Snow! We had another big snowstorm roll through the Midwest this week, blanketing us in another several inches of snow. While this made travel conditions a bit difficult, we desperately need this moisture after the devastating drought of 2012. We appreciate everyone's patience as we worked with FedEx to ensure all orders got delivered as soon as possible this week.
Does diet actually play a part in heart disease risk? Absolutely, say the scientists behind a landmark study completed recently in Spain. The study focused on individuals at high risk for heart disease, and put half the group on the Mediterranean diet, and the other half on a low-fat diet. The findings were so strong that they ended the study after only five years. The findings from this study suggest that you can lower heart disease by as much as 30%, by sticking to the Mediterranean diet, which promotes plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil. Read the full story for more details. Even better news is that this diet even recommends a daily glass of red wine and plenty of dark chocolate!
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating condition affecting millions of Americans today, that only worsens with time. Scientists are aware of several changes that occur to the brain with Alzheimer's, two of which are inflammation and plaque. A recent report out of UCLA advises that Vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation and possibly clear some of these certain types of plaque. More research is needed but this interesting read reminds us that although diet may not solve everything, but can certainly help prevent the onset of a host of ailments.
Are you actually getting what you pay for when you order seafood? Sadly, a recent study suggests that you might not, especially if you are ordering sushi. The results made national news last week, and will likely cause many diners to ask twice before they order seafood off the menu. To be sure what you are getting, always know your source. Kelly Herring's article this week offers some very helpful suggestions when sourcing your seafood. To find certified sustainable, wild-caught salmon, pink shrimp, sablefish and more, visit our seafood department.
Steaks are on sale! The New York Strip Steak is one of our most popular cuts and a must-have for any barbecue. They are on sale this week only, so now is a great time to stock up. Try a package of decadent Davao White Chocolate for dessert, which is also on sale this week.
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- On February 26th customers started experiencing an intermittent time out delay after submitting their credit card during checkout. We have had every company involved in this communication step trying to solve this rare glitch.
- Usually, if the customer repeats the credit card submission a second or third time, it will complete the transaction.
- If failure continues, call our office and we will place the order over the phone. We are having the same challenges from the store back end, but usually our first or second attempt is successful.
- We are just as frustrated as any of you experiencing this issue.
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Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Just Like Sugar...Not
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
Since I've been writing to you about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and how unnatural it is for you, you've probably seen the ads that say it's the same as sugar. And that sugar, whether it comes from corn or from cane is the same.
Well, it's not.
If you've read my previous letters I show you why it's not the same and how the fructose is handled differently by your body than sugar from cane.
But there's another big issue...when high fructose corn manufacturers smile at you and want to reassure you that corn syrup is perfectly fine, ask them about mercury.
One of the steps used to make high fructose corn syrup is to process with caustic soda, which is made using mercury. And when we test, we find that half of the HFCS samples have mercury. Mercury was also found in a third of the off-the-shelf commercial foods where HFCS is the first or second labeled ingredient.
Unfortunately, you probably aren't going to learn much about this from your doctor. Most are still hopelessly ignorant in these areas. They were simply never taught about nutrition and environmental toxins in medical school and instead only learned about drugs and surgery.
One of the worst toxic offenders you're exposed to every day is mercury. 6 million pounds of it go up into the air every year just from coal power plants.
This elemental or metallic mercury produces vapor that gets thrown into the air we breathe. It is also used in industry to produce chlorine gas and the caustic soda I mentioned, and in dental fillings and batteries.
Mercury combines with other elements, such as chlorine, sulfur, or oxygen, to form "inorganic mercury" or mercury salts. They are sometimes used in synthetic skin lightening creams and as antiseptic creams and ointments.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.
Six Toxic Fish (Plus Safe and Delicious Alternatives)
By: Kelley Herring, Healing Gourmet
Fukushima. The Gulf oil spill. Polluted fish farms. Genetically engineered salmon.
While seafood - and omega-3 rich fish in particular - has always been an excellent source of vital nutrients, widespread contamination has left many of us wondering...
What fish is safe?
Unfortunately, more than 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported. What's more, a report by Food & Water Watch, found that less than 2% of the 860,000 imported seafood shipments were visually inspected and less than 1% were actually tested for contaminants.
If that's not enough, there is an industry-wide "bait-and-switch" that is occurring. Fraudulently labeled seafood is turning up in cans, restaurants and even in your local grocery.
In today's article, I'll show you how you can protect yourself from the health-harming contaminants found in seafood and the clean options that will provide you with power-packed nutrition...
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
High Glycemic Index Foods and Dairy Products Linked to Acne
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
has determined that there is increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, particularly from high glycemic load diets and dairy products, and that medical nutrition therapy (MNT) can play an important role in acne treatment.
More than 17 million Americans suffer from acne, mostly during their adolescent and young adult years. Acne influences quality of life, including social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression, making treatment essential. Since the late 1800s, research has linked diet to this common disease, identifying chocolate, sugar, and fat as particular culprits, but beginning in the 1960s, studies disassociated diet from the development of acne.
"This change occurred largely because of the results of two important research studies that are repeatedly cited in the literature and popular culture as evidence to refute the association between diet and acne," says Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. "More recently, dermatologists and registered dietitians have revisited the diet-acne relationship and become increasingly interested in the role of medical nutritional therapy in acne treatment."
