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Link Between Heart Disease & Omega-3's?
New Chefs & Rockin' Recipes 

December 11, 2011
 Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
 January Cattle
Happy Winter!  We enjoyed our first snowfall here in Northeast Missouri this week, Mother Nature surprised us on Tuesday as we were blanketed with snow and very cold temperatures!

Winter means the holiday season is here to stay.  We have already filled several corporate gift orders and have been selling Christmas favorites such as gift certificates and cookbooks, like crazy!  If you want to get your shopping done early simply give us a call and we'll help you out. 

We are excited to announce our newest feature chefs, the amazing duo from She Cooks...He Cleans - Nancy Mullis and James Mann.  This creative pair has some amazing recipes that they pair with music to create a perfect pairing at dinnertime.  Be sure to check out the recipe page for some of their favorite "music and meals" that will be sure to warm up your winter. 

Omega-3's and heart disease?  We are keenly aware of the amazing anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3's, and are always glad when modern medicine speaks out about them.  We ran across a new study released last week that tested the affects of omega-3 fatty acids on older adults with diabetes who have already had a heart attack - to find whether increased omega-3 intake would reduce their chances of irregular heart rhythms in the future.  We were happy to read that the study agreed that omega-3's are beneficial to those most at risk for heart disease, but we were surprised at how they tested it.  They gave test groups margarine with omega-3, and other groups margarine with a placebo.  We don't really agree with the use of margarine, and prefer to get our fatty acids from natural sources, so we were glad to see the article mention that some of the best sources are fish, plant oils, and walnuts.  One thing that it did not mention is that meat from grazing animals is another natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which will help even out the omega-3:6 ratio. 

If the holidays have you stressed already and you need a healthy indulgence, see Kelley's article below for some great reasons to eat that piece of chocolate!

Finally - we've stocked up on ground beef and the best selling 75% lean ground beef is on sale this week only.  This doesn't happen often so be sure to stock up, don't worry about storage, it will keep in your freezer for well over a year.  Also, the popular Beef Sliders restocked this week - we apologize for the extended shortage.

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Winter Regards,  

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

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Beef Tallow Restocked This Week:   


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 seven red letter code word can be found in Dr. Al Sears' 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, bulk boxes, 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.




Young Women May Reduce Heart Disease Risk Eating Fish With Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Study Finds

Maple Glazed SalmonYoung women may reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease simply by eating more fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, researchers reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the first population-based study in women of childbearing age, those who rarely or never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular problems over eight years than those who ate fish regularly. Compared to women who ate fish high in omega-3 weekly, the risk was 90 percent higher for those who rarely or never ate fish.

Researchers used a Danish nationwide population based pregnancy cohort to examine whether or not eating more fish might reduce cardiovascular disease risk in the young women.

About 49,000 women, 15-49 years old, median age of just under 30 years in early pregnancy - were interviewed by telephone or answered food frequency questionnaires about how much, what types and how often they ate fish, as well as lifestyle and family history questions.

Researchers recorded 577 cardiovascular events during the eight-year period, including five cardiovascular deaths in women without any prior diagnosis of the disease. In all, 328 events were due to hypertensive disease, 146 from cerebrovascular disease, and 103 from ischemic heart disease.

Inpatient and outpatient admission for cardiovascular disease was much more common among women who reported eating little or no fish. In three different assessments over a 30-week period, women who never ate fish had a three-fold higher disease risk compared to women who ate fish every week.

"To our knowledge this is the first study of this size to focus exclusively on women of childbearing age," said Marin Strom, Ph.D., lead researcher and post doctoral fellow at the Centre for Fetal Programming, at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. "The biggest challenge in getting health messages like this across to younger populations is that usually the benefits may not be evident for 30 or 40 years, but our study shows this is not the case. We saw a strong association with cardiovascular disease in the women who were still in their late 30's."

Fish oil contains long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are believed to protect against heart and vascular disease. Few women in the study took fish oil supplements, so these were excluded from the analyses and the results were based on the dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids, not intake from supplements.

Most previous studies that found cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have focused on men, according to Strom.

"Men and women share many cardiovascular risk factors, but some studies have shown that there might also be gender differences. For example, inflammation, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels may have a more negative influence among women," Strom said.

Even women who ate fish only a couple of times a month benefitted. "Women who eat fish should find the results encouraging, but it is important to emphasize that to obtain the greatest benefit from fish and fish oils, women should follow the dietary recommendations to eat fish as a main meal at least twice a week," she said.

The most common fish consumed by women in the study were cod, salmon, herring, and mackerel.

"Our study shows that for younger women, eating fish is very important for overall health, and even though we found cardio-protective effects at relatively modest dietary levels, higher levels may yield additional benefits," Strom said.

American Heart Association. "Young women may reduce heart disease risk eating fish with omega 3 fatty acids, study finds." ScienceDaily, 5 Dec. 2011. Web. 7 Dec. 2011. 


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searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears

It's Not Organic...But So What?   



By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

Have you heard what's been happening? Organic advocates, groups and media outlets are up in arms because breakfast cereal producers like Kashi and Mother's were caught switching from organic ingredients to "natural" ones.(1)

There are endless articles about how this or that cereal has almost no organic ingredients. There's even a giant report from the Cornucopia Institute called Cereal Crimes.(2) It describes how manufacturers are now deceiving you by lowering their organic content without telling you, but still charging high organic prices.

Kellogg's and other manufacturers have replaced organic ingredients in cereals like kashi with "natural" ones...but even organic cereals are a health threat.

They're missing the point.

I'll tell you why in a minute, but first, I'll let you in on a little secret that's not very well known: The entire reason cereal exists in the first place is because of the Kellogg brothers who believed eating meat was wrong.

A hundred and fifty years ago, Americans ate pork, beef, or chicken for breakfast. In the 19th century, Americans ate breakfasts heavy on the meat and natural fiber, light on grains. Heart disease was extremely rare.

The Kelloggs ran a sanitarium, and were vegetarians. They developed what we now call "granola" and eventually corn flakes to feed their patients instead of animal products. The patients started requesting it by mail after they left the sanitarium because they believed it was healthy. The Kelloggs started packaging it, and had a business on their hands.

To sell their products, the Kelloggs used shrewd advertising to convince you that cereal is good while meat and eggs are bad. Not because it's true, but because it was in their commercial interests. The Kelloggs had a commercial and vegetarian agenda that deceived people into thinking their product was "healthy," and traditional foods were not.

For decades now ads touting cereal as Mother Nature's wholesome solution for obesity and heart disease have been very effective. Kellogg's even has a "Mr. Breakfast" character to try and convince parents and children that cereal is the only breakfast food you need.

C.W. Post should know. He was a patient at the Kelloggs sanitarium. His health didn't improve one bit while there, but he saw the business opportunity, and started his own sanitarium. And his own Post Cereal Company. You might recognize his version of granola. They're the so-called health food called "grape nuts."

But what the Cornucopia Institute and others should be talking about isn't whether or not cereal is organic...


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.



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Sweeten Your Mood and Protect Your Health with this "Divine" Indulgence


By: Kelley Herring



If a simple square of rich, luxurious chocolate seems to brighten your mood, there's a good reason for it...

Cocoa is packed with compounds which have been shown to promote feelings of euphoria and diminish anxiety. Chocolate also triggers the release of endorphins - the hormones that your own brain produces when it senses happiness.

It's no wonder that chocolate has been enjoyed for millennia. In fact, the Mayans prized it as a divine gift and source of power and it was even used as currency in the 1500s. And it's no surprise that millions of people today are devilishly addicted to this "divine" creation.

If you are an admitted "chocoholic" then here's some great news you'll be sure to enjoy: the benefits of cocoa extend far beyond the addictive flavor and feel-good compounds. In fact, real chocolate is one of the world's most powerful superfoods.

Not only does it have the power to sweeten your mood... it can also boost your memory and learning, improve your health, and dramatically reduce your risk of disease.

Some of the greatest benefits of chocolate are the result of its potent antioxidant activity. In fact, the antioxidant power of raw cocoa powder is off the charts!

The best measure of a food's antioxidant power is called the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). Foods that have a higher ORAC score have a greater ability to neutralize free radicals, the unstable molecules that damage cells and DNA and contribute to aging, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and more.

The ORAC score of raw broccoli, for example, is 1,362. That's pretty good. But it's nowhere near blueberries, which rank near the top of all fruits and vegetables at 6,552. However, even blueberries don't come close to cocoa, with an ORAC score of 80,933!

And that's not all. Cocoa is also one of the most concentrated sources of powerful flavonoids. A recent meta-analysis of 24 studies conducted at Harvard showed that these plant-based compounds can...


