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Healthy Hearts without Sugar Shock!    

February 12, 2012
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

Happy Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day!  We hope everyone has a sweet and healthy holiday this week.  How can you be both sweet and healthy?  Read on to find out!  What effects can dark chocolate have on your health?  Research has shown that dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (think 70% or higher) can actually improve cardiovascular health due to the high flavonoid content.  February is National Heart Month, so what better time to add this heart-healthy snack to your diet?  We offer a 70% and 72% Dark Chocolate bars made from pure, organically grown cocoa beans, and literally go from bean to bar and have never been through the dutching process.  A sweet treat for any Valentine! 


Paleo chef and author Diane Frampton of Practical Paleo Living sat down with us this month as our feature chef and discussed some of her best cooking tips and planning ideas in the kitchen.  Read her full interview, and then be sure to check out the paleo-friendly, heart-healthy recipes and photos she shared!  


Does sugar need to be regulated?  This topic has been breached in national news a few times over the last couple years with heated debate.  This recent article sheds some light on the dangers of too much sugar and explains the many different names sugar hides behind.  An easy way to start cutting excess sugar from your diet is eliminating soda and fruit drinks, and especially making sure our children are not getting hooked on these drinks early in life.  With steadily growing numbers of Americans suffering from diabetes and a host of inflammatory diseases, it is time to look to the root cause of these issues and focus on diet and how it can play a part in recovery and natural prevention.


It is hard to find any type of processed food product that doesn't have some type of sugar in it.  We take great pride in being able to provide some signature products devoid of sugar, and are constantly in the process of improving our menu.  We are currently working on several recipes in hopes of removing any type of sugar or sweetener.  Our best-selling Pork Breakfast Sausage is back on the menu without a hint of sugar, and the combination of spices with rich pork flavor makes it a breakfast staple!   


If you are one of many who have a Petite Ham in you freezer and aren't quite sure of the best way to cook it, be sure to check out our recipe section this week.  The Domestic Man shared a fantastic  ham recipe that combines sweet citrus flavors with smooth raw honey for a perfect glaze to top a Petite Ham.  You can also visit our recipe page for a tasty stuffed ham recipe that is also paleo-approved.   


Want more ways to win free US Wellness spending money?  Be sure to check out EasyPaleo this week to get entered in a pretty neat contest.  While you're there be sure to read about their story and how it is not that expensive to eat paleo and help your health!   


Our production crew has been working overtime this week to catch up on some out-of-stock items.  Our Pre-Cooked Pot Roast with Gravy & Herbs is back in stock this week and on sale! Some of our popular chicken parts have also restocked this week.  Also - our best selling NY Strip Steaks are on sale so now is a great time to stock up!  


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John, Lee Ann, 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

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Dr. Eric Serrano


Hello Dr. Serrano,   


My daughter is 10 years old and is following a real food diet, limited processed foods (she still eats food from the school cafeteria), no dairy.  She doesn't put anything on her skin, including sunscreen and is very active outdoors.  When she cleans her face she uses just water and at times a mild soap.  She understands that healthy eating is very important, but I'm sure there is some doubt in her mind because of her acne.  The acne is primarily located on her forehead.  If you have any information for the treatment of acne, it would be very helpful to her and I'm sure to others as this is a sensitive issue with adolescents.  Thank you in advance for your advice.




Dear Ron,  


I am impressed because the Father is asking and usually it's the Mom doing the questioning, good job Ron. 


Your daughter's acne can be due to a lot of things, although you don't give me quite enough information, I will give you some suggestions and reasons to have acne. 


The reasons are multiple and because I don't have enough information you will have to decide which one is your daughter's reason:


1.  Genetics: We can't do too much about that.


2.  Diet: Here is where the diet must be perfect if the acne is severe or out of control and here are the reasons:
  • Food allergy: most common are dairy, peanuts, wheat and corn, so you must eliminate all of them
  • Digestive system: unable to digest proteins properly and in this case you must use enzymes
  • Too much pop or juices
  • High sugar diet
  • Not enough water
  • Lack of vitamins
  • Lack of good fats- GLA
  • Too much omega-6
3.  Lack of exercise or outside activities
4.  Diabetes
5.  Obesity
6.  Hats

I hope these suggestions give you some idea why is your daughter having problems with acne.


Good Luck, 


Dr. Serrano



This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to 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 and has worked with a number of world-class athletes and has a large local family practice in Ohio.  Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness Newsletters under your first name only.  


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 Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Are Heart-Healthy Foods of Love, Dietitians Say

Forget the oysters and the champagne this Valentine's Day. If you want to keep your true love's heart beating strong, Susan Ofria, clinical nutrition manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, said the real food of love is dark chocolate and red wine.

