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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain!
Cyber Monday Sale, Leftover Turkey Recipes
High Fat Weight Loss Breakfast
Easy Gift Giving Ideas

November 28, 2010   Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
Happy Holidays
We hope all of our readers had a healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday and survived the Black Friday shopping madness!  If you were like us, and avoided the stores on Friday, be sure and take advantage of our extended Cyber Monday sale!  Simply read Catherine's full article below to learn about how to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about holiday weight gain, and take advantage of the 15% red letter promo code hidden in the text.  The 15% discount will be active for all orders under 40 lbs placed on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of this week.

Wondering what to do with all the leftover turkey?  We have plenty of ideas!  See our recipe section below for a Meaty Manicotti recipe for a sneaky way to hide leftover turkey.  Or visit our blog for more tasty turkey ideas!

Christmas season is now in full swing, and we are ready to make gift giving as easy as possible!  The gift of good health is one that will keep on giving.  Visit our Ultimate Gift-Buying Guide for endless gift ideas for the hard-to-buy for person.  Or try our Gourmet Gift Pack - perfect for the whole family.  If you're not sure what they'll like or for someone who is a current customer, give them a US Wellness gift certificate, something you can be sure they will use and appreciate!

With the Christmas season comes holiday parties, family dinners and work pot-lucks.  It is often hard to avoid weight gain over the holidays, which is why so many of us make New Year's resolutions to lose the gained holiday weight.  It is possible to stop this vicious cycle before it even starts.  In Catherine's article she offers helpful tips to successfully make it through the holiday season without putting on the pounds, and in Scott's article he explains several exercise programs that will help you stay stress-free and in shape all through the holidays.

We are happy to introduce a new Featured Chef this month.  Josh Galliano is the executive chef at Monarch Restaurant and Wine Bar right near us in St. Louis, MO.  He was kind enough to share his impressive recipe for Autumn Lamb Duo.  Visit the Featured Chef Section for this recipe, and many more!

Have you experienced our Fresh Chilled Beef yet?  US Wellness Meats is the only company that can ship fresh, never frozen grass-fed beef cuts direct to your door.  This makes a perfect holiday gift, or a great dinner party idea.  Visit our Fresh Chilled Beef section online for a full list of available cuts.  The next order deadline is this Friday, December 3.  Please have all orders in by 12:00 noon CST on Friday to ensure shipment the following Wednesday, December 8.

Do you tweet?  If so, follow us on Twitter to keep up with all of our holiday happenings!

Best Holiday Regards,

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

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Excess Fructose May Play Role in Diabetes, Obesity and Other Health Conditions

SugarMore and more people have become aware of the dangers of excessive fructose in diet. A new review on fructose in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) indicates just how dangerous this simple sugar may be.

Richard J. Johnson, MD and Takahiko Nakagawa, MD (Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, University of Colorado) provide a concise overview of recent clinical and experimental studies to understand how excessive amounts of fructose, present in added sugars, may play a role in high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Dietary fructose is present primarily in added dietary sugars, honey, and fruit. Americans most frequently ingest fructose from sucrose, a disaccharide containing 50% fructose and 50% glucose bonded together, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a mixture of free fructose and free glucose, usually in a 55/45 proportion. With the introduction of HFCS in the 1970s, an increased intake of fructose has occurred and obesity rates have risen simultaneously.

The link between excessive intake of fructose and metabolic syndrome is becoming increasingly established. However, in this review of the literature, the authors conclude that there is also increasing evidence that fructose may play a role in hypertension and renal disease. "Science shows us there is a potentially negative impact of excessive amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup on cardiovascular and kidney health," explains Dr. Johnson. He continues that "excessive fructose intake could be viewed as an increasingly risky food and beverage additive."

Concerned that physicians may be overlooking this health problem when advising CKD patients to follow a low protein diet, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Nakagawa recommend that low protein diets include an attempt to restrict added sugars containing fructose.

Dr. Johnson and Dr. Nakagawa are listed as inventors on several patent applications related to lowering uric acid for the treatment or prevention of hypertension, diabetes, and fatty liver.

ScienceDaily Nov. 23, 2010
The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by American Society of Nephrology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS

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by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
Catherine Ebeling
Enjoy the Holidays Without Weight Gain

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. For six weeks or so there are parties, family gatherings, holiday meals, get-togethers, and goodies galore everywhere you turn. Is it possible to go through the holidays and enjoy the food and drink, friends and family without feeling guilt or without packing on the pounds? Yes, truly you can, and it really doesn't have to mean staying home and eating carrot sticks and celery while everyone else is out having fun.

My best advice for you is not to stress about going off your diet at holiday parties and get-togethers. Just enjoy - in moderation. The key is to go right back to healthy eating the next day at home and in-between the parties. Cut out the grains, sugars and processed foods on a day-to-day basis and keep it light and simple, then when you go to a party, it's okay to cheat. Consider it your "cheat day". Don't go overboard, but on the other hand, don't stress because you ate things that happen to be higher calorie than your regular diet.

