UNITE Recap from a Strawberry

 

Freshly rinsed and feeling plumper than ever, I burst through the double doors of the Delta Hotel to get the crowd of IBOs pumped up for UNITE! Arms are flailing, high-fives are lining up down the hallway, the anticipation building steadily; I could feel the electricity in the air. No one had any clue why I was there, but that was alright. They would soon know the real reason that this crazy Strawberry was waltzing down the hallway.

 

At last, the venue doors of Terrell Hall open and the event commences, glowing eyes and hopeful aspirations all around from those looking to learn and experience what was truly in-store for them and their business. What knowledge could they grasp onto? How many of my teammates will I see? What cool products will PURE unveil? How could I get the one-up for my business? Being a Strawberry on the outside looking in, I could tell all these cheerful folks were ready to take on the world and I was loving the vibe.

 

I walk 5 steps to my left and get asked what I was doing here? I told them to come follow me. We frolicked down the hallway to a giant green food truck (my home) where I showed them what items we had on our exclusive UNITE menu…then I busted out the Blender Bike. My prized possession. I had never seen such a complicated look of shock, confusion and giddiness in my entire life on this person’s face.

 

Next thing you know, boom, I grab a blending vessel filled with a pink liquid from the food truck, attach it to the front of my beloved Blender Bike, and pedal full throttle, sending the pink liquid into a vortex of frothiness. Slowing down, the deed was done. Shake complete. I pour my new friend a small cup of this thick pink blended liquid and WALA…they fell in love.

 

“This Strawberry Shake is incredible! I’m going to have my friends and team try this too!” History was made in this exact moment. The first-ever IBO had tasted our 360 Complete Strawberry Shake. From this moment on, nothing but sheer chaos ensued in front of my home…I mean food truck.

 

The first session of speakers had just ended in Terrell Hall and the IBO flood had broken through the double-door levee. Word around town was that 360 Complete Strawberry Shake was available to sample and the flood migrated toward the bright green food truck. To the bike I went!

 

Equipped with endless strawberry shake mixes and blending vessels, this Strawberry was biking like Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France (before being busted with PEDs) to blend all these shakes. For some reason, people acted like they had never seen a giant Strawberry before, so I was getting photos and videos taken all around me like paparazzi. All in a day’s work!

 

UNITE Attendees were also asking about our other new flavor on the menu, Limited Edition PURE Perk Salted Caramel! And just how the Strawberry Shake craze started, as did the Salted Caramel coffee bonanza. At this point, we were ready for it! More biking, more blending, more photos, more muscle gains on my Strawberry quads. Again, all in a day’s work.

 

Once the next session inside Terrell Hall started and everyone already received their Strawberry Shake and Salted Caramel fix, this sneaky little Strawberry snuck backstage. Can you guess what happens next? You could have only been there to get this full experience.

 

Timeline of events:

  • Discover a bag of event-exclusive T-Shirts.
  • Hear the song, Gangnam Style by PSY blasting through the airwaves.
  • Run out on stage, throw some shirts into the crowd.
  • Jump down the stairs and start running into the crowd.
  • Throw more shirts, give high fives.
  • Dance like no other Strawberry has dared dance before to Gangnam Style.

 

From this point of the story on, Strawberry was hanging out with his new IBO friends, taking pictures, laughing, hugging, interviewing folks, and everything in between. Both days of UNITE had truly made this Strawberry so excited that I just blush thinking about it (you probably couldn’t tell that I’m blushing, but I am). Not only am I excited about the kind folks I encountered, but the bright future PURE holds as they continue their momentum of freshness and innovation. Hopefully this momentum will continue well past my shelf-life.

 

So, what is the takeaway from all of this? Being a Strawberry is awesome. So is 360 Complete Strawberry Shake. You know what else is awesome? PURE Perk Salted Caramel. The PURE corporate staff for putting this all together. The speakers and leaders that inspired us all to be the best version of ourselves. The IBOs that dedicated their weekend to coming out to Allen, TX. The entire PURENerium® line launching. The exclusive deals. Rudy from the movie. Damon West. $1,000 cash giveaways. Seeing everyone learn and get involved. And, lastly, watching all IBOs come together and spend quality time together.

 

Watch the actual UNITE Recap video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qduAQcPab2s

Have a healthy Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means there will be a lot of scary sugar. From parties to trick-or-treating to grocery stores, candy can be found everywhere, and it WILL block your path to Whole Health.

