Apollo 11 — it took a village

For me, it was a weekend of nostalgia watching the National Archives film footage of Apollo 11. Born in 1969, I felt American pride for this most celebrated mission. I had goosebumps experiencing this most celebrated mission while listening to the people who worked Mission Control. I could almost feel their nail-biting and uneasiness during that unprecedented day.

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are American icons, as were the hundreds of thousands of people working behind the scenes that made this mission possible. The sheer amount of manpower it took to achieve such a remarkable feat of technological innovation was breathtaking! It really did take a village to support the astronauts and make this moment in history.

Think about your PURE business and what it takes to build your community. There is so much we can learn from the Apollo 11 mission that can be applied to our own personal missions.

Be ambitious — Talk about a strong desire to achieve something! The years of training and planning and learning these astronauts went through could not have happened without an incredible desire, determination and longing to achieve success, and they did! Focus on your dreams. What is your purpose, destiny and legacy? Share the products and opportunity with people in your own backyard. Be hungry and the doors to success will open.

“Don’t merely make a living; make a life. Launch out farther than
you’ve ever gone before.” – Buzz Aldrin

Value teamwork — As Armstrong and Aldrin took those famous first steps, Collins was orbiting the moon waiting for his friends’ return. He was part of the larger effort. Everyone had an important job to do and they all worked in alignment. Anchor your business with a strong foundation. Be that person whom you want to attract. Check in frequently with your team members to offer support, educate them and make sure everything is running smoothly.

“We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job,
and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected.”
– Neil Armstrong

Have confidence — From takeoff, to the precarious moon landing to re-entry, these astronauts had nerves of steel. They believed in themselves and their ability to succeed. They had confidence in the technology and the people behind them. Dare to believe big! Remember that you are strong and capable. Disbelief is negative power whereas belief is positive power.

“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.” – Buzz Aldrin

Learn from your mistakes — It took the failure of Apollo 1, and other errors, to achieve Apollo 11 success. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay. See a learning opportunity in all things. Be sure to listen to your mentor; they’ve been in your footsteps and have made the mistakes before. They are aware of the situations that can trip you up. Attend UNITE where you’ll get valuable training. As a leader, you can empower your team to make better decisions and become the solutions to the problems.

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul…we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.” – Neil Armstrong

Planning and Communication. You are in the business of growing and developing the skills of your people. Write down the results you want to achieve. Use the tools you have at your disposal and always schedule the next step. Author Judith Glaser said, “Conversations are the power that launches transformational products into the world.” Go out there are start those conversations. That first handshake, greeting, email and call can set the stage for a lifetime!

“We are off! And do we know it, not just because the world is yelling “Lift-off”
in our ears, but because the seats of our pants tell us so! Trust your instruments, not your body, the modern pilot is always told, but this beast is best felt.
Shake, rattle and roll!” – Michael Collins

Recognize each other — At every opportunity the astronauts recognized the efforts of their teammates back on earth. Acknowledge your team’s hard work. Fuel their continued work.

“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” – Neil Armstrong

Just as Apollo 11 mission is an event that is stamped in our minds, so too is the legacy you’ll leave with your PURE business. Go the distance and make that difference.

You have the ability to do more than you can imagine!

 

Get to know your customers

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could read minds? This may be more desirable in certain circumstances. I think if we could  read our customers’ minds, it would open a lot of doors. Imagine knowing right off the bat what motivates someone and how they prefer to be talked to.

As an IBO at PURE, customers are the lifeblood of your business. Getting to know them inside and out is imperative to your success. Understanding what’s important to them and how they make decisions can mean the difference between a sale and a fail.

Today is Get to Know Your Customers Day. I challenge you to reach out and get to know your customers better, even meet some new ones! Treat them to coffee or invite them over to your house, just because. Make them King or Queen for the day and give them your utmost attention. Most importantly, listen and learn from them.

Really get to know them:

Create customer personas. Start a spreadsheet that outlines demographic information, education, professional status and hobbies and interests. Note what excites them and what would make them turn away. This list will give you a snapshot of your customer — a profile, if you will. With this information, you can better choose the products and tools you’ll introduce to them as well as discover ways of communicating that will capture their attention.

