• Following the OHI Program? There’s an App for That!

    Aug app article

    Even if you’re not all a-twitter about social media yet, you’ll probably be happy to learn there are a lot of new technologies – many of them free – to make it easier to stick with the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) healthy lifestyle program. Even though these applications for your android or iPhone were not specifically developed by OHI, they definitely support the core classes.

    In the spirit of “back to school,” here’s a list of some free apps and opportunities to help you learn how to electronically empower your positive choices.

    1. The Dirty Dozen ” is a free app that reveals the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables so you know to always buy the organic versions.  It also offers a complete list of the 50 most popular fruits and veggies, in order of harmful chemical exposure.  Reference it at the supermarket to make informed decisions. 
       
    2. Fooducate ” lets you scan a barcode, and see exactly what’s in that product in your grocery store.  This free app also tracks the nutritional value and calories in everything you eat, and helps you monitor your exercise routines too.  If you’re not getting enough fruits and veggies, it will call you on it, and encourage you to make healthier choices.
       
    3. FarmLine ” not only tells you what farmer’s markets are in your area – it gives you the map to get there.  Just plug in a city, and get ready to find the pick of the crop. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phondini.FarmLine

       

    4. Though it’s called “ Indian Vegetarian Restaurants ,” this five-star rated app is internationally plugged in to meat-free meals. 
       
    5. Meditation Music ” makes any location a good spot to tap into Alpha.
       
    6. Stretching Exercises ” not only illustrates how to perform simple stretches – it also tells you specifically what the benefit of each position is.
       
    7. MeetUp.com ” is a website designed to help you connect with like-minded people right in your area.  Whether you’re looking for a raw food group, hikers, meditators or any other specialized interest, you’ll be directed to the nearest gathering.
       
    8. And finally, plug into the active OHI community on Facebook for the latest in special deals, recipes, practical tips and inspiring testimonials.  Just go to facebook.com and type in “ Optimum Health Institute of San Diego ,” “ Optimum Health Institute of Austin ” or “ Optimum Health Institute Missionaries ” to join for free.

    Unplug for a week or three and learn more about bringing healthy balance into your life 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.

  • The Gift of an Inner Harvest

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    While roadside farmer’s markets are bursting with the fruits – and vegetables – of a bountiful harvest, you have the opportunity to celebrate a more personal milestone this fall. 

    As the daylight dwindles and a bit of autumn chill creeps into the air, it’s the perfect time to reflect on your “inner harvest” – a compilation of all the achievements and key experiences you’ve collected since this year began.  To help you recognize your growth on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, fold a piece of paper into quadrants and give each a heading: Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit.  

    Now start back in January – when many greet the New Year as an opportunity to set new goals.  Sure, we can tend to be a bit optimistic when the calendar presents us with a clean slate.  But in reflection, which of those ideas or commitments you vowed to do have stuck?  What did you intend to do to enrich any of those four areas of your life, and you persevered? Jot them down in the appropriate quadrant.  

    Now think back to the Spring, the season of new growth.  What projects or concepts “took root” for you back then?  Write those down in the corresponding quadrant, too.  Donating gently used clothes to Goodwill could give you an emotional boost.  You nourished your body if you started or increased your daily exercise commitment.  Did you sign up for a yoga class, or are you taking your dog for longer walks?  How about increasing the percentage of raw foods you eat daily?  Those all definitely count.  

    That new form of meditation that makes you feel like a million bucks is a spiritual gain.  And reading an inspirational book you’ve heard about fits nicely in both the “mental” and “spiritual” categories.  

    As you mindfully review the year to date and start to tally up this introspective “inner harvest,” you’ll discover many ways you enriched your life.  

    So far we’ve talked about intentional actions – but sometimes, the most rewarding and powerful fruits of our labor come from chance happenings.  

    Think about any time in the past few months when a friend, neighbor or even total stranger was in need.  When you lent an ear, a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on, you were also investing positive energy into your own life on emotional and spiritual levels.  

    When you’ve faced a challenging opportunity with grace, faith, patience and optimism, likewise, you were blessing yourself and everyone around you with the richness of spirit that spills over into all four categories on your page.  Even the  direst circumstance contains a gift of some sort – even if that gift is being able to recognize a similar situation in the future, and now knowing how to avoid it.  

