The holiday season is already well underway, but I know there are some people out there like me that haven't yet finished (or even started!) their shopping. Whether you have someone in your life that already follows the Paleo/GAPS/SCD lifestyle or if you want to inspire someone to take the leap, my top picks for Paleo gift ideas will make it easier! 1.) Practical Paleo- $23.13: An amazing Paleo guide and cookbook. Contains useful, easy to understand information about how/why Paleo works. The recipes are simple, easy to follow, and absolutely delicious. The recipes can all be easily customized for the SCD/GAPS diet (i.e. replacing maple sugar with honey, etc.). Pick up a copy for yourself while you're at it. You won't regret it!
2.) Pyrex Glass Storage Containers- $18.00: A must-have for anyone who wants to reduce their overall chemical exposure. Glass is naturally BPA and chemical-free! Ideal for storing and reheating all of your Paleo leftovers.
3.) Membership at a local food co-op or community supported agriculture (CSA) share- Cost is variable: Both food co-ops and CSAs provide a different way to obtain local, healthy food at reasonable rates. Food co-ops are composed of members that join together to negotiate with several local farmers for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and other products. CSAs involve working one-on-one with a farmer to get a share of seasonal crops or meat. If you can find an organic food co-op or CSA, even better!
4.) Freezer Chest- $269.00: A necessity for storing all the meat from your food co-op or CSA. Makes it easier to cook a bit extra and then store the leftovers. Personally, I don't know what I would do without my freezer chest!
5.) Cast Iron Skillet- $18.97: Cast iron distributes heat evenly for perfect cooking of all of your favorite Paleo foods. Eliminates the risk of chemicals leaching into your food from nonstick cookware and provides an excellent source of nutritional iron. It allows you to cook just like your great-grandmother did!
6.) Paleo Magazine- $30.25/1 year subscription: One of the first magazines dedicated to the Paleo lifestyle and ancestral health. Available in print or digital copies. Contains recipes and interesting articles on Paleo nutrition and health.
7.) Crockpot- $32.74: Ideal for the busy person who follows the Paleo lifestyle. Throw some ingredients together at the beginning of the day and come home to find a hot dinner waiting. The crockpot simplifies the Paleo lifestyle.
8.) Green Pasture Supplements- $30.00 - $60.00: Give the gift of real food supplements- fermented cod liver oil and/or butter oil. I only recommend Green Pastures because their quality is unsurpassed. Available in many different flavors, capsules, or as natural oils. If you are going to take a supplement, it doesn't get any better than this!
9.) Julienne Peeler- $9.99: Ideal for making zucchini "noodles" and other recipes that call for strips of vegetables or fruit. A must-have for every Paleo kitchen!
10.) Individual analysis of the gut microbes and participation in the American Gut Project- $99.00: Find out what bugs are in your gut, how they compare to others, and participate in important research that may revolutionize the way that the scientific and medical communities think about the gut microbiome, diet, and health. $99 provides 1 kit for DNA analysis and customized results. A unique and unforgettable gift for the Paleo enthusiast!
I hope you enjoyed my top 10 picks for Paleo gifts for 2012! What other suggestions do you have for those who follow the Paleo lifestyle?