Flour SugarDuring the last three months we have overhauled our diet. For the backstory as to why can be found here and here. As I started revamping the family menu, I found it so much easier when I saw what other people kept in their kitchens or, if they have alopecia areata, what they avoided. Because I didn’t even know what I didn’t know, seeing what others were doing gave me the starting point I needed.

So, for those out there who are trying to go in a whole foods direction, for whatever reason, below are highlights of what I keep in my kitchen at any given time.

Vegetables

  • Bok choi
  • Carrots
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Leaf lettuce, dark (no iceberg)
  • Onions, green or white
  • Peppers (red, orange, yellow)

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Avocadoes
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Olives, green and black
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

Dairy

  • Soy-free buttery spread, (Earth Balance in tub or baking sticks)
  • Vanilla almond milk
  • Vanilla rice milk

Grains

  • Gluten-free bread (Udi’s)
  • Gluten-free oats (Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned gluten-free oats)
  • Rice Krispies (gluten free)

Baking

  • Almond flour
  • Almond extract
  • Amaranth flour
  • Arrowroot flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Gluten free flour (Namaste)
  • Millet flour
  • Spices (cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg)
  • Stevia
  • Vanilla extract

(I still keep granulated and brown sugars on hand but have reduced how often we use them) 

Meat

I buy all my meat products at Costco

  • Beef, ground
  • Chicken, broth and breasts (breasts are canned or frozen)
  • Salmon, canned (used primarily in salads)

Oils

  • Agave nectar
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Olive oil

Seeds ‘n Such

  • Almonds, unblanched
  • Pumpkins seeds, raw
  • Sea salt
  • Sunflower seeds, raw

NOTE: Because of allergies, we don’t consume wheat, soy, peanuts, pork, sesame seeds, ginger, asparagus, cauliflower, navy beans, tomatoes, or raspberries.