Today we remember and honor all of those still hurting and the workers who are still suffering both mentally and physically from the tragic events of September 11 and the unprecedented attacks on US soil. It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since that fateful day that will live on in the hearts of all Americans. We salute all of our emergency personnel who bravely fought the flames that day and saved so many lives.
As many of your know, this month we are celebrating our 11th year in business, and it is only because of our loyal customers and dedicated readers that we have been able to achieve this feat. In gratitude, we are giving away all sorts of things this month! This week, we need your help - we want to know what topics you are especially interested in by completing a short survey. In return, we promise to have better coverage of those topics in our newsletter, blog and social media outlets. By answering 8 short questions you will receive the 15% discount code of the week. This will save you 15% off your next order under 40 lbs, excluding any sale items, volume discounts or bulk boxes. Thank you for your help!
Congratulations to last week's Facebook winner: Leslie D., and thank you to everyone who visited us on Facebook and shared their favorite products! We truly enjoy reading them and appreciate the feedback.
We are delighted to announce our newest feature chefs - Charles and Julie Mayfield of Paleo Comfort Foods. They recently took some time to answer a few cooking questions for us, and send over some amazing recipes, photos and videos! See our recipe section below for a Smothered Pork Chop recipe that will have you drooling!
Is home economics the relief we need for the obesity epidemic? This recent article in the NY Times caught our eye - years ago home economics was a mandatory class in all high schools and it taught students basic cooking skills, something the youth of today are certainly lacking. The obesity epidemic can largely be blamed on the fast food nation that we have become - depending on drive-thrus and processed foods to get us through the day. Most kids (and sadly, many adults) do not know their way around the kitchen. What if we were to start at the most basic level - a junior high or high school class teaching kids the simple basics of cooking? However since most schools are in a severe budget crunch this may not be feasible, but should certainly be considered if we want to turn our health around.
The winning continues! Our friends at Mark's Daily Apple have done it again - it is time to take the challenge. For the next month they are challenging their readers and fans to take the primal challenge and in return they are giving away amazing prizes daily. Head on over the their website for all the details and to get entered to win.
Speaking of winning, one of our best kept secrets is on sale this week. This is a win for everyone! The Teres Major steak is a very tender cut - second only to the Tenderloin Filet Mignon, and it is rarely on sale. It is a 1.35 lb package and actually contains two steaks. It pairs perfectly with most marinades, but has such a great flavor it cooks just fine by itself also.
Another sad note - we mentioned last week we have to say good-bye to our All-Natural Lump Charcoal. We have just a few bags left so if you want to stock up now is your last chance! Due to reasons beyond our control, we are also having to sadly discontinue Maggie's Natural Laundry Soap Nuts. This is an amazing product that is a great alternative for those with sensitive skin or issues with regular detergents. Available in three sizes, now is the time to try it if you haven't yet as it will be gone soon!
One more chance to win: Our friends at Cave Girl Eats are having an exclusive US Wellness Giveaway - simply go here to enter for your chance to win a US Wellness gift certificate, but hurry - contest ends tomorrow, September 12!
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Question and Answer Column
Dear Dr. Serrano,
Thank you for responding to my question about blood pressure concerns and clearing up my confusion about angiotensin (and yes I'm taking 3 meds not one, thanks).
I guess what I am searching for is, is it possible to eventually get off meds for high blood pressure or do some people need these meds regardless of what they do?
I do plan to loose 20 lbs. (goal 150 lbs), get on an exercise program and eat better (even though my diet has been pretty good for the last six months, very little sugars, grains,
and more proteins and low glycemic vegetables along with whey protein).
It is possible to get off your medications, but it takes time dedication and hard work.
Yes, you will be able with the right diet and supplementation. You are still off, with the statement my diet has been 'pretty good', you are still not in the right mindset.
You also stated you are having very little sugars and grains, and my comment to that is no breaks - no sugars or grains for at least three weeks and no dairy, and lots of water.
