We hope everyone is enjoying a successful New Year! It certainly started off with a bang here at US Wellness - the phone has been ringing and orders are racing out the door! We truly appreciate your past and current patronage during what will certainly be another busy year!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit us on Facebook
this week and share your New Year's resolutions. We were overwhelmed with ideas and inspirations and are sure that many other readers were also. Special congratulations to: Darlene, she was the lucky winner of a US Wellness gift certificate just for her post! If you are still trying to make a New Year's resolution - it's not too late. Visit our Facebook
wall for lots of helpful and inspiring ideas and be sure to sign up for the Wellness Blog
to receive a New Year's post next week!
Our newest feature chef
, Melissa Joulwan, author of the popular blog The Clothes Make the Girl
, offers some great cooking tips and advice in her interview
. If you are trying to stay away from grains, dairy and sugar, be sure to check out her recipe page
for some unique twists on age-old recipes sure to warm you up this winter! We're still giving stuff away - be sure to watch her blog
this week for your chance at some US Wellness goodies as well as a copy of her new cookbook: Well Fed
For more paleo recipe ideas, check out one of our favorite new blogs - Fast Paleo
. It is a recipe-sharing blog where anyone can post and share recipes, photos and ingredient ideas - be sure to visit them next time you're at a loss for dinner ideas!
Did you realize that everyday chemical and beauty products in your home may be contributing to weight gain? Or even prevent you from losing weight - even if you are eating clean and exercising? Kelley Herring's article
this week describes the most common dangers and effective replacement products for you and your family.
For all of those who were hoping to stock up on Short Ribs
last week while they were on sale, but then found them out of stock, we apologize. So we have restocked and put them on sale
again this week!
For a unique (and tasty) twist on the traditional mushroom burger, visit our blog
for a recipe the whole family will love!
Restocked This Week:
15% Discount Code Available!
- Read Dr. Al Sears' article below
- Find 7-red letter code word spelled in order in article
- Code active Sunday through Tuesday this week
- Applies to any order under 40 lbs
- Excludes any sale items, bulk boxes, volume discounts, gift certificates
Why Humans Choose Running Over Walking
Other than Olympic race walkers, people generally find it more comfortable to run than walk when they start moving at around 2 meters per second - about 4.5 miles per hour.
North Carolina State University biomedical engineers Dr. Gregory Sawicki and Dr. Dominic Farris have discovered why: At 2 meters per second, running makes better use of an important calf muscle than walking, and therefore is a much more efficient use of the muscle's - and the body's - energy.
Published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
, the results stem from a first-of-its-kind study combining ultrasound imaging, high-speed motion-capture techniques and a force-measuring treadmill to examine a key calf muscle and how it behaves when people walk and run.
The study used ultrasound imaging in a unique way: A small ultrasound probe fastened to the back of the leg showed in real time the adjustments made by the muscle as study subjects walked and ran at various speeds.
The high-speed images revealed that the medial gastrocnemius muscle, a major calf muscle that attaches to the Achilles tendon, can be likened to a "clutch" that engages early in the stride, holding one end of the tendon while the body's energy is transferred to stretch it. Later, the Achilles - the long, elastic tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg - springs into action by releasing the stored energy in a rapid recoil to help move you.
The study showed that the muscle "speeds up," or changes its length more and more rapidly as people walk faster and faster, but in doing so provides less and less power. Working harder and providing less power means less overall muscle efficiency.
When people break into a run at about 2 meters per second, however, the study showed that the muscle "slows down," or changes its length more slowly, providing more power while working less rigorously, thereby increasing its efficiency.
"The ultrasound imaging technique allows you to separate out the movement of the muscles in the lower leg and has not been used before in this context," Farris says.
The finding sheds light on why speed walking is generally confined to the Olympics: muscles must work too inefficiently to speed walk, so the body turns to running in order to increase efficiency and comfort, and to conserve energy.
"The muscle can't catch up to the speed of the gait as you walk faster and faster," Sawicki says. "But when you shift the gait and transition from a walk to a run, that same muscle becomes almost static and doesn't seem to change its behavior very much as you run faster and faster, although we didn't test the muscle at sprinting rates."
The research could help inform the best ways of building assistive or prosthetic devices for humans, or help strength and conditioning professionals assist people who have had spinal-cord injury or a stroke, Sawicki and Farris say.
The researchers are part of NC State's Human PoWeR (Physiology of Wearable Robotics) Lab, directed by Sawicki. The joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is part of NC State's College of Engineering and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine.
