Improve performance by eating a little more like your dog — (8 ways)
Yep, dog food is gross.
But what if I told you there are lessons to be learned from how your dog eats?
Dog eating habits can help you get:
- Increased energy at work.
- A body that you’re proud of.
- Improved performance during workouts (notice how I didn’t say at the gym * wink *).
Still don’t believe me? Just watch your dog.
Or if you don’t have one, watch mine!
I love dogs so much
If you weren’t fond of dogs, why would you read this?
Probably cause I know what I’m talking about. 🙂
But if you aren’t in the “I love dogs” group yet, it’s okay. Not everyone is a dog person.
But every person should be a dog eater.
Not suggesting you eat dogs. I’m suggesting you EAT LIKE A DOG.
Let’s see the performance-enhancing habits we can learn from how dogs eat.
1. Grain free food
The #1 veterinarian recommended dog food is Science Diet.
Or, at least that’s what the bag says.
What does the dog-food bag ALSO say?
Dogs don’t handle grains well. They’re basically gluten-free animals.
Give them gluten-free food, and they’ll reward you with easy-to-pick-up poop.
Give your dog junky, grain-laden snacks, and, well, it’s gonna be messy. Plus, the mess will be take-your-breath-away smelly.
Same goes for humans!
Fewer grains means less waste.
Less waste means higher performance. You get the point.
2. High protein
Dogs love protein.
Of course, they prefer animal protein to plant-based protein.
But, if they knew what was good for them, they’d like broccoli, too.
How do you think dogs stay so lean and strong?
Same goes for you.
Eat lots of quality protein to get that fine coat and toned body. 🙂
3. Consistent diet
Variety is nice. I certainly would not want to eat the same meal every day, multiple times per day.
But you know what a consistent diet does for dogs?
It keeps them consistent.
Same for you!
The fewer surprises, the better.
Figure out what works and stick with it.
4. Consistent timing
My dog Lucy eats on a regular schedule.
Well, six days per week, that is. Saturdays we usually sleep in (day of rest!).
You know what consistent feedings does?
- Keeps metabolism going fast (no guessing about timing of the next meal).
- Eliminates need for energy-consuming decision-making.
- Prioritizes the important things in life (fueling your body for top performance).
And you thought I had calendar reminders to feed my dog because I’m forgetful. 😉
5. No indulgence on treats
Want to know what happens when my dog gets her paws on (delicious) cat food?
She wolfs it down.
Similar situation when I go to Vietnamese restaurants.
Without restraint, I would eat everything in my face. Then, I’d be rushing to the toilet. Just like my dog when she finds cat food.
Being careful not to indulge, however, ensures I won’t get sick.
Special food in moderation, not excess.
Water dishes: Several
My dog doesn’t have one water dish.
She has two.
One in the kitchen. One in my home office.
She stays hydrated no matter where she’s hanging out.
Your brain, like my dog’s, needs water to stay sharp.
Make sure it is well watered.
And, only occasionally give it beer. 🙂
Chocolate and grapes
I understand that this one is not a perfect analogy.
Dogs cannot eat chocolate or grapes. Ever.
It kills them.
But fortunately for us, chocolate and grapes are okay for us to eat, occasionally.
The key is to remember what chocolate and grapes to do dogs.
Feeding ourselves a ton of either on-the-regular will kill us…eventually.
Gnaw on a bone
Dogs gnaw on bones for fun. We should, too.
Brushing and flossing are the closest comparisons. Consider the benefits to our teeth:
- Good breath.
- White, trustworthy smile.
- Healthy gums (supporting a healthy heart).
No, we’d never gnaw on a bone to get dental benefits.
But we get to brush and floss.
So enjoy it, just like dogs do with bones.
It’s five minutes per day. Pretend you’re a dog enjoying gnawing on a bone.
What other eating habits do dogs have that we can use to improve our performance?
Answer in the comments right meow!
Note: Eating poop, sniffing butts and licking ourselves are all very cliche. What else you got?