• Optimum Pizza Delivers Great Taste

    pizza

    Just about everyone loves pizza!  But all that fat from the cheese and empty calories from the crust can be a killer…literally.  Our wizards in the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) kitchens have cooked up – or rather dehydrated – a delicious and healthy alternative that coaxes tons of satisfying flavor from seeds, grains and vegetables.
    It takes a little time to create because of the dehydrating required, so plan ahead; then prepare to be delighted with this delicious recipe that’s been a guest favorite for years.
    This recipe yields 8 servings, or 2 pizzas.

    Gomashio “Cheese” Topping

    2 cups dehydrated sesame seeds (or dried sesame pulp)

    1 Tbs. garlic powder 1 Tbs. celery flakes

    Blend ingredients together and set aside for sprinkling on top of the pizza.

    Crust

    1/2 cup flax seeds

    4 cups rye berries

    2 cups water

    Grind dry flax. Blend berries and water. Add flax to batter, stir until smooth. Spoon half the mixture at a time onto dehydrator sheets to make two crusts and let dry at 105 degrees for 24 hours.

    Flip pizza crusts and let dry for another 6-8 hours.

    Add sauce and toppings immediately before serving.

    Sauce

    4 ripe organic tomatoes

    1/2 small onion

    1/2 carrot

    1/2 cup OHI Tomato Seasoning (1/2 cup dehydrated onion, ½ cup dehydrated tomato, ¼ cup dehydrated green and red bell peppers; grind into powder and store in an air-right jar.)

    Pinch each of basil, oregano

    Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

    Topping

    1 yellow bell pepper

    1 orange bell pepper

    1 red bell pepper

    1 onion

    2-3 Tbs. pizza seasoning

    Dice peppers and onion. Add seasoning and mix well.

    Top dehydrated crusts with sauce, toppings and Gomashio.

    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.

  • Word of the Day

    OHI Chapel Garden

    There’s a beautiful Native American spiritual tradition that consists of finding an old tree, and prayerfully sitting beneath it from sunrise to nightfall.  In addition to requiring great discipline to remain in that single spot, the exercise puts the person in touch with how the wisdom and energy of the tree shifts during the course of the entire day.

    In much the same way, the Word of the Day tradition at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) gives guests a single word, like “Hope,” to metaphorically “sit with” the entire day, and see how the wisdom and energy of that word changes with the passing hours.  During Morning Prayer time, when the word is delivered, guests meditate on the word and sent their intention for the day. Hope may feel crisp and charged with new possibilities. 

    In afternoon prayer time, guests are to meditate on the same word, but now from a space of motivating and inspiring them.  This time, Hope may be deeper, more encompassing, radiating patience and purpose for the body, mind and spirit. 

    That evening, facilitators instruct guests to meditate on Hope in a contemplative way.  By going deep inside the word they’ve “sat with” all day, they will see yet another fresh new meaning – perhaps one that transcends a mere day to day existence, and expands to encompass the joyful, limitless Hope of divine purpose and grace.

    All three times they revisit that same word, they receive the gift of a new and completely different way to understand and apply it to their lives.  The word remains the same, but the rhythms of the day, and their body, mind and spirit, constantly enhance and deepen the meaning of that word. It’s a wonderful, inspiring and transformational way to include daily prayer throughout the day.  It effectively demonstrates how going into the Alpha state unlocks creativity and spiritual awareness, drawing each person ever deeper into a personal experience of God.

    Here is our list of inspiring words:

    Acceptance, compassion, courage, faith, fellowship, forgiveness, generosity, gratitude, healing, honesty, hope, humor, kindness, love, patience, peace, respect, surrender, trust, truth, wisdom.

    Try the exercise yourself, journal your experience and remember 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.

  • The Power of Prayer

    OHI Garden Praying Angel

    Prayer is the most important spiritual discipline we at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) practice to create and nurture our connection to God, and renew our spirit .  Prayer is simply talking to God.  Meditation is listening for God’s answer.  Because we’ve been given the divine gift of free will, prayer is actually our first step in reaching out to God, and affirming the existence of a Higher Source.

    There are thousands of ways to communicate with God.  Some people get out in nature; others use music, a candle or incense to silence mental chatter.  There are others who can pray anywhere, any time.  When we connect to God on a heart level, we can stay mindfully in the moment without mentally over analyzing the experience.

