U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter
Mother's Day Gift Ideas,
New Cooking Videos, Burger Sale,
Meat Loaf Throw Down Winner,

May 2, 2010   Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,

April showers bring May flowers...this old saying is true in Northeast Missouri this week. The grass and trees are green and flowers are blooming everywhere we look! This is a very welcome sight after the cold, snowy winter we experienced!

US Wellness apologizes for a server failure beyond our control on Saturday morning.  Our server provider endured a rare major website outage in their network.  Again, we are sorry if we created an untimely disruption Saturday morning.

Don't forget about Mother's Day coming up next Sunday, May 9! We have plenty of easy gift ideas for Mom and can ship directly to her door. Pick out a custom gift basket full of US Wellness steaks, fish, chocolate and candles and you will be on her good side for the rest of the year! Don't know what to pick? Send her a gift certificate and let her choose, or call us toll free at (877) 383-0051 and we can help you pick out a package she will love.

Mother's Day is the kickoff for National Women's Health Week. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, and is meant to encourage women to make their health a top priority through regular exercise, a healthy diet and regular health check-ups. Click HERE for a listing of Women's Health Week events in your area. This is a great incentive to make changes to your diet for the better - start small by trying grass-fed organic butter instead of margarine, wild-caught fish instead of farm raised or all-natural tallow soaps instead of store bought.

We are very excited to introduce our Cooking 101 recipe videos this week! Visit the Cooking 101 section on our blog to see our featured chefs demonstrate various recipes. The in-depth videos make the recipes come to life and are easy to listen to and follow along. We will constantly be updating this page with new chefs and recipes so be sure to check back often!

The CBS Early show had a report last week on the mysteries of food labeling - grass-fed vs. grass-finished, free-range vs. organic, farm raised vs. wild - do you know the differences? Reading product labels can be tricky, especially now that everybody is promoting "natural" products. See the article for a food label jargon breakdown. 

US Wellness was well represented all over the country this week. LeeAnn, Tressa and Jennifer traveled to Las Vegas to work the Foundation Recovery Network's 2010 Holistic Treatment Conference while John has been in Long Island, NY at the Navel Expo. Thank you to all of our customers and friends for stopping by - we truly enjoy hearing customer feedback and meeting new fans. 

Have you tried our new Turkey Jerky yet? We added two new flavors - Turkey Jerky with Cranberries and Cajun Turkey Jerky. Try some today for an easy afternoon snack, also great in lunchboxes!

Jon AndersonBe sure and pick up the May issue of MuscleMag for a feature article on our good friend Jon Andersen, the North American Strongest Man Champion in 2003. He is a Professional Strongman turned Pro Wrestler, who eats our grass-fed beef every day! His wresting diet contains 500-600 grams of protein a day, most in the form of ground beef.

Best May Regards,

John, LeeAnn, Megan, Tressa, and Jennifer on behalf of the farm families of US Wellness Meats. 

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Don't forget to look for the special promo code hidden in the text for a one time only 15% discount off your next purchase. Code will be active Sunday through Tuesday
this week.

The 4 red letters (in sequence) are in the extended articles in this issue and will spell out a string that can be used in the 'promo code' area when you are placing your order. The letters will begin with Catherine Ebeling's article after you open the complete article by clicking the link at the bottom of the article. 

This code only applies on orders weighing under
40 pounds and excludes all sale items, gift certificates and Flavorwave ovensYour order receipt will not show a credit, the code simply changes prices of individual products on your receipt page.  Compare receipt to retail store prices if you question the discount.  

Robert Daly is Stamford, CT. Meat Loaf Throw Down Winner

One of our top customers and long time friend, Robert Daly, was over joyed to win the April 25th Meat Loaf Throw Down held by Marcia Catering & Event Planning, a well known caterer in Stamford. Four contestants spent six weeks plotting strategy to out smart their cooking peers. The local caterer, a well known local home chef, a very savvy grandmother and Robert, with a mixed background in law enforcement, supplement store  owner and as a professional chef. 

