• Finding the Closest Farmers Markets and Taking Advantage of Their Benefits

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    If you are doing most of your grocery shopping at the corner supermarket, you might be missing out on the many benefits that local farmers markets have to offer. With more people supporting sustainable, organic, and local eating , new farmers markets are popping up everywhere with new markets developing in areas where they were previously unseen. You can locate a farmers market in your community through a USDA search that will provide details about the products available and the size of the market. As you begin to explore farmers markets in your neighborhood, you may begin to notice these distinctive benefits of shopping for food in this smaller unique setting. 

    Enjoy organic, local produce
    Many vendors in farmers markets boast organic produce, which is grown sustainably and seasonally. Farmers markets may vary significantly in various regions because they will showcase the fruits and vegetables that thrive in these areas. Eating with local flavor is not only a more sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, but it can also help you get optimal nutrition out of all of the foods you eat.

    Support smaller farmers
    Small farms may only sell their crops through farmer’s markets, so you might be missing out on some of the freshest produce in your area by sticking to grocery stores. When you support small family farms at farmer’s markets, you can give them a better chance against larger farming corporations that favor profits over all other factors.

    Protect the environment around you
    When you purchase foods from farms in your region, you can significantly cut down on the natural resources needed to produce and ship those foods. Plus, you might find a farmers market that is close enough for you to walk or bike, allowing you to cut down your own carbon footprint.

    Discover new foods
    Your first trip to the farmers market may be a treat for all of your senses as you might discover foods that you would never see in a typical grocery store. Vendors are often glad to offer samples so that you can experience a plethora of new foods that may be healthier options than your average selections from the grocery store.

    When you attend the OHI 21-day program which consists of classes and activities taught over 3 one-week segments you will be inspired to change your daily habits to promote balance in your life . You can learn more about OHI’s unique program online or at (800) 993-4325.

  • Tips for Saving the Planet, Part II

    Think Green

    We only get one planet, and the resources on it are limited. Because planet Earth is everyone’s most precious resource, many people are looking for new ways to save it . We recently featured Part I-Tips for Saving the Planet and below are more small conservation steps that can make a big difference.  

    Start composting
    Composting is easier than you might think, and it can keep hundreds of pounds of waste out of landfills each year. Once you start composting your own fertilizer, you can plant a backyard garden or enrich the soil around your trees and shrubs.

    Find a new way to get to work
    If you live close enough, bike to work. Carpooling or public transportation is another greener option that will cut down on your carbon footprint.

    Fix household leaks
    Leaky plumbing can be a serious waste of water, so be sure that your sinks and showers are all working properly. You might also consider installing low-flow shower heads and low flush toilets to save even more water.

    Reuse bags and containers
    Keep cloth bags handy so that you don’t have to waste plastic or paper in the grocery store. Disposable containers can also be reused, so think twice before you throw them away. Shopping in the bulk section will allow you to cut down on waste, giving you the opportunity to refill original containers.

    Eat vegetarian meals
    Even if you don’t commit to a vegetarian diet all the time, you can enjoy cleansing vegetarian meals that spare the resources needed to raise livestock. As you discover how great you feel by reducing the amount of meat in your diet, you might decide to eat vegetarian more often.

    After completing the three-week holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute, you may feel more inspired to care for the world around you as you care for yourself. With OHI’s program you can learn to quiet the mind, cleanse the body, and awaken the spirit. You can learn more details about OHI online or by calling (800) 993-4325

  • Finding Your Core Values


    “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”

    -Roy E. Disney


    Would you rather be right, or happy?   Do you speak up if you see someone mistreating an animal?  When, if ever, is it OK to lie? 

    Deep inside each of us is a moral blueprint that forms the foundation for how we distinguish right from wrong; what motivates us, what’s important, and who we are when we think no one is watching.  These core values come from established social, cultural and familial standards, and our own personal experiences and beliefs.

    When we find ourselves wrestling with making decisions, it could easily be because we’re not consciously aware of exactly what our values are.  This is particularly true if you’re struggling to feel a sense of purposefulness.

    Another important consideration is that in the course of our life, some of our values will change.  While Conformity, for instance, may have been beneficial when we were in school, it could easily be replaced with Leadership and Energy values in the post-graduate corporate environment.  If we haven’t consciously made the transition to the more dynamic values, we might be conflicted when trying to decide between maintaining a low profile, or stepping up to take charge with great ideas that are a win-win for all involved. 

    Taking an honest, introspective look at the values that define and guide you can be a valuable exercise for achieving more clarity, balance and happiness in your personal, professional and spiritual life.  Here’s a quick exercise to get you started.

    First, you’ll need a list of values.  An internet search will give you lots of options – try to collect at least 30.

