My Experience With Collagen Peptides

Like so many women (and men) in their 50s, I would like to stave off the signs of aging. Hell, I’d like to reverse the signs if I could. There are hundreds of anti-aging products that claim to be the source of the fountain of youth. The latest buzz is around a supplement called collagen. As far as benefits, they say adding two scoops of collagen peptides to your morning drink may help heal your gut from the inside out, aids in skin elasticity, hair and nail health, and joint pain. I’m a bit of a skeptic, but if collagen can help with any of these issues, then sign me up!

For those that haven’t heard of this supplement, collagen is a protein made naturally by our bodies to maintain elasticity. Your body has produced collagen your whole life, but the production of collagen slows down as you age, robbing skin of plumpness and elasticity. It also translates to brittle hair and sore and aching joints because the spongy cartilage between our bones weakens. 

I think it’s important to note, there is no research supporting the claims that collagen supplements aid in joint and skin health.

Despite the lack of evidence, I decided to give it a go. I add Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide to my morning coffee. The recommended dose is two scoops per day – but I have only been adding one (unless it’s a two coffee morning)! It’s a super fine powder that easily dissolves into my coffee leaving no clumps. And it’s unflavored so it doesn’t alter the taste.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure it was working. 

I mean, I haven’t seen a reduction in fine lines or a new healthy glow to my skin. I don’t believe my nails are any stronger or weaker than before I took this powder. As for my hair, it’s course and I have a lot of it so it’s difficult to know if it has helped prevent any thinning. I can assure you it has NOT slowed down the graying. 

On a POSITIVE note, I thought my hair felt silkier but I didn’t put too much stock into, chalking it up to the placebo effect.

However, while at the salon last week getting rid of my pesky grey roots, my stylist commented on how nice my hair felt and looked. His compliment was unprompted. He asked what I was doing differently and the only answer I had was taking Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. He said “wow, it’s doing something because your hair is definitely smoother and softer”.

The Collagen Peptides must be working. RIGHT!?!

In addition to having smoother and softer hair, I also noticed the pain I had been experiencing in my wrist was gone. While I do not suffer from osteoarthritis, for the past 6 months I had be experiencing pain in my right wrist that prevented me from certain exercises. A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to attempt push-ups again and VOILA no pain! Push-ups are once again part of my workout routine.

So, while it may not be ‘the’ magic pill or in this case powder – it didn’t cure everything – Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides has helped strengthen my hair and reduce pain in my wrist. So, if you’re looking to add some collagen into your daily routine check out Vital Proteins! I saw enough benefits that it is now an essential part of my morning routine. It can be purchased direct from the website at www.vitalproteins.com, they even offer a subscription. It can also be purchased at Costco or Target. In fact, Target has it on sale this week. 

Definitely drop a comment below if you give it a try and experience any benefits from taking Collagen Peptides.

Soups On

Happy Monday! 

What a nice relaxing weekend! We played tennis, we went to a bookfair and ended it by celebrating a 7th Birthday with one of Jackson’s friends!

We also ate all of our meals, with the exception of the birthday dinner, at home.  Generally speaking, we eat at home for most of our meals. 

We try to make healthy (90% of the time), home-cooked meals that we all enjoy. 

Actually, I think we do a pretty good job of it. While each boy has their likes and dis-likes everyone eats what’s put in front of them. Of course, we do have to occasionally remind them that this isn’t a restaurant. 

Any ways, I’ve been searching for a new diet. Which is odd because I’m not a dieter. 

You can see from this post that I did Weight Watchers two years ago – for about 2 months – to help me beat middle-age spread. In addition, after my son was born, I did the Whole 30 in an attempt to reset my metabolism. For the record, I didn’t lose any weight nor did I ‘reboot my metabolism

The point I’m trying to make is, I’m not a dieter. 

My goal isn’t to lose any weight …said no one ever! ha ha, just kidding. Seriously, I don’t want to lose any weight. In terms of fitness goals, I’d like to tighten up my stomach and derrier. 

I know clean eating won’t do it alone. But it will keep it from counteracting all the hard work I do in the gym.