In addition, start taking a good multivitamin, like Food Multi IV (1-800-634-6342 code SER030) and alpha omega 3 (1-614-596-7994) and also check your vitamin D levels and make sure you eat clean.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to email@example.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
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We are excited to introduce blogger David Csonka to our newsletter staff! He is the author of the blog Naturally Engineered and an avid crossfit and paleo enthusiast who is also a contributor to the Paleo Magazine.
How to Eat Paleo on a Budget
This article series presents strategies for eating high quality health foods while sticking to a budget.
#5: Hunting, Gathering, Farming
If you have the space and enough light, try growing your food. Gathering edible plants or nuts from your local open spaces. And if you have the gear, training, and appropriate mindset, consider hunting for food.
Grow and harvest your own produce.
When I was a child growing up in rural North Carolina, I appeared in the local newspaper several times on account of my family producing some "king-sized carrots", as they were referred to. My parents had planted a decent-sized family garden on our several acres of land, and managed to grow a sizable portion of our food throughout the year.
I didn't realize the significance of this self-reliant practice until reaching adulthood, when I learned the real value and expensive nature of high quality food. If you have the space and enough light and water, try growing your food. Many plants grow well enough in pots and you can maximize space with hanging planters such as those upside down tomato pots.
If you don't have the space or tools, check to see if your community has a local gardening club with plots that you can rent. If you do a some research into your local growing season and the types of plants which do well there, with a bit of hard work you stand a good chance of breaking even or saving money on the endeavor.
Gather from public resources or u-pick farms.
Another experience I had as a young child was discovering a veritable gold mine of pecans on my elementary school playground. Nobody had ever paid much attention to the small grove of pecan trees standing there, until an industrious group of students were caught munching on them during lessons one day. After some encouragement from their teacher, the whole class went outdoors and collected as many as they could, eventually turning them into homemade pecan pies for the school to enjoy.
There are many places where farms or orchards don't have the money or manpower to harvest their own fields. Sometimes it's more convenient for them to charge an entrance fee and allow people to walk on with a basket and collect as much as they can carry. This is a common practice for tomato and fruit fields in south Florida where I use to live. Learn about what grows in your area and take advantage of your locally grown foods.
Hunt or fish for wild game and seafood.
I won't go too deep into this subject because I understand it's out of reach for many people, but hunting and fishing for your own food is about the most "paleo" you can really get. Other then the equipment, travel costs, and registration you'll need, the food is free and mother nature approved (better than organic). You participate in the normal circle of life and you spend some precious time outdoors in nature. What's more rewarding than grilling fish you caught yourself for your whole family?
A hunter might be able to get 50 pounds of meat with a $25 yearly license and a $150 gun that will last more than a lifetime. That pays for the gear the first year. It is a huge part of the way many rural families get by. Even if the cost savings are minimal, you get a secondary benefit from the time spent outdoors, working with your hands, and exploring the woods and waters. It's also beneficial in that you develop a much more intimate understanding of where food comes from.
The Bottom Line
Self-reliance is an invaluable trait, and a quality found in everybody who has survived and thrived in hard times. With a little bit of hard work and industriousness, you can ensure that quality food will be on your dinner plate.
David Csonka is a blogger and natural health enthusiast living in Denver, Colorado. His blog naturallyengineered.com covers topics ranging from evolutionary diets to barefoot running and natural movement. He attended the Florida State University where he graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in Information Science. His interests include running and exercising outdoors, hiking, exploring, and capturing the natural world through the lens of his camera.
Smothered Pork Chops
- 4-6 thick cut pork chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick - you can use either bone-in or boneless (if you don't have thick-cut, use whatever you have!)
- 1/2 cup (80 g) almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup (60 mL)coconut or olive oil
- 1-2 large onions, sliced
- 1 cup (250 mL) chicken stock
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut milk
- Rinse pork chops and pat dry.
- Meanwhile, mix the flours, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, paprika and chipotle in a shallow dish or plate.
