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Big Changes Coming This Week!

January 25, 2015 
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

It's been a busy week here at US Wellness week and our bone broth was a big reason why!  Broth has been making the news lately and is being named the big food trend of 2015!  Ours sold out quickly this week and we appreciate your patience as we worked to quickly restock on Thursday.  We still have beef broth, and its richer, denser cousin - beef gelatin in stock now.  If you haven't tried the gelatin yet, now is a great time as it is on sale this week only!  Chicken broth and duck broth are both very versatile and can be used in beef recipes.  They offer a host of nutritional benefits along with a rich, delicious taste. 

The challenge is on!  It's not too late to take part in Mark's Daily Apple 21-Day Challenge to get your 2015 off to a healthy start.  Not to mention, there are opportunities all month to win some fantastic prizes.  If you have questions about the challenge, start here.  Then head to their website to stay current with all the latest challenges and contests. 

Expect to see big changes coming to our website this week!  Here at US Wellness we have been working very diligently over the last several months on a big update to our entire webstore and operating system.  This is going to offer many conveniences to the ordering and shipping process for all of our customers.  While we are looking forward to the updates, we understand that as these changes take place there will likely be some website issues and delays.  The transition to our new system is scheduled to take place this Wednesday, January 28 starting at 6:00 pm CST so please be aware that if you are trying to place an order at this time there may be some delays.  We appreciate your patience and have an excellent team working on this project to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.    

We've been enjoying warmer temperatures and sunny skies over these last two weeks of January, which is a welcome change from the bitter cold that we started the month with!

January Regards, 


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

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Lack of Exercise Responsible for Twice as Many Early Deaths as Obesity

A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual's risk of early death, according to new research published today. The study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity, but that just a modest increase in physical activity could have significant health benefits.

Physical inactivity has been consistently associated with an increased risk of early death, as well as being associated with a greater risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Although it may also contribute to an increased body mass index (BMI) and obesity, the association with early death is independent of an individual's BMI.

To measure the link between physical inactivity and premature death, and its interaction with obesity, researchers analysed data from 334,161 men and women across Europe participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study. Over an average of 12 years, the researchers measured height, weight and waist circumference, and used self-assessment to measure levels of physical activity. The results are published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers found that the greatest reduction in risk of premature death occurred in the comparison between inactive and moderately inactive groups, judged by combining activity at work with recreational activity; just under a quarter (22.7%) of participants were categorised as inactive, reporting no recreational activity in combination with a sedentary occupation. The authors estimate that doing exercise equivalent to just a 20 minute brisk walk each day -- burning between 90 and 110 kcal ('calories') -- would take an individual from the inactive to moderately inactive group and reduce their risk of premature death by between 16-30%. The impact was greatest amongst normal weight individuals, but even those with higher BMI saw a benefit.

Using the most recent available data on deaths in Europe the researchers estimate that 337,000 of the 9.2 million deaths amongst European men and women were attributable to obesity (classed as a BMI greater than 30): however, double this number of deaths (676,000) could be attributed to physical inactivity.

Professor Ulf Ekelund from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, who led the study, says: "This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive. Although we found that just 20 minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this - physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life."

Professor Nick Wareham, Director of the MRC Unit, adds: "Helping people to lose weight can be a real challenge, and whilst we should continue to aim at reducing population levels of obesity, public health interventions that encourage people to make small but achievable changes in physical activity can have significant health benefits and may be easier to achieve and maintain."

University of Cambridge. "Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 January 2015. <>.

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Hanger Steak with Bordelaise Sauce
Hanger Steak

  • 1 lb hanger steak (or skirt steak)
  • 1/4 tsp each kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp bone marrow
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp ghee or lard
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp cold butter, cut into cubes


  1. Season the steak with salt and pepper and set aside while we prepare the sauce.
  2. Let's make a quick demi-glace. In a saucepan, combine the beef broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil over med/high heat, then boil rapidly to reduce until thick and dark and reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes; stir frequently. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to med/low, then add the marrow to the saucepan. Once melted, strain out any chunks of bone (if any), then return to the pan. Add the shallots and sauté until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the red wine, thyme, pepper, and demi-glace and bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low and keep warm while you prepare the steak.
  4. In a large skillet, warm the ghee over med/high heat until shimmering, about 4 minutes. Gently blot away any accumulated liquid from the steak with a paper towel, then add to the skillet. Brown until dark and crisp, about 4 minutes per side, turning down the heat to prevent burning if needed. Cook to an internal temperature of 125F for Rare, 130F for Medium Rare, or 135F for Medium; test for doneness with an instant-read thermometer or the finger test. Once done, transfer to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes while we finish the sauce.
  5. Transfer the sauce to a blender (or Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth. Pour out and discard any remaining ghee from the skillet, then add the sauce. Bring to a simmer over med/low, scraping up any browned hanger steak bits. To finish, cut the cold butter into cubes and stir into the sauce one at a time. Once incorporated, taste and add salt if needed.
  6. Slice the steak into bite-sized chunks then serve with the sauce. We ended up tossing the steak pieces with the sauce and it was super awesome.

    * For a dairy-free option, don't add the cold butter to the sauce.

    * There are two basic elements to a flavorful Bordelaise Sauce: demi-glace (a dark, reduced broth) and bone marrow. An excellent source of bone marrow is, appropriately, directly from marrow bones. When making broth, I tend to scoop out about half of the marrow from bones beforehand to use in other cooking adventures. It keeps for about a week in the fridge, and works well in any dish that calls for butter. If you don't have access to bone marrow for the sauce, no worries. Simply use 1 tbsp of butter instead of the marrow, and it'll still taste great.

This recipe and photo are courtesy of our good friend Russ Crandall, author of the popular blog The Domestic Man, and the several must-have, paleo-friendly cookbooks.

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