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Mayo Free Deviled Eggs Recipe

Mayo Free GAPS Legal Deviled Eggs 2 Ways

The story of these GAPS legal deviled eggs has a long beginning.

One of the foods I miss most? Mayonnaise. Now I know there are different mayos out there, even ones you can make yourself that are GAPS legal. But unless it tastes like the Real Mayo deliciousness that I remember, I have no interest in consuming it. I was a mayo snob long before I payed attention to what I ate!

Because I haven't found a mayo my taste buds approve of there is no mayonnaise in my refrigerator, even if it's just to make recipes like deviled eggs with. So one day when I had a hankerin' for deviled eggs I got the creative juices flowing and started experimenting with recipes. My first thought was to substitute the mayo for butter. After all, fat is the main reason deviled eggs are so good, right? A batch with butter resulted in delicious and very rich eggs, but the texture was very strange (hard), especially if refrigeration was required. Then I thought to add some sour cream to the mixture. At first I still had too much butter (50:50 ratio), but eventually found a ratio that works well—the butter adds some firmness to the "runnier" sour cream. This gives you a good base that allows you to flavor your deviled eggs as desired.

Next I wanted to come up with a dairy-free egg that my sister could enjoy. I immediately thought of using avocado as the fat. This also resulted in a delicious deviled egg, that's just a little green. I have served these eggs to many people, and as long as they know there is avocado in it, no one has had an issue with the color. And these are perfect for serving at a Dr. Seuss gathering as part of green eggs and ham! No artificial coloring required!

I have discovered that deviled egg recipes can be very familial. If these don't taste like the deviled eggs your grandma made, I encourage you to springboard off the base ingredients and modify the recipe to try and recreate your family memories. After all, that's what recipes are all about, aren't they? If you come up with something particularly delicious, we'd love if you share it with us in the comments below!

Enjoy these GAPS Legal Deviled Eggs, 2 Ways!

Dairy Free Deviled Eggs with Avocado

Ingredients for Avocado Deviled Eggs

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 medium or ½ cup Avocado

  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder

  • 1 tbsp of water

  • 1 tsp Vinegar

  • ½ tsp Honey

  • ¼ tsp Salt

  • Lemon

  • Chili Powder (optional)

  • Paprika (optional)

  • Cilantro (optional)

Directions for Avocado Deviled Eggs

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Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.

Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.

Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.

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Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.

Cut the peeled eggs in half.

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In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.Set the egg whites onto a plate.

Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.

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Mash the avocado into the egg yolks with a fork.

Add mustard powder to the egg yolk mixture.

Add water and vinegar to mixture. Mix well.

Add honey, salt and lemon. Mix well.

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Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.

Sprinkle with chili powder or paprika or top with sprigs of cilantro.

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If you have leftover egg mixture, you can dip vegetables into it or smear onto scrambled eggs or crackers.

For a spicier egg, add more mustard powder!

These are legal on GAPS stage 4.


Sour Cream Deviled Eggs

Ingredients for Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

  • 6 eggs

  • ½ c Sour Cream

  • 1 tbsp Room Temperature Butter

  • 1 - 1 ½ tsp Vinegar

  • 1 tsp Honey

  • ¼ tsp Mustard Powder

  • ⅛ tsp salt

  • Paprika (optional)

Directions for Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

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Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.

Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.

Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.

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Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.

Cut the peeled eggs in half.

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In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.

Set the egg whites onto a plate.

Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.

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Add the butter to the mixture and mix well.

Add the sour cream. Mix.

Add 1 tsp of the vinegar plus all the honey and salt. Mix.

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These are less tangy than a traditional deviled egg. To add more tang, add up to ½ tsp of vinegar.

Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.

Sprinkle with paprika.


Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Avocado

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ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 medium or ½ cup Avocado
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Lemon
  • Chili Powder (optional)
  • Paprika (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional

instructions:

How to cook Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Avocado

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.
  2. Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.
  3. Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.
  4. Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.
  5. Cut the peeled eggs in half.
  6. In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.Set the egg whites onto a plate.
  7. Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.
  8. Mash the avocado into the egg yolks with a fork.
  9. Add mustard powder to the egg yolk mixture.
  10. Add water and vinegar to mixture. Mix well.
  11. Add honey, salt and lemon. Mix well.
  12. Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.
  13. Sprinkle with chili powder or paprika or top with sprigs of cilantro.
  14. If you have leftover egg mixture, you can dip vegetables into it or smear onto scrambled eggs or crackers.
  15. For a spicier egg, add more mustard powder!
  16. These are legal on GAPS stage 4.
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Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

Author:
prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • ½ c Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp Room Temperature Butter
  • 1 - 1 ½ tsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • ¼ tsp Mustard Powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Paprika (optional)

instructions:

How to cook Mayo Free Deviled Eggs with Sour Cream

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with cold water. Add eggs. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.
  2. Remove eggs from heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.
  3. Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.
  4. Peel the eggs. Peeling them while they are still a little warm will help get the shell off.
  5. Cut the peeled eggs in half.
  6. In a bowl, scoop out all the egg yolks. They should easily slide out with your finger.
  7. Set the egg whites onto a plate.
  8. Crumble the egg yolks with a fork.
  9. Add the butter to the mixture and mix well.
  10. Add the sour cream. Mix.
  11. Add 1 tsp of the vinegar plus all the honey and salt. Mix.
  12. These are less tangy than a traditional deviled egg. To add more tang, add up to ½ tsp of vinegar.
  13. Fill the egg whites with a generous scoop.
  14. Sprinkle with paprika.
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Real Food: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Every time I learn more about the complex interactions between the human body and different nutrients, bacteria, and dozens of other factors, I am blown away! Not sure what I mean? As an example, this was mentioned in my latest post. A seed has enough intelligence to protect itself from being digested, but then is able to release those protections when the conditions are right to grow! All while it's still a seed! And that complicated process relates only to the seed. We haven’t even begun to explore the combining of that seed with some other food, or in a different form, or after the seed grows up. Not to mention the effect stomach acid levels, digestive enzyme activity, and different gut flora have on that seed. And the list goes on and on. Therefore we see that our bodies, and the processes that happen inside them, are incredibly intricate. And it begs the question:

Are vitamins, or carb/protein ratios really what it’s all about?

Eating real food is more than eating food-shaped packages of vitamins, proteins, and fibers. Real food is dynamic, and what you get from a particular food is conditional, and depends on several factors.

Growing Conditions: The actual nutritional value of that particular piece of food depends on the conditions it was grown in, including sun exposure, water quality, and the amount of vitamins, minerals and healthy bacteria in the soil or food the animal was eating.

Preparation Methods: After it is grown, different ways of preparing food will make it more or less digestible; helpful, stressful, or even harmful to the human body.

Individual Body Status: Even if it’s prepared properly, each individual body's environment has a role in determining the amount of benefit or harm that food will have.

In fact, a food's helpfulness to an individual body is dependent on the season, metabolic needs, current hormone state, and a myriad of other factors that are going on in the body at that moment. So what's helpful to your body in the summer may be harmful in winter. Or what's beneficial to eat at noon may weigh your body down at dinnertime. Every minute your metabolic needs may be different.

This is why "eating healthy" cannot be reduced to fortifying processed foods with vitamins, or taking the "perfect" supplement mix. It is so, so much more! Now that you know all this, eating healthy may sound like an unattainable goal. And in some ways it is. Even if we are extremely in tune with our bodies, it is unlikely that we will think “I need 5.78 mcg of calcium and 4.24 mg of vitamin D at 2:57pm”… and so on. And this is my first point.

There is no magic pill or secret supplement!

Even if the advertised effects are real, it doesn’t mean that it will work for you! Your body may need something else entirely. If anyone tells you that they have the one product that will fix all your ills, run the other way! On the other hand, the innateintelligence inside our bodies does know what it needs, and how to get it. We can work on listening to what our bodies are telling us. I call this becoming an expert detective (for more, see chapter 7 of Notes From A GAPS Practitioner).

