Imagine opening your fridge and seeing it stocked with fresh fruits, veggies, and meats. You look down, and your dog is staring at you with those sad “I am hungry, mom!" eyes. Indeed, it is time for dinner. But instead of pouring another boring, over-processed kibble into your dog’s bowl, you take out some whole wheat pasta, ground turkey, fresh tomatoes, shredded carrots, and whip up something healthy for the two of you.
Did you know that cooking healthy foods for your pet can inspire you to eat healthier as well? And, here is the best part. Many of the ingredients you need are already in your fridge.
The right nutrition for your dog
Dogs are no different from humans when it comes to nutrition. Feed them poorly, and they will degenerate more quickly than on a whole food, nutrient-dense diet. Owners are often befuddled when their middle-aged dogs are diagnosed with preventable issues, such as obesity, arthritis or cancer.
Here is a well-kept secret - real food changes everything. Real, fresh food is the answer to our pets living longer, more fulfilled lives, and it's not rocket science. Together, with a little help from me, a canine nutritionist and your new health ambassador, I can set your dog on the way to optimal health! Learn more here.
the world health crisis
According to the report published by the World Health Organization, worldwide cancer rates are set to double by 2020. Unhealthy lifestyles, particularly the western diet is listed as one of the main causes. While the study is aimed at humans, we do know that our pet’s health issues parallel our own. Highly processed foods and extremely high simple carb diets create the same issues that we see in ourselves, including obesity, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and autoimmune diseases.
Benefits of homemade dog food
Over the past decade, the fresh food revolution, supported by science, allowed us to make smarter choices, swapping our highly processed diets of McDonald's and Twinkies, for healthy fruits, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins. With more research about the connection between processed foods and disease, we are now able to make educated decisions about the food we put into our bodies.
As we take those steps to replenish our health and make better choices, shouldn’t we make the same judgment call for our beloved pets? Below are some benefits of dumping those brown balls of kibble and saying hello to fresh, homemade dog food.
1. More Energy
We have all experienced a lethargic feeling after eating too much unhealthy food. Now, imagine our dogs eating over-processed food all day, every day. Feeding yourself, and your pet, a healthy diet made out of high-quality ingredients will help build a strong immune system and increase vitality.
2. Variation of the Diet
Humans eat a variety of different foods. Just like us, the more varied the nutrients in your dog's diet, the healthier they will be. Feeding a commercial dog food diet often results in the same variety of kibble. The homemade diet allows you to regularly vary the ingredients in your dog's meals to offer a wide range of nutrients.
3. Fewer Trips to the Vet & Longer Life
Did you know that when you practice healthy eating habits, you boost your chances of a longer life? The same principles apply to our pets. Switching your dog a fresh food diet helps improve long term health and prevent various health issues, such as obesity, arthritis, cancer and more!
The best news? Many of these fresh, dog-friendly ingredients and foods are already in your kitchen, waiting to be whipped up into something healthy and delicious.