Two panels of judges were empowered to sort out the best meat loaf recipe. One very well know restaurant chef told Robert it was the best meat loaf he had ever tasted in all aspects.

The two primary ingredients were US Wellness top sirloin and short rib trim which was not a cut we  would have suspected.

Tune in next week for a map to the winning recipe.

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by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

Cahterine Ebeling
Fuel for Athletic Performance

As a competitive cyclist, I am around athletes all the time. It's amazing to me what some of them eat, drink and fuel their bodies with before, during and after races. The myth of 'carb loading' is still there, as well as attempting to fuel with sugary, chemical-laden substances before and during and after races. Does it work? Well no, not really.

What do you eat to fuel your body properly for athletic performance? It's probably not what you think. Athletes and weekend warriors alike seem to always be looking for the latest powders, drink mixes, energy bars, supplements, gels, etc. to give themselves the 'edge' in competition.

We spend millions of dollars on 'energy' drinks and 'energy' bars each year. While food manufacturers would like you to believe there are all kinds of performance-related nutrients in these things, it all really boils down to two ingredients: sugar and caffeine. The rest of it is chemicals, chemically processed, and virtually useless ingredients as well as empty calories.

Fueling your body with sugar and caffeine eventually leads to a decline in energy, not an increase. Sugar starts with a quick high, but it is followed by plummeting energy levels. So, over the long run, any type of sugar used as a fuel will deplete you of energy. In fact, any kinesiologist or chiropractor will show you how sugar dramatically reduces strength.

So where should an athlete get energy to fuel the fires to compete?

For any event lasting longer than a half hour, energy is going to have to come from a better source. Eating simple carbs like sugar, honey, corn syrup-even processed white flour as in pasta, bread, cookies, doughnuts, etc. before an event will cause a spike in blood sugar followed by a fall and loss of energy. Simple carbs and even excessive complex carbs cause sluggishness and will hamper athletic performance in the long run.

Although many athletes still follow the 'carb-loading' principle, burning any type of sugar (carbs turn to sugar in the body) is not what the body needs over the long haul of an event. Controlling the blood sugar and insulin is actually key to athletic performance. When insulin levels are under control, the body will be more likely to burn fat for energy. This is called 'thermogenesis' and any elite athlete has a body that is highly capable of this.

Why do we want to burn fat for energy?

Check out foods that can help you burn fat in The Fat Burning Kitchen; Your 24-hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body A Fat Burning Machine.  Catherine and best-selling internet author of The Truth About Abs Mike Geary, have teamed up to help you burn fat effectively and eat the most nutrition-packed foods in the process. Change your kitchen and transform your body!
searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears
Omega-3's and Anti-Aging
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Reader,

Omega-3s may determine how long you'll live - and it's not just because they're good for your heart.
Omega-3s may now have a profound effect on anti-aging by slowing down the shortening of telomeres.

What are telomeres? They're protective tips that cap the ends of your DNA. Each time your cells divide, your telomeres get shorter. When your telomeres run down, cell division stops, and your life ends.

While this may sound like a clip from a science fiction movie, it's real. And it's about to change the world of medicine. Everything you've been told about aging is about to be transformed by this new science. You may not have heard about this new breakthrough yet. That doesn't surprise me.

Organized forces in the mainstream media and established medical community don't want you to know about this. Even though the Nobel Prize was awarded last year for telomere research, the importance of this life-changing discovery has been ignored.

In fact, they say anti-aging is impossible.

But the truth is it's now possible to slow down the shortening of your telomeres. I just read about it in a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), which confirmed the connection with Omega-3s.(1)

Just because you may not be hearing about this on the evening news, don't let that stop you from taking advantage of this important scientific breakthrough.

You already know the many benefits of Omega-3s. Now it's possible for you to add years to your life, simply by doing something you already believe in. It doesn't get much better than that.

