Gelatin Update

I've had a few requests for an update on where I stand with taking gelatin, so here goes: I'm still taking it. Every day. 2 teaspoons in the morning, a tablespoon at bedtime, and, as often as not, some more in the mid-afternoon. I have not miraculously lost weight, but then I have been cooking a truly ridiculous quantity of food, and once again I have rolled around to the, er, fat time of the month. I'm still convinced that gelatin is making me feel stronger, more energetic, and doing excellent things for my mood. I think it is a tremendous boon to my health in general, and expect to keep taking it... well, from here it looks like "the rest of my life" is a good bet. I have ordered another 5 pound box of beef gelatin. Running me about $32. Dunno how long it will last, because I don't know how much of my original 5 pound box I had when I started doing this.

In the meanwhile, I started taking my growth hormone releasers almost a week ago. I take three GH Releaser capsules and 2 grams of l-glutamine at bedtime, along with the gelatin. Again, no great drop in weight. However, the usual residual achiness in my neck and shoulders has simply vanished. It certainly isn't because I'm not doing the stuff that usually leads to that sort of pain; I'm at my computer as much as ever, and still doing my Total Gym workouts, though I've let that blog slide for a couple of weeks; I need to post. It's too early to tell whether the GH releasers will speed my progress with building muscle.

I'm sleeping extraordinarily well, waking up rested and refreshed without an alarm, often as early as 7. Not going for a walk then, since it's now cold around here until the sun's been up for a while; I kinda miss the sunrise walks. Felt like I'd gotten something important done first thing in the day, you know? And the idea of doing some sort of organized workout at that hour -- a video or something -- is a tad much to take. Anyway, I need to do phototherapy first thing; the walks let me get my sun and exercise at the same time.

I plan to take the GH releasers for another two weeks, then cycle off them for a week, then back on. There's some feeling they work better this way, and it's certainly cheaper. I'll take all three bottles before I decide whether I'm going to continue -- that will give me a good four months to judge how it's going.

Unless I hit the Lotto tonight. If that happens, I'm going to start taking real HGH. Wish me luck

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Kool Aid Gelatin

I still can't get gelatin down plain, but have come up with a simple recipe I like a lot.

1 pkt unsweetened Kool Aid. 4 tablespoons bulk gelatin, and liquid sucralose equal to one cup sugar. I mix the gelatin, Kool Aid and sucralose in one cup COLD water. Let that sit about 5-10 minutes while I boil 3 cups of water. Add boiling water, stir will. Put in 6 cup glass rectangle pan, and refrigerate until set (at least 4 hours). This is very firm--like "Knox blocks" or "Finger Jello". Cut into 1 inch cubes, and eat with fingers. Makes a great snack.

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While I haven't managed it EVERY day over the last 2 weeks or so I have been adding gelatin to my diet shortly before bed. I have been taking an envelope of Knox and adding about a 1/2 t of carb free drink mix (ie; crystal light). I use the teaspoon to place small amounts of the powder mixture on the front of my tongue and swallow as it dissolves. Every so often I follow with some water. It reminds me of the pixie stix or lick-a-maid I ate as a kid. It is actually quite tasty this way. When pressed for time I eat a cup of ready made SF Jello in am. The pain in my heal I have had from planter fasciitis seems to have disappeared and a pain in my wrist is greatly improved. I am encouraged by this. As far as energy goes, I can't say that I have noticed a difference. I have been taking mega allergy meds so improvement in my sleep can't be assessed just now either. I have a couple of questions: how does the jello cup compare in it's gelatin content to the powdered? And has anyone experienced constipation as a result of the powdered gelatin?

How does a Jello cup compare?

IIRC, a package of Jello that makes four 1/2-cup servings contains 2 teaspoons of dry gelatin, so each serving of Jello should have about 1/2 teaspoon of gelatin in it.

Gelatin + Protein Shake = Yummy Fluff

I added gelatin to my standard protein shake and found it made a delicious soft fluff I could eat with a spoon.

Soften 1 envelope of Knox gelatin in a few tablespoons of water for a minute or so until it swells.

Heat 1/2 cup of coffee to almost boiling and pour into blender jar. Scrape in the softened gelatin mixture and blend until dissolved and smooth. Add a scoop of whey powder. (I use plain unflavored). Blend again.

Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and blend some more.

Add a cup or so of crushed ice and blend until smooth. Quickly (before it sets) pour into a bowl and wait a minute or so until it sets. Enjoy.

Fluff

Oh, YUMMY! I'll have to try a mocha version.

Liquid amount?

PeggySu, did you decrease the amount of liquid you used to make your protein shake in order to get the fluff? I'm going to try this recipe, and also try with more liquid to see if it will stay in shake texture. Thanks for the idea!

Gelatin, not straight up?

I really want to try daily gelatin to see if I get the same muscle and joint pain relief, plus energy boost, you are experiencing. Can't tolerate straight up. So today I sprinkled my gelatin over 1/2 c. cold water. After it was mostly smooth, I added a shot of SF Davinci chocolate syrup, then stirred in some cream (tastes at least as good as powdered hot cocoa mix, which I find a poor substitute for the real thing). Would like to keep tweaking this to get a closer to hot cocoa taste. I'm wondering if your research has shown what if any effect mixing the gelatin with say cocoa, cream, Splenda-flavored syrup, chocolate protein powder, etc., might have on the beneficial effects I'm going for. Thanks!