    When you learn how to quiet the mind, you become more aware of God’s healing presence and your direct connection to Him.  It can be particularly powerful to open all your prayers with an expression of gratitude for God’s many blessings.

    While we encourage individual prayer at OHI in the manner that’s most comfortable for each guest, we also cherish our tradition of prayer circles before meals and ceremonies.  There’s great symbolism in prayer circles.  When two or more are gathered together in the name of the divine, their prayers generate powerful, purposeful energy and there’s a deep spiritual fellowship.  While a group prayer may be more general, there is an undeniable healing energy that enfolds everyone.  A circle symbolizes eternity, the perfection of creation without beginning or end.  We hold hands and appreciate our community of caring, mutual respect for individual differences, and fellowship in our love for and surrender to God.

    Another OHI group prayer tradition is our Friday morning testimonials, where guests and adherents share their experiences.  I remember when a young woman told how God had answered her prayers, but not as she anticipated.  She endured a tough childhood, and was raised by her grandmother.  The girl fell in with a bad crowd and got involved in drugs and destructive relationships.  Each time she began to straighten up, she sabotaged herself. 

    She prayed for help, and found a substance abuse recovery center.  When she still didn’t feel whole, she kept praying for assistance and met a person who suggested she come to OHI.  Her first few days she was sick as a dog while her body released years of toxins.  By the middle of the week she turned the corner, and was transformed in time for Friday morning testimonials.  She developed a personal connection to God, and resumed her spiritual path with clarity and joy.  What made the difference?  She had to just trust that God really WAS answering her prayers, even through those tough first days at OHI.

    Sometimes God responds to our prayers in ways we didn’t anticipate.  Other times He responds so much more magnificently than we could have possibly imagined.  The bottom line is this – the only true prayer is the sincere desire of the heart.  And all true prayers are answered.

    Praying to a higher power will help you develop a healthier life and strengthen your relationship with God. Prayers for healing can provide a clarity that can’t be achieved through your works alone. 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.

     

  • Bad Habits

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    “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

    — Albert Einstein

    There’s a funny thing about bad habits – you might not even be aware of the fact that you’re doing them until they’ve already become “encoded” into your daily routine.  Mindless eating, smoking, procrastinating, squandering hours in front of the television – pick your poison!  Whatever the nonproductive or harmful habitual behavior you’ve fallen into, as Einstein so simply yet eloquently stated, you’re going to have to do some serious mindful shifting to climb back out of that rut.

    Lucky for you, the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) has at its very core the powerful resources you’ll need to substitute positive new behaviors for undesirable old ones. The Five P’s to Optimum Health  are ideal for breaking old habits.

    1.  Purpose to achieve a natural balance and reconnection to the Divine.

    There’s an entirely new branch of psychology, and it’s called, “Positive Psychology.”  Developed by Dr. Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology has discovered we require three key things to be truly happy in our life – faith, friends, and a sense of purpose, or living a meaningful life. When we’re being of service in some way, whether on a global level or in our own family circle, we can feel that healing and empowering sense of purpose.

    Particularly when an embedded habit is hampering your efforts to function on all cylinders, it is interfering with your ability to have as purposeful a life as possible. Realizing that shifting this behavior will bring you more into natural balance, and facilitate a stronger connection to your faith, are powerful motivators for kicking old habits and embracing new happiness and freedom.

    2.  Positive mental attitude that supports the healing process. 

    If you’re convinced you’re going to fail at kicking a bad habit, guess what?  You probably will.  Instead, a mental shift is in order. Don’t dwell on the past – reliving old hurts and failures can prevent healing in body, mind and spirit. And don’t waste time worrying about what might happen down the road.

    Staying in the present moment and releasing your fear about the future increases your joy level, enhances your immune system and gives you the power of creation this very moment.  Be present, be thankful, and watch how quickly you can shift into a positive mental attitude that gives you the strength to stick to your goal!

    3.  Persistence in following the holistic disciplines of the OHI program. 

    The daily routine at OHI gives you such powerful resources to shift out of harmful old routines and embrace a healthy new lifestyle, free of embedded habits that derailed your good intentions.  Prayer for the strength to release destructive habits; contemplation about how the changes will make you a happier, healthier, more whole person; journaling to explore your deepest inner thoughts about why this habit attracted you in the first place, and the things you will replace it with; community with friends and guests to support you on this healing journey; quieting the mind to be able to make mindful, deliberate decisions; conscious breathing to energize the body, mind and spirit so healing can happen, celebrating each time you refrain from indulging in that habit you’re releasing. 

