Your Questions About Healthy Foods List

Paul asks…

What are good HEALTHY brands for wet and dry cat food?

He eats Fancy Feast right now, but I want to change to a good quality healthy food for him. When I first got him I bought a few cans of Merricks and he devoured it, so I may start him on that.
Any suggestions? Thx. :D
I forgot to mention cat treats too, like Zuke’s Natural Purrz.


The healthiest food for cats is one that does NOT HAVE as one of the first three ingredients: corn or any ‘by-products. The protein in plants, such as corn,is not the kind of protein that cats’ bodies were meant to have.
So your best option is to google: cat nutrition, and or go to ‘’ and in that website, go to the ‘cats’ forum. They’re very helpful, and frequently give lists of the healthiest canned, and dry, cat foods.

William asks…

Need a list of healthy foods to give pet birds?

Hi! I am wondering what fruits and veggies are healthy for birds. I know that some veggies don’t contain essential vitamins and minerals like the others do. Can you list the good fruits and veggies, and the bad ones? Is olive oil bad for them? I also need to know how to measure how much fruits and veggies i should give her? Like is there any specific amount of fruits/veggies you feed your bird? Like for example 1 cut up apple, 1 pear etc? Thanks so much! P.S. Can you tell me how i should make noodles for her?


One of the healthiest foods your bird could eat is fruit! Fruit does have few nutrients, but your bird still needs to eat them. Apples, pears, peaches, bananas, berries, kiwi, pomegranate, grapes, raisins, and other dried fruit would be good and healthy. I wouldn’t recommend dried fruits to always be available, because they have some bacteria from being dried that isn’t good for your bird’s health if it is given to eat on a regular basis. You should remove ALL seeds including the pit from your fruits because this could be bad for your bird’s digestive system. Also, I would advise staying away from avocado! Before you give any food like fruits or vegetables to your tiel(s), CLEAN WELL! Most fruits/veggies contain pesticides which can be deadly to your bird. Pesticides and avocado is very deadly to ALL birds, which includes MRHAs This should help with the fruit section!

Any vegetable that is meaty, dark green, orange, or yellow (high in vitamin A) such as: carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli, legumes, frozen mixed vegetables, kale, greens (not lettuce), greenpeppers, zucchini and other squash, asparagus, ripe tomatoes, dried hot peppers, sprouts-bean or alfalfa, spinach, and brussels sprouts. Bean sprouts are an excellent food for your MRHA. Before you give any food like fruits or vegetables to your tiel(s), CLEAN WELL! Most fruits/veggies contain pesticides which can be deadly to your bird. As I stated before, stay away from dried fruits/veggies as an everyday food.
*Stay Away From*

You should stay away from avocado, alchohol, chocolate, salty foods, greasy foods, rhubarb, coffee, tea, soda, seeds, pits, sugary food, tobacco, leaves and stems from potatoes, tomatoe, eggplant, bean plant, apricots, oranges, cherries, peaches, pears (?) and plums. I’m not sure on the pear part, though.
*Proper Amount of Fruits/Veggies*

Usually, I just get five fruits, or more in your case, and I cut them up into small dices or slices, depending on your bird’s taste, and put them in a bowl. Try a deep butter bowl that has been washed, and fill it to the top with the diced/sliced fruits and veggies, and hang it on the cage. Also, make sure that the water, seeds, and fruits/veggies are kept in separate bowls! And if you peel an apple and cut out the stem and core/seeds through the middle with those seed-removers, then you can put a long leather string through the hole and tie it and hang it from the top of the cage so it is dangling. Mine love that!
*Preparing Pasta*

A lot of people have debates about this. Some people give them raw pasta, but that could choke your bird if they swallow it into longer sticks, and it gets caught in the throat. This is majorly spaghetti pasta. But you should cook it. Like if your mom, or dad, is cooking spaghetti for dinner one night, tell your mom to save some of the spaghetti, plain. Then give it to your bird. It has to be plain, or it could make your bird ill. Also, pasta can get moldy, very easily. So make sure you take it out after twenty minutes of being in the cage.
Personal Experience

I, myself, own two tiels, and many parakeets. Try cutting green, red, and yellow bell peppers into rings, or circles. It is good for nutricious purposes, and they love to play with them! Mine like to pick them up with their feet, where them as necklaces, and other funny things. But it also introduces them to the healthy life of vegetables, which is important. If you can, try fitting your hand through the middle of the ring and wearing it as a bracelet. Mine like to sit on my wrist and eat it that way.
Hope I helped! Also, if you have any questions, e-mail me at

Maria asks…

Is my grocery/food eating list healthy?

I am on a quest to become healthier with diet and fitness, and I made up a grocery list of items I will normally have on hand to eat.

- Deli Meat (Low Sodium if Possible)
- Sliced Cheese (Low Fat if Possible)
- Whole Grain Bread
- Whole Grain Rice (Not every time, just needs to be stocked)
- Lean White Meat
- Fish (Salmon, White Fish)
- Broccoli
- Spinach
- Carrots
- Bananas
- Apples
- Berries (refrigerated fine)
- Oranges
- Cream Cheese (light)

Is my list of food (I will normally be eating in my everyday diet) healthy? What should I add/remove?


It seems mostly healthy… What beverages do you drink? I personally would like to see more/different types of vegetables. They don’t all have the same types of nutrients so if you keep them varied you will help make sure it is balanced.

I don’t generally like luncheon meats (deli) because even the reduced ones are VERY high in sodium. If the only dairy you get is in the form of cheese you need more dairy.

Go to and figure out what your specific requirements are in terms of servings of each food group… This is the website that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has put out and it is the new food guide pyramid…

Robert asks…

Healthy food!?

Can some one please give me an example of a “food list” or grocery list of some healthy yet yummy food. Also that won’t cost me an arm an a leg to buy.

Here is what I have been doing:
Baby carrots
whole wheat bread
lean cusine meals (for at work)
lean pockets (for at work)
Salad stuff
Chicken breast
veggies that I can steam with lemon juice
Heathy choice soups
Organic Cereals
Weight healthy oatmeals
Whole wheat pastas
Kashi snack bars
Bakes Lays chips ( i need a cheat once in a while, I try to make it healthy)

I’ve been doin the same thing almost over and over again so if any one has other things for me please help.. Thank you for all your answers!!!

Im not just eating like this to loose weight, I feel better when I dont eat crap and I have a health condition so its important to eat healthy!
I forgot to add that I do eat and consume dairy! I eat cheese with some of my veggies and on my salads. I drink Milk on a daily basis, I have to cuz of a low calcium count!

I don’t drink SODA, I only drink water and Tea, some juices but mostly water and tea.

I don’t drink much alchohol but I do drink!!! But no beer or anything with soda, usually Vodka water or vodka cranberry!


Wow you eat healthy! I buy many of the same things when I go shopping, but I do notice that to eat healthy like this is expensive.
You could try substituting whole grain rice for some of the whole grain cereal grains (or mix it in). Making rice isn’t as convenient but you can always freeze lunch size portions too. You can find types like whole grain basmati rice that you might find more palatable too. I find its cheaper to buy than those and I notice when I eat it my weight drops some too.

Personally I would cut out the lean pockets and lean cuisine meals in favor of less processed foods that you already have on the list, particularly salad greens, and vegetables. I find I feel better with less processed foods. Also you might want to increase the number of times you eat in a day while decreasing the amount at certain meals. I find it helps curbs my appetite so I eat less. Maybe you can save some money that way too!
Good luck to you!

Jenny asks…

Healthy food grocery list help!?

Say you were going to make a grocery list with just healthy stuff what would you put on it?
I’m trying to lose a little weight, and I would like to eat healthier.

Could you name a few things I should write to the list?
Breakfast items, lunch, dinner, snacks maybe.

and what foods should I keep away from?


You can eat whatever it is that you currently eat and still lose weight. The key is to eat less, move more. Eat the majority of your calories earlier in the day. Eat like a king in the morning, a queen in the afternoon, and a peasant in the evening. Avoid sodas and junk foods. Keep your caloric intake at or above 1400 a day to prevent your body from going into starvation mode.

Easy ways to make your eating habits healthy: Change anything white on your list (pasta, bread, rice) to brown. Increase your fruit/vegetable intake.

Typical items on my grocery list: Eggplant (eaten baked or raw), bananas (snack), sunflower seeds (salad topper or on their own as a snack), salad veggies (lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, baby corn, black olives, etc.), whole-wheat pastas, hummus, brown rice, … That’s mostly it–The majority of my meals are grain- or vegetable-based.

“Stay away from anything claiming on the package to have a health benefit,” to quote my Nutrition professor. Stay away from reduced sugar/sodium/fat, and diet anything.

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Your Questions About Organic Foods List

Maria asks…

Why do we eat Organic food, what are your perceptions of Organic versus Conventional food?

I am doing this as my final year project at University, surveying people who leave in the city of Preston, UK… and asking why buy organic is it worth the money, do you know how it is produced? What’s wrong with conventionally produced food? where do your buy your food. Hypotheses……Consumers who buy organically produced food percieve it too be better quaility and beneficial to their health, but along with conventional food consumers have little understanding of labelling and farming methods implemented to produce either. the main factors which Influence buying decisions are price, availability and origin?


