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Maria asks…

Thoughts on Science Diet dog food?

My dachshund puppy turns 1 in early March, and I’m researching different foods to switch him to. I’m looking at Nutro, Science Diet, and Canidae.

If anyone — particularly vets or breeders — have any input on these foods, it would be greatly appreciated.

weight loss cardiff answers:

Science Diet is better than most grocery store foods, but it’s definitely the lowest quality of those three. The other two are included in the “Best 20 Dog Foods of 2006” list done by Whole Dog Journal.

The two most important things about a dog food is that the first ingredient is a meat proten and that it does not contain corn. Dogs shouldn’t be fed strictly carnivorous diets now that we’ve domesticated them, but they do need more protein than carbohydrates, vegetables etc… Dogs can’t digest corn very well(although most of them love the taste), so corn products should not be in their food.

I agree with the poster who said that Canidae is probably the highest quality food of those three. My dogs eat Nutro Natual Lamb Meal & Rice because one is picky and will only eat Lamb & Rice. I can’t buy Canidae in the store near me, and to ship it would be twice as expensive as it is. My vet is happy with Nutro, it does come highly recommended, and even the breeders I’ve spoken with don’t think the added expense would be worth it. (If I could buy it in the store, I would, though.)

Here is the list of “Best foods”
Back to Basics:
Bench & Field Holistic Natural Canine:
Blue Buffalo:
by Nature BrightLife:
California Natural:
Canine Caviar:
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul:
Cloud Star Kibble:
Drs. Foster & Smith:
Eagle Pack Holistic Select:
Firstmate Dog Food:
Flint River Ranch:
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals:
Go! Natural:
Innova Evo:
Karma Organic:
Lick Your Chops:
Limited Diets:
Merrick Pet Foods:
Natural Balance Ultra Premium:
Natural Choice Ultra:
Newman’s Own Organics:
Performatrin Ultra:
PHD Viand:
Premium Edge:
Prime Life:
Royal Canin Natural Blend:
Timberwolf Organics:
Wellness Simple Food Solutions:

Ken asks…

Cambridge diet – what food can I eat?

i am on the Cambridge diet for 1 week now, and i am allowed to eat one meal per day, however i am not sure what food i am allowed to eat. I know i can eat white fish and white meat but does anybody know what else i am allowed to eat?

weight loss cardiff answers:

About the Cambridge Diet
According to the six-step program outlined on the Cambridge Diet website, you follow a low-calorie regime for the first two steps by eating 400 to 1,000 calories for a minimum of 4 weeks. During the first step, the dieter consumes plenty of water and three Cambridge Diet meals consisting of smoothies and meal bars. The second step is the same as the prior, but you can eat vegetables and protein-rich foods like chicken breasts.

For the third step, you eat 1,000 calories in the form of two Cambridge Diet meals as well as foods recommended by a nutritionist (such as whole-wheat pasta, salad, fruits and eggs). The fourth step has a 1,200-calorie intake with a wider range of food options plus Cambridge Diet meals. The fifth step is 1,500 calories with a wider variety of food choices as outlined by the Cambridge Diet counselor. The last step focuses on sustaining the weight loss by making proper food choices. While on the diet, you purchase and eat a series of supplements in the form of bars, smoothie mixes and shakes.
Considerations of Nutrition
If the program is followed, you can receive all vitamins and minerals despite the low calorie intake. The supplements contain all of the necessary nutrients but come at a high price tag and, some would argue, in an unappetizing form. Though the last four steps provide a wider array of food, you must be willing to commit to a diet of little variety for the first two steps, or the first 4 weeks, of the plan. The diet is also very low in calories and should not be seen as a lifestyle.

The program’s last step of “maintenance” is just as important as the first five. While the first five are low-calorie, the last step, which has no calorie restrictions, tries to instill good dietary habits that can be carried over after the diet ends. While the diet provides an outline of what is acceptable to eat, once the diet is over, you must be prepared to make better food choices to keep the weight off.

Sandra asks…

For a raw foods diet…?