When the holiday season is over, you can use these same methods to help you throughout the year. Obviously, one of the most important things to do is to eat in moderation - this is key when you are watching your weight, but not always so easy to do, especially at this time of year. Don't linger at the hors d'oeuvres table, grazing as you gab - get your food and walk away. Pick a few of your favorites and try to avoid getting seconds. Load up on protein and veggies as much as possible and try to avoid the starchy, sugary foods as much as possible.

The key here is to stay in control, but ENJOY it. It is OK to deviate from your diet once in a while and in fact it may actually be better for weight loss as long as you follow a certain protocol. "Cheat days" have been incorporated into many weight loss programs because they do seem to work for several reasons...



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Dr. Al Sears
Drop Weight By Eating This Breakfast

By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

You can drop weight and reduce fat without ever counting a calorie or stepping on a treadmill.  It all depends on what you eat first thing in the morning. You can program your metabolism for the rest of the day.(1)

When you eat a high-fat breakfast, it turns on your fat-burning metabolism. You'll drop fat off your body and use up the calories you eat for the rest of the day.  But if you eat a low-fat, high-carb breakfast, your body will hold onto fat, and your appetite will increase.  Your bad cholesterol goes up, along with your triglycerides and blood sugar. It sets you up for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and this metabolic maladjustment occurs independent of how many calories you eat or how much you exercise.

I've been following this research in the International Journal of Obesity. Before now, no one has looked at the timing of your meals and how it affects your weight and your health.  It's something we should know instinctively.  Nature didn't intend for you to eat breakfast out of a cereal box.  Your ancestors thrived on foods like eggs, meat and fish - this is what gave them power, strength and vitality.

I remember staying at my grandparents' place when I was a kid. I'd wake up to the smell of steak and eggs and race down the stairs to get my place at the table.  Your grandparents ate this way, too.  It's much better for you than what the media wants you to believe.

Today, you're brainwashed by commercials for low-fat granola, Cheerios and Special K. You think you're eating healthy products because they tell you its "high-fiber, whole-oat and whole-grain wheat."  But all those low-fat carbs throw your metabolism out of whack, and eventually, your health will suffer.

To help avoid that, I recommend you eat a solid, high-fat breakfast. You'll feel good all day with no mid-morning and mid-afternoon crash. You'll think clearly and have plenty of energy. You won't be as hungry, and cravings will seem to vanish. You'll notice it's easier to drop weight, and you'll feel like exercising again.

So, put down your cereal spoon and grab a fork and give this a try for the next few weeks. See how much better you feel and how your health improves.  To get you started, here are two of my favorite breakfasts you might enjoy:

1. Fried eggs with a side of steak: Look for cage-free eggs at the grocery. They come from antibiotic-free chickens raised in a natural, healthy environment. Fry them in organic butter.

Make sure to buy grass-fed beef. Animal fat is good for you, as long as it's from disease-free livestock that haven't been injected with hormones or fed antibiotics.  If you gravitate toward bacon, remember this can be highly processed food. So look for grass-fed and a brand that doesn't contain nitrates. They cause cancer and changes to your DNA.

2. Cheese omelet with salmon: Look for 100% organic cheese. Get it from grass-fed cows if you can.  You get none of the hormones and antibiotics and far more nutrients. Buy wild salmon instead of farm-raised.  It has no dyes, less toxins like PCBs, and higher levels of omega-3.

To Your Good Health,
Dr. Sears


1.  M S Bray, J-Y Tsai et al. "Time-of-day-dependent dietary fat consumption influences multiple cardiometabolic syndrome parameters in mice," International Journal of Obesity 2010 Mar; doi:10.1038/ijo.2010.63 Original Article.

Editors 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.

shaneShane Ellison, M.S.

Shane Ellison
Can "Mooney Aerodynamics" Highlight the Best Way to Live Longer, Disease Free?

By: Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison   www.thepeopleschemist.com

The sky is brutally honest. It shows you who you are, or aren't. It can redefine you too, because flying offers a freedom that can't be found on the ground. "Strapping on" my new plane for the first time, the "Mooney Aerodynamics" was sure to test my guts, and introduce me to new ones. Not only is it one of the fastest in its class, it's also very slippery on landing. The ensuing stress that accompanied my first 175 mph decent for landing - as a nervous, rookie pilot - is probably when the drugs kicked in.

On the bleeding edge of scientific understanding is an adaptive response to stress that triggers our "internal pharmacy" to manufacture a "custom drug cocktail," which alters our biochemistry for better survival. Technically, it's known as hormesis and it proves, "that which doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." As an organic chemist studying it at the molecular level, hormesis appears to be one of the best ways to live longer and disease-free, as long as you're willing to get out of your comfort zone.

