You’re looking at one of the sweetest things on earth, according to my dog. There’s nothing like lapping up a baked sweet potato (and maybe with a bit of butter on top). I am reporting that the dog foodie has no more GI issues!
I stopped giving my dog fish oil (pet grade), and oiled/seasoned food scraps. Instead, he has grain-free dog food by Great Life Dog Food, and I’ve had great results. Every day he has some dog food and something home-cooked, most likely a sweet potato (and occasionally an egg or a little bit of fruit smoothie left over in the blender). And he’s a happy pup (going on 9 years).
As you can see in the picture above, he still performs his pre-rinse cycle on the dinner dishes.
How did I get to this point? I removed everything from his diet and then started from scratch. I only gave him one grain-free dog food at a time for a few weeks. Nothing else. Period.
What I discovered is that he can’t eat chicken-based grain-free dog food, and he really can’t eat much chicken anymore, at all. Duck was only slightly more tolerable. And he’s doing really well with the buffalo-based dog food, so we’re staying with that for now.
You can do the same with yourself, or your favorite human. Eliminate possible offending foods until you’re feeling good. Then add them back one at a time – spending a week or so with each additional food to see if symptoms, such as a headache, nausea, eczema, reappear.
It’s a simple, free self-test. I highly recommend it. It’s how I discovered that my younger son was allergic to semolina flour, which is a type of flour in some types of pasta. He was getting hives inside his arm creases. We thought it was the wheat in pasta, so I pulled all wheat out of his diet. Then he ate brown rice pasta and pasta without semolina flour in it and he was fine. Case solved.
Baked Sweet Potato
- Using a knife, place a small slit on the top of each sweet potato. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F.
- Place the sweet potatoes on foil because they may drip some sugar released from under the skin (as they bake).
- Bake for about an hour (depending on their size they may be done a bit sooner or later).
- To test if they’re done, a fork should slide in and out of the potato easily.
- Enjoy plain, or with some butter on top.