Your Questions About Organic Foods Online

Mary asks…

How much food do i need?

How much food should i feed my kitten. I am getting one on friday and I was wondering what the best type of cheap(but not too cheap b/c i know that the cheaper it is the more vet visits i make)food/manufacturer that i should but. How many Lbs. Will i need for my kitten for 1 month or maybe 2 months? Please include prices for food. DRY FOOD ONLY PLEASE!

answers:

Why dry food? Wet is much healthier.

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your cat? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent cat foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Meow Mix.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Felidae, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul and Felidae.

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by… You guessed it, the crappy pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Diets high in grain/carbohydrates have been attributed to problems with diabetes in cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, so why should there be grain in their diet? Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, GO Natural Grain Free, Sold Gold Indigo Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain-free diet, Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.

If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality cat food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the cat food brand’s name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food

Another option for feeding cats is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
http://www.rawfedcats.org/ (Raw Fed Cats)
http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community [not just for dogs despite the name!], excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions.)
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

Now the question is, do you feed wet or dry? Wet is the correct answer. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don’t drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least (cats barely even chew their dry food and, really, does a pretzel clean /your/ teeth? Cats should have their teeth brushed with cat toothbrushes and cat toothpaste at least a few times a week as well as see the vet for dental cleanings when necessary /regardless/ of what they are being fed). Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat’s natural diet. More on why canned food is best:
http://www.catinfo.org/ (Why wet/canned food is best. Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet)
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood (Why Cats Need Canned Food)
http://www.blakkatz.com/dryfood.html (The Truth About Dry Cat Food)
http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm (Canned Cat Food: Can Your Cat Afford to Live Without it?)
http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm (Max’s House: Feline Nutrition)

Another option to get cats to drink more would be a cat fountain. Cats tend to like to drink from running water and cat fountains see to that need, encouraging cats to take in more water.

Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to feline obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your cat’s food. Adult cats are typically fed two meals a day while kittens are typically fed three or four.

More on cat food:
http://www.petfoodratings.net/cattable.html (Cat food reviews. Four stars is a good food, five stars is a great/excellent food [click the name of the cat food brand for a more indepth analysis of it])

Darksong~

Maria asks…

why does organic foods cost more than non-organic foods.?

answers:

Actually, it doesn’t have to. There are resources you can utilize to find reasonably priced organics. First off, check the Weston Price Foundation online. They have chapters across the country and provide lists of local vendors, farm markets, farm co-ops, whole food stores, cow-share programs(for raw milk) and much more, for free. Then learn how to can the fresh summer veggies for your use in the winter. Yup, just like grandma used to do. You can can or freeze the fresh fruit! Once you find these places you’ll begin to network with people and find even more sources!

Good luck!

David asks…

when should I take my st.bernard puppy off puppy food?

he is on purina pro plan giant breed puppy food. he is 57p at 41/2 month.the vet said he looks very good.The vet said keep him on the puppy food in till he is twoYRS.

answers:

From what I understand, it actually isn’t a good idea to feed a giant breed puppy food at all. Something to do with them growing too fast and it being hard on their joints and bones? So I’d switch to adult food now. I’d also switch off of Purina Pro Plan, because it’s a pretty low quality dog food. Switch to something higher quality!

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n’ Bits, Beneful, Ol’Roy.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
http://www.rawfed.com/ (Excellent raw feeding information)
http://www.rawlearning.com/ (More excellent raw feeding information)
http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Even more!)
http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths about raw feeding)

Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your dog’s food.

More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog’s food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Edit: Some good information on feeding giant breed puppies -

http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/do_i_need_to_use_a_puppy_food.htm

Darksong~

Joseph asks…

Breeders: What’s the best cat food ?

I’ve heard that dry foods aren’t good for cats. I don’t mind wet foods or mixing both types of foods. I need input from you experienced folks. and should leave a bowl out all day or feed on a schedule?

answers:

Why are you asking only breeders? I’m not a breeder, but I’ll answer.

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your cat? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent cat foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Meow Mix.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Felidae, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Diets high in grain have been attributed to problems with diabetes in cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, so why should there be grain in their diet? Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, and Sold Gold Indigo Moon, Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

Another option for feeding cats is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:

http://www.rawfedcats.org/

http://www.rawfed.com/

http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

Now the question is, do you feed wet or dry? Wet is the correct answer. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don’t drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least (cats barely even chew their dry food and, really, does a pretzel clean /your/ teeth? Cats should have their teeth brushed with cat toothbrushes and cat toothpaste at least a few times a week as well as see the vet for dental cleanings when necessary /regardless/ of what they are being fed). Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat’s natural diet. More on why canned food is best:
http://www.catinfo.org/ (Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet)

http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood

http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4.php

http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm

Another option to get cats to drink more would be a cat fountain. Cats tend to like to drink from running water and cat fountains see to that need, encouraging cats to take in more water.

More:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. It’s for dogs, but most of the high quality brands also put out excellent cat foods. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Robert asks…

Canidae dog food question(s)?

- is it sold at the local “Wal-Mart?” (no petstores where I live)
- are the beneifits really all they’re cracked up 2 be?
- will your dog eliminate less than Iams? (we got the iams because we wanted the dog to poo less)
- is it more/less expensive than Iams?
The nearest petstore is 100 miles away – I can’t drive that far every week! What am I s’posed to dO!??!

answers:

No – only at organic pet food stores or online. I have found that the price on the Internet (including shipping) was the same price as the local organic pet foos store. Canidae will not sell to mass merchandisers like wall-mart or “pet stores”

Yes – Canidae is great. My dog gets compliments all the time on her shiny coat, and how soft it is – and she’s a boxer so there isn’t a lot of hair there. Also – I don’t have to worry about diseases brought on by bad nutrition – like mange.

Yes – She poops only twice a day and poops less than the mini poodle next door that’s on science diet (which has the same crap in it as Iams)- because Canidae doesn’t have all the filllers. I also feed a lot less – liek 3 cups a day vs. The 4 cups a day of the crappy food.

Yes – more expensive for the same amount of food – I haven’t run the “per day” prices against other foods. My 65 lb boxer eats about $27 of Canidae a month. But – I save on vet bills in the long run because my dog will not have medical issues related to bad nutrition.

