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  1. Hi Nerdfitness peeps! I'm super surprised you when I typed in "Gelatin" and "Collagen" and no discussions came up. I work at a place that sells both and everyone at my office takes it as a supplement on a daily basis. Im going to copy and paste an article from http://paleoleap.com/all-about-gelatin-and-collagen/. It does a good job explaining how we used to have these things in our diets, how they're essential, and how we need to supplement them now. My company only really does bulk orders, but please let me know if I can help you find it. If you spend much time talking to people who eat Paleo, you’ll probably hear about gelatin. Gelatin checks all the boxes for an important food from a Paleo perspective: Relatively abundant in our ancestral diet, but relatively scarce in the modern diet. Significant health benefits that make that scarcity a serious problem. Here’s an explanation of what gelatin and collagen are, the difference between them, and why they’re important, plus simple ways to get more of them in your own diet. Gelatin and Collagen: Missing Pieces in the Modern Diet The story of gelatin actually starts with a protein called collagen. Collagen is the most important protein in connective tissue, skin, and bones; you actually have more collagen in your body than any other type of protein. Degradation or lack of collagen can cause problems from skin wrinkles to osteoporosis. In food, collagen is found mostly in the “odd bits” and tougher cuts of beef that contain a lot of connective tissue. You might recognize these as the parts of the animals that our ancestors ate, but we typically throw away today. Gelatin comes into this because people rarely eat skin and tendons raw; they cook them. And cooking the collagen transforms it into gelatin. Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen – it’s the way we can eat the beneficial amino acids in the collagen without having to sit down to a lovely plate of raw tendons for dinner. So far, so simple, but there’s one more distinction to make. Cooking collagen-rich foods extracts gelatin, but if more intensive processing can also create a slightly different product called collagen hydrolysate. Collagen Hydrolysate vs. Gelatin Collagen hydrolysate (which is the same thing as hydrolyzed collagen) is not exactly the same thing as gelatin. In the hydrolyzed form, the collagen is processed more intensively, which actually breaks up the proteins into smaller pieces. They both have the same amino acids, but different chemical properties. Gelatin Collagen hydrolysate Source Bones, skin, and scales of animals. Amino acid profile Exactly the same; collagen just has the proteins in smaller pieces. Dissolves in cold water? No; true gelatin dissolves only in hot water. Yes. Causes liquids to gel? Yes No The benefits of collagen are mostly from the amino acids, and you break down both gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen into the same amino acids in your digestive system anyway, so in terms of health benefits, hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin should be roughly equivalent. But on the other hand, some people with may find the hydrosylate easier to digest, and they do have culinary differences in terms of how you’ll use them. Health Benefits of Collagen and Gelatin Collagen is important for skin and bone health – supplements are sold for everything from wrinkles to osteoporosis. As well as supplying the important amino acids for collagen stores in your body, gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen also have gut-healing benefits that might be even more important from a health perspective. Because most of the health benefits of collagen/gelatin come from the amino acids, it’s likely that for most people, the benefits will be the same whether you’re getting hydrolyzed collagen or gelatin. This review goes over some of the evidence that supplemental collagen may help improve skin elasticity and reduce roughness and skin aging. There’s some evidence that hydrolyzed collagen supplements improve arthritis pain and generally benefit bone and joint health. Gelatin may help normalize gut hormones in people with obesity. Gelatin and collagen are both also great for your gut – they help heal intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and restore the normal mucosal layer in the gut. Gelatin specifically also has some great culinary uses – don’t discount the benefits of making healthy food tastier. For one thing, gelatin makes your pan sauces awesome. The food science nerds at Serious Eats have taken this one on: the reason why traditional stock makes a better pan sauce than broth in a can is that the traditional version has more gelatin. Sure, you could doctor up your store-bought broth with extra gelatin powder to re-create the effect, but why would you do that when you could just use the real thing? How to Get More Gelatin and Collagen in Your Life Nobody eats raw collagen – theoretically you could, but you’d have to sit around gnawing on raw animal tendons and bones. But you can add more gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen to your diet quite easily. For the Traditionalists: Gelatin from Animal Foods Homemade bone broth is an affordable and delicious source of gelatin. You can’t get hydrolyzed collagen from home cooking unless your kitchen contains an entire chemistry lab. But considering that they’re probably equivalent for most people, getting more gelatin is likely to give you the same results. Here’s how to get it: Bone broth is the original gelatin source. If it turns into chicken or beef Jell-O when you stick it in the fridge, then you know it’s full of gelatin (here are some tips for making that happen). Drink it plain or use it in soups. Roasts with lots of connective tissue (think chuck roast and similar cuts) will also produce meat and broth full of gelatin if you cook them long and slow, thanks to the breakdown of collagen in the meat. Non-Traditional but Tasty If you’re not insistent about getting your gelatin directly from the source, hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin powder are available at almost all grocery stores (typically in the baking aisle, next to the Jell-O or with the pie filling). Purified protein-in-a-can won’t have any of the other good stuff you get from meat and broth, but it’s certainly convenient and you can do all kinds of things with it… Gelatin: make your own gummy candies, puddings, or gelatin desserts. Gelatin: add it to sauces and soups to thicken them. Collagen: stir it into your coffee or tea, or even just a glass of water. Theoretically, you can do this with gelatin too, but most people find the texture of coffee + gelatin to be extremely off-putting. Either: add to smoothies. Some people like the gelatin texture in smoothies; other people would rather just use collagen. Summing it Up There’s an old piece of advice to “eat what ails you” – whatever part of your body is giving you trouble, eat that part of the animal and you’ll feel better. It doesn’t work in every case, and it’s not a terribly sound scientific principle, but in the case of gelatin and collagen, it pretty much holds true: eating gelatin derived from the skin and bones of animals can help your own skin and bone health. Gelatin and collagen also have impressive gut-healing benefits, and they’re very easy to get into your diet. Get more gelatin from bone broth or slow-cooked roasts, or just take a shortcut and buy them in pure form to add to whatever you like. It’s not difficult at all, and it’s one more way to get a little extra Paleo nutrition in.
