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5 Pet Safety Tips For 4th of July

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July 5th is one of the busiest days in both veterinary hospitals and animal shelters for many reasons — panicked pups bolt over fences leading to injuries and lost pets, unattended food gets scarfed down causing gastric problems, overheated canines experience heat exhaustion, and the list goes on.

The good news is that we know what to anticipate, which means we have the opportunity now to plan ahead and help keep the Fourth fun and safe for everyone. Here are five tips to make sure you and your pet have a great Independence Day.

  1.  Keep the barbecue food away.

    Summer barbecues are delicious for us but full of hazards for pets. High-fat foods like burgers and hot dogs can cause pancreatitis, kebab skewers can wreak havoc in the stomach, corn cobs are a leading cause of GI surgery, and ribs have bones that can splinter and pierce the intestines. Make sure all your grilled goods  are securely out of the way of nosy pets, and keep an eye out for party guests (especially kids) who accidentally leave plates in precarious locations.

  2. Avoid putting glow-sticks on your pet.

    Although they may look cute, please resist the urge to put a glow stick around your pet’s neck. They really aren’t designed for pet use, chiefly because the liquid they contain can be quite irritating if ingested. Fortunately, there is another option! If you want your pup to look bright and patriotic, LED-lighted collars are designed to be both adorable and perfectly pet-safe.

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  3. Update your pet’s ID info.

    Is your pet’s tag and microchip up-to-date? If you’ve recently moved or your phone number has changed, getting a new tag and calling your vet to update a microchip are inexpensive forms of insurance for a potentially scary problem. When fireworks go off, even well-behaved, mild-mannered pets can panic and bolt. One of the main reasons pets languish in shelters after the 4th is due to incorrect or missing identification.

  4. Provide a happy distraction at home.

    If you must leave your companion animal home alone when fireworks are likely, take some precautions to help minimize anxiety. Some may even surprise you! For example, some pets find classical music soothing, while others enjoy TV. There are non-drug calming options such as the Thundershirt or a pheromone collar. And, last but not least, try the tasty distraction offered by a treat-dispensing toy filled with healthy dog treats or cat treats!

  5. Consult your vet before the 4th.

    If your dog or cat are prone to levels of anxiety that over-the-counter remedies can’t address, your veterinarian might prescribe medications to help him or her through the night. We can’t stress enough how important it is to plan ahead for this holiday! Vet’s offices are often slammed on July 3rd with pet parents in a panic asking for a new prescription, and it may not be available on short notice.

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While the Fourth of July can be a source of stress for many canines and felines, it doesn’t have to be! As you can see, just a little bit of planning can make a world of difference.  We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

4 Reasons To Pay Attention To Your Gut Health

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We’ve all heard the advice to trust your gut, or listen to your gut instincts. You may have even had a gut feeling deep down inside that you should make one decision, or avoid another. People are always listening to their guts — but are they really paying attention to their gut health? 

The fact of the matter is, your gut can tell you a lot more about your overall health than you may realize. These are just a few of the reasons why your gut health is so important:

  • Your Gut Plays a Key Role in Your Central Nervous System

Often when people think of the nervous system, an image of the human brain comes to mind. However, the gut is actually home to one of the most important elements of the entire nervous system — the Enteric Nervous System, or ENS. The ENS is sometimes called the body's second brain because it contains more than 100 million nerve cells that communicate directly with the brain. The ENS primarily works to aid digestion, and a gut that’s out of balance may not have the ability to maintain a strong ENS.

  • Your Gut Contains Bacteria that Controls Inflammation

Your gut is host to a wide variety of bacteria, and on the surface, that may sound kind of gross. In reality, we need good bacteria in the gut in order to improve digestive health and keep inflammation at bay. Your microbiome, the good bacteria in the gut, protects the walls of the digestive system. When these walls are compromised, we can be at risk for a variety of short-term and long-term complications, including allergies, asthma or Alzheimer's. 

  • A Healthy Gut Results in a Happy Person

You know now that your gut routinely talks directly to your brain, but did you realize that your gut actually produces most of the serotonin that your body needs? When you actively support your gut health, you will find that your body produces more serotonin. 

Serotonin is the hormone that makes you feel happy. In fact, when your gut health is compromised, you may find that you feel more anxious or depressed than usual. Many people who include a probiotic supplement as part of their daily regimen find that they generally feel an improvement to their mood. 

