Being diagnosed with a dairy allergy (also known as cow's milk allergy) and having to avoid your favorite foods can feel overwhelming and sometimes pretty sad. It's hard to imagine meals and snacks without milk, butter, cheese and ice cream when those foods are staples in your diet.
In addition to being tasty foods, milk products are a good source of important nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein, just to name a few. Children with this allergy are particularly at risk for nutrient deficiencies as foods such as cheese sticks, yogurt, pudding, and flavored milk are good sources of these nutrients and are usually well-accepted by kids.
Even though eliminating these foods from your diet can create some nutrition gaps, it is not impossible to get adequate nutrition without cow's milk and foods containing it. It might just take some extra planning and effort.
You can also enlist the help of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who can help you make sure you're getting the nutrition you need despite dietary restrictions.
When we had to start avoiding dairy, it really changed the way we ate. Many of the foods we ate on a regular basis had milk derived ingredients but could be made without those ingredients using dairy substitutes.
If you have just started avoiding dairy products, you will be able to do the same. Like eating with any food allergy, it just takes an open mind and some creativity.
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