Doctors, Vegans and a Pretty Good Wednesday 

I had a pretty adventurous Wednesday, all things considered! Doctors, vegan food and a surprise visit with a friend! Work, too. Always gets in the way of a good day of doctor hopping. Ha!  First up – met with my gastroenterologist at the “Center for Digestive and Liver Disease.” So dramatic. 

No, mom…I’m not there for liver issues. My liver handles business just fine ­čÖé 

I walked Dr. Mithani through my life of constant nausea, and between the blog and the stream of doctors I’m just bored with my story.  And this isn’t even my major problem! Ack! Describing the symptoms really is a struggle, because feeling crappy is just my normal.  I sent a text to my mom wishing she was there, because she has a laundry list – “Don’t forget about XYZ!” And thank goodness, because I would have left something out.

I started life as a projectile vomiter (sorry mom) but have learned to manage pain through diet and just go on about my day. But imagine this, it’s totally not normal to bounce up during dinner to go throw up! Nor is it normal to do it while brushing your teeth. Sheesh. Or when drinking cold water.  Or while taking a shower.  Some weeks are better than others, but it still kind of sucks, especially when my face gets torn up. Those pics are not blog-worthy. Ouch. 

I get to hold off on a scope for now, but I did get to schedule an ultrasound on my gallbladder as well as a gastric emptying study. Doesn’t that sound sexy? I essentially get to eat a radioactive breakfast at 7 am while people study what it does. No shock here if my stomach is defective. 

The best part of my day was realizing my friend Rachel works one floor below my gastro! So I sure did get to say hello, have big hugs and some chit chat. And a hot date for tomorrow night to boot ­čÖé Can’t wait for the Arts District Wine Stroll!  Yay! 

So where does the vegan part come in? I was in the neighborhood so thought I would do a drive by on a house or two I’ve seen for sale in Oak Cliff and remembered a rave review on some nachos at a vegan place.  Yelp to the rescue – Spiral Diner & Bakery. 

See, I may or may not have split some real nachos with girlfriends on Saturday night, and I might have also regretted that choice. Nachos are my favorite, though, so I thought I would give it a shot.

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The quinoa is definitely not the same as some shredded chicken or ground beef, but the cheese was good! Guac was outstanding. Honestly, it hit the spot. My throat was a tiny bit unhappy after being poked and prodded this morning, but meh. Nachos. Belly won. 

The cheese base is made from cashews, which is great. I’ve sworn off the daiya cheese because it’s all oil and weirdness and just gives me a belly ache. I have one right now, thanks to the portobello quesadillas I ordered to go for dinner tonight: 

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The kitchen realized right after I took this pic that they gave me the wrong quesadillas, since mine were from the soy free menu, but you get the idea. These tortillas were wheat based with soy in them, and the ones I eventually got were corn, so good catch on their part. No need to gluten myself. 

Lovely restaurant with a great staff, and they even sold me a pint of the nacho cheese to go. What I’m going to do with it is beyond me, but I anticipate tacos.  Mmm, tacos. 

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Speaking of soy free menus – check it out! A really nice touch since soy is pretty popular on a vegan diet. Not that I am, but nachos. I’m just here for the faux cheese. 

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Cheers! 

Pizza, Pizza! Without Gluten or Cheese. Sigh.

I woke up sick as a dog today, so┬áwhat the hell, let’s make some pizza. ┬áVegan cheese can be made of mostly oil, depending on the brand, and that much oil makes me feel seriously sick to my stomach. ┬áNo better time to try a new fake cheese than when my stomach is already a disaster. ┬áHonestly, all I want is some apple juice, but I’m not willing to leave the house to get it. ┬áYay, Monday?

I’ve done well with the frozen Daiya pizzas, but they’re $10 even at Sprouts. ┬áThat has to mean $15 at Whole Foods, right? ┬áPlus, I can add pepperoni to my vegan pizza, which feels subversive. ┬áThis is how I break the rules these days. ┬áIt’s the 50 Shades of Grey of pizza eating – not really the kink that’s advertised, but just a little shot. ┬áJust the tip, if you will. ┬áAnyhow, I love the pizza sauce at Trader Joe’s and thought I would give this a try.

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Here’s my ingredient list:

  • Trader Joe’s pizza sauce
  • Trader Joe’s roasted red & yellow peppers
  • Trader Joe’s artichoke hearts
  • Trader Joe’s sliced black olives
  • Udi thin gluten free crust
  • Go Veggie Lactose Free Mozzarella “flavor” shred
    • Shit, mozz “flavor”? ┬áI missed that. ┬áTotally getting the Lisanetti almond cheese next time, even though I have to manually shred it with a kitchen tool that I currently do not own. ┬áAck. ┬áOh God, it’s going to kill me. ┬áNever let it be said that vegan is all that healthy, especially if you eat anything besides fruits and veggies. ┬áThese substitutes are insane.
  • Fiorucci Uncured Pepperoni
    • Because nitrates are the devil, and my skin agrees with me. ┬áLeading cause of acne, at least that one time I consulted Dr. Google. ┬áWhen you consult Dr. Google and you find any one thing that lines up with what you already want to believe, you stick with it. ┬áAnd not to be a hater, but according to everything in the news in the last two weeks, my anti-vaxxer friends will understand this philosophy.

Yes, that’s a lot of toppings. ┬áI like my veggies and I like pepperoni. ┬áI miss mushrooms like whoa on pizza, though, almost as much as I miss dipping it in ranch. ┬áNot enough to actually get off my lazy ass and make a ranch substitute, but I digress.

Hmm, this cheese isn’t melting. ┬áLemme try two more minutes.

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Okay, so it’s not going to melt and my crust will burn. ┬áNo courtesy melt, Go Veggie cheese? ┬áDaiya has melts for days, but that’s probably because of the high oil content.

Result?

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The TJ pizza sauce can really make anything taste like gold, and this was pretty decent. ┬áMy veggies were delish as always and the crust was only moderately weird. ┬áThe edges were crisp and pretty tasty, even.┬á I might keep this crust in my freezer for when I’m in a pinch, but otherwise I’ll probably stick with the pre-made Daiya pizzas. ┬áOr what I really should do is try some of the homemade stuff again now that I have my Kitchenaid mixer. ┬áThat hot pink appliance of love can surely make an excellent crust, especially if I read the directions. ┬áRight, Mom?

Cheers,

Christina