Leverage social media. If you have a PURE business, you must use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter if you want to stay connected with your customers. It’s where the action is! Here you can learn what they like and dislike, what their habits are and what they are buying. Interact with customers from all over the world.

Be proactive. Go to them first; don’t wait for them to come to you. And never assume anything. Your customer’s goals will evolve, as well as their reasons for taking the products or building a business. Never lose sight of their intentions. You can only do this by staying connected.

Ask the right questions. Learn what problems they have that need to be solved so you can appropriately align the products to their needs. Gain their trust so they’ll confide in you to help solve their problems. What are their top three health priorities? Find out what they’ve done in the past to try to fix their problems. What do they need in their life to feel like they’re really moving forward? Equally important is finding out what they don’t want. Tell them that their answers to your questions will help you better serve their needs, so they can take their own business, and health, to the next level.

If they are a product user, you could ask, “What challenging thing are you working through these days?” or “What lifestyle change have you been meaning to make for a while now?”

If they want to build a business, ask them, “What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?” or “What would be the most amazing adventure to go on if you could?” Think about your answers to these questions, too, and share them! You might find you have a lot in common.

Host an event. Are you a business builder? You might want to host an event in your community where you can invite a targeted list of customers to introduce to your business. This is a great forum in which to interact.

You simply can’t move forward without getting to know your customers. Try some of the above methods. You’ll be better able to understand their needs, you’ll broaden your reach and you’ll experience amazing success. You’ll make awesome relationships, too!

Happy #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay!

 

Eat for peak performance

Eat like a Pan Am athlete this summer. With the Pan American Games only a week away, starting July 26, there is a lot of attention about the incredible talents of the athletes. Their performances will hopefully inspire you to increase your physical activity and eat more like an athlete.

Whether you’re a weekend gardener or a professional athlete, your body requires optimal nourishment. The quality of food is important to ensure you’re receiving top nutrients, but it’s also important not to deprive yourself. In her book, Eat Like an Athlete, author Simone Austin says, “We’re not going on a diet, we’re not making ourselves feel deprived, we’re not judging ourselves [for what we eat] too much, and we’re still enjoying food. Food is about enjoyment.”

So how do you eat like an athlete?

We know that our energy needs increase when we’re active. Most people need between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a day. For athletes, this number can increase by 500 to 1,000 more calories.1

  1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables … at least five servings per day, including a variety of colors. One serving is approximately the size of a baseball. Add Greens to your smoothies for extra vitamins and minerals.
  2. Choose whole grain carbohydrates such as whole-wheat bread or pasta. Avoid sugary cereals, white breads and bagels.
  3. Choose healthy sources of protein such as chicken, turkey, fish, peanut butter, eggs, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, flax seed, Mila, nuts and legumes.
  4. Hydrate! A loss of sweat equals 2% of body weight and this can cause a noticeable decrease of physical and mental performance.  Losses of 5% or more of body weight during physical activity may decrease the capacity for work by roughly 30%.2  Energize your daily workout with sugar-free, anti-oxidant rich ENERGY. Replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients, while quenching your thirst, with GPS Hydrate.
  5. Stick with whole food options instead of processed foods.

Navigate to your peak performance with GPS

Whatever your level of activity, from yard work to general fitness to professional athlete, let GPS guide your performance. GPS Energize, GPS Circulate and GPS Adapt help prepare you physically and mentally by providing nutrients to muscles and organs and helping you adapt to physical stressors. GPS Hydrate replenishes lost liquids, GPS Rebuild restores energy to muscles and GPS Reset resets hormones while burning calories while you sleep.*

Use all six products as a system for best results or customize their use to your nutrient and energy requirements.

Energize, Circulate, Hydrate, Rebuild and Reset are all Informed-Sport Certified so you can be assured they have been tested for banned substances and are safe to use.

Get your sport on

Want to create some friendly competition with your friends or family? There are so many ways to get active. Did you know that race walking is one of the sports in the Pan Am games? Practice during your lunch hour, or when walking your kids to the park. It would be fun to hold your own triathlon at home. Plan a bike/run/swim event, or just a bike/run event if you don’t have access to a pool or a lake.

