Friday, December 26, 2014

Test Results: An eye opener about food

I got the results back on the Alternative Sensitivity Assessment for Vida and it has been very helpful. While it also covers environmental sensitivities (and there were some), the food category has given me the information I need to avoid instigating problems via diet. Here are the most common foods that came up "Yay" or "Nay" for her:


Some of this was surprising , some was expected, and it was interesting to compare it with the TCM perspective on foods as well as what she's turned her nose up at or has caused her digestive problems.

Within days of removing the foods from the "avoid" list she looked better: her coat looked smoother, her eyes brighter, the fleas went away, and her morning appetite returned.

This list of "ok" foods is longer, but I still can't feed most commercially prepared raw foods that contain vegetables because they all seem to have carrot, apple, sweet potato, zucchini... at least one of these common plant foods in them. And since most company's don't vary their vegetable blend much between meat formulas you're stuck making your own veggie glop. Luckily that's super easy!

This really illustrates that we can easily miss the culprits on our pet's diet by focusing only on the obvious items like meat species or trying to just avoid grains. Since doing Vida's test I've had clients do it and the variety of results is very individualized, making it even more apparent how useful this test is.

The test is so simple; mailing off a sample of hair and saliva for a bio-feedback method of assessment.  I'll be encouraging many of my clients to use it and take advantage of the information it provides.

The simplified list...

AVOID
Buffalo
Lamb
Pork
Chicken (incl egg)
Mackerel
Salmon (incl oil)
Tuna
Avocado
Bok Choy
Dandelion Greens
Carrot
Parsnip
Potato
Sweet Potato
Tomato
Summer Squash
Apple
Citrus (most)
Pineapple
Papaya
ALL GRAINS (incl buckwheat, quinoa)
Brazil Nuts
Olive Oil
Canola Oil
Sesame Seed/Oil
Sunflower Seed/Oil
Vinegar
Honey
Aged cheese
OK
Beef
Turkey
Duck
Rabbit
Venison
Emu
Goat
Pheasant/Quail
Cod
Sardine
Anchovie
Milk (cow, goat)
Asparagus
Beet
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Collard
Green Bean
Jicama
Kale
Chard
Lettuce
Mushroom
Mustard Greens
Okra
Pumpkin (incl seed)
Red Pepper
Spinach
Sprouts
Winter Squash
Berries (all ok)
Fig
Pear
Almond
Chia Seeds
Walnut
Safflower Oil
Cilantro
Turmeric
Glucosamine
Parsley
Yogurt


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