Oh-Mila-My! Cookies

Children and adults alike will eagerly devour these delicious yet naturally healthy cookies! Get baking and find how simple and wonderful these gluten-free* and vegan morsels can be!

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp Mila
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 ⅓ cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups natural peanut butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
 Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together Mila and water, then set mixture aside to gel. In a medium bowl, toss the oats, cinnamon, and baking soda together. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir peanut butter, brown sugar, Mila mixture and applesauce on low or with a large rubber spatula until combined. Add dry ingredients and slowly mix until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form dough into balls about 1½ tablespoons each and place onto prepared baking sheet. Slightly flatten each ball of cookie dough gently with the back of a spoon. Lightly blot each cookie with a paper towel to absorb excess oil from peanut butter if necessary.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes. The cookies will appear very soft and underbaked. For crispier cookies, bake for up to 11-12 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh stored covered at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  6. Make ahead tip: For longer storage, freeze the cookies for up to 3 months then thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

*If gluten intolerant, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

GoYin Special Edition 2017

GoYin heads up the holidays in festive blue and green. The 2017 Special Edition bottle is wrapped in Whole Health and ready to share with others or add to your collection.

Here are ten creative ways to share the botanical goodness of GoYin Balancing Blend with others this holiday season.

  1. A GoYin bottle with a little chefs hat on top, coupled with a GoYin recipe.
  2. Add googly eyes and a red nose to your bottle for your “deer” friends.
  3. Host a brunch and serve GoYin mimosas. This is a great way for others to sample this delicious balancing blend.
  4. Add a bottle to a basket of fruits and cheeses and give to clients, hosts, and friends of the family.
  5. Share the PURE opportunity with a bottle for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
  6. Dress your bottle in a hat and a scarf so it’s ready for the cold.
  7. Place a bottle on the table next to the other drinks during Thanksgiving dinner to give guests a healthy alternative.
  8. Put GoYin on a cutting board with a loaf of bread and wrap it with a ribbon.
  9. Add some GoYin to your bubbly and ring in the New Year.
  10. Bring a bottle to Thanksgiving dinner and clink glasses to everyone’s well-being.

The Special Edition bottle will temporarily replace our traditional blue bottle for the coming weeks. Available for a limited time.

How will you share Whole Health this holiday season?

Today we honor our veterans

Join us as we pay our respects to the men and women who have served to protect our country and her people. For one day, we stand united to honor those who made a difference, to thank them for their courage, strength and valor. It is their dedication and love that keep us safe and make our nation great.

PURE is proud to offer military personnel and their spouses free membership. The PURE opportunity is a perfect match for members of the Armed Forces. Building a PURE business takes leadership, discipline, organization and a passion for wellness. PURE gives everyone the opportunity to grow themselves, build character and relationships, create wealth, and help others achieve their dreams and goals. Learn more at livepure.com.

We are blessed to have the opportunity to honor those Independent Business Owners who served in the Armed Forces. We are thankful for their service and we share their military experiences with you below.

Josh Hall, Silver Independent Business Owner, has been to Jordan, Kuwait, Dubai, Oman, Yemen, Djibouti, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, he spent most of his time in the Helmand Province, searching for improvised explosive devises in a route clearance platoon. He traveled to other countries to help train their armies to help fight the war in Operation Endurance Freedom.

 

Philip Holifield, Silver Independent Business Owner, was deployed as an Airman First Class during Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2004 to January 2005 and again as a Senior Airman from May 2006 to September 2006. Philip received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon and Outstanding Unit Award. He also received the Iraq Campaign Medal. From January 2011 to May 2011, Philip was deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as a Staff Sergeant. He received an Air Force Achievement Medal. From July 2015 to February 2016, he was deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, as a Tech Sergeant. He received an Air Force Commendation Medal.

Brian and Michelle Jones, Gold Independent Business Owners. Brian is a retired Sergeant Major with 21 years of service. He spent time in Special Operations Command and experienced a lot of combat.  Michelle spent 13 years in the Army, enlisted for 5 years in Military Intelligence, and spent the remainder as an officer in the Transportation Corps.  She also had combat time as the Company Commander of a truck company in Iraq for over a year. Currently, Brian and Michelle own a 1200-acre special operations training facility in the Florida Everglades.