The Pan American Games begin on July 26 and run through August 11 this year. Have a watching party and cheer for your favorites! Get inspired to increase your activity and be sure to eat like an athlete to optimize your performance.

 

1 https://familydoctor.org/nutrition-for-athletes/.

2 http://www.sportscardiologybc.org/the-effects-of-hydration-on-athletic-performance/

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels

Sugar! Who doesn’t love the taste of sugar? Outside of the obvious reasons to avoid large amounts of it, sugar is difficult not to like. Think of some foods you love, such as ice cream (one of my personal favorites; chocolate flavor with melted peanut butter on top), chocolate in all its forms, cheesecake, cupcakes, apple pie, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, etc. I am sure you can add some of your own favorites to this list. Interestingly, a great amount of sugar is consumed in the form of soft drinks, juice drinks and simply juice. Access to these good tasting indulgences are easy and very inexpensive.

Sugar is also tough to evade as it is added to most packaged foods to make them taste better, which makes them more appealing. The addition of sugar to foods is a consequence of those who demonized fat back in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. You can find it in ketchup, crackers, bread, soups, cereals, peanut butter, cured meats and salad dressings. Faced with the government’s direction to reduce fat intake, food companies replaced fat in their foods with sugar. Afterall, a fat-free food was believed to be healthy, despite the fact it may be loaded with sugar and high in calories. Foods without the added fat simply did not taste very good, so more sugar was included in their recipes. Fat and sugar make otherwise non-tasty foods more palatable and food companies need to make money by selling more product. If it does not taste good, most people will not buy it.

Other than the obvious reason to make them taste better, why would sugar be added to so many foods? Some research suggests sugar may be addicting for many people. There is some evidence showing that eating sugar may elicit a dopamine response in the brain. Dopamine is a brain neurochemical and is often called the feel-good hormone. It is associated with motivation and reward. When the brain releases dopamine, it promotes feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Research done at the National Institutes for Drug Abuse found similarities in brain scans of obese persons and those with drug and alcohol addictions. This is not direct cause-and-effect evidence, but it does suggest a possible association of sugar-addicting effects. Moreover, in time, the body can build resistance to this reward effect thereby requiring the consumption of more sugar to feel the same positive emotions.

The premise of fat needing to be avoided was based on faulty science. Unfortunately, while well-intended, this thought persists among some nutrition health professionals today. They may say, “fat is okay just not too much of it.” They then give suggestions of foods to eat that are low in fat like skim milk, reduced fat or light cheese, etc. Huh!?  Talk about confused messaging on which foods to eat for good health. I have spoken to many individuals, who know fat is okay and that it is not as bad as we used to believe it was; however, they still adhere to the belief that eating low-fat foods can help you lose weight. Again, you cannot have it both ways. The missing key is to consume fat outside of the presence of sugar-laden foods.

You should be able to enjoy a guilt-free, sweet treat every now and again, especially for special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. Consider your personal sugar intake, how much is too much? I recently had a conversation with a family member about the frequency of eating sugary desserts. When I suggested the need to avoid them often, they retorted back “Yes, but in moderation, it is okay.” This is correct; however, what is considered “in moderation” today would be considered in extreme excess many years ago. It is all in our perspective.

By the middle of the 18th century, a pair of German chemists figured out how to make sugar from sugar beets. This dramatically increased the production and consumption of sugar. Germany soon became a large sugar exporter for many countries around the world. Given another 50-plus years (early to mid-1800s), persons residing in Germany and the United States consumed on average about 2.1 pounds of sugar every year. Compare this amount to what is consumed today, and the increase is astounding. In the U.S. it has been estimated the typical person consumes about 150 lbs. annually. This is about 7100% more sugar than our ancestors did in the 19th century. A little more than two pounds consumed annually back in the 1800s is now what most consume in five days. Wow! So much for moderation!

What are the effects of too much sugar? Research scientists may disagree on the true impact of too much sugar on an individual’s health. However, many reputable clinicians (medical doctors, licensed dietitians, nutritionists, etc.) have seen dramatic improvements in health by helping their clients simply remove sugar in all its forms from the diet. The body requires balance to stay healthy. In the case of sugar, blood sugar levels must be maintained within a normal range.