  • Your Gut Controls Your Metabolism

Your gut needs to be in tip-top shape in order to properly digest the food that you eat. When you eat  healthy and exercise, both of which promote gut health, you will be able to have a better handle on your metabolism. You will find that you feel more nourished by the food that you eat, and that you have less cravings. People who support their gut health often feel more energized by their food, and they feel more capable of leading an active lifestyle. Remember, your metabolism is responsible for fluctuations in weight — that means taking control of your metabolism and gut health can help you take control of your weight as well. 

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One way to support positive bacteria in the gut is to take a daily probiotic supplement. Of the five beneficial strains in our probiotic at Life's Abundance, one has even been shown to support overall digestive health, including bowel habits. Further, we’ve included a strain that is native to humans, rather than cows like typical supplements. 

It can be tempting to ignore that little voice inside, but when you pay it some attention, you just may feel like the best possible version of yourself!

Dry Skin May Be Causing Breakouts

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If you’ve ever dealt with breakouts (or acne), you have likely heard that oily skin is the most common culprit. It may sound shocking, but in reality, your natural composition combined with oil-based products can be your skin's best advocate. Read on and take charge of your skin’s health and appearance.

What Causes Breakouts

Breakouts are caused by skin congestion, which is the result of excess oil clogging your pores. This is what you may have NOT known: If you over dry your skin to reduce the oiliness, your body can overcompensate by producing even more oil.  This can end up leading to more clogged pores and skin congestion, which in turn leads to breakouts. In short, that squeaky clean feeling after washing your face could be working against you.

What Products to Look For

Skin care products that closely match your skin's composition are going to have the biggest payoff. Oil-based products are some of the best to keep your skin nourished and hydrated precisely because certain botanical combinations resemble your skin’s sebum, they’re readily accepted by a variety of skin types and help the skin to self-regulate. But, be on the lookout for harsh chemicals that may be lurking in the ingredient list. Look for products that use organic, botanical ingredients.

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3 Products Every Skin Care Routine Needs

When you find the right products, your dream of a simple skin care routine can be reality.  Start with a gentle Facial Cleanser.  As a major added bonus, the best ones will also be effective at removing make-up.  A nourishing daily Facial Moisturizer is the next must-have. To really beef up the nutrient delivery, complete your routine with a Facial Serum.  Even if you only use it once or twice a week, it will help strengthen your skin with an additional nourishing barrier.

  • Facial Cleanser: Remove the day’s buildup without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

  • Facial Moisturizer: Soften and smooth the skin without irritating chemicals.

  • Facial Serum: Promote a healthy barrier that nourishes and protects your skin.

More Tips to Help Clear Skin

If your daily routine just isn’t enough to keep your skin glowing, it may be because things like diet, exercise and environment play a role in your skin clarity as well. Pick a couple of the suggestions below and stick to them to see if they make a difference:

  • Eliminate any irritating skin care products from your routine

  • Drink water and stay hydrated all day

  • Try cutting out as much processed sugars and foods as possible

  • Include fruits and vegetables in your daily diet

  • Eat fermented foods that are rich in probiotics

  • Exercise regularly to help your body remove toxins 

At Life’s Abundance we created a skin-loving care line that’s handcrafted and organically sourced. Our skin care products are made with organic, plant-based and nourishing ingredients.  Best of all, they really work — and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why Taurine In Dog Food Is So Important

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At Life’s Abundance, we believe that every ingredient should provide a benefit. We also believe  in a whole-health, or holistic, approach to product formulation.  Our dog foods include all the nutrients that we know their bodies need — including some cutting edge ingredient choices we’ve made over the years that can pay big dividends to your dog’s health, taurine among them.

As the canine heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), started making headlines in 2018, taurine publicly emerged as an important nutrient for dogs. For many, many years, our dry dog foods have included taurine at guaranteed minimum levels.  That’s because we don’t believe that formulating to just be “good” is good enough. 

What is taurine?

Taurine is an amino acid that dogs need in order to maintain proper body function, including keeping your dog’s heart pumping strong.  Because dogs can naturally make it themselves and it doesn't build protein, taurine is not considered to be an essential amino acid. However, there are other health benefits of adding guaranteed taurine to their diet. 