    This ‘moving meditation’ of an exercise will point out to you, in black and white, all that you’ve learned, achieved and experienced so far in 2014.  Your bountiful list is proof of all the blessings in your life, and a perfect way to express gratitude in a deep, heart-centered way.  In fact, why not make this “inner harvest” an annual fall tradition.  You’ll find yourself contemplating it, and celebrating the opportunity to make it count, all year long.  

    Immerse yourself in gratitude 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 Eating Right while on Vacation

    Aug Eating right on vacation

    Vacation is an opportunity to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. While you’re recharging your energy and decompressing from everyday stress, remember to fuel your body with the right nutrients for optimum health. Even though you’re taking a break, your plan for holistic health shouldn’t be.

    Packing for a Road Trip
    If you plan to travel by car, you may wish to pack the meals you’ll eat while traveling. The menu options at rest stations typically feature high-sodium, high-fat meals that often aren’t friendly to those with certain dietary preferences, or those who want to eat healthy. Make your dehydrator your travel buddy. In the days before you leave, dehydrate healthy treats like crackers, nuts, fruits and sunflower seeds. Pack a cooler with plenty of bottled water and fresh fruits. Healthy choices such as apples, pears, carrots and celery travel well. Add a little humus and you’ll be on your way to happy trails !

    Surviving Airplane Food
    Those who are committed to holistic health often find it challenging to eat well on an airplane . Even though you cannot bring drinks on the plane, you can bring your own snacks. Natural health experts often recommend bringing dry, unsweetened whole grain cereal, dried fruit, organic granola bars, or unsweetened applesauce in individual portions. Airline travel is particularly notorious for dehydrating passengers. Ward off any potential negative side effects by drinking an extra glass or two of water on flight days.

    Navigating Hotel Restaurants
    Many hotels are revamping their menus to make it easier for guests to choose organic, gluten-free, or vegan food, or other meals that meet their dietary preferences. Speak up about your dietary needs to your waiter. Request that certain foods be modified, if necessary. Do some Internet surfing to learn about raw vegan-friendly restaurants, whole food stores and farmers markets along your route or destination. Here are two to check out: www.localharvest.org and www.eatwellguide.org .

    Enjoying a Meal Under the Stars
    Planning a camping vacation is a wonderful way to get closer to nature and get in touch with your inner spirit. Be sure to bring a sizable cooler with large chunks of ice instead of smaller cubes to boost food preservation. Pack your cooler with homemade bean “burgers,” quinoa salads, and other healthy selections. Choose portable fruit that will resist bruising, such as oranges and apples.

    Learn more about health eating, living a healing and balanced life by experiencing the natural healing program at the Optimum Health Institute. For more information visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org  or call (800) 993-4325 .

  • What’s Fresh and In-Season This Summer?

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    Eating a healthy, natural diet in the summertime is an easy choice, because there are so many delicious and colorful fruits and vegetables in their peak this season. The warmth of the sun brings produce to life with fruits that are bursting with juiciness and vegetables that are so sweet they don’t need any seasoning. To shop intelligently for your cleansing raw diet this summer, pick up these fresh choices from your local farmer’s market or grocery co-op.

    Peaches
    Plump and juicy peaches are the perfect afternoon snack for summer, and they are typically available in all parts of the country. These amazingly sweet fruits pack in 10 different vitamins—including vitamins A, C, E, and K. Surprisingly, white peach varieties tend to be more nutrient-dense than their yellow counterparts, so try these when you have a craving for something sweet.

    Tomatoes
    The rainbow of heirloom tomato varieties available in the summertime may inspire you to create a wide range of dishes from raw pizzas to soups and salsas. Throughout the summer, these fruits come in a huge selection of colors, textures, and sweetness with every variety boasting high doses of lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.

    Zucchini
    Zucchini is a great selection to grow in your own garden, because it is easy to grow and offers a plentiful harvest throughout the season. With plenty of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, zucchini is a great choice for the centerpiece of your meals or served dressed in fresh herbs for a mouthwatering side dish and oh so good raw.

    Blueberries
    A top source for cleansing antioxidants, blueberries are an iconic fruit for the summer harvest. In the summer months, blueberries are perfectly sweet with only a slight hint of tartness, and they can be used in a plethora of ways. Still, eating blueberries by the handful may be one of the best ways to savor them.