The consequences of being on the low end of normal can cause impairment in thinking, irritability, hunger, nervousness or anxiety. This is often described as being hangry. If you have gone without eating food for an extended period or have participated in significant physical activity and did not replenish the body with some nourishment, you may experience these effects. For our purposes here, we are talking non-diabetic, non-hypoglycemic, healthy individuals.

Insulin is a hormone made in the body that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Foods consumed with sugar and highly refined flours (carbohydrates) will cause the release of insulin necessary to maintain a healthy range of blood sugar in the body. In addition to blood sugar maintenance, insulin also functions to help facilitate the use of glucose as a source of energy. This is a necessary and important function. However, as more refined sugar-laden foods are eaten, more insulin is made. When energy levels from glucose have met capacity, insulin will also facilitate the storage of fat. This will likely occur when too many calories are consumed from sugar and refined carbohydrates. The body can convert excess carbohydrate and amino acids (from too much protein) into fat, which is then stored in the bodies adipose (fatty) tissues.

After consuming a large meal or a snack of mostly refined carbohydrates and without enough protein and fat, some individuals may experience an increase in hunger. This can occur from an increase in the secretion of insulin necessary to keep blood sugars in the normal range. Despite having eaten enough calories, more insulin can bring blood sugar levels back to a pre-meal level. This effect in turn increases the appetite even though caloric needs have been met. This can also happen when eating large amounts of sugary treats.

The best way to maintain healthy blood sugar levels is to avoid simple sugars and refined carbohydrates as much as possible. Focus on eating non-starchy fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, bell peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, avocadoes, etc. These healthier foods will have a minimal effect on the secretion of insulin and minimize the effects of higher amounts of insulin.

PURE also has supplements that can help maintain healthy blood sugars levels already in the normal range. These include Green Coffee Bean, Noni, PURE Café and Mila.* 

A-camping you should go

Summer is officially here which means it’s prime time for camping. It’s the perfect time to spend the night outdoors.

I loved camping as a child. I remember learning how to use a compass navigating through deep forests while singing Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. Today, the smell of pine reminds me of those outdoor sojourns, roasting marshmallows by campfire and telling ghost stories while falling asleep under the stars.

Whether you’re into camping or not, being one with nature has many health benefits. Communing with the trees is a natural stress reliever and offers peace of mind. Studies have shown that sleeping outdoors can reset your biological clock. Increased light during the day and lack of light after dark helps realign the body’s circadian clock.1 Just breathing in fresh air and getting exercise is reason enough to put on your hiking boots and get out the tent.

Make sure to pack a bottle of Skin Defense to safeguard yourself from the unpredictable elements in the environment. The safe, stable and natural ingredients in this must-have spray help the body manage minor wounds without harming delicate cells that aid in recovery. Use it on minor cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites and dry skin.

When you camp, you’re limited to what you can cook on the fire, and that’s a good thing. Packing healthy snacks, like granola bars, is a great way to get some nutrition. Of course, don’t forget the marshmallows! Below are some recipes that incorporate products by PURE that are easy to make and pack for a night under the stars.

Lemon ENERGY Granola Bars (makes 10 bars containing 48 mg caffeine each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups quick oats
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 packets Lemon ENERGY
  • ¼ cup chopped, roasted macadamia nuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped dried pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • Shredded coconut to taste

Directions: Combine honey, coconut oil, and water in a small pot. Stirring continuously, heat liquids on low until thickness is reduced. In a mixing bowl, combine oats and ENERGY; pour liquid mixture over dry mixture until oats clump together. Add nuts (optional), pineapple, and chocolate chips and mix until incorporated. Spread on baking pan. Top with coconut and press firmly to help all ingredients stick together. Chill in fridge for 20 minutes; remove, cut into 10 bars, and cover in saran wrap for later!