Gelatin

Absolutely love this blog! Can't get enough of it. Unfortunately, I am a bit lost with the gelatin article above. Where can I buy gelatin to start and see if it helps with my weight loss or helps with joint pains.

Where to get gelatin

Your grocery store should have plain gelatin under the brand name "Knox" -- it will be a box of envelopes, each with the right amount of gelatin powder to use in a recipe -- a molded salad, say. I would consider one of those envelopes to be a "dose."

However, that's the expensive way to buy gelatin. It's cheaper if you buy it in bulk. CarbSmart.com has it in 1 pound jars; you can also find it on Amazon. If you have a good health food store locally, they may well carry it, too; mine does.

If you find it as helpful as I have, you may eventually want to buy a 5 pound box; I just did. $38 plus tax, or just over $7.50/pound. Special-ordered it from the health food store.

Hope this helps!

Oh, and glad you love the blog! I'm on a Mission from God.

Gelatin

Edited to change number of koolaid pkgs per 4 cup mixture from 2 to 1.

Hidy, Dana...I have been following you for a good while but just now reupdated my account to get new pw set up so I could fill you in on my gelatin journey. I thank you very kindly for keeping up with this site because I don't FB or Twit...and I really appreciate the support from you and That Nice Boy You Married.

I latched right on to your gelatin info. The part about our diets not containing the collagen it once did naturally. I researched the pros and cons...the biggest con is that it is not a complete protein and you must eat meats/eggs/cheese etc. every day to meet your nutritional needs. But that being done daily, Katie bar the door!

I immediately began a gelatin loading process. I purchased the NOW Beef gelatin and have since purchased 5 lbs. Yesterday was my full two weeks on loading. I am eating the mostest bestest wonderfulest jello every morning, noon and night. The ratio being 1 T gelatin to each cup of liquid. I make at least 4 c, so 4 T gelatin, 1 1/2 c Ideal brand sweetener, 1 pkgs koolaid, stir the dry together, add 2 c liquid, microwave 2 min, don't boil it but do stir it (it just really melts well and such an easy clean up), add final 2 c liquid (I use water or combo water with Zevia flavor of choice) pour it in my whichever dish and refrigerate. I generally finish up the last of a batch in the evening and make it that night for the next day but its about 2 1/2 hours for it to set. Yum I tell you and even yummier since I add cream to my serving, liberally and boy with orange koolaid its like a creamsickle. I make tomato aspic with organic tomato soup for the liquid and add seasonings and have added mayo and cottage cheese and horseradish and I am on the moon with my gelatin. I also stir 1 T gelatin with packet of Truvia, salt and cinnamon and add 1/2 c water for a very reasonable substitute for applesauce...believe it or not...it has that texture.

I went LCFL March 31, 2009 after reading “Trick and Treat-- how 'healthy eating' is making us ill” by Barry Groves and went on to Taubes “Good Calories Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health” which will make you madder than a hatter to read how we have been methodically duped into murderous eating habits, then “Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life” by Christian B. Allan and Wolfgang Lutz and I always go back to Barry's website when I need reinforcement on why veggies are not the end all be all to healthy eating.

I lost 60 lbs in 2009. Plateaued from Nov 2009 to Feb 2010, fell off the meat wagon for about 3 weeks, gained 10 lbs without batting an eye and entered VLCFL Mar 1, 2010. I lost the 10 lbs in a couple of months but I am still on that original plateau. I have tweaked it six ways to thunder, left off diary, increased calories, increased fat and I have always adhered to good high fats since the Mar 31, 2009 entry into lively health. I render lard from organic pig fat and you canNOT beat that for larruping good flavor and no trans fats. And Butter of Parma with your morning aigs...oh boy oh boy oh boy HOWDY!

I wanted to reap your energy rewards in addition to killing the plateau blues...well, I am not quitting VLC ever again, I just need to lose another 75-100 pounds to be average for my height. I have pumped iron in the past and have a lot of muscle that has never really helped me metabolize much faster...ha...but makes me weigh heavier.

I have not lost but 2 additional pounds in these two weeks but a very interesting thing is happening. I am actually noticing a real increase in stamina. I have had a back spasm for over a year and a half from an overuse injury that has been getting better but it has kept me from being physically active which caused a loss of strength and stamina of course. I can tell a huge difference in my ability to keep going, to not feel completely drained at the end of my day which is often a 12 hour work day then home to the dogs and couple horses who don't even know me except as the bringer of grub...I have not had the strength to even mess with them. I actually groomed them this past Saturday when the farrier came out...I can't do what I used to do with them yet, but I am on the upswing for the first time in a very good while. Gelatin has specifically made this difference for me. I have not changed another thing concerning what I eat or drink.

I appreciate your bringing us the most up to date information in the low carb arena and look forward to many terrific years on the earth, Lord willing and if He tarries on bringing us home. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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I wish you luck on the lotto as long as winning doesn't mean that you stop writing blogs or cookbooks!