I’ve become one of those people.
You know, the ones that stand in the middle of the aisle analyzing food labels. Brings their own food the cookout instead of eating only from the veggie tray. Yes, that’s me.
About 8 years ago, I decided to cut out red meat from my diet completely. I still had chicken, seafood and the remaining food groups. This was the easiest diet change ever. Seafood was always my favorite form of meat anyways.
As of lately, I have completely eliminated dairy from my diet. And couldn’t be better!
What prompted this is the huge allergic reaction that I had two months ago. Silly me, overindulging in a pint of strawberry ice cream. To later wake up with rashes everywhere but my eyes.
A casein allergy occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly thinks the protein is harmful and produces allergic (IgE) antibodies for protection.
- Swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, face, or throat
- Skin reactions such as hives, a rash, or red, itchy skin
- Nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, or wheezing
What WebMD didn’t mention is that those rashes can happen in your mouth as well. Benedryl did not work!
After I freaked out everyone in my house, I’ve been banned from consuming dairy ever again.
Instead of being completely deprived of my guilty pleasures, I use alternative products.
Here’s a list of my favorite dairy alternatives!
Most of these options are available at Target or your local grocery store.
Of, course sometimes I have food that contains dairy. There is no way to completely eliminate products from your diet unless you make it yourself. But intentionally eliminating dairy from my diet limits the number of flare-ups that I have.