Freelee The Banana Girl reveals her New Year's 30-day cleanse – Daily Mail

Her extreme diet can see her eat up to 15 bananas, 40 pieces of fruit and a couple of kilograms of potatoes in one day.

But Freelee The Banana Girl, who has 492,794 YouTube subscribers and more than 329,000 Instagram followers, said her simplistic approach to food is the best way to lose weight and improve your health.

The Adelaide resident has written an e-book, the Raw Till 4 Diet Banana Girl Cleanse, and told Daily Mail Australia the diet, which encourages between 2,500 to 3,000-calories a day, would ‘change your life.’

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Meet the banana girl: Freelee The Banana Girl is a social media and YouTube star from Adelaide

Meet the banana girl: Freelee The Banana Girl is a social media and YouTube star from Adelaide

Extreme diet: Her raw till 4pm vegan lifestyle can see her eat up to 15 bananas for breakfast in a smoothie

Extreme diet: Her raw till 4pm vegan lifestyle can see her eat up to 15 bananas for breakfast in a smoothie

Freelee’s own journey started nine years ago.

The 35-year-old was overweight, depressed, suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, poor digestion and acne.

She started to research nutrition and came across the raw food diet.

After trial and error, which included a stint of eating only bananas for a month, her high-carb fruit diet saw her shed 20 kilograms, and her health problems disappeared with the weight. 

Trial and error: Freelee said the extreme approach to dieting saw her shed 20 kilograms, increased her energy and solved a number of health problems

Trial and error: Freelee said the extreme approach to dieting saw her shed 20 kilograms, increased her energy and solved a number of health problems

Banana bender: When she first discovered the raw food diet she ate only bananas for an entire month - and said her health dramatically improved

Banana bender: When she first discovered the raw food diet she ate only bananas for an entire month – and said her health dramatically improved

‘I was just so unwell and when I found this lifestyle and started implementing it I thought this is amazing, I need to tell the world,’ she said.

The Raw Till 4 Diet Banana Girl Cleanse includes a 30-day meal plan, exercise guide and 55 vegan recipes.

Freelee said in a typical day she would eat a smoothie for breakfast, fruit for lunch and a vegan meal for dinner.

HOW MUCH FRUIT WOULD I BE BUYING? 

Freelee’s week three shopping list for fruit: 

59 medium Bananas

15 Medjool Dates

1 Young Coconut – the Meat and Water

6 Mangoes 

10 ripe oranges

1.5 large papaya 

1 cup Strawberries

1 kilogram of grapes 

2 passionfruits

1 cup of blueberries

1 cup mixed frozen berries 

15 cups of watermelon 

Feeling fruity: The e-book encourages people to eat like Freelee and the raw till 4pm concept is said to aid digestion

Feeling fruity: The e-book encourages people to eat like Freelee and the raw till 4pm concept is said to aid digestion

‘A typical day would be about 10 to 15 bananas for breakfast in a smoothie,’ she said.

‘For lunch I have more fruit, whatever is in season really.

‘If it’s stone fruit I might ease a massive plate of stone fruit, like 30 or 40 peaches.’

Freelee disputed criticism that her diet was ‘boring’ or not ‘satisfying’.

Copping criticism: Freelee disputed claims her diet is boring and unsatisfying and said tastebuds appreciate simplicity

Copping criticism: Freelee disputed claims her diet is boring and unsatisfying and said tastebuds appreciate simplicity

Counting calories: Freelee's food pyramid lists fruit as the primary food source, with a minimum of five bananas a day

Counting calories: Freelee’s food pyramid lists fruit as the primary food source, with a minimum of five bananas a day

‘Your tastebuds appreciate simplicity and so does your digestion,’ she said.

‘If you eat that simple it tastes amazing and you receive all the goodness from the food without it complicating the digestive process.’

For dinner her favourite meal is ‘a couple of kilos of potatoes’ that she chops and bakes. 

Grocery shopping: The fruit she eats for lunch depends on what is seasonal

Grocery shopping: The fruit she eats for lunch depends on what is seasonal

Love of carbs: Freelee's favourite dinner is a 'couple of kilos of potatoes' which she eats seasoned and baked

Love of carbs: Freelee’s favourite dinner is a ‘couple of kilos of potatoes’ which she eats seasoned and baked

Freelee said the raw till four concept helped with digestion and she preferred fruit as it is easily digested.

