to reversing autoimmune disease using the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, written by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD (The Paleo Mom). The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook – Mickey and Angie’s co-authored guide to living well with autoimmune disease through dietary and lifestyle modifications. Includes a 7-step plan, 30-day meal plan + recipes, and a 90-day lifestyle plan. [German Edition] A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol – Written like a conversation between friends, Eileen Laird’s (Phoenix Helix) book is designed to make complex scientific information approachable and the transition to the AIP easier. The Autoimmune Fix – Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s guide to the “autoimmune spectrum”, which includes two 3-week healing plans to help you create an approach that works for you. The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough – Anne Angelone’s book contains a short overview of the Autoimmune Protocol along with strategies from Functional Medicine and Nutrigenomics to investigate and correct the root causes of autoimmune reactions. Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol – An ebook by Eileen Laird (Phoenix Helix) that details the reintroduction process in extra detail. This book also contains recipes specifically geared for reintroducing foods. Taking Control – Yael Goodman’s memoir on how living with three Autoimmune diseases made her feel vulnerable and helpless – and how she finally found a way to take control of her diseases and improve her health.
Downloadable ResourcesAIP Meal Plan & Habit Tracker – Track the remission of your symptoms and see how far you’ve come with this downloadable and printable resource from Jordan of Healthy Fat and Fit. The Gutsy By Nature Meal Prep Method – Interactive, printable worksheets to plan your own meal prep sessions, along with an instructional video and one complete meal prep plan that creates 16 healthy meals. The Relaxed Hypnotherapy Bundle – Includes a 40-minute hypnotherapy MP3 that will help your body and mind deeply relax, plus a PDF and audio workbook.
Facebook Support GroupsEmotional Autoimmunity Support – This Facebook group is a safe and supportive space for people living with chronic illness to talk about the emotional challenges and real life issues that go along with it. Chronically Radiant – Facebook group for peer support, ancestral recipes, kitchen tips and tricks, holistic and anti-inflammatory lifestyle inspiration, clean living product recommendations, DIY beauty recipes, and natural how-to’s.
AIP Informational/Recipe BlogsThe Paleo Mom – Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, Hashimoto’s, lichen planus, psoriasis A Clean Plate – Christina Feindel, Hashimoto’s, gluten ataxia Phoenix Helix – Eileen Laird, rheumatoid arthritis Nutrisclerosis – Whitney Ross Gray, multiple sclerosis A Squirrel in the Kitchen – Sophie Van Tiggelen, Hashimoto’s The Paleo PI – Rory Linehan, undiagnosed autoimmune symptoms Healing Family Eats – Kate Jay, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis Zesty Paleo – Maria Krummen, Hashimoto’s Healthy Fat and Fit – Jordan Candido, hypothyroidism Reversing Autoimmune – Yael Goodman, Hashimoto’s, celiac, multiple sclerosis Wellness Unraveled – Shanna Nemrow, Hashimoto’s Unbound Wellness – Michele Hoover, Hashimoto’s Real World AIP – Stacey, celiac, chronic fatigue Cook 2 Nourish – Indira Pulliadath, rheumatoid arthritis Emotional Autoimmunity – Kerry Jeffrey, Hashimoto’s Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP – Rebecca Boucher, lichen sclerosis It’s All About AIP – Meagen Ashley, eczema, hidradenitis suppurativa, Hashimoto’s
AIP-Friendly Info/Recipe BlogsEmpowered Sustenance – Lauren Geertsen, ulcerative colitis Primal Girl – Tara Grant, hidradenitis suppurativa Simple and Merry – Mary Blount Lapp, rosacea Gutsy by Nature – Jaime Lubich Hartman, Crohn’s Fresh Tart – Stephanie Meyer, hypothyroidism Comfort Bites – Jo Romero, psoriasis and IBS Meatified – Rachael Bryant, Hashimoto’s Slightly Lost Girl – Mikaela Guimaraes, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis Sweet Potatoes and Social Change – Samantha McClelland, ulcerative colitis Real Food and Love – Erin Cox, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Raynaud’s Grazed and Enthused – Alaena Haber, Hashimoto’s Eat Heal Thrive – Martine Partridge, Crohn’s disease Sweet Treats – Laura Vein, interstitial cystitis (IC), fibromyalgia, suspected Celiac Adventures in Partaking – Bethany Tapp, spondyloarthritis, uveitis, endometriosis Kirstie Howard Living Well – Kirstie Howard, Hashimoto’s, endometriosis Backcountry Paleo – Susan Vennerholm, Hashimoto’s Beyond the Bite 4 Life – Gabriella Schneider, chronic lyme disease, primary immunodeficiency Bon Aippetit – Beth Chen The Unskilled Cavewoman – Samantha Jo Teague, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, Adenomyosis, immunodeficiency
