Have major appreciation for he seemingly minor things.
We go through life feeling as though we are entitled to various pleasures and desires. However, everything we are given to in life is a blessing, and should not be taken for granted. Too often, the act of giving is more readily disregarded than the act of taking. Once I became very sick, the very things that were familiar and comfortable to me were taken away, and I found that serving others gave me more gratitude then trying to please myself. The more we focus on the fact that nothing in life is ours to “own,” the more innately giving we become. When this happens, and we let go of the things once viewed as being vital for our “happiness,”the joys of life come abundantly. Of course I sometimes still struggle with giving freely towards others, but it is when I do that I am the most content. Pictured are the four highlights of my past week. God’s blessing of giving me a doctor five minutes away from the beach, a perfectly cooked dinner eaten outside on the patio, a mojo dipping sauce, and my brother already turning fifteen and, thank God, still in good health. It truly is the little things in life, that can make the biggest impact.
Today I am sharing with you my spin on a mojo sauce. As my illness grew worse and the inflammation increased, my liver, intestines, and lymph system stopped working. Through trial and error, I discovered that eating nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, all peppers, eggplant etc…) caused even more excess pain. How is this possible? Interesting enough, nightshade plants are stocked full of glycoilkaloid and capsaicin chemicals, as well as lectins, which are all toxic and harmful to the body. A healthy body is able to defend and drain itself of these components, however, when ingesting them with compromised system, they cause an exaggerated autoimmune response (the body attacking itself). In my case, something as small as red chili flakes, causes my legs, head, eyes, and stomach to burn incredibly. Therefore, ketchup, tomato, and french fries are all out of the question in regards to burger night. Instead, I created a tangy, yet slightly sweet, dipping sauce to pair with my yuca root (cassava) french fries. Out of all the potato “substitutes” that I have tried, yuca root ranks equal, if not higher in tastiness, due to its high starch content. Interesting enough, this combination of yuca and mojo sauce is quite common in the Cuban cuisine. Please enjoy!
If you have further questions regarding nightshades and leaky gut please visit the following links: Causes of Leaky Gut, What are Nightshades?, The Whys behind AIP, The Paleo Approach: Autoimmune Protocol
Mexican Mojo Sauce
- 1 cup of homemade mayo
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp sriracha
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 medium lime, juiced
- In a medium bowl, mix together mayo, maple syrup, sriracha, and salt.
- Once incorporated, add salt, lime juice, and chopped cilantro.
- Mix until just combined.
- Serve in individual ramekins or in one medium sized bowl.
If you are not a huge fan of mayonnaise, feel free to sub out 1/2 a cup of the mayo for sour cream or plain yogurt. Alternatively, you could replace all the mayo, it will just be tangier. Also, if you are without sriracha, the use of hot sauce should be just as effective.
1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”