    Some examples include:  Compassion, Leadership, Integrity, Peace, Wealth, Joy, Happiness, Love, Success, Recognition, Friendship, Family, Fame, Truth, Authenticity, Wisdom, Power, Status, Influence, Justice, Faith, Accomplishment, Experience, Precision, Friendliness, Calmness, Sacredness, Grace, Awe, Fitness, Recreation, Sustainability, Courage, Logic, Teamwork, Vitality, Effectiveness, Wisdom, Energy, Enlightenment, Optimism, Wisdom, Passion, Drive, Virtue, Order, Philanthropy, Empathy.

    After you have a good selection of values to pick from, make three columns on a sheet of paper with these three headings:  Essential to have; Important to have and Nice to have.  Start filling in the columns with the corresponding values.

    What values do you feel are essential for a good life?  Which ones are important?  Which are merely nice to have?  Dig deep, with a goal of having at least 10 values in each column.

    Now, delete the “Nice to have” column, and studying both the “Essential” and “Important” values you chose, narrow both of those columns down to five values each.

    Ready for the hardest part?  Delete the “Important” column, and pare the “Essential” list down to three.  If at this point in your introspective exercise, you feel any of the “Important” values are actually “Essential,” move them over there.

    You can further narrow the “Essential” list down to a single value, but keeping it at three separate values still gives you focus, but with a little extra flexibility.  Now you have the “short list” of your core values – and can weigh how each decision you make from this point on honors your authentic essence.  This exercise can save you time, frustration and second-guessing your choices.  It’s an effective way to help bring a better body-mind-spirit balance back into your daily life.

    Learn more about the value of achieving healthy balance when you cleanse your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Austin, Texas.  We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Tips for Saving our Planet-Part I

    Think Green

    No one person can save the world, but the collective efforts of many can make a big impact for the environment. With lots of small changes, you can preserve the world around you and create a brighter future for the next generation. The clean and green habits below can allow you to simplify your life and bring your world into balance .

    Eat locally grown foods
    Eating from local, organic farms has a number of benefits for Mother Earth . Organic farming reduces contamination from pesticides and minimizes damage to the soil. Local foods do not use as many fossil fuels to put on your table, because they do not have to travel far from the farm.

    Switch to powdered detergent
    Powdered dishwasher and laundry detergents are a more eco-friendly option than liquid detergents, because liquid varieties contain 40-60% water. By using powdered you will be conserving water. Another savings would be to use cold water for all wash cycles, less energy is used when not heating your wash loads.  Choose detergents in cardboard containers rather than oil-based plastics.

    Shorten your shower timeh
    Reducing your shower time by just one minute can save 2 gallons of water each day; if every member of the household does the same, you will see a big difference in your water usage.

    Inflate your tires
    You will get the most fuel efficiency out of your vehicle if you keep your tires fully inflated. Follow the guidelines in your owner’s manual and check your tires every time you fill up your tank.

    Try out recycled toilet paper
    Millions of trees can be saved by households that switch to recycled toilet paper, which is affordable and eco-friendly. Another great savings would be by recycling your paper products from other waste.

    Go paperless with your bills
    Most banks and utility companies provide the option of paperless billing, and this often comes with discounts for your bills. Opt for paperless billing and account statements where ever you can, and reduce the clutter of your mailbox.

    To become connected with the world around you and bring your life into balance, explore the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute . With teachings from 24 ancient disciplines, guests learn to quiet the body, mind, and spirit over three week-long sessions. Learn more at OptimumHealth.org or by calling (800) 993-4325. 

  • Easy Summertime Harvest- Part II


    Enjoy the most flavorful and nutritious foods during the summer by planting your own fruits and vegetables. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to produce a successful crop of juicy vibrant fruits and vegetables this summer—especially when you plant the easy-to-grow varieties below. If you’re planting late in the season, it is best to start with seedlings rather than seeds. 

    You can grow tomatoes in the ground, a raised garden, or pots. Plant a variety of colors to produce flavors ranging from tart to sweet. Tomatoes need plenty of sunlight before they begin to produce fruit and regular watering throughout the growing process. As fruits begin to appear, use a shade to filter some of the harsh summer sun.

    For a spicy addition to the garden, plant hot peppers such as jalapenos or the even hotter habaneros. Bell peppers are also easy to grow, and they produce a large yield through the whole summer. Pick your peppers as soon as they are ripe, as this will encourage more growth.

    Strawberries are an iconic fruit of summer, and they are simple to grow right in the backyard or in containers on a patio. After berries pop up on your plants, fertilize them every two weeks.

    Thorny raspberry bushes can produce berries ranging from yellow to red to black. Each color has its own ripening time, so you can pick fresh berries from the summer through the fall. You should pick berries often to keep them growing for months.

    After enjoying the organic raw diet you eat during Optimum Health Institute’s holistic health program, it’s easy to return home with a fresh outlook on your wellness and eating habits. OHI’s program draws from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines to allow guests to nourish the body, mind and spirit in three interlocking sessions. Discover what OHI can offer you by visiting OptimumHealth.org or calling (800) 993-4325.