As much as I love M&Ms and candy corn, I know they’re not healthy. The bakery aisle usually tries to compete with their creatively decorated cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Everywhere we turn, there seems to be items just leaping off the shelf and into our grocery cart!

Yes, we buy candy for the adorable trick-of-treaters, yet we always find ourselves mindlessly munching on these tempting treats. If you have children, it’s hard not having sweets in the house. For others, it’s about moderation and keeping it out of sight. For myself, there are parties, festivals and other events that just beg for the attention.

Moderation is key

Halloween is a festive holiday and candy is to be enjoyed, but due to the rising rates of obesity and disease and a lack of vital nutrients in the diet, it’s important to watch your intake of sugar. The American Heart Association states that children and teens (ages 2-18) should limit their added sugars to less than 6 teaspoons per day and no more than 8 fl. oz. of sugary beverages per week. The average American consumes about 355 calories of added sugar a day, or the equivalent of 22.2 teaspoons. That is about triple the recommended amount!1

Don’t stray from your healthy habits

Enjoy Halloween with your children, but carefully plan ahead of time. Teach sensible eating so your kids can make wise decisions when faced with an overwhelming amount of temptations. Also make sure your child gets a well-balanced meal before trick-or-treating; it’ll reduce the urge to snack afterwards.

Don’t be afraid to offer healthy trick-or-treating alternatives! Obesity rates are climbing at an alarmingly high rate; in fact, the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased dramatically. One in every 5 children are obese.2

Healthier and non-food options for trick-or-treating:

  • Organic juice boxes
  • Natural fruit leather
  • Bouncy balls
  • Hair bows
  • 100-calorie pack snacks
  • Granola bars
  • Card games
  • Pencils
  • Bubbles
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Plastic vampire fangs
  • Toy cars
  • Mini packs: Play-Doh, crayon packs, erasers, coloring books

Inspection

I used to always get frustrated when my parents made me wait to eat the candy I collected. They insisted on inspecting it all first. Rule of thumb — if the wrapper looks suspicious, tampered with or you’re not familiar with the brand, toss it! Another wise rule, let your child choose a few pieces of candy to eat on Halloween night and then a few pieces each day after that.

Restriction can often backfire, leading to an obsession with candy. Use this time as an opportunity to teach about healthy, nutritious eating. Combine a miniature snack bar with a piece of fruit and then teach the benefits of the fruit while encouraging healthy eating habits.

Be a healthy host

Finally, Halloween isn’t just for kids. Adults like to attend and host costume parties for friends and families. If hosting, incorporate other fall favorites, such as pumpkin, squash, apples and other fresh produce. Check our PURE’s Pinterest page for some delicious, healthy food choices that all your guests will love!

How do you celebrate Halloween? It’s your turn to tempt us with your treats. Post your fun Halloween recipes and health ideas on Facebook and tag us @livepureglobal.

 

1 https://www.familyeducation.com/life/sugar/are-we-too-sweet-our-kids-addiction-sugar

2 fortune.com/2018/02/27/childhood-obesity-rates/

Words from the wise

I believe teachers make our lives better and wiser. Every day poses an opportunity for a teaching moment, whether we are doing the teaching, or someone is teaching us.

William A. Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” I hope you all had great teachers!

I asked our Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to share the most important thing they ever learned from a mentor/teacher that has truly inspired them in their PURE business. Here are their answers.

  • “Your reason for deciding to commit to the process must be bigger than the rejection that is inevitable. Stay committed to your commitment and never quit. The one and only way you can fail, is if you quit. Fear will paralyze, Faith will promote.. choose FAITH!” – IBO Joshua P.
  • “The speaker, Jim Rohn, once said that successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do; we shouldn’t wish it were easier, but rather wish it were better. This is a daily reminder for me to be better today than I was yesterday.”  – IBO Suzanne H.
  • It’s not about being ready… it’s about being willing.  If you wait until you are ready to change your health, or ready to change your financial situation , or ready to take action to change anything in your life, NOTHING IN YOUR LIFE WILL EVER CHANGE. Be willing, take action, and the rest will come.” – IBO Lynette K.
  • “The biggest influence in my life has been my Dad. He is a football coach and he has always taught me to be positive, work hard, and do what’s right because it’s right.” – IBO Teena S.
  • “This journey should change your life and make you a better person in every way. Commit to becoming better every day and success in this business will find you.” – IBO Joshua P.

Wisdom, indeed. Take these with you on your journey to success with PURE. Go out there and inspire!