 

Tom Satterly, Sapphire Independent Business Owner, retired from the U.S. Army after serving 25 years, most of them in Special Operations. His first four years were spent as a combat engineer in the 54th Engineer Battalion in Wildflecken Germany. When Tom re-enlisted, he went through Special Forces Qualifications, passed, and joined the 5th Special Forces Group, stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The life of an elite Green Beret did not satisfy him, so he applied for even more elite schools, specifically the Selection Course for the Operator Training Course (OTC) – the training for what we know as the “Delta Force”.

 

Patrick Parnell, Diamond Independent Business Owner, retired from the Army and Air Force. He was deployed extensively around the globe with the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy. Locations included Central and South America, North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Scandinavia. His wife, Alexis, is also a military veteran. They have four children, one of which is a Combat Army veteran. Both Patrick and Alexis have an extensive lineage of family veterans including their parents and siblings. Patrick and Alexis are both proud to have served this great nation and thank God for the opportunities they have been provided.

 

Dr. John W. Buckner, MD is Chair of the PURE Wellness Advisory Board and an Independent Business Owner. He served in the Air Force Reserves until June of 2000 when he resigned his commission. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 compelled him to sign up for the United States Army Reserves. During the past 10 years, Col. Buckner has been deployed 3 times to Iraq. The first, with the 1st Armored Division as a part of the 924thForward Surgical Team stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. During that first deployment, Col. Buckner was awarded the Combat Medics Badge for providing care to injured soldiers while under enemy fire. The second Deployment was with the 344th Combat Support Hospital at Camp Bucca, Iraq, and his third and final deployment was with the 325th Combat Support Hospital in Tikrit, during the peak of the surge that secured Iraq and broke the back of the insurgency of Al-Qaeda. Dr. Buckner’s last deployment was in 2010, when he served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 101st Airborne. As a member of the 934th Forward Surgical Team, Dr. Buckner was stationed at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Eastern Afghanistan. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, Expert Field Medics Badge, National Defense Medal, Army Reserve Medal, Army Overseas Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the coveted, Combat Medics Badge for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Britten Warren, Silver Independent Business Owner, was enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 2007. He graduated from Infantry Training Battalion as an Honor Graduate and earned the MOS 0331 (Machine Gunner). In October 2007, Staff Sergeant Warren reported to 1st Battalion 2d Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In July 2008 he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2010, he was deployed to Nowzad, Afghanistan where he was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant in August 2010. He held the billets of machine gunner, machine gun team leader, fire team leader, and machine gun squad leader. In February 2011, he reported to Basic Recruiter Course, San Diego, California. Upon completion, he received orders to Recruiting Station Montgomery, Alabama, Recruiting Sub Station Tupelo, and Permeant Contact Station Oxford, Mississippi. He held the billet of canvassing recruiter.  In April 2014, he attended Sergeant’s Course and graduated in May 2014.  In July 2014, he reported to 2d Battalion 3d Marines, Company E for duty as a Machine Gun Squad Leader. In June 2015, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan, where he participated in exercise Korean Military Exchange Program 15-13. He was promoted to his current rank in November 2015. He held the billets as a machine gun squad leader and Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Echo Company. In January 2016, Staff Sergeant Warren reported to Infantry Unit Leaders Course, Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon completion of Infantry Unit Leaders Course, he was transferred to Golf Company, 2nd Platoon, Platoon Sergeant billet.  In December 2016, he deployed in support of Forward Deployed Forces (FDF) to Okinawa, Japan. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and 3 Gold Stars in lieu of 4 award. He is married to Ashley and has two children.

Today, be sure to tell someone how much you appreciate their service. Ask them to share a story with you — a story about what they did, what they are proud of, and what they learned from their experience. They will be more than happy to share with you how they made a difference.

Most of all, show them the greatest respect.

We are People United Reaching Everyone

 

Dr. Buckner becomes a Board Certified Wound Specialist-Physician (CWS-P)

Dr. J. W. ‘Bucky’ Buckner, MD, FACS, the Chair for PURE’s Wellness Advisory Board and an Independent Business Owner, has become a Board Certified Wound Specialist-Physician (CWS-P) and a Diplomat of the American Board of Wound Management.

“Dr. Bucky’s new certification puts him at the center of wellness in the community at PURE,” said Daren Hogge, PURE CEO. “The Board is comprised of five seasoned healthcare professionals who provide guidance and input on product development and formulation, product usage and protocol and product education. Each of our members provide a unique perspective on wellness.”

Eligible candidates for the Wound Specialist certification must have attained a Doctoral degree, have a minimum of three years of clinical wound care experience, and be a licensed healthcare professional according to the American Board of Wound Management. Finally, candidates must pass an extensive examination covering a wide spectrum of topics pertaining to wound management.