Resource: North Carolina State University. "Why humans choose running over walking." ScienceDaily, 5 Jan. 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2012.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.|
The Secret to Feeling Younger Than Your Years
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
The baby-boomers are getting older...
Boomers are defined as having been born between 1946 and 1964, which makes that group 47-65 years old. So many are moving into retirement age.
Even the celebrities we used to think of as "forever young" are turning 65.
But they won't age the same way their parents did. Today's seniors are more active and less willing to settle for the old folks' home. With advances in anti-aging medicine, new and exciting changes are coming.
I've got my own take on anti-aging. I hear it confused with life extension. But that's not what I'm trying to do. My idea of anti-aging is to help you live as young as possible, right now. I want you to stay energetic and youthful without being sidelined by pain or disease.
This is becoming increasingly possible. A new study shows that the number of people over 65 with a major disability dropped from 26 percent in 1982 to 19 percent a few years ago. And there are signs the trend is growing.(1)
The 2010 census says that people 65 or older made up 13 percent of the total population. By 2030, that number will jump to almost 20 percent of the population.
Can you believe these stars will turn 65 this year?...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dreyfuss, supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, Elton John and David Bowie, comedian Billy Crystal...even Hillary Clinton turns 65 this year.
Getting old won't be as bad as I used to think. Plan ahead and think differently. Don't give up the enthusiasm you enjoyed in your youth.
Here are three steps to get you started on a younger body, starting today...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.
Obesogens: Are these "Sneaky" Chemicals Causing You to Pack on the Pounds?
By: Kelley Herring
In the spirit of the New Year, most of us make resolutions or re-commit ourselves to going that extra mile to improve our health and physique.
And in my previous articles, you learned that enjoying a low glycemic diet and powering up with protein are two of the most essential nutritional rules you need to follow to sculpt a lean, healthy, disease-proof body.
But the truth is, even if you're eating a low-glycemic, high protein and healthy fat diet, while also engaging in vigorous exercise... you may still accumulate fat and have a difficult time burning it off.
But don't throw in the towel and chalk it up to heredity just yet. The real reason behind those stubborn pounds could be toxins in your food and environment.
You see, our environmental landscape and food supply have changed more in the last 60 years than in the last 10,000 years of human existence. Our bodies are exposed to more toxins today than ever before.
And many of these toxins are obesogens. In other words, they are chemical compounds that impact your hormones and genetics, altering the way your body uses calories and stores fat.
And because your endocrine (or hormonal) system is highly sensitive and precisely tuned, it can be easily thrown off kilter by these hormone mimics, hijacking your body's regulatory systems that control body weight.
Obesogens work in three ways. They:
- Encourage the body to store fat and re-program cells to become fat cells
- Promote insulin resistance, causing the pancreas to pump out of this "fat storage hormone"
- Prevent the appetite-reducing hormone leptin from being released, shutting off the "I'm full" signal
Dr. Bruce Blumberg, professor of biology at UC Irvine and the man who coined the phrase "obesogens", says:
"The role of obesogens in fat accumulation raises questions about the effectiveness of just diet and exercise in helping people lose pounds and maintain a proper weight".
While previous animal and test tube studies have demonstrated the potent pound-packing ability of these compounds, a recent human trial conducted by Dr. Steven Perrine confirms it...
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. Be sure to grab Healing Gourmet's free books - Eating Clean & Saving Green: Your Guide to Organic Foods on a Budget (includes 100+ foods at the best prices) and Eat Your Way Into Shape: Flip Your Body's Fat Blasting Switch and Melt 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks (includes a delicious 7 day meal plan!). Claim your free copies here...
Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC|
You recently wrote:
For a person with a lot of cellulite then I would use the fasting with amino acids, MR and MS in combination with vegetables, very low caloric days with very high intake of fats and free form amino acids. It will work wonders, again making sure the person is healthy and can handle three days of fasting with amino acids, and some vegetables and broths, then loading the system with lots of food, mostly proteins and fats with a good multivitamin and fat supplement.
Would you please elaborate on your response to cellulite reduction?
Thank you! Please be very specific.
You are asking me to be very specific but I can't because it is a generic question. For the cellulite to go away you must address each issue, but what I meant was to have some days that you have a high caloric intake with low caloric intake while using amino acids, in this case MR and MS. These will be your solo source of protein for a couple of days, giving you a protein that doesn't need digestion but it is highly absorbable without allergic problems and allowing your body to use it in the prevention of muscle loss and the enhancement of fat loss.
Debbie, it will do this by allowing your body to consume the minimum essential protein requirement by passing your gastrointestinal problems allowing you full recovery and homeostasis for muscle building and fat loss.