AIP-Friendly Recipe BooksPractical Paleo – A handy beginner resource for the Paleo diet written by Diane Sanfilippo, including over 120 easy recipes with notes on allergens, nightshades and FODMAPs. Beyond Bacon – A Paleo cookbook paying homage to the humble hog by teaching you how to make more than 100 recipes using the entire animal. Many recipes are AIP friendly. Well Fed 2 – A Whole 30-approved recipe book focused on easy-to-prepare dishes, including detailed instructions for AIP adaptation. Well Fed Weeknights – A meal-focused cookbook featuring more than 125 complete Paleo meals that you can put on your table in 45 minutes or less. The Ancestral Table – Over 100 “real food” recipes (55 of which are AIP friendly) inspired by the pages of history. AIP modifications can be made according to this handy guide. The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook – A recipe companion to “The 21-Day Sugar Detox” program with more than 100 Paleo recipes to help you eliminate sugar cravings. The Digestive Health with Real Food Cookbook – Recipes that address numerous digestive problems featuring foods that are easy to digest, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense, and low in irritants and allergens. Mediterranean Paleo Cooking – Traditional food from southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East through a Paleo lens. Includes AIP modifications and a 30-day AIP meal plan. The Allergy-Free Holiday Table – A digital e-book with over 30 no-compromise holiday breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and more for Paleo, AIP, gluten-free and (mostly) vegan kitchens. The Fed and Fit Cookbook – In addition to 175 Paleo recipes, this book includes AIP modifications and lifestyle tips, i.e. stocking your pantry, planning ahead, storing, freezing, and reheating. Paleo Soups and Stews – More than 105 nourishing Paleo recipes (along with modifications for AIP), beginning with broths and including a wide variety of soups and stews.
A listing of our favorite online and offline resources for finding and sourcing natural, organic, pastured, and toxin-free ingredients for cooking on the Autoimmune Protocol.
Click here to see our favorite places for Sourcing Food!
These are our favorite books and resources for learning more about Paleo, ancestral health, and the science behind this lifestyle.
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WebsitesChris Kresser – Chris is an integrative medical practitioner and writes about health and the Paleo diet on his blog. We love his science-based approach, and his articles are well-researched and informative. The Perfect Health Diet – The website of Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet, the researchers and authors behind The Perfect Health Diet. Their blog has great discussions about what is going on in the community as well as research-based health articles. Chris Masterjohn – A PhD whose blog articles and podcasts do a great job of translating complex science into actionable health advice. Denise Minger – Author of Death by Food Pyramid, Denise uses her blog to bust nutrition myths and distinguish “good health from bad science”. The Paleo Mom – Sarah Ballantyne’s site is not only great for AIP info, but it is chock-full of resources for those looking for more information on the Paleo diet, as well as how to transition your kids to eating this way. Robb Wolf – Robb is the author of The Paleo Solution, and has a site with some great articles and information, especially for those interested in success stories and fitness. Whole30 – A 30-day clean-eating program developed by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig as a part of their book, It Starts With Food. This is a great place to start for those who want to try Paleo before delving into the Autoimmune Protocol. Radicata Medicine – The website of Aglaee Jacob, author of one of our favorite books on digestion, Digestive Health with Real Food.
Paleo Health BooksPrimal Blueprint – Mark Sisson’s foundational book presenting his premise that you can reprogram your genes toward weight loss, health, and longevity by following 10 primal principles. The Paleo Cure – Chris Kresser’s guide to using the Paleo diet as a template to create a simple yet powerful program to fit your lifestyle, body type, and genetic blueprint. It Starts With Food – Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s foundational book outlining a clear, balanced, and sustainable plan to change the way you eat and transform your life, beginning with the Whole30 program. Food Freedom Forever – Melissa Hartwig’s follow-up to It Starts With Food, offering solutions for anyone stuck in the exhausting yo-yo dieting cycle. The Paleo Solution – Written by Robb Wolf, who uses his unique perspective as both scientist and coach to explain how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better. Practical Paleo – A handy beginner resource for the Paleo diet written by Diane Sanfilippo, including over 120 easy recipes with notes on allergens, nightshades and FODMAPs. Digestive Health with Real Food – Agalee Jacob’s book teaches you how to address the root causes of your digestive troubles to achieve optimal digestive and overall health.
Since autoimmune thyroid disease is the most common autoimmune condition, we’ve compiled a listing of our favorite sources of information that have a Hashimoto’s focus.
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WebsitesThyroid Pharmacist – Izabella Wentz, PharmD, a Hashimoto’s patient and pharmacist, is the author of The Root Cause, Hashimoto’s Protocol and the creator of “The Thyroid Secret” documentary series. This is the place for info on managing thyroid disease. Hashimoto’s Healing – A blog/website by Marc Ryan, L.Ac., a Hashimoto’s patient and functional medicine practitioner who writes about the treatment of autoimmune thyroid disease. Stop the Thyroid Madness – A patient advocacy website that has some great resources for reading your own labs, finding a good doctor, and other issues pertinent to thyroid disease sufferers.
