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6/14/15 11:58 A

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I have been reading labels for over 30 years. Yes it takes more time in the grocery store but I found that I spend most of my grocery time in the fresh fruit, veg and meat dept that there are few labels to read.

Start with what you have in your home right now. These will probably be your favorite things so start with their labels. If you find something in your pantry that you love but contains an allergen you have two choices, make it yourself from scratch or find a substitute that will be your next favorite thing. I think you will find that most of the things with soy as I have found most of the things with dairy are probably things that you can live without, such as baked goods, lunch meats, canned prepared foods and condiments or things you can make that will taste better anyway.

When you go grocery shopping do it on a day and time that the store is not crowded, and a time when you are not rushed. Don't try to read everything but choose a few of things you feel you will be using in the next few days and read the labels and compare. Pretty soon you will only need to scan the labels because the words will jump out at you. Also things like "contains soy" are usually listed in the allergy alert, at least in Ontario they are so that is a good place to start.

Don't forget that even your favorites will change their recipe from time to time so ALWAYS CHECK the label. I had the greatest bread that did not contain milk, then one shopping trip it did, I was very unhappy about it but then started reading labels again and found another bread almost as tasty and it cost less so it turned into a win.

Again start small, read what you have on hand now so you know which of your faves are okay. Then look at recipes here and online or at the library in their cookbook section. I think it is much easier to avoid soy than it is to avoid milk, just look at the recipes even on SP; so many include milk or cheese but no soy.
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6/14/15 11:34 A

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I have been on an extended break from SP and just recently decided to come back. That being said, I recently had an ALCAT (anybody here had one of those, what was your reaction?) and found that I am severely intolerant to several things but the biggest problem for me to give up is soy. They put that in everything nowadays. I am having trouble figuring out what I can eat and dealing with how expensive allergen free foods are. My doctor says that this could be causing my headaches and joint pain and being overweight, but at 50 years old I am having problems adjusting to reading labels all the time (never had to do that before, not really). I really want to try this, but can't seem to get started.

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