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Your Questions About Natural Foods Store

Charles asks…

what would be the best kitten food store bought?

whats the best kitten food, or a well enough good brand i could buy at a store like walmart or walgreens exct……as of right now im giving the mother subsitute kittens milk becuz she lacks of milk for them, what would be the best food for them to eat when they get old enough
i looked up on the internet, couple of things it did tell mebout the best kitty food, im still leaving this up becuz i dnt want to walk into a store and take hrs on finding the right kind…. it says avoid dry cat food, best choices would be wet cat food cotains high in protein and vitamins…….dnt go to canned food frozen food , skip on the carbohydrates no corn or any fillers….now what cat food doesnt have that thats store bought…like seriously?

answers:

If you want a food with no junk fillers like corn and by-products, you’re not going to get that at a discount store. Do you have a Petsmart? The most budget friendly of the decent foods is Petsmart’s Authority brand. Well liked (the canned) and reasonably priced. No fillers – no by-products. Another decent food is Nutro. Moving up a few notches would be Natural Balance or Blue Buffalo. If you have a Petco, you can get Wellness.

Cheap foods are cheap because they contain cheap ingredients. It’s like comparing the cost of hot dogs to real chicken. Hot dogs are cheaper, but they have very little in the way of nutrition.

John asks…

Health food stores in Canada?

i was watching a youtube video (grav3yardgirl, if you were wondering) and she was doing a healthy snack haul where she basically was showing and reviewing a bunch of snacks she had just purchased. She had snacks called Keenwah (I’m aware its quinoa, thats what the snack is called) and Woats, and they looked super good, but I’m not sure if they’re just an american thing? i can’t find any health food stores that have prepared snacks or treats, so i was wondering if you guys know of any? specifically in scarborough or toronto ontario?

thanks :)

answers:

I get it at the Bulk Barn, there is 2 outlets of the Big Carrot in your area, GNC stores in malls, there is a Noah’s natural foods in your area to, I live downtown 2 blocks away from Noah’s on Bloor at Spadina, try Freekeh, most of the stuff at the BB is fresh and you can buy small amounts to try, they also have cooking instruction if you need help, I am a former lacto-ovo vegetarian and make alot of my own vegetarian and vegan snacks and food products with foods from these places.

Richard asks…

What is a good, healthy cat food?

I’m looking for a cat food that has quality ingredients and most importantly does not contain wheat/wheat gluten. Can anyone recommend some brands? There are lists on the internet but I don’t want to wade through them.

answers:

Wellness, Blue Buffalo Wilderness, EVO, Orijen, Merrick’s, Natural Balance.

Unfortunately you won’t find these good brands a you local grocery store or WalMart. PetsMart carries Blue Buffalo. Petco carries Blue Buffalo, Wellness, and Natural Balance. The others you’ll have to look for – in my area I can find them at independent pet food stores and natural foods grocery stores.

Helen asks…

Tips for getting hired into a health food store?

Hi, my name is Chris. I am 18 years old and have a deep passion for natural medicinal remedies and find myself creating several herbal infusions on a weekly basis. I am currently in school and am studying towards becoming a Personal Traineras well as a CNA and wish to further advance my education towards my true passion, which is naturopathy. I am looking for a job which I know I would be capable of doing a phenomenal job in. I would absolutely love to do something which correlates to naturopathy. it if anyone could offer me tips for how to get hired into a health food store. Thanks everyone!

~Christopher

answers:

Contact the health food stores that you like.happy cow has information on the health food stores in and around the area where you live plus information on the alternatives to fast food places
at http://www.happycow.net

Sandy asks…

Store Dog Food vs Homemade Dog food?

We’ve recently thought about feeding our dogs homemade dog food instead of the Nutro Natural Choice food we usually feed them with all of the allegations of store dog food containing substances potentially cancer causing and harmful to dogs.

I’m going to check with my vet first about slowly switching to homemade dog food but has anyone had a personal experience switching to homemade and has had positive/negative effects? Are there noticeable effects on your dogs such as attitude? Has anyone’s dog actually gotten relatively healthier by feeding them homemade dog food? Or would you just recommend feeding them the Nutro Natural Choice?

What I mean by homemade dog food is boiling chicken breast with no skin, steaming peas and carrots (blending these together first so they will be easier for the doggies to digest), boiling organic chicken liver, and mixing everything together.

Also, should I be concerned about constantly feeding my dogs the homemade food since it won’t be dry food and could potentially cause teeth rot? We do brush their teeth bi-weekly but would this be enough?
Sorry I forgot to add in the brown rice (I’ve heard mixed things on rice on their nutritional value for dogs). Also we did comparisons on how much we’d spend on dog food and on the home made and the home made actually turned out to be cheaper. We’d make a big batch of the homemade dog food, freeze the extra packets for the rest of the week while keeping the ones from the next day in the fridge.

I also know there are many questions on here about home made dog food but I want to know about personal experiences and whether from these experiences, you would recommend home made dog food.

answers:

We have 3 chihuahuas, and we make the food for them, since the china dog food scare. They enjoy it very much. They also get treats every day that help keep teeth clean and healthy. They just got a vet checkup and the vet commented that their teeth are very healthy.

I make a 1 month supply, and freeze it. A 3 day supply per bag. When the last day is used, we thaw a new package in fridge, so its ready to feed the next day. Each dog also gets a tablet of Brewers Yeast with Garlic, as a supplement for a healthy coat.

Recipe as follows:

3 lbs Ground Round, or Chuck.
3 lbs of Ground Chicken, with organ meat and bone, purchased frozen at a pet food store.
3 cups of Regular uncooked Oatmeal
3 cups of Bread Crumbs ( Be sure it does not contain onion)
6 eggs
3 cups of shredded carrots
3 cups of shredded or cooked squash (Any kind)
4 1/2 cups of cooked Brown Rice

Mixed together, then scooped and leveled into meatballs. (I use my wife’s cookie dough scoop for portion sized meatballs)

Place on cookie sheet baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Bottom of meat balls should just start to turn crispy brown.

Yield is about 100 meatballs. Each meatball weighs approx. 31 grams. Enough for 3 chihuahuas for about a month. One meatball a day for each 10 lbs of weight. Our dogs average under 10 lbs.

Store meatballs, 9 to a sandwich bag, in the freezer

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Your Questions About Healthy Kids

Thomas asks…

Kid friendly recipes. Fun and healthy?

i want new ideas.. my 7 year old can be picky.. He doesn’t care for onions or tomatoes..
He is bored of basics like mac and cheese, pizza(homemade) this of that nature.. I need to get new ideas.. So if you do or don’t have kids but have great recipes of stuff please post it. Thanks.

answers:

When kids get involved cooking meals with you, they learn what goes into their dinner, and are more likely to eat it. I’m a Rachael Ray fan (not huge, but she has some good ideas), and she started this organization a couple of years ago that inspires kids to help in the kitchen…and her meals are all HEALTHY! They are geared towards kids’ taste, so they are quick, fun, and nutritious. Check out this website…

Http://www.yum-o.org

***Philly Cheesesteak Roll-Ups***

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 large onion, sliced
4 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed
4 slices deli-style roast beef, roughly chopped
2 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese, cut into strips

DIRECTIONS:

Place a large sauté pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO. Add the sliced onion to the pan and cook, stirring every now and then, until it is nice and caramelized, about 15 minutes; cool slightly.
While the onion is cooking, lay two slices of bread on the counter next to each other, slightly overlapping one over the other to create one big rectangular piece. Push the slices of bread together at the seam and use a rolling pin to gently flatten them.
When the onion is caramelized and slightly cooled, spread half of it across the bread. Place half of the roast beef on top of the onion and top it with half of the cheese. Carefully roll up the bread around the filling, bringing one long end over the other. Slice the roll-up into six pieces that are each 1-1 1/2-inches thick. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make a second roll-up and serve.