‘You feel better, you feel lighter, more energetic, happier,’ she said.

‘Rather than our bodies being weighed down my meat and dairy which is hard to digest.’

She encouraged people to adopt the diet for a 30-day cleanse.

Inner cleanse: She said the diet helped her lose weight, clear her skin, helped her depression and other health problems such as poor digestion and irritable bowel syndrome

Inner cleanse: She said the diet helped her lose weight, clear her skin, helped her depression and other health problems such as poor digestion and irritable bowel syndrome

As well as her fruit-based diet, Freelee is as an extreme advocate for veganism.

The YouTube star often takes aim at non-vegan celebrities in her videos in a bid to educate people about the meat industry.

The confronting and controversial content has seen her the victim of online trolls, but Freelee said it does not phase her.

Outspoken vegan: Her YouTube videos are confronting and often aimed at certain celebrities

Outspoken vegan: Her YouTube videos are confronting and often aimed at certain celebrities

‘More than 500 billion animals are slaughtered every year across the globe,’ she said,

‘People need to know what they’re supporting.

‘Imagine if people had to kill that lamb before they ate it, how many people would actually do that.

‘You’ll line up for your little bit of meat, but would they kill it? No they wouldn’t.’

Animal activist: ‘Imagine if people had to kill that lamb before they ate it, how many people would actually do that,' she said

Animal activist: ‘Imagine if people had to kill that lamb before they ate it, how many people would actually do that,’ she said

Not concerned: ‘Naturally when you’re putting something people find controversial out there they definitely try and hate on you,’ she said

Not concerned: ‘Naturally when you’re putting something people find controversial out there they definitely try and hate on you,’ she said

Freelee said her book was aimed at women between 15 and 30 years old and sold more than 3,000 copies in the first 24 hours over New Year’s Eve.

The book also contains a running guide.

‘Naturally when you’re putting something people find controversial out there they definitely try and hate on you,’ she said.

‘But the people who are actually reading the book are loving it.’  

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Using A Raw Food Diet To Look Sexy

Eating a raw food diet can be hard, but I want to tell you why it can be vital to your looks. Eating certain healthy diets scream sexy. So what are these foods that will change your looks and give you that glow? I want to give some tips here on diets that will help give you that sexy glow of your skin.

Eating a raw food diet doesn’t mean eating uncooked meat. It’s more of a vegan diet or vegetarian type of diet that will get you looking healthier. However, I want to make it easy and give some very familiar foods that will help rejuvenate your looks.

Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables will give your skin a golden glow that is a healthier look than normal. The healthier you look, the prettier you’ll look. Of course you will also look younger, helping you prevent wrinkles. I will explain some foods more down below.

So why do these particular foods work? Fruits and vegetables have what’s called carotenoids in them that give you that golden skin. Carotenoids have antioxidant phytonutrients that help us fight off disease. All these help us look and feel better physically. The healthier we appear the higher our sex appeal will be, according to research.

Tips On what To Choose With This Raw Food Diet Plan:

Here are some tips on what fruits and veggies to eat. You want to choose yellow, orange, red, and dark green produce. They are rich in cartenoids. You do want to cook some of the foods. Carrots and tomatoes are better to be eaten cooked rather than raw. This is because they are so heavy in carotenoids, and you get them better this way.

When your trying to look younger, remember the foods that will make your skin glow and look healthier. A healthy diet is a prettier person, not that you’re not pretty anyway, but I think you get it. Exercise along with consuming the right meals will give you more energy, rejuvenate your body, keep your weight under control, and explode your sex life.

If you’re a place where you never have energy, have a hard time falling asleep, gaining weight, and have no sex drive, than reevaluate your health. Are you exercising on a daily basis? Are eating the right foods? Here’s a little lesson, it’s 80% what you eat than how hard you workout, so eat the right foods.

Taking on raw food diet meals doesn’t mean you have to drop cooked food. Just add more of a vegan diet to your everyday life.

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1/3 cup red cabbage
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Raw Food Competition Diet for Bodybuilders and Figure Competitors

A few bodybuilders and figure competitors are raw food vegans and adhere to a strict set of rules when planning meals and buying foods for a raw food competition diet. They abstain from all animal products, including meat, meat products, dairy, eggs and honey which are a dense source of dietary protein and amino acids that help to build muscle tissue. They also do not eat any food that has been cooked over a temperature of 115 degrees. This may seem very daunting and seemingly impossible to plan a competition diet with raw food only, but a competition diet can be modified to accommodate these raw food choices.