Here are some of the benefits of taurine for dogs:

  • Strengthens heart muscles and vascular function

  • Promotes reproductive health 

  • Supports healthy vision and retina health

  • Promotes healthy liver function

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What is taurine deficiency in dogs?

Just like people, dogs can have nutritional deficiencies.  Sometimes they are harder to diagnose because many times there are no obvious symptoms of taurine deficiency in dogs. 

When taurine levels in your dog’s blood are low, the heart will become weaker and will not be able to circulate blood through the body properly. Taurine deficiency is one of the causes of a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) — this is when the heart muscle thins and the chambers become enlarged. Research to uncover more about DCM and its possible causes is ongoing by the FDA. 

Although DCM can be genetic, it can also be caused by, you guessed it, taurine deficiency. Some breeds that are predisposed to taurine deficiency include:

  • Golden Retrievers

  • Cocker Spaniels

  • Doberman Pinschers

  • Great Danes

  • Dalmations

  • Newfoundlands

How do I support my dog’s heart health with taurine?

Keeping an open dialogue with your veterinarian about your dog’s health is an important first step. Next, choosing a food with guaranteed amounts of taurine for your dog’s daily diet will add nutritional support for your dog, and peace of mind for you. Check out our line of dry dog food at Life’s Abundance, which includes taurine in every kibble.   

Here’s an insider tip when it comes to dog food formulas: Taurine isn’t considered an essential or traditional amino acid because its primary function is not to build proteins, like other amino acids do. This is why finding taurine in dog food brands other than Life’s Abundance has been practically unheard of. At Life’s Abundance, your search for dry dog food with taurine is at an end.

You only want what’s best for your dog.  We know because we’re pet parents too.  Armed with a bit of useful information, we hope you can feel confident in making the right, informed choices for your furry friend. 

 

Tips For Grooming Your Dog At Home

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Let’s admit it — professional groomers are miracle workers! Washing your dog at home can prove to be quite the challenging task if you aren’t prepared.  If you’re missing your groomer, here are some DIY tips for grooming your dog while at home.

Make sure you have your grooming checklist ready:

BEFORE THE GROOMING 

Pro Tip: If your furry friend gets stressed during grooming, give them a cup of room-temperature chamomile tea with honey about 30 min before bath time, followed by a carb-rich treat like our Antioxidant Health Bars. The glucose in the treat will deliver the calming tea straight to your dog’s brain. (Make some extra tea for yourself if you're nervous too!)

  • If you don’t have a waterproof apron to protect your clothes, be sure to change into something that can get wet. Preferably it will have pockets to stow savory-smelling dog treats, while keeping your hands free.

  • Using a high-quality cleanser, like our Revitalizing Shampoo, makes a difference. The luxurious lather will not strip your dog’s protective oils or leave soapy residue on their coat.  The natural fruit extracts have a soothing fragrance both you and your dog will appreciate.

  • Long-haired breeds should be brushed with a fine-toothed comb first. Otherwise you could end up making knots in their coat even worse.

  • If your dog especially seems to dislike outside baths, it might be a good idea to try the bathtub. Many dogs respond much better to lukewarm water.

DURING THE GROOMING 

  • Start by wetting your dog at their neck and move backwards. Then, apply shampoo and use a gentle massaging motion. Give them soothing words of encouragement — your voice can be therapeutic to your dog!

  • Make sure you don’t miss any commonly missed spots, such as the underarms. Scrub from top to bottom — first wash one side, then the other.  Don’t forget inbetween the toes and to wash their face last.

  • To rinse them off, start at your pup’s head (avoiding the eyes) and move backwards, as all the soap will run down the dog.  Rinse one side of the body first, then the other before rinsing her chest, underarms, belly and legs thoroughly. To rinse their head, soak a washcloth and wring it out just above their head. Use the washcloth to wipe their muzzle and around the eyes.

    • After rinsing, use your hands like squeegees to remove excess water.  This also allows you to feel if you have left any soap behind.  Rinsing all the soap off completely is important, as any soap left behind can make your dog itchy.  Let them shake that excess water off!

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AFTER THE GROOMING

      • Now you’re ready to dry your dog using towels. If your dog has long or cottony fur, try to use more of a patting motion rather than rubbing to avoid matting the fur.

      • Once they are dry, follow up with a skin & coat conditioner, like our Bath Fresh Mist. This conditioner helps keep their exterior hydrated, healthy and smelling fresh!

