Cow Milk Alternatives for Allergy Sufferers
Do I Need Cow Milk Alternatives for My Digestive System?
What Is Wrong With Me?!
• Are the symptoms in your digestive system unpredictable?
• Could you unknowingly be suffering from a milk allergy?
• Can you depend on your digestion to respond reliably to foods?
• Is your digestive system erratic?
• Does eating "normally" upset your digestive tract?
• Do you hesitate to participate in activities you love because of an unexplained digestive disorder?
• Is life on hold while you try to figure out what's wrong with your digestive system?
Could you be intolerant or even allergic to the innumerable common foods that contain cow's milk?!
Do You Need fo Ask Yourself, "Could I Benefit from an Alternative Milk?"
First it’s the stabbing pains in the stomach, sometimes severe ones. Then it’s rumbling, tumbling stomach and guts. Next comes the D word, only you never can tell exactly when it will hit or how many times before the last phase of an episode caused by getting even a little too much cow milk in the digestive system sets in.
Finally, when things settle down, they really settle down and there’s the C word to deal with. Symptoms of pain, diarrhea, and constipation can really interrupt one’s life when they come and go on an irregular basis, hitting when least expected, and perhaps not all the same each time.
Maybe there will be just the D word to deal with and only a little of the C word. Perhaps it will all hit with such force that life comes to a screeching halt. Could the answer be as simple as replacing cow milk in the diet with an alternative?
Diagnosing Digestive Disorders Due to Cow's Milk Allergy
The situation is even worse yet if you don’t have a diagnosis to help you understand what is happening to your digestive system. Doctors can upset your life all the more if their conclusion is not correct.
“Learn to handle the stresses in life better”--and that was when I had the least amount of stress! Finally, one doctor out of many suggested going off all dairy for 6 weeks. He instructed me to read all labels and not put any cow milk in my mouth from any source.
In two weeks I was a new person. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it. All of sudden one of my favorite foods became an enemy. I began reacting to it on an emotional level like it was a fast-acting poison. Before the proof came, I thought the doctor must be grasping at straws, but I was so sick I tried his recommendation.
Now that I’ve gained some experience along with the knowledge of what I am dealing with by having a bad digestive reaction to cow's milk, I manage both my physical and emotional reactions much better.
Managing a Cow Milk Allergy Successfully is Not Hard!
Reading about this more-common-than-you-might-think allergy and applying the knowledge is a key factor to improvement. I only wish I had known to teach my children of the dangers of modern processed cow milk products when they were young.
My hope on that note is that as more awareness of the concerns are advertised they will be able to match the symptoms to any health concerns they have because it appears that the symptoms we notice most immediately may only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what today’s cow milk can do to our bodies.
One of the foods I knew I would miss the most is just plain milk. Milk for cereal, milk for cooking, milk for drinking with brownies...you know the story. Well, the difficulty of not using milk in my kitchen is not completely solved but it's not difficult to research solutions.
Combine Nuts and Grains for an Amazing Cow Milk Alternative!
I’ve been delighted to find that companies have been developing better and better products to use instead of milk. There are rice, oat, soy, and almond milks. My preferences for my uses are almond or oat milk, however, my friend prefers the soy (but I cannot explain using it under any circumstances--yuk to me, yet a delight to her).
As well, many people have been developing recipes for using these cow milk alternatives. Wonderful new ones are being posted all the time, and I find that the substitutes can be used in many traditional recipes.
Just think of a bowl of fluffy white mashed potatoes, or those chunky mashed potato recipes called “dirty potatoes” that leave the skins on, or those lumpy mashed potatoes with bits of garlic and chives. What would they be without milk?
Well, a tasty and healthy substitute is to combine chicken broth with one of the substitutes. I prefer the oat milk for potato recipes, but my friend still loves the soy milk for them. She says the soy picks up any flavor it is put with, but I can still taste it in mashed potatoes...again, not for me.
And what about those wonderful cheese appetizers? Yes, I am limited, but I have better health. True feta (don’t be fooled by modern versions that are made with cow milk, ask!) or goat cheese are the only cheeses for me to eat. You can also make your pizzas and other Italian foods using feta with tofu for a lower calorie version because the rich, spicy flavors do cover any soy taste.
Digestive problems due to a cow's milk allergy is not the end of the world. Once I wondered how I would live without that food, now I know why I was miserable for so long. If you have symptoms that you can't seem to solve, make a serious effort to eliminate this product from your life for a while. You may be as surprised as I was!
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These ideas are only a springboard for anyone looking to find ways to take care of a milk allergy (or that of a loved one), but they can take you a long way towards using substitutes for cow milk products in your food planning. Alternative recipes are easy to find on the web, but they are also easy to develop on your own. Happy substituting!
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