US Wellness News Alert  

School Lunch Update,
Sausage Sale & Breakfast Ideas 

December 16, 2012
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

Christmas Tree


Winter is finally upon us here in Northeast Missouri.  Morning temperatures this week have been chilly, but luckily the sun has been out all week. 

Good news for school lunches - the USDA has decided to do away with the daily limits on meat and grains allowed in school lunches.  This is highly due to criticisms coming from students, parents and administrators about the strict guidelines put in place by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.  This change will give lunch planners more flexibility in menu options to make sure our kids are getting more protein and grains at school.

One of our favorite new products is on sale this week - since removing the sugar from our pork breakfast sausage, it has quickly become a best seller!  Now is a great time to try a package while it is on sale.  If you are looking for a healthy, egg-free breakfast idea, be sure to check out our recipe section below for Bacon & Maple Meatballs that feature this delicious pork sausage.  Also on sale this week is the Teres Major Steak - one of our best kept secrets.  This is the second most tender cut after the Filet Mignon, and always a dinner favorite.  

You have several chances to win this week: our feature chef this month, Real Food Renegade, is having 12 Days of Primal Christmas and has a giveaway a day from December 10-22.  Head over there now for for your chance to win over $200 in primal goodies. 

We want to thank all of our Facebook friends and followers for helping us break the 17,000 fans mark this week!  We truly appreciate your continued support and feedback, and always look forward to your posts and responses.  If you haven't visited us on Facebook yet, you are missing out!

Please keep in mind if you need an order delivered before Christmas, it will need to be placed no later than 10:00 am CST on Wednesday, December 19.  We will not be able to ship on Monday, December 24 or Tuesday, December 25 due to the holiday.  If you will need items delivered for New Year's, we highly recommend ordering by December 19th also.  Both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a Tuesday, so we will not be able to ship Monday or Tuesday either week.  We appreciate your understanding of our holiday shipping limitations!

We hope everyone's holiday season is off to a great start.  As we look back on 2012, we are continually grateful for your continued support and feedback.  We are excited for the challenges and opportunities 2013 has to bring in our growing industry. 


Holiday Regards,   


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

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Overweight Pregnant Women Not Getting Proper Weight-Gain Advice, Study Suggests 

Overweight women are not receiving proper advice on healthy weight gains or appropriate exercise levels during their pregnancies, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

"Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with weight retention after delivery and is a positive predictor of obesity after pregnancy," Dr. Cynthia Chuang, associate professor of medicine and public health sciences, said. "Excessive gestational weight is particularly concerning for overweight and obese women given their already increased risk for pregnancy complications."

Overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25-29, and obese as more than 29.

Guidelines for weight gain are based on the weight of the woman at the start of pregnancy. Women of a normal weight are advised to gain 25 to 35 pounds, overweight women are advised to gain 15 to 25 pounds, and obese women are advised to gain less than 20 pounds.

Researchers interviewed 24 women after the birth of their first child: 12 overweight and 12 obese. All 12 of the overweight women exceeded the recommended pregnancy weight gain, and nine of the obese did.

Health care providers advised 12 of the 24 to gain too much weight, using the guidelines for normal weight women instead of the appropriate weight guideline. Providers did not discuss weight gain with nine of the 24, gave nonspecific advice to one, and advised an appropriate weight gain to only two. While most women did not receive specific advice on weight gain at the start of pregnancy, all had their weight monitored during doctor visits.

"Women received little, if any, feedback regarding whether their weight gain during pregnancy was healthy or not," Chuang said. "Some women who received their care at obstetrical group practices and were seen by different providers in the same practice even received conflicting advice."

For example, one overweight woman gained 30 pounds during her pregnancy, but reported her obstetrician expressed concern when she had gained only 10 pounds by the end of the second trimester. Recommendations are that obese women gain 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy.

Researchers reported their findings in a recent edition of Women's Health Issues.

"Women may believe that their health care provider is not concerned with excessive weight since they are not being counseled," Chuang said. "Some may believe that their provider will alert them if they are gaining too much weight."

Women find information on weight gain from sources including books, the Internet, magazines, family and friends who are mothers.

"Yet, few women value these sources as much as they value the opinion of their providers," Chuang said. "This suggests that provider advice on weight gain and physical activity during pregnancy would be well-received."

For exercise during pregnancy, providers gave advice to only 10 of 24 women in the study. However, the advice was often initiated by the patient, was limited to the initial prenatal visit or was given through written handouts.

None of the women in the study were told to increase their activity, four were advised to continue their activity and 10 were told to limit their activity. None were told how long to exercise, or that the intensity of the exercise should be moderate to vigorous. Stretching and walking were the typical exercises suggested.

