March hasn't decided if it wants to be a lion or a lamb. We've gone back and forth between snow and sunny, 60-degree days. Hopefully things will straighten out and stay warm, we're ready for spring! The sun has been shining down south, be sure to see our Farm Photos below for some shots from our Southern Alabama farms.
We hope everyone is enjoying a festive St. Patrick's Day weekend! We are fortunate to be just a short drive from St. Patrick, MO - the only town in the US with this name. They host a very festive St. Patrick's Day celebration that we got to attend, and if you are ever in the area around St. Patrick's Day, it is worth the drive!
If you haven't had your corned beef and cabbage yet, it's not too late. Our Corned Beef Flatiron is on sale this week only, just for St. Patrick's Day, so be sure to stock up! Corned Beef is usually made with brisket, but we think you will be impressed with the tenderness of this cut, combined with the rich corned beef flavor.
Also on sale this week are the Fresh Cut Pork Chops. If you are looking for a new twist on the classic bone-in pork chop, be sure to see our recipe section below for Maple Chili Pork Chops, from our good friend Juli at PaleOMG.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to restock many of our most popular cuts. The Filet Mignon, Bottom Round Roast, Beef Broth & Beef Liver are all back in stock. We expect more Pork Bacon, Pork Lard and Beef Tallow to restock by this Tuesday, March 18. We appreciate your patience as we work to add more inventory to the store.
Be sure to read Dr. Al Sears' article this week for eye-opening news on the dangers of stress. We've been seeing more research come out about how harmful stress can be to our health. Chris Kresser wrote a very powerful article on symptoms and consequences of stress, and he sums stress up very well:
"At the simplest level, then, stress is a disturbance of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body's ability to regulate its inner environment. When the body loses this ability, disease occurs."
Feel free to leave any comments or questions on the blog and we'll have our experts respond.
Don't forget the first day of spring is this Thursday, March 20 - we hope everyone has a warm & sunny start to spring!
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda & Laura on behalf of the farm families of US Wellness Meats.
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Restocked This Week:
**More pork products will restock by Tuesday, March 18, including bacon, roasts, chops, all 3 brats, & lard.**
**More beef products will restock by Tuesday, March 18, including Italian sausage, Polish sausage, bacon, & 5 gallon tallow pails.**
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- Read Dr. Al Sears' article below.
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Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Stress Free And 10 Years Younger
By: Al Sears, MD
You know stress hurts. You worry, you feel anxious... you lose sleep. That's old news. But now, we can actually measure the effects of stress. And the wear and tear is more distressing than we even imagined. It goes all the way to your DNA.
Researchers at the University of California discovered that stress makes your cells die before their time - and produces all the terrible effects we think of as aging.
They compared women who felt a lot of stress to women under little stress. Using certain cellular markers, they discovered the high-stress women were up to 10 years "older" than women with low stress levels!(1)
The cellular markers they used are "telomeres." Telomeres are the "time keepers" attached to every strand of DNA. As they get shorter, you get older and your body breaks down.
What's more, the effects of stress on telomeres get worse with age. A North Carolina study found that stressed women over 55 had significantly shorter telomeres.(2) Therefore, the older we get, the more important it is to control the stress in our lives.
It's not just women. An Ohio State University study linked shorter telomeres to high-stress occupations such as long-term caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. The Alzheimer's caregivers showed a four to eight year shortening of life span...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.
Eat Your Heart Out!
By: Kelley Herring, Healing Gourmet
Today, I'd like to tell you about a nutrient that is absolutely vital to your health. Unfortunately, most of us don't get enough, because it's found in so few foods. Of course, you could take it as a supplement... if you don't mind paying up to $120 a month.
But here's the good news. I'll also show you the unique and delicious food that contains more of this nutrient than any other, plus how you can consume as much as your body needs for just a few dollars per month.
The nutrient that I'm talking about is Coenzyme Q10. There's a good chance you've heard of CoQ10. You might even be taking it as a supplement. But you might not know why this essential nutrient is so beneficial.
CoQ10 is a molecule that is found in the greatest concentration in the mitochondria of cells. This is the powerhouse of each cell, where energy is produced. And CoQ10 is vital for this process.
This is one reason why CoQ10 levels are closely related to athletic endurance and time to exhaustion. It is also why high levels promote a strong heart beat. In fact, CoQ10 is crucial for the heart because of the constant energy that is required to be produced.
Supplementing with CoQ10 has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve arterial health, and dramatically cut the risk of heart failure. In fact, many hospitals use this nutrient specifically to treat congestive heart failure...Continue Reading...
Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is author of more than a dozen books on nutrition and natural healing. She is also the co-founder of Wellness Bakeries, which has just released their newest product - Better Bread - a 100% Paleo bread mix you can whip up in 5 minutes flat.
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 conference in our home state! The Grassfed Exchange 2014 Conference will be held July 30-August 1 in Columbia, MO.
