BlogWhole30 All about collagen

January 22, 2018by Courtney Elise68

I was first introduced to Collagen when I first started my Whole30 journey in 2016. It wasn’t until March of last year that I decided to give them a try myself.

Within my first month of using them I noticed tremendous changes and haven’t turned back since.

Here is some collagen 101

– Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body but as we get older we stop producing it as much so it’s helpful to take a supplement

– It’s beneficial for joint health, skin, hair and nails, digestion and more

– Different forms such as grass-fed, pasture raised bovine hide collagen sourced from Brazil and New Zealand (what I use) or marine collagen obtained from fish sourced from Hawaii!

Why I take collagen

So here’s the deal. I’ve had 3 back surgeries and the joints of a person in their seventies (this is a direct quote from my orthopedic surgeon by the way). After my 3rd and most invasive surgery my surgical team, PT and family were all under the impression that I would need the rest of the janky disks fused as the level 1 fusion was only meant to take away the numbness in my legs and tingly toes.

I was determined with my new Whole30 lifestyle which included more than just food freedom but an exercise regiment and appropriate nutritional supplements that I was going to prolong this surgery a long as I possibly could.

So here I am, standing tall (for real, half an inch taller since my surgery), surgery free since June 2016.

I have been taking Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides every day since early 2017 and y’all, I’m never turning back.

I’ve noticed vast improvement in my workout performance with less joint pain and increased endurance. I notice I take less ibuprofen surrounding exercise and this was my goal- ACHIEVED.

But, I have also noticed I use less concealer under my eyes because it has helped improve my skin making it all glowy, and it improves my quality of sleep at night.

My nails become less brittle by the month and my hair is stronger than ever.

Vital Protiens Collagen is bioavailable so it’s absorbed by the body super quickly and it’s totally tasteless and odorless.

How Do I Use It?

For me personally, I put a heaping scoop in my morning coffee and 1 heaping scoop in my nighttime tea.

You can use it in cold or hot liquids–even smoothies! I’ve used it in baking healthier treats (post Whole30) for extra protein and I’ve even added it to mashed potatoes!

Your options are endless when it comes to Vital Proteins. They have brand new collagen COFFEE CREAMERS that are Whole30 Approved, a Matcha Collagen for you non-coffee drinkers out there, flavored peptides, collagen beauty water mixed with probiotics to enhance hydration.. and so many more!

​I have no doubt that there is a collagen waiting just for you! Check out their website for all their Whole30 approved options.

Be sure to enter the giveaway on my Instagram page (@coffeecarrotsandcurls) ending Friday 1.26.18 to win a 20 ounce bottle of the collagen I have been using for the last year!

Keep calm and collagen on friends. 

Courtney Elise

Courtney Elise


  • Amy

    January 22, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    I would love to win your Vital proteins give away and give collagen a try.. I’m doing a whole30 this month and loving the nsv’s..would love to incorporate vital proteins into my health regimen. I live in Opelika,Al.. so not too far from you.


    • Courtney Elise

      January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      You’re not far at all! Stay up to date with my Instagram and Facebook and look for any events you might want to come to!


    • Katie Patzelt

      January 23, 2018 at 8:34 am

      I absolutely love Vital Proteins collagen. It has truly changed my life!! Love this post.


    • Urvi

      January 25, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Hi from instagram (_purvs) !! I’ve done 4 whole30’s so far (currently on my 5th), but have yet to try collagen! I think this would be a great addition to my morning coffee regimen and would love to try it! ???


    • Kelsey Hunt

      January 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      Would love to try! Especially the dark circles, no body wants those 🙂


  • Autum Kay

    January 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I definaty want to try this! Thanks for the post!


  • Alison Russ

    January 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!!


  • Kacey

    January 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Been thinking about giving collagen try, definitely waning to after reading this, thanks!


  • Carissa

    January 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    This is awesome! I’ve been growing increasingly curious about collagen lately. Looking forward to trying it soon! Have you noticed your hair getting thicker at all or just less breakage?


