Strategies For Weight Loss

Today is the one-year anniversary of the loss of my Golden Retriever, Oliver. He was 15 years, 7 1/2 months old when he passed. Which roughly translates into 115 years for a human. People were always stunned to hear how old he was, being a frisky and friendly fellow right up to the end. To what might we attribute his fine health over such a long period of time? Careful breeding is a good place to start, but even his breeder was quite amazed at how robust Oliver’s health was.  

I am a health counselor, after all. And he, among other family members, was my science project. All of the things I believed were true about nutrition and medicine came to bear on the choices I made for Oliver. First and foremost, Oliver was fed a whole foods organic home cooked diet. No packaged, processed food for him. Plenty of meat, for he was a carnivore and needed meat more than anything else. Fresh cooked vegetables, a small amount of fruit, and minimal to no grains. When he was younger, he ate raw meat. And got large raw beef bones on which to gnaw. As a senior, we started to cook all of his food to make it a little easier on his digestion. He remained slim and physically fit throughout his life. 

Oliver received his first set of puppy vaccines but other than an occasional rabies inoculation (I never kept up with my state’s vaccination schedule) he received no further vaccinations. I was not trying to be cruel or indifferent to his health needs – quite the opposite. We checked his blood every year to make sure he still had coverage. And amazingly, or not, he never actually NEEDED another vaccine. The puppy vaccinations lasted him a lifetime, a very, very long lifetime. We used no tick preventive or heartworm preventive, either.  

I also balked when any drugs were prescribed for various reasons. And I rejected his undergoing a biopsy or surgery when a large mass was discovered in one quadrant of his liver. We chose, instead, to start him on a nutritional supplement regimen and added acupuncture and Chinese herbs to ease his arthritis and strengthen his immune system. Oliver continued to live a happy life, full of adventure and family love for many years past the discovery of the liver mass. He amazed everyone, including the vets who lovingly treated him. 

I’d like to believe that Oliver had more than just good genes going for him. A healthy diet, lots of exercises, supplemental nutritional support, and acupuncture are what helped him live a long and robust life. And let’s not underestimate the fact that he was loved and adored and had a socially fulfilling life. All the things we humans need for a long and robust life, too.  

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are my researched opinions and are provided for educational purposes only. They are not intended to replace sound medical advice from a board certified physician.

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Lynn Klein

About Lynn Klein

Lynn M. Klein is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Counselor and wellness educator. She is the creator of such seminars as “Waist Not, Want Not,” Don’t Weight,” and “What’s On Your Plate” and has lectured at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY; Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor, NY; and the New York City Department of the Aging in Riverdale, NY, among other venues. She was a co-founder of the Rivertown CSA, a community supported agriculture project, spearheaded a school food project at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY, and consulted as a nutritional expert to The Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She was the subject of feature articles in The Scarsdale Inquirer and The Rivertowns Enterpise. Lynn recently served on the board of directors of One Degree Media and Entertainment, a company focused on delivering programming in wellness, environmental sustainability, and transformational healing. She trained with a master energy healer in New York, NY and with the Maori Healers of New Zealand. Lynn is an activist and proponent of integrative health initiatives, local and sustainable food access, and clean environment projects. She resides in New York City.

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