****Peeler Salad****

Have your kids help with dinner tonight. All they need is a vegetable peeler!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:
1 head Bibb lettuce leaves, washed
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 stalks celery
1 English (seedless) cucumber
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
DIRECTIONS:
Place washed lettuce leaves in a medium size serving bowl.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots, celery and cucumber into the bowl with the lettuce leaves to create strips of veggies. Have a grown-up helper (GH) show you how to safely use the peeler if you haven’t used one before.
In a small bowl, combine the honey, Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar. Whisk in the EVOO in a slow stream. Add the dressing to the salad before serving and toss everything together to coat.

Charles asks…

Is dog food healthy for kids?

I noticed that cocoa puffs look exactly like dog food, so I switched it with dog food, and the younger ones didn’t notice. Since cocoa puffs are so unhealthy, I was thinking of switching to dog food instead. Is this healthier?

answers:

Cocoa Puffs Abstination – Give him/her healthy foods , the cildren will eventually eat it especially if they are hungry – Dog foods won’t work. And how come you thought that dog food is healthy? Check out the ingredients list to be sure about the nutritional content but I know that’s not really suitable for humans.

Laura asks…

Any parents with schizophrenic or bipolar parents but mentally healthy kids?

The question is pretty straightforward, but yeah, my father is schizophrenic, my brother was bipolar (has had a major manic and major depressive episode), and my boyfriend is/was bipolar, on medication, and has had a several manic episodes. His grandfather was also schizophrenic.

I know that these are all just labels tacked onto people who kind of lose their way in their own realities or whatever, but apparently that tendency to get lost is genetic. To cut to the chase, I was wondering if any of you with similar backgrounds have ever had any children that so far have been mentally healthy. Please help me out. I’m a few weeks pregnant, and while this probably won’t determine my ultimate decision (keeping it vs. abortion), I’m really nervous about this and just want some sort of answer for some sort of security. I’d really appreciate an honest answer — not one from some ‘hole that likes to rag on people in shotty situations. Thanks in advance.

answers:

Well this is a good question and I am not a doctor. But I do have family experience with all illnesses mentioned above. I do have two children and both sides of their families, (mine and their fathers family) have mental illnesses strung about, just like your situation. My kids seem healthy, 19 years old and 11 years old. They seem mentally healthy, however, I was just diagnosed with depression (same as my mother and father) BUT, I am not medicated and it has helped.

My 19 year old is working on her depression, and will soon be medicated. Her father and myself are depressed.

My 11 year old has a father that is bi polar and depressed. She has not shown me ANY signs of this illness. She has been an honor roll student since Kgarden and very active in sports, etc…..

What I think you should do is NOT worry about pregnancy….If you are pregnant, then I am sure you will have a beautiful healthy baby. Just make sure that you enphasize on how you raise this child. Always keep this child in a warm secure and healthy environment away from abuse and you will be happy with the results. Just keep your eyes open for signs of an illness coming on, but remember, don’t over do it. Just let if flow.

Good luck

James asks…

Is church a healthy environment for kids?

answers:

Take it from a kid:
the church is a healthy environment to. Certain extent, but you don’t want to shove all of the belief of the church down a child’s throat because the church is corrupted. I say going to church once a week, even once a month is plenty, and it’s perfectly fine to skip a day. If you want your child to be Christian I’d say just encourage praying before bed and meals, maybe get a couple of those kids movies like David and Goliath, don’t go over board with church groups and private schools, you don’t want you kids to turn out like that crazy following jesus word guy…

Maria asks…

Healthy kids health insurance.?

My son was born in miami, fl now he lives in ny for about a year now. I am order by court to get a medical health insurance for my son; he is only 1years old will be 2 on December 27th. Can anyone suggest a medical H I for my son? Could healthy kids works for my son? He lives in new york but i live in miami, fl. Can someone suggest a health insurance that works in new york and if possible any other city or state just in case my son has to travel. Please help. Numbers will be great!!

answers:

Healthy kids is welfare – Medicaid. The custodial parent has to buy it, in the state the child lives in. You cannot get welfare in FL for a child legally living in NY.

You’d need welfare in NY, and you’d need to be a resident there. And, Welfare would go after you – the noncustodial parent – for child support enforcement.

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods For Kids

Paul asks…

healthy food in schools,?

well, i am doing a project and ijust need a little help with it, umm, well first ill just give out the whole question ” The government has recently banned unhealthyfood from school, give 3 reasons, why it is good and why its is bad to have healthy food banned from schools”, please help me out if you can i would really apearciate it

answers:

Banning unhealthy food does nothing to get kids to eat healthy food (and have you *seen* what passes for healthy in some cafeterias? It usually tastes worse while offering no real nutritional benefit).
A ban is ineffective if kids can just bring food from home and is immoral if it infringes on the kids’ liberty by preventing them from bringing food in.
Not all food that finds its way onto ‘unhealthy’ lists is actually unhealthy for all kids. It is more complicated than that. And by denying kids some moderately unhealthy food without giving a suitable alternative, they may be encouraged to eat food that is even worse.

Helen asks…

what r the healthy food s to small kids age 2+.pls suggest how to attract them towards food.?

my kid is 2yrs 4months old and he wont eat anything ……

answers:

Put ranch dressing a squeeze top bottle, and I would write their initial, a heart, or the letter of the day with it. Kids will dip anything in ranch dressing or ketchup to eat. Also, let them help you make the snack.
My kids (I’ve got 6) eat a lot of fruit and veggies, cause that’s what we have! They don’t choose between baby carrots and cookies, they choose between baby carrots and cucumber sticks.
It is a habit ingrained from daily practice. We don’t just eat healthy when Grandma is coming for a visit, or when Mommy wants to lose weight. It is our normal state of affairs.
My 2 and 3 yr olds were always very excited to learn to fix snacks theirself. They can usually peel a carrot ( I bought the easy grip ones, OXO makes them); cut a banana with a plastic butter knife, pull grapes off the stem, and help me use an apple cutter. Also I let them spread crackers with peanut butter, and mash canned chickpeas to make hummus (basically, white bean dip).

