Calcium isn't the only consideration. The milk/alternatives provide some different nutrients to the veges. A person can only have so many of the latter - I usually have 10-11 serves per day of them.. Some people don't need the extra fibre that comes with them.
After I discovered my dairy allergy, four different doctors and my dentist recommended to me the book, The China Study, by Colin Campbell, a noted nutritionist and researcher for almost 50 years who also happened to grow up on a dairy farm. It explains why milk doesn't do any of us much good and why the American dairy industry spends millions on advertising every year. [Note: although Campbell advocates for no meat, the many research studies he quotes are on milk, not meat products.]
Another good book, recommended to me by 2 doctors, is The Whole Soy Story, by Kaayla Daniel, also a nutritionist expert. Kaayla dispassionately explains in great/scientific detail why most soy products (except the slow-processed fermented kind) are not good for you and why most people who are allergic/sensitive to milk products are or will eventually become allergic or sensitive to soy products. It'll curl your hair--and teach you the 25 different names for soy disguised as filler in foods because it's cheap.
You don't need either milk or soy. Drink almond milk with your cereal, and get more usable calcium from your dark green leafy vegetables, etc. That's what I've been doing for the last 20 years and my bone density tests are better than most people's half my age!
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My 17 year old son has had "SEVERE" food allergies to ALL dairy products. He has had this all his life. I am finding you have to read the ingredients constantly because they change all the time. Bread is a big one that changes. I need to find new healthy recipes that i can fix for everyone in my family! Any suggestions?
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I am also Lactose Intolerance and have found atleast 2 different Milk that is lactose free...also the is noe a few different companies out with Dairy Free IceCream along with Lactose free Cheeses everything from cheddar to swiss, gouda. Goat Cheese is also good if you are Lactose Intolerance.
You're welcome. I'm allergic to soy also. So many things have it in them. I found Purely Decadent (by Turtle Mountain) has no soy in it. It's made with coconut milk. Vanilla Bean is soooo good. You can go to their site and look up stores that sell it. You could also ask a local health food store to stock it if they don't yet.
I have a dairy allergy as well. I drink rice milk and it's okay & i drink it because my son is also allergic to dairy, soy, coconut & a list of other things. It's so hard because I LOVE ICE CREAM!!!!! I'm making some progress by taking it 1 day at a time.
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I do too. The allergist told me it's not just a milk intolerance where you can use lactaid. I did put it to the test though, using lactaid and having lots of milk products not long ago, and I developed sores on my head, along with swollen glands and the other symptoms you get with a milk allergy. I use almond milk instead of regular milk, and it's really good. I find the store catalinas give me coupons for it all the time too. A real plus. I also have discovered that health food stores sell things like yogurt and ice cream that don't have milk in them -they either use rice or coconut -so those are great to try and they're quite yummy. Once you get searching for substitutes, it can be fun to see what you find.
Dairy if one of my multiple food allergies, although a low one, so I use almond milk almost exclusively. I do still eat cheese and haven't noticed any huge problems, although I've been cutting down on all dairy--hoping it'll help w/ weight loss.
I too don't use the meal plans; I've tried them a couple of times but had to substitute/swap out so many foods to cover allergies, availability, etc., it hardly seemed worth it. Tracking is probably the BEST thing I do, though, as far as controlling my eating.
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Most with a "Dairy Allergy" actually have a "Dairy Intolerance" and can eat things like low fat yoghurt or low fat cheese, still, but if it IS a true allergy, then you can use Tofu or Rice Milk, Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Oat Milk in place of ordinary milk. Just make sure that it is Protein and Calcium enriched because some have none or very little protein and most haven't got any calcium.
I don't use the meal plan at all - I just enter my own stuff. Being in the Southern Hemisphere it is rather difficult to get northern summer stuff in our winter, and also a lot we can't get here or it is called something entirely different so would know what it is anyway! It can sometimes take a while to enter everything into your Favourites but once you have it there, just check occasionally with manufactured products because the occasionally change their recipes. Also, IF you import from other members be VERY VERY careful, because I have randomly looked at them, and man, talk about mistakes! Things like entering foods like MEAT - but there are no calories ???? or they have the other nutritional facts way up the wop! I often wonder if some of them wonder why they may not be making the progress that they feel they should!
Anyway, good luck with you journey, and if you have any questions, just ask.
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