Oven-Baked Crispy Truffled Fries

Oven-Baked Crispy Truffled Fries

One day in the middle of the night in my first year of college, I woke up with a terrible pain in my stomach. Until that very moment, I had never experienced such a pain in my life. It felt like there was a fire in my stomach. After a quick visit to the emergency room, I found out that my stomach was bleeding. I had to spend the next couple of days in the hospital for the doctors to balance the PH levels in my stomach and stop the bleeding. It was (and still is) the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life.

After the bleeding stopped, my doctor suggested that I get help from a dietitian and find a way to change my diet for this to not happen again, especially because he knew that I wasn’t eating healthy. On that very day I had the stomach bleeding, I had a big jar of sauerkraut (with all of its juices!!?!), and a big bowl of French fries for dinner.

Oven-Baked Crispy Truffled Fries

Needless to say, it was an eye opening experience that made me realize that I had to make major changes in my eating habits. Immediately after I was back from the hospital, my parents took me to a dietitian, who explained to me how and why stomach bleedings happen and what might have occurred to my stomach on that very day. She put me on a strict diet, where I had to eliminate all the fried and salty food, and eat more of a plant-based diet. It was very hard at first, but I knew that nothing could be worst than the pain of my stomach bleeding. I stuck to the diet and changed my eating habits. As a result, I lost more than 40 pounds in the course of a year and half after the day I had the stomach bleeding. And I am proud to tell you today, after almost 15 years from that day, I did not gain any of those pounds back. As I look back and think, I realize that although it was a very painful experience, it changed my life. More than anything, I learned that minor changes in my eating and cooking habits could have a big (and positive) result in my health in the long run.
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