I buy organic foods from local farmers when I am able, although I will buy non-organic produce as well. I notice the organic food farmers tend to raise types that are chosen more for flavor and picked when ready, since they are not intending their produce to have to ship anywhere, so as a general rule the food tastes better. That said, if the choice is between organic food that had to be shipped in from elsewhere versus a non-organic local variety, I buy the local produce. I think it defeats the purpose of organic to have burned the fuel to ship it, and any benefits from freshness have been lost. And as they were raised to be shipped, that was the primary concern in chosing what type of tomato, for instance, was grown. I also choose my food according to what is in season, again chosing perhaps a non-organic over a non-seasonal offering, like apples over organic strawberries or melons in the winter.
I don’t have the same choices available for the meat I buy, unfortunately, at the moment. Previously I lived in Belgium, where I could buy meat from a supermarket that dealt directly with the farmers. They had a chalkboard where they recorded each day where the meat came from, and a card beside the cuts that identified the animal it came from- where and when it was born, male or female, date butchered, where and by whom. So I knew exactly where the meat came from, and was confident in my supplier. Here I simply have to purchase what is available, and as a result our meat consumption is lessened. Which is probably for the best, considering overall health- but I wish I could say it was a choice and not a necessity.
All things being equal, I do consider price in the equation- but if my extra expense is going to help the farmer provide me better produce, I don’t mind a little higher expense. I chose local over imported, even if it is not organic produce, and I always chose according to what is seasonal, rather than what may be available- organic or non-organic.
I don’t think we should have to choose either way as the ideal, but should try to strive for a sensible balance of things. While we should not indiscriminately spray or fertilize, I think we should be able to use these things if they are necessary. I don’t think use of artificial hormones should be allowed at all, but I don’t think there should be a stigma to using antibiotics when they are needed. I don’t mean they should be a daily food supplement, and certainly an animal should not be treated one day and slaughtered the next. But there should be some way of determining a safe waiting period, and one should be established.
I think it’s not enough to just think about organic or non-organic. We also need to consider the things which are added into the food we eat. A loaf of bread, even from organic flour, is not organic to my mind if it contains additives and preservatives I can’t pronounce. I’d rather have a loaf of bread made of non-organic wheat flour, with a short list of ingredients I can identify. I am quite capable of reading and understanding a label, but the trouble is there really isn’t a standard to guide one. The words need to have strict definitions. We need to determine what to do in the grey areas, as well. Is a bread made of organic flour still entitled to call itself organic, if they add a preservative like BHT or BHA, or isn’t it? Why is it not considered organic if the plant was sprayed, but not the fruit or veg that will be actually eaten? Until we make the determinations, the whole organic/non organic arguement is not solvable.

Ruth asks…

food that makes you fat?

I am starting a new abs diet and was wondering if anyone could provide a list of food that makes you fat? Anything I should avoid completely. Especially foods that I might think are healthy. A list of foods I should be eating would be great as well.



Food that makes you fat:

Whole Grains: I bet you know that refined grains like white bread are bad for you, but I also bet that you didn’t know that whole grains cause the same fat storage as refined grain. Whole grains cause a rise in blood sugar which causes an insulin spike. This causes cravings for more carbs later and in turn weight gain.

Soy Products: Soy products have a very high concentration of phytoestrogens. These actually stimulate your body to hold onto the body fat you have. Soy products are also one of the crops containing the highest pesticide/herbicide residue. These products inside the body act as xenoestrogens which also makes your body hold onto belly fat.

A couple other things to stay away from that may help you loose weight.
Corn, bananas, soda, even diet soda, and sugar free sweeteners.

Here are some products you need to eat more of..

Whole eggs: A lot of fitness gurus will tell you net to eat the egg yolk, but they couldn’t be more wrong. All of the vitamins and minerals of the egg are contained in the yolk and this is what keeps you feeling fuller longer. Don’t skip the yolk unless you are eating a dozen eggs a day for weight gain. This is the only situation where I would suggest skipping a few yolks.

Avocados: avocados are known as a fatty food. This is true but, it is monounsaturated fat that is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also a great source of fiber!

Nuts: Same as avocados nuts are full of healthy monounsaturated fat

berries: The most healthy fruit you can eat. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, and also some of the best sources of antioxidants of any food in existence. Berries also pack a healthy dose of
fiber, which slows your carbohydrate absorption and digestion rate, and controls your blood sugar levels to help prevent insulin spikes (which can stimulate fat gain).

Grass fed beef or bison: I know most people think that red meat is unhealthy for you, but that’s because they don’t understand how the health of the animal affects how healthy the meat is for your consumption. Keep this in mind an unhealthy animal provides unhealthy meat, but a healthy animal provides healthy meat. Typical beef or bison that you see at the grocery store is raised on grains… mostly corn, and sometimes soy too. Soy and corn are NOT the natural diet of cattle or bison, and therefore changes the chemical balance of fats and other nutrients in the beef or bison.

Finally: whenever possible stick with organic fruits and vegetables. If you are going for canned fruit or vegetables check out the frozen foods section first. Frozen fruits and vegetables are so much better for you than their canned counterpart. Also, stick with grass fed free range meat and poultry. Animals were not meant to eat corn and grain laced with steroids.

I hope I have helped you determine the main foods that make you fat, and some food you should eat more of. Good luck with your new abs. You will have to beat the women back with a stick!

Charles asks…

What are some traditional holiday food for the native people of New Zealand?

I need a list of some of the native foods, and just a short discription about the major ones :) Thanks, it’s for a project


New Zealand: Food and Wine
New Zealand’s cuisine is often described as Pacific Rim, a distinctive fusion of cooking traditions that draws inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. Using fresh meats, seafood, organic and indigenous foods, vegetables and fruit in a creative manner, New Zealand cuisine has a reputation of being fresh, vibrant and unique – much like its award-winning white wines.

The style of eating in New Zealand often reflects the laid-back Kiwi psyche where much dining takes place outdoors, just right for enjoying the clean air and those stunning views.

With a reputation for wines of intense flavour, such as the white sauvignon blanc and chardonnay and red cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, New Zealand’s leading wine regions are often just a short drive away – perfect for an memorable food and wine tour.

For dishes that have a distinct New Zealand style, try the lamb, pork and cervena (farmed venison), salmon, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters, paua (abalone), mussels, scallops, pipis and tuatua (types of New Zealand shellfish).

Also try kumara (sweet potato), kiwifruit, tamarillo and pavlova, a large round cake with a meringue base topped with cream and fruit – the national dessert.

New Zealand chefs are creative with local products, competition between restaurants for new dishes typically produce a delicious range of food combinations with new recipes popping up weekly. A typical menu could feature dishes such as:

Cured tuna and Pacific oyster salad
Terrine of cherry tomatoes, basil and goat cheese with a yoghurt dressing
Simu scampi with crispy noodles
Crab claws and paw paw with a spicy plum sauce

Main dishes
Rack of lamb with mille-feuille of spring vegetables
Tournedos of beef fillet and sauted kidneys with glazed Asian pears
Prime beef, grilled with hot chilli oil and served with ginger-scented broth
Horopito roasted cervena (south island venison), served with a Marlborough cherry sauce and a spiced nashi pear and walnut salsa
Whole crayfish served grilled or steamed with tomato, basil and champagne sauce
Free-range organic chicken with lavender

Glazed lemon cream with fruit wafer
Spiced coconut parfait
Hazelnut nougat with passionfruit curd
Grand marnier and almond cake served with mascarpone and hot fudge sauce.

New Zealand grown French-type cheeses such as: bleu de Bresse, brie, camembert and montagne bleu.

New Zealand’s sunny and temperate maritime climate is ideal for winemaking. Leading wine regions include West Auckland, Gisborne, Martinborough and Hawke’s Bay in the North Island and Marlborough, Central Otago and Canterbury in the South Island. Many New Zealand vineyards run restaurants in attractive settings. Tours and tasting are often available and wine trail maps make it easy to find your way around.

Donna asks…

List of Food Controversies?

I’m doing some research on food controversies and I am looking for a list of what the controversies are. I don’t need the pros and cons for each of them. I can look that up myself. What I need is a list of which foods have some sort of controversy associated with them. So far, I have some specific things, like soy, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and milk, and I also have more general things, like irradiated foods and genetically modified foods. What else is there?


There are too many to count. But here are some. I’ll try to only list what hasn’t been added already.

Butter vs. Margarine

Sweeteners (one, Cyclamate, has been banned in the US and UK and was used in TAB. Look up the others, too.)

Believe it or not, the definition of the word “Organic” and legality in labeling products as such

Food Safety. THIS is gold; you could read about toxins, government safety laws, lawsuits, etc.

Cultural ideas behind food, such as the definition of “kosher” and “halal”, as well as people’s generalizations and assumptions of foods of other cultures, as well as the history behind them all. (For example, don’t get Greeks and Turks started in a food fight about baklava. You’ll regret it.)

Food Movements (for example, Kellog cereal started in Battle Creek Sanitarium, a health center that was open a long ago and has since been closed down.) Organic counts as one of them, as well as Veganism.