      • Don’t forget about the ears! Many breeds of dogs need to have the hair in their ears cleaned regularly — this helps fight off bacteria, dirt and grime trapped inside the ear canal. Our Ear Care Formula gently and safely removes dirt and debris while nourishing the tender skin of the ears.

      • To finish the grooming session, remember to offer your dog their favorite treat. This helps seal the experience in your dog’s mind as a positive one. 

Remember, bathe your dog no more than every 2-3 weeks.  You can use our skin and coat spray, Bath Fresh Mist, in between baths to neutralize odors and condition the skin.  Just spray and brush it in.  You will love the smell and your dog will love the attention.

Are there any must-know tips you can share with others? Leave a comment below!

We’re Now Powered By The Sun

We’re pleased to announce that South Florida’s beaming sunlight is now shining down on the brand-new solar panels located at the Life’s Abundance headquarters in Jupiter, FL!

While there are multiple benefits of solar energy, we are most excited about the environmental impact that will also get us closer to our goal of becoming carbon negative as a company — this means that we will be removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than we emit. It is a lofty but worthwhile goal that we project to achieve within the next two years.

Our mission of empowering people and pets to live healthier and happier lives is about more than the products we offer — here are some other ways that Life’s Abundance is making a difference.

Ways we are reducing our carbon footprint:

  • Planting trees, nearly 140,000 and counting

  • Going digital and eliminating paper products

  • Utilizing smarter shipping practices

  • Eliminating plastic bubble wrap

  • Reduced energy and water consumption at our facilities

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How We're Giving Back:

For each skin care product purchased, a tree will be planted by Trees for the Future in a community suffering the environmental and economic effects of deforestation. We are also part of Trees for the Future’s carbon sequestering program, which captures carbon by planting trees.

Quarter by quarter, we are offsetting the calculated carbon footprint of our headquarters and all six of our warehouse locations. And we are not stopping there!  The plan in place will completely offset the footprints of the daily commute of all employees, the transit and delivery of all packages we ship and receive, and even our annual convention.

At Life’s Abundance, we want to make this world a better place for all people and their pets, from the products they consume to the world we all live in — side-by-side with the support of customers, we’re fulfilling our purpose of empowering healthier, happier living!

 

Your Dog Is Paying Attention To Your Emotions

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If you've ever wondered if dogs can sense emotions, they can! Dogs are social animals, and they want to understand us as best as possible. That’s why they read our emotions through subtle postures and facial cues.

Since humans have no tails to wag, our furry friends have to decipher other signals to uncover our emotional states. And they’re really good at it! For example, when dogs bare their teeth it’s often a sign of hostility. But when a dog sees a human smile at them, they are able to recognize a smiling face as non-aggressive. Over time, dogs have become so good at judging human behavior, they’re even more successful than chimpanzees at reading human social cues!

Researchers tested canine reactions against a variety of expressions by people and other dogs, according to a report from the Canine Science Forum. They were able to conclude that dogs were more sensitive to the facial expressions of other canines … not surprising, right? But they also found that dogs responded differently when exposed to positive and negative expressions in humans. One other interesting note, dogs viewed neutral human faces (neither smiling, nor frowning) as negative or threatening.

In another study, researchers trained nine dogs to touch their noses to the photos of their pet parent’s smiling faces. The dogs were then shown the smiling and neutral faces of strangers. When shown all of these photos together, the dogs selected the smiling faces, both of their people and of strangers, more often than neutral-expression photos. However, not all dogs were able to do this exercise, which suggests that some are more sensitive to human cues than others.

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While this information is interesting, it can also help us further our bond through communication and training. When you interact with your dog, remember that they are always reading your face, looking for clues to your emotional state. If you are happy or pleased, let it show on your face with a big smile!

This is particularly vital when training, as it lets your dog know what actions or behaviors you want from them. You can also reinforce your smile with a dog treat, like Tasty Rewards, which are perfectly sized for training.

Using a combination of facial cues and treat rewards to train your dog is the most efficient and encouraging way to let your dog know they are doing the right thing. Now, if your dog does something that displeases you, let it show on your face by frowning and through voice tone. But don’t overdo it because, as we just mentioned, when our faces are neutral, dogs assume that we’re displeased.  

What about you? Have you known some dogs who seemed more highly attuned to your facial expressions or emotions? Leave your own experiences in the comments section.

