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Why Your Diet Might Fail ~
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January 13, 2013
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

 Happy Holidays!
Our new year is off to a snowy start here in Northeast Missouri.  We've had a couple snowy days, but our weather has took a turn for the warmer.  We're enjoying sunny skies and temperatures above 50 degrees, which is always welcome in January!

Many of us make New Year's resolutions to eat better and stay healthier each year.  Often this means taking more vitamins or adding a new supplement, but is this always necessary?  For some, yes, but for others there are plenty of super-foods that provide the daily dose of necessary vitamins and minerals.  Mark's Daily Apple recently posted a list of some of their most important food "supplements" that you may want to add to your diet this year.  Some of our favorites made the list: liver, tumeric, bone broth, cheese, nuts, and some foods we would have never thought of were on there as well.  Keep this list in mind next time you are at the market or grocery store!

Why does your diet fail?  Too many people make commitments on January 1 to get in shape, but unfortunately too many of those plans fail.  There are several reasons this might happen, be sure to read the recent news article below to avoid some of the most common diet mistakes.

Who are the leaders in health and fitness? This past year brought many new faces into the diet industry, and at the same time more and more consumers are asking where their food comes from.  As more people are focusing on preventing disease, rather than just treating it, we expect this trend to continue.  There are many factors and individuals responsible for this healthy food movement, which is why we found this article very interesting:  The 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2012 were recently named by Greatist.  We were happy to see some very familiar faces on this list, as well as some new ones we will be sure to follow.

Are you trying to make meal time easier this year?  Our newest feature chef is here to help.  Stephanie Brandt Cornais from Mama and Baby Love has provided us with some of her favorite family dinner ideas that will also save you time in the kitchen.  Check out her recipe page for all of the details!

Now is a great time to stock your freezer, as we have a couple of our budget-friendly favorites on sale this week!  The Flat Iron Steaks are a great buy - each package contains four 8.5 oz steaks and the marbling throughout these steaks make for a very tasty dinner the whole family will enjoy.  Also on sale is the Stew Beef, which is a great addition to any winter soup or stew!  Save on our popular butter this week also by buying in bulk.

You have the chance to win some epic prizes this week, courtesy of the PrimalToad.  There will be 29 winners, and one lucky winner will win a free ticket to PaleoFX 2013!  Head over to the website now to check out all the amazing paleo prizes and to get entered! 

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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Top Four Reasons Why Diets Fail

The battle of the bulge is on - any movement on the scale yet? "Losing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet only 20 percent of people achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance," says Jessica Bartfield,MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care.

Despite that fact that two-thirds of Americans say they are on a diet to improve their health, very few are actually decreasing in size. "Dieting is a skill, much like riding a bicycle, and requires practice and good instruction, " says Dr. Bartfield. "You're going to fall over and feel frustrated, but eventually you will succeed and it will get easier."

Top Four Reasons Why Dieters Don't Lose Weight

According to Dr. Bartfield, here are the top four reasons why many dieters fail to lose weight.

1. Underestimating Calories Consumed

"Most people (even experts!) underestimate the number of calories they eat per day. Writing down everything that you eat- including drinks and "bites" or "tastes" of food - can help increase self-awareness. Pay attention to serving sizes and use measuring cups and spoons as serving utensils to keep portions reasonable. Food eaten outside of the home tends to be much larger portion sizes and much higher in calories. Try to look up nutrition information of your favorite take-out meal or restaurant and select a healthy meal before picking up the phone or going out to eat.

2. Overestimating Activity and Calories Burned

"Typically you need to cut 500 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week. This is very difficult to achieve through exercise alone, and would require 60 minutes or more of vigorous activity every day. A more attainable goal would be to try to increase activity throughout the day and get a total of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise most days of the week. Buy a pedometer and track your steps; try to increase to a goal of 10,000 steps per day. But be careful - exercise is not an excuse to eat more!"

3. Poor Timing of Meals

"You need a steady stream of glucose throughout the day to maintain optimal energy and to prevent metabolism from slowing down. Eat breakfast every day within one hour of waking up, then eat a healthy snack or meal every three to four hours. Try not to go longer than 5 hours without eating a healthy snack or meal to keep your metabolism steady."

