My horse, whose name is Wyatt, is a main source of relaxation and serenity for me personally. A link to my roots on the farm, I worry about his health, some may say more than I worry about my own. Although a healthy young horse, Wyatt is rather tall and hard to keep a healthy weight. At a recent clinic I attended, the clinician mentioned the effects of the feed we are using with our horses and how it affects their behavior and long term health.
This intrigued me greatly, as it made perfect sense. If my horse is running around like a 3 year old toddler that just ate all of his Halloween candy, then maybe I should take a closer look at what he is being fed. This also made me think, what else is in there?
As I viewed the label on his grain bag, I noticed molasses as the first ingredient. As a Fitness design specialist, I am ashamed. Do I cut sugar from my diet? Yes. Do I preach the dangers of sugar and how they have overcome our America society? Yes? Why didn’t I try to protect my furry best friend?
The answer was, I trusted the company that my grain retailer offered to me as the top of the line. My pets are my family, therefore I have always wanted the best for them. But I cannot pass blame on them; it was my choice to give Wyatt this amazing feed that promised top shelf performance to my very tall skinny horse. Just like what I preach to my clients, read labels, investigate, and educate yourself to protect your loved ones, furry , human, or yourself.
You may ask, Nikki, what is the big deal? Well, the issue is that grains laden with extra sugars, and GMO produced corn, soy and sugar beets can have a long term effect on your horse’s adrenal system, joints, and overall health. Leading owners to both expensive vet bills, and broken hearts.
These empty calories as I like to call them have left their mark not only around barns and stables in the USA, but also with the humans. What is one of the leading causes of death in America? Diabetes, and with our love of sugary soda, candy bars, ice cream, and many more sugary delights, this bodes a fair warning.
If we have cheapened our beloved pets’ food with an abundance of empty calories just to tempt their palate and impress owners with how much they like it, then what have we done to our own food?
We have made processed, chemically laden garbage that our bodies just don’t know what to do with. No wonder we have so many ailments, our bodies are trying to fight back. But we don’t change our habit, we just go to the doctor, get a pill for whatever symptoms are showing at the time and do not change our lifestyle.
Wyatt’s weight problem has gradually disappeared, as I did my research and found a sugar free/GMO free feed that he loves, oats. Nothing fancy, just an organic crimped oat along with high quality hay.
So, let’s keep it simple, if we just simply took all the empty calories out of our diet, and replaced them with a nutrient dense food many of our ailments and health issues may eventually subside. Leaving room for more beautiful rides into the sunset.
Thank you for reading my blog on www.fitnik.weebly.com. I am a Wife, Pet owner, Fitness Design Specialist, Lifestyle Coach, former Veterinary Technician, Wedding Cake Maker and Farmers Daughter. I have led a full life of adventures, and look forward to many many more! I want to inspire my readers and clients to eat right, eat often, get active, and explore this amazing earth!!