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|
Rapid Fat Loss Driven By Strategic Change For The New Year
By: Scott Mendelson
The New Year has been a real eye opener for my husband and I. We take body pictures every few months to help keep us on track. We look worse now than at any point since we started these picture logs several years ago with too much body fat and declining muscle tone. The sad thing is we have put an effort into eating well and exercising which leaves us very confused. We are both 40 years old, if we look this bad now with the effort we are making then we are really afraid of where we will be at 50! Can we each lose 10 lbs of fat per month over a three month period without going crazy? What do you suggest for weight training?
Yes, I believe you guys can lose body fat at the rate of 10 pounds per month based on the all of the info you sent me if you are willing to make some strategic changes. What you have been doing has proven not to work so there is no reason to follow the same plans that failed you before. Yes, you can accomplish this while improving energy and without starving or killing yourself with hours of exercise. For the fastest possible progress you cannot use a one-size-fits-all strategy, you need a comprehensive plan that is specific to your needs. Have you had much faith in your prior methods of training and nutrition or have they been chosen in random or based on a source of generic info? Believing in the effectiveness of your plan will not only fuel faster progress, but also the excellent level of consistency to support long term success.
What Went Wrong? - How to Fix IT!
I get many emails around the New Year from people who were disappointed with progress and are now looking for answers. My priority is to identify problems and help clients correct them ASAP to get them on the fast track to success. You sent me additional training and nutrition info that I did not list above due to space limitations and I was able to spot several things that both of you were doing wrong. However, you guys do have some good habits in place by eating organic foods and exercising regularly so I can see why you are so confused considering the efforts you have made.
How Far Did Eating "Clean" Take You Last Year?
Dr. Serrano and I often say "eating clean is not enough to reach aggressive goals." Eating "clean" is a relative term, but let's define it as eating primarily organic foods without any refined foods. This is a great step in the right direction, however the ratios of dietary fat, protein and carbohydrates, defined as macronutrients, must be manipulated correctly in order for your body to efficiently burn fat as fuel with high energy levels. We also change the macronutrient percentages for our clients every few months to avoid metabolic staleness, increase fat burning enzymes, and to optimize the hormonal environment. Advanced protocols will include shaking up the macronutrient percentages on certain days to achieve progress quickly. This sounds like it is hard to execute to some, but it is not with the right plan layout...
Fat Burning Special Reports
Email email@example.com with your top five problems and you will get a personal response within 12 hours from Scott. Ask for free copies of the Macronutrient Cycling Fat Loss Special Report, 2012 Goal Achievement Tools, Fat Burning Tools article and The 10-Minute Fat Loss Interval Workout Plan.
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
Crockpot Lemon Pepper Chicken
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 lemon
- 1 fist of garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon of fresh sage, minced
- Rinse chicken under cool water and pat dry.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper, including the body cavity.
- Prick lemon with a fork all over.
- Place fist of garlic inside the body cavity followed by the lemon.
- Sprinkle chicken with fresh sage.
- Cook in a crock pot on low for 8 hours.
Recipe and photos compliments of Hayley & Bill at The Food Lovers' Primal Palate. For more amazing recipe ideas and mouthwatering photos, pick up a copy of their cookbook!
Tasmania Farms - January 2012|
For the last several years we have been importing beef from the gorgeous island of Tasmania, to help keep some of our most popular and hard-to-come-by cuts (think Flank, Hanger & Skirt Steaks) in stock. One of our founding members is currently in Tasmania visiting the farmer raising cattle for us and sent back these amazing coastal shots taken the first week in January 2012!
- All orders must weigh at least 7 pounds in order to ship, to ensure everything stays frozen during transit.
- $75 minimum purchase requirement, since we have built the cost of shipping into the price of each product.
- You will never be charged extra for shipping.
- There is a $7.50 handling fee upon 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.
- Receive a $25 discount for every 40 pounds 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 pound interval will yield the discount - for example, order 80 pounds and we'll take $50 off!
|Customer Change Contact Info Link|
Need to change your address information or remove yourself from our customer newsletter? Click here. After opening, enter your email address and store password and you will be able to edit your customer file.
U.S. Wellness Meats does not sell, trade or give away any subscriber information. This isn't just an ethical commitment, it's also a legal one.
Copyright © 2009 by U.S. Wellness Meats. All rights reserved. The content, design and graphical elements of this newsletter are copyrighted.
Please secure written permission of the authors before copying or using this material. Address: email@example.com
U.S. Wellness Meats
Toll Free: (877) 383-0051