Often these days, doctors are finding things we are essentially allergic to -- foods or food groups that our bodies don't take kindly to.
Some doctors think it is because foods weren't introduced to children early enough and their bodies didn't get acclimated to them. Some things are easy to change a diet to accommodate. Like eliminating entire food groups, not so much. And, doing it on a strict midget may,not be quite so was either.
In general, special equates to dollar signs. I'm not a nutritionist, these are my observations. Before you start any diet, consult your nutrition expert , these are just thoughts on finding low cost specialty foods. .
All of us should avoid too much sugar, salt, saturated fats, HFCS, and trans fats: hydrogenated oils.
I work hard to buy good oils to cook with and lean cuts of meat. Avoid salt and too much sugar.
But, what about lactose intolerant, gluten free, diabetic diets.
Diabetic is the one of those that I can identify with. It's pretty easy and really you only have to eliminate a lot of sugar and starch, You can't give it up altogether, but you can count your carbs and measure your portions. mostly I drink black coffee, black tea, or water. As with any diet, generally, fiber is good.
Lactose intolerant or non dairy is harder. Some use sky milk or almond milk. Grocery outlet carries that at a lower price. As with any food, knowing it takes a little shopping, but once you discover the store that has typically the lowest price, you have it made. You still have to have a heads up because things change. It used to be coffee was cheapest at grocery outlet. It's not anymore. I just check every time I shop. It's a quick glance. Cheese can be made from chickpeas,, I'm told. I did read in passing that there was an additive that compensated for the lactose, I would check with your nutrition expert. .
Gluten free is another diet that can be pricey. There are other grains that can be made into flour, It might lay to grind your own. Rode is a good alternative. Some specialty foods are actually cheaper at PCC and central market because they sell more of them. Some "special" stores have a 42 percent mark up. That's huge,
Living on a dime is a web site that addresses the gluten free does because she is on one for CFS. April Holly Smith has a u tube channel and she is dairy free.
I have found that food prices vary dramatically in different parts of the country, Some of it, like fresh produce I get, some things are generic and, frankly, I think it's a matter of what the traffic will bear. I see no reason why ground turkey should be a dollar some places and almost five others for the same brand. When turkey is more expensive than ground beef for the same fat content, it doesn't make sense. Beef has more iron.
You can cut costs on a specialty diet by shopping for the best prices and eliminating the food altogether. When eliminating a food group, you need to consult a nutritionalist to find the foods you need to add to your diet to compensate.