Gain even more insight from new topics and guest speakers at the UNITE event this October 18-19 in Allen, Texas. Register today!

 

Read your way to the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has been attracting travelers since Roman times, and you have an incredible opportunity to qualify for this trip of a lifetime with PUREDestinations. We’ll be visiting this stretch of breathtaking coastline June 15-20, 2020. We encourage you to pursue it!

To get you into the mood and mindset for this unforgettable PUREDestinations experience, we wanted to share some of our favorite blogs and books about southern Italy. These picks feature Amalfi as well as the surrounding towns of Sorrento, Capri, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii and others.

So sit back, relax and imagine yourself at a chic seaside café eating a caprese salad with tomatoes and mozzarella while gazing at the glistening Mediterranean Sea. There’s a scent of lemon in the air and the surrounding, pastel-colored buildings seem to smile with your presence.

These picks will put you right in the heart of this picturesque part of the world.

Blogs: Stories and trip advice.

Books: Fiction and nonfiction books to get lost in.

  • The House in Amalfi, by Elizabeth Adler – Captures the villages, gardens, houses and everyday life in southern Italy
  • Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore, by Chantal Kelly – Filled with the author’s personal stories and recipes of the region
  • Art and Patronage in the Medieval Mediterranean Merchant, by Jill Caskey – The art and cultural history of southwestern Italy
  • Sailing to Capri, by Elizabeth Adler – A murder mystery on a Mediterranean cruise ship
  • Amalfi Coast Recipes, by Amanda Tabberer – The flavors of Amalfi
  • Amalfi Blue: Lost & Found in the South of Italy, by Lisa Fantino – A romantic escape
  • Above Positano, The Amalfi Coast, and Capri — Photographs captured by drone

Are you ready to check Italy off your bucket list? Qualify by March 30, 2020, to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn more at https://livepure.com/amalfi-coast. Here you can also track your progress and share the trip with others.

Stay connected as you aim for Amalfi and get ready to make your dreams come true!

Any questions? Reach out to our Sales Support Team at salessupport@livepure.com or call 866-535-5888.

See you there!

Back-to-school roundup

It’s the return to school in the United States and that brings both excitement and anxiety. Speaking about college-aged students in general, there is the need to adjust to new routines and tight schedules. It can be a challenge to stay healthy through diet and exercise, maintain good mental health and keep up with the daily grind.

Nutrition is so important for growing teenagers. The body simply can’t function without the proper fuel. Also, poor habits during the college years can set the stage for future problems. Students face the stress of being away from home and living in close quarters with others. It’s easy to put on the pounds when you’re snacking at night and not eating a healthy diet.

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 33% of college students had high levels of “food insecurity”,1 meaning they had limited availability to healthy foods due to high costs. The study also states that food insecurity is a significant problem among respondents, affecting about one in three students.

Get ahead of the class with PURE.

We’ve chosen seven products that can greatly benefit college-aged students — GoYin On the Go, GPS Adapt, ENERGY, GPS Energize, GPS Hydrate, Immune6 and Skin Defense. Stock the dorm room with these seven products and prepare to boost energy, fight mental fatigue, and adapt better to stress, just to name a few of the benefits.*

  • GoYin, PURE’s flagship product, is not only delicious, but it helps the body deal with everyday stressors. Extracts in GoYin help reduce overall physiological stress.* And, what college student doesn’t experience stress while trying to cram for tests? The stick packs are convenient, too, and are just right to throw into a backpack or purse.
  • GPS Adapt helps the body do just that — adapt! Things like reishi, moomiyo and cordyceps mushrooms help the body resist and adapt to stress. Ginseng can help improve energy levels and vitamin C can support a healthy immune system.*
  • ENERGY and GPS Energize both help the body create energy. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids also help keep the brain alert, sharp and focused.* GPS Energize is perfect for athletes and active individuals to consume before working out. Drop the stick packs into a backpack and pour into a water bottle when you’re in need of a boost.
  • We all know how important hydration is. GPS Hydrate is an excellent product that facilitates the absorption of fluids and electrolytes faster than drinking plain water. It also contains botanicals that help minimize stress.
  • Immune6 is a capsule that is designed to help build, invigorate and support the body’s natural immune response. Selenium is a key nutrient in Immune6 that helps lower oxidative stress and enhance the immune system.*
  • Skin Defense, one of my favorite products, is a spray that defends the body from elements in our environment. This is a must for student’s living in close quarters with others and germs. Use this in place of hand sanitizer which contains alcohol and is drying to the skin. In addition, Skin Defense helps manage minor wounds without harming delicate cells that air in recovery.

