We always thought that it was funny that some people had pets that ate better than they did and we believed our pooches were perfectly happy and healthy eating high quality kibble. When we received some bad news about our pooches health, we were forced to change their diet to high quality protein in lean meats, vegetables, fruits, fish oil and probiotics, and even then, I still thought we ate better than our pooches.
I was perfectly happy thinking that our dogs were so simple enjoying their hodgepodge dinner, while I got to eat an Italian beef with hot peppers, a Maxwell Street polish, a Chicago hot dog, large fries, a strawberry shortcake and a large vanilla malt and this was all for one dinner.
Then came the fateful day when A had that conversation with Katherine from Two Kitties One Pittie and the SociaBulls new member coordinator, about her vegetarian lifestyle and how much healthier her husband, K, felt while testing out her lifestyle for a year. In addition, I happened upon a TED talk by Dr. Terry Wahls, and I realized that our pooches ate better than us.
This was further validated when I thought back to Miss M and Mr. B's blood test results demonstrating that their kidney levels, previously at alarming values, have all decreased to normal, which the veterinarian attributed to their change in diet. And finally, foster dog Miss Sweet Bessie-Belle, who was only with us a short two and a half weeks, lost 6 lbs and now has a renewed jump in her steps, which is probably due to A replacing half of her high-quality kibble with Sojos Turkey complete diet.
Now, I realize that the pooches eat better than we do and that has nothing to do with the cost of our food but with our quality of life due to our food. Though A eats largely fruits, vegetables and beans, she will indulge in crispy fried and super sugary foods just because of me. So I have decided to do an experiment on myself and try a whole-foods (mostly plants-based) diet for at least two months.