These brightly flavored gummies are delicious and the juice can be changed to create any flavored gummy you’d like. I made them with lemon and ginger because I love those flavors together. I also wanted something that would help subdue my nausea and ginger is incredible at doing just that. They were a huge help and I kept some in my nightstand to have before getting up for the day.
I was having a difficult time trying to come up with something to share with you today so I decided it would be best to tell you why I was making these in the first place so keep on reading past the recipe.
Lemon Ginger (Nausea Busting) Gummies
½ cup unflavored gelatin powder (This is the brand I prefer)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup honey (you may add more to taste)
2 tsp. peeled and freshly grated ginger
- Line baking pan with parchment paper. If using silicone molds, place them on a sheet pan.
- Whisk lemon juice, honey and ginger together in a saucepan.
- Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the top and whisk well.
- Place saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture turns clear.
- Remove and pour into silicone molds or baking pan.
- Let them come to room temperature and solidify, approximately 1 hour.
- Remove from molds or cut into 1” squares.
- Store in an airtight container for 3 days or in the fridge up to a week.
Last week, at only 32 years old, I had back surgery. For three years I could barely do anything without sending myself into a bout of moderate to severe pain. Bowling, social events, laundry, dishes, cooking, taking blog photos, gardening – basically anything involving being on my feet too long or movement would send me spiraling. I had finally had enough and wanted my life back. I was in a cycle where I would have mild to moderate pain and then BAM! I would suddenly be in severe pain. I prefer holistic methods whenever possible so I tried physical therapy, chiropractic, injections, acupuncture and massage. While these things helped manage the pain I was only getting worse.
In January I was at work and felt the all too familiar pangs in my lower back. After a few hours it had become so severe that I abruptly left and went to see my chiropractor. One week later I was even worse and referred to a pain specialist. I had two epidural injections over the course of a month but they only mildly helped. I still could not sit or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. I had another MRI done and there was no denying the fact that I would need surgery. The images were significantly worse than the previous one I had less than a year before. My genetics were the biggest factor (thanks mom!) and along with lack of exercise and being overweight I was not doing my back any favors.
We scheduled the surgery and I began the month of waiting for it to roll around. I tend to get tunnel vision so I did everything I could manage to prepare. I researched how to best prepare the house and bedroom, I became obsessed with not getting sick, made these gummies and Jello from scratch with grass-fed beef gelatin, scheduled the physical therapy I’d need afterwards, went to the YMCA for info using the pool for therapy and researched best ways to deal with post-surgical nausea. Like I said, I went a little nuts.
I had terrible anxiety about the surgery because I have never had anything other than stiches and I was terrified. I listen to guided imagery on nights I struggle to calm my thoughts and I love Bellruth Naperstack’s audios the most. She has one called Successful Surgery and I listened to it every night for a week. The day of surgery I woke up and did not have an ounce of fear in me. I became a little anxious just before surgery but overall I felt determined and excited because I knew I made the right decision. I remember being wheeled back and saying goodbye to my husband and mother in-law. When I got into the room I was really high from the mediation and said to the anesthesiologist “This room is really cool!” He chuckled, agreed with me and told me to count backwards.
Immediately after I had terrible nausea and was given an anti-nausea injection. I tend to suffer from occasional nausea in the mornings anyway so I was given a prescription of it as well to take home along with pain killers and muscle relaxers. It has been just over a week since I got home and I am feeling better each day. I have begun physical therapy and I look forward to each session. I will have to spend more time doing PT than most back surgery patients because I spent so long on bed rest and basically have no muscle as a result. It is painful and exhausting but I keep trying to remind myself that I have been through worse pain.
I would like to thank all of you who have emailed me or dropped me a note on Facebook sending love, prayers and well wishes. I am surrounded by incredibly supportive friends and family who drop by food, flowers, cards and balloons and come to visit me while I am fairly house bound. Every bit helps me remain positive and look forward to having my regular life back soon!