The Reason Meat and Animal Products Can Negatively Impact Your Weight Loss and Diet Plan

In my previous articles I explained how we basically get our nutrition from 3 main “food” sources: plant (fruits and vegetables), animal (beef, cheese, chicken, eggs, etc.) and laboratory synthesized (high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, hydrogenated oils, etc). I then went on to explain how the fruit and vegetables of today are grossly lacking in the nutrition that they once possessed years ago.

Today, I want to talk about out meat based foods and explain that the problem with these is not with what they are lacking, but what is being added. You need to understand the reasons that meat and animal products can negatively impact your weight loss and diet plan.

Let’s look at beef as an example. Personally, a good steak or a slice of prime rib is one of my favourite meals. But where does beef come from?

Well duh! It comes from cows.

And who raises cows?

Well the answer to that should be a “no brainer” as well. Farmers raise cows. And that is the way it should be.

I live in rural Quebec. My neighbours are all farmers and they all raise cows. I see these cows out in the fields every day in the spring, summer and fall happily grazing on grass. In the winter, they have a huge barn which they have access to which is full of fresh hay for them to eat. These are the cows that I eat.

But are these the cows that you purchase in your local grocery store?

Sadly they are not. My neighbours barely make enough money from their herds to cover the expenses of these animals. First the calf has to purchased, then it has veterinary expenses, then it needs nutritional supplements (farmers know that the soil is missing certain elements and thus compensate for that. In our region, our soil is completely lacking in selenium.), then there is the electricity the barn uses for lights and to keep the water from freezing, and lastly there are tons of fuel expenses for cutting and transporting the hay.

Most small rural farmers raise cattle as a side income only. “Farmers” can’t make much money raising cattle because they have to compete with “industry” who are the primary cattle raisers in North America. Some of the largest cattle “ranches” in the USA are found in Arizona. In fact, they aren’t even called ranches or farms. They are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). 97% of all beef in the U.S. comes from CAFOs.

“So what is wrong with Arizona?” you may ask.

What do naturally eat? Grass.

What type of environment is Arizona? It’s a desert. So… no grass.

Cows have 4 stomachs. They evolved in this manner as they are a grazing animals that are meant to eat grass at a leisurely pace and slowly digest it in their stomachs. But since raising cows in these feed lots is not about producing food, it’s about producing money, CAFOs don’t have the time to fatten their cows naturally.

So in these feed lots cows are primarily fed a mixture of grain and corn, and in some cases rendered protein and even concrete dust! Rendered protein is the ground up carcasses of dead pigs (this is a problem because cows are herbivores, not carnivores). Concrete dust was found to increase the weight of cows at auction (heavier cows sell for more money!).

In the CAFOs, living conditions are not quite the same as here on my neighbouring farms and the cows are stressed. Stressed animals have weakened immune systems. Cows with weak immune systems are at greater risk for illness. Living in such high density corrals means that if one cow gets sick, they likely all will. So to reduce the risk of losing a cow, most cattle are fed prophylactic antibiotics to keep them “healthy”.

Don’t think of CAFOs as farms, they are cattle factories just like a car factory. Do you think Ford wants to spend a full month getting a car through the assembly line? No they want that car to be built and out of there as quickly as possible. It’s the same with the beef. The more cattle they can pump through in a year, the more money they make.

To encourage growth in these cows they are also administered growth hormones and steroids. So here you have cows that are taking regular injections of antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones, eating a diet that is completely unnatural to them, and packed into a super small living space. On top of that, the feed that they are fed is itself genetically modified and loaded with herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals.

These are the cows that are sent to slaughter and end up in your grocery stores! This is the beef you are eating. Pigs, chickens, lambs, and even fish are all raised in pretty much the same manner and experience the same outcome.

Just think about it. If your food is full of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals, what makes you immune to them?

Have you noticed how big kids are these days? Have you noticed how early young girls start to physically mature? The kids today look a lot different now than when I went to public school just 30 short years ago. Do think this might have something to do with all the steroids and growth hormones they are getting second hand in their milk and meat products?