Here are three steps you can take to bulk-up on Omega-3s right now:

Step 1: Eat fresh fish three or four times a week. I recommend coldwater, high-fat variety fish like:
Step 2: Eat more raw nutsand seeds. For many years, nuts have gotten a bad rap for being high in fat. But in reality, nuts are a great source of Omega-3 and other life-enhancing nutrients. Here are some of my favorites:
Step 3: Take 3 to 5 grams of Omega-3 fish oila day. I recommend my formulation of Peruvian fish oil that packs two to three times the Omega-3s you find in leading brands, and five times more Omega-3s than a can of tuna - without the mercury. These oils can help you:
  • Strengthen your heart and blood vessels
  • Maintain blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range 
  • Help support joint and muscle health 
  • Keep your triglycerides (blood fat) in the safe range
  • Sustain healthy HDL (good cholesterol) levels 
  • Boost your memory and brainpower 
  • Protect your blood vessels and nerves
To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD


(1) Ramin Farzaneh-Far, MD; Jue Lin, PhD; Elissa S. Epel, PhD; William S. Harris, PhD; Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD;Mary A. Whooley, MD. "Association of Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels With Telomeric Aging in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease."JAMA. 2010;303(3):250-257, January 20, 2010.


[Ed. Note:  Dr. Al Sears, M.D. is a board-certified clinical nutrition specialist. His practice, Dr. Sears' Health & Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., specializes in alternative medicine. He is the author of seven books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation, including The Doctor's Heart Cure. To get his free special report on the proven anti-aging strategies for building a vibrant, disease-free life, go here now. You'll learn how to stop Father Time without giving up the foods you love.]
sadiquaShane Ellison, M.S.


By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison

Sugar isn't always what you think it is. These days, most of it has been replaced with an impostor.

Known as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), this synthetic sweetener masquerades as being natural and healthy. But a chemical reaction discovered in 1914 by the French chemist Louis Camille Maillard proves otherwise. Every time you consume the corn syrup, it acts as wrinkle fertilizer, courtesy of "glycation" - the process by which sugars like HFCS bind to amino acids in the bloodstream and become Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products. This class of toxins has been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, and Alzheimer's.

Hardly natural, HFCS is made in a lab. Corn syrup is chemically altered in such a way that it becomes "high-fructose" corn syrup." This leads to a much higher rate of AGE production than occurs with plain old sugar. As sure as night follows day, AGE products bind to collagen, causing it to get twisted and tangled. This shows up as age spots, wrinkles, and everything else that makes skin look old and crumbly.

So steer clear of HFCS. Instead, opt for stevia or erythritol.

Editors Note: With tricky substances like HFCS lurking everywhere you turn, it can be hard to stay healthy. But if you take a few simple measures, you can protect your health and live a longer, more satisfying life.

Health expert Shane Ellison simplifies complex health issues while revealing the supplements and lifestyle habits that can help you beat today's pandemic killers. Want to learn how to overcome obesity, heart disease, and even cancer? Discover the latest natural cures?  Read more here.

About the Author:
Shane Ellison is the bestselling author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures and holds a masters degree in drug design (organic chemistry).  He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his studies in biochemistry and physiology.  He has been quoted by USA Today, Shape, Woman's World, as well as Women's Health and has served as guest speaker for large corporations like BP.  Learn about lifesaving supplements for under $10 by getting free sample of his book at www.otcnaturalcures.com.
serranoDr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
Eric Seranno
Dear Dr. Serrano,
I wonder if you can tell me if there is a reliable blood test to check for celiac disease?  I suspect this may be my problem contributing to stomach discomfort after eating anything containing wheat.

Thank you,


Dear Donald,

Wow, you are asking me for reliable test for celiac disease but you already know that when you eat wheat you don't do well. I am upset, you know the fire burns but you still want to touch it to make sure? The best test is what you are doing - the elimination diet and paying attention to what your symptoms are when you eat wheat.

