All the Paleo and AIP emergency staples you need to stock up on to eat an autoimmune-friendly diet during an emergency situation, such as the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, a printable grocery list!
As news about coronavirus (aka COVID-19) floods our social media feeds and news channels, many of us are wondering what we should do to ensure we have nutrient-dense, autoimmune-friendly foods to sustain us while we try to maintain social distancing, recommended by the CDC. Those of us with autoimmune disease may be at an increased risk of contracting the virus and having more extreme complications, so it’s especially important for us to remain physically isolated as much as possible.
What emergency foods are safe for autoimmune disease?
But what emergency foods are safe for those of us with autoimmune diseases? Typical foods people stockpile for emergencies are often not only nutrient-depleted, but many contain gluten, dairy, soy and other inflammatory ingredients that can wreak havoc on our bodies. For those of us with one or more autoimmune disease, it is imperative that we stock up on nutrient-dense, whole foods that will not only keep us fed, but will help us feel our best and boost our immune systems.
I have been telling myself for years that I should start to gather an emergency food supply in case of a natural disaster or emergency situation. Well, my friends, I’m ashamed to admit I was in no way prepared for coronavirus when it hit the United States. Unfortunately, my fridge, freezer and pantry were nearly empty when everyone else started clearing out store shelves. So, I put together this list of autoimmune-friendly AIP freezer and pantry staples to stock up on for myself. Then I realized it might be a valuable resource for you, as well, in case you were also starting to panic about having autoimmune-friendly, AIP emergency staples on hand during this unprecedented time.
Side note: this list is not meant to make you panic or instill fear. It is just the best way I know how to help you get organized and prepared for the situation we are currently facing.
Availability of AIP Emergency Staples
Because we’re now in the thick of the coronavirus outbreak, you may have trouble finding a few of these items, as many people have already snatched them up. But just be patient and try multiple avenues. Food supplies will be restocked. Eventually, people will calm down and items you’ve been waiting for will become available.
If you’re having trouble finding your AIP emergency staples, try multiple sources. If you want to avoid entering a crowded grocery store, pick-up or delivery from your local grocer may be an option. You can also try local food co-ops and smaller grocers. Many other people don’t think of these options, so they are often well-stocked and less crowded. Another option is online retailers such as ShopAIP, Thrive Market, US Wellness Meats, and Amazon (affiliate). You can also get safe meals delivered from places like PaleoOnTheGo and Captain Soup (this link will save you $10 off your first order!). Just keep thinking outside the box!
Forewarning: many online retailers are also struggling to keep up with demand, so shipments may be delayed up to a few weeks. Be prepared to wait longer than usual.
A few notes about the products in this list
In the list below, many items are linked to products I use from Amazon. I tried to only link to items that are in stock, but many will probably run out of stock by the time you read this. Keep checking back, or search for alternatives (just be sure to read ingredient labels!). If an item is due in stock soon, Amazon will still let you order it, but shipping may be delayed.
Also, pay attention to prices. Many vendors are taking advantage of the increased demand and increasing their prices up to four times higher than usual, or more! If you don’t absolutely need something, hold off until prices come down a bit.
But, through all this panic and fear, there is a little bright side to eating an AIP diet in a time like this: while everyone else is stocking up on pre-packaged nutrient-depleted foods, they’ll be saving many of the nutrient-dense foods for you! ?
So, at long last, here is my extensive list of AIP emergency staples to stock up on for self-isolation during the pandemic:
*Many of these links are affiliate links. See here for my affiliate disclosure.
AIP Freezer Staples
- Frozen meats
- If you have the freezer space, I would stock up on bulk beef, pork and whole chickens (so you have bones left over to make homemade bone broth).
- Organ meats (liver, hearts)
- Frozen seafood
- Salmon, cod, shrimp, scallops, tuna
- Homemade bone broth (or just the bones, so you can make your own broth during quarantine)
- Frozen vegetables (no nightshades) (check for gluten cross-contact in manufacturing facilities)
- Spinach (great for adding to smoothies and soups), cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
- Frozen fruits (check for gluten cross-contact in manufacturing facilities)
- Frozen soups (either homemade, or get the AIP bundle from Captain Soup – this link will save you $10 off your first order!)
- Juices (not from concentrate – make and freeze your own, or buy fresh and freeze it)
AIP Pantry Staples
- Canned protein
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit (make sure to only get quality brands with no added sugars or fillers)
- Collagen peptides
- Beef gelatin
- Bone broth
- Paleo preserved meats
Oils, Vinegars and Flavorings
- AIP-friendly oils
- Herbs & Spices
- Coconut aminos
- Red Boat fish sauce
- Nutritional yeast
- Vanilla powder
- Coconut wraps
- Coconut milk (no gums or sweeteners)
- Coconut cream (no gums or sweeteners)
- Shredded coconut/coconut chips
- Coconut butter/manna
AIP Baking Products
- AIP flours (you may not need all of these, but they are helpful for AIP baking)
- Tigernut flour
- Cassava flour
- Coconut flour
- Arrowroot starch/powder/flour and/or Tapioca starch/powder/flour
- Carob powder
Hearty Fruits & Vegetables
- Hearty fruits and vegetables that save well in the pantry/on the counter
- Sweet potatoes
- Spaghetti squash
- Butternut squash
- Delicata squash
- Bananas (or freeze them to make them last longer, and use them in smoothies or nice cream recipes)
- Hearty fruits and vegetables that save best in the fridge
- Herbal teas (Numi is my favorite brand and Rooibos is my favorite tea )
- Coconut water
- Seltzer waters (steer clear of ones with added flavors and sugars)
AIP Snacks & Additional Items
- Paleo Power Balls (AIP variety pack)
- Plantain chips
- Sweet potato chips (Jackson’s Honest are the best, with no funky oils or additional ingredients, but alas, they were completely out of stock on Amazon)
- Dried fruits (avoid those with added sugars)
- Nuts and seeds (if you tolerate them) (not AIP, but they are Paleo)
- Kelp noodles
- Miracle noodles
- Sliced tigernuts
- Lacto-fermented vegetables
A Final Note
Hopefully this list is helpful and doesn’t overwhelm you. Don’t feel like you need to purchase every single thing on it, especially if you don’t have the means to do so, or the space to store it all. Also, be sure to be mindful of others and save some for them. Don’t over-stock your own supply at the expense of others. We’re all in this together.
Did you stock up on anything I don’t have in my list? Let me know in the comments!