Is it acceptable to eat cottage cheese on a raw foods diet?
How about canned tuna in water?
Maybe I should clarify –
I eat meat on a regular basis.
I’m eating raw foods for a week to cleanse a bit.
I know how to lose weight, but that’s not what I’m going for – I don’t need to lose weight.
Thanks for the one answer on the tuna – now does anyone know about the cottage cheese?

weight loss cardiff answers:

If you want to eat a raw food diet – it consists of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds all living or raw, nothing cooked, canned or processed. Cottage cheese is dairy and tuna is meat so both would not be a part of a normal raw diet. But you can tailor make your raw diet any way you want. The colon gets a good rest and it would help a lot with the colon cleanse and also cleanse the liver and other organs if you did NOT eat the cottage cheese or tuna because digestion will take longer etc. Etc. Stick to fresh living raw foods as much as possible and you’ll feel a lot of energy too on a raw food diet. Nurse Sue (and I’m also a 10 year raw foodist having cured my breast cancer ten years ago with raw foods.)

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Betty asks…

RAW FOOD DIET: How do I start a high raw foods diet like the one Kris Karr from Crazy Sexy Cancer is on?

I can’t really figure out how to get started. There is too much info on her websites to sift through. Can anybody tell me how to get started on a raw foods diet. What books do I get, products do I need, etc…

weight loss cardiff answers:

When I was a kid my Mom started eating the raw food diet, and she was extreme about it from the start. She ate nothing but fruit and veggies for 2 years and lost 100 and so pounds. I starved as a child in the house, and often would steal money from her purse to go eat out places, because I was only about 10 years old. She tried to pursue her kids to eat like that, but instead I gained all the weight eating whatever I could outside the house. She eventually had many health problems, and looked like a ghost in the face, so her doctor told her to start eating dairy’s, and she read up on it like crazy and decided that her diet did call for it. Now she is over weight though because she got into a accident that makes it impossible for her to move, and work off the weight, and she is now on this meats, eggs, cheese diet that is slowly working for her, but I think in the long run the weight will stay off, and she can still full and healthy proteins.

I wouldn’t recommend going fully raw foodiest, unless your committed to do it for the rest of your life! Because as soon as you start eating normal foods again the weight will slap right back on!

John asks…

Diet foods? Are there any you can eat constantly to loose weight?

im going on a diet and i need to know the different types/kinds of foods that are considered healthy enough that i can eat them whenever or whatever. PLEZ HELP ME!

weight loss cardiff answers:

Yes. ALL vegies and fruits, whole grain foods, legumes (unsalted or low sodium nuts), meatwise ( lean chicken, turkey, fat free ham ), dairy ( 1% milk or fat free milk) and at least a gallon of water everyday!
If you want some ideas I usually eat the following

-1 cup kashi cereal + 1 cup milk + 1 banana + protein shake
OR kashi cereal bar + protein shake
– 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds ( Good Sense dietary mix)
– salad with Spritz( spray mist dressing) and pita wrap with chicken, turkey, alfalfa sprouts, and veggies.
– 1 apple
– tuna with veggies

Rule of thumb, eat at consistent times 5-6 times a day to avoid being hungry, drink lots of water, avoid processed foods including high fructose corn syrup, anything fried,sauted, baked, and eat foods that are natural (no preservatives, added sugars etc)
Eat carbs in the morning and afternoon until 4pm because that’s when your body begins to slow down

Hope this helps!

Sharon asks…

Is it possible to have a vegetarian diet using only fresh whole foods?

I cannot seem to stomach the taste of meat anymore. I have been working for about 2 years to put my husband and I on an all natural whole foods diet. Most of the people I know who are vegetarian eat a lot of junk food and vegetarian meat products, like veggie burgers and bacon. Can you be a healthy vegetarian without using “pretend” foods?

weight loss cardiff answers:

Absolutely. I have several friends in the same boat as you. They hate the taste of meat, and cannot figure why a vegetarian would want something designed to taste like meat. Lots of a variety of veggies, whole grains, and nuts & legumes can produce a perfectly healthy diet, though if you are vegan, you may need to take a supplement of B12, since it is mostly found in animal products. Keep on with what you are doing and ignore the meatless meat eaters around you! For extra protein, tofu and/or soy or almond milk are great additions. Tofu will take on the taste of whatever you put with it, so it can be used in soups, stews, salad dressings, “milk shakes” and simply cooked after marinating to flavor. Good luck and happy eating!

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