Get a jump-start on your semester by stocking up on quality nutrition. Take advantage of these great benefits and increase your learning power. Get in the right mindset to take care of you. And, be sure to get plenty of sleep and exercise!

Listen to the full podcast here. https://soundcloud.com/livepureglobal/august-pure-product-spotlight-on-back-to-school. 

1https://www.healthline.com/health-news/food-nearly-60-percent-of-college-students-food-insecure-013014#1

Six products enter the PUREGen Africa market in Nigeria

PUREGen Africa, PURE’s entity in Africa, announced the approval and licensure of six products by PURE to the Nigeria market — Daily Build Capsules, Daily Build Liquid, Cleanse, Organic Sulfur, SleepTrim and Mila — by the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

These six products, some of PURE’s best sellers, will help serve an area with an estimated population of 200 million and a health-conscious, growing middle class. A recent University of Lagos study showed that eighty-six percent of Nigerian students use dietary supplements, a booming market and dynamic opportunity for PURE.

“We are truly excited that PURE is leading the way in Africa by providing world-class products and economic prosperity to individuals and families across the land. PURE is committed to Nigeria and we are very confident that we will continue to partner with our distributors, the community and government agencies in the country to build a prosperous economy for all stakeholders.” – Ben Peter, PURE’s Vice President of Business Development of EMEA

The official launch of products by PURE in the Nigerian market is slated for September 2019; however, PURE Independent Business Owners and Preferred Customers can purchase and pickup products immediately at the Nigeria office. The Nigeria office also offers free shipping of products throughout the country.

People interested in learning more about the products and opportunity in Nigeria can participate in seminars at Nigeria’s main office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Nigeria office regularly hosts Super Saturday meetings as well as meetings every Monday in Lagos , Abuja, Onitcha, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

PUREGen Africa, Nigeria is located at 104 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Their email is nigeria@livepure.com and their phone is 08054462009 or 01800048114.

Shark Week: You must have a vision

As Shark Week comes to an end, let’s look at one more thing that makes sharks so unique — their incredible senses! They have eight senses, three more than we have, making them super sensitive, so to speak! These are sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, lateral line (pressure sensors), pit organs and Lorenzini (or electrosenses).

To give you an idea of how incredible their senses are, sharks can amplify light better than night-hunting mammals, they can smell 10,000 times better than humans and they can locate their prey over several hundred meters.1 Now as far as a sense of humor, I would have to argue if they have one!

I think we often take our five senses for granted but think about them for a second and see how crucial they are to achieving success. We’ve talked about the importance of being curious, having agility and setting goals when you lead a team. Using our five senses is about putting these gifts all together and balancing them to maximize success.

  1. Vision: You can’t lead without vision, period. Having a vision pushes you forward, it helps you feel connected to your goal and to others, and it helps you see into the future and what your next actions need to be. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch
  2. Smell: We don’t just communicate via language or vision. We all have something called pheromones, or chemicals that are emitted by our skin. According to Martha McClintock, University of Chicago, inhaling another person’s sweat, for instance, can affect our emotions and how the brain functions.2 Our smell is the strongest of our senses and it can lead with a great impression as well as an impression after you leave. Our very presence can be powerful. “Smell is the mute sense, the one without words.” – Diane Ackerman
  3. Touch: We touch the lives of our customers, our family and our friends in so many ways. Touching others is about having empathy and the ability to create lasting relationships. “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Anonymous
  4. Taste: Have you ever tasted success? Taste is a unique sense and is hard to explain in words. Taste leaves memories, just as food does. Have you seen something done in bad taste? Do you taste your words before you speak them? “A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.” – Henry Fielding
  5. Hearing: Are you a good listener? The power of listening is valuable! It is about being tentative and perceptive. It’s also the way we sound. Have you ever heard a speech and felt excited and engaged? What does a good speaker convey and how do they do it? “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

Now that you are sensitized to these wonderful gifts, use them in your daily life. Your ability as a leader depends on them. Identify traits and characteristics of leaders and influencers across the organization and emulate them. However, remember to be uniquely you! Set yourself on the path to becoming everything you can and want to become.

“When you start using the senses you’ve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.” – Barbara Sher

1http://7sensesofsharks.blogspot.com/

2https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/do-human-pheromones-actually-exist