BooksWhy Do I Still Have Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? – Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s book revealing the common misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism and addressing its true causes and how to manage them. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Root Cause – Izabella Wentz PharmD’s guide to the lifestyle interventions that will dismantle the vicious cycle of thyroid disease. Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome – An informative and reader-friendly book about a common debilitating medical condition that goes largely undiagnosed and untreated.
We’ve got a collection of international resources for our readers around the world!
Click here to see our International Resources!
BooksThe Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook (Metric) – Mickey’s timeless guide to eating on the AIP, with metric measurements. Das Autoimmun-Paleo Kochbuch (German) – The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey’s timeless guide to eating on the AIP, translated into German. La Cocina Autoinmune (Spanish) – The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey’s timeless guide to eating on the AIP, translated into Spanish. Das Autoimmun-Wellness-Handbuch (German) – The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, Angie and Mickey’s co-authored guide to living well with autoimmune disease, translated into German. Das Autoimmun-Kochbuch (German) – The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook, Angie’s honest guide to all aspects of autoimmune healing, translated into German.
Online ResourcesLa Chica Paleo (Spanish) – A blog by Mika, an American living well with Crohn’s disease in Mexico. Joanna Frankham – Joanna Frankham is a nutritional therapy practitioner living well with hidradenitis suppurativa in Australia. Hashimoto and Co. (German) – Blog from Sabrina Bergmann who has lived with Hashimoto’s for more than 20 years and is on a mission to make AIP more well known in Germany.
A listing of personal and home care products that we use to support our best health.
Click here to see our resources for Toxin-Free Living!
One of our favorite ways to absorb health information is through listening to podcasts while we exercise, commute, or batch cook! These are some of our favorites.
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Looking for a new doctor who is familiar with the Autoimmune Protocol, or a local support group? We’ve got some great listings!
Click here to find out about Medical and Local Resources!
Medical ResourcesAIP Certified Coach Directory – A resource for finding practitioners trained by Mickey, Angie, and Dr. Sarah Ballantyne in coaching AIP. Basil Health – A unique technology platform that lets you record and manage all aspects of your healthcare plan, all in one place. MyMedLab – MyMedLab allows you to order lab tests online, without visiting your doctor, and connects you with a patient service center in your area to complete the tests. They also facilitate the dispersal of your results. TrueHealth Labs – Order your own lab tests online with this slick system. Search their site to find 1000s of individual lab tests. Place your order and they handle the rest. Re-Find Health (formerly Primal Docs) – A global network of 1,300+ physicians and healthcare professionals who practice functional medicine informed by ancestral health. Their search function helps you find one in your area. Paleo Physicians Network – This database, created by Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf, includes all manner of health professionals – internal medicine practitioners , acupuncturists, orthopedics, chiropractors, and more – and is easily searchable by city, zip or state. Stop the Thyroid Madness Listing – This patient advocacy website has some great resources on how to find a good doctor, as well links to reliable physicians’ websites. Institute for Functional Medicine – The IFM is the leader in functional medicine education and their website has an excellent “find a practitioner” search feature.
Community AIP Meetup Groups
Sacramento AIP Group
Portland AIP Group
Seattle AIP Group
SoCal AIP Group
NorCal AIP Group
Denver AIP Group
Boulder AIP Group
Fort Collins AIP Group
Alaska AIP Group
San Francisco Bay Area AIP Group
San Francisco AIP Group
San Diego AIP Group
Idaho AIP Group
Santa Cruz AIP Group
Central Oregon Group
Las Vegas Group
NE AIP Group
NYC AIP Group
Upstate NY AIP Group
Philadelphia AIP Group
Pittsburgh/Southwestern Pennsylvania AIP Group
Vermont AIP Group
Connecticut AIP Group
Massachusetts AIP Group
Midatlantic AIP Group
Ohio AIP Group
Chicago-Midwest AIP Group
Iowa AIP Group
Indianapolis/Central Indiana AIP Group
Minneapolis/St. Paul AIP Group
Kansas City AIP Group
St. Louis AIP Group
Oklahoma AIP Group
Kentucky AIP Group
European AIP Group
Netherlands AIP Group
Belgium/Netherlands AIP Group
London AIP Group
UK AIP Group
Finland AIP Group
Germany AIP Group
Germany AIP Support Group
France AIP Group
Spain AIP Group
AIP Info Europe
Bulgaria AIP Group
Israel AIP Group
Serbia/Bosnia/Croatia AIP Group
Croatia (and Neighboring Countries) AIP Group
Sweden AIP Group