All protein and amino acid food intake will be derived from plants and plant-based sources. Virtually all plants and plant matter contain some protein or amino acids. The most popular with raw food competitors is hemp and hempseed. Hemp is a soft, durable fiber derived from the Cannabis plant, it contains very little to none THC and is not considered a controlled substance. Recently hemp has seen much success in the commercial production of paper, clothing, plastics, textiles and fuel.

The hemp nut or hulled hemp seeds are comprised of approximately 44% unsaturated oils, including healthy doses of essential fatty acids (EFAs) of omega-6 and omega-3. The remainder is protein. Hempseed protein shakes are the most popular way to ingest hemp protein. They are available in unflavored or very limited availability of vanilla or chocolate flavors. Flavoring hemp protein shakes by the consumer can be done with flavored Stevia or other low-calorie sweeteners that are mixed in when preparing a shake.

Green leafy vegetables are abundant in protein and amino acids. Most are comprised of 20%-40% protein. High protein vegetables that contain 25% protein include romaine lettuce, kale and snow peas. Both bok choy and spinach contain about 50% protein.

Nuts and seeds contain adequate amounts of protein per serving, although they are higher in fat and calories, their intake should be limited when on a raw food competition diet to maximize body fat loss. Almonds contain 14% protein, sesame seeds are 13% protein, and walnuts are 15% protein.

Eating a raw food vegan competition diet will allow the majority of carbohydrate intake to be derived from fresh fruit and some high sugar vegetables, such as carrots and corn. Fruits contain a fruit sugar called fructose, which is low on the glycemic index and does not enter the bloodstream at a fast rate. This is good for sedentary individuals who do not wish to raise their blood sugar levels rapidly, however bodybuilders and figure competitors need a quick supply of carbohydrates after a workout to begin the muscle repair process. A popular choice is agave nectar syrup, derived from the agave plant, it contains a small amount of glucose which helps aid workout recovery. Adding a tablespoon to a post workout recovery protein shake is the best way to use this raw food during a competition diet.

Adhering to a raw food competition diet is simple and easy when you know which foods contain the protein and carbohydrates you need to the required amounts.

Houstonian's new cookbook explores 'fully raw' diet for 21 days – Houston Chronicle

My messy relationship with food inspired 'Raw Ingredients' – CNNMoney

I’ve always been preoccupied with food. When I was a child, I loved pasta so much, I asked my mother if you could eat lasagna in heaven.

Much of my childhood was spent cooking with my grandmother, who had spent decades shopping the open air markets of Rome and taught me the value of fresh ingredients. You could say I was a foodie long before there were foodies.

Then, last year, my relationship with food changed forever.

I was diagnosed with adult-onset Type 1 Diabetes. Suddenly, what I put in my body became a matter of life and death. My meals were no longer a celebration of flavors, but a medical exercise in reading labels, counting carbs and measuring insulin.

The change was overwhelming. I approached the challenge like an unfamiliar story, trying to learn as much as I could about what was in my food. It soon became apparent that there were far more questions than answers.

That’s when I decided to pursue a series about where our food comes from, what goes into it and what it does to us. The result is “Raw Ingredients” — a behind-the-scenes examination of America’s industrial food system.

My team and I started by speaking to dozens of people involved in our domestic food system — from lettuce pickers in the fields all the way to the CEOs of the biggest food companies. I learned that how America grows, sources and distributes food is stressed.

Much of the food we eat has been manipulated to look attractive and cost as little as possible — sometimes in ways we don’t even know about.

As consumers start eating fewer processed foods, products that many consider healthy — like fresh fruit, vegetables and fish — are becoming more complicated to supply. Finding new sources to satisfy that increased demand may present significant safety risks.

The challenge of feeding the country is immense: The numbers are staggering and in many ways, that is at the root of the problem.

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On a per capita basis, Americans eat up to 126 pounds of meat a year. We import 5.6 billion pounds of seafood annually. And even though this country’s food safety standards are among the most advanced in the world, one in six Americans still gets sick every year from a foodborne illness.

This raises an entirely new set of questions: How is the U.S. feeding over 300 million citizens a day with a historic drought in California? Why do 70% of the antibiotics sold in the country go to raising animals? Just who is policing all of our food imports?