Mark asks…

where can I find heath tips? healthy food tips?

I am very much interested in cooking, I want to know more about healthy cooking.but at the same time it can be attractive especially to kids.

answers:

Food and Cooking Tips for Healthier Cuisine
A nutritious meal does not have to be tasteless. Learning the cooking tricks of the experts can turn anyone into a healthy cook. The secret is understanding which foods to choose, and knowing a variety of ways to prepare them.

The secret to cooking healthier meals is figuring out where to skim fat and calories, so you can lighten up a recipe without skimping on flavor. And cooking healthy doesn’t have to mean cooking from scratch. You can start with convenience foods and add a few healthy ingredients for healthful “halfway homemade” meals.

To make sure your meals are chock-full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants, choose the most nutrient-rich foods (such as deeply colored fruits and vegetables) as the basis for your recipes. Try using one of our lightened recipes, or make over your own favorite family recipes with substitutions that add nutrients while subtracting fat and calories.

The right gadgets and cookware can also help improve the flavor and taste of your meals. For example, with a simple grill pan, you can grill everything from fruits and vegetables to meats — and the fat just drips away.

With the latest tricks of the trade, you can have fun while you prepare wonderfully healthy and nutritious meals — for one person or a crowd.

Favorite Casserole Recipes Made Lighter
When the weather cools off, many of us long for comfort foods. And is any food more comforting than a casserole? But all too often, our favorite casserole recipes aren’t exactly healthy. They often involve a blanket of cheese, or at least a sprinkle of it. Many also contain the obligatory can of condensed creamy soup. And while hot mayonnaise doesn’t float my boat, plenty of casserole recipes call for mayo, too.

So what can we do to make our favorite casseroles lighter and healthier? Well, keep in mind that most casseroles have four predictable parts:

Starch (pasta, rice, bread cubes, etc.)
Meat, eggs, or plant protein (chicken, beef, sausage, tofu or eggplant)
Sauce (gravy, condensed soup, marinara or enchilada sauce, etc.)
Cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, etc.)
So, to give your favorite casserole recipe a healthy makeover, you have only to look at these four parts. You can:

Switch to higher-fiber starch ingredients when possible.
Use lean meat and skinless poultry, reduced-fat sausage and bacon, or healthful soy-based meat alternatives.
Choose a lighter sauce, like Healthy Choice condensed cream soups, or make your own light sauces using fat-free sour cream or half-and-half.
Choose from among the many reduced-fat cheeses on the market or simply use half as much cheese as the recipe calls for.
For these healthy casserole recipe makeovers, I took on a breakfast casserole, a popular vegetarian casserole, and a festive chicken and stuffing casserole. By applying the light cooking tips above, I was able to trim:

120 calories and 14 grams of fat (per serving) from the chicken and stuffing dish.
Almost 150 calories and 15 grams of fat (per serving) from the ham and egg casserole.
223 calories and 24 grams of fat (per serving) from the eggplant Parmesan.
For example, the original egg casserole recipe called for pastry, 8 ounces of bacon, four eggs, heavy cream, and 1 1/2 cups of Gruyere cheese. I substituted a whole-wheat pastry crust, 6 ounces of lean Canadian-style bacon, two eggs and some egg substitute, fat-free half and half, and 1 cup of Gruyere.

The original chicken casserole recipe, meanwhile, called for regular Swiss cheese, regular cream of chicken soup, whole milk, and 1/4 cup of butter drizzled over the top of the stuffing. Instead, I used reduced-fat Swiss cheese, light cream of chicken soup, fat-free half-and-half or low-fat milk. And instead of drizzling butter over the top of the stuffing, I used water.

The original eggplant Parmesan recipe called for dipping the eggplant slices in four beaten eggs; I used two eggs and 1/2 cup egg substitute. After being coated with breadcrumbs, the slices were supposed to be fried in a half-inch-deep bath of olive oil. Instead, I coated both sides with olive oil cooking spray and broiled them until golden brown. And instead of using two cups of whole-milk mozzarella for the layers of the eggplant Parmesan, I switched to reduced-fat mozzarella and cut it down to 1 1/3 cups.

And now for those light casserole recipes:

Light Swiss Chicken & Stuffing Casserole

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 box Lower Sodium Chicken Stove Top Stuffing Mix
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
6 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, such as Kraft 2% Milk Deli Deluxe Swiss (about 4 1/2 ounces)
10 3/4-ounce can condensed Healthy Request Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half or low-fat milk
Canola cooking spray
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or 8 x 12-inch baking dish with canola cooking spray. Add sour cream, 1/2 cup of the stuffing mix, and chives to a medium sized bowl; stir to blend.
Arrange chicken in the prepared baking dish and spread the sour cream mixture evenly over the top of the chicken breasts (about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per breast). Top each chicken breast with a slice of cheese.
Add condensed soup and half-and-half or milk to the bowl with the stuffing mixture in the bowl; stir to blend. Spoon mixture evenly over the cheese covered chicken. Sprinkle the remainder of the stuffing mix evenly over the top of the soup mixture. Spray the tops of the stuffing cubes with canola cooking spray. Drizzle the water over the stuffing.
Cover pan well with foil. Bake until chicken is cooked throughout (about 1 hour).
Yield: 6 servings

Per serving: 373 calories, 38 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 87 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 638 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 22%.

Ham & Egg Casserole

Canola cooking spray
A 9-inch whole-wheat pie shell, thawed (like Wholly Wholesome brand from Whole Foods with 0 trans fat)
6 ounces Canadian-style bacon, cut into 1/2-inch by 1-inch strips
1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 large eggs
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half or whole or low-fat milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese, packed (4 ounces)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently lift thawed pie crust out of the foil plate it comes in and place in an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish. With your fingers, stretch and press the crust to fit nicely in the square baking dish and up the side about 1 inch. Prick bottom of dough with fork several times.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with canola cooking spray and add Canadian bacon and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until both start to brown (about 5 minutes). Let the mixture cool about 5 minutes, then spread into the pie crust.
In mixing bowl, whisk eggs, egg substitute, fat-free half-and-half or milk, and salt and pepper until smooth. Pour egg mixture into pie shell with ham and onions. Sprinkle Gruyere over the top and bake until top is golden brown (about 40 minutes). Serve warm or cold.

Yield: 8 servings

Per serving: 228 calories, 14 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 14.5 g fat, 7.5 g saturated fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 480 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 57%.

