Can you be addicted to Sugar? We ran across this informative slideshow this week that explains how sugar is processed through our bodies and the effects it can have on our mood, behavior and health. The scary part is that sugar is hiding in many foods you would never suspect, and has many different aliases and alibis. Be sure to read ingredient lists closely, or just stick to sugar-free foods. We have revamped some of our favorite recipes to cut the sugar and help your health: Beef Bacon, Pork Breakfast Sausage, and Beef Franks are some of our best sellers!
Need help cutting the sugar from your diet? It can be a daunting task, especially if you're used to a soda to start your day and a candy bar to get you through the afternoon slump. Help is here - our good friends at Balanced Bites have an excellent 21-Day Sugar Detox program that gets amazing results. Or you could try a Whole30, which has been changing lives since its introduction in 2009. Designed to clean your diet and overall improve every aspect of your life, it can cure unhealthy cravings or addictions, sugar included, and you will be amazed with the results.
Don't forget about Mom next weekend - Mother's Day is right around the corner! Mix it up this year, skip the flowers and send your Mom a truly original gift. A box of grass-fed steaks along with some rich Dark Chocolate or Organic Cashew Cream Ice Cream will keep you on Mom's good side all year long! Lucky for you, our decadent Davao White Chocolate is on sale this week. This White Chocolate was recently named one of the six best chocolate bars of the south by Southern Living Magazine - try one today and quickly find out why!
To save money and keep Mom happy - head over to our blog now to get entered to win a free Mother's Day gift! Entering is free and easy and we'll draw the lucky winner this Tuesday, May 8.
We've been looking forward to announcing our newest feature chef for quite awhile now: George Bryant from Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions and provide us with some of his favorite summer grilling recipes. Check out one of our favorites - Top Sirloin Kabobs - in the recipe section below. Speaking of summer grilling - he is helping make somebody's Memorial Day extra special by giving away over $4000 worth of primal grilling essentials. Head over to his website now for all the details and to get entered for free! As an active duty marine, Memorial Day is a holiday close to his heart and ours as well. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to our servicemen and women still stationed overseas guarding our borders and protecting our freedom. Let us not forget the true reason we celebrate Memorial Day during this warm spring month of May.
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Question and Answer Column
Hello Dr. Kim,
I'm desperately trying to lose weight to get in shape for a Memorial Day vacation - I have cut out carbs and sweets and am trying to stick to two meals per day to cut back on calories. Will this help? Do you have any recommendations?
Thanks so much!
It is great to hear that you are trying to lose weight and get in shape. Memorial Day is approximately three weeks away and we can make much progress during this time. However, I think stripping yourself down to just two meals per day will have a longer term negative effect then anything else. I would say the great step forward is to cut out the carbs and sweets. The next step would be to cut out any processed carbohydrates period.
I would stick to 14-21 days of this while adding small meals consisting of a protein source and vegetables. There is one important thing! Do not negate Breakfast! This is the most important meal of the day! It lasts 12-14 hours. Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do while on a diet and losing weight.
If your goal is to look good for Memorial Day, the objective goal shouldn't be the number on the scale. It should be the way you feel in your clothes, the way you look in the mirror, and a loss on the scale is just an added benefit. The quick changes I would make immediately to your diet is add breakfast, continue with your two meals for lunch and dinner. Add some wholesome meats with US Wellness and in between meals I would add MR and MS from Infinity Fitness to help you with your goals towards Memorial Day!
-- Michael Kim, D.O.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to email@example.com for the question and answer series. Our question and answer series now also features Dr. Serrano's business partner, Dr. Mike Kim, MD. Dr. Kim is currently finishing his training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado, Denver. He consistently eats and lives a healthy lifestyle because of his family connection with DM2, HTN, Hyperlipidemia. He has served on many missions trips to foreign countries such as Tanzania, Cambodia, Brazil, etc. He currently has been studying under the tutelage of Dr. Serrano, a world renowned nutrition specialist. Dr. Kim is always seeking the latest and newest ways to help people with weight loss, athletic performance and healthy eating. He has a deep connection with MMA fighters, NFL athletes, and other professional athletes. He is at the forefront of breaking science with Muscle Pharm Sports Science and Research Center. His goal is to make living healthier for everyone, one meal at a time.