    All of these holistic disciplines, and any of the others taught at OHI, when persistently followed, give you new strength to establish healthy new priorities in your life.

    4.  Patience with your body and yourself, as you allow your body-mind-spirit to heal.

    You didn’t develop these habits overnight.  You’re most likely not going to shed them overnight, either. Psychologists say it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, and at least that long to break an old one. During those weeks of change and healing, gently nurture your connection to God by focusing on feelings of gratitude, forgiveness and joy.

    Impatience with yourself, and similar negative thinking, literally makes you sick by stimulating the production of toxic chemicals in your body. Dr. Candace Pert talks about the science of positive thinking in her brilliant work, “Molecules of Emotion,” which we carry in our OHI Store. When you do have a negative thought, before it can start triggering the production of toxins in your body, think, “Cancel!” Immediately remind yourself, “God loves me, and is patiently supporting me as I release these bad habits” and take just 10 seconds to breathe in God’s unconditional love and grace.  You’ll not only neutralize any negativity and grant yourself patience – you’ll actually be setting healing in motion.

    5.  Prayer to a higher source who will share the load with you.  

    As with all things, asking for God’s help in achieving your heart’s desire is the most powerful tool you can use.  Particularly when you’re making major changes in your life, like healing old bad habits, instead of setting aside a time or two each day to pray, shift your attitude about your connection with God.  See yourself on “speed dial,” with a constant open line to the Creator.  Make each moment, each breath, a sincere prayer for strength, wisdom, courage, guidance and grace.  With God, all things are possible – particularly when all lines of communication with Him are wide open.

    In addition to the strength and guidance you will find in using the Five P’s To Optimum Health, know that OHI’s facilitators and missionaries are here to support you in your efforts, and your successes.

    For more information about OHI, please visit our  website .To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325.

  • Natural Detox and Maintenance Diets

    OHI Raw Foods

     

    Raw, raw, raw!!  That’s us at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI), cheering you on and helping you make healthy changes to your food plan!

    Cooking, or “Putting fire to food,” as Christ said in the Essene Gospels, can kill up to 40% of the minerals, seriously compromising the nutritional value of the vegetables or fruits. Recent studies show how cooking can chemically change foods from sources of essential nutrition to acid-forming toxins, free-radicals and poisons that can derail our immune system.

    Raw foods are packed with essential nutrients for optimal health, and the first three weeks of our holistic program focus on feeding you cleansing, life-extending meals of live, raw organic vegan recipes. 

    In Phase 1, all the foods our kitchen cheerfully prepares for you are specially selected to create a natural detox and cleansing for the body.  Besides raw whole organic fruits and vegetables, we pile your plates high with “live” foods – sprouted seeds, nuts and grains that continue to grow until the minute you start to chew them.  The fermented foods we serve are already partially digested through the fermentation process, and all Phase 1 foods are a valuable source of alkalinity for your body.

    In fact – think of your body as a battery.  With insufficient acid, a battery can no longer produce energy.  In the case of your body, eating acidic foods, like sugar and processed items, actually drains your body’s energy reserves.  Only by eating alkaline foods that help your body release toxins can that balance be restored and good health achieved.

    Most chronic challenges to health can’t even exist in a highly alkaline environment. For major health opportunities, it may be necessary to stick with the Phase 1 detoxifying food plan beyond the initial three weeks, and up to several months.

    Phase 1 foods, to be eaten in correct combination, are: fresh wheat grass juice, rejuvelac, all fresh fruits and vegetables, buckwheat and sunflower greens, sauerkraut, seed sauces, sprouted grains, sprouted seeds, Essene crackers, vegetable crackers, fresh vegetable juices, gazpacho, fruit soup, raw vegetable soups, dehydrated vegetable or seed loaves (one a week), either broccoli delight or coleslaw (once a week) and avocado in moderation.

    When you’ve created a healthy alkaline balance in your body, you’re in a state of optimal health and feel your energy is surging, you can shift to Phase 2, the Maintenance plan, and add some additional foods to your meals.  These Transitional foods should only be eaten in moderation because they may slow down the detoxification process you started in Phase 1. In fact, stick to eating 85-90% of Phase 1 foods daily.