  2. Ever since i went to my first Cirque Du Soleil show I admired the Aerial Silk women who seemed to have it all: Strength, enormous amounts of flexibility, and courage! Being a former gymnast and diver, I found classes in my area but was always too scared to give it a try. I want to build muscle and feel confident! The classes i signed up for are next month and that will be perfect in time for when this challenge ends. I don't really know a good workout plan, so I'll tweak this as I go, please help me as I'm a n00b at lifting! Monday & Thursday Front Squat, Jumping Lunges, Plank Row & Dumbbell Row, Tricep Dips & Tricep Extention, Deadlifts & Back Extention Tuesday & Friday Chest Press & Fly, Shoulder Press & Upright Row, Bicep Curls & Arm Circles, Superman Push-ups and Plank Up-Downs 3 Sets of 10, with running half a mile in between sets I'm starting with usually 10 lb weight in each hand looking to build up 5 lbs every week. As far as my eating plan, I am slowly trying to become Vegan, for ethical and health reasons. My body seems to have the most energy when I get my protein from veggies, nuts and grains as opposed to meat. It's a pretty easy transition for me as my kitchen is already stocked with brown rice, lentils, veggies, fruits, lenguems, etc. but I'm just picking up a few books on veganism to help me out. Obviously this is very under construction. PLEASE HELP me make goals! I will also be posting pictures later. Thanks everyone! <3
  3. She's crazy! But awesome. I don't understand how she has the body she has with what she eats...but hey it works for her. I am definitely interested in trying the raw before 4. She inspired me to eat more smoothies and not be scared of fruit sugar.
  4. Lucky Brand has awesome suits where the bottoms are actually made for people with...bottoms..
  5. I'll check out the New Rules of Lifting for Women. Thanks for critiquing the video, as I didn't know if it was really useful or not. However I've been doing it for a couple weeks now and already feel stronger, so who knows I've done MyFitnessPal for a while, but I find it really annoying... plus, I have friends who do yoga and eat 3,000 cals a day of raw vegan food and look amazing, lean and strong and people who eat the "right" amount for how much they exercise and it seems like too little. So I don't know how well MyFitnessPal really works for my plan. but i could try it as a guide.
  6. I hate counting cals tho..it makes me think about food and obsess over it all day when it shouldn't be the biggest part of my day. thank you everyone for the positive feedback though!
  7. hi everyone! its been quite a while since i've been on here. i am 21 years old, 5'3 and 130 pounds. i want to lose weight, but add muscle, so im not sure what weight i want to be. i want to fit in my highschool jeans, but i was oh so tiny! -i have a history of bullemia and self esteem issues the way i am doing this is Joanna's Workout Plan. (here is the video ---> ) it's basically 3 sets of 10 reps alternating days. i am going to try to do it every day. -i also eat pretty healthy, but have a problem with drinking beer and alcohol in general (being in college and everything) -i also have a sweet tooth that i want to get rid of. my meals usually consist of a green smoothie for breakfast and for lunch or a salad, with chicken or fish or some kind of dinner. i also eat chips with my hummus and salsa because i have yet to find a substitute for chips. any advice, friends, comments, would be appreciated! i want to start the six week challenge soon!
  8. nuts have high carbs too? grrr...does anything not have high carb? aghh! Sorry I'm not completely positive of the answer to this question tho, I'm pretty sure you should not eat them every day of your life but I don't see how a couple every day could hurt.
  9. hahah thanks everyone. I'm doing better. Instead of Paleo I've kinda switched to a more low-carb style diet which is helpful. I'm eating a lot of veggies and eggs and tofu. I'm doing well on my squats but not with running as I've been studying for my finals every day. Meditation is going okay too. I'm going one day at a time. Thanks to all the support again. I do appreciate my body, I still struggle with looking good and pretty enough constantly.
  10. I'm really upset with myself today. I don't even want to log what I ate because I had a peppermint chocolate mocha, two cookies, AND an ice cream Obviously way too much sugar. I feel like a fat slob. I got a bad cold over break and I haven't ran or done squats or anything in like 2 weeks. Sometimes I really can't stand myself and I still hate my body.
  11. our goals are similar. good luck my dear!
  12. Thank you! The part this challenge that is the hardest for me is consuming less than 25 grams or lower. For instance I have a cold so I'm drinking some orange juice and it has 34 grams of sugar in it. WTF.
  13. I read that boca burgers have hexane in them which causes cancer. Just lettin you know, google dat shiit
  14. hello everyone! I mostly eat vegetarian (for instance i usually eat meat about 2-3 times a week). I love fruits and veggies but I'm having trouble with my sugar and carb intake. I've been having urges to eat bread even though I know how bad it is for you, and also fruits have so much sugar in them! I try to limit myself to less than 25 grams of sugar which is the recommended daily amount, but it's very hard for me to do A lot of natural healthy things have almost the entire daily recommended amount of sugar in it. How do I eat good vegetarian foods, feel satisfied, without sugar/carbs? I don't want to just eat veggies allllllll day.
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