My favorite food growing up was milk. I could easily drink milk all day if offered. Yogurt was also a constant companion. I really never thought I had any issues with it, bloating and gas were just normal for me. I also struggled with acne, asthma, and sinus infections throughout my childhood. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I never correlated dairy as a root cause of any of my ailments until I had children. Each of my kids had milk protein allergies as babies so I had to eliminate all dairy. My son was 8 months old when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I breastfed both of them for over a year. I thought I could go back on dairy after I was done breastfeeding and immediately, my skin regressed to my teenage years. Of course, my hormones were all over the place so I attributed it to that. It took me almost 3 years to figure out, dairy was part of my problem after going on an anti-inflammatory diet as a last resort. I really haven’t looked back since. It’s a way of life now. Do I miss dairy? Yes! I love it, but it’s just not worth it for me. I am one of those who won’t have an anaphylactic reaction but I have a delayed reaction. I don’t get sick as often, and I don’t have horrible sinus headaches anymore. My skin is better than it’s been in a long time.
Grocery shopping dairy free can be like an obstacle course at first. You have to become a label detective and study the ingredient list. Even if a product states its non dairy, like non dairy creamers, it can still contain dairy in the form of whey or casein. Make sure you double-check any label for sources of milk. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network recommends to pay close attention to are the following products at the supermarket:
Artificial butter flavor
Non Dairy Products
Look out for these dairy derived ingredients on the label.
Some resources for dairy free grocery shopping are:
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Also, check with your local supermarket to see if they have a dietitian on staff who can help you.