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

1 1/2 cups Italian-style breadcrumbs
1 cup unbleached white flour
2 large eggs (use a higher omega-3 brand, if available)
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup finely grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
2 medium eggplants, tops and bottoms trimmed off, then sliced widthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices
Olive oil cooking spray (or canola cooking spray)
26-ounce can or bottle marinara or garlic & herb spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella, packed

Preheat oven broiler. Line two baking sheets with foil and generously coat the foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
Add breadcrumbs to medium bowl. Add flour to another medium bowl. Add eggs, egg substitute and 1/2 cup of the Romano cheese to a third medium bowl and whisk together to blend well. Arrange the bowls on your kitchen counter in this order: flour, egg mixture, breadcrumbs, then prepared baking sheets.
Dip each eggplant slice into the flour, then dip into the egg mixture to coat both sides. Then dip it into the breadcrumb mixture to lightly coat both sides. Place on prepared baking sheets, and repeat the process with the remaining eggplant slices. When all the eggplant has been dipped, generously coat their top sides with cooking spray.
Broil eggplant slices about 6-inches from the heat, watching carefully, until the tops are golden brown (about 3 minutes). Flip slices over, coat with cooking spray, and broil until second side is golden brown (about 2 minutes more). After all the eggplant slices are golden brown, take them out of the oven and turn it down to 375 degrees while you assemble the casserole.
In a 9 x 9-inch or 2-quart baking dish, spread 1/2 cup marinara over the bottom. Layer one-fourth of the browned eggplant slices to cover the sauce. Top with 2/3 cup of marinara, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, and 1/3 cup mozzarella. Repeat these layers three more times. (If you only have enough eggplant for two more layers, that’s perfectly fine).
Spray one side of a sheet of foil with cooking spray, and cover the casserole with the spray-coated side touching the food (this keeps the cheese from sticking to the foil). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool a few minutes. Serve hot.
Yield: 6 servings

Per serving: 345 calories, 19 g protein, 35 g carbohydrate, 13 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 93 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 1022 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 35%.

Betty asks…

Should schools ensure that kids eat healthy foods?

Tell me your answer and why

answers:

No.
Schools should offer healthy foods only.
What a kid eats should be dictated by the teaching of the parents and the choices of the kid.

You can only lead a horse to water………………

Joseph asks…

Can u tell me healthy food recipes for my 18 mons kids?

last one weak onwards he is not eating properly he seems to be lean can u tell me any strengthy foods for him

answers:

Children go through phases where they just aren’t hungry. You will see times when your child will eat alot for a few weeks or months and then stop. Then you will see them push food away for a few weeks. Don’t worry when this happens. Kids will eat when they are hungry.

Some good foods to give when your child is hungry are scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast or bread with a thin layer or peanut butter (not alot, or they could choke), chicken with rice, especially dark meat like the thigh or drumstick (it’s softer, easier to chew, and has more calories), multi grain pasta with some lean ground beef and tomato sauce, soft vegetables, cheese, and fruit. Make sure he’s drinking 12-16 ozs of whole milk every day until 2 years old.

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Your Questions About Organic Foods Online

Betty asks…

What are the best and healthiest kinds of organic dog food?

My husband and I try to eat organically as often as possible, and we were considering switching our dogs and cat to dry organic food as well, but we want to be sure that we’re giving our dogs enough nutrition and everything. What are the best brands of organic dog and cat foods? Personal experiences or vet opinions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks everyone for your answers! We have decided to try to alternate between the Wellness brand Weight Management food (we have a pug and a shih tzu) and home made food. We are currently looking for a complete nutritional recipe to make our own, after reading and watching about what horrible things there are in commercial dog food, so I appreciate everyone’s input!

answers:

I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!!(this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ $42- $45 per 30 lb bag
NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheat
ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!!WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!
Check it out you wont regret it !FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!!FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food.FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf

http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/TOTW has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs)
Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
around $42 for a 30 lb bag …. Its the cheapest 6 star food ..

Http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!

Orijen and Welness are great but it is $60 – $80 for a 30 lb bag…high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogsOrijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..
Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. They wont be at walmarts and the like… They are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

Http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/

there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. It is only $30 for a 30 lb bag.. And it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brands
also of you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable $5 off coupon!!
They have tons of low and high end foods there(including TOTW and 4 Health)

Chris asks…

Does Jonathan White’s Food 4 Wealth Guide Work?

Hello everyone

I’m looking for some reviews and opinions on the Food 4 Wealth guide by Jonathan White.
I’m thinking seriously to buy this product online but wonder if the methods inside this guide really work and if they are easy to implement.
Any help and opinions from people that bought Jonathan White’s Food 4 Wealth Guide will be much appreciated.
Thanks for the help!

answers:

Hey

I bought Jonathan White’s Food 4 Wealth guide few weeks ago and created a small garden in my courtyard with the information inside this guide.

The Food 4 Wealth product is actually a combination of 80 pages ebook and 14 video tutorials that provide instructions on how to produce organic food.

The methods inside this product are based on the principles of Ecology which makes plants grow in abundance and interaction with nature.

What I really liked best about Jonathan White’s Food 4 Wealth method is that there is no need to use chemical fertilizers.
You can fertilize your garden with waste materials from your household and as a result your garden will naturally repel pests and it will not have any weeds.

I also liked that the guide is written in an easy to understand language and overall the methods inside this book are really easy to follow.

I personally found this product to be very useful for me and with the 60 days money back I think that it’s worth a try, especially if you ever wanted to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables but were overwhelmed by the countless methods out there.

Anyhow, if you want to learn about the pros and cons of Jonathan White’s Food 4 Wealth method and to actually find if this product is really for you, below is an in depth review about Food 4 Wealth that was very helpful for me.

Hope that it helps and good luck with your garden!

James asks…

is diamond high performance dog food a good choice for my pitbull?

okay i have a pit bull, i been feeding her “Ol Roy” and purina “alpo” dog food for a while because its a good price and my dog loves it, and smells like what dog food should smell like to me. but i want to try other options that have more protein in it and a good price. i recently bought a 50 pound of retriever high protein and she did not like it, and as a result has gotten thin. to me it didn’t even smell like nothing and i believe dogs should have good smelling food just like we do. i also tried retriever gravy blend and she didn’t like it either again it didn’t smell like nothing. i heard diamond is a good affordable brand but never tried it before and dont wanna buy more dog food that my dog doesn’t like and that’s just waisting my money i go to tractor supply. please somebody help me is diamond dog food any good? and do dogs like the taste or even smell good? please help i live in waxahachie tx

answers:

Ol Roy, Alpo, and Diamond are all low quality dog foods.

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n’ Bits, Beneful, Ol’Roy.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by… You guessed it, biased, low end pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain-free diet, Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.

If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality dog food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the dog food brand’s name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food

Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
http://www.rawfed.com/ (RawFed)
http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson’s Raw Learning Site)
http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Raw Fed Dogs)
http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/ (Raw Feeding)
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your dog’s food. Adult dogs are typically fed two meals a day while puppies are typically fed three or four.

