This Week at OHI

Optimum Health Institute’s Weekly Blogs.
OHI offers a holistic healing program based on ancient spiritual disciplines that promotes healing of your body, mind, and spirit through all-natural, non-medical practices.

Yams: A Holiday Favorite

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Root vegetables are in abundance during fall and winter seasons, and they are a delicious source of nutrients that can be prepared easily and enhance a holiday meal. for a healthy way to savor the flavors of the season. Yams in particular are a great option to dine on, but they can be hard to come by if you want the real thing.

Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes

In the United States, there has been longstanding confusion over the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. This is due to the fact that there are two types of sweet potatoes, so the term ‘yam’ was applied to one to create a distinction between the two varieties. Yams can be found in natural food markets and specialty stores. They have a tough, bark-like exterior with flesh that may be white, red, golden, or purple.

Nutritional Value of Yams

Yams are a wholesome substitute for other root vegetables like potatoes and parsnips that may not offer as much nutritional value aside from carbohydrates. They are high in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, but they are very low in fat. Because of their nutritional content, eating yams can improve heart health, ease menopause symptoms, and help with weight control.

How to Incorporate Yams into a Raw Diet

One quick and easy recipe for yam soup, which is prepared regularly at the Optimum Health Institute, offers an excellent way to use yams and get their full nutritional offering. For 10 servings you need:

Six to eight yams

Two pints of sesame milk

One teaspoon of cinnamon

One avocado.

Simply puree these ingredients in a food processor until smooth and serve with seasonings such as mace, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, or finely ground pine nuts.

The OHI program includes three week-long sessions to be taken consecutively or independently, with classes incorporating 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that will help to cleanse and revitalize your body, mind, and spirit. Visit or call us at (800) 993-4325.

Cultivating a Sharp Mind

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Improving your mental capacity and brain power is a process that involves body, mind and spirit. While it is important to keep your brain active with mental challenges such as a challenging book or cross word puzzle, you should also work to give your mind time to relax so you are able to tap into your subconscious for a greater state of awareness. Your mind will respond to holistic healing techniques that help cleanse your body and balance your energy. Here is a look at what you can do to achieve this state in your daily life.

Eat a balanced diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on your focus, memory, and mental capacity, so changing the way you eat can help you think more clearly. Healthy foods like the vibrant selection of fruits and vegetables you would consume in a raw diet will offer your brain the nutrition it needs while cleansing the body of toxins that could impede your brain function.

Get more exercise

Just after exercising, you may feel more alert and focused, because your body has released hormones that make you feel energized and productive. Exercise also has long-term benefits for your mind, as it will facilitate better, sounder sleep.

Use meditation

Meditation is a powerful tool that can help you achieve a state of peace, connect with your subconscious mind, and enhance your spiritual connection. When you meditate, you will quiet the mind as you relax, and this will allow you to refocus, visualize your goals and allow your body to heal itself.

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

Vocal Toning: Healing Through Sound Vibrations


Quieting the mind and focusing your energy is an important part of the healing process for your whole body. Practicing Alpha or meditation is one way you may work to achieve a peaceful, balanced state of mind, and it can help you tap into the art of vocal toning. It has long been understood that sound vibrations are beneficial to the mind and the body, and vocal toning takes advantage of these mental and physiological effects.

What Is It? Toning is a gentle form of sound healing that helps us to heal on all levels by using certain notes and vowel sounds. The vowel sound is held for a certain number of minutes at the same pitch, unlike singing where you may vary the pitch. While there are multiple types of sound-based meditation techniques, those using a person’s own voice have been found the most effective. As the tones are sung, the chakras or our body centers respond. Using sound to resonate each center helps to “charge” those areas by increasing circulation, energy, and vitality. Quantum physics is suggesting that possibly disease in the body originates with disturbances in the electromagnetic field. Toning 3-5 minutes at each energy center helps “smooth out” the energy fields.

Getting Started in Vocal Toning

Once you learn about vocal toning and how to use it, you can incorporate it into your private or group meditation sessions. Guided meditation classes are the best way to learn vocal toning and then the techniques learned can be practiced at home with CDs to provide a peaceful, soothing background melody for your sound healing experience.

Who Uses It?

