Are you ready for Easter? Our favorite spring holiday is just around the corner, and we are here to help with healthy (and tasty!) ideas for filling Easter baskets with treats your kids will love! Our newest line of Dark Chocolate
is quickly becoming a customer favorite - the 70% San Jose
and 72% Tanzania
Dark Chocolate Bars make a decadent addition to any Easter basket.
bars are a kid-tested favorite, and a healthy snack to add to Easter festivities. The Breakfast Bar
, Peanut Butter Chocolate
and Peanut Butter Honey
bars are packed with rich, organic ingredients and are even 100% gluten and GMO-free! Visit our website
for many more Easter snacking
Looking for ideas to pack in school lunches? Want an easy way to help other parents and be entered to win a US Wellness gift certificate and an eco-friendly Planetbox lunchbox? Better visit our blog
! Our Planetbox Contest
will close at midnight this Tuesday, April 19 and three lucky winners will be announced on Earth Day - Friday, April 22. Entering is easy, simply post a healthy school lunch idea, suggestion, or thought on the blog and you are automatically entered. We have had tons of very helpful responses so far so be sure to check them out!
Speaking of Earth Day, it has been held since 1970 as a way to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. We are happy to see more and more companies and businesses going "green" and trying to do their part to help mother Earth.
How are we at US Wellness staying green? By practicing sustainable farming methods, we helping to ensure that our farms will be around for generations to come. Our cattle are on a rotational grazing system, meaning they get moved to fresh pasture daily so they don't have time to completely mow off the field they start in. This helps protect the grasses, and makes it easier for them to regrow faster. Since we do not use any pesticides on our farms, there is no risk of run-off polluting any streams, or our ponds. Since our land is covered with native perennial grasses year round, we also do not have any erosion problems. For an exclusive farm tour, watch The Grass-Fed Difference
, and be sure to visit the Our Farms
section online for more details about our sustainable practices. Bison
is back! Our very popular Ground Bison
and Bison Patties
are back in the store so be sure and add some to your next order! Lean bison meat is an excellent addition to any paleo diet, and the fact that our bison is 100% grassfed and antibiotic/hormone-free makes it even better!
If you will be in the Long Island, NY area next Sunday, May 1, you might want to stop in at the Navel Expo
at the Huntington Hilton. This all day event showcases some of the best health and wellness speakers and companies. We will have a booth there so be sure to stop by and say hello!
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15% Discount Code Available!
Don't forget to look for the special promo code for a one-time-only 15% discount off your next purchase. The 7 letter code word can be found in Catherine's article and will be spelled in order. Code will be active Sunday through Tuesday this week.
This code only applies on orders weighing under 40 pounds and excludes all sale items, volume discounts, and gift certificates. Your 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 to see the discount.
An Apple A Day REALLY Does Keep the Doctor Away
Everyone has heard the old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." We all know we should eat more fruit. But why apples? Do they contain specific benefits?
According to Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD, Margaret A. Sitton Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University, apples are truly a "miracle fruit" that convey benefits beyond fiber content. Animal studies have shown that apple pectin and polyphenols in apple improve lipid metabolism and lower the production of pro-inflammatory molecules. Arjmandi's most recent research is the first to evaluate the long-term cardioprotective effects of daily consumption of apple in postmenopausal women.
The results of this USDA-funded study will be presented at Experimental Biology 2011 on April 12 in Washington, DC. This study randomly assigned 160 women ages 45-65 to one of two dietary intervention groups: one received dried apples daily (75g/day for 1 year) and the other group ate dried prunes every day for a year. Blood samples were taken at 3, 6 and 12-months. The results surprised Dr. Arjmandi, who stated that "incredible changes in the apple-eating women happened by six months - they experienced a 23% decrease in LDL cholesterol," which is known as the "bad cholesterol."
The daily apple consumption also led to a lowering of lipid hydroperoxide levels and C-reactive protein in those women.
"I never expected apple consumption to reduce bad cholesterol to this extent while increasing HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol by about 4%," Arjmandi said. Yet another advantage is that the extra 240 calories per day consumed from the dried apple did not lead to weight gain in the women; in fact, they lost on average 3.3 lbs.