    • Courtney Elise

      January 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      I have crazy super thick and curly hair already so I haven’t noticed anything with it getting thicker. BUT, it’s definitely stronger and grows faster!


  • Sarah Gregory

    January 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Here from Instagram and excited to explore your blog even more! I LOVE taking collagen every morning and would love to win some! Love following your journey!


  • Danielle

    January 22, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I use it everyday and it’s made such a difference for me! Thanks for sharing your story 🙂


  • Krista

    January 22, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Love this post! I started using this during my current t round of Whole30. I’m still trying to assess the benefits but I am looking forward to continuing and finding ways to incorporate them into my diet!


  • Samantha Garrett

    January 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Hello from Instagram!! I am so glad you are doing this giveaway. Collagen is so important!! Have you tried their coffee creamers or the matcha??? Those sound so tasty but I’ve never tried them. Love your blog and positivity!! So awesome how much collagen has increased your quality of life Courtney!!


    • Courtney Elise

      January 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      I have not tried the coffee creamer or matcha yet, but I will be trying the creamers soon! I’ll definitely give my full review! Thanks for the support!


  • Jessica Heim

    January 22, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I just started using collagen and I’m hooked!!!! I would love to win a free canister!!!


  • erineatswhole

    January 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing your input. I’ve committed to eating along the Whole30 guidelines consistently but have never tried collagen. Really would love to give it a try soon!


  • Abbey

    January 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    So glad I came across your Instagram and blog! I only live about 30 minutes from Columbus so it’s great to see what resourdss you find. I also had just been looking up info about collagen and how to use it.


    • Courtney Elise

      January 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Abbey! Stay up to date on my Instagram and Facebook for events that might interest you in Columbus! Several in the making right now!


  • Darian

    January 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve loved adding this to my routine! Thanks for the education 🙂


  • Renai

    January 22, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Great post!! Thanks for the info!!


  • Peyton

    January 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I have been wanting to try for awhile now! Not in the budget but would love to win some from you!!


  • Kara R.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve been using collagen for about 9 months now (in my morning cup of coffee). I LOVE it. I started taking it to help with joint pain from old sports injuries. Totally helps. My skins looks great and my hair and nails grow fast and strong. Would love some Vital Proteins to try!!


  • Libby McDermond

    January 22, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Loooove VP collagen! This would be the best prize to win!!


  • Anna

    January 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so glad I came across your Instagram during this round of Whole30! I ❤️ collagen peptides from vital proteins! I ran out recently and would love to win your giveaway! ☺️


  • Kristie

    January 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I have been using Collagen for about 2 months consistently, and it’s amazing how much my skin and nails have changed! I love Vital Proteins so much!


  • Jesseca Mallory

    January 22, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway! I started using vital proteins last year, but I was not as consistent with it as I should have been. I have been consistent so far during this January whole30 and I just had to order some more! I’m hoping that using it everyday will help with my knee pain that comes and goes, from old age I guess lol


  • Sarah Feeney

    January 22, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I would love to try VP! I haven’t tried collagen, but my joints, skin, and hair could use a boost! I’m pregnant with my second, and my hips and skin are suffering! Would be so helpful postpartum too!


  • Sarah

    January 22, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for the simple breakdown on the benefits of using collagen! I would love to try this product!


  • Vicki

    January 22, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    My hair had been thinning A LOT! I have been using this collagen for 4 months and my hair is feeling thicker. I have a lot of baby hairs growing in. Yay!!


  • Kristine

    January 22, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I’m so in love with collagen, for the same reason. My back/joints are so awful, I’ve been using collagen for the past year but not as regularly as I’d like. I noticed a big difference early on, I’m eager to try VP over other brands, but I’ve been too cheap!


  • Dayna

    January 22, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve noticed hair growth and less joint pain! LOVE my Vital Protiens!


  • Dayna Myos

    January 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve noticed hair growth and less joint pain! LOVE my Vital Proteins!