4. Inadequate Sleep

"Studies have shown that people who get fewer than six hours of sleep have higher levels of ghrelin, which is a hormone that stimulates appetite, particularly for high-carbohydrate/high-calorie foods. In addition, less sleep raises levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which can lead to weight gain."

Dr. Bartfield regularly counsels patients through the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care, which offers surgical as well as non-surgical weight loss programs. "A registered dietitian, behavioral psychologist, exercise physiologist and a physician plus a surgeon if appropriate, all partner one-on-one with patients," said Bartfield. "Good health practices are more than just learned, they become a regular habit and a way of life."

Loyola University Health System. "Top four reasons why diets fail." ScienceDaily, 3 Jan. 2013. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.

Ask the Doctor - Question & Answer Series
Eric Seranno

Dear Dr. Serrano,

My son has Crohn's. He is currently doing well, by eating a very healthy diet including beef from US Wellness. I have it directly shipped to his university's cafeteria. I have read conflicting reports on whether or not a person with this disease should eat beef. Is beef difficult to digest with a compromised digestive system? I would appreciate any insights you have.



Dear C.P.,

First, I want to let you know how proud I am of your dedication. Crohn's disease is one that can be controlled with diet and no drugs. I am going to give you some guidelines for the management of the disease, although you are doing a wonderful job so far. No studies have ever shown that red meat is bad or good for Crohn's in the medical literature. However, the literature concentrates primarily on drugs and surgery. I have lots of both types of cases - earlier in the diagnosis, or later stage, more advanced Crohn's.

The most important thing to do first with Crohn's is to find out if your child may have any food allergies or sensitivities. Allergies to particular foods, or immune reactions such as celiac disease contribute to the inflammation which is the hallmark of Crohn's. The foods to investigate are as follows, in order of most allergenic to least allergenic: dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, soy. As you can see there is no mention of meat on this list.

To help with digestion, especially of proteins, supplement his diet with digestive enzymes, probiotics and fermented foods, such as yogurt (low sugar types). Encourage plenty of fluids, but again avoid the sugary, corn syrup laden fruit drinks. Good quality organic, grass-fed natural meats are vitally important in your son's diet. Besides the high quality, lower fat protein he will be consuming, grass-fed beef is high in Omega 3's and Conjugated Linoleic Acid, both of which are extremely helpful in lowering the body's inflammatory response. Watch fruits. Some fruits can cause reactions or flare-ups due to the high sugar content of the fruit. Pay attention for signs and symptoms of that. Food allergies can be checked with a blood test, but the best method is the two week elimination diet.

Overall it sounds as if you are on the right track with your son's diet and nutrition. Avoiding junky, starchy sugary foods, and sugary drinks will help to reduce the inflammation and prevent flare-ups. Increase his intake of high quality meats, such as US Wellness Grass-Fed Beef with CLA's and Omega 3's and your son should be able to enjoy optimal health. 

Thank You,

Dr. Serrano


This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to for the question and answer series.  Answers will appear in future issues of the weekly newsletter under your first name only.  Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness.


Recipe Corner

Bacon Avocado Cups with Balsamic Glaze       


Bacon Avocado Cups
 Ingredients (Serves 6):
  • 2 avocados 
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked 
  • fresh lemon slice  
  • 3 T butter 
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic  


  1. Cut your avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pits.  
  2. Rub the insides of the avocado with a few drops of lemon juice from a fresh lemon slice (If you are eating these right away, you can leave out the whole lemon part - the lemon just helps keep the avocado from turning brown).  
  3. Crumble the bacon and stuff it into the avocado half where the pit was - use one piece of bacon per avocado half. 
  4. Over low heat, melt the butter, balsamic and garlic. Stir constantly for about a minute or two until the mixture is boiling.  
  5. As soon as it boils, remove from heat and drizzle all over the avocado halves. Enjoy!  



Recipe and photo compliments of Kelly at Primally Inspired.  Be sure to visit her website for more easy and enjoyable paleo-friendly recipes and fitness tips.  Check out her Immune-Boosting Workout to keep cold and flu at bay this winter! 


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The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST Saturday January 19, 2013.

Flat Iron Steaks
- 4 (8 oz) steaks

Corned Beef Flatiron
- 2 lbs

Stew Beef
- 1 lb

Pecan Love Bites
- 4 oz


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