    Phase 2 foods, to be eaten in moderation, are: almond milk, seed milk, quinoa, millet, oatmeal, brown rice, cooked beans (sprout them first), baked sweet potato, baked yam, vegetable soup, lightly steamed vegetables, organic corn tortilla, soaked or ground nuts, dried fruit (soaked), nut cheese spread, Farmer’s chop suey, nut butters, mock salmon loaf.

    It’s best to just add in one food at a time, and observe over several days to see how your body reacts.  Any sign that your body can’t process the food – like indigestion, gas or bloating, — means you should permanently eliminate it from your diet.

    And finally, here are the foods to avoid: red meat, poultry, fish or seafood, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, tea, soft drinks, tobacco, alcohol, oils, fried foods, breads, cakes, cookies, sugars, honey, molasses, artificial sweeteners, salt, processed soy foods (tofu, tempeh, soy milk).

    For your ongoing success in food combining pick up an easy-to-follow Optimal Food Combining chart, presented as a colorful placemat or postcard in the Optimum Health Store, or call to order at (800) 993-4325.

    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.

     

  • Bad Habits

     “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

    — Albert Einstein

    There’s a funny thing about bad habits – you might not even be aware of the fact that you’re doing them until they’ve already become “encoded” into your daily routine.  Mindless eating, smoking, procrastinating, squandering hours in front of the television – pick your poison!  Whatever the nonproductive or harmful habitual behavior you’ve fallen into, as Einstein so simply yet eloquently stated, you’re going to have to do some serious mindful shifting to climb back out of that rut.

    Lucky for you, the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) has at its very core the powerful resources you’ll need to substitute positive new behaviors for undesirable old ones. The Five P’s to Optimum Health are ideal for breaking old habits.

    1. Purpose to achieve a natural balance and reconnection to the Divine.

      There’s an entirely new branch of psychology, and it’s called, “Positive Psychology.”  Developed by Dr. Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology has discovered we require three key things to be truly happy in our life – faith, friends, and a sense of purpose, or living a meaningful life. When we’re being of service in some way, whether on a global level or in our own family circle, we can feel that healing and empowering sense of purpose.

      Particularly when an embedded habit is hampering your efforts to function on all cylinders, it is interfering with your ability to have as purposeful a life as possible. Realizing that shifting this behavior will bring you more into natural balance, and facilitate a stronger connection to your faith, are powerful motivators for kicking old habits and embracing new happiness and freedom.

    2. Positive mental attitude that supports the healing process. 

      If you’re convinced you’re going to fail at kicking a bad habit, guess what?  You probably will.  Instead, a mental shift is in order. Don’t dwell on the past – reliving old hurts and failures can prevent healing in body, mind and spirit. And don’t waste time worrying about what might happen down the road.

      Staying in the present moment and releasing your fear about the future increases your joy level, enhances your immune system and gives you the power of creation this very moment.  Be present, be thankful, and watch how quickly you can shift into a positive mental attitude that gives you the strength to stick to your goal!

    3. Persistence in following the holistic disciplines of the OHI program. 

      The daily routine at OHI gives you such powerful resources to shift out of harmful old routines and embrace a healthy new lifestyle, free of embedded habits that derailed your good intentions.  Prayer for the strength to release destructive habits; contemplation about how the changes will make you a happier, healthier, more whole person; journaling to explore your deepest inner thoughts about why this habit attracted you in the first place, and the things you will replace it with; community with friends and guests to support you on this healing journey; quieting the mind to be able to make mindful, deliberate decisions; conscious breathing to energize the body, mind and spirit so healing can happen, celebrating each time you refrain from indulging in that habit you’re releasing. 

      All of these holistic disciplines, and any of the others taught at OHI, when persistently followed, give you new strength to establish healthy new priorities in your life.

    4. Patience with your body and yourself, as you allow your body-mind-spirit to heal. 

      You didn’t develop these habits overnight.  You’re most likely not going to shed them overnight, either. Psychologists say it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, and at least that long to break an old one. During those weeks of change and healing, gently nurture your connection to God by focusing on feelings of gratitude, forgiveness and joy.