Grass-fed beef was once a niche. Now it's one of the biggest movers in the beef production industry, and demand for grass-fed beef continues to rise as more and more consumers join the movement. The purpose of this event is to help producers grow in knowledge of the grass-fed industry and in finishing cattle specifically. It is also a unique opportunity for consumers to learn more about this ever-growing industry, and to offer their questions and suggestions.
Visit their website for more information, and to see the powerful lineup of speakers and event planned for the weekend. You can also get a DVD of last year's event to see what to expect this year. Register before June 30 to take advantage of the discounted rate!
|Recent Health News
Vitamin D Increases Breast cancer Patient Survival, Study Shows
Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.
In previous studies, Cedric F. Garland, DrPH, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, showed that low vitamin D levels were linked to a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer. That finding, he said, prompted him to question the relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D -- a metabolite produced by the body from the ingestion of vitamin D - and breast cancer survival rates.
Garland and colleagues performed a statistical analysis of five studies of 25-hydroxyvitamin D obtained at the time of patient diagnosis and their follow-up for an average of nine years. Combined, the studies included 4,443 breast cancer patients.
"Vitamin D metabolites increase communication between cells by switching on a protein that blocks aggressive cell division," said Garland. "As long as vitamin D receptors are present tumor growth is prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high."
Women in the high serum group had an average level of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in their blood. The low group averaged 17 ng/ml. The average level in patients with breast cancer in the United States is 17 ng/ml.
"The study has implications for including vitamin D as an adjuvant to conventional breast cancer therapy," said co-author Heather Hofflich, DO, UC San Diego associate professor in the Department of Medicine.
Garland recommended randomized controlled clinical trials to confirm the findings but suggested physicians consider adding vitamin D into a breast cancer patient's standard care now and then closely monitor the patient.
"There is no compelling reason to wait for further studies to incorporate vitamin D supplements into standard care regimens since a safe dose of vitamin D needed to achieve high serum levels above 30 nanograms per milliliter has already been established," said Garland.
A 2011 meta-analysis by Garland and colleagues estimated that a serum level of 50 ng/ml is associated with 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer. While there are some variations in absorption, those who consume 4,000 International Units (IU) per day of vitamin D from food or a supplement normally would reach a serum level of 50 ng/ml. Garland urged patients to ask their health care provider to measure their levels before substantially increasing vitamin D intake.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the current recommended daily allowance for vitamin D is 600 IU for adults and 800 IU for people over 70 years old.
University of California, San Diego Health Sciences. "Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival, study shows." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 March 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306163236.htm>.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Working "Hard" and Eating "Clean" Is Not Enough To Burn 10 Pounds of Body Fat in 30 Days
By: Scott Mendelson
I was really disappointed when I got a body fat test with calipers that scored me 25%. I had a false sense of accomplishment based on my home electronic scale which was telling me body fat percentage was going lower, but I did not see it in the mirror. Can Nancy and I burn 10 pounds of fat in 30 days if we work really hard in the gym a few times per week and eat completely clean, including lots of grass fed beef? At times the cravings for bad food choices are so severe, how can we prevent them?
The focus must change to working hard and smarter! Yes, if you and Nancy produce a high quality of execution of the correct training, nutrition and recovery programs consistently to build metabolic and hormonal momentum. Earning 10 pounds of fat loss in the first 30 days of a well-structured plan is great, but you are capable of solving your body fat problem for good if you also focus on more fat loss for the following 60 days. You can reach the 14-15% body fat range in 12 weeks which would have you looking great. Losing body fat the right way will prevent the rebound of body fat accumulation that strikes 95% of people.
Read Part 2 of our Blog Post- Top 10 Kiss Rapid Fat Loss Nutrition Plan Benefits and Tactics.
I must elaborate on what I mean by a high quality of execution- this means a highly focused effort with weight training and interval sprints which differentiates those who earn fantastic versus average rates of progress. Challenging training sessions will not leave you feeling wiped out; rather you will finish the session completely energized!Continue Reading...
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Maple Chili Pork Chops
- 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter (or other fat such as coconut oil, lard, etc.)
- 2 bone-in, thinly sliced pork chops (about 0.5lbs each)
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- chopped green onions, to garnish (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix together all the seasonings.
- Pat the pork chops dry. Generously sprinkle each side of each pork chop, pressing the seasonings into the pork chop.
- Place a large saute pan over high heat. Add butter to the pan to melt.
- Let the pan get very hot then add the pork chops to the pan. Sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes.
- After the pork chops have seared on both sides, turn heat down to low.
- Whisk together orange juice, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pan around the pork chops. The mixture will begin to bubble then thicken. Cook the pork chops for another 6-8 minutes, flipping them once to help coat each side of the pork chop.
- Once the pork chop is cooked through, remove from heat. Plate chops then garnish with some of the leftover sauce from the pan and chopped green onions.
Recipe and photo are courtesy of Juli Bauer at PaleOMG. Her website is a wealth of information and recipes, and her cookbook is a wonderful resource in any kitchen!
If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
Farm Photos - Spring in the South
It's spring down south! These pictures were taken on one of our Southern Alabama farms, where the grass is already lush & green.
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