This month is ‘Moovember’ and many people are going dairy free to raise awareness of Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). CMPA sucks. It sucks for the person suffering from it, it sucks for the parent dealing with it and it sucks for the friends and family trying to offer support.
But, instead of focusing on the difficulties, I thought I’d focus on some positives for a change!
I have already shared my top tips for going dairy free but here are 5 unexpected benefits:
Discovering new treats
If we had not been dairy free we would not have discovered Swedish Glace, the ice cream that even my husband says is ‘better than the real thing’! I would not have discovered how great Green and Black’s Maya dark chocolate is and I would not have discovered Biscoff spread!
Cooking up a storm
Dealing with food allergies means having to cook a lot of food from scratch, experimenting with new recipes and getting baking, which I love. It’s also a great way to get the kids in the kitchen and excited about food.
Why didn’t I know this in my 20s?! I am slim, active and have always eaten fairly well but could never shift my lumpy thighs. Now, they are smooth as a baby’s bottom. Forget expensive creams or hours in the gym, just give up dairy!
Saving money on cake
I love cake. But when you are dairy free, going out for coffee or any meal can be tricky. It doesn’t stop me going and taking my own treats, but it’s a great way to save some money!
When you or your child is dealing with an allergy it is important to have the support of your friends and family. You soon realise who the special people are in your life are when they will go out of their way to cater for you or your child.
Have you noticed any unexpected benefits of going dairy free?
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