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I’ve written about feline nutrition many times in the past, including the post Vets and Pet Food.  I found yet another interesting article on the subject, by Dr Meg Smart.

At present, only 8% of the Veterinary Colleges in North America have nutrition as a prerequisite for admission into the veterinary programme. Introductory nutrition courses are taught in 75% of the veterinary colleges in the United States. Applied clinical nutrition in both large and small animals is taught as an elective in 14 to 28% of the colleges. Exit interviews of graduates and surveys of practicing veterinarians indicate that they are not adequately trained in nutrition.

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Whenever I hear someone complain of kidney stones, I URGE them to get their vitamin D levels tested!  I suffered kidney stones for years (including one stint in the hospital where I couldn’t pass two stones on my own) before a doctor FINALLY tested my vitamin D levels to find I had a severe deficiency.  They’re finding that WAY more people have vitamin D deficiency than previously thought. So I think people should get it tested if they have any symptoms. I’m rather angry my UROLOGIST never thought to do that . He was going to put me on medication.  Vitamin D is imperative for proper calcium absorption and among other things, vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone density loss (osteroperosis) and hyperparathyroidism (another problem I suffered).

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Apparently they are giving out free samples of Hills’ “Nature’s Best” dry dog and cat food somewhere near work. Someone left a sample on the table at work yesterday and today there was a woman on the elevator holding three samples. I could NOT hold my tongue in the elevator – and simply told her “You know, that is NOT very good pet food.” She said “it’s not?” and I said “No, read the ingredients. Mostly grains, little meat. I used that exact pet food as an example of BAD pet foods in a recent talk I gave on the subject, and why reading labels is important.”

If you’ve read anything on my blog, you probably know I do NOT think feeding dry pet food is a good idea. I also DETEST Hills’ pet foods – they use horrible quality ingredients and were among the last to stop using carcinogens as preservatives… all under the guise of being “veterinarian recommended”. Recommended by vets because they give free food to vet students and fund vet courses on animal nutrition and market themselves HEAVILY to vets! NOT because they make good pet food!

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 I credit some of my weight gain over the years to my LOVE of delicious coffee drinks.  Now, some of my friends would argue I don’t even like coffee.  Maybe they’re right.  I certainly never ever drink black coffee – or even sweetened black coffee.  I was one of the many in line for a green tea frappuccino or a chai tea latte or a white mocha or a mint condition – no, don’t hold the whipped cream or sprinkles.  Heck, why not also get a scone while I’m there?  They are scrumptious!

So, one of the first things I missed when I started NutriSystem was my “coffee”.  Because I missed it so much, I got a bit creative and started crunching numbers.  I can see the large coffee drinks with whipped cream and flavorings and scones that I got in the past started out my days in excess of 1,000 calories.  Oh my!  I was consuming most of my calorie allotment for the day in the morning and getting little-to-no NUTRITION in the process!

However, I’ve figured out there’s a way to get my coffee and drink it too! – and get the weight off.

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I previously posted my four goals for 2009, including:
“Fit into a regular (not women’s) size 14 – Lose 20 pounds by my niece’s wedding in July”

Well, it’s May April and I just bought two pairs of jeans this weekend in size EIGHT, and I’ve lost 29 pounds since January!

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It’s over three months in, and I’m still loving the NutriSystem plan! I can’t believe it, really. I’ve tried SO many diets – there are few I would make it three months on, and definitely I’d be screaming to quit by now on the others! But how can I complain when I’m eating food that tastes better and makes me FEEL better than ever before?

I wore my hot-cat-mama-skinny-pants yesterday. I went to Dress Barn several weeks ago and tried on a few dresses – I NEVER wear dresses or skirts, but it’d be nice if I had a dress for my niece’s wedding in July. I landed up buying TWO dresses – in size TWELVE! Then I got a case of buyer’s remorse. So many of my clothes are now loose and baggy – what if the dresses didn’t fit in July? I decided to take them back and try them on in the next size down – except they didn’t HAVE the next size down anymore… so I tried on the size eight – and they FIT! They’re a tad snug, in my opinion, but they definitely fit!

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Bok choy

Saturday was “errand day”. I took Rumpelmintz to the vet, made cat food, and got my hair cut (and highlighted – woo hoo!). Then I went to Kmart, dropped off some donated medications at the cat shelter, and stopped at Trader Joe’s to get groceries before going to Pet Supplies Plus to buy litter. Hectic day.

I love Trader Joe’s, but Trader Joe’s on a Saturday afternoon is NOT my favorite. Packed with people. Couldn’t enter some aisles. Carts lined up for the checkouts into the aisles themselves, making it nearly impossible to get anywhere. I persevered. I always start on the aisle furthest from produce, ending in the produce section. I’m still attempting to eat healthy, but the produce section is a challenge yet. There are the old stand-by’s of course, carrots, apples, etc. I’m trying to expand my horizons, though. So, I challenged myself to get a couple new things. This time, I opted for baby bok choy and minneolas. The minneolas resembled small oranges or tangerines, so I figured I could just peel them and eat them. Shouldn’t be hard.

There was a staff member nearby, so I asked her if she knew how to prepare the bok choy.
She had no idea. Well, I figured surely I could stir fry it or something?

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