More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog’s food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Darksong~

Maria asks…

How can I make my dog’s dry food taste better to him?

My dog is a Shih Tzu. He is kinda over weight and so the vet put him on special food. The only thing is he doesnt really like the taste. I feel bad that i took away his tasty food. Is there any way i can flavor his food. Without It being TOO fatty?

answers:

What did the vet put him on? I’m betting a crappy food like Science Diet, right? Try a different food. There are many high quality foods that also put out weight loss formulas.

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n’ Bits, Beneful, Ol’Roy.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
http://www.rawfed.com/ (Excellent raw feeding information)
http://www.rawlearning.com/ (More excellent raw feeding information)
http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Even more!)
http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths about raw feeding)

Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your dog’s food.

More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog’s food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Darksong~

Mark asks…

What’s the best dry food for my Red-Nose Pitbull Puppy?

I am recieving a 7week old Red-Nose Pitbull puppy which I bought and I am trying to find the best dry foods for him. I was thinking on getting him:
Iams Large Breed Puppy Food (dry-food).

He’s now on Natural Balance Puppy-Adults.

I was thinking on switching it but just trying to find out from those who can help, what puppy dry-food you prefer for my pitbull puppy?

Feel free to make any suggestions on ropes (toys), Doggy treats (for training), Shampoo, Deoderize Spray (when he makes mistakes), Mixtures with food (like yogurt, eggs, etc.).

Thanks
As for answer number 4 (Celester..)

I owned numoous dogs before inlcuding Large breed. I’m just making sure my new puppy gets the best. I know the dog is originaly an American Pitbull Terior but there are times dogs eat difference n perform different from others. I ask for help, not for you or any other telling me diff. bout the breed. I said red-nose because it’s a pure red-nose breed and not a mix. I know why I asked my question the way I did. Find something else to do or to make 2points off.

As for others, thanks for the advice and keep them coming, please.
Once again thanks.

answers:

Why on Earth would you switch to a low quality, /crap/ food like Iams when you’re feeding a good quality food now? Natural Balance is far better than Iams.

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n’ Bits, Beneful, Ol’Roy.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by… You guessed it, the crappy pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing these products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, GO Natural Grain Free, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.

If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality dog food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the dog food brand’s name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food

Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
http://www.rawfed.com/ (RawFed)
http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson’s Raw Learning Site)
http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Raw Fed Dogs)
http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community, excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions)
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your dog’s food. Adult dogs are typically fed two meals a day.

More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog’s food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Edit:
The only difference between a so called ‘blue nose’ pit bull and a so called ‘red nose’ pit bull is color. They are both just regular pit bulls with different colors.

Darksong~

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Your Questions About Natural Foods Online

Sharon asks…

Cheap, grain-free cat food?

Right now I’m feeding my cat Wellness brand at $2 for a 12 oz. can (and about equal parts Purina Naturals dry food). Is this a good cat food? Are there better/cheaper alternatives? Expensive premium food is not an option, but I also won’t buy cheap 9 Lives crap. I’m looking for value.

Petmart & Kroger are the only stores in my area that sell cat food. If something is cheap in bulk online, I will be willing to buy it if I can try it and see if my cat likes it first.

Many thanks.

answers:

For dry food I like Taste of the Wild. It’s around $2/per pound. For wet food I like Felidae’s grain free line, which is around $1.59 for a 13 ounce can. If you have a feed store nearby, check them out.

Helen asks…

**CHIHUAHUA PUPPY FOOD SUGGESTIONS??**?

I’m getting my babyyy longcoat chihuahua pup tomorrow afternoon and im so excited to have him!! ♥ buuut, ive been looking and looking and i need some food suggestions. thing is, im living in mexico, so i dont have all the good namebrands as in canadaa. What i got here that i remember is food theres pedigree dry and wet food, perfect fit, and beneful, since hes here tomorrow i bought a small bag of beneful. i have read in books and online to read the ingrediants and make sure that the meat product doesnt just say meat, that it says beef or chicken and more detail about the meat so i know that its not just other garbage meat of unwanted parts, BUUUUT ive noticed that in mexico its not the law to write the ingrediants and/or protein content on not just dog food but human food too.
If i dont find a good backup or talk to someone who knows which brand forsure is super good, i will just make it myself. i read boiled chicken, canned vegetables, and some other things to make it.
The price of the food is NOT important. I want the best for my pup.

So please just write down the best brands that you know of.
I know forsure that here i have
Beneful
Perfect fit
Pedigree

Im also going to the vet the moment i have him to get him a checkup on everything, there i will also ask her food options here.

answers:

Look for a food without any corn, wheat, soy, or by products that lists a meat as the first ingredient.

High Quality Foods:
Orijen- http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/about/
Natura (Innova, EVO, California Natural)- http://www.naturapet.com/
Blue Buffalo- http://www.bluebuff.com/
Merrick- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
Canidae- http://www.canidae.com/
Solid Gold- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
Wellness Core- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/dog_wellness_grain_index.html
Natural Balance- http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/
Taste of the Wild- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul- http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
Or go raw- http://www.dogguide.net/raw-diet-basics.php

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=betterproducts

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

Nancy asks…

Good Cat Food?

Do you have any good suggestions for diet cat food?

If it has a link could you tell me, thanks ; ]

answers:

Hi there… Instead of diet cat food try looking into feeding a canned diet of 5.5 oz. Of wet food daily, split into appropriate portions. If that’s not an option go with a healthier food dedicated to feline nutrition instead of a food filled with garbage and fillers.

You could also encourage exercise by making your kitty chase a laser light!

As for food choices, It’s time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in cat food is a joke. Ever seen a cat chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

Cats, despite thousands of years of domestication, remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

-”Grocery store” foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, “grocery store” foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

-Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of “grocery store” food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and “filler” ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than “grocery store” foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

-Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market – provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class – contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that bag and move on to the next.

Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can’t afford it, you can’t feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer.

I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

********IMPORTANT*******Don’t forget to switch your Pets food slowly over a period of 10 to 14 days, if you can. Mixing 25% new to 75% old. Then 50/50… then 75% new to 25% old. And finally switch over to 100% new. Take it slow as not to upset their digestive system.

Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. Http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

Foods I recommend based on personal experience –

Drs. F&S Food Link – http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+6000

Wellness Food Link – http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/cat_index.html

Eagle Pack Holistic Select – http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_Home.html

Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

You can find more great foods, and do more research at http://www.onlynaturalpet.com

Laura asks…

Best place to buy her dog food?