Mary asks…


hi i need a list of common gluten free food


The gluten-free diet is the treatment for coeliac disease. Taking
gluten out of the diet allows your gut to heal and your symptoms to
A List Of Gluten Free Foods:
•Butter. Naturally gluten free if there are no additives, otherwise
check with the company, or contact me to check your brand.
•Milk. Naturally gluten free if there are no additives, otherwise
check with the company.
•Cream. Naturally gluten free if there are no additives, otherwise
check with the company.
•Buttermilk. Naturally gluten free if there are no additives,
otherwise check with the company.
•Cheese and cheese spreads. Cheese by itself should be naturally
gluten free unless something was added.
•Eggs and Egg Substitutes. Always look for gluten free labels on these.
•Hummus is a great source of protein. Naturally gluten free.
•Margarine and Spreads. Even though naturally gluten free, look for
gluten free brands only.
•Sour Cream. Most of the time sour cream is naturally gluten free
unless something else was added, so look for other ingredients.
•Soymilk is on top of gluten free food lists.
•Yogurt is part of gluten free food list. Very often now you may find
wheat and gluten in yogurts, so look only for gluten free brands.
•Most carbonated drinks. Always look for gluten free label here.
Quite often you will find wheat flour additives.
•Coffee drinks and mixes. Same for coffee drinks, you need to look
for gluten free brands, but coffee by itself is a naturally gluten
free product.
•Apple Cider is on top of gluten free food lists. Naturally gluten
free food.
•Energy Drinks. You want to make sure that there is no additives with
wheat or gluten.
•Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Mixes. Many brands have gluten free labels
for hot chocolate, but original hot chocolate recipes were gluten
•Juice and Fruit Drinks.
•Tea and Tea Drinks and Mixes. Look for ingredients in the mixes. If
not sure, get a gluten free box.
•Coconut is part of gluten free food list . Naturally gluten free
•Corn Syrup. Look for gluten free label because it can have gluten
•Cornmeal is on top of gluten free foods list. Naturally gluten free
flour substitute for gluten free diet.
•Honey. Naturally gluten free unless cross contaminated. Check
•Oil and Oil Spray. Most of oil is gluten free unless there was cross
•Rice Syrup. Your great choice here would be Lundberg Family Farms
organic sweet dreams rice syrup.
•Spices. Look for gluten free brands.
•Sugar. Naturally gluten free product.
•Starches. Cornstarch is naturally gluten free. A great choice would
be Bob’s Red Mill starches like arrowroot, corn or potato starches.
•Yeast. Look for gluten free brands.
•Beans. Beans are naturally gluten free foods.
•Fruit is a part of gluten free foods list. All fruits are naturally
gluten free.
•Meat. There is no gluten in the meat.
•Seafood. Natural seafood has no gluten. Imitation seafood almost
always has gluten ingredients.
•Soups. If you make that soup yourself then you know it’s gluten
free. If you are buying in the store look for gluten free labels. If
you are in the restaurant always ask.
•Stews. The same as soups. Most restaurants make stews with wheat
flour for thickness. Always ask. Look for gluten free labels when
buying un the store.
•Tomato Paste. Should be gluten free, but always double check.
•Vegetables. Naturally gluten free.
•Polenta. Naturally gluten free, like Trader’s Joe.
•Potato. Naturally gluten free food.
•Rice and Rice Mixes. Look for brown rice and gluten free.
•Taco Shells. Naturally gluten free but look for GF label.
•Tortillas and Wraps. The gluten alternative would have brown rice
•Horseradish. Naturally gluten free food but double check the
•Nut Butter. Naturally gluten free, but some companies add other
ingredients including wheat flour.
•Olives. Naturally gluten free food.
•Peppers. Naturally gluten free food.
•Pickles. Naturally gluten free food.
•Salsa. Most of the salsa brands are gluten free.
•Sauerkraut( list of gluten free foods ). Sauerkraut is naturally
gluten free and really good for you. Most of the brands do not add
wheat ingredients.
•Vinegar. Naturally gluten free food.
•Worcestershire Sauce. Look for gluten free labels.
•Applesauce. Always read the labels and make sure there’s no barley
syrup added.
•Beef Jerky. Look for gluten free labels.
•Candy and Chocolate. Most of the chocolate is gluten free.
•Dried Fruit. Naturally gluten free food. Always read the ingredients
•Gum. Read the ingredients.
•Nuts, Seeds and Mixes. Nuts and seeds are naturally gluten free but
mixes can have bits and pieces of wheat pretzels or wheat rods.
•Tofu and Tempeh. Most of the time tofu and tempeh are gluten free. But always verify.
•Agave syrup is naturally gluten free. Most agave syrup labels say:
gluten free; but double check.

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Your Questions About Natural Foods Store

Mark asks…

Can i make natural hamster food?

Can you make your own hamstr food so it is natural, and healthy? If you know of any recipies, please share(:


It’s better to just buy hamster mix from the food store. It is possible to create your own mix, but it still isn’t as nutritional as store bought.
Rolled Oats
Puffed Wheat
Oat Bran
Special K
Whole Wheat Dried Pasta
Tri-Coloured Pasta
Split Peas
High quality Dog Kibble (i.e. Nutro)
Plain Unsalted Sunflower Seeds (Shelled or Unshelled)
Unslated Sunflower Seeds (Roasted or Unroasted)
Canary/Finch Bird Seed (millet, rape seed, Flax seed, etc.) w/ no preservatives

Even this, though, doesn’t have all the nutrients and vitamins that hamster mixes do. Feed your hamster Hazel Hamster (called Harry Hamster in some countries) or Carefresh Complete. They are the best foods on the market, and trust me, they’re not junk. You can add in fresh fruits and veggies twice a week in small amounts. Banana, red pepper, cucumbers, broccoli are all favorites of my hamster.

Steven asks…

Is Natural Balance a good dog food?

I’m switching my two dog’s food from science diet and am looking for something that is better but is also easy to find.
I’m certainly no nutritionist, but I’ve been doing a little research to find a good food.

I’m looking for what others have to say about this food.


Natural Balance is a very good dog food, there are better tho, for example Solid Gold or even Merrick.
Pedigree is a terrible food for animals, basically anything that you can get at a grocery store, even iams, eukanuba, science diet etc, my favorite dog food (for my dog of course) is solid gold, it is all natural made in the USA, was not on the recall list, it has no fillers, no corn, no by-products, no salt, no sugar, no added animal fat only has the natural fat, no wheat, no soy, this is an all around healthy holistic dog food that leaves your pets coat shiney and heatlhy as well as maintaining the dogs health, Solid Gold is great for pets with allergies, and has all the nutrients that a dog needs, i know the food is some what expensive, but it is deff. Worth it, Solid Gold is more expensive because it is healthy, and they use only the best ingredients, the reason why lets say pedigree is cheaper is because they use fillers, like corn which has no nutrutional value to your dog what so ever, so cheaper ingredients = lower nutrional value.
And because solid gold has all the nutrients your pet needs, your dog will actually eat less because he gets fuller faster.
I swear by this dog food, and I know many people who do also, you should really consider trying it, you will not be disappointed, but just make sure when you switch your dog to any different brand that you gradually add in the new food to the old food, by giving them a new food straight could cause severe medical problems. I feed my husky solid gold, once he was off of iams i noticed a lot of differences, he stopped pooping in the house, his coat got shinnier, and stopped itching, etc

this site tells you about whats in your pets food.

Sandy asks…

Best high quality dog food for the price?

I have been feeding my german shepherd Taste of the Wild, but now that we have rescued another 6 month year old german shepherd puppy, food is getting pretty pricey. I want the best for my dogs & want to feed them the best I can. I was just curious if anyone else had some good ideas for low price, high quality foods?

Also is Diamond Naturals a decent food? Maybe to mix half and half with another high quality food?
Uhhh…. By the way for all the sh*tty people out there. I was well aware of the cost of another german shepherd and have the means to support another pet. I was simply asking if there are another other great foods around I should know about. For f*cks sake. Some people lol
Also- Taste of the Wild is considered “all life stages”- Which is something I really like about it. Any opinions on “all life stages” food?
Also- Taste of the Wild is considered “all life stages”- Which is something I really like about it. Any opinions on “all life stages” food?


Diamond Naturals is a good food.There is also 4Health,if you have a Tractor Supply store in your area. Walmart has a good food,too. It is called Pure Balance. Eagle Pack is also a good food.You could mix them with the TOTW. But don’t worry about the “all life stages” thing. A GSD pup can eat adult food,in fact it is better for their joints. My GSD is 12 years old, I put her on adult food at 4 months.

Charles asks…

Alternative to California Natural dog food?

I’ve been feeding my 5-year-old greyhound California Natural for the last 2 years and he does great on it. Before that we fed him Canidae, and he constantly had room-clearing gas and soft stools. We recently got a doberman and she’s 7 months old now, and is having the same issues eating the California Natural. Anyone have suggestions for a good quality food that might help her stinkiness?



There are many high quality foods out there. Some examples you can try:

Wellness (both Core and regular lines)
Solid Gold
Blue Buffalo
Natural Balance
Kirkland Brand
Diamond Naturals

Unfortunately, this is really a trial and error process. Ask the stores you go to for sample packages so you can see which food your dobie does best on. Best of luck in finding what works for her!

Daniel asks…

No fat- all natural diet.?

Just for a couple of days I’m going on an all-natural diet.
All I can eat are all natural, organic foods that come from the ground.
Such as fruits and vegetables, brown rice, corn, etc.
Can you think of any other products that are all natural,and come from the ground?
Breakfast foods? Lunches? dinners? snacks?
I have a feeling I’m going to be getting sick of plain vegetables- is there anyway I can spice things up with all natural ingredients?


It’s easy to spice things up naturally as most store sold spices are all natural. There are so many things you can do. It sounds to me like you are trying to cut out processed foods and go organic. That really is a lot easier then you think it is. It’s so easy to buy organic foods now. You can even get organic meats and eggs at your local grocery store. Frozen veggies are unprocessed and usually just flash frozen and come in all sorts of great varieties that can create easy one pan dinners. Stir fry comes to mind as well as fajitas. You should be able to just google easy organic recipes and come up with some great stuff. Good luck, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel without all that processed food.

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Your Questions About Healthy Trim

Robert asks…

Thoughts on barefoot trimming?

Now my horse has been barefoot trimmed for 8 year (as far as I know) his farrier has been doing him that long but he could have been previously barefoot. He is ridden maybe 3-4 times a week, he is at grass 24/7 although does suffer from founder.
I know a girl that has two barefoot horse, one a TB and the other Anglo-Arab, she is a qualified barefoot farrier and is all for it.
A lady I’ve known for 10 months decided her Aussie Stock Horse should become barefoot trimmed 9 months ago after looking at my horses’ hooves and she’s over the moon with the outcome now, all his feet look the same, he no longer gets footsore, his feet NEVER crack, he has no problems with them at all.
Someone else I know has recently taken shoes off of their TB X Clydie who had appalling feet. They were cracked, they had holes, his heels were completely flat, he has seedy toe, they’re all different sized and their previous farrier was only interested for the money he was getting! He got barefoot trimmed for the first time 6 weeks ago and is getting done again today, they were happy with the outcome last time but it’s going to take over a year to sort his feet out fully.

Anyway what is everyone elses’ views on it.
Here is a link to a barefoot page:
Here is a VERY interesting FB page if anyone wants to look at the amazing transformations of the hooves:


With VERY few exceptions (less than 1%), horses are healthier with *correctly trimmed* bare hooves than with shoes nailed on. If their hooves have been weakened by shoeing, lack of exercise, living in a stall (same thing as lack of exercise, plus the damage of constant exposure to filthy moisture and ammonia), excess sugars and unbalanced minerals in the diet, unresolved thrush, *changing from wet to dry environment* etc, then it will require a transition period to build healthy, sound hooves. Hoof boots can keep a horse comfortable while its feet heal and become stronger after a period of shoeing or other damaging conditions. A horse that is only “sound with shoes on” is an unsound horse!

