My dog, Riley, happens to have a health coach for a mom, and I DO look at ingredients of his food and treats. It's important to watch quality and quantity of dog food - and treats because some ingredients can be harmful to their health. Just like the ingredients in people food and treats!
Check this out. Here’s the ingredient list from a popular mass-marketed dog biscuit:
Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Meat and Bone Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Beef Fat (Preserved with Tocopherols), Wheat Germ, Salt, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Bacon Fat, Brewers Dried Yeast, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Malted Barley Flour, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Sodium Metabisulfite (Used as a Preservative), Iron Oxide (Color), Artificial Flavor (Source of Sausage Flavor), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1.
That’s 25 ingredients! And many of them, like BHA and artificial colors, aren’t something you’d ever feed in your pet’s diet. Yeesh!
The September 2014 edition of Clean Eating magazine contains a 3-Ingredient Dog Treats recipe. I happen to have those three ingredients so I made them today.
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
They do look like little cookies, so I put a sign on the container so that Riley's humans don't taste them.
I must be in rare baking mood today, because I made chocolate chip cookies for the rest of us. :)
for the recipe!
Riley gives them a
In health (and in the health of your pet)
...keep it simple and real.
There was a time when I shopped the local grocery store filling my carriage with food items that came in boxes, bags, cans, and frozen containers. These were "convenience" foods such as snack items, flavored pastas and sauces, and microwavable meals.
Today, I am equipped with more awareness, more knowledge about food additives, preservatives, misleading labels, sketchy marketing tactics, and a plethora of hazardous chemicals. So my grocery cart does NOT contain any of those "convenience foods" any more! When I really started paying closer attention to food labels and ingredients, and learned about the health hazards of the thousands of chemicals and pesticides in processed foods, I felt overwhelmed. I mean, processed food products are everywhere! Honestly, I was a bit freaked out (and with good reason). I was (and still am) horrified by it all. It's a travesty what the FDA allows in our food system! (But that's a story for another blog post.)
There's no turning back though. Once I had this awareness - this knowledge about how the Standard American Diet (SAD) is making us sick (type 2 diabetes, obesity, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer) - I can't unlearn it. I mean, how can I ignore something that threatens my health? I am awakened now to how my food choices impact my health.
When I eliminated highly process, manufactured, packaged foods from my menu and adopted a more plant-based eating style, things changed for me. My skin tone improved, no 3 PM slump, increased energy, no colds/flus, no more headaches, lost some weight. I've noticed that my body responds faster to my weight workouts, too. Best of all, I feel fabulous!!
I like to provide my clients with this awareness, as well. I don't like to freak people out, but it would be unethical to NOT share my knowledge about the hazards of the SAD. Actually, my clients appreciate learning about the toxicity of the Standard American Diet because they can make healthier choices for themselves and their families.
Once you start eating cleaner - eliminating process foods (and thereby eliminating thousands of chemicals) and eating whole foods - you feel better, think clearer, and are healthier overall. You feel so good that there's just no going back to the old way of eating!
In the beginning, it may feel overwhelming as you read through the labels and search for foods that are healthiest. My advice: keep it simple and real. Most of your diet (actually, I prefer "eating style" because diet has a negative connotation) should be plant-based. Think fresh vegetables, dense whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and water. You can't go wrong. Real food does not have an ingredient list full of 28-letter chemicals. Real food IS the ingredient. It doesn't have artificial flavors, artificial colors, or artificial anything. Real food isn't manufactured. It's grown.
Real foods are nutrient dense - full of the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that our bodies need to thrive. It has fiber and real flavor from the earth. It has good energy which, in turn, provides the body with good energy.
Need help putting it all together? That's why I became a coach because I am passionate about helping people in reclaiming their wellness! Consults are free; schedule yours today. Coaching can be done via phone or in-person.
Remember, keep it simple and real.
Holistic Health Coach
Personal Trainer/Yoga Teacher
Many clients tell me the reason they want to work with a health coach is because they don’t feel good in their body any more. They’re living an inactive lifestyle, have gained weight, feel self-conscious, and have experienced low self-esteem. Their desire is to restore their wellness to levels they haven’t experienced in long time. Many express making unhealthy food choices as a main culprit for their current condition. While they know their choices aren’t healthy, they can’t seem to correct it.
What I’ve learned is that it’s not just about the food. However, to be clear, nutrition is a HUGE factor in our wellness and not all calories are created the same. Typically, when a person reaches a state of feeling uncomfortable in their body due to weight gain, sluggishness, brain fog they didn’t get there strictly because of the food. Their food choices are another symptom of something bigger.
It's because all aspects of our lives impact our wellness - how we feel, how we act, the choices we make - it's all connected. When something is out of balance, it can impact how well we choose to care for ourselves. Loss of a loved one, trauma, depression, unhealthy relationships, unfulfilling jobs – can impact how we eat, what we eat, when we eat, why we eat, where we eat. Discovering our wellness imbalances is essential to enhancing wellness.
When a client and I first start working together, I ask them to complete a wellness assessment. It’s a great tool to discover their imbalances may be, as well as for the client to really connect with each aspect of themselves, including understanding their commitment level for making change. A health coach utilizes various tools, such as the wellness assessment, to assist and support clients in determining strategies for successfully enriching their lives.
For me, health coaching is very fulfilling. Not only do I get to assist clients in making positive changes that enhance their wellness, but I also learn a lot along the way! It’s definitely a win-win!
Have you struggled with certain aspects of your wellness? Everyone does at some point in life. I can support you in making the changes you want – changes that are sustainable, no quick fixes, but real, permanent strategies specific to your goals.
Please email me (PeggyYoga@verizon.net) or click the blue button below to schedule a free consultation. I would be honored to assist you!
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