As we renew the partnership with our body, we will begin to understand its signals about what foods will best support our bodies at that moment. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride talks about this in a wonderful article, One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s Poison. In it she shares how important it is to listen to your body telling you what food to eat at the moment, and how much of it to eat. Becoming an expert detective does not happen overnight. It is a commitment to observe, experiment, create theories, and modify them as needed. It will get easier with time and experience, and every time you learn something, your health will benefit. And you will have taken one more step in your journey toward better health.

Onward!  

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When the Sheets Get Washed Every Day...

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Science-y article ahead... readers, ye be warned!

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] "Don't drink toomuch before bed..."

"Did you go to the bathroom? Well, try again..."

"You should go to that sleep-over. You can go in the bathroom to put on your pull-up, your friends won't know."

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] For many parents, these are everyday conversations in their house... with their 10 year old (or older) child. According to Up-To-Date, a resource that gives current, evidence-based practice treatment guidelines, bed-wetting occurs in 16% of 5 year olds, and 1-2% of children will still be wetting the bed at age 15! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_divider admin_label="Divider" color="#2a4a97" show_divider="on" divider_style="solid" divider_position="top" divider_weight="4px" hide_on_mobile="on"] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"]

Bottom line, if your child is under the age of 6, mainstream medicine has no concern about bedwetting. It is common enough, even through middle school, that many providers reassure parents that it can still be normal.

But is it?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider admin_label="Divider" color="#2a4a97" show_divider="on" divider_style="solid" divider_position="top" divider_weight="4px" hide_on_mobile="on"] [/et_pb_divider][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="2_3"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Bed-wetting, or nocturnal enuresis, has happened through recorded history, earliestreports in 1550 BC. Various methods have been used to "cure" the person of this problem--from boiled mice to electric shocktherapy. You can see more about the old and recent treatments here. Aren't you glad we no longer use most of these methods? [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_3"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Axes.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="off" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_margin="10px|||" custom_margin_last_edited="on|phone"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] An article by Michael Salmon, published in 1975, walks us through the reasoning, knowledge, and treatments used in various places in history. If one reads closely, you will notice that there are two main areas of discussion. The first is the debate between laziness and pathology--meaning is the child 1) doing this to be defiant, or 2) is there an underlyingproblem that is causing this? The second area of discussion is the link between mental and physical health, and bed-wetting. In 1870, a link between incontinence and epilepsy was suggested. In the late 1800's, two separate articles found a probablelink that children who struggled with late bed-wetting had a higher risk of developing a form of "insanity" (mental health issues, severe depression or anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia, etc.) later on. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Adams addresses laziness versus physical condition in 1844, saying:

None of the brute creation will lie in their urine if  they are not tied or penned; then why do we attribute this practice in the rational being to mere laziness? Simply because some physicians are not able, by a careless or superficial examination, to find the cause, and well knowing that their reputations will be at stake if they do not account for the act, they too often condemn the helpless child to daily floggings.

So if there is a cause to this, what's the link?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the link is unhealthy gut flora. This is consistent with the link suggested of bed-wetting to mental illness, epilepsy and insanity. When the gut flora is abnormal, the flora of the entire body becomes abnormal--including the groin and bladder flora. In bed-wetting, cystitis, frequent UTIs, urge incontinence, and other similar conditions, the root of the problem appears to be the same. Healthy flora makes the pH of the bladder low, keeping pathogens from adhering to the gut wall. Unhealthy flora allows an overgrowth or bad flora, leading to urinary tract infections. The leaky, damagedgut allows a build up of irritating toxins, which often accumulate in the bladder. As the toxicity in the bladder increases, the bladder is stimulated to empty. While awake the person will usually be able to answer the sudden urge, but when in deep sleep the bladder dumps the toxic urine, whether the person awakens or not. So she suggests that the cause of mental illness is not bed-wetting, but rather, both are caused by abnormal gut flora (Gut and Psychology Syndrome, 2011, p. 102-103). [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="1_3"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RootsSquare.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="off" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_margin="15px|||" custom_margin_last_edited="on|phone"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="2_3"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] If this is true, then there is a hope of curing bed-wetting, cystitis--and preventing or treating many other possible illnesses that are worse.And it is for this reason it is so important to address the root of this and other health problems. Putting a band-aid on it will not make it better, or make it go away. To enact lastingchange we must fix the problem. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] And the problem, as Hippocrates said, is in our gut!   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"]

Congratulations! You made it through this technical article! I hope you learned some helpful things! I am so excited each time I learn another symptom or problem that will be helped from addressing unhealthy gut flora!