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Look beyond our borders and the problem gets worse. Global economic and population growth will only add more pressure as demand for food skyrockets. Agriculture giant Monsanto projects that by 2050, the world will need to double the amount of food it currently produces to feed its population.

But here’s some good news. While reporting for Raw Ingredients, I met dozens of farmers, scientists and executives working to fix the broken parts of our system. A real solution, however, might require all of us to keep changing our relationship with food. And to think even harder about what we’re putting in our mouths.

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Raw Food – The Natural Diet

From vegetarian to non vegetarian, raw food is something which provides you “Mother Nature’s” direct nutrition. Free from all the processing and cooking, raw food is the most natural diet available to you as it is, in its purest and natural form. A common raw diet basically consists more of vegan food than other dairy and non vegetarian foods.

Raw diet is uncooked or is not heated more than 40 °C as the plants and vegetables lose the most nutritional ingredients when cooked over 40 °C, experts say. It also heals and provides necessary enzymes to the body which increase resistance power and stamina rapidly.

One of the reasons of physical disorders in human beings is the change in lifestyle. Over the past 100 years it has made almost everything artificial; even food.

Its Benefits

If you are having the raw diet regularly, you need to stop worrying about all the diseases and health issues. Let the most natural diet work for you.

Researchers have found that raw diet not only reduces chances of severe diseases such as cancer, heart problems, obesity and diabetes etc. but it also deals with your daily stress, tiredness, mood changes and depression along with other various unnoticeable issues.

Have a look at how raw diet works perfectly for your day to day and long term health issues:

Energy and Stamina:

Natural raw food consists of vital enzymes which recharge your energy level and result in increased stamina. Raw foods increase your energy level and are very easy for your body to digest.

Lose Weight:

Raw food is a high fiber diet which helps your body in maintaining the proper balance. Raw food is free from salt and supplements and harmful oils which junk food contains. Raw food is the only diet which contains very low cholesterol yet it provides maximum energy.

Look Younger:

It is said that “we are what we eat” so what would you like to choose between a burger containing huge amount of calorie and a fresh plate of salad with raw vegetables. The anti-oxidants and enzymes in raw food heal various small deficiencies which we are not aware of. Consequently we look young, beautiful and energetic, same as raw food does.

Mental Health:

Half of your mental pressure is reduced by the above benefits which raw food provides. Other than this, raw diet contains various components helpful in reducing anxiety. Raw diet increases the blood flow and oxygen in the brain.

Researchers say that due to some of the components of raw diet may positively affect our brain which in turn affects our thoughts and we become more aware and alert in our work.

How to have a healthy dog in just eight weeks: Pet guru Kate Bendix shows how … – Daily Mail

We all know that what we eat is crucial to our long-term health – but how many of us pause to extend that logic to our dogs? Although we’re aware that if our diet is high in ready meals, sugar and processed meat we’ll pile on the pounds, few of us stop to think in the same way for our four-legged friends. And that means that, sadly, millions are now what we can only describe as doggy porkers.

Even if our beloved canine companions are not actually overweight, the foods we choose to feed them are causing long-term health problems. Over the past 20 years vets have noticed a massive rise in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome and skin problems in our dogs – just like humans in fact.

Author and animal lover Kate Bendix is shares her nutritional tips for dogs, pictured with her dog Nikita

Author and animal lover Kate Bendix is shares her nutritional tips for dogs, pictured with her dog Nikita

Deep-down most dog owners know they’re sometimes guilty of over-feeding their pets and not always feeding them the right things. But we’re also victims of marketing misinformation which has made it increasingly difficult to know what a healthy canine diet consists of. We’ve grown up feeding our dogs processed food and commercially prepared dry dog food, or kibble, because we believe the claims made by the food companies such as ‘stick to one food’. In my opinion, this is rubbish.

Luckily help is at hand. This week and next, I’ll be sharing with you sound nutritional tips gleaned from years of research into pet foods and dogs’ health issues. If you follow them – and particularly if you can bring yourself to ditch the dried dog food – then you really will see a different, healthier dog in just eight weeks. You’ll also be able to stop any weight gain and put your pet on the path to fitness. And there are delicious doggy recipes for you to try cooking for your pet at the back of this magazine too.

