Join The Online Clean Eating Circle to Change Your Life

This 3 week program is designed to help you gain energy, lose foods that aren’t serving you and give your body a break from fatigue, fuzziness and feeling flustered. The Online Clean Eating Circle will help clean out the cobwebs and give your body a rest from foods that aren’t serving you. Join us on June 13 (start date) for the cleanse, and stay tuned for the free information call coming soon. Details can be found at The Online Clean Eating Circle webpage here.

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  • Give your body a break. We will meet you where you are!
  • Embark on a fresh, new journey while gaining knowledge about what triggers your body, the best foods for you personally, and how to feel confident in your food choices
  • Gain nutrient density and lose some excess weight and inflammation
  • Get group support lead by two nutrition professionals
  • Enjoy eating real food while cleansing your body
  • No starving on this plan! And no expensive supplements or powders.
Join two Health Coaches and Nutrition Consultants, Michelle Dwyer and Amy Griffith, for an informative introduction to this dynamic and supportive clean eating circle.
What is Included in the free first information meeting? Details here: http://cleaneatingcircle.strikingly.com
Introduction to the circle and eating techniques around what foods we will focus on and which ones we will take a much needed break from for a while. ***If you can’t join us on for the free info meeting call, you can listen to the recording. You can still join our program and there will be more programs to come!
As a registered participant you will also receive:
  • Customized Oakland Clean Eating Circle materials, including recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages, menu plans and ideas and BONUS recipes to help you make the most out of your three weeks within the circle.
  • We are here for you! Continued access to two of the East Bay Area’s premiere nutrition professionals: Michelle Dwyer and Amy Griffith. We are available to answer questions and support you throughout the three weeks.
  • Access to a weekly support group that will be crucial in helping you to stick with the program, sharing ideas and stories on how we are succeeding, and the challenges we are facing as we follow through this program.
  • Weekly check in calls where we will offer feedback, outlining ways to better utilize the program, and celebrating the ways in which you are already succeeding
  • Educational handouts, links and resources
  • Access to the private Facebook page
Why a food cleanse or clean eating group? You will learn…
  • How to effectively take a break from food products and common allergens, toxins and stressors
  • How metabolism, inflammation and your overall health and wellness relates to clean eating
  • How to cleanse gently and realistically
  • That you are worth it (if you didn’t know that already)!
Who Should NOT Cleanse
  • Those on heavy medications for chronic health conditions
  • Children under 18
  • Anyone with cancer, a terminal illness, serious mental illness, kidney or liver failure, anemia or who is underweight.
Your Clean Eating Circle Supporters:
Michelle Dwyer supports her clients through compassionate health coaching and nutrition consulting services. She helps her clients feel a greater sense of wellness, vibrancy, and energy.
Amy Griffith shows her clients how to love their food while still eating healthful, nourishing meals. She helps her clients fix their food first!
Visit http://cleaneatingcircle.strikingly.com for details.
Homemade Dog Food: It’s What You Should Eat, Too

Last Saturday, we picked up the first new addition to our growing family: Jasper the golden doodle. He is a joy, a challenge and…the most precious dog I have ever seen (as anyone says about their dog or pet).

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With his pick up from the breeder, we received a lot of lovely things to help him grow into a great family dog, including a bag of very nice dog food. It has a lot of added nutrients and, along with the multi-vitamin the breeder recommends, we feel all set to provide our dog with vital nutrients.

Yesterday, I went on to order more of the dog food. It isn’t terribly expensive, but I was curious about DIY dog food, as I have been curious about everything DIY and from scratch. There are tons of resources and recipes, and they are fairly simple. I compared to the list of ingredients in the dog food that was provided for Jasper to what it would take to make my own, and here is what I came up with:

Store bought dog food, high quality brand:

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flaxseed Meal, Natural Flavors, Dried Egg Product, Catfish Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Dried Carrots, Canola Oil, Monosodium Phosphate, Dried Celery, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Salt, Dried Blueberries, Fructooligosaccharide, Taurine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Broccoli, Dried Beets, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Pomegranate Extract, Dried Parsley, Dried Lettuce, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Manganese Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Inositol, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Zinc Oxide, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Acetate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Contains a source of live (viable), naturally-occurring microorganisms.

Many of the homemade recipes call for ground chicken or turkey, brown rice, carrots or pumpkin and peas or broccoli, and maybe flax meal. Sounds like a yummy dinner for a human! Here is how the portions should be weighed out per ingredients:

MEAT/PROTEIN: (2 1/2 cups) At least 50 percent of a dog’s diet should be composed of protein. Organ meat, such as liver and kidney, should be fed to your dog a few times a week. You may use ground beef, chicken, lamb, turkey or any other type of meat your dog likes. Add a bit of olive oil to cook, but no spices, salt and pepper.

VEGETABLES AND GRAINS: (2 cups) Dogs may also eat grains, root vegetables and green vegetables, as long as these items are thoroughly cooked. Use white or brown rice, mashed potatoes, oatmeal or barley. Cook a few minutes longer than you normally would to make it easier for your dog to digest.

OTHER VEGETABLES AND FRUIT: (1 1/2 cups) Use fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, spinach, peas, carrots, bananas, or berries. Boil them until they’re completely soft, then transfer them to a blender and puree until smooth.

CALCIUM: (1/2 tsp) Dogs need a lot of calcium to build healthy bones, so its important to add it to their daily diet. Crushed eggshells or bone meal you can buy at pet stores.

Place the portions you don’t serve right away in airtight food storage containers and refrigerate them until serving time. Of course, organic ingredients are ideal, and the amount of food you feed your dog in one sitting should be checked according to his/her size.

Inspired by http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Dog-Food