  • Sarah Lowe

    January 22, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I love your testimony!! I’d love to try VP! I need to work on the long term health habits 🙂 not getting any younger!


  • Mary Gwen

    January 22, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I have just started using collagen and am seeing the benefits of it but am running low! I’d love to win some more since we don’t have a local place to buy the canister!


  • Paula Weaver

    January 22, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    My daughter is a softball player and suffers with joint pain in her wrist. And since I have started my whole30 journey I’ve started working out and experiencing knee pain. I desperate want her and I to start using this. Your giveaway is perfect timing!


  • Megan Preuett

    January 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I love adding collagen into my tea! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin and nails since I’ve started using it. Such a game-changer!


  • Savannah (@feedmethegoodstuff)

    January 22, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Came over here from the Instagram Giveaway post and am glad I did! Didn’t realize you had a website. Also, I’m really interested in collagen peptides. I just bought a small container last week and am using it daily to see how it helps my joints (specifically my knees, which sound like crumpling tissue paper every time I bend them.) Here’s to hoping it works, and here’s to hoping I win the giveaway so I can keep this trial period going! ??


  • Rebecca

    January 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Traveled here via your Instagram. Love the benefits of collagen that I’ve seen.

    – @rbustos


  • Ally

    January 22, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve been using collagen sporadically the past couple months. The best part is you can’t taste it at all. I’m not 100% sure about the benefits being due to collagen or Whole30, but it can’t hurt! Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Cortney

    January 23, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I love love vital proteins! So many great products and awesome company! Thank you for hosting this giving away!! Also on congrats on 5k followers!!


  • Lisa McG

    January 23, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Nice to get a first hand account. I was a little skeptical and gave up on it when I did not see/feel results. I’m trying again and will stick with it this time.


  • Lindsey Webb

    January 23, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I’m so excited that I found your Instagram and blog while following so many Whole30-ers this month. I ordered It Starts With Food, and I’m looking forward to beginning my own journey to food freedom. Vital Proteins collagen peptides are at the top of my list for must-haves!! Thanks for sharing this.


  • Katie

    January 23, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I started taking collagen two weeks ago because everyone in the Whole30 community takes about it and it has helped me tremendously! I am a runner with achy joints, I have never been able to grow my hair out because it just breaks and falls out, and have been experience digestion issues for years and the VP Collagen has helped all of this in only two weeks!! I am so grateful to have found it


  • Andrea VanMaele

    January 23, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been wanting to try vital proteins for awhile now! Reading your post makes me want to try it more!!


  • Amanda

    January 23, 2018 at 9:51 am

    This is such an awesome story. Thank you so much for sharing. Have you tried any of the other vital proteins products? If so which ones and did you like them ?


    • Courtney Elise

      January 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      I honestly haven’t! One of the collagen creamers and their beauty greens are on the way to me right now and I’m going to give those a try! I will definitely give a full review 🙂


  • Mandy

    January 23, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I just started using collagen about a month ago and wow I can say I have noticed a difference. I have not used vital proteins but I have heard such awesome information About their products


  • Allie Grace Merrill

    January 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I started using VP collagen for the first time in October, and I. Am. Obsessed.!!! I seriously can’t rave enough about all the effects it’s made on my body! I literally tell everyone about it that will listen! Hahaha but seriously! And it’s soooo easy to use in my everyday life! I look forward to it every day! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it as well!


  • Jackie Krichbaum

    January 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I am on my 3rd whole30 in 2 years and have been hearing a lot more about the benefits of adding collagen into my diet and want to give it a try! I recently graduated from Physical Therapy school and would love to see how it affects me and my workouts and how it can benefit my patients as well! Thank you!


  • Angela

    January 23, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Courtney!

    I’m also doing January Whole30! I found the individual packets of the beef bone broth collagen last night at the store tried it for the first time right before bed. I seriously don’t remember the last time I slept so good! I have PCOS and Hashimoto’s. I usually wake up feeling inflamed and sore/achy, but I could already tell a difference when waking up this morning. I would love a chance to try the collagen peptides!