Part of the problem is that many of us are in denial about over-feeding our pets. You might think you only give them the odd this or that, but to a small animal that’s a big deal. For instance, a digestive biscuit is to a 10kg dog what seven would be to a 70kg human. A 10kg dog needs around 600 calories a day and a plain digestive has 73 calories – an eighth of their daily ration.

Kates says if you really follow her tips, you will see a different, healthier dog in just eight weeks

Kates says if you really follow her tips, you will see a different, healthier dog in just eight weeks

Guilt plays a major part too. Modern life is very busy and we feel guilty for leaving them alone while we go out to work, guilty for having to go out at night and guilty for watching TV when we could be playing with our pets. So when the pleading eyes look up at you, you slip him an extra treat or two. But a good dog diet is not rocket science, I promise you. And it won’t cost you a fortune or eat up your precious downtime either. More to the point, your dog will love it.

HOW TO WORK OUT IF YOUR DOG IS OVERWEIGHT 

Take an honest look at your pet – then compare them to the dogs in the Body Conditioning table below to see if they need to lose weight. It works for all dogs and is widely used by pet professionals. Ideally your dog should have 16-25 per cent body fat, or just under if you have a leaner breed like a lurcher or greyhound.

You should also concentrate on the shape of your dog. Stand behind him and place a thumb on either side of his backbone. Now spread both hands across his rib cage. The ribs should be easy to feel without excessive fat covering – like pens in a soft pencil case. Now stand back and look at him from the side and from above. Can you see his waist? Run your hand underneath from the end of the chest along the belly – it should follow an upward curve and not droop down. This is the abdominal tuck. 

Is your dog in good shape? 

A little extra weight can be a big problem. 

Check your dog’s shape regularly – at least once a month with this Body Conditioning table to make sure he’s staying happy and healthy.

A GOOD DIET CAN GIVE YOU A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER PET

Studies have shown that even moderately overweight dogs are at risk of an early death. When a dog gains weight, the hormones released start to have an inflammatory effect on their body. Over time this can create problems for the dog’s whole system – heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and immune system. This is the starting point for a host of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

Excess weight can also lead to respiratory distress and can worsen brachycephalic syndrome, an upper airway problem afflicting snub-nosed breeds such as pugs. It can even cause a dog to collapse after exercise because it isn’t getting enough oxygen. These diseases are not only distressing but expensive to manage. A 12kg dog with diabetes could cost up to £1,100 per year in vet bills and drugs to manage the disease.

For the past decade the consensus has been that a dog needs to consume 2-3 per cent of their bodyweight daily, equating to 200-300g a day for a dog weighing 10kg. But how much your dog really needs to consume can depend on their energy levels – and whether they’ve been neutered. A neutered dog may need 25 per cent fewer calories a day. 

Studies have shown that even moderately overweight dogs are at risk of an early death

Studies have shown that even moderately overweight dogs are at risk of an early death

If your dog needs to lose some weight, you should first get him checked by his vet, then, if all appears to otherwise be well, reduce his intake of food by 15 per cent per day – no more – and watch for weight loss of 3-5 per cent per month.

Not all overfed dogs develop diabetes, but an unhealthy diet can cause a host of other problems including flatulence, bad breath, allergies, loose stools, constipation, poor coat condition, itchy skin, candida, lack of energy or twitchy energy. Indeed, regardless of whether your dog is overweight, the fact that many of us feed our pets the same food for years on end can itself lead to problems.

This lack of variety can cause Adverse Food Reaction (AFR), an intolerance to ingredients that are continuously served up. This is particularly true of chicken, as it’s prevalent in dog food. While AFR rarely leads to a full-blown allergy, it can compromise your pet’s immune system, causing chronic itchy and dry skin, flea-allergic dermatitis, leaky gut and colitis. These will wear your pet down, cause you worry – and cost a fortune in vets’ bills. But the good news is that you may be able to clear them up with a varied diet.

 An unhealthy diet can cause a host of problems including flatulence, bad breath, allergies, loose stools, constipation, poor coat condition, itchy skin…

WHAT YOUR DOG NEEDS

Dogs need a balanced and varied diet. There is good research to show that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, fruit and vegetable diet is the optimum way to feed them. The best way to achieve this is with a mixture of shop-bought wet food, raw food and home-cooked grub. We’ll look at raw and home-cooked food over the page – and you can try my tasty recipes at the back of the magazine.