- Dredge the pork chops in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour. Reserve the remaining flour.
- Heat a large cast-iron skillet (or other sauté pan) over medium heat. Add the oil when hot.
- When the oil is barely smoking, add the pork chops, and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Remove the chops from the pan and set them aside on a plate.
- Without cleaning the pan, add the onions in and stir to loosen up any of the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook until onions are well-browned (not burnt) and translucent.
- Sprinkle about 2-3 teaspoons of the remaining flour mixture into the onions, adding in the chicken stock, and whisking to combine well. Let sauce thicken a bit (simmer for about 5 minutes).
- Stir in the coconut milk, and season to taste.
- Add the pork chops back into the pan, spooning the onion sauce over them, and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes or until pork is cooked through.
The order arrived 10 minutes ago. I was just finishing an intense 4 hour workout and was out of energy. Well I tried one of your pemmican bars
to see what would happen. I feel like more weights-good stuff!
After the pemmican
break I went back to the weights for another hour. Then I crashed! Enough for one day. About 6 hours later I tried another bar just to sit and taste it and see how it would "set". The taste was much better than I expected and no after effects. Good stuff! I will also be taking these bars on an Adirondack Mountain climbing trip the end of the month, if I don't eat all 40 before then.
Thank you for an excellent product, I am now a satisfied new customer.
Sodus Point, NY
We are happy to introduce a new section in our News Alerts that will shine some light on a featured US Wellness Wholesale customer. We have many wholesale outlets around the country that many customers may not be aware of, so this is our chance to brag about them! If you are interested in becoming a US Wellness wholesaler, simply drop us an email at: email@example.com.
If you are in the Glen Cove, NY area, a great place to stock up on US Wellness burger, steaks and organ sausages is Rising Tide Natural Market. This amazing little restaurant is celebrating 35 years in business and has been a wholesale customer with us for over six years. They have a great Facebook page where they post their daily lunch specials, among other things. If you are ever in the area this is a great place to stop for lunch and get all of your groceries at the same time!
If you are interested in saving by buying in bulk, simply drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help you sign up for our wholesale program. We have many different restaurants, specialty stores, gyms, schools, and coops that are taking advantage of some great grass-fed savings!
August 30, 2011 - Lewis County, MO|
Even though we've had dry weather the grass is still green!
US Wellness - Supporting Our Troops
As the war on terror continues to rage in the Middle East, we continue to follow and support our troops both at home and abroad who work daily to protect our freedom. Beginning in our 2011 News Alerts we will focus on different organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the lives of our American Soldiers.
This week we continue to remember and honor all of the troops, policemen, firefighters, rescue dogs, and emergency personnel that came to the rescue in New York City ten years ago. Their bravery and service to the American people will always be remembered, especially by those they were able to save and their families. Thousands owe their lives to the brave souls who ran through fire and flames to save those trapped inside. It was not only NYC personnel who came to help, emergency crews showed up from all over the country. They saw a need and knew their civic duty and camped out at ground zero for weeks until the job was done.
One of our founding members, John Wood, was at ground zero earlier this week and sent this close up photo of the new tower. There are many memorial events going on this weekend that we encourage everyone to get involved in. Friends of Firefighters
has a list of events coming up and the Kennedy Center
is hosting a "Concert to Honor" and a "Concert for Hope" this weekend and there are numerous events going on in New York City
. There are countless other memorials and events going on around the country, check your local Chamber of Commerce or Fire District for more information.
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About U.S. Wellness Meats
U.S. Wellness Meats was founded on
September 1st, 2000. Pasture management and meat science research originated in 1997.
The company office is located in Monticello, Missouri in Lewis County which joins the Mississippi River 140 miles North of St. Louis.
The company has branched from beef products
, Compassionate Certified Pork
, Wild Caught Seafood
, Grass-Fed Bison
, Grass-Fed Butter
, Raw Grass-Fed Cheese
, Raw Honey
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