We have been enjoying fairly mild winter weather here in Northeast Missouri this week. Our thoughts are with all of those up North digging out from some of the monster storms that moved across the country this past week.
Here at US Wellness, we are incredibly proud of our farmers and the small businesses we are lucky enough to work with on a daily basis. It takes quite a team to be able to provide the unique food products that we do, and this week we want to spotlight one of our suppliers. Askinosie Chocolate is based right here in Missouri, and specializes in award-winning chocolate sourced from the best cocoa beans in the world. Read our most recent blog article for all the details and for your chance to win some of their delicious chocolate bars!
Even though the flu epidemic is subsiding, we are not quite done with cold & flu season yet. Check out this very helpful slideshow for ways to strengthen your immune system year round to prevent illness - there are many simple things you can be doing now to keep the flu bug away. One of those is to strengthen your diet - bone broth, organ sausages and healthy fish are a great way to start!
Looking for an easy snack or lunch box food your kids will love? Our beef summer sausage is on sale this week and is one of our most popular sausages. Paired with a slice of raw cheese this makes a great snack any time of day, with no sugar, sweeteners, MSG or nitrates!
Need a new twist on meatloaf? Your family will be pleasantly surprised by the Hawaiian-Style Meatloaf recipe featured this week. Try this for a new twist on a classic.
Is your body beach-ready for spring break? Get ready for your spring vacation with a customized workout plan from Scott Mendelson at Infinity Fitness below! Learn how interval training combined with weight lifting along with proper nutrition will make the pounds melt away.
We appreciate your patience as we are still working to build up our inventory numbers. Some of our best sellers restocked this week: 85% lean ground beef, beef marrow bones, breakfast sausage sliders and pork Italian & Polish Sausages are all back in the store. We also want to thank you for working with us regarding shipping this week. We are still undergoing freezer renovations, which are causing our packing crew to work in very tight quarters in freezing (-10 degrees!) temperatures. We hope to have this project completed by the end of February.
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Restocked This Week:
New round of beef suet, beef tallow pails and beef tallow buckets will re-stock February 25th. Thank you for your patience.
15% Discount Code Available!
- Read Dr. Al Sears' article below.
- Find the bold, 5-red-letter code word spelled out in order.
- Code active Sunday - Tuesday this week.
- Applies to any order under 40 lbs, excluding any sale items, bulk boxes, volume discounts, and gift certificates
Price Changes March 1st:
- Most beef prices will go up between 1% and 5% after mostly static beef prices since February 2012
- Strategic price increases in the balance of the inventory, but many prices will stay the same outside of the beef department
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Here's What I Drink Instead
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
It doesn't matter how healthy or thin you are, reaching for a sugary drink is still dangerous for your heart. Four times as dangerous as not drinking one.
New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association finds that women who drank only two sugary drinks a day were nearly four times as likely to have high triglycerides, the best predictor of heart risk for women.
They were also significantly more likely to have impaired blood sugar levels even when not eating or drinking.(1)
Sugary drinks increase triglycerides because they are almost pure carbohydrate. Drinking flavored water, sweetened tea, soda, or those dessert-like coffees send a rush of sugar straight into your bloodstream.
When your body gets too much of this kind of carbohydrate, it wants to store it as fat. How does it do this? It turns the carbs into triglycerides. Then it transports them through the blood from the liver where they're made to the adipose cells where they're stored.
Problem is, even if you're outwardly thin, this fat can accumulate around your organs without you ever knowing it. It's called visceral fat. It causes inflammation, and can lead to the inflammatory diseases diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
And sugary drinks are bad for that reason, but diet drinks may actually be worse...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.
Non-Dairy Milk: A Murky Issue
By: Kelley Herring, Healing Gourmet
In my last article in this newsletter, I covered the potential health issues related to the synthetic compounds added to most commercial non-dairy milk products. Even though many of these compounds are marketed as "nutrients" and listed as "vitamins" on the nutrition table, they simply don't behave in your body the same way that real vitamins do, when they are contained in their natural, synergistic state with other nutrients.
The potential risks of these synthetic nutrients can range from DNA damage to reproductive toxicity. And unfortunately, the potential risks of non-dairy milks don't end there.
In addition to synthetic nutrients, manufacturers add stabilizers, texture enhancers and other compounds to give liquids that would otherwise be clear, a whitish, milk-like texture.
One of these ingredients is guar gum.
Guar Gum: A Safe Stabilizer or Digestive Stressor?
Made from guar beans, guar gum is a polysaccharide that is commonly used in ice cream and other dairy and dairy-like products to improve the texture. However, guar gum also contains compounds - including phytic acid and lectins - that can cause digestive disturbances.
These compounds are actually referred to as "anti-nutrients," because they can adhere to important minerals (including magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron) and remove them from your body. Lectins are also adhesive molecules that "stick" to the lining of the gut and can eventually compromise its integrity.
Some people tolerate guar gum without issue. However, others experience a range of digestive complications after consumption. If you do choose to consume foods that contain guar gum, take note of how you feel after eating them.
Another questionable additive that is found in non-dairy milks is carrageenan...
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
Eat to Dream: Study Shows Dietary Nutrients Associated With Certain Sleep Patterns
"You are what you eat," the saying goes, but is what you eat playing a role in how much you sleep? Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. With the increasing prevalence of obesity and its consequences, sleep researchers have begun to explore the factors that predispose individuals to weight gain and ultimately obesity. Now, a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows for the first time that certain nutrients may play an underlying role in short and long sleep duration and that people who report eating a large variety of foods - an indicator of an overall healthy diet - had the healthiest sleep patterns.