DITCH THE DRY FOOD

If you can only do one thing for your dog, I recommend you cut down on the amount of kibble you give or even ditch it entirely. The process by which dried pet food is produced involves refining the carbohydrate content. Refined carbohydrates can play havoc with your dog’s blood-sugar levels and irritate their gut. In addition, some brands contain raw starch, which can be harmful because the bad bacteria in the gut thrive on it, overwhelming the good and leading to problems ranging from bad breath and wind to colitis and skin problems. For the majority of dogs in the UK, dry dog food is all they will ever eat, but many of them are overweight and suffering identical diseases to us.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN SHOP-BOUGHT WET DOG FOOD 

■ Buy British. In my view, we make the best dog food in the world, using good ingredients and up-to-date manufacturing equipment.

■ Aim for a good balance of ingredients. Commercial dog food suits a lot of people, particularly if they don’t have time to cook. Look for fresh meat, poultry-based fat, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

■ Note how the ingredients are listed. It’s the first six ingredients that count, so often anything listed below this is there for marketing purposes only. The exception to this are food supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin (both of which can help your dog’s joints), which may be listed as additives rather than ingredients.

'In my view, we make the best dog food in the world'

‘In my view, we make the best dog food in the world’

■ Check the carbohydrate content on the label. Too many refined carbohydrates are potentially damaging to your dog’s gut, pancreas and insulin levels so avoid foods that have wheat, soya and maize in them. Instead look for complex carbohydrates which release energy more slowly and are found in foods such as sweet potato, oats, brown rice and carrots.

■ Avoid any food containing ‘various sugars’ – these are added to boost palatability.

■ Also avoid vegetable protein. Dogs can digest meat protein better than vegetable protein, partly because the amino acid balance is better suited to their guts.

■ Beware of foods with antioxidants added. These are preservatives put into the food to slow the rate at which oils and fats spoil and turn rancid. They include Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT, which have recently been linked with tumour growth. Instead look for foods that have Vitamin E and plant extracts as the preservative.

■ Stay away from food containing the main causes of diet-related allergies in dogs: beef, wheat, dairy, soya and artificial colours and flavours.

Cook up a bowl full of goodness – he’ll wolf it down

As we’ve seen, the wrong kind of diet can cause many problems for our canine companions. Cooking your dog’s meals from scratch gives you the advantage of being able to select ingredients he likes, while avoiding those that set off problems, and I’ve devised some deliciously healthy recipes for your pet that you can try at the back of the magazine.

And as you’ll be feeding your dog more nutrient-rich food, he’ll need less of it. Many dog owners don’t want to pay more than 50p a day to feed their dog. No judgement here, but hand on heart I have to say that feeding a dog properly at this price isn’t viable today. In the recipe section at the back of the magazine, I’ve costed all my recipes to an average of 75p per meal. To economise, I suggest preparing home-made meals in batches, bagging up the food in meal-sized portions and freezing it.

Cooking your dog’s meals from scratch gives you the advantage of being able to select ingredients he likes, while avoiding those that set off problems

Overall, home-cooked food can make a massive difference to your pet’s health, especially if you’re switching from shop-bought food. To keep the costs of home-prepared food down, here are some tips that I’ve gleaned over the years. 

Get your bog-standard meat or fish from any supermarket you like. I personally like Aldi and Morrisons because all their meat is British and not outrageously priced. If you make friends with your local butcher or fishmonger you’ll find there’s often a cheeky bag of offal or a small bone to be had for pennies while you’re buying food for yourself. Cooking in batches ensures there’s always something good in the freezer for your pet. Just repeat the Dog Diet mantra to yourself: ‘I’m choosing to spend money on good food now to save money on vet bills later on.’

CAN THEY EAT LEFTOVERS?

Another divisive topic is whether to feed your dog leftovers, so here’s a guide to what you can sensibly feed them…

They can have…

■ Meat – with all the fat, skin and bones removed.

■ Fish – with no bones.

■ Potatoes – a bit of leftover mash is fine, as is a boiled potato, but steer clear of Dauphinoise or fried potatoes.

But they can’t have…

■ Fatty meat or fatty foods. These can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

■ Foods with added salt and pepper. Remove any seasoned skin from meat.

■ Stews and casseroles. Fat, salt, wine, Worcestershire sauce and onions are all bad for dogs.

■ Gravy, even home-made, contains too much salt for pets. Just say NO.