      Impatience with yourself, and similar negative thinking, literally makes you sick by stimulating the production of toxic chemicals in your body. Dr. Candace Pert talks about the science of positive thinking in her brilliant work, “Molecules of Emotion,” which we carry in our OHI Store. When you do have a negative thought, before it can start triggering the production of toxins in your body, think, “Cancel!” Immediately remind yourself, “God loves me, and is patient

    ly supporting me as I release these bad habits” and take just 10 seconds to breathe in God’s unconditional love and grace.  You’ll not only neutralize any negativity and grant yourself patience – you’ll actually be setting healing in motion.

  • Prayer to a higher source who will share the load with you.  As with all things, asking for God’s help in achieving your heart’s desire is the most powerful tool you can use.  Particularly when you’re making major changes in your life, like healing old bad habits, instead of setting aside a time or two each day to pray, shift your attitude about your connection with God.  See yourself on “speed dial,” with a constant open line to the Creator.  Make each moment, each breath, a sincere prayer for strength, wisdom, courage, guidance and grace.  With God, all things are possible – particularly when all lines of communication with Him are wide open.

  • In addition to the strength and guidance you will find in using the Five P’s To Optimum Health, know that OHI’s facilitators and missionaries are here to support you in your efforts, and your successes.

    For more information about OHI, please visit our website .To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325.

     

  • E&I, E&I, Oh!

    OHI Wheatgrass juicing

    As every guest to the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) learns, daily cleansing enemas are an essential part of the body’s detoxification  process. If someone is eating a diet high in animal products and processed foods and low in fiber, it is common for fecal matter to become impacted in the twists, turns and pockets of the colon. Frequently it can only be dislodged through colon irrigation, or cleansing. 

    It is estimated that many adult Americans have between 10 and 20 pounds of impacted stools inside their bowels. When the fecal matter remains in the large intestines and colon instead of being promptly expelled, the body continues to absorb toxins, which can eventually result in serious and even deadly health challenges. 

    This is not a new issue.  Thousands of years ago, people were taught how to purify the body with a live, raw vegan diet and enemas.  The Essene Gospels, which pre-date the Bible, instruct followers to fill gourds with river water blessed and warmed by the angels of the sun, and direct it to their “hinder parts” via the gourds’ long, hollow vines.  The ancient Essene sect of Judaism understood that fasting and colon cleansing helped clear negativity and toxins out of the physical body, so the mind could be quieted and the spirit renewed.

    Today, we understand that flushing toxins out of the body with colonic enemas can also remove electrolytes and the healthy flora necessary for balance in the colon. That’s why immediately after doing an enema or receiving a colon hydrotherapy treatment, OHI teaches it’s essential to implant about three and a half ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice into the colon.  Holding the wheatgrass juice in the colon for 20 minutes, or as long as possible, helps restore that healthy balance necessary for proper digestion, absorption and elimination.

    The juice will increase colon absorption, replenish the body’s electrolytes and minerals lost during the enema, and quickly travel to the liver and heart via the hemorrhoidal vein. By bypassing the stomach, the wheatgrass juice can be immediately absorbed into the body, restoring optimum balance. As the colon becomes more and more clear through E’s and I’s (enemas and implants), the entire 3-ounce wheatgrass juice implant could end up being completely absorbed by the colon. This is a good thing!

    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.

  • Winning the Word Game

    OHI Garden Tree Trunk

     

    “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try'”

    — Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

     

    The little green guy with the big ears is right – in all honesty, there is no “trying” to accomplish something. Either we do it, or we don’t. We truly are the “masters of our domain.” That gray area where we can feel like we’re not calling the shots in our lives is triggered not necessarily by what we’re consciously thinking, but what words we’re actually using.

    In the magnificent creation that is our mind, we’re simultaneously functioning on a variety of levels.  When we carelessly say something that diminishes us in some way, even if we’re just joking, our subconscious mind picks up that energy and it becomes our reality.

    For instance, someone might say, “You’re really good at yoga,” and you instinctively reply, “Oh, no!  I’m not good! I’m a real klutz!”  What you’ve just done is disrespect your effort, and you’ve also given your mind the message that you never will  be able to execute a respectable Downward Dog or Salutation to the Sun.  And guess what? By imprinting that negative message on your brain, you make it your reality.

