First, I've started a new adventure in my life. I know that I've been saying that in my last few blogs. I'm not quite ready for the entire world to know what changes Melissa and I have made in our lives. I just need a few more moments to let everything sink in. However, I will tell you, I am now extremely happy. I was thinking about it this morning. I don't think I've been this happy in a very long time. I feel that a huge weight has been taken off of my shoulders. My dad mentioned to me a few months ago that I am not the same person I was before I left for my church mission. Well, I finally feel that I'm getting back to that person. If you remember me at all from back then, you'd remember how happy I was. You'd remember all of the stories that I'd tell and all of the fun you had with me. I used to be the one who would sing in the car with the stereo as loud as I could handle. I was the one who would start dancing out of no where. I was the one that people could turn to when they needed advice or something else. I was your go to guy, and I'm getting back to that point.
I'm not quite sure how to put this other than to say that I have gone vegetarian. I'm on a trial run for a week to see if it helps. I'm on day three and I am finally able to say that I don't feel the urge to buy a hamburger. I'm trying my hardest to eat better. I have a lot of health issues when it comes to my digestive system. I'm starting to weed out the foods that aggravate it. I have noticed over the course of the past year that my body does not digest anything fatty or greasy. Whenever I eat something with a high fat/grease content my body seems to implode on itself. I have eliminated meat because I have noticed that my body just doesn't have the power to digest it like it needs too. I have spent many nights tossing and turning because I have been in a lot of pain. I spend way too much time in the bathroom, wishing I was dead. It's sad to say that the number one thing that I drink is pepto. But, it's not just meat. Whenever I eat cheese or high-fat milk, I end up with the same reaction as meat. All of the fat in the dairy clenches onto my stomach and intestines and won't let go. It's not that I am lactose-intolerant. I have tested other low-fat cheeses and other things and find that they don't bother me. I know I sound crazy, but I'm trying to get to a point where my body just doesn't hurt anymore.
Today, I made a pineapple fried rice and baked veggie springs rolls. I didn't like how the egg roll wrappers turned out when they came out of the oven. That's the only thing that was a miss. I also made a sweet and sour sauce to dip them into. One of the foods that we need to eat in for our 1001 is Japanese eggplant. I sauted it with red cabbage, green onion, and carrots. It turned out very delicious. It had a milder flavor than the globe eggplant, but had a lot of little seeds I was worried would get stuck in my throat. After it was all cooked, you couldn't even tell that the seeds were in it. It's a mix that I could put over noodles or even mashed potatoes. I have pictures of the eggplant and the rolls that I created. I'll share the photos in my post tomorrow.