■ Fast food. No surprises – this is also a no-no! 

Foods to avoid 

Some human foods are dangerous for dogs. Here’s what they cause…

■ Chocolate: Seizures, heart arrhythmia, death

■ Alcoholic drinks: Depression of central nervous system, slow respiratory rate, can be fatal

■ Onions: Damage the red blood cells – anaemia

■ Raisins and grapes: Diarrhoea, dehydration, kidney failure

■ Avocado: Upset stomach. The stone can cause obstruction if swallowed

■ Coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks: Seizures, heart arrhythmia

■ Milk, yoghurt, cream: Dogs can be lactose-intolerant causing stomach upset, diarrhoea, itchy skin. Goat’s milk is better

■ Macadamia nuts: Pain for up to 48 hours, fever, weakness in the back legs

■ Sweets, chewing gum, diet foods, toothpaste: Rapid drop in blood sugar caused by increased insulin release. Disorientation and seizures, liver failure

■ Fat trimmings from meat: Liver and kidney problems, pancreatitis 

Raw bones can be fed to your pet a few times a week

Raw bones can be fed to your pet a few times a week

Should they eat bones?

Raw bones can be fed to your pet a few times a week. Bones must always be raw and never cooked. Cooked bones of all descriptions – not just chicken – are harder, more brittle and will splinter easily. 

Raw bones are much softer and full of nutrition. 

Try chicken wings, lamb shoulder, duck necks and pork ribs. Many can be bought frozen in pet shops – or befriend your butcher.

Why not give raw food a try? 

Faced with a raft of health issues from obesity to diabetes and allergies, increasing numbers of pet owners I come across are feeding their animals raw food to help them back to health. The raw food diet, which involves feeding your pet uncooked meat and fish plus vegetables (either blended raw or cooked) and fruit, has become such a trend among dog owners in recent years that some pet food manufacturers are now selling their own formulations. The thinking behind it is that our pets’ ancestors were hunting carnivores and therefore uncooked meat is nutritionally superior for them. The types of meat and fish served raw include rabbit, duck, salmon, turkey, venison, beef and chicken.

Raw food certainly divides opinions. Some vets love it because they see healthy dogs with pearly white teeth, but others think it’s dangerous because they’ve had to operate to remove splintered bones from a dog’s gut, although cooked bones are more likely to be a problem as they’re a big no-no (see the box below). If it fits in with your lifestyle, your dog may thrive on it, but don’t feel guilty for not feeding it to your pet.

Some vets think raw food is dangerous because they've had to remove splintered bones from a dog's gut - but they are more hazardous cooked

Some vets think raw food is dangerous because they’ve had to remove splintered bones from a dog’s gut – but they are more hazardous cooked

Raw food can have enormous benefits. Firstly, you have less ‘output’ to clear up. This is because your dog’s body can use most of the nutrients so doesn’t waste much. You’ll notice digestion improve, energy levels and weight seem to even out, your dog’s skin, coat, eyes and teeth gleam. I’m not quite sure why this is the case, but all the raw-fed dogs I’ve met are a healthy weight. I suspect this is because the extensive research their owners put into making it work leads to them becoming more attuned to their dogs’ needs.

If you’re new to raw feeding, try your dog on a commercial raw food first. Brands like Natural Instinct, Natures Menu and Nutriment are very good and available online or from your pet shop’s freezer. They’re designed to be a complete food, so you know your dog’s getting the right balance of nutrients. As a guide, the ingredients in shop-bought raw food should resemble those in the table above. Add in the odd raw treat as well, such as thawed frozen duck necks and tripe sticks… Yum!

If you’re preparing your own raw food, the basic rule of thumb I use is: one-third raw meat with some bone, one-third cooked carbohydrates and one-third blended or cooked fruit and vegetables, by weight. If you’re avoiding carbohydrates, try 80 per cent meat and bone and 20 per cent fruit and veg. There’s no need to eliminate carbs from your dog’s diet unless it’s for health reasons, such as a clear intolerance to a particular food. For a normal dog, eliminating carbs may leave them lethargic. High-energy breeds need slow-release carbohydrates such as those found in sweet potato or quinoa.