I talked with a lady about dog foods on here in the past month and she recommended I try Bella (my bulldog) on california natural (i believe is what it was called) I need an idea on what kind of places sell this food . I just moved to a very small town. We have a walmart (not even a super center) the only animal feed store is theisen’s (ive never been in it so I dont know what they actually carry just yet, but their website didnt show it on there) The nearest pet stores are about an hour away (which Im not really sure whats where there either!!) Shes on Nutro Natural choice Lamb meal and rice right now. Any help would be appreciated!
(any site I can purchase it online where it would be sent to my house even!)
Thanks!
There is a fleet farm (just looked it up) its about 40 min away.

Ill check out the pet food direct Thanks!

Ive looked into the Innova food before and I dont like the extremely high protein levels. (I would like a little suttler!)

Timberwolf looks like it has good ratings by customers, Ill check that one out too..

Thanks Guys!

answers:

Www.petfooddirect.com has a nice plethora of pet foods.

California Natural is a good food. If you want other options, look into:

Canidae
Innova
Innova EVO
Nature’s Variety
Wellness
Solid Gold
Timberwolf Organics
Ziwi Peak (expensive, but awesome food)

Avoid Pedigree, Bil Jac, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Kibbles & Bits, Ol’ Roy, Alpo, and other grocery store brands.

Maria asks…

What’s the best canned food to feed my cats?

I have 6 cats, 5 over 1 yr and one 5 month old. I feed them California Natural Herring formula dry and am thinking of switching them to Wellness Core. I need a canned food to switch them to also. They’re very picky and will not eat Wellness, Merrick or California Natural canned. They prefer Meow Mix Market Selects and Whiskars pouchs, but I know these are no where near the best foods. What canned or pouched food would you recommend that is very healthy and picky cats will eat?
They prefer Seafood flavors against chicken or beef.
They already eat canned as well as dry. I’m just wondering which canned food you’ve had experience with that’s healthy and picky cats will eat.

answers:

Wellness makes a pouch food – have you tried that? Some other things for you to try would be Weruva and Tiki cat, but you’ll need to search online to find it in your area, or order it online.

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Your Questions About Forever 21

Charles asks…

How much does Forever 21 pay their assistant managers?

Do you know how much Forever 21 pays their assistant managers? Have you ever worked for Forever 21 before?

answers:

It depends on your states minimum wage laws. In Michigan, the associates get paid $7.40 and the assistant managers get $1 more. So if you lived in Michigan you would be getting paid around $8.40ish to start.

Nancy asks…

How long after Forever 21 orientation does one have to wait for the work schedule?

I recently had an orientation with Forever 21 last monday. They said it will take about 3 or 5 days or at most a week to do the background check and then schedule. It been more than a week. I called one and they said they haven’t get the schedule yet. So should I call again? Is this the norm?

answers:

I could see it taking a couple of weeks. You should call back and ask when the new schedule comes out.

Joseph asks…

What is a store related to Forever 21? And What are some tips for shopping at Forever21?

When I can find a top there it’s super cute, but it’s so hard to shop there because it’s not very organized.
So… What are some tips for shopping at Forever 21 and What are some stores related to Forever 21?

Thank you so much!

answers:

You’re right. That store IS unorganized. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend shopping there at ALL. They have a no-returns policy and their clothes are CHEAP – I’ve bought clothing from them – it doesn’t last long without something ripping or breaking off. And the sales people are NOT sympathetic to customers with defective merchandise. I’m sure that everyone who has shopped there has bought at least ONE defective item. Their store is terrible. H&M has better quality with the same styles – even better.

Mary asks…

How long would it take Forever 21 to ship my shoulder bag?

How long would it take Forever 21 to ship my shoulder bag?

I paid for standard shipping, and it said it would come in 5 – 10 days.

Does anyone have an exact number on how many days it would take?
I did try to track my order, but it couldn’t find it.
I tried almost all of the shipping services.

answers:

Track your order.

Sharon asks…

What’s the difference between the stores Forever 21 and Forever XXI ?

I was on the website and it says that they have new Forever 21 stores and new Forever XXI stores but what’s the difference ?

answers:

No difference what so ever.

I LOVE FOREVER 21. I was supposed to go today, but i have an awful cold…

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Your Questions About 3m

Chris asks…

Does the 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope work well?

I’m wondering if the 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope is any good. I’m in a Vet Tech program and I’ll be needing a pediatric stethoscope soon. One of my teachers recommended the Ren-Lor stethoscopes. But I was wondering about this kind. Please let me know. Thanks!

answers:

Littmann is great! I don’t know anything about Ren-Lor, but it looks like you pay for design, not function.

Robert asks…

How much will a Durabase (steel base) for a conservatory 3m x 3m cost?

How much will a Durabase (steel base) for a conservatory 3m x 3m cost? How good are they?

answers:

Me personally i dont think there worth the money, just do it the old fashioned way and lay some concrete down itll last longer and you wont get problems down the years

Ken asks…

If a ladder leans against a 10m house and is 3m away from the house, how tall is the ladder?

A ladder is leaning against the side of a 10m house. If the base of the ladder is 3m away from the house, how tall is the ladder? I was asked to solve this and draw a diagram for my math homework, I think I’ve gotten the diagram part perfect but I do not understand this math problem. Please help?
And just a little something I thought I should tell you guys, I am studying the pythagorean theorem in class and this is the question for our homework that we got.

answers:

So in your diagram you should have something that looks like a right angle triangle. You use the pythagorean theorem to solve for the missing side. In this case, you are looking for the hypotenuse (the side opposite of the right angle.

The equation is c^2 = a^2+ b^2

It doesn’t matter which side you chose for a or b, it will work either way. So fill in the two sides that you know into the equation.

C^2= 10^2 +3^2

c^2= 100 + 9

c^2= 109

c= The square root of 109 (I don’t have a square root symbol on my keyboard.)

c= 10.44

Therefore the ladder is 10.44 m tall.

David asks…

Will 3M adhesive hooks mess up the paint on a cinder block wall?

I bought a few decorations for my dorm room and I wanted to get 3M hook.. are these safe to use? Do you have any suggestions for any other stuff that is used to hang stuff on the wall?

answers:

I use them at Xmas time, when I place garland on my wood mantel, and I have no marks when I take them down.

Lizzie asks…

Should a Chinese company be allowed to buy a portion of the 3M company ?

A Chinese company ,that has a close relationship with the
Chinese military ,wants to buy a portion of 3M which is ,
supposedly ,an American company .

answers:

Anybody can buy anything as long as they have the money.

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Your Questions About Camomile

Carol asks…

where do we get camomile tea in mumbai?

please write the name of the shop and its locality.

answers:

You might have to have someone send it to you. Will it pass through customs? Email me if you would like me to see how much it would cost to get some to you.

Lauralie1978@yahoo.com

Paul asks…

How do you dry Camomile? What part do you use – all or just the flowers?

answers:

Just keep the flower. You can lay them out on paper in a sunny window for a couple of days or speed things up with a food dehydrator. After they dry put them in an airtight jar or zip-lock and keep them in a cool dark cupboard until use. I usually steep 5-6 flowers in a cup of boiling water and add a little honey and lemon.