    The “You Validation” class we teach at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) during your first week   is a beautiful example of the power of recalibrating our words to train our mental and spiritual selves to cooperatively exist hand in hand.

    During the profound class experience, one by one, each person must listen to all the other people in the circle saying something nice about them – anything from “You are so friendly every time I see you” to “It’s inspiring to hear you share your story.”  Instead of being able to brush off the compliments or shoot them down with a self-deprecating remark, the person in the spotlight can only say, “Thank you!” 

    It’s overwhelming, sometimes embarrassing, challenging and ultimately so very healing to be able to hear nice things about yourself, and to accept them as reality. Through the You Validation class, people have permanently changed their perspective about themselves, and started to win at the word game.

    Another way to win the word game is realizing how many times a day you diminish yourself by carelessly choosing words that can keep you feeling stuck, or powerless.  One of our favorites at OHI – we don’t say it’s an “illness,” we say it’s a “health opportunity.”

    When you say you “might” do something, you’re embracing a very passive attitude that certainly doesn’t inspire any active effort to accomplish it.  Instead, switch “I might” to “I will,” and just see how quickly that simple change can click you into gear.

    Here’s a list of common disempowering words and phrases, and the empowering substitutions that will make a world of difference.  Try it and see!  You have our word on it.

     

    Disempowering

    I might…
    I can’t…
    I’ll try…
    I hope…
    Illness…
    I always…
    I’m depressed…
    I’m going to get…
    But…
    You make me feel…
    Problem…
    If Only…
    Uh-Huh…
    Huh-uh…
    Always…
    Never…
    I have to…
    I need…
    Should…

    Empowering

    I will…
    I choose not to…
    I will…
    I will…
    Health Opportunity
    In the past, I…
    I’m choosing to be happy…
    I have…
    And
    Opportunity or challenge
    Next time
    YES!
    NO!
    Sometimes
    Seldom
    I desire to; I choose to
    I desire…
    choose to

    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. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Organic Farms + Seasonal Produce = Extra Freshness

    San Diego Garden w Dan

    Imagine plucking a luscious bright red organic strawberry right off the vine, and popping it into your mouth.  That juicy sweetness explodes on your tongue as you bite down, and you can almost feel the vitality of the just-picked fruit lighting up every cell of your body.

    Now imagine taking a strawberry from a plastic wrapped carton – a strawberry that’s been trucked in from several states away, and has been languishing on a store shelf for days. Where’s that same life force and vitality?  Unfortunately, the longer the amount of time between when produce is harvested, and you eat it, the more nutrients that are lost. 

    “Buy Local” bumper stickers are sprouting up on cars across the nation, and for good reason. When you buy produce from organic farms and co-ops in your area, you’re not only supporting the local economy – you’re getting your fruits and vegetables at the peak of their most nutrient-dense freshness.  You’re also staying in touch with the natural rhythms of the Earth by eating produce that’s in season. 

    Another reason to stick with in-season local vegetables and fruits – you’re keeping the air cleaner since the produce didn’t arrive at your store after a long haul via a network of trucks.

    We at the Optimum Health Institute definitely make sure our guests have the freshest organic local fruits, sprouts and vegetables, and grow many of them in our own gardens.  It’s also easy to find an organic farmer’s market, or organic stores in your area. Just Google it, you can even ask your local organic food store where they purchase their produce.  Here are the just-picked in-season favorites to look for now:

    Vegetables

    Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, avocados, beans, green, cactus pads, cardoons, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, fava beans, fava greens, fennel, garlic, green garlic, herbs, horseradish, jicama, kale, lambsquarters, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, nettles, onions, okra, pea shoots, peas, potatoes, purslane, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, shallots, spinach, sprouts, turnips.

    Fruits

    Apricots, apriums, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cactus pears, cherimoyas, cherries, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mandarins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums, pluots, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries.

    For leafy green vegetables, avoid bunches with yellowed leaves, or discard any yellowed tips before eating. Bacteria can get into the plant through the plant’s pores and turn the tissue yellow. Check fruit for bruises, which indicates it may spoil more quickly.

    Check back often for updates on finding, preparing and eating organic foods. At  Optimum Health Institute , we serve a variety of raw-live foods, juice fasting, and wheatgrass to promote restoring your body to its natural balance. Our meals do not contain nuts or oils, which can hinder the detoxification process.

    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.