This year is my year to finally get healthy again…. or at least health-ier. What you put in your body – what you eat – is a super important part of being healthy. I have been keenly aware over the last few months that what I put in Chester and Gretel’s body is way better than what I put in my own.
People often ask me what I feed Chester and Gretel. I have largely dodged that question. Well, no more.
I dodged the question for a lot of reasons. The primary reason was that I didn’t think this blog was about what Chester and Gretel eat or a particular feeding method. There is a lot of controversy online about what your dog should or shouldn’t eat and I didn’t want to jump into that debate.
However, what we eat IS important. It’s important because what I feed Chester and Gretel keeps them healthy enough to do vigorous activities with me like hike and run. Chester was blessed with good genes but I know the food I give him has helped keep him spry in his senior years.
My Dogs Eat Better Than I Do
My favorite food groups are cheeseburger and sugar 🙂
While there is nothing wrong with a cheeseburger, soda, or ice cream cone now and then, I partake in these things on a pretty regular basis. Have you ever heard the phrase “I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired”? Well, that’s where I’m at.
What I eat definitely affects how I feel. I know I am sensitive to gluten yet my “once a week cheat” has turned back into a daily habit. It makes me feel tired, foggy headed and often gives me a headache. I am way less motivated to do things when I feel that way.
When Chester was a young pup, I think I fed him what was the equivalent of a cheeseburger. Now Chester and Gretel eat closer to what you see on the left there. Like me, he also probably ate more than he needed to.
I was sorting through my photo files the other day and ran across a fat dog. Because of the Dachshund Club I run – The Adventurewiener Club – I have a lot of photos of dogs. I had to look really close at this one though. It turns out this fat Dachshund was Chester!
That is Chester on the left a year or so ago at 12 years old vs. him when he was about 6 years ago. I kid you not! He was active back then too. The only difference between now and then is what he heats and how much he eats.
Sadly, I look more like the Chester on the right these days. I want to look like the Chester on the left – fit and full of energy!
Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share how I went from feeding Chester cheeseburgers to what he eats now. <– I laugh at that because it sounds like one of those weight loss or health infomercials but it’s not.
While I am talking about the gradual transition in Chester and Gretel’s diet, I am also going to be looking at little changes I can make in mine. I think health and eating well is a journey and it’s ok to take one small step at a time.
You can check out the series here: