U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter

5 Steps to Start Living Younger &   
8 Foods to Fight the Winter Blues!    

November 27, 2011
 Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
We hope everyone reading had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend and a hearty and healthy Turkey dinner!  We are gearing up for Christmas events here at US Wellness so be sure to stay tuned to Twitter, Facebook and our blog for all the latest holiday sales, specials and events!

We are constantly hearing good things about the Mediterranean Diet, and this recent report certainly caught our eye.  The European Respiratory Journal published the study which shows the the Mediterranean Diet, combined with physical activity, can help improve symptoms of sleep apnea, a debilitating disease that affects approximately 2-4% of the adult population.  The study split the patients into two groups, with the group on the Mediterranean Diet showing fewer sleep disturbances and lower abdominal fat at the end of the study.  Read the full report for more details.  To incorporate the Mediterranean Diet, focus on whole, unprocessed foods:

Are "sweet bans" at schools necessary?  We saw several news reports this week on the dangers of too much sugar in the diets of our youth.  While we know sugar is dangerous to their health - especially in the levels most kids consume, but is it also dangerous for those around them?  There is a new study reporting that kids with elevated sugar levels have a higher risk of committing domestic violence.  More research needs to be done, but this scary trend is not hard to believe.  Another scary food trend in the news this week concerning our children is the pizza debate.  Should pizza be considered a vegetable?  Read the article and then visit us on Facebook and leave us a comment, we'd love to hear your responses! 


We have a special sale item this week - our Fresh Chilled Gourmet Steak package, which contains fresh (never frozen!) Tenderloins, Ribeyes and NY Strips.  We custom cut fresh beef orders every four weeks, so if you are interested in trying one of these gourmet packages, our next order deadline is this Friday, December 2.  Please have your order in by 12:00 noon CST to ensure your order gets processed!


US Wellness had one of our busiest Thanksgiving weeks ever this year!  We are so grateful to each and every one of our customers, readers, and fans who continue to spread the good word about grass-fed meats and the many health benefits they are providing.  Thank you all for letting us continue to be your source for grass-fed protein.   


Holiday Regards,  

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

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MarrowBones Restocked This Week:   


Major Website Change This Week:


US Wellness plans to turn on a completely new website at midnight November 30th.  This new site will be very robust, but will require registering as a new customer on your first order.  We hope to have customer history operational by the end of the week.  


Please advise if you have any issues on your first experience. We will work promptly to correct any glitches that arise.  


Thank you for your patience in advance.  


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 five 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.




Physical Activity Impacts Overall Quality of Sleep

People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes.


A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600  men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity.


The study, out in the December issue of the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, lends more evidence to mounting research showing the importance of exercise to a number of health factors. Among adults in the United States, about 35 to 40 percent of the population has problems with falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness.


"We were using the physical activity guidelines set forth for cardiovascular health, but it appears that those guidelines might have a spillover effect to other areas of health," said Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise science at Oregon State University and one of the study's authors.


"Increasingly, the scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep."
After controlling for age, BMI (Body Mass Index), health status, smoking status, and depression, the relative risk of often feeling overly sleepy during the day compared to never feeling overly sleepy during the day decreased by 65 percent for participants meeting physical activity guidelines.


Similar results were also found for having leg cramps while sleeping (68 percent less likely) and having difficulty concentrating when tired (45 percent decrease).


Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor at Bellarmine University is lead author of the study, which was conducted while he was a doctoral student in Cardinal's lab at OSU. He said it is the first study to examine the relationship between accelerometer-measured physical activity and sleep while utilizing a nationally representative sample of adults of all ages.


"Our findings demonstrate a link between regular physical activity and perceptions of sleepiness during the day, which suggests that participation in physical activity on a regular basis may positively influence an individual's productivity at work, or in the case of a student, influence their ability to pay attention in class," he said.


Cardinal said past studies linking physical activity and sleep used only self-reports of exercise. The danger with this is that many people tend to overestimate the amount of activity they do, he said.


He added that the take-away for consumers is to remember that exercise has a number of health benefits, and that can include helping feel alert and awake.


"Physical activity may not just be good for the waistline and heart, but it also can help you sleep," Cardinal said. "There are trade-offs. It may be easier when you are tired to skip the workout and go to sleep, but it may be beneficial for your long-term health to make the hard decision and get your exercise."

Oregon State University. "Physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep." ScienceDaily, 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 23 Nov. 2011.


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

Five Surprising Steps To Living Younger, Starting Today  



By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

"This passport won't get you into Malaysia."

"What does that mean? My passport's not expired...is it?"

The ticketing agent wasn't letting me on my flight, so I was hoping there was just a misunderstanding.

"No, it doesn't expire until next month. But you can't enter Malaysia unless your passport is good for three months after you arrive."

I have to admit, I didn't know that.

I turned to my assistant S.D. "How come no one said anything about this to us?"

"Well, I asked the organizers of the Anti-Aging conference. They connected me to an official who told me, 'As long as your passport is good at the time, you're OK. The worst that could happen is they'd send you home. There shouldn't be any problem.'"

Turns out, the official S.D. spoke with was wrong.

S.D. got on her phone right away.

"Hi, is this _____ Expediting? It looks like Dr. Sears needs an extension for his passport. Can you do that for us?

The expediting service tried to get it done that day so I could make it to Malaysia on time. But you know how the U.S. government works sometimes.

After waiting in the terminal for almost three hours, Sandy got one last call.

"They can get the extension, but they can't get it processed and delivered to you until tomorrow."

So I spent the whole day at the Fort Lauderdale airport only to be sent home.  I missed my flight, and my speaking engagement in Kuala Lumpur. I had been invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual Society for Anti-Aging, Aesthetic Regenerative Medicine Malaysia conference.

"They were not happy when I told them you had been kept off your flight," S.D. told me.

"The organizer said to me, 'Many doctors were looking forward to hearing from you and we were much disappointed at your absence.' And that was the nicest thing they said!"

Fortunately, S.D. smoothed things over, and they sent me a letter two weeks later inviting me back next year.

SAAARMM is such a big conference because the science of anti-aging medicine is a hot topic in Asia right now. The Japanese were the first to study the anti-aging effects of CoQ10. And now, the big story coming from the U.S. is telomere biology.

Telomeres are the tiny bindings at the end of each of your strands of DNA. Telomeres not only protect your DNA, but have inside them all the information your DNA needs to make accurate copies when cells reproduce.

What we now know is that your telomeres are like a ticking biological clock. Each time your cells divide, a tiny bit of each telomere gets used up. Over time, these telomeres get shorter and shorter until your DNA can no longer make correct copies, and that cell stops working.



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.



Kelley Herring kelleyherring 
Kelley Herring


Eight Power Foods to Fight the  

Winter Blues 


By: Kelley Herring


The holiday season is here! And while it might seem like the time of year to be merry and of good cheer, many of us tend to feel downright dull and depressed instead. 

In fact, approximately 25 percent of the population suffers from a significant drop in mood and energy during the winter, often known as the "winter blues".  And of those suffering with winter blues, more than 20 percent develop full-blown seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

The common symptoms of SAD include:  

  • Weight gain and increased intake of carbohydrates
  • Longer sleep patterns, lethargy and fatigue
  • Irritability and decreased sociability
  • Lowered motivation  

Do any of these symptoms sound like you? If so I have good news: You don't have to live with an un-merry mood until the brighter days of spring arrive. And you don't need to turn to dangerous, unproven pharmaceutical anti-depressants either.

Mother Nature's Mood Boosters 


Mother Nature's pantry provides all of the essential ingredients your brain needs to function optimally and lift your spirits naturally. And best of all, feasting on these delicious foods can help you feel better... fast! 


Here are some of the top natural mood-boosters and how they work: 

  1.  Omega-3 Fats: While you probably know that fish is a "brain food", you might not realize that it's a "mood food" too. The essential fatty acids found in cold water fish - called omega-3s - are critical to brain health and mood, yet up to 80 percent of us don't get enough. Not only do omega-3s help build connections between neurons in the brain, they also create the receptor sites for neurotransmitters. The higher the level of omega-3s in your blood, the more serotonin you make and the more responsive you become to the effects of this "feel good" brain chemical. Optimize your omega-3s by...


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Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the Founder and Editor of Healing Gourmet - the leading provider of organic, sustainable recipes and meal plans for health and weight loss. With the holidays approaching, if you wonder how you can enjoy your favorite sweet treats and still maintain the low-glycemic, high-protein diet you need for a lean, healthy body, then click here to download your FREE copy of Fat Burning Baking and to learn more about Guilt-Free Desserts, the world's leading resource for making healthy, delicious, low glycemic desserts!



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

I have been taking the Innate Food Multi IV for some time now (which I really like) and wonder if you would recommend digestive enzymes for me.  I looked at the Innate Plant Enzymes and wonder if these are designed for vegetarians (I am not a vegetarian) or whether the Innate digestive enzymes clinical strength would be better for me.  I take enzymes with meals and have taken various ones.  I am gluten and dairy sensitive and have other food allergies so need enzymes.  There are enzymes and probiotics in the Multi IV, but I seem to need more than that.  I also take additional probiotics.

I have seen the Innate Gluten & Dairy Ultra Shield Enzymes but don't know if they are to be taken in addition to the regular digestive enzymes I would take before meals or just as the only digestive enzymes to be taken with meals and don't know if they would be enough on their own.

If not Innate, would there be other digestive enzymes you would recommend?  

I am 73 years old and have had digestive problems for a number of years.

Judy B.
Findlay, OH


Dear Judy,


If I were you I would only purchase the clinical strength enzymes, and take one or two with meals.  That should do the job and help you digest pretty much whatever you eat. 


