In our inaugural post in the “Muscles and Muzzles” series, we’ll tackle an important topic that impacts the every-day life of your pet.
“Should I feed my puppy/cat/rabbit/guinea pig/etc. organic food?”
All too often, people reach for the cheapest, most chemical-laden food out there for their pets. Items like dry or wet food can be filled with ingredients that are not exactly desirable for the healthy function of your dog’s well-being. Not to mention traces of heavy metals (not the good kind!) and plastics. As humans, we’ve evolved to pretty much digest anything we get our hands on, to the detriment of our health, so dogs and cats must be similar right? Uhh…not exactly.
An all-natural or organic diet is paramount to the health of you, as well as your pet. Think of it like a high-end car : you wouldn’t exactly fill it up with cheap gas and expect optimal performance. It’s the same way with our bodies too! The major psychological difference between humans and pets is that as humans, we can decide what we want to eat, for the most part. You really don’t see dogs stick their nose up at food (cats…totally different subject). Physically, there are tons of items that your pets cannot digest, or could even be toxic! Stuff like avocado, certain types of nuts, certain vegetables, coffee, chocolate, etc.
It can be a bit daunting in attempting to eat all-natural or organic, not to mention costly. But with a bit of prep, you can save yourself some money and time! This is where the bodybuilder/meal prep in me comes through : you can legit save a TON of money by planning in advance!
First things first, if you can swing a membership to Costco, Sam’s Club, Thrive Market, you’ll set yourself (and your pets) for success. Items purchased in bulk generally carry a discount, and you’ll end up saving enough money to cover the cost of the membership fairly quickly!
Second, what exactly should you buy? For our pets, it’s all about the fresh meat and vegetables. If fresh food is not readily available, then frozen is a good second option. Sometimes, especially with vegetables not in season (broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato), the frozen alternative is perfectly fine. Most frozen vegetables are picked at the right time! With meats, we typically purchase all-natural or organic chicken or turkey, specifically making sure it’s hormone-free.
Third, planning the week out for food! So you know your pets are going to eat x times a week. Take a couple minutes at the beginning of the week and bulk cook the food, especially if it’s frozen. Make a couple lbs of chicken, set it into a large container, and put in the fridge for the rest of the week. Same thing with veggies, though I would probably do it in lesser amounts, unless it is cruciferous like broccoli or cauliflower. Any food not used can safely be put back in the freezer for the following week.
Using the tips above can save you time and money. Not to mention you know exactly what you pets are eating. Instead of the copious amounts of fats and sugars (and low-grade crude protein) in most commercially available pet food, you can rest assure that your pets are getting the best possible diet! Which means less digestive complications, and potential health issues.
And this applies to humans too!
Be on the lookout for our next Podcast, which may have a special segment in relation to this article!
In our next post, we’ll talk about the benefits of shopping at your local farmer’s market!
Until next time!