Sweet Potato Protein Bread Recipe

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Many people have turned to the satisfying task of making their own bread while they are stuck at home. In fact, so many people are baking bread that yeast demands around the country have been soaring!

Bread making is a time-consuming yet rewarding task that many people have found to be therapeutic while social distancing. Try it for yourself —here’s our unique recipe for sweet potato protein bread that the entire family will enjoy. 

Ingredients (one round loaf)

  • 3 chopped and boiled sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp of active dry yeast
  • 1.25 cups of milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 2 + 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1/3 of a cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tbsps + 2 tsp of organic cane sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp of salt
  • 1 scoop of Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein
  • 3.5 cups all-purpose flour + more to dust
  • 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour

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Directions

  • Peel, boil and mash the sweet potatoes.
  • Heat the milk and 2 tbsp of butter until the butter is slightly melted. Stir in the sugar and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  • Add the yeast to the milk and put it aside to activate. After about 7 minutes it should start to form a froth, with a lot of movement and yeast activity.
  • Mix the mashed sweet potato into the yeast mixture.
  • In a large mixing bowl sift together the flours, salt, sugar and protein powder.  Add the yeast mixture and start mixing until the dough starts to form.
  • Stir the yeast into the water and allow the yeast to bloom until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt by hand. Once incorporated, create a small well in the middle and pour in the water and yeast mixture.
  • Mix by hand, wetting your working hand before mixing so the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers. The water and flour should come together and form a rough dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour in small increments, about 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Once the dough comes together, cover and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 ½-2 hours).
  • Uncover the dough and give it a few pokes with your finger. If the dough has risen properly, it should indent under the pressure of your finger and slowly deflate.
  • Using your hand or a rubber spatula, start from the rim of the bowl to work the dough loose from the sides and fold it up and towards the center of the bowl. Turn the bowl 90 degrees, and repeat until all the dough has been pulled from the sides and folded towards the center.
  • Once finished, cover and let the dough rise again for another 1 ½-2 hours.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size again, gently transfer it from the bowl to a lightly floured surface.
  • Sprinkle a bit of flour on top of the dough. Using your hands, begin to shape it into a loaf. Fold the dough under itself several times to form a ball, then pinch together the seams of dough underneath.
  • Place the dough seam-side down in a clean bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil and dusted with flour.
  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, place a 6-quart Dutch oven (or heavy cooking pot with oven-safe lid) inside the oven. Preheat the oven to 450˚F (230˚C) with the pot inside for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  • Carefully remove the pot from the oven and place it on a trivet or heat-safe surface. (Be careful! It’ll be VERY HOT.)
  • Turn the proofed dough over onto a lightly floured surface and carefully place it inside the pot.
  • Cover with the lid and return the pot to the oven.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, removing the lid for the last 15 minutes.
  • Remove bread from pot, cover, and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!

COVID-19 And Your Pets — Update from Dr. V.

There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding COVID-19. Don't worry — our friend, Dr. V, hosted a live video stream where she shared what the veterinary community is saying about this pandemic and how you can and your fur family can stay safe. Keep reading for a recap of Dr. V’s live stream, or watch the recording above for yourself.

What To Know About COVID-19

  • Pets should practice social distancing too.  The biggest unknown right now is how long the virus can cling to a dog or cat’s fur. 

  • When walking your dog, stay at least 6 feet away from any other people or dogs. A dog is an extension of the person who is holding their leash.

  • We still do not know how this virus reacts under specific conditions. Experts believe that it survives on smooth surfaces the best, such as doorknobs or railings.

  • COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, which means it was initially transferred from an animal to a human.

  • This virus loves people — experts do not believe at this time that dogs and cats are really at risk of getting sick. The medical community is more concerned about your health and helping you manage your pets so you can continue staying safe.

How A Virus Can Affect Animals

When a virus encounters a new animal, it can do up to four things: 

  1. A virus can have no effect. This happens with most dogs and cats.

  2. A virus can linger with your pet, although they are asymptomatic. This was the case with two dogs in Hong Kong who tested positive for COVID-19, but did not seem sick.

  3. A virus may get into an animal and make them sick. This is newly developing — as of this recording there has only been one cat with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Ferrets have also proved to be susceptible to the virus.

  4. A virus can be passed from species to species. This is NOT the case with COVID-19, but it is the worst case scenario when it comes to viruses.

