• The Power of Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels sprouts have had a mixed reputation in the past, partly because kids are notoriously finicky when it comes to eating these delicious vegetables and may have grown up with the same mindset. When they are prepared raw in salads or gently roasted, Brussels sprouts have a pleasingly sweet flavor reminiscent of cabbage or broccoli. If you have not been a fan of Brussels sprouts in the past, you should try them again and consider these magnificent health benefits:

    Filling fiber
    Like other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are very high in fiber. Fiber will help keep you full, because it promotes proper digestion and takes a long time for your body to break down. The binding effect of fiber also helps the body excrete bile acids, which lowers the cholesterol.

    Cancer-fighting glucosinolate
    Antioxidant richness makes Brussels sprouts a great choice for your diet. Glucosinolate is one of the nutrients found in Brussels sprouts that has been shown to have cancer-fighting effects. Brussels sprouts are the most commonly consumed source of glucosinolate next to broccoli.

    DNA-protecting compounds
    Regularly consuming Brussels sprouts could stabilize the DNA inside your white blood cells, because Brussels sprouts contain unique compounds that block ulphotransferase enzymes. The activity of these enzymes is thought to negatively alter DNA, thereby raising one’s risk for cancer and other diseases.

    Heart-healthy omega 3s
    You may not think of vegetables as sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but they do provide the basic fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This acid reduces inflammation in the body and helps to build muscle tissue, making it an essential nutrient for heart health.

    To learn how to follow a healthy raw diet that will cleanse and nourish the body, check out the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute. Our three week-long sessions draw inspiration from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines to cleanse the body, quiet the mind, and awaken the spirit. For more information, call (800) 993-4325 or visit www.OptimumHealth.org

  • Buying Bottled Water

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    Staying hydrated is essential for your health . To get the water you need throughout the day, you might find yourself reaching for a disposable bottle of water that you can drink on the go. Before you buy a bottle of water, however, you should know which types of water and plastic bottles are best. Here is a closer look at what you need to know about bottled water.

    What kind is best?
    Bottled water comes in spring and mineral water varieties, and the difference between the qualities of water may show in the way they taste. Spring water is typically bottled close to a spring, so it comes straight from nature’s source. Natural mineral water is bottled from man-made springs that may allow contaminants or additives to the water.

    What should you look for?
    You should check the nutrition label of the water to check that it does not have any unwanted additives. If you want to know more about where your bottled water came from, you can look for reports from individual manufacturers about the test results of their water after filtration and other purification processes. When in doubt, you can always carry your own reusable glass bottle filled with filtered water from home.

    Which plastics are safest?
    There are seven different types of plastics commonly used for disposable water bottles. These are identified by number, which is engraved on the bottom of every bottle. Numbers 2, 4, and 5 are the safest choices, as they have the lowest risk of leaking chemicals into the water over time. You should also note that bottled water does not have an expiration date, but the risk for chemical leakage does increase the longer the bottles sit. Placing water bottles in direct sunlight can also raise the chances of penetration from chemicals in the plastic.

    To connect with your health and learn to make the best dietary decisions in your daily life, discover the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute . With three-week long sessions that may be taken independently or consecutively, this program offers activities and lessons drawn from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines. Through each session, you will learn to cleanse the body, quiet the mind, and awaken the spirit. You can find more information about OHI on our website at www.optimumhealth.org or by calling (800) 993-4325. 

  • A Magical Time of the Year at OHI

    To spend a week (or three!) at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) during the holiday season is to step into a magical space.  The beauty and peace of the grounds, already so engaging throughout the year, take on a whole new magnificence.


    Tree branches are meticulously wrapped with hundreds of thousands of tiny white lights that grace the night.  During the day, splotches of scarlet – in the form of hundreds of poinsettia plants – accent the flower beds and line the walkways.


    OHI San Diego debuts a striking “Poinsettia Tree” this year.  The 12-foot tall tree shaped frame holds 240 potted poinsettias.


    Share the season with us, and experience the beauty and grace of an OHI holiday retreat.  It’s the perfect time to detoxify the body, quiet the mind and celebrate the spirit with like-minded people at the OHI missions in San Diego or Austin, where you can achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health, and get your New Year off to a healthy start. Visit us online at www.optimumhealth.org , or call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • New OHI Class: Pray, Eat, Live…in the Graduate’s Kitchen

    So you’ve experienced all three weeks of the Optimum Health Institute’s (OHI) God-centered holistic healing program. Your first week you ate the freshly prepared live, raw, organic vegan dishes the OHI kitchen staff lovingly prepared for you. Your second week, you tasted dehydrated “pizzas,” and other delicious foods created for you by the Third Weekers. Then, in your third week, you learned to make a live, raw, organic vegan feast yourself. You chopped, blended, shredded, dehydrated, fermented and juiced, and picked up some new skills to help you take the program home with you. You asked us for additional OHI-compliant advanced food preparation class, and we listened.

    We’re happy to announce a new Saturday class exclusively for guests who have completed OHI’s 3-week program. Pray, Eat, Live launches early next year, and will lead students through a culinary wonderland of live, organic, vegan delicacies that will inspire you to abandon processed foods forever. Created by our new Executive Chef Ken Dorr, the 2.5 hour class will empower students to create a tempting array of OHI approved dishes – including some cooked foods for those on the maintenance diet – and plan healthy appetizers, meals, snacks and desserts.


    Recipes on the menu for Pray, Eat, Live include:

    • Buckwheaties

    • Raw (but warm) Cauliflower Soup

    • Oil-Free Pesto Sauce

    • Chipotle Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

    • Dehydrated Almond Coconut Cookies

    The class will be held in room 78, also known as the Graduate’s Kitchen. Besides being a play on a popular autobiographical account of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s spiritual quest Eat, Pray, Love , the title of the class honors OHI’s commitment to empowering guests to bring body, mind and spirit into balance. The word “pray” reminds us to always bless our food, and hold it in high spiritual regard. The word “eat” reminds us that eating is a way honor the temple that is our body. The word “live” reminds us that by eating right, we can live a long and healthy life. Pray, Eat, Live will give guests who have completed the three week OHI holistic healing program more kitchen skills, and new ideas for creating healthy and still delicious dishes that family members and friends will also enjoy. Students currently in the third week of the program will also be eligible to take the class.


    Oil Free Pesto Sauce (Hypo)

    · 2 c. tightly packed fresh basil

    · 1 to 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped (to taste)

    · ¼ c. soaked and drained walnuts

    · ¼ c. pine nuts

    · 1 T. lemon juice

    · 1 T. coconut aminos

    · 2 T. celery powder

    · ½ c. vegetable broth

    Place the basil, garlic, walnuts, pine nuts, lemon juice, coconut aminos and celery powder in a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse to combine, until the mixture is coarsely ground. Turn the motor on and drizzle the vegetable broth in a thin stream. Taste. Pulse a few more times to combine.

    Yield: Serves 4