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Dairy Free and Happy! by Michelle Diana Lowe

Dairy Free and Happy! is a book aimed at children to help them understand their allergies, or could be used with classes of children or friends and family of a person with an allergy. The text is simple to understand and the pictures are bright, colourful and fun.
This is a lovely book that looks at children as children but also as an individual having an input into their own lives. It is positive and enthusiastic about childhood even when confronted by allergies so inspires an affirmative attitude to diet choices and lifestyle.
Like the author, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome and a gluten allergy and my children have found it difficult to understand. Although this book focusses on being dairy free, it is also relevant to those with other allergies or dietary lifestyle choices such as veganism.
There is also general health advice on keeping active and personal hygiene. This is empowering for children because it allows them to be open about talking about aspects of their life.
The book does state that parents and adults need to be kept updated but highlights the need for the child to adopt a confident attitude for their own safety.

Dairy Free and Happy book cover

Dairy Free and Happy!
Publication Date: September 2017
Genre: Children’s Books/ Nutrition Guide/ Non-Fiction
Being allergic to dairy can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be!
Dairy Free and Happy! gives practical advice and nuggets of wisdom to help you on a day-to-day basis. Learn how to shop at the supermarket, prepare for parties, what to do in an emergency, and little ways you can stay positive, healthy, and happy, plus much, much more.
With hope, happiness, and helpful coping strategies, this self-awareness book is a must-have for children who are allergic to dairy products. When applying these tips to everyday life, children and their families will find this book a useful guide and source of information.
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About the Author

Dairy Free and Happy author

Michelle Diana Lowe is a receptionist /administrator in a children’s centre. Born in the heart of East London, Michelle remains in the town where she grew up. She studied English Literature with Philosophy at Roehampton University in London and graduated in 2015. Michelle went on to become a published author, signed by American Publisher UrbanEdge Publishing  in 2015 with her debut novel UnShatter Me and Finnish Publisher Creativia Publishing in 2016 with her second novel Broken Roots.
As a published author, Michelle has appeared on the Chrissy B Show and has been featured in several UK newspapers including the Newham Recorder, The Voice and The Autism Parenting Magazine.
In 2016, Michelle’s existing dairy allergy caused her many problems and she was then diagnosed with a condition called Oral Allergy Syndrome. As part of her new syndrome, Michelle found that she could no longer tolerate fruit, raw vegetables, nuts and seeds. She also developed intolerances to wheat, rye, oats, tofu, soya and many seasonings.
After developing multiple strategies to cope with the emotional, psychological and physical impact of her allergies, Michelle founded her own publishing imprint – Michelle Diana Lowe Press UK in 2018. Creating child-friendly books and resources, she supports children 5 to 9 and teenagers 13 and up with their allergies.
Michelle continues to raise awareness of allergies with her fun, educational and informative books and wants to help people see allergies in a more holistic way. There’s more to allergies than food. Michelle aims to spread her important and positive messages to the masses and wants her strategies to reach a worldwide audience to help millions of young allergy sufferers.
In her spare time, Michelle loves to go bowling and watch comedy movies and period dramas. She continues to write her Free and Happy allergy awareness series for younger children and other allergy awareness books for teenagers.
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