LOL @ Snezzy! I love your farrier’s assessment of how to decide if a horse should have shoes.

I rode my 1/2 TB, 1/4 draft (2 types reputed to have bad feet), 1/4 Paint mare every day one summer in the Rocky Mountains, barefoot. I had a set of hoof boots for her, but she never needed them. I’d been trimming her myself and riding her barefoot on roads and every kind of terrain for a few years and she lived on rocky pasture before that summer. The reason TBs and drafts have bad feet is because they are commonly shod early and badly. Yearling TBs are shod to make them seem older for the sales, as if it’s OK to run them into the ground at age 18 mo – 2 yr old. Drafters are shown in Scotch-bottom shoes that create horrific toe flares, because it’s the fashion. My mare was raised on rocky pastures for her first 2 years. I put shoes on her intermittently for a couple of years from about 3-5 yr old, until I started to educate myself about the equine foot, then never again.

Shoes only started to be used frequently after people started keeping horses in stalls. It’s the lack of work, not the excess of it, that makes hooves weak and unable to hold up to a sudden increase of work.

Barefoot is best!

Maria asks…

Trimming barberry bushes?

We have a row of about 12-14 barberry bushes across our front yard. For many years we shortened them by cutting from the outside. They grew but they got pretty bare on the inside and I didn’t like that sheared look. In recent years I have started to trim them to a height of about 2-3 ft by cutting the long canes right from near the bottom in order to allow them to keep a natural arching shape. They have been pretty but I notice that this year they are not looking as healthy as they have in the past years. Is it possible that this bush is not able to be kept short in this manner?


I have found this to be the case with my barberry bushes, too. This year I haven’t trimmed them as drastically as in the past. I’ve hand trimmed just the new shoots—very time-consuming! But…they are looking pretty good with the aid of fertilizer. Remember that evergreen forms of barberry (the ones that don’t lose their leaves) need to be pruned immediately after they flower. And if they’re to be cut back, save that for late winter or early spring. In other words, radical pruning is best done in late February or early March–in order to cut them just before they begin their new growth in spring. Deciduous barberry need to be trimmed in late summer.The deciduous species (e.g. Berberis thunbergii, B. Vulgaris) are noted for good autumn color, the leaves turning pink or red before falling.
P.S.–A fellow at our local nursery once told me that barberry bushes can be safely trimmed down to 1/3rd of their normal average height. And I, too, refer to the thick, dry old stems as “canes”. :)

William asks…

should i trim?

i am going to the hair dressers this morning.
i am trying to grow my hair. im scared to get it trimed because i dont want it any shorter! and i get any more layers my hair will be WAY to thin. is getting a trim good or not??


In order for your hair to look and feel healthy and pretty while you’re growing it out, you have to get it trimmed. You don’t have to take too much off – just enough to get the damaged ends off.

Lisa asks…

Healthy weight???

I am 5’7 and about 125 pounds.I was wondering if this is a healthy weight or not.Thanks!!!!


WOW! You’re lucky! That is healthy, if your small – medium framed. I’m the same height as you and I weigh 140Ibs.
That is healthy for me because I’m medium framed.
Make no mistake about weight, because fat is lighter than muscle. However fat is larger than muscle.
So if you were to weigh more yet look so trim with no cellultie and flabby, sagging, lumpy fat than you have hard, heavy, firm, healthy, fit muscle.

Charles asks…

healthy hair?

i straighten mmy hair everyday throughout the school year. but this summer i want to leave it. i am half-black so my hair is really curly, but it doenst have the oily african american texture or feel. what should i put in my hair or what should i do with it to make it healthy and grow?
im leaving it, but do you know any good products or and tips to help repair it?
i AM NOT straightening it nn the summer


Raw eggs just makes it shine for a few days i’d say get it trimmed up that way you dont have any bad ends an if you do what you say dont straighten it you will have healthy hair specially if you get it trimmed. Try damage conditioner also when you do start straightening it again try a heat defense spray before.

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods For Kids

Donna asks…

Why are mothers so protective of kids then they turn around and poison them?

The other day I went into the supermarket to get change and I could not believe the foods these moms were putting in their cart.

Highly processed, nutrient depleted, chemical laden, GMO infested, preservative filled foods that I would not even feed to my dogs because I consider that animal cruelty.

And you wounder why your child is obese? You wounder why Type two diabetes is rising? You wounder why 1/3 of Americans will get cancer opposed to 1 in 20 100 years ago? Heart disease is going up, strokes going up, obesity going up and then once we are riddled with diseases we cover them up, and create new ones, with the pharmaceutical poison we have been trained to be consumers of.

If you want to poison yourself with these foods then fine, but don’t feed this stuff to your kids! They depend on your for sustenance and to feed them this junk is just cruel.

Now I understand that healthy foods are more expensive and some say they are not able to afford them (I spend 700 a month on food and water for myself), but I find often that the people who say they cannot afford to eat healthier are the same people who have the latest iPhone, or 60 inch flat screen TV, or they just spent 150 dollars on a night out with their friends. So before you say you cannot afford to eat healthier makes sure you really cannot afford to, because it may be that you can but you are just not willing to make the necessary sacrifices to do so.

Feed your kids organic, GMO free, and predominantly vegan, then, when they are older, they can decide if they wish to continue eating that way or if they want to eat the poison the dumbed down masses eat
haha the media frenzy. You have no idea what you are talking about.
unhealthy? um no I dont please do explain how unhealthy vegans are? You have no idea what you are talking about Vegans can get all of the nutrients their bodies require without a problem. Thank you two you guys answered my question. Moms feed their kids poison because they do not realize that it is poison. They have been deceived into thinking they are feeding their kids a proper diet (a proper diet never includes fast food, nor 90% of junk food out there). One of you out their thinks eating organic is a “media frenzy” Yeah because the chemicals they spray on your fruit and veggies are so dangerous they have to wear a hazmat suit but its safe for you to eat, no need not buy organic it is just a media frenzy! The other one became a nutritional expert and deemed veganism to be unhealthy even though you get all your nutritional requirements. You guys need to stop being so ignorant of your food choices
GOOD JOB on your nutrition course. Now you have been fed all the propaganda you need to decieve more people into thinking our eating habits are okay!
I didn’t say everyone could afford to eat like that. I was just saying a lot of people can but don’t because they prefer to spend their money on other luxuries. Hell There is no way I would be able to afford my grocery bill if it wasn’t for the fact that I live at home rent free and split the utilities between four people including myself. Farmer markets and local co ops help with cheap organic fruits and veggies. fruits like avocados and melons and bananas don’t really need to be organic since they or covered. I realize basically all we eat is GMO but I successfully got them out of my diet by buying GMO free products. Just go to local health store


Lol you’re telling people off about the food they feed their kids then telling them they should raise their kids vegan! Do you have any idea how unhealthy vegan eating actually is, especially for children!?

ETA: You do realise that humans as a species are omnivores right, we’re biologically programmed to eat animal products, namely meat and while yes you can take supplements it’s been proven more than once that it’s not as effective as getting the nutrients from their intended sources. Vegan children are almost always deficient in vitamin D, calcium and iron, they also tend to not get all the calories they need to grow properly. Maybe do some actual research on the affects of children raised vegan before you start telling people what to do

Carol asks…

If I eat a couple small bites of food everyday and take diet pills will i lose weight fast?

after having my baby in may i’ve become obsessed about losing weight i’ve always had a weight problem so now i just want to lose more. I’ve started taking diet pills and I’m never hungry so i just eat little bites here and there of healthy food when i take my diet pills. Will i lose weight pretty quick this way?? Also I’m pretty active because of the baby.
I wasn’t able to breast feed so my baby is on formula, I’m sorry i really should have included that.


Eating small amounts is never healthy. Eat a big breakfast, smaller lunch and even smaller dinner with a few snacks in between. The food will give you the energy you need to take care of an infant and it will kick your metabolism in the butt.
Think of the baby too. If you are getting yourself into bad habits, you could pass them on to the kid. You dont want the baby to have the same problems, do you?
Try to follow the nutrition pyramid. Eat a lot of wheats with loads of dairy and plenty of fruits and veggies. The antioxidants in the fruits and veggies will keep your skin and hair looking healthy and youthful. Tomatoes, broccoli and grapes are full of antioxidants.
Trust me, I was fatter than the moon and I started working out and eating right. So far, I havent lost much weight (its been about two weeks), but my friends and co workers tell me that I have a glow about me. I feel healthier too. I can stand up straight and proud of myself. I work at a fast food restaurant, it is not easy for me to eat right, but I try and thats what matters to me.

Good luck with your baby and with your weight loss.

Charles asks…

How come unhealthy food tastes sooo yummy?

Most little kids LOVE junk food and hate healthy foods. I eat lots a fruit and vegetables (im vegetarian), but i eat lost of candy and sweets. How come the unhealthy stuff tastes soooo good?

do you like junk?
do you like fruits?
do you like vegies?


It is pack with sugars,salts,and perservatives.With junk food that is fatfree is still good they just take out the sugar and fat.I like fruits like peaches,kiwi,and expesualy strawberrys They taste like candy because they are so sweet. I love junk food,but I know it is bad for me so I eat good fruits instead. Hope this helps.

James asks…

What are some good healthy foods that vegetarian kids will like?

