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April 22, 2012
Happy Earth Day! Every year this holiday rolls around we are reminded of how lucky we are to have blue skies and green pastures to raise our cattle on. Many other areas of the world are not this lucky, and we don't take it for granted. We do our best to maintain our pastures and lakes so that these scenic farms are around for generations to come. Our farm photos below are a great example of those green pastures and show exactly what our happy cattle are getting to eat this time of year.
We are excited to introduce a new product this week: 100% Kona Coffee. Brought to us from an exclusive source on the Big Island of Hawaii, the heritage coffee trees were planted back in the 1880's and thrive in the rich volcanic soil on the Kona Coast. The beans are organically grown and are hand-picked and sun-dried. This careful growing process leads to coffee with a rich, hearty flavor that even non-coffee drinkers have been known to love! This is a great way to start your day - we are big fans here at US Wellness and are very excited to be able to offer such a hard-to-find product.
If you have yet to experience how uniquely tasty gourmet rabbit can be, now is your chance. Our Rabbit Striploin is on sale this week, which doesn't happen very often! If you aren't sure how to prepare rabbit, see our recipe section below for a bacon wrapped rabbit loin with bacon strawberry dressing. With all that bacon in it, how can it be bad?!
We ran across a great testimonial this week as to how grass-fed beef can affect health. Authored by our good friend Stan Fishman, we suggest you take time to read his recent post about his most recent experience with illness and healthy meats. Stan is a true grass-fed expert, and has authored two excellent cookbooks specifically regarding cooking and grilling grass-fed meat products: Tender Grassfed Meat and Tender Grassfed Barbecue. If you are new to grass-fed products these are a must-have for your kitchen!
The first regional conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation is quickly approaching, and we are happy to announce that it will be held here in Missouri! If you are in the St. Louis area May 19-20 you won't want to miss this local opportunity to connect with health professionals and consumers to gain the best information on nutrient dense, traditional foods. To save $50 on conference registration fees be sure to register before April 30!
Here's your chance to win this week: we have teamed up with Nom Nom Paleo to giveaway $100 worth of our very popular Sugar-Free Pork Bacon. This new recipe is Whole30 Approved and contains no sweeteners, nitrates, or MSG! Head over to the Nom Nom Paleo blog now to get signed up!
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Question and Answer Column
Hello Dr. Kim,
I will do my best to be descriptive, yet concise: I am 26 years old, 6 feet tall and formerly 155 pounds. I have never smoked and rarely consume alcohol, and I began eating meats exclusively from U.S. Wellness in August of 2011. In these past 6 months I have lost 13 pounds - mainly the excess displaced fat that was in my belly and chest. I am now more lean and energetic than I have been since my childhood, however, to the point that my rib cage has began to appear. I wish to bulk-up, per-se, by building muscle throughout my upper body and putting on 15-20 pounds. I have cut down on my simple sugar and processed food intake and have not seen a drive-thru since last summer, as I approach a desired lifestyle of raw foods and some Paleo. I would like any and all advice you can offer from a nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness stand point that would help me to reach my goals as stated above. I just bought an Omega juicer and plan to juice all sorts of fruits, grasses and veggies daily to help my energy levels as I average working 65 hours per week between a day job and an overnight job. Thank you so much for your time and knowledge.
This is my first response to questions from US Wellness Meats and I am honored that it is you. I am glad that you are starting to eat well, no pun intended with Wellness Meats. It is great to see the increased energy 2/2 to the decrease in processed food, processed sugars, and lack of fast food. I think that there is a lot to be said about your change and I commend you for it.
I think that the best way to see where you are going in regards to your weight gain is to see how many calories you are currently consuming. I would say adding the fruits from a juicer on a pure health stand point isn't a bad thing. The issue I have with paleo is this: if you are to consume raw vegetables, fruits, and meat as your primary sources of fuel, you better be eating a lot. You will need to add some good fats into that diet, avocado, coconut oil, fish oil, organic cottage cheese, and olive oil for dressings.
I understand in the premise of being truly paleo you shouldn't be eating any processed foods, or even cooked rice products, but I think on the days you are planning on lifting heavy, legs for example, I would introduce some cooked sweet potato because these are a little difficult to eat raw, or even some pasta/rice as a carb source on those days only.
Is there a reason why you are not currently fat loading or carb loading one day a week? I would definitely be adding a free form amino acid blend like Muscle Synthesis and MR before and after workouts. I would also add a product like Alpha Omega 3 about 4-6 per day. On your fat loading days it would be good to supplement with a good organic coconut oil. Hopefully this helps and assists in your needs to gain weight.
-- Michael Kim, D.O.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to email@example.com for the question and answer series. Our question and answer series now also features Dr. Serrano's business partner, Dr. Mike Kim, MD. He is consistently eating and living a healthy lifestyle because of his family connection with DM2, HTN, Hyperlipidemia. He is currently finishing his training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado, Denver under the tutelage of Dr. Serrano, a world renowned nutrition specialist.
