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Keep the Tail Wagging Forgoes the Fridge

By: Katie

Featured: No Fridge Feels Like “Super Size Me”

I am blogging on behalf of Freshpet and I received compensation for my time for sharing my experience and views on the Freshpet Fridge Challenge; all my views are my own. 

 

Love this food - but not too often!

Love this food – but not too often!

 

Yummmm! Not the healthiest meal, but I’ll take a couple bites.  Just not 2x a day, every day.

 

Over on Keep the Tail Wagging, I’ve been writing about the Freshpet Fridge Challenge that I’m participating in.  Thankfully, today is the last day and I can go back to eating fresh food.  The one thing that I took from this challenge is that with kibble, our dogs are eating a fast food diet.

Remember the movie Super Size Me?  That movie stuck with me and although the fast food restaurant featured claims that it was a coincidence that they removed their super size menu options after that documentary was released; I think we can all agree that this movie had an impact.

 

I love junk food, but a steady diet of it makes me tired, bloated, uncomfortable and unsatisfied.  Is this how our dogs feel when they eat a regular kibble diet?  It’s astounding what a different removing fresh food from our diet makes.

 

Two Little Cavs compares feeding kibble to a fast food diet.

Two Little Cavs compares feeding kibble to a fast food diet.

 

We fed our dogs Freshpet for a short time while I was researching the best way to switch our dogs over to a kibble diet.  This isn’t considered raw dog food; it’s an option for people not ready for raw, but who don’t have the time for home cooked.  Our dogs love it and I pick it up, along with the cookies, for the dogs as a treat.

 

Although raw dog food seems out of reach financially for many dog owners, it’s important to remember the cost.  Kibble cost significantly less than the raw dog food delivered to our home, but we no longer have vet visits for ear infections, skin rashes, allergy issues, flea and tick treatment, and joint pain. Our littermates still have arthritis, but they bounce back faster.  All other health issues that were becoming common with them have cleared up and we’re saving hundreds each year.

 

To learn more about Keep the Tail Wagging and their Fridge Challenge week, be sure to view their website here. 

 


Day One Brings Both Excitement and Nerves

 

I am blogging on behalf of Freshpet and I received compensation for my time for sharing my experience and views on the Freshpet Fridge Free Challenge; all my views are my own.

 

 

Freshpet Fridge Challenge

 

Freshpet reached out to me and asked if I could go Fridge Free for a week – my first thought was “of course not, are you insane?”  But since we were communicating  via email, I had time to rethink that and figured, “why not?”  Going Fridge Free means…

  • I don’t have to cook for a week.  Not that I do a lot of cooking, but if I did, I could take a much deserved break.
  • I get to dine out for a week.  Granted, I have to watch the calorie intake, but I’m still going to have a blast.
  • I get to practice creativity at Costco and the grocery store.  What can I buy that can live in the pantry for a week?

Freshpet Fridge Challenge, Freshpet Select

 

What’s the point of the Freshpet Fridge Challenge?

 

“The Freshpet Fridge Challenge asks pet parents to consider life without the refrigerator, ultimately raising awareness about the importance of feeding our pets fresh food too.”  Most of us have been feeding our dogs food from the pantry (kibble and canned) and not from the fridge (raw, homecooked, or a refrigerated alternative like Freshpet).  What would happen if we cut out the kibble and canned and fed our dogs something else?

 

What do I expect to learn from the Fridge Challenge?

  • It’s going to be tough watching what I eat; restaurants aren’t great at sharing the nutritional content of their menu items.
  • I may end up eating the same thing several times over the week; booorrriiinnngggg!
  • I’ll have to make a point to stay away from anything too easy (i.e. fast food), because it’ll just make me sluggish and cranky.
  • I’m going to have to step up my workouts to make sure I don’t pack on the pounds.

Since switching our dogs from dry food to a raw diet, we’ve seen such an amazing improvement.  It’ll be fun tying this challenge into that change.

 

To learn more about Keep the Tail Wagging and their Fridge Challenge week, be sure to view their website here. 

 


 

By Day Four, Keep the Tail Wagging Writes Out a Plan

I am blogging on behalf of Freshpet and I received compensation for my time for sharing my experience and views on the Freshpet Fridge Free Challenge; all my views are my own. 

 

As I shared last week, the folks over at Freshpet challenged me to live without using a refrigerator for a week (me, not the dogs).  Easy breezy.  I don’t cook anyway.  My boyfriend said that it’s going to be harder than I realized.  He said the radio show was going to be harder than I realized too.  He was right.

 

Freshpet Fridge Challenge, Freshpet Select

 

I took on the challenge anyway and decided to write down the pros and cons of living without a refrigerator

 

Pros and Cons of the Freshpet Fridge Free Challenge

  • Pro: I get to eat out every day
  • Con: Eating out daily is expensive
  • Con: No left overs
  • Con: If my dining out diet gives me heart burn, no Pepto, because it’s in the fridge
  • Pro: I like my water room temperature
  • Con: I won’t get to drink juice (it’s in the fridge) or make my morning protein shakes (I mix with juice)
  • Pro:  Summer’s almost over, so I won’t be craving ice cold water
  • Con: Summer’s almost over
  • Pro:  I love to snack and I don’t keep snacks in the fridge
  • Con: My Jell-O snacks are in the fridge!

So I came up with a plan…

 

Freshpet Fridge Free Challenge

 

After my first weekend, I realized that my initial plan to eat out all week probably wasn’t a great idea.  I thought restaurants were required to provide nutritional information on their menu.  I was wrong.  Even when you go tot he websites, you don’t get a lot of information.  I had to finally Google “Bostons Nutritional” to find the information on their website and learned that a yummy dinner I always order, a spinach and cranberry salad with grilled chicken, wasn’t as healthy as I thought.

 

Dog food nutrition is complicated…

 

This made me realize how complicated dog food really is for dog owners.  Not only do we want something healthy, but we want our dogs to stay slim and trim, we want them to like their food, and we want to know that they’re getting the best we can afford.  Eating a salad that was over 650 calories was eye opening and next time, maybe I’ll just order the burger.

 

The Freshpet Fridge Free challenge isn’t hard, but it’s not easy either.  But what I’m learning is astounding.  3 more days.

 

To learn more about Keep the Tail Wagging and their Fridge Challenge week, be sure to view their website here. 

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