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.

The Power of Self-Love

Do you truly love yourself? On the surface, this question might sound like a no-brainer, but when many people take the time to really sit with it and think about it deeply, they often find that the answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no.

What is Self-Love?

At OHI, we think of self-love as a holistic healing practice, and an ongoing process, rather than a simple affirmation. Self-love involves bringing body, mind and spirit into harmony, and maintaining this alignment requires a great deal of focus and dedication.

How Does Self-Love Work?

Two of the key aspects of self-love are acceptance and forgiveness. We have all felt at one time or another that we—or parts of ourselves—were ‘unlovable’ in some way. We carry around powerful burdens of guilt, regret, shame and trauma. And the spiritual and emotional weight of these burdens often prevent us from having the will or drive necessary to heal ourselves, or seek healing in the first place.

That’s why self-love begins with recognizing the crucial connection and interdependence of mind, body and spirit. When we open ourselves up to self-acceptance and forgiveness, we begin to free ourselves from the many burdens that keep us from living healthy, joyous lives.

How a 3-Week Retreat at OHI can Help

At OHI, everything we do is centered around this holistic approach to self-love. Through sharing, meditation, healthy eating and prayer, we give our guests the tools to foster true self-love and continue practicing self-love long after they leave our campuses. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • Week One: In week one we focus on the mind, body, spirit connection by cleansing the body with a detoxifying, nutrient rich diet, calming the mind with regular meditation, and renewing the spirit with daily reflection, inspiration and prayer.
  • Week Two: In week two, guests already have begun to feel the renewed energy and positivity that comes with cleansing and detoxifying mind, body and spirit. This is also when we begin learning and exploring the various tools to support us in setting our goals, and making healthier choices for ourselves.
  • Week Three: This is far and away the most popular week of the program because this is when our guests begin to deeply internalize the process of self-love and learn to integrate it into their lives, propelling them toward continued physical, mental and spiritual health in their lives outside the OHI community.

Self-love sounds simple enough, but bringing mind, body and spirit into sustained balance, joy and lasting health requires a great deal of focus and maintenance. Self-love is a journey, and that journey begins right here with the warmth and compassion of the OHI community. The OHI program is a holistic way to enrich your body, mind and spirit – and show yourself some love. Visit our beautiful retreat centers in San Diego and Austin. Call (800) 588-0809 today to book your retreat.

Celebrate Healthy Weight Week at OHI

January 16th-22nd is National Healthy Weight Week, which means it’s a great time to check in with yourself and evaluate your health and dieting habits to make sure you are taking care of your body in a balanced and sustainable way.

What is Healthy Wight Week?

Healthy Weight Week is a public health campaign geared toward spreading awareness about the dangers of crash dieting and unhealthy weight-loss fads in the hopes of promoting long-term healthy lifestyle habits.

From obsessive calorie counting, to dangerous surgical treatments, these so-called weight-loss “solutions” are abusive to the body, and almost always end up backfiring as soon as they come to an end.

Why Don’t Diets Work?

The main problem with most quick-fix diets and treatments is that they are strictly cosmetic. Rather than focusing on nourishing the body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods that promote natural weight loss, they are only concerned with getting you to look a certain way as quickly as possible. This puts a lot of undue stress on the body, which makes these diets impossible to sustain over a long period of time. However, when you go about weight loss with health as your primary goal, and implement your diet as a lifestyle change rather than a temporary fix, your body responds by feeling better and looking better, almost right away. And because you are actually giving your body the nutrients it craves, rather than depriving it of calories, the results are much easier to maintain.

How the OHI Program Promotes Your Overall Health

At OHI, we promote a holistic approach to healthy eating with a cleansing and detoxifying program that results in a number of key health benefits—weight loss being just one of them! From improved digestion, to better circulation and a stronger cardiovascular system, the right diet can improve the way you look and feel from head to toe.

With a vegetable and wheatgrass juice cleanse and a nutrient-rich raw food diet, combined with light exercise, colonic cleanses and proper food combining, you’ll learn sustainable habits that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, while ridding your body of excess weight and damaging toxins. In just days, you’ll begin to see and feel the results of what a clean, raw diet can do for your weight and overall health.

While next week marks National Healthy Weight Week, maintaining your health is important 365 days a year. The OHI program is a holistic way to enrich your body, mind and spirit. Jumpstart your health with a rejuvenating retreat at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin this Winter. Your body – and your waistline – will thank you. Call (800) 588-0809 today to book your retreat.

Positive Thinking Can Help You Achieve Your New Year Goals

What are your goals for 2017? Better health? More travel? A happier, stress-free lifestyle? No matter what you have planned for 2017, we’re here to tell you that positive thinking can help make your goals a reality.

Why is positive thinking important?

Positive thinking can elevate your mood, lower your anxiety levels, and actually make you healthier. In fact, clinical studies have concluded that positive thinking can produce a number of amazing health benefits, including:

  • Longer life spans
  • Lower levels of stress and depression
  • A stronger immune system
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved ability to cope with stressful situations

Think about how you feel when you focus on the negative. If you’ve spent time stressing about your job, worrying about paying off that looming debt, or fixating on the potential outcome of an illness or health issue, you’ve probably noticed that your negative thinking didn’t actually help to ease the situation. Chances are it just made you feel worse.

That’s because negative thinking actually narrows the mind. When you are thinking about a particular fear or worry, the mind has trouble focusing on anything else, meaning that there is no room for other, possibly positive outcomes to break into your mental picture. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety, which can affect your physical and mental health by contributing to cardiovascular problems and nervous disorders. In other words, negative thinking is measurably bad for you. Negative thinking is also self-defeating. After all, when you can’t even imagine a positive outcome, what’s the use in even trying to bring one about?

That’s why positive thinking is such a big part of what we do here at OHI. We believe that positive thinking creates the attitude and mental creativity necessary to produce real, positive results.

So what is positive thinking, exactly?

Positive thinking is more than simply ignoring your problems. In fact, with positive thinking, you face your problems head-on by acknowledging them and finding productive ways to overcome them.

It’s also more than simply thinking happy thoughts. Positive thinking is the disciplined act of creating and holding positive results in your mind, and bringing those results into the real world through consistent, passionate mental work. After all, negativity is seductive and insidious. How many times have you found yourself thinking about nothing in particular, only to be invaded by pessimistic thoughts and ideas? That’s why positive thinking requires practice, focus, and diligence.

At OHI, this is one of the cornerstones of what we do. With daily meditation and prayer, we learn to calm the clutter of our minds and achieve focused mental clarity. We learn how to create productive visions for our lives and forge connections to our desired outcomes that engender the drive and determination required to achieve them. We also learn to release the stress, trauma, and pain that lingers in our minds and clouds our thoughts with negativity.

Whether you’re looking to conquer your New Year goals, overcome a long-term health issue, or simply rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, book your retreat at OHI today, and experience the true power of positive thinking first-hand. Get encouragement, support and inspiration to help you achieve your goals for a healthier you physically, mentally and spiritually at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Visit our website at, and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

Happy New Year from OHI

It’s been another amazing year of healing, kindness and joy at OHI, and we want to thank each and every one of you for playing such a valuable role in our community and making 2016 such a magical year. It wasn’t the easiest year for everyone, but thanks to the loving spirit of the OHI community, we were able to do our part in bringing just a little more compassion and healing into the world.

And we have big plans for 2017! To build on our success in 2016, we’ve set our sights on some major upgrades to our facilities to help us keep our mission rolling on into the new year and beyond.

Being a faith-based organization, one of our primary goals is to make our program as accessible as possible to those in need of healing. OHI was designed as a place where everyone could come to cleanse, rejuvenate body, mind and spirit, and heal—regardless of their station in life. That’s why keeping our pricing as low as possible is so very important to us. To this end, we created the Facility Improvement Fund in order to raise the money required to make necessary updates and repairs without having to raise prices for our members.

We anticipate raising more than $1.2 million over the next three years. Our campuses in Austin and San Diego are going to see some welcome improvements in the months and years to come. From technology improvements in our classrooms, to new flooring, lighting and furnishings in our common areas, to fresh landscaping and upgrades to our guest rooms and bathrooms, you’re going to love what we’ve done with the place the next time you pay us a visit. And we are overjoyed to be able to provide these upgrades while still keeping prices low for our members.

Even with our sights set on facility improvements, what remains at the core of OHI is our mission to help others live their very best life, whether it be improving their physical health, finding and pursuing their purpose or drawing closer to their spiritual self. Our 40-year-old, tried and true program is what has allowed us to continue this mission. So while you may see some changes around campus during your next retreat at OHI San Diego or Austin, you can rest assured that you’ll always find a compassionate-healing community and a holistic program that will help change your life for the better.

Happy New Year from all of us at OHI. We hope to see you soon! Visit our website and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make a reservation

Happy Holidays from OHI

We here at OHI get a little extra excited around the holidays, so we wanted to take a moment to wish our members, and everyone out there, a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Jubilant Kwanzaa and a great big Happy Holidays!

As a member of the OHI community, you are a part of something truly special. For decades we’ve worked to make the institute a place where all feel welcome. We want OHI to be a warm, inviting environment where people from all walks of life can come and be at home in an atmosphere of health, love, openness, compassion and support. And with the help of members like you, OHI has become just that. And for your part in helping us make this vision a reality, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Wherever you decide to spend this holiday season, and however you choose to celebrate, we hope your holiday is filled with warmth, love and good cheer. And we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to extend your holiday happiness well into 2017 by visiting us again in the new year!

The New Year offers an opportunity for renewal and rejuvenation, which makes it the perfect time for a refreshing retreat with your friends in the OHI community.

It’s no secret that 2016 has been a hectic and trying year for a great many of us. And the OHI experience affords you a chance to start fresh in 2017. Here, you can cleanse yourself from the residue of a difficult year by nourishing your body, calming your mind, and empowering your spirit—all in a loving and supportive environment.

Have big plans in the New Year? Through meditation, journaling, and our exciting classes, you’ll learn how to create and hold a new vision for your health, wealth and happiness, and how to set achievable goals to make that vision a reality in the New Year. We can’t think of a better way to set yourself up for success in 2017, than with a visit to OHI.

So, from all of us at OHI, we wish you a Happy Holiday season!

At OHI, we’re here to support you in achieving all of your goals for 2017. Begin the year with a retreat at OHI where you can set goals that help you work toward your best life. Visit our website and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make a reservation.

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