Having multiple food allergies does not mean not enjoying food. It simply means changing your diet and seeking out allergy-friendly foods that are safe to eat. There are plenty of delicious allergy-friendly foods that make great substitutes for foods that have your food allergens in them. Keep reading to discover some amazing gluten-free and dairy-free products.
A little history of my food allergies
Five years ago, I discovered that food allergies were the cause of my severe asthma symptoms. Through an elimination diet and a food allergy blood test, I discovered that what I thought was a milk lactose issue was instead a dairy allergy. My whole life I thought that feeling sick after eating milk and ice cream was due to having lactose problems. After failing a milk lactose test and having allergy food testing done, I discovered that I was allergic to all dairy products.
A dairy allergy is quite different than a dairy lactose issue, as I discovered it 5 years ago. A dairy allergy means that you are allergic to milk proteins ~ whey and casein. While a milk lactose issue means that you can’t digest the lactose or sugar in the milk. Both issues can cause nausea, and vomiting, the symptoms that I had after consuming milk products. I later learned that a lactose issue causes symptoms in the gut like gas and diarrhea and a milk allergy can have symptoms like eczema and breathing issues.
I simply thought that my asthma symptoms were from seasonal allergies until my asthma got so bad that I could not eat, talk, or sleep without having an asthmatic coughing fit. Once I stopped eating all dairy products, my asthma got better. I still have seasonal allergies that trigger my asthma but I am doing an allergy shot treatment to cure my seasonal allergies.
Foods that I avoid
Through food allergy testing and a food allergy elimination diet, I discovered that I am allergic to dairy, mushrooms, and soy protein. I am temporarily avoiding wheat as I receive allergy shots as it has been giving me issues with my asthma symptoms and breathing. Eating wheat has been causing more inflammation in my lungs. The allergy shots are increasing inflammation in my lungs, so I am hoping that I can safely eat wheat again once my allergy shot build-up phase is done in three months.
I discovered so many delicious dairy-free and gluten-free products
I am so glad that there are many choices for dairy-free and gluten-free food items. As I am writing this article, I am on the train heading to California for an event called Expo West. This is a huge event where all the natural product industry people get together to showcase their natural products. Since I write about natural products, I got an invitation to attend the huge expo.
I will be able to see and taste so many products that are made with dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients. Not all the products at the event will be allergy-friendly so I will have to the labels on the products. Since the natural market is all about using healthy ingredients, the brands expect the buyers to want to know what ingredients are in the products. So I can ask them questions about their products and feel safe eating them.
I have connected with some brands before the show and I made a list of products that I am excited to sample at Expo West.
1. MALK Organics
2. Gimme Seaweed
3. Maria and Ricardo’s Tortillas
4. Jornad’s Skinny Mixes
5. (re)zip Reusable Storage Bags
MALK ~ is a dairy-free and plant-based milk. With only 3-5 ingredients in each of their organic products, it is made with clean ingredients. Unlike other plant-based milk, MALK products have no dairy, gums, fillers, or carrageenan. Products include Unsweetened Almond and Original Oat, Vanilla Almond, Vanilla Oat, Chocolate Almond, and Chocolate Oat.
Check them out ~ https://malkorganics.com
Gimme Seaweed ~ is an umami-rich roasted seaweed snack that are USDA Organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified. These seaweed snacks have only 30 calories per serving and are rich in vitamins B12 & K and iodine. Products include Sea Salt & Avocado Oil, Teriyaki, Chili Lime, and Non-Dairy White Cheddar.
Check them out ~ https://gimmesnacks.com
Maria and Ricardo’s ~ is a baker of high-quality, wholesome, and delicious tortillas. While not all their tortillas are gluten-free, they are all dairy-free. This company has 2 options for gluten-free tortillas ~ gluten-free and almond flour with several flavor options. All the tortillas are made with Non-GMO ingredients.
Check them out ~ https://mariaandricardos.com
Jordan’s Skinny Mixes ~ is a leading manufacturer of low-calorie cocktail mixes, zero-sugar coffee syrups, sauce toppings, and on-the-go flavor bursts. All the products are dairy-free and gluten-free. Jordan’s Skinny Mixes come in a ton of flavors from fruity to salted caramel, vanilla, mocha, and more.
Check them out ~ www.skinnymixes.com
(re)zip Reusable Storage Bags ~ are the original food-safe, lightweight, leakproof, freezer-safe reusable storage bags. These bags are made of 100% food-grade PEVA. These bags come in many sizes and are great for food storage, traveling, gym stuff, baby gear, pet supplies, and more.
Check them out ~ rezip.com
These are just some of the many gluten-free and dairy-free products that I will be checking out. I am looking forward to sampling plant-based ice cream, gluten-free cookies, plant-based hard-boiled eggs, allergy-friendly drinks, and snacks that are made without wheat, soy, and dairy. After I attend the event, I will make sure to share many other gluten-free and dairy-free products that I enjoyed eating.