Commercial Raw Food

These are the typical ingredients you can expect to find in shop-bought raw food. By law, they have to be listed on the packet in order of quantity with the largest amounts first, as they are here…

■ British chicken with bone (75%)

■ British chicken liver (5%)

■ Peas

■ Carrots

■ Butternut squash

■ Curly kale

 

■ Broccoli

■ Flaxseed oil

■ Sea kelp

■ Wheatgrass

■ Barley grass

■ Spirulina

■ Thyme, bilberry, brewer’s yeast

Blend veg like carrots and kale
Dogs barely chew and a dog's digestion starts in their stomach

Blend veg like carrots and kale. Dogs barely chew and a dog’s digestion starts in their stomach

Tips for serving raw food

■ Practise good food hygiene. If you’re using frozen raw meat, defrost it thoroughly, mix it with other ingredients, then serve it. Never refreeze raw meat that’s previously been frozen.

■ Blend fruit and veg. Dogs barely chew and a dog’s digestion starts in their stomach. Blending fruit and veg really amounts to doing the chewing for them, making the food easier to absorb.

■ Mix cooked vegetables with raw meat. Starchier vegetables such as carrots, swedes and turnips become easier to digest when cooked.

■ Vary protein sources. Lamb, pork, chicken, game and fish contain different levels of essential vitamins and minerals, all of which your dog needs.

■ Most dogs love offal. If raw feeding, around 20 per cent of your meat and bone ratio can be offal. But limit liver to 5 per cent as it’s high in Vitamin A which can cause joint pain.

Why raw food is good for your dog

■ It’s unprocessed 

■ Good for healthy teeth and gums 

■ Now available as a complete dog food from your pet shop 

■ Feeding raw clears up a lot of health niggles in your pets and can reduce that doggy smell

…and its pitfalls

■ Raw food needs supplementing with extra minerals and vitamins if you’re not buying commercial products, see my website thedogdiet.co.uk for details 

■ It’s crucial to get the meat/offal/fruit/veg ratio right 

■ Freezer space is required 

■ Raw food requires safe handling as with any raw meat 

■ Bones can be a hazard  

For more info, visit www.thedogdiet.co.uk. 

The Dog Diet by Kate Bendix is published by Short Books, £8.99. 

WellPet Welcomes Sojos Raw Pet Food and Treats to Family of Premium Pet Food … – PR Newswire (press release)



TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — WellPet, LLC, the number-one independent, family-owned natural pet food company, announced it has acquired Sojos, the Minneapolis-based maker and brand of naturally nutritious raw pet food and gourmet treats. Introduced to pet parents in 1985, Sojos pioneered and today is one of the leading brands in the fast-growing category of raw nutrition for pets.



Ward and Maggie Johnson have built one of the most exciting brands in raw nutrition and a first class team and manufacturing facility,” said WellPet Chief Executive Offer Tim Callahan. “WellPet and Sojos share a mission to transform the lives of pets by providing the very best in natural nutrition and, now, our collaboration will enable them to grow and serve more pet families while staying true to the Sojos we know and love.”


Sojos joins Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select® in the WellPet family of premium, natural pet food and treat brands. Together, WellPet’s brands have more than 100 years’ experience serving pets with the finest quality pet foods and treats.



“Our dream has always been to fundamentally change the way that people feed their pets and with WellPet we believe Sojos is in an even better position to make that dream a reality,” explained Sojos’ Ward Johnson.



Sojos foods and treats will continue to be made in Minneapolis at Sojos’ own facilities. Sojos Complete® recipes come with freeze-dried meat – just add water and serve. Sojos Pre-Mixes® are specially formulated to let pet parents add their own meat, along with water.



About Sojos:
Sojourner Farms began making its Sojos Original raw pet food in 1985. Since then, Sojos has made it possible for millions of pet parents to bring the benefits of natural, raw nutrition into their homes, safely, easily and affordably. Sojos raw foods and treats are available at independent pet specialty stores across the US and Canada. For more information, visit www.sojos.com.



About WellPet, LLC:
WellPet, the number-one, independent, family-owned natural pet food company is home to premium pet food brands Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select®. For more than 100 years, WellPet has delivered on the promise of doing whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depends on us. Today, our team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets at WellPet are committed to carrying forth our strong heritage, continuing to find new ways to bring innovation, nutritional excellence and product quality to our family of natural brands, always putting pet health first. For more information, visit www.wellpet.com.



Wellness®, Holistic Select®, Eagle Pack® and Old Mother Hubbard® are trademarks of WellPet, LLC. All Rights Reserved. © 2016



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