It's been another chilly, rainy week here in Northeast Missouri. We welcomed the showers, but are ready for the sun to come out again!
Now is a great time to be stocking up on steaks for Memorial Day grilling. The very popular Petite Top Sirloin Steaks
are on sale
this week only, and this doesn't happen very often! If you are looking for great savings on quality steaks, the Flat Iron Steak
package is it, and it is also on sale
Another rarity in our sale category is the Duck Stock
. Made with our special custom recipe, we start with the duck bones and add a healthy mix of organic vegetables and herbs to make a very tasty, nutrient-dense duck stock. It can be used in any recipe calling for chicken stock or broth and is tasty enough to drink straight.Duck
is a fairly new category for us, and we are lucky to have found a free range duck producer who's birds are on a non-gmo feed ration. If you haven't tried duck yet, we think you will be pleasantly surprised by its rich flavor! From delicious duck breast
to versatile duck fat
, we offer those and everything in between!
If you need any of these items before Memorial Day please have your order in by 10:00 am CST this Wednesday, May 21 to ensure delivery by Friday, May 23. Our offices and FedEx will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. Since that will be a shortened shipping week, we highly suggest ordering this week if you need product next week, to ensure that your order does not get delayed.
Congratulations to all of our friends and readers celebrating graduations this weekend! We want to wish a special congratulations to Jake Murphy, son of LeeAnn, and Sierra Williams, daughter of Tressa, both members of our US Wellness Meats family!
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
Recent Health News
Having a Sense of Purpose May Add Years to Your Life
Feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
The research has clear implications for promoting positive aging and adult development, says lead researcher Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada:
"Our findings point to the fact that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose," says Hill. "So the earlier someone comes to a direction for life, the earlier these protective effects may be able to occur."
Previous studies have suggested that finding a purpose in life lowers risk of mortality above and beyond other factors that are known to predict longevity.
But, Hill points out, almost no research examined whether the benefits of purpose vary over time, such as across different developmental periods or after important life transitions.
Hill and colleague Nicholas Turiano of the University of Rochester Medical Center decided to explore this question, taking advantage of the nationally representative data available from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study.
The researchers looked at data from over 6000 participants, focusing on their self-reported purpose in life (e.g., "Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them") and other psychosocial variables that gauged their positive relations with others and their experience of positive and negative emotions.
Over the 14-year follow-up period represented in the MIDUS data, 569 of the participants had died (about 9% of the sample). Those who had died had reported lower purpose in life and fewer positive relations than did survivors.
Greater purpose in life consistently predicted lower mortality risk across the lifespan, showing the same benefit for younger, middle-aged, and older participants across the follow-up period.
This consistency came as a surprise to the researchers:
"There are a lot of reasons to believe that being purposeful might help protect older adults more so than younger ones," says Hill. "For instance, adults might need a sense of direction more, after they have left the workplace and lost that source for organizing their daily events. In addition, older adults are more likely to face mortality risks than younger adults."
"To show that purpose predicts longer lives for younger and older adults alike is pretty interesting, and underscores the power of the construct," he explains.
Purpose had similar benefits for adults regardless of retirement status, a known mortality risk factor. And the longevity benefits of purpose in life held even after other indicators of psychological well-being, such as positive relations and positive emotions, were taken into account.
"These findings suggest that there's something unique about finding a purpose that seems to be leading to greater longevity," says Hill.
The researchers are currently investigating whether having a purpose might lead people to adopt healthier lifestyles, thereby boosting longevity.
Hill and Turiano are also interested in examining whether their findings hold for outcomes other than mortality.
"In so doing, we can better understand the value of finding a purpose throughout the lifespan, and whether it provides different benefits for different people," Hill concludes.
Preparation of the manuscript was supported through funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant T32-MH018911-23), and the data collection was supported by Grant P01-AG020166 from the National Institute on Aging.
Association for Psychological Science. "Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 May 2014. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140512124308.htm.
Grass-fed beef was once a niche. Now it's one of the biggest movers in the beef production industry, and demand for grass-fed beef continues to rise as more and more consumers join the movement. The purpose of this event is to help producers grow in knowledge of the grass-fed industry and in finishing cattle specifically. It is also a unique opportunity for consumers to learn more about this ever-growing industry, and to offer their questions and suggestions.
Visit their website
for more information, and to see the powerful lineup of speakers and event planned for the weekend. You can also get a DVD of last year's event to see what to expect this year. Register before June 30 to take advantage of the discounted rate!
|Ask the Doc
Dear Dr. Kim,
I have been told that via CT scan I have beginnings of a fatty liver. My MD encourages me to lose weight, but is that the cause of fatty liver, or the result of the liver not functioning properly? What do you recommend?
The fatty liver can be from many things. It can be an issue with its intrinsic function, your diet, alcohol use. If you are overweight and your diet is not healthy, I recommend losing weight. I then recommend staying away from alcohol. If your intrinsic function of your liver is not running properly, you can measure the process of that with a lab test. I have no idea why you got the CT scan but if your doctor recommends you to lose weight, I suggest taking his advice. He must believe it is from your diet and lifestyle. Those are the first things to fix. I would definitely add US Wellness Meats, a great source of protein and healthy fats. I would also contact Scott Mendelsohn at Infinity Fitness. I would jump on the Alpha Omegas. They are a great source of essential fatty acids. He can also get you on the right plan as well. I would add an awesome, and my favorite multivitamin, Armor V from Musclepharm.
Take care and let me know how the weight loss goes! Stay healthy, always!
Dr. Michael Kim
Have a question? Email any health and wellness questions for the question and answer series. This series now also features Dr. Serrano's business partner, Dr. Mike Kim, MD. He is consistently eating and living a healthy lifestyle because of his family connection with DM2, HTN, Hyperlipidemia. He is currently finishing his training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado, Denver 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.
I ordered some Pemmican a few weeks ago for some hikes I'm doing.
Attached are a few pictures from the Cactus to Clouds hike I did the on April 26th. Cactus to Clouds is one of Backpacker Magazine's 10 hardest day hikes in America.
I am planning on doing this hike again in the fall.
I am heading down to Havasupai Falls next week for four days. I am taking some Pemmican with me and will take some pictures while I am there. I'll have many opportunities to take some pictures.
Thanks in advance,
"Excursion" Jeff B.
Thai Pork & Veggie Meatballs
2 small zucchinis, shredded
2 small carrots, shredded
1 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 (14 ounce) can of coconut milk
- 1/4 cup smooth almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (or sriracha)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- pinch of salt
- chopped green onions
- chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place zucchinis and carrots in a food processor using the shredding attachment. Remove shredded zucchini and carrots from the food processor and squeeze out excess water with some paper towels.
- Place zucchini, carrots, pork, turkey, and the rest of the the meatball ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to combine.
- Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out meatballs then shape in hands. Set aside on a plate. This should be 12-15 large meatballs.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients until completely combine.
- Place a large oven safe saucepan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a teaspoon of sesame oil or other cooking oil (coconut oil). Once saucepan is hot, add meatballs to the pan and brown on all sides. Once browned, remove from heat, pour all of the sauce on top of meatballs.
- Place saucepan in and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. This time will range depending on the size of the meatballs.
- Garnish meatballs with chopped cilantro and green onions.
This recipe and photo are courtesy of the very talented Juli Bauer of PaleOMG. Now is a great time to pre-order her new cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen, due out next month.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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