I am babysitting my little cousins in a few days but I don’t have any foods in my house kids will like. Keep in mind that they are vegetarian and their mom is a health freak so it can’t be anything like Kraft Macaroni and cheese. The kids are 5, 6, and 11, if that helps.
Any help is much appreciated! :)
i can’t feed them meat or anything, their mom would kill me, and their mom gave me $60 to buy food for them for the 2 days they’ll be at my house


I am vegetarian. My kids love: homemade mac and cheese, Veggie burgers from the grocery store (actually really delicious), any pasta recipe pretty much (you can omit meat on most of them), stir fried tofu (takes literally 10 minutes or less and kids really like it), homemade cheese or veggie pizza (kids will love to help!). Try the following recipes (omitting the meat where it exists)…
Http://,1739,159184-224198,00.html (OMIT THE CHICKEN!!!),1625,157170-237204,00.html,1741,128177-243199,00.html (SO FAST!!),1850,155174-249199,00.html (MAY WANT TO OMIT ZUCCHINI WITH KIDS)

Hope this helps! Dont worry! It wont be too bad! Best thing to do is to let the kids help out! :)

Donald asks…

Healthy food that kids will eat?!?

I have two boys: George aged 4 and Liam aged 2. I’m pregnant with twins, and my husband is away in Afghanistan for a further two weeks.
I have been cooking easy meals every night for the kids. George has eaten lunch at school and Liam and I have sandwiches and salad for lunch.

However, I feel that I am cooking similar meals…what easy, healthy meals can you think of which kids will eat?
Also, what are ways I can feed them fruit? I aim to give them 5 portions per day, but they don’t really like fruit by itself. I usually give Liam apple slices for lunch which he likes, but I am running out of creative ideas for how to give them fruit in the evening!
What can you think of?


Our kids would be much better off learning to avoid those types of high-calorie, high-fat foods with foods that are high in fiber, low in fat and have calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals, including these list of healthy foods that most kids love: milk, fruits such as apples, vegetables, Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Tuna Fish, Breakfast Cereal, Eggs, Oatmeal and Sunflower Seeds.

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Your Questions About Organic Foods Online

David asks…

Is there any organic soy infant formula around?

I looked everywhere and cannot find any organic infant soy formula…only milk based and my baby can’t have milk based because she is very allergic to it. i only see toddler organic soy formula and not orgainc soy infant. i really want organic if i can find it please help me.


Try online health food stores.

All testing has shown that theres absolutely no difference in the way our bodies react to organic vs non organic foods. Its like paying twice the cost for the food just for an idea you’ve been given.

Richard asks…

Best organic tea brand?

whats the best tasting organic tea brand in you opinion.My favorites Tazo and I like their Tazo Iced Green :) and Honest Green Dragon Tea :) For hot tea’s I like a variety of chai teas So cant name in brand right off hand :) So what are some organic tea brands that you would recommend :)


Oddly enough, most of the organic teas I have tasted are no better than the non-organic varieties. In general, the best teas are to be had from specialty stores or spice shops which sell tea in bulk, including online stores. They are usually very good but also very expensive. Examples would be Teavana and Upton Tea Imports (online).

Whole Foods has decent organic teas in bulk, in addition to pre-packaged. Trader Joe’s has some organic tea and very reasonably priced non-organic. Even Lipton I believe has an organic tea line that you can find in common supermarkets.

Chris asks…

Where can i get organic/natural cat food at?


Look online at a couple of good brand dealers, see if they have stores in common, try out the store. :) (this is high quality dog food…but a store that sells this will sell high quality cat food too)

Sandra asks…

what organic food should I buy?

Whole foods is having a sale, and I dont know what exactly to buy. hahah I am also trying to eat clean all week so what foods should i buy??


Buy the veggies you enjoy the most, eat most of them raw in salads, finger food. I really enjoy a Greek salad with either fresh cilantro or basil. Raw garlic is awesome.

Greek/Pico Salad
2 cup diced tomato
1 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely sliced fresh cilantro
2 tbs lime/lemon juice
fresh black pepper
1 cup diced avocados
2 cups broccoli, cabbage, shredded-carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers
1/4 cup peperoncini, fresh jalapenos
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
touch of honey
Can be added to lettuce prior to eating, do not store with lettuce in it

Buy some good quinoa pasta. Or make your own.

Basic bread/pancake/pizza:
2 cups whole grain flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs apple vinegar
A pinch of seasalt and sweetener optional
Options: garlic, onion, olives, black pepper, hot peppers, rosemary, basil, oregano
Also used for piecrusts, cinnamon rolls, sweet breads & cakes
Sweet breads: banana, other fruits, grated carrots, zucchini, spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice
Sweeteners: molasses, local honey, stevia

Simple red-marinara sauce: 1can tomato sauce, 1Tbsp oregano, 1Tbsp basil, garlic, onion. Simmer 30 minutes. Optional: rosemary, bay leaves, sliced olives. These other spices can be added to the white sauce too. Fresh basil is amazing, along with fresh garlic after cooking.

Simple white sauce: water with flour to thicken it, flour must be dissolved in cold water and stirred in before it forms lumps. Bullion can be added for gravy. Or Parmesan cheese, basil, and a touch of olive oil for pasta & pizza sauce. Seasalt & pepper to taste.

Have some great fruit in a fun smoothie.

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie, a powerful anti-inflammatory, pain reliever (bromelain and gingerols)
2 cups ripe pineapple
1 cup ripe mango
large peeled knob of ginger (about 2-4 inches)
1 cup young thai coconut water (you may add the coconut meat too from inside the coconut if you please)
1 tsp. Fresh vanilla
Blend all ingredients for 20-30 seconds and enjoy!

Frosty Shake, can be frozen for fudgesicles:
3/4 cup Almond Milk & 1/3 of a Banana
15 ice cubes
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
Options: replace all the almond milk, banana and most of the ice cubes with frozen bananas.
Organic unsweetened cocoa powder
organic unsweetened almond milk
Agave, honey, or stevia sweeteners

Chocolate Banana Shake Recipe with Coconut Oil
Reverses brain disease–coconut oil
1 cup coconut milk (learn how make your own here)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
6 drops vanilla cream stevia
1 large ripe banana
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon high quality cocoa powder or carob powder

Chocolate Mousse
1 large ripe avocado
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
2 tsp stevia (or other natural sweetener)
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
Optional: toasted sliced almonds, chia seeds, frozen mixed berries, almond butter, cocoa nibs, coconut oil
Purée the avocado until smooth.
Mix together the cocoa powder and milk until combined and add to the avocado.
Stir in the stevia, vanilla extract, and any extra ingredients (toasted almonds add a lovely crunch, and frozen berries give the mousse a great fruity twang!) and mix well.
Transfer the mousse to individual bowls and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

One of my faves is chili.

Rick’s Chili
6C over-night soaked pinto beans
1C brown rice
1/2 gal filtered water
1T black pepper
1T red pepper flakes
3 T chili powder
1 T bullion powder
cayenne pepper to taste
1T oregano
3T lemon juice or apple vinegar
Diced onion
Bell pepper
Jalapenos, fresh or pickled
Grated carrots
Honey or pure maple syrup
1/2 can tomato sauce

Here’s a site I use for ideas. Just type in an ingredient or dish name, add vegan to the list for health.


Health basics: drink the right amount of water–use an online calculator, usually take a multi-vitamin, combine your food properly, eat 80% alkaline foods, exercise properly, avoid poisons (research fructose & aspartame, pesticides, gmos), look at getting the B12, electrolytes and organic sulfur you need, research the best and worst foods. Increase health and cut costs by eliminating junk, all store drinks, grains cooked with legumes are high in all essential amino acids, and soups for breakfast, and invest in organic veggies as much as possible. Electrolytes is one of the main keys, having the right balanced amounts. Vegetables are complete proteins.


When you want more plant-based foods, here are some recipes.
Rip Esselstyn @ TED, former firefighter and 12yr professional tri-athlete, food that satisfies Texas-beef guys, dropping weight and their cholesterol by 60pts.

Books: Fit for Life, Engine 2 Diet, The Natural Way to Heal, Formula for Health (raw), Wheat Belly

If you want the next level of understanding how your body works and how best to feed it, research electrolytes.

Results of Best foods: Amazing 70yr old woman vs typical USDA food results, using her backyard

Hope you enjoy, good eats!

Linda asks…

Good websites for cheap organic vegan food?

I’m looking for somewhere that has a variety of vegan food such as jasmine rice, tofu and other foods you might not find in the average large supermarket. But I would really like recommendations for cheap and organic shops. Maybe something similar to GoodnessDirect?
This question is on Yahoo UK, so America sites are not helpful.


I like or
Trader Joe’s has a lot of that types of foods, if you have one around. Not sure if you can order online from them though

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Your Questions About Natural Foods Market

Mary asks…

Why do americans eat anything but natural food? That is why most americans are fat!?

You do not have to look very far to understand why most people are fat in this country! Being african, that was the first thing that i notice when i put my feet in this country! Off course i laughed, and when i saw tons of commercials on TV trying to promote weird products to “help” people lose weight, i knew that was a serious problem in this country! You can’t go to my country, and sell products to make people get thin! They will laugh at you. Why? Because this is the last of our worries!
Back in Africa, we always eat natural stuff! I rarely saw FAT people( and there is no starvation in my country)! Here, even the chicken that are alive, are fed with chemical stuff! I don’t know! I think Africa has a lot to do and to learn from Europeans and Americans, but the one thing americans should do is take example and analyse African nutrition to see why most of us are in shape, and stuff like, why african girls’ booty are always nice and perfect, unlike most white girls’ butt! Comments!
No racist comment! I think it’s an interesting topic! You can press forward if you think it is stupid, otherwise, comment and let me know what you think! No one is smarter than anybody!
That was just my view, that is american are fat because of what they eat! I come from a different background, i ate different stuff, and i rarely saw a fat people where i come from! Thats was my point!
If somebody is not happy, we can arrange a rendez-vous!
It’s whenever, however you want it!
So what, we don’t have the right to free speech here?
I’m answering to”McDonn”! I never say my country was rich! I said we don’t starve in my country just so you don’t think that people are not fat because they do not have anything to eat, is it clear? Also, i wanna make smthg clear! Africa is not all about poverty! What you see on TV is that they want you to see! Sure, some people are starving, but not everybody! I ate more than 6 times a day, i always had christmas gifts, i had my ps2! SO, i never lacked of anything! They don’t always show you the good things on TV! So cut that crap and stop saying all african people are poor or don’t eat! That is so stereotype and low!
Also to “MC DON”, why don’t you stop sending us money, and focus on rebuilding house for people that have been hit by Katrina? You’ve done taking care of them? huh? I think i posted a nice subject, an that will be better if we stick to it!
Also, america has rich land? Great, why don’t you extract diamond and all kinda rocks that you worship here instead of going to CONGO, or Liberia? Huh? Why the hell you don’t extract oil from your own land?
Think before thinking that you smart! You might be even dumber!

