at the beginning of this year, my mom and dad determined that they were no longer spring chickens, and therefore, made the conscious decision to embark upon a program of regular exercise and more healthful eating.
since that time, my dad has been running long distances 4 days a week. this includes running home from work on days when the weather is cooperative. my mom purchased an elliptical, which she runs on 6 days a week for an hour. in the healthful eating category, going out to eat has been heavily slashed and late evening snacking has taken a major reduction. furthermore, daily intake of a multi-vitamin has been initiated and consumption of fruit and vegetables has sky-rocketed.
now that 4 months have elapsed, my mom and dad are feeling more confident about their physiques, not to mention that they possess more energy and stamina. so my mom then decided to turn her attention to myself and my little brother booker. mom concluded that we were getting enough exercise from our walks and hikes and playtime in the backyard.
a post-walk asa enjoying the cool tile.
she turned her attention to our food and began to do some thorough research. i have to admit that at this point, i was a little concerned. i, asa, do enjoy a delicious meal or snack, and i was worried that mom might have me and booker consuming rice cakes by the end of this process.
my little brother booker and i have been eating iams kibbles. we eat twice a day, at breakfast and dinner. at dinner, we each get a heaping tablespoon of full fat, plain yogurt on top of our food to keep our skin glowing and our coats shiny. booker and i can also supplement our kibble with the many fruits and vegetables that we love to eat -- carrots, cucumbers, green pepper, bananas, apples, etc. all in all, my mom considered our diet fairly balanced, but she became increasingly aware that our iams kibble was not the optimum choice for us. though chicken was the first ingredient in our kibble, on down the list she noticed sub par things like corn meal and chicken by-product meal. therefore, my mom began searching for a better food. she found several wonderful food options, but unfortunately, they did not fit into our financial budget. for instance, my mom really liked the blue buffalo brand food, but it was too expensive. my mom did not abandon hope, and she found a food that looks more promising. it is called nature's recipe. right now, i am trying out (mixing in with my iams kibble) the easy-to-digest chicken meal, rice, and barley recipe, but i think i'd like to try the easy-to-digest lamb meal, rice, and barley recipe next because it has a slightly lower protein content.
once mom and i determine what food i would like to switch to, mom will start working on booker's new food choice. oh, and i do believe mom decided that she would let booker and i supplement once a week with a can of delicious blue buffalo wet food. we sampled a can last week, and it was quite scrumptious.
at any rate, i, asa, would love to hear about what kind of food all of my furry friends are partaking of. though my mom and i think we have found a new food, we are still exploring any options that we may have overlooked.