In medicine, they will tell you that to diagnose celiac disease you need a biopsy of your intestines, and the blood tests are not as good. In practice we use Antiglidin, transglutaminase, and I am sure that we can use others, but again, the champion is the elimination diet, and you have done it.

Thank You,

Dr. Serrano

This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to the email address below for Dr. Eric Serrano M.D. question and answer series. Please place Dr. Serrano's name in the subject line for quicker processing.

Answers will appear in future issues of the Newsletter and News Alert. Your full name will not be displayed. Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to literally any question related to health and wellness involving grass-fed meats.

Dr. Serrano has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience and an award-winning professor at Ohio State Medical School. Dr. Serrano has an outstanding family practice on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio and works with a select group of professional athletes.

Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
With advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness
475 North Hill Road
Pickerington, OH 43147-1157

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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
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Need A Training Lift?
By: Scott Mendelson

I have lost some fat over the past couple months doing an hour of cardio 5 days per week and using a clean diet.  Since the start of September I have actually gained fat, how is this possible?   I am beyond frustrated.   I do not have a lot of experience weight training; will it help me a lot to start? 

Jane, KS


Break the Fat Storage Cycle


The excessive steady state cardio is teaching the body to store fat in many ways.  Without getting into a long scientific explanation - a combination of factors I can identify are increasing your fat storage hormones which also have a negative impact on metabolism.  Each year I have dozens of new female clients come my way in the same situation as you and correcting the problems involves a change in strategy.  Without the right changes you can expect matters to get much worse.

In most cases I can help female clients lose at least 10-15 lbs of body fat in the first 6-8 weeks and some times more pending the starting body fat percentage and degree of dedication.  Furthermore the dramatic improvements in daily energy, mood, and confidence I see amongst clients are something that is harder to put into a statistic, but these elements are the key to long term success.  The better you feel the more likely you are to make good decisions with exercise and food choices.

Weight Training Will Unlock your Fat Burning Potential

Yes, weight training will provide tremendous fat burning benefits.  Most women do not scratch the surface of their potential because they do not properly implement a weight training program.  It is not just about breaking a sweat and burning some calories, weight training in the right way will escalate fat burning hormones through the roof!  My customized consult clients earn progress very quickly with simple routines appropriate for their needs and skill level.  Building a strong base is important using proper form and program structures.  Over time the intensity increases as needed to bring on the results.

Interval Sprints for Rapid Fat Loss

Interval sprints are far more effective for fat loss in comparison to steady state cardio while taking less time!  Intervals can be implemented in many ways just like weight training routines.  While running is one mode of doing sprints, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, jump ropes etc are also very productive.  Drop me an email - scott@infinityfitness.com and I will send you the 10 minute fat loss interval routine so you can experience great success!

Time for a New Nutrition Strategy

I am guessing that you are making use of a low calorie diet for an extended period of time and this is another reason why progress has ground to a halt.  Over time the low food intake will stall metabolism without the correct refinements.  My clients in the same situation as you have earned great success eating the correct food choices in proper proportions helping to accelerate metabolism allowing fat loss progress to be both rapid and permanent. A macronutrient cycling plan is perfectly timed for a situation like yours to break metabolic sluggishness, increase fat burning enzymes and to optimize other fat burning elements.  Please email scott@infinityfitness.com for your complimentary copy of Macronutrient Cycling Rapid Fat Loss Plan. 

Hi, I am Scott Mendelson, and I am here to help deliver solutions to all of your exercise challenges in 2010 and beyond! "My goal is to not only reach more people in 2010, but help them get to their goals in the fastest possible time frame using the best techniques for their unique needs." 

To say the least, grassland beef goes quickly in the Mendelson House with filets, flank steak, minute steaks and burgers being the favorites.

