How to Live with a Dairy Allergy Without Being Miserable

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Having a dairy allergy can be a real pain. It can seem like everything you like or want to eat has milk in it in some form. So what can you do if you have a dairy allergy that will make it so that you can still enjoy good food? I thought for a few years that I had a dairy allergy but have since realized that I actually have gluten intolerance instead. That said, for about three years I didn’t eat or drink any dairy and so I do know quite a bit about how to live without it.

Here are some tips for you: (please note that some of these tips may not work for you if you are also allergic to soy or other ingredients)

1. Use almond or rice milk in place of regular milk. You can not only drink it, but you can make shakes with it, use it in cooking and pretty much in any place of regular milk. You can also use soy milk but I personally recommend that you avoid it because of some of the side effects that too much soy has for many people.

2. Use soy cheese in place of regular cheese. This is cheese made from soy milk. It tastes quite good.

3. Learn how to cook with spices, oils, herbs, and other sauces that are dairy free. Examples include: olive oil, soy sauce, and other similar things. You can use these to flavor your food without dairy and they taste quite good and are lower fat which is always a plus.

4. Experiment with tofu, and other vegetable based products that are often used in place of cheese or butter.

5. Enjoy sorbet and other non-dairy deserts in place of ice cream. There are quite a few of them available today.

Thoughts? Other ideas?

Cooking with Essential Oils

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Have you ever thought about cooking with essential oils? I know I never did until a few months ago when I began researching it. That said, I now love cooking with them and here are a few tips you can use to cook with essential oils successfully.

1. Make sure that whatever essential oil you use to cook with is safe to use. You cannot just use any and ever oil and many store bought brands are harmful when digested so you need to read the directions on the bottle and make sure you can use it.

2. For best results use only essential oils that you would use the herb equivalent of in cooking. Examples include black pepper, rosemary, cilantro, lemon and orange.

3. Be careful and use only a few drops. If you put in too much you will get a very strong taste.

4. Add the oil midway through cooking. If you add it at the beginning it doesn’t work as well from my experience and if you wait until your food is already cooked then the flavor doesn’t absorb as much into the food.

5. Experiment with different combinations and see what works best for you.

Enjoy!

7 Warning Signs that You Are Allergic to Wheat

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Are you allergic to wheat? Do you think that you might be? Here are seven warning signs that you may be allergic to wheat.

1. Increase in allergies after eating anything with wheat in it. These can be sinus allergies, headaches or other allergy symptoms.

2. Heartburn. Do you get an increase in heartburn after eating wheat? Many people do. I know I used to when I ate it which I don’t anymore.

3. Stomach problems. These are quite common and if they are severe, they are one of the main reasons that people have celliac disease so you will want to be tested for that if you have a lot of stomach problems after eating anything with wheat or gluten in it.

4. Fatique. Does eating wheat make you tired?

5. Muscle pain. This can be related to stomach pain but can be different as well.

6. Difficulties loosing weight. If you are allergic to wheat and you eat a lot of wheat or flour products you will struggle to loose weight. Even people who are not allergic to wheat can benefit from staying off of it while loosing weight.

7. Difficulty concentrating. This can be another problem especially for anyone with any kind of ADD/ADHD or other problem that already makes this difficult.

What questions do you have about being allergic to wheat?