I love America,mais Il fallait que je mette les points sur les “i” a cause de ce sale connard la!


Well here in America although there is an abundance of farms and natural resources they are sold at unbelievable prices in the market. Most Americans are not rich or are barely making ends meat (check to check) and can not afford healthy foods, or more less Organic foods. I don’t know what going to the market is like in Africa but over here you take groceries home, you leave and arm and a leg at the store. Besides, fast-food is so much more convenient for most working families, tired moms etc. . . Why go slave over a hot stove when you can get ready made, not always hot fast-food that’s going to ruin your health and ultimately clog your arteries, don’t get me wrong that’s still no excuse but just to inform you from the poor people’s point of view. When a person only has $10 dollars and a double cheese burger, fries, 2/ apple pies, and a sweet tea comes up to $4:50 -vs- 1 pack of fresh chicken breast, broccoli and brown rice comes to a whopping $13:75 what do you think people are going to choose? No one wants to exercise anymore heck most people drive to check the mail (I’m 4 real). Hey it is what it is. People have to be held accountable for their own well-being and health. THX 4 the comment!

Much Love,
jamellah (jay)

Susan asks…

Spiritually, if you knew a certain food would beat cancer, would you eat it?

I have learned how to eat healthier and eat certain foods to help with health problems, for example:
Cherries reduce inflammation and help with pain.
Pineapple has an ingredient that helps with arthritis.
Blue berries fight cancer and cleanse the liver.
Limes fight lung cancer.
Lemons cleanse the liver.
Cooked broccoli fights and prevents cancer.
Oranges have vitamin C with helps with colds.
Asparagus helps with urinary tract infections.
Homemade chicken soup is like a natural antibiotic.
The list is endless; feel free to give extra help tips also
But really this question is about your spiritual life.
We do all we can to stay healthy by eating healthy.
But how many of us think about their spiritual health.
This is what the Bible says about spiritual health:

(John 17:3) 3 This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.
There is no hell and the Bible doesn’t teach that. so if you are afraid of that, eat what you want.


Some interesting claims here. A major practice in the area of food industry marketing and in pharmaceuticals is the process of taking our foodstuffs apart and looking to see what useful chemicals are able to be derived from them. In many cases this is good as it’s a golden route to discovering new drugs.
The downside is the marketeers of these fruits can woefully misuse the information and spread what is essentially a bunch of misinformation to the public.

Nature is a brilliant chemistry lab and nearly all our pharmaceuticals are natural derivatives, but just because a drug comes from a plant, it does not automatically follow that plant itself is all that beneficial beyond it’s source of everyday vitamins and minerals. The “active ingredient” or chemical property which actually aids us medically in nearly all cases must be concentrated, refined and synthesised.

Cherries contain anthrocyanins which show promise as an anti-inflammatory agent and mild analgesic – at least in rats so far. BUT the concentrations of these chemicals in an unprocessed cherry (or grape or raspberry which also contain them) are so low that no significant chemical activity could take place from the action of consuming them. Basically you could eat a whole bowl of cherries, and it will have little or no effect on your pain issues (other than perhaps the placebo). A single paracetamol tablet would be far more effective and less likely to give you a bad stomach as a result!

Pineapple contains bromelain which does have anti-inflamatory benefits when tested on mice. Again, though this is from the processed concentrated product, not fresh from a pineapple. However, it’s usefulness in arthritis “has neither been confirmed in human studies for this use, nor is it approved with a health claim for such an effect by the Food and Drug Administration or European Food Safety Authority.” Bromelain would also have a side effect of increasing heart stress and anxiety, so may be a tricky drug to administer. It’s got other useful non medical properties though.

Blueberries are excellent sources of many dietary requiements, but some of the claims of them as “superfruits” (a term invented entirely by advertising executives, not nutritionists) are wildly overplayed. Blueberries will NOT fight cancer, although the phytochemicals they contain may help towards preventing it, but as yet there’s no firm scientific evidence for that. Blueberries are excellent sources of anti-oxidants, but after a decade of research and endless advertising for the wonders of anti-oxidant supplements, there isn’t any medical evidence that suggests ingesting antioxidants does anything at all to help you. One pharmacologist described it as expecting an anti-oxidant food to protect from the scourge of free radicals was like hiding behind a sheet of paper hoping it protects you from a gunshot.

I’ve never heard of limes helping against lung cancer or lemons cleaning the liver.
Broccoli genuinely does have anti-cancer benefits due to it’s concentration of 3,3-Diindolylmethane along with sprouts and cabbage.
Oranges are packed with vitamin C, but also so are a number of fruits on this list.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic, but there’s no scientific evidence that it actually helps UTIs. In order to check the claim I ended up having to look at **shudder** complimentary health sites. This quote is from one of those sites and is a surprising confession: “UTIs have to be promptly treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, bacteria may infect other organs or enter the blood stream. Keep in mind that asparagus does not replace and should not be used to replace any conventional drugs prescribed for urinary tract infections. It is not approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any kidney or any other urinary tract infections.”

As for homemade chicken soup being an antibiotic, thats a highly contentious claim. For a start it depends entirely on who made it and with what ingredients. It could just as easily be a bowl of warm ecoli or typhoid! From what I can see of the claim, the mechanism of the soup is not antibiotic in itself, but does act to aid decongestion in colds. A Nebraska university study also said that commercial chicken soups were equally as effective.

In all I don’t want anyone to be put off eating healthily but please don’t believe in miracle health benefits. The real miracle is the medical sciences that allow these investigations to take place and for us to use genuinely effective drugs beyond the wives tales and folk medicines that consistently failed to save lives for thousands of years. The pharmaceutical industry may be greedy, bureaucratic and given to claims stretching of it’s own, but the astonishing leap in longevity and healthy lives in the past 100 or so years are testament to it’s effectiveness.

David asks…

Best Flake food?

Does anyone have any serious opinions on what the best staple flake food is for tropical fish? I have been using Nutrafin Max Colour enhancing flake food for almost two years, and i was thinking about trying something else. Any suggestions (and maybe a reason why) would be appreciated!! Thanks


Nutrafin is actually one of the better foods on the market, as it has a low ash content. The ash content is the amount of undigestable product in a food. Other really high quality foods are Ocean Nutrition and New Life Spectrum (which was developed by Pablo Tepoot).

Tetra, by the way, isn’t a good flake food. It’s made from mostly fish meal (take a fish, cut off everything for human consumption, cut off everything for animal consumption and bait, take what’s left, grind it up into a past, dry it out, rewet it, spread it over a hot wheel in a thin sheet, and scrape it off as it dries). Fish meal really isn’t nutritionally sound, and Tetra has a really high ash content compared to other foods as a result. Tetra used to be a good product name, but not anymore. You’d be better served feeding something like Nutrafin which costs pretty much the same price as Tetra but has a much higher nutritional value and much lower ash content. Although, really, you’d be best served feeding a variety diet to your fish including elements that are more natural to it (say, terrestrial and aquatic vegetation to mbuna algae scrapers).

By the by, if you’re looking to enhance the colors of freshwater fish (especially South American cichlids), you can enrich their diet with spirulina. Kent makes this super easy with a product called Freshwater Zoe. It’s a spirulina soak for your fish’s food (either defrost frozen foods in it or you can put a few drops on flake foods before feeding).

George asks…

I just started working for a company that sells all-natural food. Any ideas as to where I should market this?

Thanks, but I am in Michigan. It is mainly to be done through home/group “tasting parties”. I know there are large groups of people trying to eat healthier, just not sure how to find them! (*_*) The products are 100% all natural, peanut-free, no dyes, no MSG, no fillers and no preservatives ANY DELICIOUS!! Quick and Easy Healthy Meals. There have to be groups that are interested in that?!


Definetly try Sprouts Farmer’s Market. They’re all about natural products. Frmo what I can tell, their company is doing very well since they have opened many new stores. Try them out!

Jenny asks…

will friskies wet cat food harm my kitty?

bella has been eating friskies wet cat food all her life.i have been reading alot about the best foods for my cat like blue essentials,iaams ect.her dry food is meaw mix.ok they say that friskies is the worst cat food to feed cats.why?i have trid to switch her over to the other food i mentiond but she refuses to eat do i get her to eat it


Meow Mix should be taken off the market – that is the most horrible food with byproducts, dyes, etc. I would not feed STRAY cats Meow Mix. Friskies is ok but its still full of by-products. IMO if you want to feed Friskies, that is fine but please get some quality canned food to add to it so the cat is getting some decent food.

We feed Blue Buffalo dry, but vary canned foods between Wellness, BB, Merrick, Max Cat, Natural Balance. If you want a more affordable and better canned food, then choose Max Cat.

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Your Questions About 127 Hours

Susan asks…

I almost fainted while watching 127 hours – Is it normal?

I felt really bad while watching the amputation scene in 127 hours . This didn’t happen to me when I watched Saw.
I did not really faint, but I felt a bit nauseated and was on the brink of fainting had I continued to watch the scene. My heart was pounding really fast. Is that normal, or does it mean I have heart problems?


It’s pretty normal if you’re not used to scenes like that. Danny Boyle (the director) has his own directorial trademark on showing such gruesome scene that carries the highest quality of verisimilitude.

Anyway, have you heard that when it was released in some theaters a lot of moviegoers actually fainted and threw up while watching it?

Laura asks…

What happens at this part in 127 hours?

ok so im watching 127 hours on this free movie site
i got to the part where he watching the video of the girls diving.
He thinks he hears something and turns around
I paused it cause i thought its gonna be scary
can you tell me what happens?
cause i really hate scary movies!