Dr. Kim is always seeking the latest and newest ways to help people with weight loss, athletic performance and healthy eating. He has a deep connection with MMA fighters, NFL athletes, and other professional athletes. He is at the forefront of breaking science with Muscle Pharm Sports Science and Research Center. His goal is to make living healthier for everyone, one meal at a time.
|Recent Health News|
Women Not Getting Enough Exercise; At Risk of Developing Metabolic Syndrome
A national study shows that women are less likely than men to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, resulting in greater odds of developing metabolic syndrome - a risky and increasingly prevalent condition related to obesity.
Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors - including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and extra weight around the middle part of the body - which occur together and increase the risk for coronary disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. The researchers initially were interested in the correlation between physical activity, depression and metabolic syndrome, and ended up finding a gender difference.
The study, now online in the journal Preventive Medicine, was conducted at Oregon State University by Paul Loprinzi and Bradley Cardinal, professor of social psychology of physical activity at OSU. Loprinzi is now an assistant professor of exercise science at Bellarmine University. He conducted the research when he was a student in Cardinal's lab at OSU.
"The results indicate that regular physical activity participation was associated with positive health outcomes for both men and women; however, there was a greater strength of association for women," Loprinzi said.
Looking at more than 1,000 men and women from a nationally represented sample, the researchers found that women were getting only about 18 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily, compared to men who, on average, were getting 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily.
"Those who get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day are less likely to be depressed, less likely to have high cholesterol and less likely to have metabolic syndrome," Loprinzi said.
Loprinzi and Cardinal's study is unique in part because it is the first to use an "objective" measure of physical activity - in this case participants were outfitted with accelerometers that measured daily activity. In their study, slightly more than one in three women had metabolic syndrome, and one in five had symptoms of depression.
"It's pretty striking what happens to you if you don't meet that 30 minutes a day of activity," Cardinal said. "Women in our sample had better health behavior - they were much less likely to smoke for instance, but the lack of activity still puts them at risk."
Cardinal said depression puts people at more risk of abdominal fat and insulin resistance, and both are risk factors for metabolic syndrome.
"Physical activity has been shown to reduce depression," he said. "So the key message here is to get that 30 minutes of exercise every day because it reduces a great deal of risk factors."
While their study does not address why women were not getting enough exercise, the authors said research shows that physical activity patterns often begin in childhood.
"Research has shown that around ages 5 or 6 these patterns begin," Cardinal said. "Parents tend to be more concerned with the safety of girls, and have more restrictive practices around outdoor time and playtime than with boys."
Loprinzi said this pattern tends to continue into adulthood, and that overall confidence may be a factor.
"Some evidence indicates that women, compared to men, have less confidence in their ability to overcome their exercise-related barriers," Loprinzi said, adding that women also often cite a lack of time to exercise due to child-rearing.
The researchers have a study coming out that may help those time-challenged women. Loprinzi said he and Cardinal found that adults can still enhance their health by accumulating physical activity in short periods throughout the day, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or pacing while talking on the phone.
Oregon State University. "Women not getting enough exercise; at risk of developing metabolic syndrome." ScienceDaily, 10 Apr. 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2012.
Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Loin with Bacon Strawberry Dressing
- 1/2 Cup Strawberries
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- 2 Tbsp Melted and strained Pastured Bacon Fat
- 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees Farenheit
- Cut your bacon in half or to the length needed to wrap a loin and lay them out slightly overlapping on your cutting board
- Place a rabbit loin in each one and generously season the rabbit and bacon with salt, pepper, thyme, and sage to your taste liking
- Once seasoned, roll them up tightly. I set mine up so the bacon met on the bottom where I seared them first to help them stay wrapped
- Heat your saute pan on the stove over medium high heat, you are going to sear the bacon to finish cooking it most of the way
- Once heated, add some bacon fat to the pan or duck fat or any fat and place your bacon wrapped rabbit with the bacon joint down
- You are going to sear the rabbit on all sides cooking the bacon so prob 2-3 minutes total rotating as it sears
- Once all is seared place your entire pan in the oven and cook for 5-6 minutes turning occasionally
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. The loin should be medium-rare or pinkish when done
- While your rabbit is resting after its exhausting weekend of delivering Easter baskets, take all the ingredients for your dressing and throw them in your food processor. Turn it on and let the magic happen until well blended
- If you want more bacon flavor, add more bacon fat, problem solved
- When done, slice your rabbit loin and plate on a bed of mixed greens and drizzle with your dressing
- Garnish with a lemon if you would like the citrus and enjoy
- And don't worry Peter Cottontail has plenty of children to carry on his legacy of the Easter bunny next year. So don't fret about eating him, Easter will still go on.
This recipe and photo are compliments our food friend George at Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations. For more authentic and creative paleo recipes be sure to visit his blog!
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We are enjoying our first order immensely. The sandwich steaks are unreal.... perfect for our family and not too expensive. The hamburger patties are amazing. My husband calls them, "The candy of meat" and my 5 year old daughter eats all her veggies because "they are touching the meat". Will be trying the beef bacon tomorrow. Just wanted to drop you all a note to let you know how much we enjoy the meat and how thankful we are that you guys ship out to Hawaii when most companies don't!
The Dagupion 'Ohana (family)
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