Conscious eating or in our case conscious feeding of our dogs; simply means thinking about what you are putting into your dog’s body.
Eating for our dogs, is a natural, (should be-) healthy, and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger. However, in our fast-food, convenient, processed food culture, feeding our dogs has become mindless for most.
So, what is conscious feeding or eating for our dogs?
Consciously feeding our dogs should be done with intention and attention:
Feeding our *carnivore companions with the intention of caring for them according to their species or nature — a raw species specific diet. * (Yes, dogs are indeed carnivores no matter what veterinarians and the pet food industry are saying)
Feeding our dogs with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying their food and seeing its positive effects on their body. There are no positive affects on their bodies when fed processed, dead, void of any nutrients — “food”.
You see, heat destroys (“denatures”) the natural shape of the enzymes, they become nonfunctional. When we feed heat-processed pet food to our dogs, the necessary enzymes are now absent; greatly increasing the burden on the pancreas.
“Evidence…strongly suggests that eating foods devoid of enzymes as a result of cooking, food irradiation, and/or microwaving causes an enlargement of the pancreas and also stresses associated endocrine glands……What is interesting is that when mice are fed cooked foods, the ratio of their pancreas weight to total body weight becomes approximately that of a human’s. When they are switched back to a raw-food diet, their pancreas shrinks back to normal size. The most obvious conclusion is that the pancreas becomes hypertrophied, or enlarged, because it is forced to keep up a high digestive enzyme output.” Gabriel Cousins, MD
An unnatural demand for high digestive enzyme output is required when we feed our carnivores companions heat processed foods as well as non-species appropriate foods (grains and vegetables)
Here a few of the benefits of consciously feeding a raw, species appropriate diet to our dogs:
Fed properly — prey model style, dogs will naturally lose or even gain weight and develop a balanced body condition.
Raw meat, bones and organs are rich in enzymes, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. These ingredients boost immunity and may reduce risks for serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Eating raw, species specific food provides an energy boost as the body’s electrical frequencies are increased! If you stop feeding processed foods and treats to your dogs and focus on feeding them what they were designed to eat in a raw meat, bones and organ diet you will be blown away by the vibrancy they will develop due to the high enzyme and nutrient content.
Feeding a raw, carnivore specific diet improves the digestion and elimination processes in the body.
In my opinion, it is no coincidence that since 1950, as processed food (or both humans and pets) became readily available and affordable, that obesity, cancer, irritable bowel disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease rates in the United States have steadily increased and are now at the highest point ever in history. The effect from consuming heat processed food equates to — no true or live nutrition.
Want to know more?
Would like to have guidance in safely and knowledgeably switching your dog to a raw diet? Dr. Jeannie would be happy to have a Canine Nutrition consultation with you.
Or if you prefer, there is an online Carnivore Nutrition class available at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy.
Or perhaps you would like to help educate others to these wonderful truths as a certified small animal nutrition coach? Check out the Carnivore Nutrition Certification Course – HERE.