Its not scary, from what I can remember this is where he starts hallucinating. There were no really jumpy parts in that movie…just pretty grotesque at one point. Great movie though, all true, enjoy!

Helen asks…

The start and end of ’127 Hours’?

I have watched ‘127 Hours‘ twice now, and was wondering whether anyone knew the significance of the large groups of people filmed at the start and ending of the film?

I originally thought it was Danny Boyle reminding us that, yes, he did make ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ – but having watched it a second time, I’m somewhat unconvinced.

Why are they there? What is their significance to the story? (If there is a significance)



Its all things we use our hands for, so at the football match everyone starts cheering and throw their hands in the air, swimming, praying, clapping.
Its a sign of things to come and to show how much we take having both hands for granted.

Mandy asks…

When will the movie “127 hours” be out on DVD or On Demand?

When will the movie “127 hours” be out on DVD or On Demand?


127 Hours is really an amazing drama movie. I have recently download 127 Hours movie from it. I got the DVD picture quality & best sound from this site.

Sharon asks…

In 127 hours what was the white thing he cut in his arm?

In 127 hours Ian had to amputate his own arm. I know he snapped the bone first but what was that white thing he had such a hard time cutting? Was it a nerve? Or what? Just wondering…


I think it was his nerve im 85% positive. Possibly ligament.

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Your Questions About Healthy Chicken Recipes

Laura asks…

What are some easy and healthy recipes I can cook for the family I work for?

I just started a new job as a nanny for a family. One of my job requirements is to plan, shop, and cook for 3 dinner meals a week. The family likes to eat healthy and they like variety (not the same old thing over and over).

Meals I can prepare a few hours in advance and then put in the oven later are the best for me, since I have 3 children to care for. (I can prepare during nap time.)



Lasagne, Beef Stew and Dumplings, Chicken dishes in a sauce, there are such a variety of chicken dishes you could make in advance.

Robert asks…

Meal substitution smoothie recipe?

Can someone give me a healthy smoothie recipe that I can drink for breakfast and lunch to replace those meals? Preferably something to give me some energy that is not full of calories. I will still eat a regular meal for dinner. I’m trying to lose about 15lbs by summer. Thanks!


I’ll start off by saying that you should check with your healthcare professional before begginning any weight loss program. I lost 62 pounds using the nutrimed shakes in a 4 month period (completely medically supervised, I see the doctor and attend a group meeting every week). I’ve been able to keep the pounds off too.

I copied this from another site but this talks about the program.
“Just a thought, but you might want to look into New Direction’s Nutrimed liquid diet. I think it is wonderful, have been on the program 7 weeks and lost 22 pounds (with a little cheating too –). It is medically supervised, classes, clinics, hand outs, blood work monthly, weekly weigh-in, blood pressure checks, etc. Visits with the program nurse (weekly), the dietician (weekly), the behavorist (weekly), and the doctor (monthly). It is a powder shake with 210 calories per shake, 4 per day. Each shake has: 6 g. Toal fat, 1.5 g. Saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 660 mg. Sodium, 850 mg. Potassium, 11 g. Carbohydrate, fiber 1 g. , sugar 5 g, protein 27g., along with vitamins and minerals, used milk protein for base, has a really really good flavor, and comes in a variety of flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, pineapple-apricot, strawberry, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, hot cocoa, cream of chicken soup, tomato soup and a variety box.”
Check this site and you can call the number to see if they have a center in your area. Maybe the outlook program would work for you where you combine the shakes with a balanced diet. Good luck

Daniel asks…

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Recipe for someone that doesn’t like oatmeal?

I’m looking for a good Heart Healthy breakfast Oatmeal Recipe for someone that doesn’t like oatmeal. Something kid friendly is probably suggested. However, I am not looking for a cookie recipe.


You could make it thinner, more milky & with some honey & dried fruits or fresh fruits, plus pinch of cinnamon. Personally I like mine thicker and with tinned peaches, fresh bananas or strawberries. Besides sweetened oatmeal, you can even make savoury versions like using shredded chicken meat or lean minced meat in oatmeal porridge cooked in a light stock base and thickened with some beaten egg. Julienned carrots or shredded lettuce could be added for veggie content.

Paul asks…

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

I need things that are tasty, healthy and easy to prepare. I have been having problems getting modivated to cook I need so inspiration!
Beyond salads, I make salads all the time. I need meal suggestions for dinner – thanks!
I am cooking for a family of four (my kids are 18 months and 3 years). We are not dieting.


Mango Salsa Recipe #166925
Recipe from my local paper. Goes great with Cinco De Mango Chicken Quesadillas Recipe.
1 large peeled pitted and chopped mango
1/3 cup chopped red bell peppers
1/4 cup minced red onions
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Serve with Grilled chicken.

Grilled Chicken Kisses Recipe #165578
Foil packets for the grill shaped like a BIG candy kiss. Very easy clean-up and great tasting too. You can use your own preferences for what vegies you use and indiviualize each kiss to suit anyone. I just love to make these they are sooo good. This is how I make mine.
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 potatoes, sliced
2 onions, sliced and left in rings
3 cups baby carrots
24 ounces barbecue sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper

Carol asks…

What are some unique baked chicken recipes kids might like?

TIred of making the same thing over and over again. Any suggestion to to liven up chicken dinner for picky eaters. That means no spinach, or any other green stuff.


No picky eaters at my house! I always gave my kids a choice at dinnertime: eat or don’t eat. Also, on the platform of “what they don’t know won’t hurt them,” I was famous for grating or food-processing all manner of veggies and putting them in sauces, meatloaf, etc: celery, green peppers, spinach, zucchini, carrots. . .you may feel this is fundamentally dishonest. It really is incredible how very little a child must eat to grow and remain healthy.

How about baking the chicken partway, then covering with tomato sauce (spaghetti sauce from a can or jar is good) and topping with a little mozzarella cheese just before serving? Put some cooked spaghetti or noodles underneath it and you’re good to go.

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods To Eat

Laura asks…

What are some healthy foods to eat?

What are some healthy foods to eat?
please list healthy types of snacks, sandwiches and other healthy foods for a healthy diet, thx


ALL FOODS ARE HEALTHY IN PROPER SERVING PORTIONS!! We need each and every food group, varied foods within those groupings, and proper serving sizes to eat healthy!! Even sweets such as divinity candy have their place in our healthy food plans.

We need different foods each and every day to keep food and meal times from being utterly boring!!

One time we didn’t have any beef in the freezers. The gent with the farms in the river valley couldn’t sell chile, tomatoes or onions at a profit. He brought dump trucks of these foods up to the ranch and upended them in my grandparents drive.

We had chile and beans, beans and onions, chile and beans and onions, onions and chile, until the world looked like chile beans onions and a few tomatoes!! One whole year like that. B O R I N G!!!

Those are all very healthy foods! But a steady diet of those 4 foods and nothing else got extremely boring and monotonous!!

John asks…

What are some healthy foods to eat?

I had baby number 3 seven weeks ago, and i am now feeling good and want to start working out and eating healthy. I have a few workout dvds and im going to start aquasize this week, but i have no idea what to eat. I looked online and it seems all the meal plans i want arent free and i dont really want to pay anything. Does anyone know off any good sites that offer free meal plans that may have worked for them? Or can anyone offer any food tips or recipes that are healthy (i’m horrible with knowing what are the good foods to eat minus the fruits)


Congrats for having your third baby =)

Whole Foods Market’s website has some great nutrition tips, information, recipes, etc.
- They also have healthy information for babies, toddlers, children, teens, meal planning, etc.

Here are some tips for you :)

~ Drink plenty of water. Green tea. Water + lemon (cleansing, great for your digestive system, skin)
~ Eat natural foods, try to eat organic if possible.
~ Eat smaller portions, more often. Rather than larger portions less often.
~ Stay active, daily. Other than your work out dvds you can try a brisk walk, swimming, yoga or pilates (great for your mind & body)
~ Avoid: soda, diet soda or any diet drinks, artificial colors or sweeteners, white flour, too much sugar, overly processed junk foods, etc

Healthy food ideas :)

~ Greek yogurt or yogurt (nonfat) – Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
~ Eggs, cheese, cottage cheese (2% is fine), goat cheese, skim milk or goat milk, etc.
~ Vegetables
~ Fruit & Berries
~ Beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, mixed beans, etc.) – full of fiber and protein
~ Veggie burgers (Amy’s makes great veggie burgers)
~ Multigrain bread, ezekiel bread, rye bread, whole wheat pitas, whole grain tortillas or bagels, etc.
~ Whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta, brown/wild rice, quinoa, etc.
~ Sweet potatoes or potatoes
~ Hummus
~ Oatmeal
~ Healthy cereals (Kashi, Nature’s Path Organic, etc..high in fiber like raisin bran)
~ Nuts, seeds, almond butter, peanut butter
~ Non-dairy milks like soy, almond or rice milk
~ Ground flax seed to add into a smoothie, top yogurt, etc.
~ Olive oil
~ Salmon & Tuna
~ Tofu & Tempeh
~ Whole grain crackers
~ Whole grain waffles

* Also, you can try healthy alternatives to foods.
- Replace fast food french fries with homemade sweet potato or regular fries (made with a touch of olive oil, salt & pepper)
- Replace candy with things like frozen grapes or banana slices, dried mango strips, dried blueberries/cranberries/cherries, raisins, etc.
- Try a veggie burger on a wheat bun or a tofu hot dog
- Replace white pasta with whole grain
- For a creamy pasta sauce try tomato sauce with goat cheese mixed in
- Enjoy pizza…but on thin multigrain crust topped with fresh veggies
- Treats are totally okay in moderation =) But for healthier options try: frozen yogurt, dark chocolate, vanilla greek yogurt with berries & grated dark chocolate or chocolate chips, etc.

Snack ideas =)

~ Veggies & hummus, you can also dip them in salad dressing

~ Greek yogurt or regular yogurt

~ Strawberries with with nonfat vanilla greek yogurt to dip

~ Berries/Fruit & nonfat yogurt or greek yogurt – add healthy cereal if you’d like (Kashi; Nature’s Path Organic, etc..)

