• Follow the OHI “5 P’s” For a Happy New Year

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    “The happiest two days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”

    –Mark Twain

    Happy 2013!

    Speaking of happy, there’s an entirely new branch of psychology, Positive Psychology, that focuses on what people need to be content in their lives.  Dr. Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania spearheaded the research, which revealed it wasn’t great wealth, or a person’s age, education or social status that determined whether or not they were going to be happy.  It boiled down to three things:

    1. Faith in something greater than yourself, which would encompass personal ethics and values;
    2. Friends, which included close family or a supportive community, and
    3. Purpose – doing something of meaning in your life, whether it was volunteering once a month, or pursuing an entire career in being of service to others.

    The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) is built on these principles, and incorporates them into its “Five P’s to Optimum Health.”  Following these guidelines can help you make 2013 your happiest, healthiest and most rewarding year yet.  Here are OHI’s Five P’s:

    Purpose:  Prayer and mindfully focusing your thoughts inward can help you determine your true purpose.  What issues do you care about passionately?  When do you feel most fulfilled?  What are you naturally good at, and what do you feel you were “born to do?”  Meditating on the answers can help steer you towards your divine life purpose.

    Positive Mental Attitude: Part of the Positive Psychology research required participants to nightly reflect on the three most wonderful things that happened to them that day, and determine their role in making those things happen.  Knowing they were going to have to come up with that list each night kept the people looking for fun, interesting and positive things the entire day.  The exercise completely shifted their consciousness from, “What can go wrong” to “How does it get any better than this?”  That quantum shift in their thinking clicked them into a positive mental attitude all day, and became a habit.  As the mind stays in a healthy, balanced and happy state, the body and spirit naturally follow.

    Persistence: The natural tendency is to give up when things don’t come easily. By shifting into a positive state of mind as outlined above, we can list ‘sticking with a goal’ as one of the day’s three top victories. Developing our persistence in this way can give us the strength to keep going when it gets tough.  Just as it takes some time to develop unhealthy habits, it takes some time to substitute healthier new habits, too.

    Patience: “God grant me patience – NOW!” is a funny but ineffective prayer. The quickest route to switching into a more patient mode is to simply take a deep breath.  That delicious lungful of oxygen not only delivers more mental alertness – it signals us to slow down, to reassess, to take a step back.  From this more mindful state, we can consciously choose to be patient and gentler with our self as we navigate opportunities throughout the New Year.

    Prayer: Prayer is talking with God.  Through regular prayer we define and nourish our relationship to Him, and focus our feelings and intent by putting them into words.  This mindful and verbal connection to the Divine Source gives us a clarity and feeling of connection that no other discipline can.  Perhaps the simplest yet most effective prayer is a heart-felt, “thank you” – a prayer that will guarantee your happiness throughout 2013.

    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. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • Tools for Change- Taking the OHI Program Home


    Count on the Food-prep Fab Four To Recreate OHI’s Meals at Home

    After returning from a rejuvenating, invigorating week – or several – at the Optimum Health Institute, you feel energized and rejuvenated, your thinking is clearer, and you’re looking at the world, and your life, in a healthier, happier way.  You vow you’re going to bring the program home with you, and change everything in your life to comply.

    While that kind of initial enthusiasm is commendable, realistically, it’s wise to introduce changes into your old lifestyle gently and gradually so you can stay focused on implementing your good intentions.  The perfect place to begin is in the heart of your home — your kitchen.

    When you’re fueling your body, mind and spirit with the live, raw, organic vegan foods you were served at OHI, it’s much easier to keep a clear head and feel empowered to continue making healthier choices.  Studies show it’s harder to maintain a clear mind and joyful spirit when your body is weighed down with toxins from processed food.

    For a healthy kitchen makeover, you’ll need the Food-Prep Fab Four:

    • A high quality chef’s knife
    • A Vitamix or other high-powered blender
    • A dehydrator
    • A juicer

    The Knife: With each new meal delivered up to you by the dedicated kitchen staff at OHI, you were presented with a rainbow of fresh raw vegetables artfully chopped, sliced, minced and diced to give you optimum flavors and nutrition.  That’s why if you’re going to invest in one new item to help you make a life-long switch to healthy eating, you should get a quality chef’s knife.  With minimal care, this is the essential tool for recreating those delicious raw meals in your own kitchen.  When you see how much easier it is to julienne carrots or chop onions with a properly weighted big knife, you’ll actually start to enjoy preparing raw foods. 

