As another summer month draws to a close we hope that everyone is enjoying the warm days and sunny weather!
We continue to hear from readers and customers who are plagued with autoimmune issues. There are more and more consumers who are eliminating nightshades to help combat their autoimmune issues, but are there more things that can help relieve the symptoms? Be sure to visit our blog for a new article from AIP expert Eileen Laird of Phoenix Helix
, about five ways that you can reverse autoimmunity that don't have anything to do with food. These are things that can improve overall health even if you don't have autoimmune issues.
To make your shopping easier, we now have an AIP-friendly category
on the website, featuring only foods that are nightshade-free and safe for those with autoimmune issues.
The benefits of organ meats are well known, but did you realize how important they are for kids? Michelle Fitzpatrick, author of the popular blog, Happy Paleo Kids
, was kind enough to do a guest post on our blog
regarding all of the health benefits that organ meats can provide to growing bodies. We highly recommend checking it out. The easiest way we've found to sneak organ meats into kids' diets is by slicing up Braunschweiger
, or Head Cheese
and topping it with a slice of raw cheese
We are honored to team up with the producers and processors that are part of our US Wellness team, and this particular company is certainly no exception! Askinosie Chocolate
, also based here in Missouri, was recently featured on national news because of their unique story, their social awareness, and their award-winning products. Check out the video clip here
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
Recent Health News
Exercise, Relaxation Activities Positively Impact People with Social Anxiety Disorders
New research out of Queen's University has shed light on how exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can positively impact people with social anxiety disorders.
Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical Psychology, has found that exercise and relaxation activities literally change the way people perceive the world, altering their perception so that they view the environment in a less threatening, less negative way. For people with mood and anxiety disorders, this is an important breakthrough.
For his research, Mr. Heenan used point-light displays, a depiction of a human that is comprised of a series of dots representing the major joints. Human point-light displays are depth-ambiguous and because of this, an observer looking at the display could see it as either facing towards them or facing away. Researchers have found people who are socially anxious perceive these figures as facing towards them (i.e., the more threatening way) more often.
"We wanted to examine whether people would perceive their environment as less threatening after engaging in physical exercise or after doing a relaxation technique that is similar to the breathing exercises in yoga (called progressive muscle relaxation)," Mr. Heenan explains. "We found that people who either walked or jogged on a treadmill for 10 minutes perceived these ambiguous figures as facing towards them (the observer) less often than those who simply stood on the treadmill. The same was true when people performed progressive muscle relaxation."
This is important because anxious people display a bias to focus on more threatening things in their environment. In fact, some researchers think that this is how these disorders are perpetuated: People who are anxious focus on anxiety-inducing things and thus become more anxious, in a continuous cycle.
"This is a big development because it helps to explain why exercising and relaxation techniques have been successful in treating and mood and anxiety disorders in the past," says Mr. Heenan, who worked with supervisor Nikolaus Troje (Psychology) on the research.
Queen's University. "Exercise, relaxation activities positively impact people with social anxiety disorders." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 July 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140717124957.htm>
Register for the 2014 conference this week! The Grassfed Exchange 2014 Conference
will be held July 30-August 1 in Columbia, MO.
Registrations are ahead of the very successful 2013 event. We suggest you click here
and register while hotel space
is still available. Promo code FFA4H
still active for 4-H and FFA students.
By mid July, producers and consumers from 34 states and Canada have registered for the 5th annual conference this week. We hope to see you too!
It is a unique opportunity for consumers to learn more about this ever-growing industry, and to offer their questions and suggestions. One one of the highlights will be a consumer panel on Friday afternoon with five unique consumer perspectives on why grass-fed is best. This panel features a well known Paleo chef, figure fitness model, ex special forces warrior, St. Louis Soccer Mom, and a national meat distributor.
Visit the Grassfed Exchange website
for more information, and to see the powerful lineup of speakers and event planned for this week.
Just prepared the featured recipe courtesy of Zen Belly from your latest email using your duck thighs. Truly impressed from both ends!! The duck was fabulous!! And I'm excited about all the duck fat it rendered! You will certainly have me back to order more delicious meats.
Thank you for keeping us healthy and deliciously fed!
Balsamic Braised Short Ribs
2 pounds boneless short ribs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons lard or tallow
1 large onion, large dice (about 2 cups)
3 carrots, large dice (about 1 cup)
4 stalks celery, large dice (about 1 cup)
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 sprigs rosemary
4-5 sprigs thyme
cauliflower mash, mashed potatoes, or parsnip puree, for serving.
- Preheat the oven to 300.
- Season the shortribs on both sides with the salt and pepper.
- In a dutch oven, sear shortribs in lard over high heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic cloves to the pan, and saute for 4-5 minutes or until browned and beginning to soften.
- Pour in the balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, and fish sauce, scraping up any browned bits that have stick to the bottom. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add the rosemary and thyme sprigs.
- Place the short ribs back in the pot, trying to get them beneath the vegetables so they are completely submerged in the sauce and vegetables.
- Place a parchment circle over the contents of the pot and cover with the lid.
- Set the dutch oven in the oven and roast for 2- 2 1/2 hours.
- Remove the short ribs and set the pot over high heat. Boil the sauce until reduced by about half and thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
- Pour the sauce back over the ribs and either serve or store until the next day, when they'll be even better!
- Serve over cauli-mash, mashed potatoes, or parsnip puree.
This recipe and photo are a sneak peek into the new cookbook, The Zenbelly Cookbook, by our feature chef, Simone Shifnadel. Chef Simone does a wonderful job of combining paleo guidelines with gourmet recipes to create unforgettable meals!If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
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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 into: Grass-Fed Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Wild Caught Seafood, Grass-Fed Bison, Dairy Products, Raw Honey, Gourmet Rabbit
, Pre-Cooked Entrees, Snacks, and Pet Food.
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