Burris and colleagues, William Rietkerk, Department of Dermatology, New York Medical College, and Kathleen Woolf, of New York University's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, conducted a literature review to evaluate evidence for the diet-acne connection during three distinctive time periods: early history, the rise of the diet-acne myth, and recent research.
Culling information from studies between 1960 and 2012 that investigated diet and acne, investigators compiled data for a number of study characteristics, including reference, design, participants, intervention method, primary outcome, results and conclusions, covariate considerations, and limitations.
They concluded that a high glycemic index/glycemic load diet and frequent dairy consumption are the leading factors in establishing the link between diet and acne. They also note that although research results from studies conducted over the last 10 years do not demonstrate that diet causes acne, it may influence or aggravate it.
The study team recommends that dermatologists and registered dietitians work collaboratively to design and conduct quality research. "This research is necessary to fully elucidate preliminary results, determine the proposed underlying mechanisms linking diet and acne, and develop potential dietary interventions for acne treatment," says Burris. "The medical community should not dismiss the possibility of diet therapy as an adjunct treatment for acne. At this time, the best approach is to address each acne patient individually, carefully considering the possibility of dietary counseling."
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "High glycemic index foods and dairy products linked to acne." ScienceDaily, 20 Feb. 2013. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Crush Cravings and Lose 20 lbs of Body Fat Fast!
By: Scott Mendelson
My husband and I really need to shed 20 lbs of fat ASAP and the faster we see progress, the more likely we are to follow through! We exercise a few days per week at home and stay pretty active. I have to be honest; we eat whatever we want on weekends, which extends from Friday night all the way through a big family meal on Sunday. Sometimes the cravings for candy, baked goods and other tasty things are just so huge, how do I break the cycle? Tom wants an arm workout to increase muscle mass, can you help us?
Cindy & Tom
Cindy & Tom,
There needs to be a change in habits and approach during the weekends or you guys will never reach your goals. Use the Sunday family meal to eat what you like, but do not include refined foods, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, fried foods or fruit juices
as these items do more than just add excess calories, they negatively impact fat burning for days or even weeks in certain cases following consumption. It would be smart to weight train 1-2 hours before the Sunday meal to help peak metabolism as this is a metabolic game changer when the workout is built specifically for this purpose.
Tom - The Big Guns
weight training routine below will not only pack some muscle onto your arms, but also supports fat loss by spiking fat-burning hormones! Yes, you can do it at home with limited equipment.Tackling Cravings to Lose Fat FAST!
There are physical and mental elements driving cravings which must be addressed to ensure consistent execution of a nutrition plan. Over the last 15 years working with clients who give up refined foods for 2-3 weeks no longer desire them as much for several reasons. Stress activates cravings for bad food choices for most people and this becomes a big problem when bad food choices are consistently available.
The longer you execute the KISS Nutrition plan and a proper training routine- the better the body will respond to stress in this regard. Get bad food sources out of your house and keep them away at the office, if they are not readily available, you are much less likely to eat them.Discipline is the Foundation of Rapid Fat Loss Success
Discipline is the foundation of success in any endeavor. At times of weakness, the power of your human will must step up and support the execution of a good choice. Cheat meals can help to accelerate fat burning, training performance, relieve stress and improve energy levels when executed correctly...Continue Reading...
Email Scott@infinityfitness.com for a free copy of the Fat Cell Cleansing Special Report, Amino Loading for Great Guns and Ripped Abs routine, Rapid Fat Burning Tools, Kiss Rapid Fat Loss Nutrition Plan. Visit our new blog for great tips, exercise video clips, success strategies and more!
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I've never been one to eat "plain" chocolate bars. They were too boring, but when a previous order I placed with you guys didn't quite come up to the required weight I decided to give the dark chocolate
one a try. NOW I'M HOOKED!!
Every time I've "taken a chance" and ordered something from you guys I've never been disappointed. Whether it's meat, honey, a Flavorwave, or more, I've always been well pleased. You guys certainly live up to the Missouri state motto.
Thanks for taking the time to do what you do so well.
Sausage & Sauerkraut
- 4 Polish or kielbasa sausage (beef or pork)
- 2 tbsp butter or ghee
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
- 2 cups sauerkraut
- 1/2 cup sauerkraut liquid
- 1 granny smith apple
- While many sausages can be cooked from a frozen state, I chose to thaw our beef sausage so that its cooking time coincides perfectly with the sauerkraut. Traditionally, the sausages are simmered with the sauerkraut, but I found that grilling them added a new texture and some diversity to the dish.
- In a large skillet on med/low heat, warm the butter/ghee/oil for a couple minutes. Add the sliced onion and sauté until translucent, about five minutes.
- Add the sauerkraut, pepper, caraway seeds, and sauerkraut juice, cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
- As the sauerkraut simmers, grill your sausages using indirect heat (turn off half the burners and put the sausages on the cool side of the grill) for 20 minutes, turning the sausages halfway through cooking. Medium heat (350-400) is ideal. You'll know the sausages are ready when they look delicious. In all seriousness though, the best way to tell that sausages cooked from a raw (not frozen) state is how they look!
- While the sauerkraut simmers and the sausage is cooking, you might think it's time for a break, but it isn't; there's still work to be done. Cut up your apple and set it aside. Now you can take a break.
- Once the sausages are done cooking, let them rest for five minutes.
- As the sausages are resting, add the apple to the sauerkraut, raise the heat to med/low, and simmer for an additional three minutes, until the apples are softened (but before they start falling apart).
- And that's it! Plate your sausages with a heaping portion of sauerkraut and go to town.
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