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How to Eat Like Our Canine Ancestors


Many of us are looking for healthier foods to feed our Tripawds, but where do we begin? How do we find the time? We can start by doing some quick homework with a new guide that shares the “canine ancestral diet” approach to feeding dogs a healthier diet.

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way, by canine nutrition expert Steve Brown, tells how we can make a make a difference in our dog’s diet even just one day a week, without radically changing our current feeding routine.

Brown calls it the ABC way of feeding:

  • A = Amount of fats, proteins and carbohydrates that match the canine ancestral diet.
  • B = Balance the fats you feed
  • C = Complete the nutrition by providing fresh foods

You’ll learn how feeding your dog simple whole foods like lean ground beef, sardines and broccoli stalks once a week will improve his overall nutritional intake, even if he’s still eating dry kibble diet the other six days. Brown shares his tips for selecting and feeding these foods, and you’ll also learn how to enhance your current kibble using proper storage techniques. In his “Advanced Nutritional Concepts” chapter, Brown discusses topics such as kidneys and high protein diets, and why “carbohydrate” isn’t necessarily a dirty word when it comes to canine health.

“Moderate amounts (up to one-third by weight of the recipe) of high protein, mineral rich carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, yams and low gluten grains such as oats and rice, are healthy for most adult dogs, as long as the fats in the recipe are balanced and the meats lean.”

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet is geared toward pawrents who want to start to make gradual, healthy changes to their dogs diets. For those who want to make more aggressive changes there is also an appendix with high protein and low and balanced fat recipes like this one:

Beef Recipe #2

  • 12 oz. Ground beef, 95% lean
  • 12 oz white rice, cooked
  • 6 oz red leaf lettuce
  • 1 oz beef liver
  • 1 oz beef heart
  • 1 ½ tsp bonemeal
  • ¾ tsp hempseed oil (can substitute ¾ tsp walnut oil or 1 ½ tsp canola oil)
  • ¼ tsp cod liver oil
  • ¼ tsp kelp
  • 20 to 100 IUs (1 to 5 drops) Vitamin E

(this recipe lyields 1,015 kcal (24 kcal/oz) and has 24 grams of fat per 1,000 kcal. The omega-6:-3 ration is 4:1.

There is a ton of reputable information here with an endless amount of scientific studies and references to back Brown’s theories and suggestions. However, the book contains so many charts, percentages and statistics that it made us dizzy trying to make sense of them. As dog pawrents, we really appreciate Brown’s approach, but we also felt that at times this information was a bit overwhelming.

If you are scientifically-minded and love reading through material like this, we know you’ll love this book. And even if you just want to pick up a few tips and recipes for feeding your dog healthier foods, you’ll definitely find them here too. Learning how to make our dog’s better through nutrition is an ongoing process, and Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet is another pawsitive step on the road toward ideal health.

One Response to “How to Eat Like Our Canine Ancestors”

  1. Looks very interesting! Our dogs, just like us, are what we eat and any healthy/balanced addition has got to be a bonus! 🙂

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