And we learn, and continue...

Onward!

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  • Campbell-McBride, Natasha. (2011). GAPS Practitioner Training Manual. Medinform Publishing, Soham, Cambridge.
  • Salmon, Michael, A. (1975, July). An Historical Account of Nocturnal Enuresis and its Treatment. Section of the History of Medicine, 68, pp 443-445. 
  • http://www.uptodate.com/contents/bedwetting-in-children-beyond-the-basics

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Still Healing

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Hi everyone,

I realize I have been absent on the web for the last little while, and I would like to share why...

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... maybe I'm glad because I have to slow down

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider admin_label="Divider" color="#05492e" show_divider="on" height="0" divider_style="solid" divider_position="center" divider_weight="4" hide_on_mobile="on"] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_padding="40px|||" custom_padding_last_edited="on|desktop"] I'm glad to be reminded about what I am healing from. Some "flare ups" and detoxing that I have been experiencing the last couple weeks have reminded me what my "normal" used to be. I'm glad it is not my normal anymore. Some of this flair up has been out of my control... some crazy things have happened to people around me that has made my life busier, because I have been helping them out. But most is in my control. A little more sleep, a little laziness in not getting up when I remembered I forgot to take fermented cod liver oil. Giving in to eating a little to much fruit, and not enough stock because it's easy. Because it's what I want in the moment, not prioritizing investing in what my body needs. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="2_3"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" text_font_size="20" custom_padding="10px|||"] __And____________Down_________________________I__________________________________Went   [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_3"][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_divider admin_label="Divider" color="#05492e" show_divider="on" height="0" divider_style="solid" divider_position="center" divider_weight="4" hide_on_mobile="on"] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"]

Down and out!

Focus on sleep, rest, time out from the world and the busyness of life--whether or not I could "afford" to do so. My body was starting to wander from the path of healing and wellness. Since I was not giving it foods to heal, it was making me slow down physically, taking the energy it needed.

...which is good...

I appreciate the human body so much more than I ever have, and the amazing ways it compensates and presses on even with little to work with. But there are certain foods that help it heal and function well, and I know what they are. And with my knowledge comes my responsibility. To my body. To myself. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="1_3"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/RunDownFence-e1471026465748.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="left" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_margin="10px|||"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="2_3"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Also, I was letting my neighborhood run down--and unsavory characters were gaining strength in my gut. They were starting to dictate what I was craving again. And adding toxins to my body to further slow me down. And it becomes hard to fight all that. It is discouraging that I have to keep fighting to correct the bad that has been happening for years. And hard that it can so quickly slip away. It is hard to remember that I am still recovering, and not very far away from the time when I was very sick. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="2_3"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] So the choice is there--fight again, or go back to how I was. I was functional, but also so cautious. Not able to make a mistake without miserable consequences like migraines, stomach aches, and more. I could go there--it sure is easier than GAPS, and I would be fine, probably, for a while... [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_3"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/HealingFlowers.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="left" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" text_font_size="18"]

But I have a bigger goal--not just to be alive, survive, exist. My goal is to heal. To be well--as well as I can manage to be with my imperfect body in this broken world. To be in a state of living!

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Thankfully I took action early. It only took a week to get my trajectory back on course. I've almost regained that lost ground--almost. But I have gained something else that is very valuable. A deeper resolve to continue. To invest and expect a return, even when that investment is a little uncomfortable, and a little inconvenient. So forward I go--not perfectly or without faltering. But I know which direction I want to go, and I know that which lies in that direction is worth the journey. Onward! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]