Given we eat healthy already and I can’t find a diet I want to follow, I think I’m just going to work on making better decisions.  Which includes steering clear of sugar (no more ice cream!), avoiding packaged snack foods, reducing alcohol consumption and carbs.

Sounds pretty simple, right? We’ll I guess I’ll find out!

To ensure I’m moving in the right direction and despite the warm weather, I’m going to eat this simple hearty and healthy Roasted Butternut Squash soup (pictured above) to help nourish my body and turn it into a fat burning machine.

New Year, New Mindset

Happy New Year!

I know, it’s the end of January and for so many of us the resolutions (or goals) made at the start of the year are already falling by the wayside. 

Not a problem here, as I myself am just getting started! 

My goal for the year is to discover my SECOND ACT.  Sadly, I set up this space a few years ago as a creative outlet to help me do just that. But, I have yet to move the needle. 

Like so many Mom’s, I put everyone and everything before me.  I forgot to INVEST in myself. 

OK, I have to be honest (mom guilt talking now), I have always invested in my physical fitness. So, I haven’t completely neglected myself. But I’ve decided I’m worth a BIGGER investment.

One thought that keeps going through my head: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”– hello!?!

I realized as I reflected on 2018 that I have put very little effort into figuring out what I want to do for my next career. I’ve talked a big game, but in terms of time and effort invested the score remains ZERO. If I want to figure out my next chapter, I need to START doing things. Talking about a new career does not guarantee change. ACTION is essential. It takes time, effort and determination.

Clearly, I made a shift in my mindset. But now what?

Luckily, I came across an Instagram post for Mel Robbins FREE Mindset Reset Challenge. The challenge includes a free workbook and 35 days of emails with tips, reminders and video links. While the course started on January 1st, Robbins states at the start of each video that you can start whenever you feel ready – the videos will always be available. You can find them on her YouTube Channel.

So far, I’ve liked what she says and how she delivers the information. She uses real life examples, including many of her own stories. Where I’m finding the most value is in her morning routine and specifically with The 5 Second Journal.  

I didn’t buy the journal. In fact, she tells us not to and she provides us with the template. Which makes journaling so much easier. Although, it takes a little longer than 5 seconds (about 15 minutes to write out my daily gratitude and goals) the time invested has already resulted in me being more intentional with time, my goals and what I need to accomplish for the day.

Even though I’m starting a little late, I think 2019 is going to be a very fulfilling year.

What mindset shifts have changed your lives?

A Piece of Toast

As you know from this post, I put on a little weight last year. As a result, I have become a  creature of habit when it comes to breakfast. Most days my go to breakfast is a protein shake. But lately I’ve felt the need to shake (no pun intended – ha!)  things up and I’ve been craving a piece of toast.

I know, bread has a bad rap. Most people shy away from lots of carbs for all the good reasons we already know about.  However, for me personally, I feel like I have a little more energy if I add in small amounts of less processed, whole grain carbs (like Dave’s Killer Bread) and continue to stay away from the lethal combo of heavily processed grains, unhealthy oils and nasty sugars found in so many other high carb foods. 

Toast on it’s own does not make for the most exciting or nutritious meal. But with a little creativity toast offers endless tasty opportunities.

A piece of toast topped with peanut butter, bananas, coconut and honey is one of my favorites. Whether you have it for breakfast or a post workout snack, it is so easy, delicious and packed with protein for a great recovery meal.

Peanut Butter, Banana, Coconut + Honey on Toast
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 slice of toast (l love Dave's Killer Thin-Sliced Bread...between 60 - 80 calories per slice)
  2. 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  3. 1 banana sliced
  4. 1 tablespoon toasted coconut chips.
  5. 1 teaspoon honey
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread in the toaster until golden brown.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on the toast.
  3. Slice the bananas into even slices and place them side-by-side on the toast.
  4. Sprinkle with toasted coconut chips.
  5. Drizzle with honey.
Notes
  1. Nutrition
  2. Serving Size: 1 | Calories: 324 | Fat: 11 | Fiber: 7 | Protein: 9
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