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Cow Milk Alternatives for Allergy Sufferers

Updated on February 1, 2018
Give up cow milk and take back your life!
Give up cow milk and take back your life! | Source

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?!

Milk alternatives allow people with cow milk allergies to enjoy food again.
Milk alternatives allow people with cow milk allergies to enjoy food again. | Source

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?

There's a learning curve to figuring out what your symptoms mean.  Consider an allergy to cow milk!
There's a learning curve to figuring out what your symptoms mean. Consider an allergy to cow milk! | Source

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 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.

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!

Combine Nuts and Grains for an Amazing Cow Milk Alternative!

Alternative Recipes

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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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    13 days ago from the short journey

    Cecil Kenmill:

    People have a variety of reasons for ditching cow's milk. Thanks for checking out this look at the options.

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    Cecil Kenmill 

    13 days ago from Osaka, Japan

    Good stuff, here!

    Maybe it's just me but it seems like cow's milk is in decline. People are waking up. They try the options then they don't look back.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from the short journey

    Thanks for stopping in. I hope your wife finds it useful. The alternatives are different, but such a blessing to those who cannot tolerate cow's milk.

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    Dale Anderson 

    11 months ago from The High Seas

    My wife uses almond milk and a few other alternative but i can't get with her on it. I grew up on a farm, next to a dairy and they gave us free milk so...yes, I am a milk addict. Good hub though, I'll pass it along to my wife, I think she will enjoy it.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks much for stopping in and leaving your comment. If you are dealing with issues re cow milk, "sometimes" can turn into "what's wrong with me" at an unexpected and inconvenient time. It seems daunting, at first, but taking the plunge to eliminate cow milk from your diet is so worth it.

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    4 years ago

    I'm amazed at all the helpful tips. I'm not sure, but I may have an intolerance for cow milk. I should try the almond milk. I have noticed a few symptoms after eating bowl of cereal, sometimes.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Any kind of cheddar would do me in, for sure, but you could have something else going on if you've never had a problem like this before.

    Goat milk is very healthy and easily digested. We use less of it now than we used to because of the calories. It's such good stuff and we could make ice creams, cheese cakes, ... Now, we use mostly almond milk, some oat milk, and save goat cheeses for other dishes, particularly desserts. :]

    Appreciate your visit and kind input.

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    7 years ago from NY

    I can'r believe this, for the past 2-3 weeks my stomach has not been right AT ALL! Very painful and uncomfortable. I am scheduled to see a doctor tomorrow but just two days ago I decided to eliminate dairy from my diet, and yesterday was the first day I had a normal stomach. Then at about 3 in the morning I woke up with stomach pains again that lasted most of the day and remembered that I had a cheddar flavored snack before going to bed.

    I am curious to know if this indeed is a milk allergy and am going to try substituting with goats milk. I have learned that goats milk is extremely healthy for you and many who suffer from milk allergies can drink goats milk with no worries.

    Thanks for sharing this hub, voted up and very useful. Take care- Rob.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey


    The milk substitutes allow us to enjoy a more normal way of eating, don't they? So glad you shared your experience with soy products. Have you written a hub about it? I'm hearing of more and more people, not just milk allergic but vegans, etc., who are having side effects from concentrated soy. If you write a hub about it let me know and I'll try to link it to this one.

    Thanks ever so much for stopping by and leaving your input!

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    Christina M. Castro 

    8 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

    Hello, this is a subject for my everyday life. I certainly am enjoying my milk substitutes, such as Rice Dream,Coconut milk by Silk and Occasionally Almond milk. I had to give up the Soy Milk products because it had a strong effect on my Progesterone and Estrogen levels that it put me in the hospital twice for uterine hemorrhage. Once I stopped drinking Soymilk altogether my hormonal balance improved and I don't have that problem any more. I can tolerate some cheeses and yogurt. I thank you for your hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    It's great when people share their experiences to help those wondering if they would benefit from exchanging cow milk products with the variety of replacements that are available. Thanks so much for joining in the conversation!

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    Carrie L Cronkite 

    8 years ago from Maine

    Recently, I starting drinking almond and soy milk, and have noticed a big improvement in my digestive system. No more bloating, rumbling or the D problem. My favorite is the almond milk.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    It's good that you don't have to suffer side effects from consuming cow milk products, but you might want to do some research on which are the safest if you are going to consume them.

    Ouch on the bananas...never heard of that one! Hopefully you can eat other good-for-you fruits.

    Thanks much for stopping by and commenting!

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    8 years ago from Colorado

    Happily I am not allergic to milk products. My allergy is bananas and I don't know of a banana substitute. I loved those things when I could eat em. Sigh...

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much. There is a lot to learn, for sure. Sometimes we just need to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us and ditch the docs. Just kidding on ditch the docs, but we can usually benefit from fewer visit with the doc and more care of our bodies.

    Appreciate your input!

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    Boo McCourt 

    8 years ago from Washington MI

    Excellent resource for allergy sufferers. I tend to favor the almond milk. So much to learn. Especially when you have a doctor who does very little to help with alternatives.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much! Appreciate the comments and the tip on Soystation products. I'll be checking it out asap.

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    8 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

    Great information! Being a vegan....I could never imagine ever consuming dairy products and now there are so many fabulous alternatives. I have recently fallen in love with Soystation shredded cheese that melts perfectly. After many years and trying every product...I can finally make the best homemade pizza! lol People don't realize how good they can feel without certain products in their diet.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Appreciate your coming by! Thanks much. I think there are more people dealing with the problem than is realized!

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    Sunnie Day 

    8 years ago

    Milk/cheese does not do this body good either. :)I do love the alternatives..Thank you for an informative post.


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