Let’s Talk Gelatin

I know what you’re thinking…”we need to eat more jello?”. Not exactly. Gelatin is my new favorite! I put it up there with coconut oil (yes, I know, I still need to blog about my love affair with coconut oil), I love coconut oil and now I love gelatin!! Here is why….

I first read this blog post, “Better Than Botox:…” by Mommypotomus, about 2 or more months ago. After reading it I was intrigued and wanted to buy some gelatin. Who doesn’t want nice skin, strong hair and nails, etc? Plus it can help joints and repair damaged digestion? Yes please. The joints would be for me, the damaged digestion would be for my husband. I really wanted to try this stuff, but then I forgot about it.

About a month later I came across this blog post, “Gelatin Health Benefits and Uses” by The Coconut Mama. She went into a little detail how gelatin helps gut health, bone health, joint health, and skin & hair health. After reading this post I immediately ordered some gelatin and couldn’t wait for it to get here.

It has now been over 3 weeks since I’ve been taking 2 tbs a day and the difference has been amazing! I read somewhere that it can take 2 weeks to 2 months to feel a difference but I felt a slight difference in one week. Now coconut oil (which I take everyday) can help curb sugar cravings, and it does. Adding gelatin to that? Not only do I not have sugar cravings, I don’t really have any cravings at all. When I start to feel hungry it’s actually a lot easier to reach for something that is healthy for me. That’s a miracle in itself! Haha! It was the lack of cravings I noticed at first, along with a just generally feeling better, I was loving it.

At about 2 weeks into taking gelatin I came across this blog post, “The #1 Reason to Eat More Gelatin” by Nourishing Joy. If I wasn’t sold on taking gelatin yet (which wasn’t the case), I was definitely sold after reading this. To back track just slightly, I have been dealing with heartburn for almost a year. It came out of nowhere and I absolutely hate it. It has kept me up at night in massive pain (yes, the first time I had it I seriously thought I was having a heart attack), and has put a damper on what I can eat. Ugh!! Well, the night before I read this last blog post I had eaten meatballs cooked in BBQ sauce, one of my family’s favorites. I knew better, it was the BBQ sauce that would do me in, but I wanted some SO BAD! Well, the next day as I was reading the blog post and reading the benefits of gelatin, and one of the benefits listed was “Gelatin reduces heartburn, ulcers, and acid reflux by binding acids with the foods”, I suddenly realized that I had not dealt with heartburn the night before. That was a first in forever! I called Papa Bear and couldn’t shut up about the stuff. I was so excited.

It has now been over three weeks since I’ve been taking 2 tbs a day. I add it to my morning shake. I buy this brand/kind because it dissolves well in liquid. The #1 reason the gal from Nourishing Joy gives for taking gelatin, is having a sense of well-being. That is totally true! I cannot begin to tell you just how good I feel, maybe even great. Seriously people, I love this stuff!

Besides helping with my cravings, heartburn and feeling good over all, here are a couple other things I’ve noticed while taking it…..I’m not as hungry, and I haven’t dealt with depression as much (the coconut oil has helped that too but by adding in the gelatin I’ve noticed even more of a difference). I do want to add more gelatin to mine and my family’s diet, those blog posts I shared also have links to make jello, fruit snacks, and more.

I highly recommend reading the blog posts I linked on here, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Now some say they can’t taste anything by adding the gelatin to their water but I disagree, I taste something, but I cannot taste any extra flavor when I add it in my shake in the morning. Everyone is different.

If you don’t read the blogs I posted (which you should, they give A LOT more info than I do, they’ve done all the studying) please don’t just go out and buy any old jello, you need grass fed beef. The brand pictured below is what I buy (which I linked to earlier and each blog I have linked each have links also). The green can is the gelatin that will dissolve in liquid. The orange can is the gelatin to make jello, fruit snacks, etc. with.