Hormesis was first discovered via "the runners high." In particular, pain-soothing, euphoria-inducing molecules known as endorphins (and many others) were found to be made by adrenals in response to the stress. A physical transformation ensued thanks to the internally made drug cocktails. Over time, hormesis has shown beneficial in protecting us from diabetes and cancer, just to name a few...



About the Author:
Shane is an award winning organic chemist and author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures.  He teaches people about natural medicine, but is not a shill. He is a perfect candidate for being "medicated to death" - according to psychiatry, but chooses living young instead. 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 and appeared on Fox and NBC as a natural medicine advocate.  Learn about the $8 cancer buster FREE at www.otcnaturalcures.com.

Shane has graciously donated copies of his new e-book: Hidden Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs As an award winning scientist, Shane can share the hidden truth about cholesterol lowering drugs in a way that any reader can understand.  This eye opening read will teach you how to naturally lower your risk for heart disease, and expose many myths about popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. Visit the US Wellness blog to get your free copy now!
serranoDr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
Eric Seranno
Dr. Serrano,

I eat a primarily animal-based diet of meat, dairy, eggs, and fish.  Recently I read that dairy should be avoided or at least limited due to lectins.  I eat a lot of dairy - cream with my coffee, cheese with my eggs and often with my meat, butter for cooking, etc.  Should I be limiting my intake of dairy?

Thank you for your time and dedication!


Madeleine Fulton 

Dear Madeleine,

Unless you suffer with symptoms of allergies such as joint pain, stomach bloating and skin rashes, I wouldn't change a thing.  I would make sure your dairy products are from organic sources and never from regular sources. 

Thank You,

Dr. Serrano
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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
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Pickerington, OH 43147-1157

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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
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Preventing the 15 lbs of Holiday Body Fat

By: Scott Mendelson
Hi Scott,

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and it kicks off the holiday eason which just drives me crazy as I obsess about not gaining too much body fat.  I know on Friday that I will not let myself eat as pay back for Thanksgiving dinner and the same things happens several times through December when I feel bad about binges. 

In the past I would do an hour or so of cardio 4-6 days per week, but that did not seem to help as much as I thought it would to prevent body fat gains.  I am looking for a strategy that will help be stop or even burn some body fat from now until the New Year when I can really pick things up! 

Denver, CO


You are smart to not let Thanksgiving kick off a fat storing disaster which is what happens to most people.  During this time of year people either get much better or worse with no middle ground.  It is okay to eat to your heart's content on Thanksgiving and Christmas without having to worry about waking up looking like Santa the next day.  It is the constant intake of high sugar and refined food choices from leftovers, holiday parties, office pot lucks, etc. for the entire remaining five weeks of the year that add up to your waist line.  Email scott@infinityfitness.com and I will send you an article that reveals several proven strategies for preventing holiday body fat accumulation! 

Your new strategy should include weight training designed specifically to support your fat loss goals, and interval sprints.  These activities may be new to you, but you want to implement them now as this will be a great way for you to build momentum towards your New Year goals.

Stress Levels Add Up to More Body Fat

Do not put off success until January 1.  Too many people use this an excuse and end up piling on 10-20 lbs of body fat during the holiday season that could have been easily prevented with changes in strategy.  Building confidence in solutions to your problems will lower stress levels, which if otherwise left unchecked drive up cravings and lower energy.  This vicious cycle is one of the major hormonal contributors to rapid body fat accumulation.  You must choose to be successful by addressing potential problems before they arrive. 

Break the Fat Storage Cycle

The excessive steady state cardio is teaching the body 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 has a negative impact on metabolism.  Each month 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...



Contact Scott@infinityfitness.com for your complimentary copy of Macronutrient Cycling Rapid Fat Loss Plan and the Top Strategies for Avoiding Holiday Body Fat Accumulation.

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custcomment John,
Just an update - our run was a success - the day was beautiful and forced more runners out to Sunken Meadow.  I am attaching a copy of the race program that was included in all 520 bags, we added your name on the website (under support) and on the tee shirts, and it was announced during awards for the cancer survivor 1st and 2nd place winners.
Thank you for helping us make this inaugural run a success. 
We anticipated 300 - got 180 race day registrants - total 520. Great turnout - we believed this race was going to cost us money - but in fact - as it turned out the unofficial tally is about $8500 net - So Kudos to you for helping us reach that amount.
Have a great thanksgiving,

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recipeMeaty Spinach Manicotti

Meaty Spinach ManicottiIngredients:
  • 16 oz manicotti shells
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup sprouted flour
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 20 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 jars (26 ounces each) organic spaghetti sauce
  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour until smooth; gradually add milk.
  2. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese until melted; set aside. Drain manicotti; set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the chicken, spinach, eggs, mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup white sauce. Stuff into manicotti shells.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in each of two ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking dishes. Top with manicotti. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the top.
  5. Reheat the remaining white sauce, stirring constantly. Pour over spaghetti sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 14-16 servings. 

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