The Art of a Messy House
I am always amazed at how many different kinds of milks are out there now. From rice milk to soy to almond to now even milks like hemp and oat, it fascinates me how many choices exist.
Aside from my son having a severe allergy to cow’s milk, I myself have always had a sensitivity to it. As a young girl, I would often sneak around and dump my whole milk down the sink when my parents were not looking to avoid the stomach aches I would sometimes get. (Sorry Mom & Dad!)
During my pregnancy with my son, strangely enough I had none of my typical symptoms to cow’s milk. Then sure enough right after he was born, those old sensitivities started up again. That is when I started to switch between cow’s milk and almond milk.
Then came TJ’s anaphylactic reaction to yogurt. For many reasons that I will discuss in another post, I felt like continuing to breastfeeding him despite his multiple food allergies was the right decision for him…for us. At the time, his allergies to coconut, soy, cow’s milk, oats, almond and other nuts made the only option rice milk. Therefore, I drank rice milk for 5 months until he passed an oral food challenge to soy. That is when I started to drink soy milk for the next month of the elimination diet. Even though it has been over 4 months since I stopped breastfeeding, I have still been only drinking soy milk. During this time, the stomach pains that I had experienced most of my life were almost non-existent.
After reading up on milks recently and trying to really restore my gut health, I personally felt that I needed to open my diet up to several different types now. Therefore, I have just started to alternate between cow’s milk, almond, oat, and soy. With all of that being said, here are some interesting articles about different milk options. Hoping you find them as interesting as me, we smile on…
When I think of toddlers and young children, there are some foods that I view of as staples. Many of these common snacks, TJ cannot have yet due to his allergies. Aside from the obvious ones like yogurt, yogurt bites, and cheese sticks…
There are a bunch of others that contain milk, wheat, or some of the other allergens that some people, including myself may not have known before this.
- Cheerios – contains wheat & oats
2. Rice Krispies – contains malt flavoring which is usually made from the gluten grain, barley
3. Goldfish – (although made with smiles) – contains wheat and dairy
4. RITZ Crackers – contains wheat and barley
(It also contains soy but TJ can eat soy now.)
This is an excellent resource about hidden dairy in products for all ages.
These are just some of the common yummy toddler snacks that TJ cannot yet have. However, we have faith that he will one day be able to try these delicious products. In the meantime, we are very thankful all of the products TJ can safely snack on now and as he continues to get older. For now, we must look at the bright side. TJ has one of the healthiest diet ever so with that positive thought, we snack and smile on …
Like peanuts, we had the components of dairy tested during our last round of blood work. This is food that TJ has the greatest amount of IgE present for.
In December: 16.9 (CLASS IV)
In April: 53 (CLASS V)
(Now) in August: 33.20 (CLASS V)
The protein breakdown (of the milk proteins that were tested) is as follows:
- ALPHA LACTALBUMIN – 7.18 (CLASS IV)
- BETA LACTOGLOBULIN – 21.70 (CLASS V)
- CASEIN – 20.50 (CLASS V)
INFORMATION FROM THIS BREAKDOWN:
- TJ has high levels to lactoglobulin and casein. Because casein is a heat stable, TJ’s body is very unlikely to be able to tolerate baked items with milk/dairy ingredients.
- High casein levels have also been associated to many people having a more difficult time outgrowing the allergy.
Because having faith is what we do, we continue to smile on …