Dr. John W. Buckner, M.D. graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Springfield, MO and specializes in surgery. Dr. Buckner is affiliated with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Cox Health in Springfield. Dr. Buckner is a Wellness Advisory Board member and is proud to be part of the PURE: People United Reaching Everyone family.

*Wellness Advisory Board Members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board. In addition to serving as a Wellness Advisory Board Member, Dr. John W. Buckner, MD is also a PURE Independent Business Owner.

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep is one of the basic needs of the body, and here at PURE we believe in giving the body what it needs to thrive. That includes quality products that support nutrition, performance, beauty, and life balance. Getting quality sleep is an important way to achieve a lifestyle of Whole Health.

Sleep needs vary from person to person. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep, while school-aged children and adolescents need about ten hours. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact many areas of your life including: memory, mood, learning, hormone production, and cardiovascular health. A lack of quality sleep can also lead to weight gain.

Below are several tips, as outlined by the National Institutes of Health, to help you get a good night’s sleep. 1

  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. As creatures of habit, we have a hard time adjusting to changes in sleep patterns. Sleeping in later on weekends won’t fully make up for a lack of sleep during the week, and will make it harder to wake up early on Monday morning.
  •  Exercise is great, but not too late in the day. Try to exercise at least thirty minutes on most days, but no later than two to three hours before your bedtime.
  •  Avoid caffeine. Coffee, certain teas, and chocolate contain the stimulant caffeine, and its effects can take as long as eight hours to fully wear off. Therefore, a cup of coffee in the late afternoon can make it hard to fall asleep at night.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed. Having a “nightcap” or alcoholic beverage before sleep may help you relax, but heavy use robs you of deep sleep, keeping you in the lighter stages of sleep. Heavy alcohol ingestion may also contribute to impairment in breathing at night, as well as middle-of-the-night wake-ups once the effects of the alcohol have worn off.
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night. A light snack is okay, but a large meal can cause indigestion that can interfere with sleep. Drinking too many fluids at night can cause frequent awakenings to urinate.
  • If possible, avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep. Some commonly prescribed heart, blood pressure, or asthma medications, as well as some over-the-counter and herbal remedies for coughs, colds, or allergies, can disrupt sleep patterns. If you have trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see whether any drugs you’re taking might be contributing to your insomnia and ask whether they can be taken at other times during the day or earlier in the evening.
  • Don’t take naps after 3:00 p.m. Naps can help make up for lost sleep, but late afternoon naps can make it harder to fall asleep at night.
  •  Relax before bed. Don’t overschedule your day. Leave time to unwind at the end of the day. A relaxing activity, such as reading, taking a warm bath, or listening to music, should be part of your bedtime ritual.
  •  Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything in your bedroom that might distract you from sleep, such as noises, bright lights, an uncomfortable bed, or warm temperatures. You sleep better if the temperature in the room is kept on the cool side. A TV, cell phone, or computer in the bedroom can be a distraction and deprive you of needed sleep. Having a comfortable mattress and pillow can also help promote a good night’s sleep. Individuals who have insomnia often watch the clock. Turn the clock’s face out of view so you don’t worry about the time while trying to fall asleep.
  •  Have the right sunlight exposure. Daylight is key to regulating daily sleep patterns. Try to get outside in natural sunlight for at least 30 minutes each day. If possible, wake up with the sun or use very bright lights in the morning. Sleep experts recommend that if you have problems falling asleep, you should get an hour of exposure to morning sunlight and turn down the lights before bedtime.
  •  Don’t lie in bed awake. If you find yourself still awake after staying in bed for more than twenty minutes, or if you are starting to feel anxious or worried, get up and do a relaxing activity until you feel sleepy. The anxiety of not being able to sleep can actually make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Watch your weight. A lack of sleep can trick your brain into finding things that make you feel better, including food. Your sleep-deprived brain can find it harder to say no to that piece of candy. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks.2

Take 1-2 capsules of MelaTrim sleep aid 30-60 minutes before bedtime to experience a more restful night’s sleep naturally while improving your body’s ability to manage weight. You can also take 1 fl. oz. of CalciuMK+ with dinner. This great-tasting liquid formula provides the Rapid Delivery of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 PLUS vitamins D, A, C and E and over 70 essential trace minerals that work together to build strong bones and teeth, support heart function, promote healthy muscle contraction, and promote restful sleep.*

If you consistently find it difficult to fall or stay asleep, and/or feel tired or not well-rested during the day despite spending enough time in bed at night, you may have a sleep disorder. In this case, please seek the care of a qualified health practitioner.

