Keep the Tail Wagging® is often added to Top Blog lists and I'm honored every time. However, not many have made me as excited as this list.
“I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Keep the Tail Wagging has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Raw Food Blogs on the web. I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Raw Food Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!” ~ Anuj Agarwal, FeedSpot.com
Why Top 50 Raw Food Blogs is a Big Deal
Several times a year, I receive news that I've been added to a Top Blogs list, but I don't often write about the honor. The Top 50 Raw Food Blogs list is different because this is niche specific and Keep the Tail Wagging® landed in the NUMBER ELEVEN spot in a list of FIFTY blogs that are primarily written for humans who want to eat a raw food diet.
If I counted correctly, three pet blogs made this list, and I'm one of them.
This is a huge deal because Keep the Tail Wagging® and the concept of raw feeding for dogs is being introduced to an entirely new community of dog lovers. Dog parents who eat a raw, vegetarian, or vegan diet who may not have considered or heard of raw feeding for dogs. Oh, and yes, there are many vegans and vegetarians who feed raw to their pets because it's species appropriate.
What is the Raw Food Diet?
According to FullyRaw.com, a site that didn't make the list but I subscribe to because it has a ton of great information, a “raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. People who adopt this diet are often referred to as “raw fooders” or “raw vegans.”
Just as raw feeding has various models, there are different ways to eat a raw diet. Some are heavier in fat (nuts, avocado, butter, etc.), some are heavier in fruit (due to the higher calories), and it seems most are either vegetarian or vegan.
When I first began learning about eating raw, I didn't understand why anyone would want to deny themselves the joys of yummy food – but that's not what it's about. Similar to raw feeding for dogs, there are benefits that are too good to pass up:
- We get more nutrients in raw food than we do when we cook the vegetables.
- Raw food is processed and digested faster than the traditional cooked diet.
- Raw food allows our bodies to detox naturally and easily.
My only concern is that it feels like we're not eating enough calories when eating a raw diet. However, I'm new to this, so I'm keeping an open mind while I learn more about healthy eating.
Eating Healthier Makes You Happier
After several years of feeding my dogs a raw diet – 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% offal (secreting organs) – I began to think about what I could do to improve my diet. A 30-day sugar detox and an increase of water consumption cured intense hormone issues, migraines, bursitis in my hips, weight gain, and calmed my anxiety.
Today, I make a point of getting in 10,000-13,000 steps a day (connect with me on Fitbit!), I eat fewer processed foods, and I drink at least 80 ounces of water a day. I continue to lose weight, I'm much happier and healthier both physically and mentally, and now I'm considering going raw myself.
I haven't switched to a raw diet, however, I am putting more thought into the food choices I make for myself.
Raw Food Diet and Raw Feeding
The raw food diet and raw feeding go hand in hand for many of us because it doesn't take long for many raw feeders to start improving their diet because we see evidence of the benefits of eating fresh food every day with our dogs.
It is an honor to be ranked 11 on this list of 50 blogs about the raw food diet. It'll be exciting to continue to learn how to eat a healthy diet alongside my dogs.