The new research is published online, ahead-of-print in the journal Appetite
"Although many of us inherently recognize that there is a relationship between what we eat and how we sleep, there have been very few scientific studies that have explored this connection, especially in a real-world situation," said Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Penn. " In general, we know that those who report between 7-8 hours of sleep each night are most likely to experience better overall health and well being, so we simply asked the question "Are there differences in the diet of those who report shorter sleep, longer sleep, or standard sleep patterns?"
To answer this question, the research team analyzed data from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NHANES includes demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and health-related questions. The sample for the survey is selected to represent the U.S. population of all ages and demographics. For the current study, researchers used the survey question regarding how much sleep each participant reported getting each night to separate the sample into groups of different sleep patterns. Sleep patterns were broken out as "Very Short'' (<5 h per night), ''Short'' (5-6 h per night), ''Standard' (7-8h per night), and ''Long'' (9 h or more per night). NHANES participants also sat down with specially trained staff who went over, in great detail, a full day's dietary intake. This included everything from the occasional glass of water to complete, detailed records of every part of each meal. With this data, the Penn research team analyzed whether each group differed from the 7-8 hour "standard" group on any nutrients and total caloric intake. They also looked at these associations after controlling for overall diet, demographics, socioeconomics, physical activity, obesity, and other factors that could have explained this relationship.
The authors found that total caloric intake varied across groups. Short sleepers consumed the most calories, followed by normal sleepers, followed by very short sleepers, followed by long sleepers. Food variety was highest in normal sleepers, and lowest in very short sleepers. Differences across groups were found for many types of nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
In a statistical analysis, the research team found that there were a number of dietary differences, but these were largely driven by a few key nutrients. They found that very short sleep was associated with less intake of tap water, lycopene (found in red- and orange-colored foods), and total carbohydrates, short sleep was associated with less vitamin C, tap water, selenium (found in nuts, meat and shellfish), and more lutein/zeaxanthin (found in green, leafy vegetables), and long sleep was associated with less intake of theobromine (found in chocolate and tea), dodecanoic acid (a saturated fat) choline (found in eggs and fatty meats), total carbohydrates, and more alcohol.
"Overall, people who sleep 7-8 hours each night differ in terms of their diet, compared to people who sleep less or more. We also found that short and long sleep are associated with lower food variety," said Dr. Grandner. "What we still don't know is if people altered their diets, would they be able to change their overall sleep pattern? This will be an important area to explore going forward as we know that short sleep duration is associated with weight gain and obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Likewise, we know that people who sleep too long also experience negative health consequences. If we can pinpoint the ideal mix of nutrients and calories to promote healthy sleep, the healthcare community has the potential to make a major dent in obesity and other cardiometabolic risk factors."
Other authors for Penn include Nicholas J. Jackson and Jason R. Gerstner, PhD.
This research was supported grants from National Institutes of Health (T32HL007713, 12SDG9180007 and P30HL101859).
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "Eat to dream: Study shows dietary nutrients associated with certain sleep patterns." ScienceDaily, 6 Feb. 2013. Web. 7 Feb. 2013.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Burn 15 lbs of Fat for Spring Break with Interval Sprints & Intense Weight Training
By: Scott Mendelson
I need to lose 15 lbs of fat before my March 21 vacation to get rid of the fat hanging on my belly! How much cardio should I be doing per week? My shoulder is hurting, any ideas as to why after looking at the workout I sent you?
I would focus your energy on interval sprints 2-3 times per week in addition to weight training sessions geared specifically for fat loss. Based on your estimated body fat test of 15%, steady state cardio is a waste of time and can be counterproductive in many cases by increasing stress hormones responsible for belly fat storage. You can train all day and night, but if stress hormones are elevated you will not lose body fat!Are You Going Through the Motions or Pushing your Limits?
Many people train just to go through the motions in the gym and this lack of effort will dictate slow progress! The purpose of the weight training and interval sprint sessions is to drive up the powerful fat burning hormone- growth hormone! Lactic acid is a precursor to growth hormone and spikes due to tough training sessions which include a combination of short rest periods and high training quality by way of weight load, rep speed and proper form.Method to the Madness Drives Fast Fat LOSS
Chasing fatigue is not the answer to your fat loss goals. There must be method to the madness which is why I suggest a customized plan. The right training routine design will enable you to fight the fatigue curve and produce a higher quality work level with every set. Manipulating the nervous system plays a key role here through the use of antagonistic super sets. Continue Reading...
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I just wanted to say "thanks" for the great food you sent us. The beef and chicken and rabbit are all great! The chicken sausages with apples were outstanding too! I have to admit that I lie blatantly to my kids about what they are eating until they agree that they like it. After that I tell them what it is. Maybe.I have recommended your products to a "naturopathic" doctor friend of mine so she and her family can try your products and recommend them to her patients.Drugs scare me down to my boots, both prescription drugs and those in our foods, so if we can grow some our own veggies and poultry, which we do, and buy some other meats from you, we are better off and so is the planet. My kids are even learning about drugs in school, and are on my case about drinking coffee. You can't have everything, I guess. Well, thanks again my friends. Be well and keep smiling!B.S.Sparrow Bush, NY
- 2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, diced
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1/2 cup Maple Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Cook the onion and bell peppers in the ghee over medium heat until the vegetables are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, set aside and allow to cool.
- Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl; add the sautéed vegetables. Gently, but thoroughly mix with your hands until well-combined. Gently form a loaf shape in a 7 x 11 glass baking dish.
- Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the internal temperatures reaches 160 F.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Jan's Sushi Bar. Her website is full of recipes, "somewhere between a traditional foods diet and a paleo diet", with amazing photography - check it out!
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US Wellness Cattle - Grazing Down Under
US Wellness cattle enjoying beautiful blue skies in sunny Tasmania during our visit last month.
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