In the absence of cheese while avoiding dairy, I had to fill that void somehow. Nutritional yeast is my go-to cheese alternative. It’s not exactly meant to be a cheese replacement, but it has a cheezy, nutty flavor that I am crazzzzy about.
As good as it is, it has its limitations. It doesn’t melt and it’s not stringy. Two of the best things about cheese!
The good news is that there’s a vegan cheese alternative on the market called Daiya and it tastes WAY too good to be NOT cheese!
It has some borderline ingredients, like canola oil and pea protein, but we’re talking 1-2, maybe 3 TBSP at a time, not the whole bag.
I don’t have any recipes that use it yet but soon I will. It’s a really good alternative for vegans or anyone just avoiding dairy like moi. I’d eat it even if I wasn’t avoiding dairy! It’s that good.
So far I’ve been eating the mozzarella shreds with the cheddar shreds on standby.
Day 5 of my gluten-free, dairy-free “bland” diet and no signs of improvement whatsoever. In fact, the past few weeks have been worse than ever. I’ve been doing dedicated 18-hour intermittent fasts every day, which helps. No food or drink = mostly peaceful tummy. But I’ve had relentless heartburn and acid reflux 24 hours a day for weeks now. It’s never been this bad. My regular doc wants me to take Zantac but I’m not keen on that idea. Dustin fears I’m going to go too Steve-Jobs-diet-modification-centric by declining conventional medication too much. I’m not against conventional medicine, per se. I’d rather only take it when it’s absolutely necessary and only if the side effects aren’t worse than the dis-ease. I haven’t completely ruled out the Zantac, though. Not sure how much longer I can tolerate this burning.
In the meantime, I started eating the king of bland food: Farina. Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free rice farina that is.
The first time I made it was in the microwave. And despite covering it, it still exploded all over the nuker. Messy, messy. Stove top it is!
I’ve also been enjoying freshly juice. I bought a Breville juicer a few months ago and between moving and settling in to our new pad I haven’t gotten to use it as much as I’d like to. But when I do, yummy things come out of it!
Organic carrot + apple juice
4 big carrots, 1 apple
I’ve been reading up on a low FODMAPs diet. It’s pretty much what I am doing now only with different fruit + veggie restrictions, plus it allows dairy. I’m thinking about converting to it, only without the dairy. So really the only difference would be the types of fruits and vegetables I eat and the quantities. Other than that it’s pretty much in line with what I’m currently doing. It also restricts honey due to the high fructose content. But I can get over that rather quickly.
I’m willing to try it all. I have to find some kind of relief. IBS is the pits.
Thank you to everyone for your support and kind words. I appreciate it! And thanks to all who participated in my Tropical Traditions coconut oil giveaway! I’ll have more good stuff to give away soon because free is the shizzle.
It’s storming out and Caesar’s freaking out and things are flying around outside. Never a dull moment!