Our Yogi dog. What has happened to our relaxed and calm dog?
Through Meditation, Yoga and controlled breathing we know that we can control our mental state, well-being and behavior. We are able to put aside our daily worries and stress. We are relaxed.
If you were a dog or cat, how would you control your breathing? How would you live in the moment, relax and revel in life’s jewels.
Well, our companion animals are inherently happy beings and inherently breathe calmly and controlled. They are our true gurus.
That is, unless physiologically their state of well-being is changed. Diet plays a very important role in their breathing and state of relaxation.
With the recent introduction of dried kibble into our households the whole nutritional base of our animals has shifted towards highly-processed and chemically-laden food that is high in carbohydrates. This has been an abrupt change from natural pet nutrition.
While manufacturers claim that our pets can thrive on a diet consisting of nothing but commercial dried food. More and more, processed dried pet food is being implicated as a source of disease or as an exacerbating agent for a number of degenerative diseases, as well as affecting behavior and anxiety.
High carb and sugar diets will do just that and will affect their physical state, ability to breath naturally and their well-being.
It is certainly not recommended to sit down to meditation after drinking a can of red bull, cup of coffee or bottle of coca cola. The same applies to our companion animals who surely cannot expect to behave normally after consuming high-carb energy diets.
One need only follow Professor Tim Noakes writings on high-carb diets to understand the negative impact that it has on health and well-being. High carb diets spike your insulin levels uncontrollably. This irritates inflammation and certainly affects breathing and behavior. Quick breaths bring on hyper activeness, hyper tension and anxiety.
Athletes, in the past, before an event, would “carbo-load” to build up energy resources.
Professor Tim Noakes now believes that in order to perform consistently and with endurance a wholesome balanced diet would be preferable rather than relying on high-carb intake. The “spiking” of insulin levels from high carbs does not endure and is inconsistent.
High carb diets have the same impact on our pets. Most of our pets and certainly with specific breeds, already have too much energy and are hyper-active. A kibble diet will surely exacerbate energy levels, the result being that our pets become out of control, less disciplined and generally misbehaved. Hyper-active pets are likely to chew themselves and show signs of irritation and discomfort.
Our companion animals once lived in bliss, in sync with nature and were the masters of controlled breathing. Now their rapid breathing dictates their behavior and dictates their state of being. They are no longer the masters of their own well-being. Our Yogi friend is now an explosive bundle of uncontrolled energy.
Our pet’s metabolism is not designed to consume food that is over-processed, cereal and carbohydrate-based and that contains a variety of additives, preservatives, flavourants and colourants.