Thank you to everyone who helped make our 12-Year Anniversary a happy and busy one this month. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for one last US Wellness giveaway coming this week! We are so proud to be able to serve each and every one of you and are looking forward to another busy year.
A few weeks ago we reported on changes to school lunches now that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is in full force. School lunches have been in need of updates for many years, and this act has certainly done that. Children have more access to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains. The calorie and protein requirements have also changed, and we are starting to see the results of some of those changes. USA Today reported on a Kansas school that is making headlines this week for a video parody that students and faculty recorded showing how these new changes are leaving some children hungry. With over 500,000 views and an endless list of comments, it is certainly garnering attention. We fully believe protein should be a staple at breakfast and lunch, and is especially important for young minds and growing bodies. What is your school lunch like now? We welcome any feedback you want to share or helpful links via email, Twitter or Facebook.
We've got a sweet sale going this week! Our Raw Honey is on sale, and also featured in a chicken strip recipe below that your whole family will love. Honey has a long history of medicinal and beauty secrets that you can read all about on our blog. With cooler weather rolling in it doesn't hurt to keep a bottle of honey around to soothe a sore throat.
We were lucky enough to receive a preview copy of the new Paleo Slow Cooking cookbook this week. Some of our favorite winter soups and stews are featured with different twists that we can't wait to try. We also have our eye on many new breakfast recipes big enough to feed the whole family! It's not all slow cooking though - there are some delicious salad and side recipes to go along with your main dish that don't require a CrockPot. Author Chrissy Gower from Growing Up Paleo explains her Paleo journey and shares a wealth of kitchen and cooking information along the way. We give it 2-Thumbs-Up!
Another cookbook you won't want to miss is Sarah Fragoso's third publication - Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook. Not only is it full of authentic paleo recipes, but she includes budget guides, meal plans, shopping lists and even sample school lunches your kids will love. This cookbook includes recipes for many different sauces, oils and condiments that are hard to find with "clean" ingredients. You won't want to miss this one either!
How many football fans do we have out there? You'll want to check this one out: Pigskin Paleo is packed full of Paleo-friendly recipes including some tasty appetizers, entrees, desserts, and much more for you to enjoy while watching the big game!
If you don't want to wait for your new cookbooks to show up, head over to the Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations page to download his new ebook right now! Author George Bryant is a past feature chef of ours, and we have shared many of his recipes in our recipe section. Caveman Feast has over 200 recipes featuring real, fresh, simple ingredients. His blog has a very dedicated following, no doubt due to his remarkable story, excellent advice and mouth-watering cooking creations!
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Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
The Mysterious Healing Fruit
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
They seem like the most normal fruit. You can get them year round, they're cheap, and they're always the same. So you buy a few, cut them up, sprinkle the juice on fish or use it in a salad dressing.
Lemons are no big deal, right?
Well, not so fast.
Turns out, lemons have a number of unique qualities that set them apart.
They are unusually charged with a purer concentration of negatively charged ions, or anions, than any other fruit. Some scientists think this might be why lemons are so good for your digestion. Lemons balance the other foods and help your body extract energy from them.
Also, the history of where they came from is obscure... we don't know how much mankind played a role in the development of what we call a lemon. No one is quite sure whether they occur as they are in the wild or if they are the product of early hybridization. It's made more confusing by the terminology. Everywhere else in the world, what we would call a lime they call a lemon.
Some people think lemons are a cross between a lime and a citron. Others think they originated in the ancient Indus Valley between India and Pakistan.1 Seems archaeologists found what look like 5,000-year-old lemon-shaped earrings in some ruins there. Other scientists think lemons come from Italy.
Wherever lemons originated, they're kind of picky as to where they will grow. I have a tree that does pretty well in my yard, but it wasn't easy to get it to grow. For the most part lemons reject Florida. They like warmth, but not too much. And they don't like humidity - even though my tree needs a lot of water.
I just finished picking the last of this season's lemons. I like to have them in the house because lemons do much more than aid your stomach...Continue Reading...
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.
Is Bread Affecting Your Brain?
By: Kelley Herring, Healing Gourmet
While most of us know that indulging in a diet of processed foods, unhealthy fats and sugar is a recipe for a low mood, we don't consider that whole grains - touted as the "staff of life" - can cause mood and behavior problems as well.
But they do. And the reason? Brain allergies.
When you think of food allergies, you may think of rashes and abdominal discomfort. But food allergens also affect the brain, causing emotional, psychological, and neurological symptoms to occur.
In fact, "brain allergies" have been found to cause a wide range of mood disorders including insomnia and sleep disorders, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, aggression, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity (ADHD), schizophrenia, psychotic episodes, and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., believes that depression and allergy are inextricably linked:
"When one is relieved, so is the other. Treatment of the allergy will, in most cases, 'cure' the depression. I have seen this in several hundred patients over the past six years and can no longer doubt this conclusion".
And research proves it too:
- Bipolar Disorder: A recent study published in Bipolar Disorders found that all patients with bipolar disorder had significantly elevated antibodies to gluten compared to the control group.
- Depression: A study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry evaluated 30 patients suffering from psychological and concentration problems. The results found that allergies alone were able to produce the symptoms such as severe depression, nervousness, feeling of anger without a particular object, loss of motivation and severe mental blankness.
ADHD: Recent researched published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition found a strong correlation between gluten sensitivity (evidenced by anti-gliadin antibodies) and ADHD. The results: "15% of [healthy] people and 80% of kids they studied with ADHD had anti-gliadin antibodies." That's more than three-quarters of the children with ADHD studied testing positive for a gluten sensitivity!
The good news is that these "brain allergies" subside - along with their behavioral and mood effects - when we eliminate the offending allergen from our diet. But often, eliminating these foods is easier said than done...
