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How Many Calories Do Taste-tations (Cat Treats) Have?!

Monday, June 03, 2013

I returned to my mostly Paleo diet today after being miserable the last few days. I had all kinds of digestive issues and nearly left my job on Saturday. I was irritable and moody. I had decided I would save money by eating what I have in the house (a year's worth of cereal, months of beans, rice, lentils).

The financial situation is not improving. Thanks to some financial abuse, it's actually worse this month than it was before. But I need to take care of myself in some ways! My mental acuity was back today and that is confirmation that I am doing the right thing. The digestive issues are history.

I was so busy today, I forgot to eat an apple or banana for an afternoon snack. I was starving when I got home. I headed for a handful of peanuts (no almonds in the house), unscrewed the jar and threw a small handful in my mouth and discovered they were the oddest peanuts ever.

My two cats love Taste-tation cat treats. I do not.

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TUDAFD 6/5/2013 3:28PM

    One of my cousins used to love doggie treats better than cookies! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 6/5/2013 10:03AM

    We all have those days...

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FITANDFIFTY2 6/5/2013 12:37AM

    Oh my goodness,, what a taste that must have been !! Sorry!!

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ALICIA214 6/5/2013 12:31AM


I have couple of friends who snacked on dog food thinking it was meat loaf, probably looked good after a couple of beer....


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LJCANNON 6/4/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon According to the package that I looked at, they are about 2 Calories apiece. About like a Tic Tac, I guess? I didn't find any of them that were Paleo approved though, LOL!!

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CATLADY52 6/4/2013 2:00PM

    Not recommended for repeated use by humans!?! emoticon I think you might find getting the almonds gives you better results.

(Either that or get used to the taste of Taste-taions.) emoticon

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CARRAND 6/4/2013 1:44PM

    Oh wow! I never tried cat treats, although my son used to eat dried cat food out of the cat's bowls while the cats were on the high chair eating his Cheerios. I don't think it hurt him in the long run.

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*RENEAT* 6/4/2013 1:05PM

    My son used to sneak the cat's dry food all the time when he was small... not my personal choice! I hear your stress and frustration - there is never enough money to go around these days but it sounds like you still have your sense of humor which is definitely a priceless commodity! Hang in there!

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HFAYE81 6/4/2013 12:12PM

    emoticon Oh my goodness!!!

I hope everything gets better for you. I know how it feels to be in a financial meltdown emoticon

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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/4/2013 9:35AM

    I'm glad to read that you weren't eating the cat-treats. :-)

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_LINDA 6/4/2013 1:51AM

    So glad you are feeling better! It has to be a priority to look after yourself above all others in your household. After all, you are the sole breadwinner. What would all the others do if you were too sick to work?? They need to be thankful to have that roof over their heads!
Cat treats for snacks, eww, did it at least have hairball control? ;)
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    Urk! Had a friend once that used to eat Milkbones - none of the others, he said Milkbones were the best.

Hope things get better for you soon emoticon

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_RAMONA 6/3/2013 10:58PM

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

Besides the taste, the worst thing about those cat treats is that they are likely not Paleo... cat food is notoriously FULL of grain fillers (our cats are so much healthier now that they, too, are on a Paleo diet).

Just breathe my friend (and put the cat treats on a different shelf than the people food), and take it one day at a time (I hear your frustration). Even though I know money is tight for you, one thing I would recommend, is to try and get a lot more fat into your diet... buy a large jar of coconut oil (do you have access to a Costco? They have a large jar of virgin oil for an amazing price) and add a few tbsp. of that to your day (I just eat off the spoon... 3-6 tbsp. a day). It will do miracles for your mood, your mental acuity, and really help to control your appetite. Keep fruit consumption low.

We are not all that different, you and I. I think a lot of your health/mood issues may be because of hormone imbalances, and the coconut oil really helps, as does keeping fruit consumption down. Paleo is not as easy a fix for everyone as it is for some. For others (like me), the macronutrients really need to be tweaked to eliminate cravings and to really bring the appetite down. For our family, we find eating Paleo is much cheaper because we actually eat A LOT less.

...and you know, eating the grains and legumes is not outside the realm of possibility. Sure it's not strict Paleo, but if you can work your way around to finding the time to prepare them a la the instructions according to Weston Price (you just need to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients), you can use up the food without disrupting the benefits of eating Paleo. Most Ancestral foodists don't eat grains and legumes because it's just easier. Here are some links you can look at:

Fear and Loathing at the Dinner Table

How to Soak Grains for Optimal Nutrition

Soaking Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

Reducing Phytic Acid in Grains and Legumes

Hang in there! You CAN do this! I'm glad to see that you are fighting for your place at the top of the list.


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ACIMPEGGY 6/3/2013 10:10PM

    So funny! Is it really true, dear friend? If so, I'm not sure if they'll help or harm the digestive issues!

Have a better day's not a Monday.


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PEG2584 6/3/2013 10:08PM

    Thanks for the laugh! It really sounds like something I would do.

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