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?

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.

How to better manage stress

Stress isn’t just a state of mind, it has physical effects in the body. It can wreak havoc both mentally and physically and play a role in your immune system’s ability to function. When you are under stress, your body goes into fight or flight mode.

Back in cave-man days, you might have been chased by a ferocious animal.  Today, you may be stuck in traffic or frantically trying to meet a deadline. You get a burst of adrenaline, which then causes your cortisol levels to rise. These two chemicals evoke the following:

  1. You get a burst of energy.
  2. Digestion is slowed and your immune system is weakened.
  3. Heart rate is increased.
  4. Sensitivity to pain is reduced.

This bodily response is appropriate if you have a real physical emergency and need to react quickly. However, being in this state for long periods of time can affect your health and well-being.

With the fast-paced society we live in, it can be challenging to keep stress levels at bay.  Healthy eating and supplementation can definitely improve your body’s ability to manage stress; but this may not be enough. If you find yourself feeling stressed on a regular basis, assess your life and find ways to mitigate stress.

These are some of many questions you can ask yourself to start down a path of self-improvement.

  • How would you rate your stress levels?
  • Is there anything you can do to modify your own behavior or the way you perceive things?
  • Do you need to make a change?

Stress-Relieving Activities

While stress is inevitable, you can incorporate activities in your life that help you mitigate it.  For example, simply taking a minute to breathe in deeply several times can bring your adrenaline back to normal. Taking a brisk walk can help oxygenate your body and relax your mind. Taking a warm bath at night can relax your body and mind. You can also use this breathing technique.

  1. Breathe in through your nose deeply for 4 counts.
  2. Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  3. With the tip of your tongue lightly pressed to the roof of your mouth, force your breath out through your mouth for 8 counts.
  4. Repeat this process 5-10 times, or as long as you would like.

Note: this technique may make you a bit light-headed the first several times you do it.  This is because of the massive amount of oxygen you are bringing in. You will get used to this sensation over time.

Need help managing stress? PURE is by your side.

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, a clean and lean plant-based protein, can help in promoting a sense of calm. L-theanine is a special ingredient in matcha that has been shown to reduce psychological and physiological stress responses.1 It helps promote relaxation by affecting brain waves and decreases anxiety and helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels.2

GoYin balancing blend can enhance well-being with a delicious, proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs and other fruits. It can provide nutritional support to help your body deal with everyday stressors. Created on the premise of 5,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it contains a proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall well-being.*

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to be consistent in managing your stress levels. Anytime you notice elevated stress levels, try and take a short break to counteract your stress. Over time, you will learn to effectively mitigate stress quickly, keeping your body and mind healthy and full of vitality.

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16930802

2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3518171/

 

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.

Ingredient spotlight: Amino acids

Remember studying DNA and protein synthesis in biology? You might recall seeing a picture of a “chain” in your textbook, like beads on a necklace? Just to refresh, that “chain” was a sequence of amino acids that together forms a protein.

Many of our dietary supplements offer amino acids for good reason. Amino acids are the building blocks of life. They help build and repair organs, muscles, glands, ligaments, tendons, nails, skin, and hair. They also aid in the formation of antibodies, they carry oxygen through the body, and they play a role in muscle activity.

The body must have all the amino acids, essential and non-essential, in order to build the proteins it needs to repair, grow and maintain cells. Keep in mind that when you are under the weather or dealing with significant stress, your body may not be able to produce enough of these amino acids to meet your needs which makes supplementation very important.

When your body does not get the amino acids it needs, your muscles start to waste away, your immune response may decrease, fatigue sets in and you may notice changes to the texture to the skin and hair.1

Essential and non-essential amino acids

Essential amino acids are “essential” because you have to have them, and your body cannot make them on its own. The only way to get them is through food or supplementation. The following is a list of the nine essential amino acids; the first three are usually grouped together to make up branch chain amino acids (BCAAs).2

  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Valine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Histidine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan

Nonessential amino acids, on the other hand, can be produced by your body. Supplementation may still be necessary to maintain balance. The 11 nonessential amino acids.

What does the “L” in front of the name mean?

If you look on the ingredient label of your dietary supplement, you will likely see an “L” in front of the amino acid name. Example: L-arginine (a non-essential amino acid). This “L” means that the amino acid is in a form which your body can easily absorb. These amino acids are more similar to the ones in our bodies.

Supplement amino acids with PURE.

Foods plentiful in amino acids.

Since we’re talking about protein here, look at animal-based foods with the highest percentage of amino acids. Things like seafood, lean meat, eggs and dairy are all high in amino acids. Quinoa, beans, nuts, seeds and soy products are also high in amino acids.

Learn more about PURE and order today. Send an email to SalesSupport@livepure.com or contact us at 866-535-5888 for assistance.

 

1https://www.gbhealthwatch.com/Nutrient-Protein-Symptoms.php
2http://www.nutrientsreview.com/proteins/amino-acids