In the case of vegetables, your body is being placed under stress due to a lack of nutrition. In the case of meat, your body is being placed under stress due to the added chemicals and hormones. In an upcoming article, I’ll discuss how it is these stressors on the body, and not the number of calories that are primarily responsible for weight gain and excess body and visceral fat.

Holistic Pet Care Products – Are They Better?

If your dogs vomiting frequently, you should start considering researching holistic pet care products to see if they are better for your dog. Certainly it’s reasonable to ponder whether these products or store bought products are better for your dog. There are some facts that must be considered when you are deciding on the products to feed your dog.

Holistic pet products provide many strong advantages for your dog. It is very important to comprehend what they involve. Unlike store bought dog food, you will not find any chemicals or synthetics in holistic pet care food. Holistic pet food contains only natural elements, including herbs. This is a huge benefit because it means that your dog should not be at risk for suffering from negative side effects, which is a normal concern when store bought pet food is fed to your dog.

The best part is, they are also advantageous because they are highly effective in providing pain relief. Holistic products, dog food and methods have been used throughout time to treat several different medical and health problems in both humans as well as animals. They are still currently used today because they are highly effective. When you are looking for a natural remedy or a treatment for a problem that your pet is suffering from, holistic pet products and dog food can provide you with the effective solution that you seek.

In closing, they are better for your dog because they are often more readily available than store bought products. When your pet has a problem in the middle of the night, your local pet supply store may not be open or you may not be able to reach your veterinarian. In such instances, it is essential that you understand how to provide a safe and effective pain relief for your pet. Holistic pet products can provide you with that opportunity.

Why Does Your Dog Need Pet Health Supplements? Find Out the Answer Now

Why do dogs need pet health supplements? A lot of my friends ask me this question when I tell them that dietary supplements can’t hurt a dog and they have the potential to help, particularly those that respond to the particular herbs used. In fact, I had the same question in my mind some time back and was looking for the answer.

There is an important thing you need to understand about pet supplements. Dogs, in general, do not need any dietary supplement. Nature has designed their body in such a way that they can cleanse their body and can stay healthy by eating what they normally eat. This is why you can often see dogs in the wild eating some herbs and other medicinal plants. This is a natural way for them to get the toxins out of their system. The situation of domesticated dogs, however, is completely different.

There are three things that differentiate domesticated dogs from dogs in the wild. They are

1. Domesticated dogs do not eat raw, unprocessed food. They usually eat commercial pet food.

2. They do not eat herbs and other natural substances to cleanse their body often. So, the toxins get stuck inside their system and cause a lot of problems.

3.They may lack physical exercise. Most dog owners are not available due to commitments such as work, to walk their dog as often as is needed.

This is why your pet dog is not as healthy or active as dogs in the wild. To improve its health, you should do three things.

1. Give your dog a nutritious diet that meets the AAFCO highest standard which states that “the nutritional adequacy was validated by animal feeding tests based on protocols from the American Association of Feed Control Officials”. Avoid labels from AAFCO that is manufactured at a lower standard which states that the “food was formulated to meet the group’s nutrient profiles.”

2. Give a regular dose of pet health supplements to your dog. These supplements can cleanse your dog’s body, flush out the toxins, and improve the functioning of its vital organs. This is very important for your dog’s health. It’s a small price to pay for an extra level of support.

3. Play with your dog, take him out for a walk, or do anything that keeps him physically active for some time. Physical exercise is very important for animals. Lack of physical exercise can make your dog weak and prone to health problems. If you want to increase your dog’s play, consider a Kong toy which uses a hidden treat to encourage activity and thinking.

As you can see, a combination of good diet, high quality pet supplements, and physical exercise can do a world of good for your dog’s health. Let me now tell you how to choose the best dietary supplement for your dog.

Avoid any supplement that contain chemicals, additives, and other unwanted substances. Go for natural supplements which are both effective and safe. Choose a good dietary supplement which contains effective organic substances like Huang Qi, mistletoe, milk thistle, and Indian ginseng. Most importantly, make sure the supplement is approved by the FDA. Also, you can get your vet’s opinion on the product.

The most important thing you should remember about pet health supplements is that they are meant to be given regularly. While you might notice a lot of improvement in your dog’s health in just about two or three months, you should give these supplements regularly to make sure your dog stays healthy for a long time.