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...
|Recent Health News
Regular Consumption of Sugary Beverages Linked to Increased Genetic Risk of Obesity
Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health have found that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is linked with a greater genetic susceptibility to high body mass index (BMI) and increased risk of obesity. The study reinforces the view that environmental and genetic factors may act together to shape obesity risk.
The study appears Sept. 21 in an advance online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine
"Our study for the first time provides reproducible evidence from three prospective cohorts to show genetic and dietary factors - sugar-sweetened beverages - may mutually influence their effects on body weight and obesity risk. The findings may motivate further research on interactions between genomic variation and environmental factors regarding human health," said Lu Qi, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and senior author of the study.
In the past three decades, consumption of SSBs has increased dramatically worldwide. Although widespread evidence supports a link between SSBs, obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, there has been little research on whether environmental factors, such as drinking sugary beverages, influence genetic predisposition to obesity.
The research was based on data from three large cohorts, 121,700 women in the Nurses' Health Study, 51,529 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and 25,000 in the Women's Genome Health Study. All of the participants had completed food-frequency questionnaires detailing their food and drink consumption over time.
The researchers analyzed data from 6,934 women from NHS, 4,423 men from HPFS, and 21,740 women from WGHS who were of European ancestry and for whom genotype data based on genome-wide association studies were available. Participants were divided into four groups according to how many sugary drinks they consumed: less than one serving of SSB per month, between 1-4 servings per month, between 2-6 servings per week, and one or more servings per day. To represent the overall genetic predisposition, a genetic predisposition score was calculated on the basis of the 32 single-nucleotide polymorphisms known to be associated with BMI (weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters).
The results showed that the genetic effects on BMI and obesity risk among those who drank one or more SSBs per day were about twice as large as those who consumed less than one serving per month. The findings suggest that regular consumption of sugary beverages may amplify the genetic risk of obesity. In addition, individuals with greater genetic predisposition to obesity appear to be more susceptible to harmful effects of SSBs on BMI. "SSBs are one of the driving forces behind the obesity epidemic," says Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH and a coauthor of this study. "The implication of our study is that the genetic effects of obesity can be offset by healthier food and beverage choices."
Support for the study was provided by grants DK091718, HL071981, HL073168, CA87969, CA49449, CA055075, HL34594, HL088521, U01HG004399, DK080140, 5P30DK46200, U54CA155626, DK58845, U01HG004728-02, EY015473, DK70756, and DK46200 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Merck Research Laboratories. The WGHS is supported by NIH grants HL043851, HL69757, and CA047988.
Harvard School of Public Health. "Regular consumption of sugary beverages linked to increased genetic risk of obesity." ScienceDaily, 21 Sep. 2012. Web. 25 Sep. 2012.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Burn 30 lbs of Fat During The Last 3 Months of The Year Instead of Packing on The Belly Fat!
By: Scott Mendelson
Last year my husband and I really blew it from October to the end of the year. I put on ten pounds and he put on twenty! Energy went into the dumps around Halloween with the candy and exercise began to decline as well. In general felt lousy for most of the period. We have resolved not to let this happen again. We do like to eat whatever we want on the holidays, but I know there must be limits, any suggestions? What can we do to burn fat during these few months instead of gaining!
10 Proven Success Tactics for Low Body Fat and High Energy
I have solutions! You can have your cake (or pie) and eat it too! It is ok to go hog wild and eat whatever you want with some rules in place on holidays while preventing any body fat accumulation!!! Check out our Cheat Meal Blog Post
for more details. The key is limiting these days and executing good habits throughout the rest of the three month period. It is not often a single cheat meal that causes body fat accumulation, but many during the course of a week that build up fat storing momentum from several hormonal and metabolic stand points.Putting Off Success Until the New Year is the Kiss of Death!
A very high percentage of people pack on body fat and lose muscle during the last three months of the year because they do not have a proper strategy in place. It is very easy to stop training with weather turning cooler as outdoor training venues become less available. Less sunlight also contributes to a bad mood which many people self medicate with poor food choices. The holidays kick off with football season feasts and Halloween! Having a big sack of candy around makes about as much sense as surrounding an alcoholic with cases of beer! The key to avoiding the winter blues is staying active and making the proper food choices.Make Time to Exercise and Increase Your Productivity
You must schedule time to exercise, at a minimum three times per week for 30 minutes of intense work. Anyone can find the time to do this- just cut back on the TV. The improved energy levels from training will result in much higher productivity levels saving you time elsewhere. You can go crazy and eat what you want on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day without doing any damage if you play your cards right with exercise and some other strategies...Continue Reading...
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Quick update on the order, Fed-Ex has delivered the order and everything is as perfect as it always is from you guys. Thank you for reaching out to them and updating me as quickly as you did. Your customer service is second to none and one of the many reasons I refuse to buy my meat from any place else. You guys truly are the best.
Bacon-Wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken Strips
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Place a wire baking rack over a baking dish large enough to hold it.
- Wrap each strip of chicken in a strip of bacon, covering the surface of the chicken entirely if possible. Place each strip on the wire baking rack and brush the top with half the honey-mustard mixture.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bacon is beginning to brown. Turn the strips over and brush with the remaining honey-mustard mixture. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes, until the bacon is cooked and golden-brown.
- Serve immediately.
- Nutrition (per serving): 443 calories, 28.5g total fat, 87.1mg cholesterol, 699.9mg sodium, 427.7mg potassium, 24.4g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 23.2g sugar, 23.5g protein
Recipe and photo compliments of Jan's Sushi Bar, a website containing a wealth of information about cooking, nutrition and life in general, not to mention an endless list of recipes for any type of picky palette. If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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US Wellness cattle grazing on a frosty fall morning in Southwest Iowa.
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