Women were told not to exercise more intensely than before pregnancy because most women were not exercising before pregnancy.

"This advice was interpreted to mean that they should not exercise at all," Chuang said. "Unfortunately, this is in conflict with the federal physical activity guidelines that recommend 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise in healthy pregnant women, even in previously inactive women."

The reasons why women are not being given proper advice are unclear, said the researchers, who noted that providers may find it awkward to acknowledge that a patient is overweight and do not want to cause embarrassment. Some doctors also may not calculate a pre-pregnancy BMI to better advise their patients.

Providers need tools to address weight gain and exercise levels, the researchers said. Office-based tools like BMI calculators may help to identify patients as overweight and obese to provide appropriate preconception counseling and accurate weight gain targets. It also may be beneficial to offer educational materials prior to a first prenatal visit.

Other members of the research team were Michael R. Stengel, Dr. Jennifer L. Kraschnewski and Kristen H. Kjerulff, all of Penn State College of Medicine; and Sandra W. Hwang, Cornell University.

This research was funded by the Association of Faculty and Friends, Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Chuang is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Kraschnewski is supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

Penn State. "Overweight pregnant women not getting proper weight-gain advice, study suggests." ScienceDaily, 10 Dec. 2012. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.

Ask the Doctor - Question & Answer Series
Eric Seranno

Dear Dr. Serrano,

With flu season upon us, I'm hoping you can give me some advice.  My 85-year-old mother used to get the flu at least once every winter. The last several years she has been getting the flu shot, and this seems to prevent it most years.  I worry about this shot though - is there more she can be doing/eating/changing to prevent the flu naturally?

 Thank you,
 Delores V.

Dear Delores,

Yes, make sure that she continues a diet high in organic foods, low in sugars and high in proteins.

I highly recommend a high dose vitamin D, vitamin C - about 2000 mg three times per day, epicor, and also probiotics, and finally echinacea from a good company, like Mediherb.

These supplements may help prevent her from getting the flu but again a good diet high in protein, low in sugars and lots of love and company and faith in God will do wonders.

Thank You,

Dr. Serrano


This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to for the Dr. Serrano question and answer series.  Answers will appear in future issues of the weekly newsletter under your first name only.  Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to any question involving health and wellness.   

Dr. Serrano has advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness and has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience, and as an award-winning professor at Ohio State Medical School. Dr. Serrano has an outstanding family practice on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio and works with a select group of professional athletes.


Recipe Corner

Breakfast Bacon & Maple Meatballs         


Breakfast Bacon Maple Meatballs
Ingredients (Serves 4):
  • 1lb breakfast sausage (no sugar added) 
  • 1 sweet potato 
  • 4oz button mushrooms (I used half a container of sliced button mushrooms) 
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 5-6 slices of bacon 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • salt and pepper, to taste  


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Place your bacon slices in a pan over medium heat. Cook on both sides until crispy, place on a paper towel to soak up the excess fat and cool, then dice up into small pieces that would fit well in meatballs. Duh. 
  3. Place your sweet potato in a food processor with the shredding attachment. Shred your sweet potato, remove contents, then shred it once more. You want it pretty fine. 
  4. Then shred your onion and mushrooms in the same container with the sweet potato that was shredded twice. 
  5. Add your sweet potato, mushrooms, and yellow onion to a bowl along with your breakfast sausage, maple syrup, garlic clove, diced bacon, and salt and pepper and mix well. Your hands are your best tools. 
  6. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet then start making your meatballs. 
  7. What is helpful is using an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size. Roll the scooped out balls in your hands and place on a baking sheet. Repeat until all your ingredients are gone. 
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until meatballs are golden brown and completely cooked through. Be sure to check one before you turn the oven off! 
  9. Pair your breakfast meatballs with Steve's PaleoKrunch Cereal and some almond milk!  



Recipe and photo compliments of one of our favorite paleo chefs- Juli at PaleOMG.  Be sure to visit her website for more easy, everyday recipes.


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Customer Feedback

NY Strip with Asparagus Hello fantastic people at US Wellness Meats!

I bought several things from you guys at the Wise Traditions conference a couple of weeks ago and just last night prepared one of the NY Strip steaks.

I cooked it gently and slower than I usually cook my grass fed meats. Anyway, WOW, it literally was the best home prepared steak my husband & I have ever had. 

I am also in love with your liverwurst.  

THANK YOU for making healthy meats so incredibly good.  And thanks for feeding & caring for your animals the way nature intended.

I can't wait to order more good stuff!

Customer for life,

Ashley H.

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