Getting started in the pantry

Saving money is uppermost on my mind when food shopping.  I’m going to share how I made my transition to autoimmune paleo cooking and baking. My pantry was gluten free stocked before I made the shift but it was still a huge learning experience for me and still continues to be. I live in Canada so it was hard for me to find all the ingredients I needed so some of the items are bought from and so that I can make delicious foods to enjoy. Danielle Walker has an article about what to stock in your pantry. I also used this page from aag as a lifting off point so that I could easily shop for these products in grocery and health food stores here in Alberta Canada trying to save money. What I couldn’t find locally I purchased online.

Saying goodbye to all GRAINS forever!

I boxed up all my gluten free foods and gave them to a friend who was suffering and I thought it may help her. This happened on January 17th 2015 the day after my first Homeopathic doctor appointment when she suggested that I do not consume any grains as the biofeedback results showed I was intolerant to all grains including corn. This changed my life in more ways than you can imagine. It was the best thing I could have done! It was a slow process to find foods I could eat in the 9 months that followed but then I was diagnosed with CD & UC and then found

A new shopping list

When shopping at my local grocery store I try to stick to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen but I also try to buy local or Canadian grow when possible. Off seasons if I don’t have fresh in season in my freezer I buy frozen. This way I feel I am getting the freshest fruits and vegetables and won’t be disappointed.


I bought these items in local grocery and health food stores. I like Independent Grocers best because they have the most organic, gluten free and other health food items available.

I also buy Bob’s Red Mill baking powder, baking soda, flax seed and arrowroot powder locally as well as Organic Navitas Naturals coconut sugar also known as coconut crystals.

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The items to the right I was unable to find locally so I had to purchase them online. I used as much as possible. I still look for these items each food shopping trip so I can save money.

I buy JK Gourmet almond flour online and I also get it from the bulk barn.  Dollar wise there is not much difference but factoring shipping charges in changes the dollar amount considerably.  Each week I choose where I spend my money although, I should be buying all organic foods it does get expensive. As you will see it depends on the week and month what I put my money into. I do feel better when I eat organic so I try to go that route as much as possible. The bulk barn is new to me as I have to drive quite a distance and had never shopped there before always worried about cross contamination. I buy nuts, honey, syrup, coconut flour and many other items available.

Fresh produce

I always have these fresh produce on hand for easy prep: zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, shallot/onion, garlic clove, lemon, avocado, apple, carrot and banana. Other items I always have are free range eggs, ghee, coconut oil, homemade almond milk and coconut milk.  I’m still looking for grass fed butter, coconut butter and palm shortening locally. I have some items that are being shipped to me as I write this post so I will post those items later. I hope this information helps you in your shopping trips and saves you money.

Happy paleo food hunting ~Andrea

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