We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing 4th of July weekend! We enjoyed beautiful weather all week and are looking forward to a sunny July.
We are very excited to introduce our new feature chefs: Brent & Heather from Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers, who were kind enough to do an interview and share some of their newest recipes! Be sure to visit their recipe page for some tasty recipes free of grains, legumes and dairy that feature beef, bison, rabbit and chicken. Their website is one you will want to follow for unique, clean recipes and delicious photos.
Now is the time enjoy grass-fed Ribeye Steaks, as they are on sale this week only! Ribeyes will be a hit at any summer barbecue, and will be frozen upon arrival and can safely store in the freezer if you want to stock up.
Good news for your pooch! We have recently added several new items to our pet category. We now carry ground chicken backs in a 1-lb package - we start with our free range meaty chicken backs, grind them very fine, and they will make your dog's day. Also new to the menu are smoked bones, which make the perfect chew toys. Our classic pet burger continues to be a favorite of dogs and cats alike, with grass-fed beef heart and liver trim added to our ground beef, you can rest assured your pets are getting a nutrient-dense meal! Be sure to read Kelley Herring's article this week for alarming news on most commercial pet foods and how they may be affecting the health of your pets.
Our farms are beautiful this time of year - see our newest farm photos below, and be sure to check in with us on Facebook, as we are always sharing new pictures of our farms.
More pemmican is here! All three varieties of our beef pemmican bars and pails restocked this week. We appreciate your interest and dedicated patronage and we apologize for the extended shortage of one of our most popular products.
For a unique summer recipe we highly suggest the Bacon Berry Bites in our recipe section below. This tasty surprise combines berries, bacon and decadent chocolate, a winning combination in our book!
Big bacon news! You only have a few days to head over to the Paleo Parents website to get entered in their Beyond Bacon Giveaway! We were lucky enough to receive a copy of their brand new cookbook: Beyond Bacon, and it was instantly a favorite. Not only is this book packed with nose-to-tail pork recipes, but tons of information about the history of pork, all the different cuts, health information, cooking tips, and more. We highly recommend ordering your copy today, or sign up for the giveaway for a chance to win one!
On a somber note, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the friends and families still reeling from the loss of the 19 brave members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots this week. For ways that you can show your support, a Facebook page has been started in their memory. We salute all of the nation's firefighters and emergency personnel who put themselves in harm's way every day to help others.
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda & Laura on behalf of the farm families of US Wellness Meats.
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Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Why You Never Have to Worry About Heart Disease
By: Al Sears, MD
We really shouldn't be spending all of this time worrying about heart disease. In fact, it only takes us in the wrong direction.
Truth is, you need to do the opposite. Get rid of that worry once and for all. I'll show you rock-solid evidence that what you really need to do is easy and just feels right.
But first, let's get one thing straight...there's no real proof cholesterol causes heart disease. You need cholesterol to avoid heart attacks and heart disease. And I'll show you how easy it is to boost your HDL. You don't need drugs or doctor's prescriptions. And you don't need to follow a crazy diet.
Your cholesterol blood level can tell you useful information about your health and fitness, but it's not the great predictor of heart disease that conventional medicine leads us to believe. In fact, these numbers make very poor crystal balls, as I learned from experience.
Years ago, I began inheriting a group of patients who "dropped out" with other doctors because they refused to lower their cholesterol levels. These cantankerous old men didn't trust doctors and weren't willing to change their lifestyles in ways that seemed to contradict their instincts.
Over the years, I noticed that these rebels with high cholesterol rarely had heart problems. Recently, the University Hospital in Switzerland announced that cholesterol fails to demonstrate an important (statistically significant) connection with coronary artery disease. Clearly, cholesterol isn't the ultimate heart-attack warning it was made out to be...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.
Does Your Best Friend's Diet Need Help?
By: Kelley Herring, Healing Gourmet
There is a dietary health crisis in this country that has already taken millions of lives...and yet it has gone largely unreported.
This nutritional epidemic is responsible for widespread cases of diabetes and cancer. And the numbers are growing.
In fact, you've probably been directly touched by this growing crisis. If not, you certainly know someone who has.
So, why hasn't this health catastrophe been widely reported?
Because it's not happening to humans...it's happening to our pets.
The same dietary disasters and lifestyle changes that have led to a rapid increase in degenerative disease in humans have also taken a heavy toll on our pets.
For most of the last century, the incidence of cancer and diabetes in companion animals was extremely rare. And yet, just as these diseases have become more prevalent in people, the same is true for our animals.
One study in the UK suggests that diabetes will strike about one out of every 230 cats. Another study in the US puts the number at one out of a hundred.
The statistics for cancer are even more shocking...
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
New Brain Imaging Study Provides Support for the Notion of Food Addiction
Consuming highly processed carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, according to a Boston Children's Hospital research team led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD director, New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. These findings suggest that limiting these "high-glycemic index" foods could help obese individuals avoid overeating.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on June 26, 2013, investigates how food intake is regulated by dopamine-containing pleasure centers of the brain.
"Beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive," says Ludwig.
To examine the link, researchers measured blood glucose levels and hunger, while also using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe brain activity during the crucial four-hour period after a meal, which influences eating behavior at the next meal. Evaluating patients in this time frame is one novel aspect of this study, whereas previous studies have evaluated patients with an MRI soon after eating.
Twelve overweight or obese men consumed test meals designed as milkshakes with the same calories, taste and sweetness. The two milkshakes were essentially the same; the only difference was that one contained rapidly digesting (high-glycemic index) carbohydrates and the other slowly digesting (low-glycemic index) carbohydrates.
After participants consumed the high-glycemic index milkshake, they experienced an initial surge in blood sugar levels, followed by sharp crash four hours later.
This decrease in blood glucose was associated with excessive hunger and intense activation of the nucleus accumbens, a critical brain region involved in addictive behaviors.
Prior studies of food addiction have compared patient reactions to drastically different types of foods, such as high-calorie cheesecake versus boiled vegetables.
Another novel aspect of this study is how a specific dietary factor that is distinct from calories or sweetness, could alter brain function and promote overeating.
"These findings suggest that limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat," says Ludwig.
Though the concept of food addiction remains provocative, the findings suggest that more interventional and observational studies be done. Additional research will hopefully inform clinicians about the subjective experience of food addiction, and how we can potentially treat these patients and regulate their weight.
Boston Children's Hospital. "New brain imaging study provides support for the notion of food addiction." ScienceDaily, 26 Jun. 2013. Web. 27 Jun. 2013.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Reviving Metabolism to Burn 20 lbs of Body Fat in 30 Days & Keep it off Forever!
By: Scott Mendelson
Summer is in full swing and my husband and I are very discouraged about our prospects of reaching great condition to show off our abs. Over time we have had to eat less and less (sometimes under 1,000 calories per day) to try and lose body fat and do an hour of cardio a day seven days per week and still no progress during the last four weeks despite decent progress before that time. What is going on here and what are the keys to quick and lasting fat loss in your experience?
Mary & Rick
Mary & Rick,
You have both clearly damaged metabolism as well as the hormonal environment from under eating as well as overtraining. This is a common situation for trainees to reach this time of year as the pressure is on to look good, however the approach always leads to problems. Fortunately I have helped many clients in the same situation revive fat burning by optimizing the nutrition and training plan. You can more than double your rate of fat loss with the correct weight and interval sprint routines and spend less than half the time you are spending now on training.
Over 15 years working with thousands of successful clients to support their rapid fat loss goals I have identified three key elements essential for success.
It is as simple as EQC!Continue Reading...
Email Scott@infinityfitness.com and ask for a free copy of the KISS Rapid Fat Loss Male and Female Nutrition plans, Dr. Serrano's ground-breaking fat loss nutrition interview and Success Calendars. Check out our blog for great tips and more. ____________________________________________
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Thank you, thank you! Received my order Tuesday and now have a freezer full of wonderful meat! Cooked a package of brats tonight as well as an entire package of bacon :) Living in Northwest Iowa, surrounded by corn and soybean fields and animals fed the same, it has been a challenge to find a good variety of clean meat. My daughter who doesn't follow the same lifestyle diet-wise actually preferred your brats over what we used to get at the local grocery store. High praise indeed! Thanks again so very much!
Bacon Berry Bites
Roasted strawberries wrapped in bacon with a dairy free dark chocolate ganache for dipping. If you like bacon wrapped dates, you will LOVE these!
- 24 medium / bitesize strawberries
- 12 slices bacon
- Black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 4 oz dark chocolate chips
| Makes 24 bites | Prep: 10 min | Cook: 10 min |
- For the strawberries: Preheat the oven to 450F and line a baking tray.
- Trim the tops of the strawberries and turn them cut-side down.
- Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each strawberry with a half slice of bacon, making sure the ends overlap. Make sure the bacon is tightly wrapped as the strawberries will shrink.
- Secure the bacon using a toothpick and place the strawberries on the baking tray. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
- Roast for 10 - 12 minutes, until the bacon is cooked and beginning to brown on the edges.
- Remove to a paper towel-lined plate for a few minutes to absorb any excess grease from the bacon or juices from the strawberries.
- For the ganache: Heat the coconut milk until it is hot, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Stir the chocolate chips into the hot coconut milk, using a fork to keep stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.
- To serve / assemble: Either serve the bacon wrapped strawberries warm, with the ganache on the side for dipping or allow them to cool before dipping the tops of them in the ganache and then refrigerating them until they set.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Meatified. Find more unique summer recipes that are free of sugar, soy, legumes and dairy on their blog!
If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
US Wellness Cattle - Summer Skies
US Wellness cattle grazing under pretty skies in Northeast Missouri.
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