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Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the co-founder of Wellness Bakeries - a company dedicated to creating low-glycemic dessert mixes made from all-natural, organic ingredients. A serving of Wellness Bakeries' Chocolate Bliss Cake is not just luxuriously delicious... it also provides  more fiber than a bowl of bran flakes, more protein than a scrambled egg, more antioxidants than six cups of blueberries and less sugar than a quarter of an apple! It's gluten free, diabetic safe and perfect for the holidays! Read Kelley's Letter to Dessert Lovers and try a slice yourself!



serranoDr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC
Eric Seranno
Dr. Serrano,

I currently take krill oil daily (Prograde brand).  I also try to add in an additional 2400mg fish oil before bed. This dose supplies 720mg Omega 3....the current brand i'm taking does not state the specific EPA and DHA.  Basically my question is, with taking krill oil, is it necessary to also take fish oil or am I overdoing it?  Before taking the krill oil, I was taking approx 4800 mg of fish oil.  Is one better than the other?  Is it still a good idea to take both? To take krill or not?  

I know there has also been some controversy about taking krill because it is being over "farmed" and supply is low.  
Should I just stick with a good quality fish oil?

Thanks for your time,


Dear Dianne,


That is a great question and no, I don't think you are overdoing it by taking krill oil. The krill oil has phospholipids that the fish oil doesn't have and the only problem that I have is that fish oils have so much research behind them that is hard for me not to also recommend taking the fish oils.

Make sure that you keep the oils in balance, make sure you consume not only fish oil and krill oil but monounsaturated, saturated fats and other polyunsaturated fats.


Good Luck,

Dr. Serrano


This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com 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. 

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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
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Kickstart Fat Loss Now! 


By: Scott Mendelson




My wife and I took a serious look in the mirror and came to the realization that despite eating "healthy" we are both fat!  We eat 100% organic and no refined foods, and this has lead to better energy.  However, we have both put on body fat by perhaps eating too much and lacking any nutrition/exercise strategy.  We are both eager to get on the right track before the New Year so we do not do any more damage. How do we lose 15 lbs of body fat over the next 30 days?







Losing 10-15 lbs of body fat in four weeks is achievable but only if training, nutrition, supplementation and rest are all correctly put together.  You are smart to get started now as the holiday season can turn into a fat storage disaster if goals are put off to the New Year.  This type of thinking also leads people to make many poor food choices by telling themselves they will just take care of the problem on January 1.  It does not work that way in reality, as the proper habits needed to be successful take time to develop.  

I design programs for consultation clients each week for exactly what you are aiming to do with great success.  You will need a training routine that activates fat burning hormones by packing more work into gradually less time.  This can be accomplished by strategically chopping down rest periods each week while upping the intensity.  Apply these strategies to both weight training and interval sprints such as the 10-minute workout, email Scott@infinityfitness.com for a copy.

Increase Intensity for Accelerated Fat Loss

Intensity is the amount of loading used per rep for the purposes of this article.  On average the majority of trainees are not scratching the surface of their potential in this area.  Despite popular belief one of the fastest ways to improve body composition is to increase intensity on a weekly basis, but this requires a level of focus and discomfort that some are not willing to put forth until they realize the importance.  The approach of adding more work such as extra sets at a low intensity level is not a productive strategy often resulting in over training.

Improve Each Week

Going through the motions is not going to get you to your goals.  In other words you are going to have to work hard in the gym to earn the best possible results.  You should aim to improve weight loads while maintaining proper form, tempo and following rest periods each week.  Even a small weekly increase such as 2.5 lbs can add up to a significant amount over a four week routine.  Having a mindset of breaking records from the prior week and keeping accurate training records is a vital element of the process...  


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Email scott@infinityfitness.com for a free copy of the Zero Tolerance Fat Loss Nutrition Plan, Belly Fat Slashing Special Report,  Fat Cell Cleansing File and Giant Set Fat Burning Weight Training Routine.       


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 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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Beef Bacon and Sweet Potato Brunch Casserole

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free


Ingredients:Beef Bacon Brunch
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and sliced into 1/8" thin rounds 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 8 eggs 
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de provence (or your favorite dry herbs) 
  • 1/2 C carrots, peeled and shredded 
  • 1/2 C zucchini, peeled and shredded 
  • 3/4 lbs sliced sugar-free nitrate-free beef bacon 


  1. Grease 135" glass dish thoroughly with coconut oil 
  2. Lay out the sweet potatoes in a single layer, overlapping so that a crust can be formed by sealing out the egg (it's OK if egg leak under) and set aside 
  3. Whisk together eggs, seasoning, carrots and zucchini until frothy with air bubbles 
  4. Pour eggs over sweet potatoes 
  5. Gently lay strips of beef bacon in an overlapping pattern over the uncooked egg mixture 
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes  

Recipe and photos courtesy of one of our favorite blogs: PaleoParents.  Be sure to check them out for lots of great kid-friendly paleo recipes and cooking tips!


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