"You are not even choosing between the lesser of two evils, red wine an dark chocolate have positive components that are actually good for your heart," said Ofria, a registered dietitian at the Loyola University Health System's Melrose Park campus.

Red wine and dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher contain resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar. Red wine is also a source of catechins, which could help improve "good" HDL cholesterol.

Ofria, who is also a nutrition educator, recommends the following list of heart-healthy ingredients for February, which is National Heart Month, and for good heart health all year.

Eight Ways to Say "I Love You" - Top Heart-Healthy Foods

Red Wine: "Pinots, shirahs, merlots - All red wines are a good source of catechins and resveratrol to aid 'good' cholesterol."

Dark chocolate, 70 percent or higher cocoa content: "Truffles, soufflés and even hot chocolate can be a good source of resveratrol and cocoa phenols (flavonoids) as long as dark chocolate with a high content of cocoa is used."

Salmon/tuna: "Especially white, or albacore tuna and salmon are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and canned salmon contains soft bones that give an added boost of calcium intake."

Flaxseeds: "Choose either brown or golden yellow, and have them ground for a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, phytoestrogens."

Oatmeal: "Cooked for a breakfast porridge or used in breads or desserts, oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber, niacin, folate and potassium."

Black or kidney beans: Good source of niacin, folate, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, soluble fiber.

Walnuts and almonds: "Both walnuts and almonds contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats."

Blueberries/cranberries/raspberries/strawberries: "Berries are a good source of beta carotene and lutein, anthocyanin, ellagic acid (a polyphenol), vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber."

Loyola University Health System. "Dark chocolate and red wine are heart-healthy foods of love, dietitians say." ScienceDaily, 13 Jan. 2012. Web. 6 Feb. 2012.

recipeFeatured Recipe

Honey & Citrus Glazed Ham 

Honey & Citrus Glazed Ham

  • 1 US Wellness Petite Ham (2.5 lbs) 
  • 2 tbsp raw honey 
  • 2 tbsp orange juice 
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • 1 pinch ground cloves 
  • 1 cup white wine 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 orange, cut into slices   
  1. The ham will take a day or two to thaw in the refrigerator. Remove the thawed ham from the fridge, and let it sit out for 30 minutes to bring it to room temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Place the ham on a roasting rack, in a roasting pan. This is the rack we use, it's pretty sweet. Pour the wine and water into the pan, and line the pan with the orange slices. Cover the pan tightly with tin foil and roast for 30 minutes.
  3. While the ham is roasting, let's get your glaze ready. Combine the honey, mustard, orange juice, ground cloves and pepper and heat everything on low for about 15 minutes. Keep everything at a very gentle simmer, stirring often; it should thicken slightly.
  4. After the ham has roasted for 30 minutes, remove the tin foil and brush on half of the glaze, rotating the ham to glaze all sides. Roast for another 15 minutes, uncovered, and then brush on the rest of the glaze (rotating like before). Keep an eye on the level of liquid in the pan, and add water if needed. Roast for an additional 15 minutes and check the internal temperature; it should register at 155-160 degrees. If it's not there yet, just keep checking it every ten minutes.
  5. Let the ham rest for 10 minutes, and carve into thin slices. The dish goes well with anything tangy or savory; fermented sauerkraut and hot mustard are particularly awesome sides. 



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Hope for the Warriors Dear All,

On November 4, 2012, My wife, Kaitlyn will be running the ING New York Marathon. Completing the 26.2 mile course isn't the only goal she has set for herself however. She has also set out to raise $3,000 for Hope For The Warriors, a national, non-profit group that supports injured service members and their families who stuck their neck out for you and me.

Please consider supporting her by donating to this worthy cause, every little bit helps. Hope For The Warriors programs support wounded warriors and their families from the time of injury, through the rehabilitation and recovery process, and finally to a bright future beyond recovery. In 2008, their Warrior's Wish program alone granted 27 Warrior's Wishes totaling more than $300,000. For more on Hope For The Warriors programs and events, check out the Four Seasons of Hope newsletter

Each mile of her training and race-day run will be dedicated to those American heroes who have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms. Together we can ensure that no sacrifice is forgotten, nor need unmet for these wounded warriors.

Here is the web site to donate.

Carl and Kaitlyn Higbie

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NY Strip

The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST Saturday February 18, 2012.


NY Strip Steaks

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Pre-Cooked Pot Roast with Gravy & Herbs

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Lamb Sweetbreads

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