Donald asks…

Does anyone know where I could buy lavender and camomile?

candles or oil for fragrance.

answers:

The body shop, Wilkinson’s, boots..all have a wide range of candles oils etc..

Robert asks…

Is it unhealthy to smoke camomile tea?

Don’t lecture me about how all smoke is unhealthy. Is it more unhealthy to smoke tea leaves or tobacco?

answers:

LoLzzz!!! You’re funny! But on a serious note, you should stay away from smoking anything cuz you’ll be inhaling carbon monoxide. It’s really unhealthy.

Ruth asks…

can i give my 3-month old baby camomile tea in her bottle?

She is irritable and fussy and i am about the end of my tether. Im on my own and dont know what else to do, please help. Im a new mum.

answers:

I wouldnt give her camomile tea being so young, a baby’s stomache is only equipped to digest milk until at the earliest 4 months old and it could give her a bad tummy. Maybe there are other reasons she is irritable and fussy, does she suffer with excess wind?
My youngest was irritable and cried alot up until around 6 months old and it turned out he had acid reflux, which meant he was in pain after every feed and would take forever to feed, he was perscribed infant gaviscon in each bottle and after a couple of days he was a diferent child!
My advice would be to speak to your health visitor or doctor before giving her anything other than milk.
Good luck

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Your Questions About Healthy Families

Betty asks…

Trouble With Healthy Families Health Insurance?! In California?

Ok so Im 17 and my dad wants to apply for healthy Families for me and my sister. But the only problem is that Im looking to purchase a car for myself. If they see if I purchased a car in full cash they will they deny me insurance?Im turning 18 in a few months so i dont really need insurance becuase they cut off the insurance at 18.what can i do to go around it? i just dont want them to deny insurance to my other 8 year old sister. The Way we got the money is that we sold my mothers car becuase she passed away so we got 12,000 in cash. Any ideas? If we purchase a vehicle can we put it on a family member name then once they accept my sister into the insurance then we can put it under mine?

answers:

Dude, healthy families is welfare, not insurance. To qualify for welfare, you have to be poor enough. If you’re not poor enough, you will be denied welfare (not insurance).

You’re asking, how to commit welfare fraud. Shame on you.

Joseph asks…

what’s a healthy family?

answers:

The Family who are co-operative, understanding & eat healthy food (Fresh vegetables & Fruits ). Cleanliness is a part of it.

Michael asks…

Healthy meals for a low budget family?

Due to me losing my job we are on a very low grocery budget for a family of four. My goal is HEALTHY meals (probably less than $100/week) Any Ideas to keep it from NOT getting boring (other than chicken and frozen veggies for dinner!). What about healthy snacks? I have a snack hungry family (2 children under the age of five!) THANKS! Is Save-A-Lot as great as people say? Or is Wal-Mart and Kroger the way to go?

answers:

One HUGE thing you can do if at all possible is to grow some of your own vegetables. It will help so much with your grocery bill and it will be very healthy for your family. Squash, tomatoes, cucumbers .. Etc.. Are so healthy and most would be a great snack
one very healthy inexpensive food is beans!! The bags are even cheaper than the cans. Make vegetable soup and you could put a small amount of beef in it if you want but you don’t have to have meat if you use beans (beans will be the source of protein)
Another one is oatmeal. Get the large box of the grocery store brand. The Old fashioned kind is healthier.
Keep on eye on all the weekly specials at the grocery store. Wal mart prices are good on canned/boxed goods but I think the produce and meats are high. Food Lion or Aldi’s is great. Sams is good on certain things.
Also buy some bags of popcorn if your children are able to eat it without getting choked. Don’t get the individual bags-just get one large bag and you can microwave it-just put some into the small brown lunch bags and you can sprinkle with a little salt or Butter buds.
I buy things like graham crackers and some canned goods from Dollar General store-its cheaper!
Hope this helps

Ruth asks…

Healthy foods for a large family?

I would like to start eating much healthier than I am now, however my family is on a $500/month budget for 5 1/2 people (the 1/2 is my 1 year old) and we always end up getting junk, food with high sugar, and fat.
Are there any cheap ways to eat better?

answers:

I have a large family too – myself, my husband and 4 growing boys, so I know what you mean! I like to feed my family as healthily as I can, but allow for the odd dessert or treat as well. I often make a big pot of something good, perhaps ham stew or some kind of curry or casserole, and then freeze it in portions. You can buy meat, fish and poultry and freeze that (see what’s discounted, you might get some good bargains) and fresh veggies too, then make meals in bulk and refrigerate or freeze them in family-size portions.

The reason I suggest doing that is sometimes you’ll be too busy to be in the kitchen for an hour a day cooking something, and it’s nice to plan your meals in advance and be able to put something healthy on the table which you made already.

Keep things varied too and try out new dishes sometimes, using whatever is discounted or in season. Sometimes you can get meat or fish which is discounted because it has to be eaten within a day or so but if it’s something freezable then you can freeze it easily enough.

You can find some budget cooking tips here:

http://www.recipepublishingnetwork.com/save-money-and-eat-healthier-with-these-budget-friendly-tips/

Another good idea is investing in a crockpot, if you don’t already have one. You can make really easy meals in there (even desserts and snacks too). Here is some more info about crockpot cooking:

http://www.bestcrockpotrecipes.net/

Junk food actually works out more expensive than healthy food, since it’s not so filling and has a higher mark-up. You can buy chicken and pork quite cheaply, and some other kinds of meat, and then get canned, fresh or frozen veggies.

Staples like rice and pasta are also worth getting, since you can make a meal which is 70% rice and 30% meat, veggies and sauce for very little money. The same applies to pasta.

Paul asks…

What’s the healthiest family set up you’ve witnessed?

My parents were always beating each other up and my mother was in and out of mental health institutions, my friends at school had parents who were having affairs or abusing them in some mental or emotional or sexual way, or had single parents who couldn’t cope, or were so weathy they sent their child to our school as a boarder to get rid of them, or somethign, there was just never one person with a happy balanced loving mother and father who came out of their upbringing feeling positive and wanting to have children themselves for heatlhy reasons rather than unhealthy reasons to create something that would love them. tell me, do you know of anybody with a healthy family life? do you have one? does a healthy loving family really exist or are we all f*ck ups???

answers:

I believe that we have a healthy family life :)
We had our daughter because we love each other, and she has completed us.

My family is the most important thing I have :)
I’m so sorry that your childhood was unhappy. Hopefully you can turn your experiences into the strength you need to make sure that your kids don’t go through the same that you did.

Take care you, Lulu x

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