Sunday, June 2, 2013

You are what you eat

My boy is on home-cooked meals in the morning and loves it. He has been on it since his health scare last year. My girl has never been a fan, preferring kibbles. Commercial dog food especially kibbles and treats (absolutely no) are so convenient but nothing beats fresh foods and knowing what is in the food you feed your kids. Now everyone is on home-cooked meals. I must say they have a more balanced diet that me!
Kampong chicken, organs, fish, fruits, vegetables, ginger & turmeric, fish or coconut oils

My Starter reference

Imagine a prey animal.

Most of the animal is made up of meat and bones. A prey animal in the wild is a lean animal - not fat and plump like those raised domestically for meat. The amount of meat to bone is close to 50/50. Perhaps a little more meat than bone overall, but not overly much. Then you have the organs. Imagine the amount of organs compared to the bones. It is a much smaller percentage of the whole animal than the bones and meat.  Now vegetable matter. In the animals stomach and intestines there will be things like grasses, herbs, berries, seeds and so forth. No grains really apart from some grass seeds in season. Lots of leafy green vegetable matter all pulped up. Again though, it is a smaller percentage than the amount of bones and meat. Imagine the prey animal living in an environment that is not overgrazed and has lovely healthy rich soil. The diet it is eating is full of nutrients and trace elements and has good levels of omega 3's. The prey animal is also a 'whole animal and includes the things most people don't buy commercially such as eyes and brain etc (things higher in omega 3's). To emulate this, we can include things like kelp/alfalfa and flax/fish oil. In its stomach along with all those vegetables, it will also have some enzymes and bacteria. This is where things like probiotics (eg yoghurt) can come in to the picture. So, here we have the basic 'animal' that forms the foundation of the diet. Picture all the bits together in the proportions you might find them in the animal.

Now picture them in your dog's bowl.

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