An Internet Training and nutrition consulting pioneer, Scott has been helping clients ranging from weekend warriors to professional athletes since 1999. See more about Scott's credentials here. Watch Scott explain the Super Station Training Chest and Back routine demonstrated by Natural Pro Todd Buchanan.

Infinity Fitness INC provides training, fitness, and nutritional information for educational purposes. It is important that you consult with a health professional to ensure that your dietary and health needs are met. It is necessary for you to carefully monitor your progress and to make changes to your nutritional and fitness program to enjoy success. Infinity Fitness does not employ dieticians or health professionals and assumes no responsibility or liability for your personal health and condition. For more information regarding our Limited Warranty for products and services, please see our disclaimer at InfinityFitness.com.  Copyright Infinity Fitness INC All Rights Reserved 2010

This document is provided by Infinity Fitness INC for general guidance only, and does not constitute the provision of health or fitness advice.  The information is provided "as is"  with no assurance or guarantee of completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.  

Email new questions for Scott Mendelson via: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com

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What Our Customers Are Saying

John, Beef Franks

We will will be trying the pot roast for the first time tonight. Already a big fan of the slow-roasted shredded beef.

In fact, if you ever stop making the shredded beef or the sugar-free beef franks (my husband's absolute favorite,) I don't know what I'd do! These are truly the greatest hot dogs we've ever had and my husband prefers them to any other meal!
Pomona, CA
recipeRecipe Corner

Apricot Glazed Pork Chops

Apricot Glazed Pork ChopsIngredients:

Chunky Apricot Sauce:

  • 4 apricots, fresh, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves, stemmed and chopped


  1. In small bowl, combine 1/4 cup apricot preserves and curry powder. Brush over both sides of pork chops
  2. Place on pre-heated medium-hot grill. Cook on both sides for 8 to 10 minutes or until internal temperature as measured with an instant-read thermometer reaches 160 degrees F.
  3. Meanwhile, combine apricots, preserves and cilantro. When ready to serve, spoon Chunky Apricot Sauce over pork chops.
15 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cook time.  Serves 4. 

Recipe and photo compliments of the Pork Checkoff.

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picsApril 23, 2010 - Near Monticello, MO
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Farm photos on a late April evening in Northeast Missouri.
April Evening Grazing

$25 Discount for 40lb. Increments

Do not forget to take advantage of the 40 pound $25 discount by ordering 40 pound combinations of beef, lamb, pork, butter, goat, shrimp, bison, condiments, honey, rabbit, single item chicken selections, snack foods, pet food, and raw cheese.

This is our way of saying thank you for purchasing in volume. This can be any combination of products totaling 40 pounds and does not have to be specific to any category. Each 40 pound interval will yield the discount. For example, 80 pounds of product will yield a $50 discount and a 120 pound purchase will yield a $75 discount.

Minimum Purchase Rules

U.S. Wellness requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 pound minimum combined purchase of beef, lamb, pork, nutraceuticals, gourmet rabbit, grass-fed goat, grass-fed bison, raw cheese, single piece poultry, and butter.

The minimum is required since we have built the cost of shipping into the price of the product.  You will only see a $7.50 handling fee at checkout.

The issue is that the 20 pound bulk chicken and turkeys originate from separate cold storage center where those products are produced. It is not efficient to ship one package of beef as a stand alone item when the balance of the order originates 400 miles away.

The shopping cart will keep track and remind you if you are under the 7 pound limit for a combination of beef, lamb, pork, raw cheese, butter, goat, shrimp, soap and single honey bottle purchases. A Red font will appear under the shopping cart if you are under the minimum price or pound requirements.

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Beef Back Ribs
The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST May 8, 2010.

Beef Back Ribs
- 16 lb package

London Broil Steak
- 2.25 lbs

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Lamb Loin Chops
- 2 (6 oz) chops

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Italian Pork Sausage
- 1.25 lb package

Chicken Apple Sausages
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- 20 g bar

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