Recent Health News
Families That Eat Together May Be the Healthiest, New Evidence Confirms
"Come and get it!" A phrase historically proclaiming that the communal meal is ready, is heard all too infrequently among contemporary American households, especially as children get older. Indeed, over 40% of the typical American food budget is spent on eating out, with family meals often being relegated to holidays and special occasions. Aside from negative effects on the family budget, eating out has been shown to be generally associated with poor food choices and bad health. Of particular interest to public health experts is growing scientific evidence that fewer family meals may translate to increased obesity risk and poor nutritional status, especially among children.
But getting this message out to busy parents in a way that will convince them to spend more time at the dining room table with their children is problematic at best.
To both summarize what is known about this timely topic and create a model that might be used to educate parents and other caregivers as to the importance of family mealtimes, researchers at Rutgers recently evaluated results from 68 previously published scientific reports considering the association between family mealtime and children's health. They specifically looked at how frequency or atmosphere of family meals was related to consumption of both healthy foods (e.g., fruits and vegetables) and those considered less desirable (e.g., soft drinks). The researchers also evaluated if scientific evidence actually supports the idea that more frequent family meals can lead to decreased obesity.
Their review of the literature revealed numerous benefits to children associated with having frequent family meals, including increased intake of fruits, vegetables, fiber, calcium-rich foods, and vitamins. In addition, the more a family ate together the less children consumed dietary components thought to be harmful to health. Although the researchers found only a weak link between family meals and obesity risk, children in families with frequent family meals tended to have lower body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) than those who enjoyed fewer family meals.
The research team was also able to create a simple conceptual image that condensed their findings in a user-friendly fashion, and hope to test the effectiveness of this graphic with parents and other caregivers in the near future. According to the scientists, "Images like this one will be a helpful method to demonstrate the benefits identified in scientific literature to parents in a concise, non-biased method. Often parents will hear tidbits about family meal benefits here and there, but we hope that something like this may be useful to provide information from a reliable source."
Clearly, the scientific literature represents a vast store of valuable information that could help families make better decisions about food choices. However, many people do not have the time, inclination, or expertise needed to access, filter, and interpret these scientific reports. Instead, they must often rely on media "headlines" that focus on a single study, or worse do not accurately report the research that has been conducted. The authors of this new report hope that their "synthesis of the literature of the links between family meals and child health outcomes and creation of a parent-friendly image that visually summarized these findings will lead to interventions that benefit a wide range of children."
Resource: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). "Families that eat together may be the healthiest, new evidence confirms." ScienceDaily, 23 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2012.
Top Sirloin Kabobs Ingredients:
- 2 Grass Fed Top Sirloins or steak of your choice, chunked
- 1 Large onion sliced
- 3 Bell Peppers, color of your choice
- 16 Ounces of Cherry Tomatoes
- 3 Garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Olive Oil
- If using wood skewers, soak for 20 minutes in water prior to cooking with
- Preheat your grill for a medium-high heat
- Place all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl and ensure you get a nice even coating. Use enough Olive oil to lightly coat everything
- Once your skewers are soaked, start alternately threading your ingredients onto your skewers, steak, pepper, onion, tomato and so on
- Once done, grill for 8-10 minutes uncovered turning occasionally for medium-rare to medium steaks
- Once done serve with a side dish of your choice, I recommend my Sweet Potato Mash or Grilled Broccoli with Almond Dressing.
- Alternately you can include any fruits of your liking that you like grilled as well
The 75% fat hamburger patties were excellent. I am not a polished grill chef, but these were so easy, tasty and not a hint of dryness. Just perfect and so delicious.
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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
, Gourmet Rabbit
, Wholesale Packs
, Pre-Cooked Entrees
, and Pet Food
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