Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living by Alisa Marie Fleming is one of these books worth reading. At first, I thought it would have some good substitutes and recipes for Bubs who is allergic to milk, but after reading it, I realize how much more healthy our whole family would be free from dairy.
Since reading this and talking with others, we have decided to completely eliminate milk from GirlyGirl's diet (you can read about that here), and significantly limit milk from the little girls' diet. That is to say, we don't offer them dairy at home, but they do still get it at daycare provided meals, etc.
Alisa breaks her book into several sections, including a health perspective of a dairy-free lifestyle, eating away from home, preparing your kitchen, dairy substitutes, recipes, and listing tons of resources.
She begins by sharing her story of growing up with a milk allergy. It's amazing the difference in knowledge from then and now. She goes on to explain the different types of milk, milk allergies, and lactose intolerance. She describes many health conditions that may be related to having milk in our diet. She also breaks down the nutrients that are in milk and reveals other sources of those nutrients available to us in different foods.
Eating away from home with special diet needs can be challenging, and Alisa offers a variety of tips for restaurant dining, social events, and traveling with a milk-free diet in mind.
Decoding food labels can be overwhelming if you are new to label reading, and Alisa does a wonderful job of illustrating the various types of food labels you might find and how to read them. This knowledge will give you confidence when shopping in the grocery store to provide safe food for your family.
Substituting milk in recipes can also take a bit of knowledge and skill, and Go Dairy Free offers several tips for equivalent substitutes for milk products. There are several options for dairy-free milk (or non-dairy beverages), and many of the options are outlined with great detail including ingredients, allergy information, taste, uses, how to purchase, storage, and how to make your own. There is also great information about butter and oils, listing which oils are the best for certain types of cooking. Dairy-free cheese and yogurt are a must in our house, both for eating and cooking/baking, and Alisa does a nice job of offering recipes and types of products available.
A large section of Go Dairy Free is recipes, some of which I will be trying with my family in the near future. As a food allergy family, you can never have too many safe recipes.
I thought I knew a lot about the milk allergy world having lived in it for 9 years, but after reading this book, I feel more knowledgeable and confidant in my shopping, cooking, and talking with others.
I am happy to say that I have an extra signed copy of Go Dairy Free to give away to one lucky individual.
To be eligible* to win, simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment below with your name and email address. Be sure to like my Facebook page to see updates! This giveaway is open until 10:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. One randomly selected winner will be announced thereafter and notified by email. Winner has 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected.
*You may enter once per person. You must be at least 18 and have a US mailing address to enter.
You can see more of what Alisa has to offer on her website www.godairyfree.org. It is full of information, recipes, substitution suggestions, and resources. Go check it out!