WHAT IS PALEO?
Paleo is short for Paleolithic – this is the period of time where humans, the dog and the cat evolved as they are found today. It is pastoral evolution. Where lush grass grew in massive fertile plains left behind by glaciers. Humans were taller and stronger than they are today and canines and felines were at the peak of predator evolution. This period of time began about 3 million years ago and ended about 10,000 years before the pyramids were built. It turns out, dogs were already partnered with mankind while Neanderthals were stalking the Wooly Mammoth. The dog was already a “pet” of humans during the upper or late Paleolithic era and felines were evolved and looked very similar to the Abyssinian, OVER 100,000 YEARS AGO!
For humans, Paleo is a hunter-gatherer diet. For dogs and cats, paleo is a whole-prey diet. Cats will consume a small rodent or bird whole, much like a snake. A cat’s teeth and jaws are evolved to swallow food whole. They do not have the flat-crowned chewing molars of a dog or a human. Compare a whole raw mouse to a cup of dry cat food:
Mouse ingredients: Fiber, Raw protein, Raw fat, Raw organ meats, Raw bones, Intestinal contents (raw enzymes, vegetables, whole seeds, herbs and probiotic baceria), Blood, Nails, Teeth.
Cat chow ingredients: Starch, cooked meats, rendered fats, fiber, various natural and synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Some important differences are that cat chow uses starch sugars to replace raw fat as an energy source, meats are cooked or rendered where natural proteins are destroyed, there is very little fiber in cat chow and there are no living probiotic bacteria.
Paleopet Stage 1 for cats is quite simply how to choose a commercial pet food and what to add to it to make it more complete.. Paleopet Stage 2 is how to make an inexpensive and safe raw diet.
Dogs and cats evolved over millions of years to derived energy from raw fat and protein. Paleopet is the realization that commercial pet foods are mostly COMPOSED OF STARCH.
In 1941, 95% of the dogs in America ate canned horsemeat which was mostly meat with a smaller percentage of whole grains and vitamins and minerals. Nowadays, 95% of dogs eat dry dog food which is mostly starch. Dogs have only been consuming dry dog food for 60 or 70 years.
More alarming still, over the last 15 years commercial pet foods have become dangerously glycemic by using inexpensive energy ingredients such as rice, potatoes, wheat and even tapioca. Coca Cola has a glycemic index of 63 and pure table sugar is 90 according to the Harvard glycemic index. The common pet food starch white rice has a glycemic index of 89, very close to table sugar. A baked russet potato has an astounding 111 glycemic index. Starch does not have to taste sweet to be extremely glycemic. All one need do is ask a diabetic person you may know, and you probably know a few, what foods they must avoid to stay healthy. Where did dogs and cats ever consume starch in the wild?
Dry pet food is usually over 50% starch and contains less than 3% fiber, it is deficient in raw nutrients and vitamins such as essential fatty acids, living probiotic bacteria and vitamins such as PQQ. Paleo for pets is knowing that raw fat is the main paleo energy source, not carbohydrates.
The pyramids were built about 3000 years ago. These great edifices serve to pronounce to the world that a permanent house-based society was the new norm, ending millions of years of nomadic hunter-gatherer/shepherd evolution. This was the beginning of a remarkably insidious decline of human health. The modern lifestyle was enabled by the invention of mass production of the super food - grain. With an abundance of grain the human population exploded in numbers, all living in the same area. Survival of the fittest was replaced by survival of the most resistant to disease and malnutrition. What were once considered rare conditions among nomads were now common maladies. New diseases, such as one where ants would be attracted to the urine of an emaciated patient, were first documented in ancient medical papyrus many hundreds of years after the Epic of Gilgaresh was written. Diabetes, was also called “the thirst” and had no cure. Dental disease, various cancers, certain skin rashes and infections, migraines, chronic gas, painful diarrhea and other intestinal diseases were all originally described by the first non-nomadic, grain-based societies.
Commercial pet food became most popular after WWII. Dog food and cat food have been made for less than 100 years and is still not nor ever will be “complete and balanced”. Dogs and cats eat grass for a reason – they must do so in order to obtain vital nutrients. The Paleopet guide will show you that the major ingredient of most every pet food is the cause of the majority of skin, ear and allergic problems veterinarians see. There are all manner of deficiency syndromes that have been documented over the last 30 years as the result of pet food manufacturers simply “getting it wrong”.
COMMERCIAL PET FOOD IS BASED ON THE WRONG ASSUMPTION BY SCIENTISTS OF MAMMALIAN CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM.
The PALEOPET HANDBOOK will provide everything you need to know about how to feed your dog and cat what they EVOLVED to eat. It will make it so easy a paleolithic caveperson can do it! Even more important, your dog and cat will actually enjoy it. They will beg for it at dinner time. Their bodies will begin to change and the “broken metabolism” caused by the starchy dried chemically enhanced kibble and the rendered goo that you feed from a bag or can.
PALEOPET IS, WITHOUT QUESTION, 100% NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE.
There are two methods to feed the Paleopet diet.
Stage 1 is adding essential and protective common and inexpensive grocery store ingredients to what is currently being fed. Fiber is essential for dogs and cats and most all commercial foods are astoundingly deficient in this most important dietary necessity. In nature, 20% fiber is the norm, commercial pet foods are most always less than 3% !
Probiotic (good) bacteria provide essential nutrients and protect against bad (pathogenic) bacteria. These living organisms are critical for intestinal immune system functions. Herbivorous prey are loaded with probiotic bacteria and the probiotic-rich stomach and liver are the first things consumed by a mammalian predator. There are NO probiotic bacteria in commercial pet food.
Stage 2 is raw with partially cooked vegetables. It explains how to feed raw meat safely and how to prevent Salmonella and meat parasites. Dogs and cats love certain vegetables, it is the reason so many of them eat grass. Most of my patients go stage 2 because they get convinced after stage 1, simply by adding common ingredients to what is already being fed. You can always go back to the dry or canned for when you leave a pet with someone else – or you can make it ahead of time and store it in baggies.
There is another huge benefit as well: Cost. Making your own diet from products available at most any grocery store will save 30 to 50% or more on your pet food bill!
Fact: Premium dog food is now more expensive per pound than freshly ground beef from your butcher.
Albertsons is selling 73% ground beef for $1.67 a pound. Ground chicken is on sale for $1.29 a pound. Premium dog food is $60 for a 30LB bag – that’s $2.00 per pound… If you mix vegetables with this ground beef or chicken, it will drop the price by another 20% or 30%! So for a little over a dollar a pound you can make your own pet food in less time than it takes to brew a cup of coffee.
This is not a BARF diet book! Paleopet is an anti-inflammatory diet that describes how to feed raw safely or to add healthy common ingredients to the current diet. Raw is best and can be made safe to feed but if a dry food is continued, learn how to add ingredients to make it less damaging.