Why Real Food?
“You can boost your pet’s health profoundly by making one simple decision.
All you have to do is to change his
diet from unhealthy, commercial-brand fare to something you may never have imagined giving him: real food!”
Martin Goldstein, DVM
The Nature of Animal Healing
The food that we feed our companions is their primary source of health, energy, balance and healing. While they thrive on the love and energy they receive from us, they also require foods that nourish them in the most fundamental way. Through my own targets to be more conscious and in regard to the Earth and all species we share the space with, health challenges of my own and my animal friends and the many clients I have facilitated change for over the past 15 years, I have experimented, learnt and through a lot of trial and error found what is true for me and the animals by knowing what is true for each of as the unique one of a kind individuals we all be. That each and every living form has its own beat, requirements and desires and that by asking the body what it requires we step in to a kind gracious honouring space and the abuse and judgements and self abuse cease to exist. Consciousness includes everything and judges nothing. When we are in an expanded space of BEING, KNOWING, PERCEIVING AND RECEIVING everything with no point of view, the magic happens. If our bodies are our greatest consciousness facilitators, the cats whiskers and we listen to the feather’s touch, we are in kindness and gratitude for embodiment. From the space of being best friends with our bodies there is no need to create a healing crisis for the body is acknowledged not the mind. What potency, ease and joy can you and your body BE from a world of no judgement. We are all connected, so what is, will be, for you and the animals companions you share your living with.
I talk with hundreds of animals and their human companions people every week about the imbalances their companions are suffering. Digestive disorders, kidney and thyroid issues, itching, paw licking, ear infections, airborne allergies, and the list goes on. Treatment for these imbalances will often involve prescription drugs and prescription food, or switching from one dry food to the next – sometimes for years on end – when there much simpler path to balance and healing. My sense is that if I would not eat something, I would feed it to my animal friends, for what reason. Unfit for human consumption is unfit for any living being!! My family, human and animal enjoy a raw whole food diet. I love juicing and so do my dogs! Jason Vale is a favourite of mine for imaginative, different juice combos – time to create a juice google him he is great! I have recently been juicing as an alternative for some of the broths for my cats and dogs. Often I juice the same for my human family as the animals, sometimes I make the animals juices more spicier and “meatier” than the sweeter fruit ones my Thalia enjoys! The downside to the juices is that they need to be used within a day or two, preferable straight after juicing is best. You can freeze them in bulk like with the broths it is all choice so play around with what is easier for you.
What change and ease could you create by feeding your companion real, whole food? A lot of people have a point of view that it is expensive and not as convenient as buying a bag of dry food once a month. My awareness and experience is that yes, it may take a little time and cost a little more in the choice of raw over dry, but in the long term maintaining happy healthy animals and family means no huge medical bills EVER !! What if the weekly visit to the fresh nature’s store could be an orgasmic experience for you? My body sighs with bliss just smelling natures abundance on those trips to fruit and veg city – it is so easy. It brings up such gratitude for the wonders of nature and her abundance. I remember as a child the sheer bliss of riding in the basket of the local bicycle veg man shucking peas and being so happy. Today it incenses me to see fresh fruit and vegetables taken out of natures source only to be shrink wrapped in plastics and styrafoam packaging! It is insanity at its best that we would take something pure and simply good, wrap it in carcinogeous toxins made from petroleums and chemicals I cannot pronounce that are disposed of in land fills and the oceans which are killing birds, sea life and the Earth itself…. What would it take to change all that right now and give the earth and all life the respect and contribution she deserves?
Rule #1: Live fresh foods are best
Rule #2: if you cannot pronounce it don’t put it in your body or your animals
Rule #3 use your body as a pendulum for YES/NO answers for you and your family
Rule #4 Ask questions?
Is this true? Body will this be a contribution to you?
Rule #5 Be flexible and have fun “playing” with food!! ( were you told not to as a child – well here is your chance to have an adventure !!)
MOST ILLNESSES AND IMBALANCES ARE FOOD RELATED. Itching, ear infections, paw licking and face rubbing are classic food allergy symptoms. Other common imbalances associated with a commercial food diet: dull coat, bad breath, body odor, poor dental health, fatty tumors,
Companions who subsist on a dry food diet may develop urinary tract issues, including bladder stones and crystals. This is very common in felines. Since cats are obligate carnivores, and instinctively obtain most of their moisture from their food, dry food can dehydrate our feline friends, concentrating the urine, creating a haven for bacteria in the bladder.
DRY AND CANNED FOODS ARE DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO DIGEST. Most commercial dry and canned foods have been heated to high temperatures, sometimes 1,000 degrees, destroying all of the enzymes, and many of the most important minerals and vital antioxidants. No matter how good the ingredients appear to be, they’ve all been baked into crunchy oblivion! This heating process also changes the structure of proteins and carbohydrates, making both much more difficult for your dog to digest and much less nutritious than the original, raw ingredients. Many of these commercial foods also contain chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin) that have been linked to liver disease, as well as by-products and other sickening ingredients. I have read many articles over the years on the Truth behind this multi billion dollar industry – a by product of waste not fit for human consumption by food giants like Monsanto and it is not easy to digest – excuse the pun. It has also been well documented that the millions of animals euthanized in shelters end up in the animal food is basically your animal friends are eating themselves. That is not something I am willing to support – the choice is yours, so choose what works for you knowing where the food comes from. Ask questions, meet your food, ask your body what it requires and desires and go from there.
It’s difficult to accept, but the dry and canned dog food that is currently being sold in grocery stores and many of the large pet supply stores is not only lacking in nutrients and digestibility, it is often (almost always) laden with cheap, inappropriate and toxic ingredients that are obtained from rendering plants and as rejects from other food industries. These companies do not care about your animal companions in the least. These highly processed “foods” are the biggest contributors to many, if not most, of the illnesses and imbalances suffered by our beloved companions. Brands to eliminate completely and forever, are Iams, Eukanuba, Royal Canin, Purina, Hills Science Diet, Ol’ Roy and Pedigree, just to name a few.
Dogs and cats are not humans – they are each a different species and, as such, have a different and specific set of nutritional requirements needed to maintain vibrant good health. One of the most respectful ways to express deep caring for our companions is to feed species- appropriate food.
What else is possible to contribute to happy, healthy bodies, human and animal alike and the Planet today?
For more information and recipes to get your pets eating to LIVE email me or see my website www.truenaturebodytalk.co.za for details of my services.
may all of life come to you with ease, joy and glory!