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Back to School Issue!

August 24, 2014
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

It's back to school time around the country, and we hope that all of the teachers & schoolchildren reading this week are excited for the new year.  As parents, breakfast is always a hectic time of the day, and we are here to help.  A healthy breakfast is imperative to young minds, and protein is a great way to start the day.   Some of our protein-packed breakfast favorites that your kids will love are: Don't forget to stock their lunchboxes with healthy, nitrate-free meats!  Our bologna, summer sausage, jerky, and pemmican are great lunchbox fillers and we have a wide array of snack items perfect for afternoon snacks!

We continue to hear from more customers and readers who are affected by autoimmune diseases.  There are a host of ailments that fall in the autoimmune category, but many customers find some relief by eliminating nightshades from their diet.  What exactly are nightshades?  Visit our blog for the exclusive list, and for a list of nightshade-free foods you can find here at US Wellness.  If you have any questions about autoimmune issues or nightshades please let us know.  This has been an interesting topic to learn more about and we always appreciate your feedback. 

Our famous chicken broth made from our own custom recipe is on sale this week!  This is one of those products that you buy for a certain recipe, but then end up finding a whole host of new ways to use it!  It is a very versatile product (and a very healthy one!) and so tasty that you can heat it and simply drink straight. 

It's hard to believe, but Labor Day weekend is coming up fast!  If you need any grilling items for the upcoming holiday weekend, please have your order placed by this Wednesday, August 27 at 10:00 am CST to ensure delivery by Friday, August 29.  FedEx will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.  If you will need product delivered next week, we highly suggest placing the order as early as possible as we will be unable to ship on Monday, September 1.  Shipping that week will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, if needed, due to workload.  We appreciate your understanding of our shipping limitations!

End-of-Summer Regards, 

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

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Natural Light in Office Boosts Health

Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The study highlights the importance of exposure to natural light to employee health and the priority architectural designs of office environments should place on natural daylight exposure for workers, the study authors said.

Employees with windows in the workplace received 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows.

Workers without windows reported poorer scores than their counterparts on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality, as well as poorer outcomes on measures of overall sleep quality and sleep disturbances.

The study was reported in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine in June.

"There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," said senior study author Phyllis Zee, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine neurologist and sleep specialist. "Workers are a group at risk because they are typically indoors often without access to natural or even artificial bright light for the entire day. The study results confirm that light during the natural daylight hours has powerful effects on health."

Zee is the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

"Architects need to be aware of the importance of natural light not only in terms of their potential energy savings but also in terms of affecting occupants' health," said co-lead author Mohamed Boubekri, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A simple design solution to augment daylight penetration in office buildings would be to make sure the workstations are within 20 to 25 feet of the peripheral walls containing the windows, noted Boubekri. "Daylight from side windows almost vanishes after 20 to 25 feet from the windows," he said.

The study group included 49 day-shift office workers; 27 in windowless workplaces and 22 in workplaces with windows. Health-related quality of life and sleep quality were measured with a self-reported form and sleep quality was evaluated with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Light exposure, activity and sleep were measured by actigraphy in a representative subset of 21 participants; 10 in windowless workplaces and 11 in workplaces with windows.

Actigraphy is a single device worn on the wrist that gives measures of light exposure as well as activity and sleep. This is an ambulatory physiological data logger that records motion and light illuminance. The motion was used to determine activity levels during waking time and to calculate sleep time. The light luminance was used for measures of light exposure during the workday period.

"Light is the most important synchronizing agent for the brain and body," said Ivy Cheung, co-lead author and Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience in Zee's lab at Northwestern. "Proper synchronization of your internal biological rhythms with the earth's daily rotation has been shown to be essential for health."

Also, people who get more light during the day may sleep better at night, which can also help improve health, Zee noted.

Northwestern University. "Natural light in office boosts health." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 August 2014. <>.
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Rabbit & Wild Mushroom Stew
  • 2 heads garlic

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • 1 whole (2 1/2- to 3-pound) rabbit, including giblets, cut into parts

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons duck fat or lard

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 pound wild mushrooms

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (12 to 14 sprigs)

  • 4 cups chicken broth, divided

  • 1 cup dry white wine, dry sherry, cognac, or broth

  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves  


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Slice off the tops of the heads of garlic (but leave the heads whole) to expose the individual cloves. Drizzle with the avocado oil. Wrap loosely in aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool.
  2. Once cool, squeeze the soft roasted garlic out of the peels and set aside.
  3. Pat the rabbit dry. Reserve the liver (put it in the fridge for now). Heat 2 tablespoons of the duck fat in a medium stockpot over medium-high heat. Brown the rabbit pieces and giblets (other than the reserved liver) in batches for 3 to 4 minutes per side, adding more fat as needed to prevent the rabbit from sticking to the pan. Remove the browned pieces and set aside.
  4. Add the onion to the stockpot and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, roasted garlic, thyme, 3 1/2 cups of the chicken broth (reserving 1/2 cup), wine, and browned rabbit pieces.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt, if desired.
  6. In a blender, purée the reserved liver with the reserved 1/2 cup of broth on high speed until completely smooth. Add the puréed liver, parsley, and tarragon to the stew. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Taste one final time and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Serve.

This recipe and photo are courtesy of our feature chef, Sarah Ballantyne, author of the popular paleo blog, The Paleo Mom.  For more paleo & AIP-friendly recipes, visit her custom US Wellness recipe page!

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