These are some simple foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help with things like breast cancer, heart disease, wrinkles, cancer and cholesterol. Some you already probably incorporate into your diet already but it is important to understand that the more raw and less cooked you eat them in is the healthiest for you and will help with the above conditions better. For instance, raw vegetables are best – but if you must cook steaming is the best way to cook, followed by blanching, boiling and placing into foil and baking are the best options. Nuts should never be purchased in snack isle or near registers – only get them in the baking isle. These can be found cooked or raw (some nuts are not edible in raw form) but they will not have added sodium and are much healthier for you. One final note is about frozen berries and vegetables – there is not a lot of difference in frozen berries and vegetables because mostly they are flash frozen which will allow them to retain their good properties. Just remember to look for things like added sugar or sodium (like that bag of frozen corn saturated with butter and salt that you throw into a microwave and serve right from the bag).
You share a lot with your pet: your home, your affection. To help build strong muscles, bones and a shiny coat, you should also share home-cooked meats, veggies and whole grains. Here’s how to do it right.
1 Work with your vet. Design a home-cooked diet that’s right for your pet’s breed, age and size with advice from your vet. Have your pet’s eating plan reevaluated at annual check-up time, or sooner if you notice health changes like lethargy or a dull coat.
2 Serve a variety of foods. About 30 percent of your pet’s diet should consist of food you make yourself, and should include meat (ask your vet whether meat should be raw or cooked), grains, vegetables and fruit.
3 Don’t overfeed! More than 45 percent of dogs and 55 percent of cats are overweight due to overfeeding. Any homemade food you feed your pet should be part of their normal diet, not in addition to it.
4 Teach good table manners. Incorporating people food into your pal’s diet doesn’t mean you should teach him to beg for table scraps. Serve meals in a bowl he’s used to eating from, away from your table and on a regular schedule— two or three times a day depending on activity level.
5 Avoid these toxic foods. Some human foods contain ingredients that can harm dogs and cats. Never feed them grapes or raisins, chocolate or caffeine, onions or garlic, processed food or raw eggs.