 

Superfruit Gelatin

One cup of Goji mixed with ¾ cup apple juice works well. Or combine ¾ cup of Acai and 1 cup of grape juice. Mangosteen does not set up well, so you may wish to avoid using this superfruit as well as Fusion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups superfruit/fruit juice
  • ¼ cup boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin

Directions: Boil water. While waiting, whisk gelatin into ¼ cup juice and mix until smooth. Add boiled water to juice and gelatin mixture and whisk. Add remaining fruit juice and whisk until combined. Pour gelatin mixture into a pan and allow to set in fridge for at least two hours.

1https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/circadian-rhythms-messed-up-camping-may-be-able-to-fix-that/2017/02/03/1b71df8c-ea1b-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?utm_term=.52356ea5fc24

Impactful workshops at UNITE

We know you’ve heard about UNITE, but are you registered?  We’re going to party like it’s 2020 and we want to do it with you! This is a GLOBAL event, with inspiring PURE leaders from countries like Korea, Thailand, Ghana, USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Nigeria and even New Zealand. Many different languages will be spoken with one reason to attend!  You must be there October 18-19 to see what all the excitement is about!

Just one of the exciting things happening at UNITE are the workshops. These hands-on opportunities allow you to gather valuable information and actionable takeaways to inspire your business. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to find new ways to market your business right from the source.

  • Learn new technology firsthand. We have a new website launching, enhanced shopping experiences, an enhanced back office and updates to the app. Learn the tips, tricks and shortcuts to use these resources that can help drive your business to the next level.
  • Learn how to leverage your story. Stories are a powerful way to connect with your audience. First, hear from executives at corporate about the PURE story – how we started, how we’ve grown and how we deliver Whole Health. Then, learn how to tell your story. If you think your story isn’t interesting or worth sharing, or you don’t know how to tell it, then this workshop is for you!
  • Get firsthand PURENerium® skincare training. Hear firsthand about the science and research behind the product from Dr. Robert Newman. Chief Agricultural Officer, Joel Curtis, will share how he developed and cultivated the Nerium Oleander Orchards, and more!

Raise your hands, ask questions and join the conversations! Learn about key ingredients, benefits and uses for our key PURE products.  Prepare to take away key ideas to use in your own business. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One of the key moments during the General Sessions will be a Q & A with PURE’s Wellness Advisory Board members. Also, hear from keynote speaker Rudy Ruettiger, one of the most famous graduates from the University of Notre Dame and one of the most popular motivational speakers in the U.S.

UNITE is happening in Allen, Texas, in the suburbs of Dallas. This town is a hotspot for sure with sunny weather, plenty of shopping outlets, parks and fun activities for everyone. Allen has over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails and over 800 acres of developed park area.

Learn more about PURE, how you can use our cutting-edge products to make a difference in your life, and see what trends are shaping your industry, then attend UNITE on October 18-19 at the Watters Creek Convention Center. Tickets are $129 through September 30.  The Delta Hotel is sold out, but for alternative accommodations, please visit http://unite.livepure.com/.

See you there!

PURE blog casting call

It’s your turn to be authors … to have your stories and articles and have them published on the PURE blog! This is a community that reaches thousands of like-minded individuals. You are the foundation of this great company and your voice matters.

You may be asking, what’s in it for me? Your contributions will be read by thousands of subscribers. By sharing your expertise to the field, you’ll become a trusted authority. You will build relationships and you’ll increase your fan list. We hope you’ll have fun, too!

What to write about: 

  • What are your favorite products by PURE and how do you use them?
  • Has a product (s) changed your life? In what way?
  • How has PURE helped you personally and/or professionally?
  • How is your business changing lives?
  • Do you have a favorite business tool that has helped your business?
  • Share favorite business tips that have worked for you.
  • Share something unique you do in your life.

Writing your article. Some helpful tips and suggestions:

  • Jot down a few points before you start writing.
  • Include bulleted lists and subheadings. You’ll catch your reader’s attention.
  • Create an inviting headline.
  • Include a short bio with your name, rank and a photo of yourself or a photo represents your submission.

Last points: 

PURE will make necessary edits, as well as determine what we post to our blog. Send your submissions to jevans@livepure.com. If your submission is accepted, we will notify you with a tentative publication date. Posts that are off topic or non-compliant will not be accepted. And please don’t submit or claim content that isn’t yours to post. We will try our best to use all submissions.

Happy writing!