More and more and more people are finding healing through vocal toning. Sound healing has become a popular and well-respected field in mind-body medicine. Some pioneers in this field are: Steven Halpern, Jonathon Goldman and David Ison. The Optimum Health Institute uses the CD, Sing the Body from Dorian Carter in their toning class. You can order this CD by calling the OHI store at 888-643-7867

Vocal toning is one of the many classes incorporated into the holistic healing program at the Optimum Health Institute. These teachings take place through three-week-long courses that can be  taken independently or consecutively. Learn more about the OHI program by calling (800) 993-4325 or visiting

Recognizing the Many Aliases of Sugar

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With today’s processed foods and eating-on-the-go culture, sugar is making an appearance in all types of foods marketed as healthier options. It may be somewhat difficult to spot the saturation of sugar in all types of foods you might eat every day, so you should learn the other names that sugar can take on as you take control of your health. Below are some of sugar’s many disguises that you might encounter on food labels.


Agave, corn, maple, and rice syrups are all commonly used ingredients in foods that pose as health food choices. Because their names are of vegetable and plant sources, it is often assumed that these sugars are better for your health than simple cane sugar. In reality, these types of sugar are just as fattening as table sugar, and they have none of the nutritional value of the plants they come from.


When you read food labels, it is rare that you will actually come across the word ‘sugar.’ Instead, you might see sucrose, which is the scientific name for the familiar white powder more commonly known as table sugar. Fructose and glucose are the components of sucrose, and these are more words to watch out for.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is one of the most deceptive forms of sugar, because it is assumed that the juice takes on the nutritional qualities of the fruit it comes from. However, fruit juice is mostly a source of sugar and not much else. Even if some vitamins remain present in the juice, it no longer contains the fiber found in whole fruit which can help digest the sugar properly. All kinds of juice—from concentrate, organic, and 100% juices—are big sugar sources that should be traded in for the whole raw fruit.  

Evaporated Cane Juice

Prepackaged foods are carefully designed for trickery, and the use of the words, evaporated cane juice” is proof that labels can be deceiving. Evaporated cane juice is exactly the same as regular sugar, but it sneaks into many diets because of this misleading wording.

At Optimum Health Institute, we will help guide you through the proper steps to take in eating and preparing food so that you get the most out of a vibrant raw diet to cleanse your body. The holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute consists of three-week-long sessions that can be taken consecutively or independently. The sessions interlock classes and activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing of your body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning how to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, and exercise, guests learn how to quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation, plus renew and awaken their spirits with study, prayer, and celebration. To learn more about the OHI program, call (800) 993-4325 or visit

Surrender to Serenity


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can

And wisdom to know the difference.

This prayer, attributed to American theologian Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr, has taken on a life of its own since Niebuhr first used it in a sermon seven decades ago.

It brought comfort to countless military personnel during World War 2, when it was published in 1944 in a Federal Council of Churches book for army chaplains and servicemen.  Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs have made it an important part of their meetings.  It’s used at funerals, in hospitals and hospice, at graduations, or during private contemplation.

What is it about the Serenity Prayer that gives it such lasting power, and makes it appropriate for so many circumstances?

It’s because the prayer makes us a humbled yet hopeful partner with a loving God – a God who won’t magically make challenges disappear, but who, at our request, will give us the spiritual strength and discernment to understand and then handle any situation which may arise.

It offers a course of action when we feel we’ve screeched to a painful halt, and places us directly in the flow of divine grace, love and peace.  The prayer acknowledges that sometimes, the only way to release our anger, or fear, or impatience, or shame about something in our lives is to merely let all those harmful emotions go.  It helps us surrender to the reality that what’s done is done, what is, is, and perhaps the only possible thing about it that can change is the meaning we chose to give it.  On those occasions, when surrender is the only option, the prayer reassures us that heart-felt surrender will result in a positive emotional shift, and a blessed peace.

The prayer speaks to the spiritual warrior in each of us by calling on God for the sheer guts to bravely confront what’s out of balance in our lives, and set it right.  Whether it’s an issue in our personal or professional lives, a health opportunity, or a worthy cause that speaks to our heart and soul, we’re not asking God to just handle it – we’re asking God to partner with us, to have our back while we charge ahead with prayerful resolution to make the world a better, more loving place.

And finally, the real power of the prayer is its acknowledgement that sometimes, the line between knowing when to surrender, and knowing when to keep fighting, can be hard to discern.  Only through the divine grace of a loving God can we truly learn which is the right course of action.  While ‘knowledge’ about an issue can be all tangled up with ego and less than entirely positive motives, ‘wisdom’ comes straight from the heart, and straight from the hand of God.  Beseeching God for the pure insight and good judgment that comes to those who ask is a powerful, positive way to take the right path.

May you know the peace that flows to us only by surrendering to God.

When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

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