~ Apple slices dipped in almond butter or peanut butter

~ Homemade trail mix. Made with nuts, seeds, dried fruit like cherries/blueberries/cranberries, dark chocolate bits or dark chocolate chips.

~ Whole grain crackers with cheese, hummus or tuna/low-fat salad dressing

~ Frozen grapes or frozen banana slices

~ Nuts (1/4 cup), seeds, or a bit of dried fruit like mango strips, dried blueberries or dried cranberries, etc.

~ Fat free all natural popcorn, sweet potato chips, etc.

~ Healthy cereal with skim milk or non-dairy milk like almond, soy or rice milk – top with berries/fruit if you’d like

~ Small whole grain tortilla with a tbsp of almond or peanut butter & a tbsp of jam – add a small banana if you’d like. You can also try filling the tortilla with things like cream cheese, low-fat ricotta & honey, honey & cinnamon, etc.

~ Small whole wheat pita with hummus, & veggies

~ Plain greek yogurt with berries/fruit – add a drizzle of honey, agave nectar or jam for sweetness

~ Kashi granola bar or Kind fruit & nut bar or a Lara bar

~ Whole grain toasted waffle with toppings like – light cream cheese, jam, honey, maple syrup, berries/fruit, agave nectar, nonfat yogurt, etc.

~ Buckwheat pancake or waffle topped with things like you like =)

~ Fruit salad – you can try different combinations of fruit like kiwi & strawberries; tropical – banana slices, mango slices, pineapple chunks, etc.

~ Cottage cheese + fruit – for sweetness you can try honey on the cottage cheese or jam

~ Homemade smoothie – blend fruit/berries with 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk of your choice & 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt. Try adding a tbsp or two of ground flax seed if you’d like to.

I hope this helps :)
Good luck with everything!

Lisa asks…

How to help budgies eat healthy food?

I have two budgies and i’ve been trying to encourage them to eat fruits and vegies. I had them on an all seed diet but then i realized i should try something healthier. At first i put the food on top of their normal food so they had the choice of their normal food and the other food but they would see the healier food first. Then i realized that the if the food rotted it would leak onto their normal seed and make them sick. So i put the healthy food in a seperate container by their water. They don’t seem to have touched it now when before it looked like they might of eaten it, but it could of just fallen onto the bottom of the cage. So my question is what are some ways i can encourage my birds to eat healthy food. Any info would really help! Thanks!


Start young if you can – young birds are usually much more willing to try new foods than older birds who may be “set in their ways.”
If a food is totally new to a bird, it may not even recognize it as food. Offer new food in a familiar dish with other foods you know your bird already likes, and he or she may try the new food. Even if your bird only gets a taste of the new food by accident they still might decide they like it.
Place a couple of treats such as sunflower seeds, raisins or cheerios in a dish of new food. Your bird will likely get a taste of the new food while extracting the treat (the key here is to only use a couple of the treats and make your bird dig through the new food to get to them).
Offering new foods first thing in the morning is helpful, since this is when many birds naturally forage for food. Offer new foods alone first thing in the morning, and then give them their usual food a couple of hours later.
Try different forms of new foods – some birds prefer raw vegetables to cooked, while others are the opposite. Some like cooked veggies warm, others prefer them cooled. Some birds might be more willing to taste a puree or even juice made from new vegetables.
A food that is ignored in a food dish might be eaten if offered in a clip on the side of the cage or in a play area. Try weaving greens through the bars of the cage, and using a clip for slices of vegetable or fruits.
Offer a chunk of corn on the cob, which many birds like to gnaw on.
Bright orange or yellow fruits and vegetables often attract attention Try a mix of brightly colored veggies, in bite sized pieces and mixed together (cooked or raw).
Give leafy greens freshly washed and still wet and hung from a clip. The droplets of water may attract your birds attention.
Offer foods after you have a bite – watching you eat the food may be all the temptation your parrot needs. Try making a fuss, acting like this is the best food you have ever had, and maybe even feed some to another family member to help convice your parrot that this is something he/she really wants to eat!
Most birds enjoy eating freshly sprouted seeds, which are an excellent source of nutrition and are often helpful in enticing birds to make the leap from seeds to greens.
Never starve a bird into trying a new food.

Michael asks…

Healthy food to eat on a diet?

I’m going on a diet and I’m just needing a list of food to eat, HEALTHY foods.
maybe even an easy lil reciepe for a healthy meal.


A good rule to follow in a diet is the 40% complex carbs 40% lean protein and 20% healthy fats.

40% carbs: The carbs or carbohydrates are used to fuel your body with energy in order to preform daily functions and keep our bodies from feeling tired or lethargic. There are two types of carbs, there are simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are like things with a lot of refined sugar such as cake, these are the bad carbs because they make you hungry fast and don’t give a lot of energy. Complex carbs are things like brown rice and they don’t have refined sugars in them and will keep you full until next meal along with giving you lots of energy.

40% lean protein: Lean protein is used for repairing and building muscle tissues and also helps with brain functions. Lean protein is from meats that DO NOT have a lot of fat on them, such as turkey breast, grilled chicken, or fish. Now it is okay to enjoy that steak every once in awhile to get that protein but remember steak has a lot of fat. These lean meats will also keep you full until later meals.

20% HEALTHY fats: I know what your thinking ”how can fat be healthy”? Well truth is you need to intake fat to burn fat. Fats are used to release hormones which contribute to the process of breaking down fat cells, I’ll spare you all the scientific stuff. Now that being said you should always consume healthy fats because they are much better. Healthy fats are things like almonds, avocados, olive oil, sunflower oil, walnuts, ect….

Snacks: Snacks are most people’s downfall. When hungry in between main meals you should always reach for something healthy such as a bowl of veggies, some sort of healthy nuts, or a fruit.

Meal examples:

-eggs whites (no yolk because its high in trans fat which is NOT good fat) this is you protein source.
-Whole wheal toast (these are you complex carbs)
-Avocado for your healthy fats.

-Grilled chicken which is your lean protein
-Whole wheat bow tie noodles which are you complex carbs
-almonds which are your healthy fats

-Cooked salmon which is your lean protein
-Brown rice which is your complex carbs
-use olive oil when you cook for healthy fats.

-Low fat yogurt

These are just small examples of meals, they are many more. Follow this diet plan and get a simple 30 min exercise program and you will get results. These are just general diet guidelines to follow there is much more to learn, so when in doubt do some research. Some other important things to get you started. Type in calorie calculator in Google search, fill it out to find out how many calories you should be taking in to lose fat. Remember that meals should have 40% lean protein and complex carbs and 20% healthy fats. Read nutrition facts when you buy food!. When exercising whether you are a female or male you CAN lift weights, run, or do things like push ups and such. Females, you WILL NOT get that muscular look like men because females do not have a lot of testosterone which is a muscle building hormone that gives guys big arms, instead you will look slim tone and fit. For a workout program go to and find something suited to you. Also every once in a while like every ten days lets say have a cheat day where you can eat whatever you want to reward yourself for you hard work!

Last is the most important thing and that is Willpower, Determination, and Consistency. You have to stick to something and finish it!

David asks…

What are some healthy foods i can eat?

For breakfast i just ate some left over french fries from lastnight, chips and dip, two pieces of halloween candy, and now im drinking coke.Wowzerrss. I didn’t used to eat bad, but i was going through depression last year and gained around 20 poudns over the summer :/ I guess i was an emotional eater. Problem is i think i got used to eating junk food, because now all the food i used to eat tastes gross to me. Are there any healthy drinks besides water and milk? What are some healthy foods i can eat? Im already playing hockey and basketball for my school so you dont need to worry about the excersise. Im just having trouble finding foods that taste good but are healthy. Help?


Getting depressed and eating poorly (like french fries for breakfast… Shiver!!!) go hand in hand: when we get depressed we start craving sweet and greasy foods, and when we eat them we don’t get the nutrition we need, so the depression gets deeper and lasts longer. You are still physically active, so that’s great…. Getting your diet (diet just means everything you eat) under control is the next step.

There are LOTS of foods around, which taste good and are nutritious – you just have to find which ones you like best, then work on adding others: the more variety you have in your diet, the more “balanced” it is (unless your idea of “variety” is different kinds of junk food, lol!!). Fruits and veggies and whole grains are the basics of a nutritious diet – fruits are naturally sweet, so a nice juicy apple, orange, banana or mango (i love mangos and they are way cheaper than they used to be when i was growing up!!) can easily replace a chocolate bar or candy. Potatoes baked in their skins (most of the nutrients in potatoes are really close to the skin: when potatoes are peeled, they become Junk Food – lots of starch, almost no nutrients!), served with sour cream and a bit of butter, are VERY tasty…. Even broccolli can taste nice, if lightly steamed (my favorite way of cooking most veggies: steaming cooks things quickly, but most of the nutrition is saved by this way of cooking) :-=). Nuts such as natural almonds (not roasted), walnuts and filberts taste great and are chock full of nutrition also – as are most seeds, like sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Whole wheat bread once you get used to it, tastes WAY better than white bread, and has TONS more nutrition as well – try toasting it. // FISH, especially sardines, salmon, mackerel and other “oily” fish (but not tuna!), is much more healthy than meat, and is “brain food” that fights depression also (so are walnuts).

Drinks: natural juices taste great, even though they are more expensive than sugary fruit-drinks, and are very nutritious. You can also try different herbal teas – there are some called “zingers” which are deliscious (how the heck is that word spelled anyway??) blends of tasty herbal things, are great for beginners, and peppermint (you can sweeten it with a bit of honey) is nutritious and pretty yummy also… There are dozens of commercially available herbal teas: all are good for you, they don’t have caffeine (unless they are the kind which are just herbally-flavored black teas…. Don’t get them) in them, and surely you can find some which you really like. // Adding a squirt of concentrated lemon juice to a glass of water can help it not taste so bland, and can brighten up the taste of teas also. (doesn’t work for milk, though…. ).

Hope this gives you some ideas and encouragement!!!

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