"Reducing body weight is an added benefit to daily apple intake" he said. Part of the reason for the weight loss could be the fruit's pectin, which is known to have a satiety effect. The next step in confirming the results of this study is a multi-investigator nationwide study.
There is frequently some truth behind our common expressions, and in the case of 'an apple a day,' Dr. Arjmandi has shown that nutrition science backs up the expression. "Everyone can benefit from consuming apples," he said.
This research was performed by Drs. Sheau C. Chai, Shirin Hooshmand, Raz L. Saadat, and Bahram Arjmandi, Florida State University.
Source: Science Daily, April 12, 2011
Prevent and Heal Injuries with the Athlete's Diet
By: Catherine Ebeling, RN, BSN
Getting injured is one of the most difficult and frustrating things in an athlete's life. Most often injuries occur just as you are ramping up your training for a particular event or season. As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, many amateur and professional athletes are gearing up for another competitive season in their favorite sport.
Injuries can definitely throw a curveball into an otherwise busy training schedule. Often it is the body's way of telling you that you are pushing too hard, overtraining or lacking enough rest to fully recover and rebuild from hard training. The most difficult situation is getting sidelined when training for a specific event. It is especially tough to make up for lost time, and pushing too early, going too hard and not healing properly all become a vicious cycle of injury, recovery, and re-injury.
The best way to stop injuries is to of course, prevent them. While there are many things you can do in your training to prevent injury such as including rest days, warming up slowly, not pushing too hard too soon, and stretching, your diet will also make a HUGE difference in your training and the results.
Feeding and fueling the body will help to strengthen and maintain the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone in the best and strongest condition possible.
In contrast, a diet high in refined sugars, starches, and poor quality protein will increase inflammation and lead to a higher likelihood of injury.
What's the optimal diet for an athlete or weekend warrior? Read More...
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
These Drugs Poison Your Bones
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
Would you use a drug that gives you the problem it's supposed to prevent? Well, that's exactly what's going on with the new osteoporosis drugs. Fosomax, Boniva, Reclast, Actonel ... these medications are supposed to help stop you from getting bone fractures as you get older. But we now have evidence that they cause bone breaks.
Researchers studied women taking these medications - called bisphosphonates - who experienced some sort of fracture. Over 65 percent had the same rare fracture in the same area of their thigh bones. And these were the women who had been on the drugs for the longest periods.(1) Plus they've also found that if you're on the drugs for a long time and you do get a bone break, you'll heal very slowly. Sometimes it can take two years!
It's another example of how modern medicine doesn't learn from its mistakes. They refuse to take a whole-body approach to healing. Instead they opt to treat individual symptoms with drugs designed only for those symptoms. Bone density drugs are a perfect example of this. I'll tell you how they work in a moment, but first I want to tell you a little bit about how your body makes bone...
Your bones have cells called osteoclasts. Their job is to remove old bone tissue. This allows the bone to grow strong because other cells called osteoblasts then rebuild the bone.
With osteoporosis and other bone diseases, there is an imbalance... either your osteoblasts aren't making new cells fast enough, or osteoclasts are removing too much tissue.
So, drug companies came up with a way to stop osteoclasts from removing the old tissue, which also artificially increases your bone density: bisphosphonate drugs...Read More...
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.
Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC
Hello Dr. Serrano,
I would like to know how you feel about egg white protein powder?
I have found that I like the taste of it better than whey but I also eat a lot of eggs and am worried about over sensitizing my body to eggs and potentially developing allergies.
Should I try to rotate or is whey a superior form of protein?
Great statement. You should always rotate your protein supplements unless taking free form aminos. I agree with you about possible developing allergies to egg proteins if you continue eating it that way due to processing.
My advice to you is to start eating eggs different ways, like changing the way you eat them day to day. For example, one week over easy, next week scrambled, etc. This way you might prevent allergies. In addition you must make sure that you eat organic eggs, because anything with fat in it can store toxins. To be honest, try to take holidays or time off your supplements so the body cant adjust to it.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Dr. Serrano question and answer series. Answers will appear in future issues of the weekly newsletter under your first name only. Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to any question involving health and wellness.
Dr. Serrano has advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness and has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience, and as 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.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
10 Habits Crucial For Rapid Fat Loss Success
By: Scott Mendelson
My husband and I have tried nearly everything to improve our bodies during the last few years. Before becoming more health conscious we were both fat and sluggish! We have made great progress with simple tactics, but what do we need to do to take it to the next level? I am talking about being in a bathing suit and looking great! Having all day energy and living life to the fullest!