The gluten and dairy enzymes have a patented enzyme that has been shown to help with gluten and dairy, but I don't think you need this enzymes based on what you are telling me. 


I recommend Innate, Klaire, Standard Process and Beverly International depending on what I want or need.  Stick with Innate if you need to, but if you want Klaire, which is excellent, just check the website. They do a good job explaining what each enzyme is and what they do and if you want to order use my code (614), and the phone number is (888) 488-2488.   


Good luck and hope you don't get too cold in Findlay! 


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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Getting a Great Six Pack Instead of a Fat Bowl Full of Jelly


By: Scott Mendelson




 I am going on a Caribbean cruise in January and do not want to be so self conscious, like last year, when I put on my bathing suit.  My husband will not admit it, but he was also upset with the way he looked following the holiday season where we both put on at least 10 lbs.

Last year holiday eating kicked off for us with Halloween and we paid the price in the waist line.  We are both determined to look our best for the trip and so far have done a great job avoiding any extended periods of bad eating.  After 15 lbs of fat loss over the last few months we are starting to plateau and need to know what to do to have a good looking set of abs.  We have done a lot of ab work, but the core does not show.  I need to lose 10 lbs to get to the weight when I last had a nice mid section and my husband is about 20 lbs off from that point. 

Rhode Island





Earning a great six pack requires a combination of a low body fat level with proper training to develop the core musculature.  My clients will show off a great six pack at anywhere from 10-14% body fat while average Joe using the daily sit-up scheme will need to get down to 8% or less for the abs to show well.  A well designed routine will help drastically improve function as well as core muscle definition. The typical approach of daily sit-ups, crunches, etc does not work as this only stimulates a small cross section of the musculature while not allowing enough recovery time for the muscles to improve.  Furthermore those who only do abdominal flexion exercises will develop back pain due an imbalance created by their own mistakes. 


Eating "Clean" is NOT Enough to Earn Your Best Body 


I wish I had a nickel for every time someone told me by email that their diet was very "clean" and not the problem.  Just like training, the nutrition plan must change frequently in a strategic manner to avoid metabolic staleness.  When was the last time your nutrition plan was overhauled to support specific goals?  If it has been longer than three months then it is time for strategic change or you will never achieve your full potential.  The definition of "clean" varies from person to person, but typically includes the elimination of refined foods and relying on organic choices which is a great step in the right direction.  However there must be a macronutrient percentage strategy in place to force the body into using more stored fat as fuel while elevating fat burning enzymes and optimizing the hormonal environment...


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Fat Burning Special Reports


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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Greetings good people at U.S. Wellness meats!

I have recently begun purchasing grass-fed meat from you and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for making your valuable products available at reasonable prices and with fair shipping costs. You are now the ONLY place we buy our meats and poultry from and hope to continue doing so for a long time.

Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

Kindest regards,

Recipe Corner

"Porktastic" Spinach & Mushroom Meatloaf 


  • 1 pound frozen chopped spinach  
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or coconut oil)  
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion (from 1/2 medium onion)  
  • 1/2 pound Cremini mushrooms, finely chopped  
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream or coconut milk  
  • 1/2 cup small-dice celery (from about 2 medium stalks)  
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves  
  • 1 pound ground pork (or ground beef or veal)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour  
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced  
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed  
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed  
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg  
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten  
  • 3-5 bacon slices  
  • Tomato sauce, warmed, for serving (optional)    


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F with the rack placed in the middle.
  2. Dump a packet of frozen spinach into a Corningware container and cover it with a lid and microwave it on high for ~4 minutes to defrost it. Then, I dump the spinach in a colander to press out all the liquid. 
  3. Heat the butter over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet then toss in the chopped onions and mushrooms along with some salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Saute them until the liquid had evaporated and the onions are soft.  
  5. Next, I blend the coconut cream, parsley, and celery until a puree is formed.  (In this case, the $29 immersion blender trumped the expensive Vitamix; the small volume didn't blend properly in my fancy blender.) 
  6. Place the pork in a large bowl, followed by the chopped spinach, coconut flour, garlic, measured salt and pepper, and nutmeg. 
  7. Then, add the coconut cream puree, beaten eggs, onions, and mushrooms, gently combine all the ingredients. 
  8. Then transfer the mixture to an ungreased 9x5 loaf pan and and layer the bacon on top.
  9. Bake meatloaf for 70 minutes, rotating it halfway through.  Then broil for 3 minutes to crisp up the bacon. 


Recipe and photos courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo - we are devout followers of her blog and highly suggest visiting it for more meaty recipes and photos! 


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November Grazing

US Wellness cattle enjoying the lush grasses of the Alabama gulf shores - ideal grazing conditions for this time of year. 


Purchasing Rules & Discounts

US 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, Olive Oil and cookbooks 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. 

Weight Discount

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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