U.S. Wellness News Alert

What Should Be In School Lunches?   

March 27, 2011
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,
US Wellness Cattle  

We enjoyed warm spring weather and light rains early last week here in Northeast Missouri, then Mother Nature changed her mind and decided to keep winter around a little longer!  We've had a cool weekend, but are looking forward to warmer temperatures this week!  

Celiac disease vs. gluten sensitivity?  Be sure and check out the blog this week for an interesting article on the gluten sensitivity study.  There is a definite difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, but it is often a very fine line.  As the number of celiac disease cases continue to rise, it is important to learn about the symptoms and the benefits of a gluten-free diet.

Looking for a reliable source of extra virgin, cold pressed, unfiltered, first pressing olive oil?  Look no further!  We are very excited to be able to source such a high quality Olive Oil, coming to us from a family farm in California, where they grow their own olives and bottle the oil - a trait that is increasingly hard to find.  We are currently carrying the milder Late Harvest Olive Oil, and a slightly peppery Mid Season Olive Oil  - both are a must-have for any primal kitchen!  See Mark's Daily Apple for a recent post on the current research and benefits of olive oil, and the important traits to look for when buying olive oil.


School lunches have made the press quite a bit recently, and we often get questions about how parents can get quality meats in their schools.  So we were happy to see the government addressing the growing childhood obesity problem by looking at school lunch standards - which haven't been raised in fifteen years.  The proposed changes are not perfect, but they are a step in the right direction.  Chef and healthy food advocate Jamie Oliver is making it easier for us to share our opinion with the USDA.  Simply visit his Food Revolution site to submit your comments directly to the USDA.  It is important to let them know we want more grass-fed meats, free range poultry and healthy dairy options for our school children.  If you are interested in having US Wellness Meats supply your school with any of our products, simply visit our US Wellness Kids page and we'll send a personal note to your school!   


For any of our readers in the Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to stop by one of our premier wholesalers - BM Organics this Thursday evening, March 31 for a presentation from several US Wellness reps, and to enjoy some free samples!   


US Wellness Trivia Contest!    

Enter for your chance to win a 15% discount code that can be applied to any one order under 40 lbs.  We will randomly draw 30 winners who email the correct answer on Sunday, March 27.  Promo codes will be emailed on Monday morning and will be active for 30 days. 

This week's question: "What country has the most per capita consumption of olive oil?"  Please email your answers to jen@grasslandbeef.com.

Thanks to all who have been participating in our Trivia Contests! In the last news alert, we asked: What is the traditional profession of leprechauns?  The answer was: shoemakers.   

Best Regards, 

John, Lee Ann, Megan, Tressa, Jennifer and Amanda on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats  

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Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BCserrano

Question and Answer Column

Eric Seranno


Dear Dr. Serrano,


I have a question regarding nutrition and athletes. More specifically, manageable ways to monitor potential nutrient deficiencies that can affect optimal hormone efficiency - which in turn relates to athletic performance.

I played major college football, and during my career, I'm convinced my body chronically fluctuated between sub-optimal and optimal performance due to my thyroid disease (hashimoto's - which wasn't determined until a year after playing).

After my career, I trained and completed a triathlon. During this period, I developed at least one or two more autoimmune issues (skin related) due to over-training and chronic inflammation. Switching to grass-fed protein, eliminating grains and other toxins, and supplementing vitamin D and fish oil helped me overcome these problems (for the most part). Throughout the process, my knowledge of nutrition, hormones, and training increased tenfold, and I am now more familiar with how everything is connected.

My question(s) relates to optimal nutrition for athletes. I work with young athletes, and I'm researching ways to ensure my kids aren't handcuffed by chronic deficiencies, inflammation, or diseases, like I was when I played.

In my case, I believe the following tests, monitored every couple months, would have proved immensely beneficial: 

  • Complete thyroid panels (trainers and doctor usually just checked my T4 and TSH)
  • Additional hormone tests - specifically Testosterone (total and free) and Estradiol
  • Glucose and Insulin
  • Vitamin D
  • C-reactive Protein
  • Other tests for autoimmune issues - especially those that affect digestion and absorption of nutrients 

By painting a complete picture of what was going on inside my body, I think I could have monitored my diet, supplement, and training protocols more efficiently, which would have improved my performance immensely (e.g. Less stress from toxins and deficiencies due to thyroid disease = less inflammation = less stress overall = improved hormone function (increased natural testosterone, Hgh, T3, etc) = increased performance)

Do you think the tests I listed are appropriate for establishing baselines for athletes? Do you recommend any others that can be easily monitored to ensure adequate nutrient intake and optimal hormonal function? Is it even worth it?

Thanks in advance. Hope all is well.

Take care,


Dear Adam,  


Before you address any of the nutritional issues we need to address the two must important equations in this particular problem:

  1. Overzealous parents
  2. Grandiose coaches

Sometimes we forget that our kids are just kids, and we, as parents don't look at the real picture but only look at how good or bad our child is in a particular sport or activity and we start thinking: how can I make him better?  Instead of, what is my child good at so i can cultivate or encourage that area?


With a new breed of coaches that only care about winning it is very hard not to address practices, which by the way are too long, or seasons, which now are all year.  We don't allow breaks, and these seasons and practices in return cause over-training, under-eating, health problems, etc.


Because you are an advanced athlete and you are interested in some type of testing for athletes, I am going to make some recommendations for what you are looking for.

  1. The tests your recommend are not good enough to find out how you or the child are doing health wise
  2. Blood tests are just guidelines, not the answer
  3. Best test is a performance record keeping:, write everything you have been doing, eating, supplementing, competing, companionship, friends, dates, times of what you did, how you did and how you felt, this is way better than any blood test
  4. You are looking for very specific values and to capture the general public or kids that are having problems, some of those test will not show what you are looking for
  5. If I had a choice of what test to order, the first one will be a food dairy, then a food allergy test
  6. If money and time were not a decisive factor then I would order other tests but they would be specific for each situation
  7. If you are going to establish baselines then I would use saliva for the hormones, immunolab for the allergies, and then would check for each vitamin

Thank you Adam, I hope these recommendations help you with your questions.


Good Luck,  

Dr. Serrano

This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com for the Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.

question and answer series.  Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness.


Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness Newsletters or News Alerts under your first name only. 


Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to answer literally any question related to health and wellness involving grass-fed meats. Dr. Serrano has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background and 15 years of clinical experience. This includes working with a number of world class athletes and a large local family practice in Ohio.


Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.

475 North Hill Road

Pickerington, OH 43147-1157

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Wine-Braised Short Ribs  

Ingredients:Braised Short Ribs
  • 2 lbs Beef Short Ribs, cut into pieces 
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 1 can (28 ounces) Crushed Tomatoes with Italian Seasonings 
  • 1 cup Dry Red Wine 
  • Cooked Soft Polenta or Pasta (optional)
  1. Heat oil in large stockpot over medium heat until hot. Place beef short ribs in stockpot; brown evenly.  
  2. Remove from stockpot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  
  3. Add onion to stockpot; cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes and wine.  
  4. Return beef to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beef is fork-tender. 
  5. Remove beef; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid.  Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.  
  6. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. 
  7. Serve short ribs with sauce and polenta or pasta, if desired. 

Yield: 4 servings 


Recipe and photo compliments of Beef It's What's For Dinner.

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The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST Saturday April 2, 2011.


Box 37 - 75% Lean Burger Patties 

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Sandwich Steaks 

- 12 (1 lb) packages


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- 1 lb package


Free Range Chicken Leg Quarters 

- 5 lb package 




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