Nutrition is Important for Life

Fresh grapes, pepper, lemon, and lime on a cutting board. BY VIKTOR HANACEK

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I was listening to a CD featuring speaker Jim Rohn. Mr. Rohn began telling his story and mentioned that he learned nutrition from his mother. She had learned nutrition from his grandparents. Because of his mother’s wisdom in nutrition, his father lived to be 93 and her doctor said that she had extended her life by 20 years because of her decisions regarding nutrition.

In our microwave society, everything is handed to us. There is this entitlement mentality that is running rampant through our generation and in our children’s generation. We have become takers.

Back to nutrition. It is probably the single most important topic anyone can learn. However, we have been duped by companies for the last 100 years or so into believing that processed foods produce the same kind of nutrition like home prepared foods.

Nutrigenomics is an expanding scientific field. It deals with how nutrition choices affect a specific genome. In other words, every living organism responds to a specific diet appropriate for its genome. This is why we are beginning to hear about species appropriate diets. Dr. Karen Becker has been talking about this for a while but society is just beginning to listen.

PawTree is a dog food manufacturing company that prepares customized dog and cat food. Just listening to their video presentation on YouTube made me a believer in what they do. As a consumer, you can go online and fill out a form to select custom ingredients for your pets’ food. You can even name your pets’ food! But the biggest takeaway was hearing them say that pets, unlike our children, depend on us to make nutritional decisions for them for their entire life. That’s a big responsibility and worthy of our effort.

Dr. Karen Becker from Mercola Healthy Pets recommends home-made diets for your pets. Advantages of home-made diets include complete control over the ingredients, more economical than commercially prepared foods, and confidence that following a recipe will provide balanced nutrition your companion animals need.

Dr. Becker also admits what I have been saying. Even though pet parents are becoming aware of the importance of feeding a species appropriate diet, there are some who still aren’t yet ready to switch to a raw food diet.

My recommendation is to do your research. There is a lot of information out there these days concerning what you should be feeding your pets. Don’t be misled by razzle-dazzle marketing campaigns and sparkling commercials. Find out what your pets need and do whatever you can to meet those needs.

What should you feed your pets? Whatever you are absolutely comfortable feeding them and whatever is within your budget. I do recommend getting away from grocery store brands made with wheat or corn.

To help you begin making the transition from store brand to raw, I can offer you Life’s Abundance Pet Food. It’s a premium pet food made with the freshest ingredients and shipped to your door within 1 to 2 days.


For further reading, I recommend the following books:

Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote
Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs by Dr. Lew Olson
Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats: Simple Homemade Food by Dr. Karen Becker and Beth Taylor

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