Foods You Can Share With Your Dog


Last week I gave you a list of foods that are toxic to dogs. This week, I wanted to offer you a list of foods that you can share with your dog – not table scraps, mind you!
These are foods that you can give as a treat or in addition to their regular meal that can help balance your dog’s diet by adding healthy fiber, vitamins and minerals.

  1. Apples – skin on or off, but no seeds!
  1. Oatmeal – plain, cooked with no added salt
  1. Eggs – cooked, whole eggs (great as a training treat)
  1. Salmon – whole cooked or oil, some evidence of help with allergies
  1. Pumpkin – keeps the GI tract moving and can help withdoggie weight loss
  1. Sweet Potatoes – healthy andeasy treat cookedor dehydrated
  1. Green Beans – cooked without seasoning or as a DIY frozen treat
  1. Popcorn – air popped with no butter or salt
  1. Peanut Butter – use this smeared in a toy to keep them busy while you’re gone
  1. Rice – plain brown, white or instant, great for tummy troubles
  1. Liver – good protien Vitamin B, A and K(recipe for liver gravy)
  1. Pineapple – fresh or frozen as a DIY summer treat
  1. Peas – frozen or thawed, cooked without salt or flavorings
  1. Lean meats – chicken, beef, pork, cooked with no visible fat or seasoning
  1. Squash – try sliced and frozen for another DIY summer treat
  1. Cottage Cheese – high in protien and bland, start with small amount
  1. Yogurt – same as cottage cheese but added live bacteria (probiotics) helps GI tract
  1. Parsley – used in treats for breath, can be chopped and added into food

Research suggests that good nutrition combined with regular vet check-ups can add as much as 15% to your dog’s lifetime. The above list can enrich the diet you are already feeding your dog and give you alternatives to give variety to their daily meals.

Make sure that if your dog is on medication that you ask your vet if there are foods that could interfere with the dosage as some medications can interact badly with some nutrients. Once you are in the clear with your vet, if you dog is one who doesn’t like taking their pills ask if you can use something from this list to hide the medicine in to make it more of a treat for them and less of a chore for you.

Bernese Mountain Dog

As with anything you feed your dog, make sure that if you feee them the  above foods they are not from your plate to their mouth unless they contain no added salt, seasonings (remember onions can be toxic to dogs, and that includes onion salt and onion powder which are in a lot of seasoning mixes) no bones and no added colorings or flavorings.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, our dogs are a bit of veggitarians and love their sweet potatoes and pumpkin!  What is your dog’s favorite “people” food? Leave me a comment below!

Anti Aging Serum


One of the big buzz words in the beauty industry these days is anti aging serum. But what is it? And does it work as an anti-aging skin treatment?

The Inevitability of Aging Skin

Time and tide wait for no man and whether we like it or not, we all get older. As we age, our skin loses its youthful glow. The sun is one main culprit in the aging of skin, but other environmental factors such as pollution can also cause skin to age. Personal factors such as our diet, the stress levels we are exposed to, whether or not we smoke and our genes also all can contribute to the skin becoming less smooth, lines and wrinkles occurring and skin tone becoming more uneven. Can anti aging serum reduce the effects of any of these things?



What Are Anti-Aging Serums?

Anti-aging serums are typically a light gel like product that contains an active ingredient. The most common active ingredients are Vitamin C, retinol, peptides or glycolic acid.

How Do Anti Aging Serums Work?

The lightness of the serum means it is easily absorbed into the skin, thus delivering the active ingredient to the layers of skin where it can get to work. However, it is not quite that simple as often the active ingredients tend to degrade quickly if dissolved in a fluid. Because of this, typically, anti-aging serums use microcapsule technology to carry the active ingredients within the serum so that they do not lose their potency whilst in the packaging.

What Effect Do The Active Ingredients Have On The Skin?

The active ingredients in anti aging serums can act upon the skin in different ways. Vitamin C is clinically proven to stimulate collagen production which can help restore the radiance and tone to skin. Glycolic acid, on the other hand, exfoliates the top layer of dead and dying skin cells thus leaving the skin, quite literally, brighter and fresher.

How Should The Serums Be Applied?


The lightness of anti aging serums makes them easily absorbed into the skin; because of this, they are best applied after cleansing the skin but before applying moisturiser. Moisturiser can be then applied on top of them. Depending on the active ingredients in the serum, certain precautions are required. Vitamin C can be acidic, so care should be taken as to which other products are used with it, also Glycolic acid serums can cause the skin to be very sensitive to the sun, so should be used at night and sunscreen should be used during the day.

As a tool to reduce the effects of aging upon the skin, anti-aging serums can be extremely beneficial. Whilst the potency of the ingredients means that care should be taken, the effects can be great.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life: Why It’s Ok To Be You

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As I sit in Costa Coffee between King’s Cross and St. Pancras train stations after yet another course I see the world walk by. Literally! There are people from a dozen or more cultures and just about every body shape you can imagine. Looking at these people makes me wonder why, as women, we are so caught up in being perfect? Why do we obsess about being a perfect weight and shape when it is so blatantly obvious that there is no such thing.

Why is it that when we look at celebrity photos in magazines we judge ourselves against their airbrushed images and find ourselves wanting. We berate our fat thighs and our less than perfect abdominals. We squirm as we compare their thin thighs to our fat thighs and the creeping of inadequacy takes hold.

Champion business man standing with fists clenched in victory.

But what are the options? The choices seem fairly obvious: Barbie-style slim hips with impossibly big boobs a la Jordan aka Katie Price or pencil-thin and flat-chested a la Kate Moss.

We look at ourselves and rubbish our bodies, ‘my thighs are too fat!’, ‘My breasts are too small, too big, not perky enough, not the right shape etc. etc.’ Some of us even go the extremes of having bits of us chopped off or filled with artificial, man-made body parts or liquids. Some of us live for the day when we will be perfect and this is the real tragedy!

Living for a future that might never come whilst living in a present in which we are never quite good enough.

I think that it is time we all stopped living for a better future or pining for a happier, slimmer, fitter past and live for now, today and in the moment.

The next time you are out and about take a look at all the amazing people that surround you. I can guarantee that none of them will be perfect. It’s time that we started to appreciate what we are, warts and all, and live a life of self-love so that we don’t look back at old photos in ten years time and think, ‘I looked great then! Why didn’t I know that?’

Reducing this tension can set you free from the problems that you have with food that cause you to be overweight in the first place.

teenage girl suffering with depression in a conversation with a therapist

Quick Tip

Check yourself out and think about all the wonderful things that your body does for you. It is incredible and you are amazing! Love your body and you can begin to free yourself from the constant negative feelings that you have about yourself.