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From: Leslie (coeur_dalene_cuda1_id-eacb02-00-crdlid-70-36-4-242.losaca.adelphia.net)
Subject:         Re: My son and husband both have dairy allergies- HELP!
Date: June 26, 2006 at 6:25 pm PST

In Reply to: My son and husband both have dairy allergies- HELP! posted by Deidre in VA on June 26, 2006 at 8:40 am:

Consider those allergies a blessing in disguise. If you read the China Study, you will know without a doubt why I say that. Dairy is one of those things that is an aberration of culture -- it is nature's food for baby cows, and as such, is not intended for the adults of another species to consume. That said, and I hope you do get the book because it is a good thing to be informed by facts and feel sure of what you are doing; here are some suggestions.

Everybody has different taste. Keep trying alternatives until you find one you do like and don't give up because something you buy tastes like cardboard!! I personally love the taste of Silk, a lot of people seem to because it is a mainstream product now in the dairy case at most supermarkets. I use the plain for cereal and drinking, and for sauces and savory dishes I use unsweetened Westsoy. I also love the flavor of Almond Breeze almond milk -- not the Pacific brand, they are very different.

Tofutti makes a really good cream cheese and sour cream alternative. I don't use them often because they're high in fat, but when you want something like that it's nice to know it's available. Be careful, they make a hydrogenated fat variety and a non-hydrogenated variety, I never use the hydrogenated one.

Silk makes a creamer, but it is very sweet, I do not know what you are using heavy cream for. I have found that changing your diet to a lower fat one eventually means you change recipes to suit that lower fat taste, eventually things you used to like, such as pizza covered with a pound of cheese, for example, are no longer desirable to you. Your tastes DO change and I'm guessing that you can use a lower-fat, lighter product in place of heavy cream and still get a tasty product. For example, instead of cream, I will often simply substitute unsweetened soymilk. You might ask Bryanna over on New Veggies about this, she has great suggestions for making alternatives.

Cheese is always the nemesis of people getting off dairy. It was my last dairy product. I have found that most commercial cheeses either contain casein, or they taste like cardboard. The only one I ever use, and only occasionally, is Follow Your Heart. After a while, you may find that making your own "cheesy" foods using nutritional yeast is preferable, I have made great mac and cheese, quesadillas, grilled "cheese" using Bryanna's Melty Pizza Cheese recipe. Also, I swear to you that after some time you will get used to not having such high-fat foods and your tastes WILL change to where you no longer desire them. I haven't had cheese for six years and can honestly say that it no longer appeals to me. I can get the same feeling from using avocado in a sandwich instead, and I make pizza all the time without cheese and have learned to make it delicious, much closer to what original pizza was anyway.

If you crave ice cream, try the Soy Delicious and Soy Dream brands, they are dead ringers for dairy ice cream. High in fat, still, and not exactly health food, but when you want ice cream they sure fit the bill. Soy Delicious also makes ice cream sandwiches and a wonderful chocolate covered vanilla "ice cream" bar that tastes to me like Dove bars, they're pretty decadent!

Just keep experimenting and remember that tastes are learned, that they can change, that this change is a really positive one. I can tell you that of the 150 ailments dealt with in my Nutritional Healing book, over 1/3 recommend to avoid dairy products. That can't be because "milk does a body good." Living without dairy doesn't mean doing without, we are so lucky to be living in a time when alternatives are mainstream and everywhere you look. Just think if it was the 60's or 70's and there were literally no good-tasting alternatives!!

Good luck, you came to the right place to learn about how you can cut out dairy and still have everything you always ate before!!

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