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Vet Changes

  • Many vets have discontinued non-essential services, meaning they are only accepting immediately sick or injured animals. Plan to postpone any upcoming grooming or booster shot appointments.

  • If you do have to take your pet in, many vets are offering curbside service, where someone will come meet you at your vehicle and bring your pet into the office.

  • Emergency clinics are very busy right now — teams are working their best to treat everyone!

  • Although the FDA has loosened restrictions on telemedicine for pets, vets still must get permission from the state they practice in.

  • Teleadvice can be a helpful tool, though it is not the same as telemedicine. Asking for teleadvice is simply receiving a professional’s opinion. A vet can diagnose or prescribe medication through telemedicine.

Shelters & Rescues

  • With adoption numbers down, the number one thing you can do is to direct people to correct information. The worst case scenario is someone thinking their pet can get them sick and surrendering them to a shelter.

  • Many shelters are offering fostering of pets. If someone is stuck at home alone during this time, fostering may be a great option for them.

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It’s important we all do our part in being informed with accurate updates as we navigate this  pandemic together. To watch Dr. V’s entire live stream, watch the video attached to the top of this blog, or click here.

 

Fresh Fruit Delivery From Our Friends: The FruitGuys

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If you’re among those who are searching for ways to help others through the tremendous impact coronavirus has had on jobs and businesses, we have a company we’d love for you to meet.

Our friends at The FruitGuys are an amazing bunch of people.  For 22 years they’ve made it their mission to do right by their customers, farmers, the environment, and the communities they serve.  Like us, they are a private Evergreen company working to make lasting change in the world. In short, we’re proud to know them.

Use our exclusive LIFE25 code at The FruitGuys checkout for a 25% discount on your order!

Here’s Where You Come In!

Home Delivery:
The FruitGuys deliver fresh fruit and snacks straight to your home.  You heard that right!  In a time when so many of us are craving fresh, healthy produce and want to avoid a trip to the store, these folks are packing an array of fresh, farm-sourced fruit and healthy snacks, and bringing them straight to you. You can also send a box of fruit to a friend or loved one who doesn’t have access to produce. They deliver nationwide from 15 regional distribution hubs with local farm and supplier relationships. 

Remote Staff Support:
If you’re an employer, consider their Remote Staff Delivery boxes for your staff who are working from home.

Nourish Our Heroes:
You can also contribute to their Fruit for Heroes Campaign, which is supplying hospitals, food banks and other charities with fresh fruit for the people who are bearing the brunt of the pandemic. So far, over 111,000 servings of fruit have been donated by people just like you.

Why Now?

The FruitGuys have facilities across the United States and are certified with top scores for food safety by Primus, a 3rd party auditing agency.  In this unprecedented moment, The FruitGuys can safely pack your box of fruit for delivery so that it is both convenient and helpful to you. By trying out The FruitGuys home delivery service, you can help support farmers and staff while getting something you love at the same time!  

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“Lester (CEO of Life's Abundance) and I met through The Tugboat Institute and realized how similar our world views of businesses were.  As both an Evergreen and B-Corp business, we strive to bring delicious fruit and snacks to folks while also helping those in need and small farmers across America.  I love the care that Life’s Abundance gives to their customers and we love to bring that same spirit and support to those who order our fruit.”  

--Chris Mittelstaedt, The FruitGuys Founder/CEO

 More Reasons To Support The FruitGuys:

  • Right now many supply chains are disrupted and it can be difficult to find the fruit that you want from online grocery delivery services or at the store.

  • The FruitGuys share values similar to ours as a people-first business that is in service of your health and happiness.

  • The FruitGuys Community Fund is their nonprofit, founded in 2012, to provide annual grants to small farms and agricultural nonprofits. They fund sustainability projects that have a positive impact on the environment, local food systems and farm diversity. They are about to announce their class of 2020 grantees.

  • The FruitGuys GoodWorks Program makes sure all their excess or imperfect fruit is donated to local food banks and charities each week — they’ve given more than  15 million servings of fresh fruit since 2000!

  • Fruit mixes change each week — check out this week’s local fruit and snack mixes here.

During this time of need, we think it’s important to look out for one another when possible. The FruitGuys are an amazing company that is giving back to communities across the country and truly making a difference in the world. 

Use our exclusive LIFE25 code at checkout for a 25% discount on your order!