Great question, I am going to address this with the top ten traits of the most successful clients that I have had the pleasure of working with over the last ten years. The mindsets of those who make the fastest and most significantly lasting progress are very similar in a majority of cases, so they are not just lucky! There is always a method to the madness leading to success.
Sprint to the Finish Line
Set goals that are well defined, measurable and time sensitive. Short yet intense periods of say, twelve weeks are far more effective than a 36 week lower level of focus and effort (and compliance) time frame. Achieve your goals at an aggressive pace and move on to other objectives before you get bored!
Rotating the emphasis of training and nutrition is very important for preventing metabolic and hormonal staleness often associated with extended fat loss efforts. Have you ever met the person who has been on a "diet" at least as they define it for nearly their entire lives and are still failing miserably?
I am well known for my preference of intensity over "going through the motions" quantity. I think any effort to improve the physique or performance should be handled with the same mind set of quality over quantity. Just take a look at the cardio section of any major gym in this country. For the most part you will see the same people struggling to lose body fat, taking a walk to nowhere on the treadmill when you visit three months later. Why do they choose this venue of exercise? Little concentration is needed and they can watch the TV without the discomfort of embracing new techniques. Without the right changes they will continue to go nowhere with progress fast!
Execute The Right Nutrition Plan
Eating the right foods including grass-fed beef
and other organic choices is a huge step in the right direction, however there must be a plan to address amounts of food, timing, cycling and macronutrient cycling to ensure both rapid and lasting success.
Instead of pulling your hair out trying to figure out the optimal path- get professional help to fast track your success. We have reviewed thousands of diets and it is very rare to find an individual who can properly plan a program for their own needs. Just like training, the nutrition plan must change frequently to avoid metabolic staleness.
Did you know that increasing good dietary fat sources one day per week can significantly elevate fat burning enzymes and other fat burning mechanisms? How would you like to have several sizzling grass-fed steaks
and other tasty food choices all in an effort of fat burning? Read More...
Email email@example.com for copies of the 17 Rapid Fat Loss Tips, The Extreme Crash Diet and The Fat Burning Tools Special Report!
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 dietitians 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 2010This 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
I had the filet mignon
for dinner and I have never had such a good steak! It was tender, juicy, flavorful.
I've eaten at two of the best steakhouses (Morton's, Ruth Chris) and US Wellness beats them both. I didn't want to finish.:)
Filet Mignon with Herb-Butter Sauce & Mushrooms
- 4 (6 oz) Beef Tenderloin Filet Steaks
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 cups assorted mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, straw, cremini, button or chanterelle), whole or cut in half
- 1/4 cup minced shallots
- 1-1/2 cups beef broth
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. (Can also use cast iron skillet with some melted butter, ghee, or coconut oil.)
- Place beef steaks in skillet; cook 10 to 13 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove to platter, season with salt and pepper, as desired. Keep warm.
- Heat butter in same skillet over medium heat until melted. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned.
- Add beef broth and thyme to skillet, stirring until browned bits attached to bottom of pan are dissolved; bring to a boil.
- Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir into mushroom mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
- Serve steaks with sauce.
Yield: 4 servings
Recipe compliments of Beef It's Whats For Dinner.
Lewis County, Missouri - April 2011
April grazing shots taken on US Wellness farm near Canton, MO - we are excited to have fields of green grass again!
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U.S. Wellness requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 lb total order minimum.
The weight minimum is to help ensure everything stays frozen during transit and the price 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 South Carolina Chicken Bundles, and Olive Oil ship from separate locations, so they are not included in the 7 lb weight minimum.
The shopping cart will keep track and remind you if your order is under the 7 lb limit.
On your next order, receive a $25 discount for every 40 lbs you order. This offer excludes items that ship separate such as the South Carolina Chicken and Olive Oil.
This is our way of saying thank-you for purchasing in bulk! This can be any combination of products totaling 40 pounds and does not have to be specific to any category. Each 40 lb interval will yield the discount. For example, 80 lbs of product will yield a $50 discount and a 120 lb purchase will yield a $75 discount.
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