The Benefits Of Fiber

Lucy and I are enjoying time in Carmel this week, walking on the beach, shopping, reading and relaxing while we are staying at our favorite spot, The Hideaway. Gaining a better understanding of the role fiber plays in my diet, I have been contemplating the importance of fiber in Lucy’s diet. Did you know that fiber can help with constipation, diarrhea, diabetes, and anal sac impaction in addition to promoting and maintaining overall health? The benifits of fiber include but are not limited to: adding bulk to the stool, renewing the cell lining of the intestinal wall, feeding good bacteria of the intestinal tract while suppressing the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

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Warning: Grain Free

Fat free, gluten free, and now grain free foods line the shelves of grocery and pet food stores. Millions of dollars are spent on advertising by multi billion dollar corporations to convince us that this is the true path to health and wellness for ourselves, our families and our beloved animals. Removing fat, gluten and grain from our diet and that of our animals has increased the incidence of obesity and diabetes. This is due to the substitution of soluble carbohydrates for fat, gluten and grain. Grain free describes pet food free of corn, soy, wheat, barley, or oats. The grains have been replaced with soluble carbohydrates or starches found in potatoes, rice, peas, lentils and other legume seeds.

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Book Review: The Lost History of the Canine Race

While on vacation I read, The Lost History of The Canine Race, by Mary Elizabeth Thurston and found this to be a well written, interesting, thoughtful book which chronicles how our evolution has been entwined and enhanced by dogs since the time of the Egyptians. Thurston chronicles the evolution of the dog/human relationship and it’s impact the development of our social consciousness, humanity, and spiritual connections. From the dawn of evolution dogs have been responsible for bringing out the best or worse in each of us.

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Feeding Puppies A Fresh Food Diet

Puppies bring joy, laughter and love into our lives. As responsible and loving guardians we want to provide all the ingredients for a long and healthy life. The role of nutrition for growing puppies establishes a solid foundation for development of the endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems begins at conception. This is why the demand for raw feed puppies from raw fed mother’s has increased over the years as the benefits of fresh foods becomes more widely known and accepted

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Bone Broth

It is a rare lecture or seminar pertaining to health and wellness that does not include a discussion of the benefits of bone broth. At a recent seminar bone broth was available during a morning break for all the participants to enjoy. A chicken broth, it was delicious, satisfying, and amazingly easy to prepare, I was hooked. After the seminar I made my first batch of bone broth and it has now become a regular part of our diet. Nourishing bone broth aides digestive, immune, joint, skin, and brain health.

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