Saturday Jul 30, 2022

Episode 10: Here’s Why Seasonal Feeding Matters

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to PET | TAO.FM, the PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products podcast.

I’m your host, Dr. Marc Smith, 20-year practicing veterinarian and co-creator of PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products.

Seasonal feeding. What does that mean? I hear this all the time.

“Should I change my dog’s diet in the wintertime?” or “Dr. Smith, how should I feed my dog in the summer?”

Really, it doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, a cat, a horse, or a cow. It’s all the same.

See, in the summertime, or the hottest times of the year, animals don’t eat as well. They don’t move around as much, because it’s hot, and they raise their temperature.

In the wintertime, animals eat more, and they consume more calories, and they move around a little bit more, and they move around to maintain their internal heat.

The idea of seasonal feeding is really an idea that comes from the East, and kind of what it means is that you eat foods that have energetic properties that balance the animal during a specific time of the year.

Have you ever questioned or thought about why you eat chili in the winter, or more so, have you ever questioned or thought about why you eat watermelon in the summer?

I bet you haven’t, because for a long time, until I learned about Eastern food therapy, I didn’t ever consider it either. The reason why is because of the energetics of foods.

Watermelon has a cooling energetic, and therefore it’s ideal to eat in the hotter times of the year.

The spices in chili – lots of times, a habanero pepper – are warming, and therefore it’s best suited for the colder times of the year from an energetic standpoint.

As you can see, these Eastern people, they ate seasonally, and they thought that was best for them, but they also did it because that was their only choice.

Nature provided the right conditions and the right natural resources for foods to grow during various certain times of the year, and then these people would eat these foods.

That was called seasonal feeding.

We can do that same approach with some of the PET | TAO products, like the Chill Diet, like the Blaze Diet.

The Chill Diet, it’s for the dog during the summer.

The Blaze Diet is for the dog during the winter.

We can use some of those same principles in an easy, convenient way for you to feed your pet seasonally for the best health and for the best energetic balance that your pet can have.

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Until next time, so long.

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