Berry Gummies~ (Werewolf Antidote)

Matthew eats gummies with almost every meal.

To keep his werewolf tendencies at bay.

Loup Garou

I used to call him loup garou. French for werewolf.

But I can’t anymore.

Because one of the symptoms that has responded most dramatically to his 12+ months on the Autoimmune Protocol has been the werewolf tendencies of his finger & toenails.

Nail Psoriasis

Before

Before

One of the creepier aspects of psoriasis is that is can effect the nails, causing severe overgrowth & deformation, crumbling nailbeds & exposed nerve endings.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes overproduction of cells. Skin cells, usually, resulting in patches of overgrowing skin on the body.

In the case of Nail Psoriasis, finger & toe nail cells proliferate, creating nails that thicken or begin to ripple & buckle like tectonic plates.

The places where the overgrowing nails dig into the nail bed can be excruciatingly painful. And because of the disregulated cell production in surrounding skin and nails, nerve endings can get exposed between the nail & skin at the top of the nail, or on the nail bed where overgrowing nails pit or crumble.

After  months on the AIP

After

Of all the painful symptoms I have watched Matthew endure over the years, crumbling nailbeds get the top prize. It’s the kind of pain that makes a person curl up in a corner like a hurt animal & want to die.

So it’s not insignificant that his fingernails now look almost like a normal persons and hardly give him any trouble at all. His toenails still have a slight loup garou tendency, but they’ve improved substantially, too.

We credit the gummies. The AIP & the gummies.

This is the everyday gummy recipe we use at our house. Three ingredients. Two, if you only use one kind of berry.

This recipe works best with frozen raspberries, because when they defrost they joyfully give up their juice, which is then used to bloom the gelatin.

To celebrate the power of gelatin, you’ll also find a few links to other AIP-friendly gelatin recipes below~.

Gelatin

 

Basic Berry Gummies (AIP & low-FODMAP)

 from petra8paleoGummies 2

  • 2 (rounded) cups frozen raspberries
  •  2 (rounded) cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin

Measure the berries frozen, as the raspberries, particularly, deflate when they defrost.

Defrost the berries on the counter or in the fridge. When fully defrosted, put them in a colander or a seive over a mixing bowl & squish the juice out with a wooden spoon.

Now you have a bowl of Berry juice & some squished Berries. Put the Berries in a saucepan on low heat and stir.

Meanwhile, add the Gelatin to the cool or room temperature Berry juice and stir well.

When the Berries are hot & bubbling, put them in a food processor & whirl until smooth. Pour the hot whirled Berry mixture over the prepared Gelatin and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spoon into 2 silicon candy molds or pour into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

If using molds, place them in the freezer for 2 hours until hard (it helps to slide them onto the back of a cookie sheet first to ensure they stay flat). Pop each gummy out of it’s mold.

If using a baking sheet lined with parchment, place it in the fridge all day or overnight, then peel the parchment paper off & cut into bite-sized pieces.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

More ways to eat gelatin~!

18 thoughts on “Berry Gummies~ (Werewolf Antidote)

  1. You’ve convinced me, I’m making gummies today!
    Congratulations to Matthew and thank you for not posting pics of his feet 😉 ! (And thanks for linking to me too)

  2. Excellent work Petra! I love how you “bio-hack” for him-!
    My wife has hashmotos, and ive been busy working on feeding her out of autoimmune. It aint easy!
    Hey ive been use coconut oil daily on my toenails for over 2 years. I no longer have toenail fungus. It took about a year to clear up, and i still do it. Coconut oil is my go-to cure for all things external. Maybe it help him also?

  3. Nail psoriasis is incredibly painful and such a pain to clear up and heal. I had it under my toe nails. I remember trying to assure people when getting pedicures that it’s NOT a fungus. They’d spray my toes with rubbing alcohol and I’d try to not kick them in the face because OW! That’s just another reason I don’t get pedicures at salons anymore… 😉 I’m so glad your husband has seen such great improvement. I have no doubt he’ll continue to see improvements! Here’s to gummies!

  4. Hi Petra! Made your gummies this past week (trying to get more gelatin for gut healing) and they are delicious and so easy to make! Have you ever thought of incorporating coconut milk or MCT oil in the recipe? Do you think the oil would emulsify? I try to eat your fudge daily and wondered if I could “kill two birds…”! I so appreciate your blog! Blessings to you and Matthew

    • Hi Erin, you absolutely could try that~! I love the idea of customized gummies. I’ve thought about putting Vitamin D drops in, too, but it might be hard to get the does just right (unless one ate exactly the same number of gummies each day). You’d have to play with the ratio of gelatin to other ingredients (too much gelatin & the gummies get rubbery, too little & they lose their structural integrity). Matthew doesn’t tolerate coconut or MCT oil very well, so we wouldn’t make those particular adjustments at our house. If you try it, I’d love to know how they turn out.

  5. I am sorry to hear that Matthew still has to take pain killers every day. Has he had a hair tissue analysis with expert interpretation done? He probably needs to balance out some of his minerals. There is a very helpful (25,000+ member) facebook group on magnesium and other minerals – Magnesium Advocacy Group. Some members have reported a complete reversal of psoriasis and other auto-immune conditions once they tested and understood how to balance minerals. Most of us are severely deficient in magnesium, zinc and others minerals too and tend to have excess of copper, calcium and others.

  6. Would it also be helpful to make these recipes with agar agar? Dr. Wahl promotes sea vegetables. I guess if the “point” of the recipe is to consume gelatin, it would be counterproductive to replace the gelatin.

    I was a vegetarian for 26 years, but Dr. Wahl’s book has convinced me to start eating a bit of grass-fed beef and organic chicken. It’s a difficult change to make!

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