    Basil
    Fresh herbs can liven up your meals without the addition of salt and excess fat, and basil has the bright herbal aroma you will be craving all summer. You can easily grow basil at home and enjoy some surprising nutritional benefits, such as a high concentration of vitamin K to promote bone health and blood clotting.

    Are you ready to make a transition in your lifestyle with positive changes for your body, mind and spirit? Optimum Health Institute’s unique three-week holistic healing program can provide you with the tools you need to change your life and bring all aspects into balance through ancient spiritual disciplines. You can learn more about our program to cleanse the body, quiet the mind and awaken the spirit online at www.optimumhealth.org or at (800) 993-4325

  • Secrets to Keeping Fit While on Vacation

    Aug Keeping Fit while on Vacation

    On your journey to balance your body, mind and spirit for optimum health, you may be incorporating various types of physical exercise or activities. Physical activity not only strengthens the body; it supports a resilient spirit by regulating your responses to stressors. While traveling on vacation, don’t take a vacation from getting in your daily exercise.

    Hotel Room Routines
    Many hotels offer on-site gyms for guests. However, if yours does not, you can easily work out your entire body in your hotel room. Pack a few portable workout tools in your suitcases, such as a resistance band and jump rope. If you traveled by car, consider bringing your yoga mat as well. Jumping rope is an excellent aerobic exercise that can quickly elevate your heart rate for maximum cardiovascular benefits. Use your resistance band for strength training routines and unfurl your yoga mat to engage in some core work with stretching and Pilate’s exercises. Holistic health experts recommend doing stretching and or yoga poses while on vacation to calm your mind after the excitement of a full day.

    Hiking Trip Exercises
    Many people plan vacations to destinations that offer hiking trails and rock climbing. You can increase the physical challenges of the trail by incorporating some additional exercises along the way. Stop at various points to admire the view, run in place, and do push-ups or lunges. Remember to do plenty of stretching prior to setting out on the trail or scaling the mountainside.

    Camping Ground Fitness
    If you intend on spending your vacation in the great outdoors, bring along a mountain bike and enjoy the trails around the campground. Choosing a campground with a lake can offer even more ways to exercise, enjoy a brisk early morning swim or an invigorating afternoon canoe race around the lake.

    If you’re interested in welcoming the benefits of optimum health, consider our 21-day holistic health program at Optimum Health Institute . Our holistic program takes place over three one-week sessions, which can be experienced consecutively or one week at a time. At OHI, you’ll gain the inspiration and receive the support you need to make positive changes in your life. To learn more about facilitating the body’s natural healing response call us at (800) 993-4325 or visit us online.

  • Comparing Nutrition in Fresh, Frozen, and Canned Produce

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    One of the staples of eating right is getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet like those you enjoyed at OHI, but you might be overwhelmed by the options you have for purchasing these items at the grocery store. Naturally you might shop for your fruits and veggies in the fresh produce section, but you might also wonder if you can get the same nutritional value from canned or frozen vegetables. The answer definitely varies depending on the type of produce and the way in which it is preserved, but some basics about the differences between fresh, frozen, and canned items are discussed below.

    Baseline nutrition
    In most cases, canned and frozen vegetables are preserved at the peak of their harvest season, so they do have a similar nutritional profile as fresh fruits and veggies. However, you should also consider how your body processes different foods, as you may not get as many of the nutrients out of a frozen variety as you would from fresh. For example, frozen spinach tends to have more bioavailable nutrients than fresh, while foods like peaches and berries are best eaten fresh and raw.

    Additives and preservatives
    On top of the basic nutritional content of frozen and canned fruits and veggies, you also have to think about the ways in which these foods are packed. Salt, sugar, and fats are often used to flavor and preserve frozen and canned foods, thereby diminishing their nutritional value. When you do select canned or frozen varieties, you should stick to those with ingredients limited to fruits and vegetables—and water in the case of canned foods.

    DIY food preservation
    One compromise you can make to enjoy the convenience of canning and freezing foods is doing the preserving yourself. Growing your own foods or getting them from the farmers market will ensure optimal nutritional, even if you freeze or jar a portion of your harvest.

    If you are interested in living better with a balance between your body, mind and spirit, discover the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute . OHI’s program uses teachings from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines over three interlocking courses, which may be taken consecutively or independently. Call (800) 993-4325 or visit OptimumHealth.org to get more information that will help you live well and tap into natural mechanisms for healing.