I believe that the only way to avoid the dairy allergy is to eliminate it completely from your diet by finding and eating dairy-free food.
After much study and research I realized that avoiding dairy will keep you allergy free, but is also the best for your health! How do you find dairy-free food?
I want to provide you with some tips below to help you find food to live a dairy-free life.
One thing you need to understand is that dairy is everywhere and is in unlikely places.
As I began my journey for dairy-free food I began to see dairy in things that I was unaware of.
Dairy is found in chocolate cake, pudding, ice cream, and in the cream of broccoli soup.
Yogurt is also made from dairy, and so is whip cream, and cheese.
With all the things that diary is in, it can be challenging to find the food you can eat.
Here are a few things I’ve learned:
When you are in the grocery store you have to relentlessly check the labels when you are looking for dairy-free food.
Most of the time you will see it in bold on the nutritious label if the product has dairy in it, but I still think you need to read every ingredient.
There have been times where I have seen in fine print casein or lactose, but it was not mentioned in bold!
You will also want to see if it has “whey”, because this is the liquid plasma portion of cow’s milk.
You also want to pay close attention if it says “may contain dairy”, or if it says that the food was produced in a facility that contains dairy.
As you begin to eliminate dairy from your diet and try to find dairy-free food, you will notice that grocery shopping is a challenge, but overtime you will get better at it.
Food plays an important role in social settings and with families.
Social settings can be some of the most awkward moments when eating to avoid dairy.
When you attempt to eat dairy-free food, the looks, the comments, the questioning can be annoying.
I still remember my mother having a very hard time with my son’s allergies.
She continued to make things that contained dairy, and I would have to explain to her “just because it doesn’t have milk doesn’t mean that butter does not come from milk!”
You have to communicate to your friends, parents, and other parties, and your kids, that you eat dairy-free food.
Whenever we visit family we have also offered to cook a dairy free option so that we could enjoy and show others that eating dairy free food is not bad.
You also have to help your child understand in social settings that they cannot have certain types of food.
At times our son has had a hard time accepting this, but we would try to counter this by making something special for our son to eat.
Eating out is very difficult when trying to eat dairy-free food. Whenever we eat at a restaurant we try to stick to vegan places because we know these are safe for us.
Obviously, some towns do not have many vegan options, so the best thing to do is to check the menu.
If we choose to eat somewhere else we ask the waitress how the food is prepared and what is in it?
It is best to be specific about your need for dairy-free food.
A waitress may know that milk was not used, but was butter used?
Does it contain cheese? If the food does contain it we usually ask if they can prepare it another way.
Eating dairy-free food is difficult to do at first, but once you make the transition then eating this way becomes the norm for you and your family.
The positive about this transition is that it is better for your health in the long run!
There are still times that I don’t feel normal or have normal kids, but I remind myself that we eat much healthier than others do.