    The Vitamix: Fresh salsas, raw soups, hearty green drinks – all of them are a snap with a quality blender.  After you’re prepped your vegetables and fruits with that great knife, a few seconds in the blender transforms them into limitless meal possibilities.  Use the raw food recipes that come with the appliance, or check out some of the raw food recipe books at the Optimum Health Store.  This appliance will be your personal sous chef.

    A dehydrator: You learned at OHI that heating foods over temperatures of 105 will destroy essential nutrients.  With a dehydrator, you can turn the heat down and still turn out batches of crackers, bite-sized pizzas, even corn chips and fruit leathers, that are bursting with vitamins, amino acids, minerals, nutrients and taste.  Preserve fruits and vegetables at their seasonal peak; make live raw vegan “cheese;” create your own special seasoning by dehydrating tomatoes, garlic and onions, then grinding them into a fine powder.  This appliance is a real kid-pleaser, too.  Dehydrated fruits taste just like candy, with none of the artificial sweeteners or coloring.

    A juicer: This last member of the Food-Prep Fab Four will be a versatile team player.  It can provide fresh wheatgrass juice.  It can transform fruits and veggies into instant and energizing drinks.  And the vegetable pulp it creates can be used to make dehydrated crackers.

    See how this tried and proved Food-Prep Fab Four can be your home-front support for transitioning to a healthier OHI-inspired life.  And for recipes, go online to http://www.optimumhealth.org/ , and find the newsletters in our “About Us” section. Each one has a delicious OHI-approved meal with step-by-step instructions for recreating it at home. You can also find tips on taking the OHI program home with you, recipes and more at http://www.optimumhealthusa.com/ .

    You can order dehydrators, juices and sprouting equipment from the OHI Store by calling (888)643-7867

    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. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • Healthy Hints for Happy Trails

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    One of the very cool things about the OHI program is, once you’ve made a commitment to pursue a healthier lifestyle, the opportunities to help you succeed are everywhere – even on the road.

    Here is a list of tips to support you on your travels:

    1. Your dehydrator is your travel buddy.  In the days before you leave, dehydrate a selection of fresh, healthy treats you can use as energy-rich snacks or tasty, satisfying meals on your trip.  Crackers, nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, fruits and even OHI style “pizzas” all travel well, and can be tucked into your carry-on luggage for ease of access.

    2. Resist the temptation to grab something at a fast food place “just this once.”  Sure it might seem easier at the time – but it took dedication and effort to detoxify your body.  The physical, mental and emotional hit you’d take for backsliding just isn’t worth it in the long run, particularly when you’re on the go.

    3. Organic apples, pears, carrots and celery all travel well.  Mix it up with jimica or rutabaga slices.  Store sliced fruits and vegetables in insulated lunch bags for optimum freshness, and consume the day you prepare them.

    4. Do some Internet surfing to learn about raw vegan-friendly restaurants, whole food stores and farmer’s markets along your route, and at your destination. All three of the sites listed below can direct you to farmers’ markets, health food stores and restaurants serving up vegetarian fare:

    5. Google “juice bars” in your city of destination to see which ones carry wheatgrass juice.  As a “better than” option, dehydrated wheatgrass juice power travels well, and you can reconstitute it with pure water to get a healthy boost during your trip.

    6. Set aside time for a daily “stretch and stroll.”  Even in a hotel room you can do some body-strengthening and stress-soothing stretching every morning and evening.  Take comfortable shoes, too, so you can take a brisk stroll daily in the morning sun not only to reset your body’s clock, but to get your brain humming and energized.

    7. Get at least 8 hours of sleep.  Sure, you have a tight schedule and a lot of demands, whether it’s a pleasure or business trip.  But you’re not going to be much good for anything if you’re sleep-deprived.

    8. Stay hydrated.  Make sure you’re consuming at least eight glasses of pure water daily.  Airline travel is particularly notorious for dehydrating passengers.  Offset any potential negative side effects by drinking an extra glass or two of water on flight days.

    9. Meditate! Even a few minutes of conscious breathing and mindful meditation will put your body, mind and spirit into a relaxed alpha state, where you’re more likely to fight off stress, fatigue and illness.

    10. Practice the disciplines.  Take a few moments before bed to journal, meditate and pray.  Create fellowship with colleagues, friends or relatives. 

    Particularly when you travel, you start to realize that components of the OHI healthy lifestyle program aren’t just some things you do – they’re now actually an important part of who you are.  Doing these things in a new setting, and with old or new friends, can bring a new sense of wholeness to your life.

    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. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • 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 www.OptimumHealth.org or call us at (800) 993-4325.