  • Karen Hickman

    January 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I just started using collagen and can’t wait to start seeing the benefits! Also entering your Vital Proteins giveaway! Fingers crossed!!!=)


  • Stephanie

    January 23, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I’m loving the collagen peptides! I just went through my first container so I’d love to be able to win this giveaway! ???


  • Michele

    January 23, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Wow your story is so inspiring! I have similar food issues and have started following you on Instagram. I also have ulcerative colitis and would love to win the collagen giveaway to help heal my gut


  • Justine Heslip

    January 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I have been wanting to try Vital Proteins Collagen for so long, so winning your give away would be amazing! I am currently 3 months postpartum and I know this would help my pp hair loss. I am also planning on doing a Whole30 in February!


  • Ariana Gonzalez

    January 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Collagen has been surprisingly necessary part of my daily routine. I put a scoop or half a scoop in my water bottle or large mason jar at home daily, sometimes twice daily. Two days after I began doing this, I already started receiving compliments on my glowing skin. Collagen helps keep my skin clear and nails strong, and as someone who loses hair when combing due to thyroid disease, I appreciate it helping me have stronger hair.

    I never thought I would like this. The idea of collagen always grossed me out. Turns out, a bottle of water with collagen inside tastes just the same as collagen without it. ALSO, I’ve always struggled with drinking enough water. I tend to rely on coffee and end up drinking more coffee instead of water. Now, I’m hooked on my collagen water and down it daily.

    I would love to win this contest, as I plan to continue with this daily routine, but my budget is tight and I’m not sure I will be able to afford to do this as often as I’d like.

    Collagen water every damn day!


  • Mary

    January 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I have loved following you & reading your blog! Thank you for sharing such helpful info. I just started using collagen this week and have been adding it to my green smoothie each day. I have some digestion issues and have heard it call help with that. Hoping to win ??!!


  • Katie

    January 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Loved reading this post. I’m doing my first whole30 this month and I’m loving it! Definitely going to be a lifestyle change for me. I’m very interested in adding collagen peptides to my routine as well!


  • Meghan carter

    January 25, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Can’t wait to try this!


  • Diana Sanchez Tigre

    January 25, 2018 at 8:41 am

    You are so inspiring. I’ve over worked out for the last 3 Years and feeling my knees weak lately. I’ve understand now that if I didn’t change my diet I would never see change. I’m interested in trying the VitalP Collagen with the giveaway. I believe it would make a difference.
    TY for this opportunity


  • Joni

    January 25, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Thank you for this valuable information on collagen! It has really helped me after my surgery as well!


  • Mandy

    January 25, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve really wanted to try this collagen. Since having babies my hair keeps following out ?. I think this would really help. Thanks for taking time to tell us all about it!!!!


  • Lauren Munoz

    January 25, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I would love to try some!!! Thanks for the blog! I’ve heard great things about it!


  • Catherine

    January 26, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I LOVE collagen!!! My nails have always been brittle and weak. Which led to me having s terrible nail biting problem. I stared using collagen peptides and now my nails are so strong and the tips are actually white! I’ve stopped biting them and I look like I have grown up nails! Love love love!!


  • Stacey

    January 26, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I would love to have my mom try this! She’s very depressed because her hair is thinning and falling out. She doesn’t want to buy it though. Thanks for the giveaway.


  • Michelle Waggoner

    January 26, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Adding collagen to my daily routine. Used to only take Omega 3 and think that was enough but these 35 year old joints need a little more care. ?? I get to try Vital Proteins Collagen!!!!!


  • Jennifer

    January 26, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have been wanting to try Vital Proteins for the nail growth and skin benefit. I have hair very similar to yours, so I don’t need it to be any thicker! Thanks!


  • Maegen

    January 27, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Love Vital Proteins! It’s been a game changer and I will never stop using it!!


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