1National Institutes of Health (2011). Your Guide to Healthy Sleep.

2http://www.webmd.com/diet/sleep-and-weight-loss#1

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

 

PURE Heroes can be found everywhere

”Heroism is not defined by what others think, but by the legacy you leave in your path.”  – PURE CEO Daren Hogge

PURE Heroes can be found everywhere, expressing their heroism with just simple, ordinary acts. They are the teachers who make a difference, they are your neighbors who are always there in a pinch, they are the veterans who fight for freedom, and they are the coworkers who pat you on the back.

Meet the Heroes of PURE – He’s the dad next door who wants to see his child grow up, he’s the athlete who desires to mentor youth, and he’s the husband who wants to celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary. They will touch your heart in these four inspirational videos.

They are heroes in our PURE community, representing those who honor, support and defend Whole Health. They all treasure the path they are on and are passionate and committed to create that same path for others. Independent Business Owners everywhere use their business to make the world a better place. They are passionate about sharing what it means to live a Whole Health lifestyle.

You are a PURE Hero – You are someone who is passionate and courageous and have a desire to reach for something bigger than yourself. Heroes leave fine examples that others want to follow, and no red cape is needed. You likely have met PURE Heroes in your own life.

Share your hero story in the comments below. How are you, or someone you know, making an impact in the lives of others? We want to meet another hero!

Together, we are People United Reaching Everyone.

Healthy alternatives to Halloween candy

Growing up, I loved trick-or-treating. As an adult, I still love trick-or-treating with my children. Breathing in the crisp fall air and feeling the leaves crunch under my shoes bring back the excitement I experienced in pursuit of the perfect Halloween haul. As a kid, time was precious, only a few short hours to knock on as many doors as possible and fill up our pillow cases with king-size candy bars.

As an adult, I appreciate the motivations behind these well-meaning neighbors.  However, due to the risk of obesity, chronic disease, dental disease, and displacement of vital nutrients in the diet, added sugar should be no more than 10 percent of an individual’s daily calories per day. This means younger elementary-school-aged children should limit their added sugar to no more than 20g, while older elementary-school-aged children may be able to consume as much as 30g each day, bearing in mind all forms of added sugar (i.e. fruit juice drinks, soda, packaged foods, etc.). Two fun-sized Snickers bars contains 17g added sugar,2 more sugar than a young child should consume in the entire day! Wouldn’t it be smart to curb the sugar bingeing and offer a healthy treat to the neighborhood children this year?

Here are five suggestions on how to keep candy consumption by kids and parents within healthy bounds.

  • Be proactive – Reduce the amount of candy children receive by limiting the time spent trick or treating. A festive family dinner during the first hour of trick or treating, a scary movie with friends after knocking a few doors, or a spooky game in the park can all be fun activities to displace some of the hours spent in search of Halloween loot. One benefit of bringing the kids home early is, you can re-gift some of their candy. Consider ditching the pillow case and opting for a smaller basket that looks fuller with less candy.
  • Out of sight – Growing up, holiday treats were stored in a bowl on the kitchen counter and were always depleted by the end of the season. When my mom began storing them in a kitchen cabinet, I usually forgot they were there, and many of the treats were thrown away rather than eaten. Designate a place where the candy will be stored out of sight.
  • Timing – Control the timing of candy intake. Ensure that candy isn’t consumed before meals. Restricting candy consumption to only certain times of the day, may naturally limit the quantity of candy consumed. You may also want to limit candy to only certain days of the week.
  • Amount – Perhaps the most direct way to cut down on candy consumption is to limit it directly. As a child, I recall one friend was allowed to consume two pieces of candy daily. Another was told he had to choose his 15 favorite candies on Halloween night and the rest were thrown away. Perhaps allow children to choose which candies to eat and when they consume them.
  • Reduce other sugar – Candy isn’t the only source of sugar in a child’s diet. Try and cut back on other sources of sugar throughout the day. Get rid of the juice, drinks or fruit punch. One-hundred percent fruit juices should be limited, but they do not count towards added sugar intake. Limit any syrups, honey, jams, or other sugary topping; cut out desserts or make your child’s daily candy also serve as their dessert.

1https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-1/key-recommendations/
2https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/snickers/snickers-bar-(fun-size)

This blog and its contents are provided for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information and topics may not apply to every individual and sometimes are based on alternative healthy philosophies rather than traditional scientific views. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease and should not be a substitution any medical needs or advice.