• Free Yourself from Unhealthy Habits

    There are two sneaky things about bad habits. First, we often don’t remember why we started doing them. And second, they become imprinted not just in our conscious mind, but also in our muscle memory. That means if you’ve been a smoker for years, the physical act of smoking becomes automatic. You’ve built neural pathways in your brain, which means the neurons can communicate directly with your muscles, bypassing conscious thought. The good news is, psychologists say unhealthy habits can be broken. Here are some steps:

    1. Breathe — When you catch yourself falling into an old unwanted habit, stop and take three deep breaths. It will clear your mind and help you break the old pattern.

    2. Be gentle with yourself — Avoid negative self-talk. Choosing more positive behaviors is all about nurturing, respecting and loving yourself.

    3. Watch your words — Things your conscious mind says are immediately taken literally by your subconscious. Instead of “I’ll try,” say “I will.” Instead of “I smoke,” say, “In the past, I smoked.”

    4. Break state physically — Take a deep breath and stretch. It will bring you into awareness of what your body is doing, and help you regain control over the actions required to sustain a healthy habit.

    5. Substitute a positive behavior — Instead of reaching for a sugary treat or biting a nail, think of something for which you are grateful. Shifting into a positive state diverts your attention away from the old habit.

    6. Celebrate victories — Every evening, review your three most-positive changes and realize you’re making real progress. You didn’t develop bad habits overnight, and you won’t change them overnight, but you’re on your way!

    When break away from unhealthy habits, 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) 588-0809 to learn more.

  • Living in the Moment

    Effective multitasking is a myth. Research shows the brain only handles one thing at a time. Trying to do several tasks at once can cause us to make lots of mistakes.

    Lack of mindfulness has another downfall. When we’re not living in the moment, which is about 46% of the time, we imagine – or fear – what might happen in the future or rehash the past. People stay stuck, regretting the past and fearing what’s to come, until they hit a crisis point like death, illness, job loss or divorce.

    Cultivating the healing practice of living in the moment lets us better handle big things as they happen. Set aside 5 minutes a day to mindfully “be IN your body.” Breathe deeply, feeling the sensation of your lungs expanding. Exhale through your mouth, hearing the air leaving your body. Dissolve away any thoughts that might pop up. Technically you’re not “meditating” – you are, as Zen Buddhism teaches, just “sitting.”

    Shift your full attention to eating. Feel your fingers close around the apple, and how your arm lifts your hand to your mouth. Experience biting into the apple, hearing your teeth crunch through the skin, feeling the juices escape onto your tongue, slowly chewing, then swallowing.

    Walking outside, be fully conscious of every sound, each color, all the noises, the subtle or pungent aromas. Be aware of how your body navigates each step; your arms move, and your breathing changes. While you’re practicing being fully present, surrender yourself to the moment. When we shift to being present and stop worrying, we become much more efficient, and the work we do is of higher quality.

    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) 588-0809 to learn more.

  • ❤ Celebrating Dads ❤

    A few years ago, a photo of the backs of a father and young son shopping in a home improvement store became an Internet sensation.  The boy, who looked about 4, was decked out in a superhero cape, boots and hat.  Dad looked like he’d commandeered a red tablecloth for his cape, and he had added a gray beanie to his “costume.”  Son was confidently holding on to the cart as he and dad patrolled the aisle.

    Less than 48 hours after the image was posted with the caption, “I know a good dad when I see one,” nearly two million people had “liked” the photo. That picture is the perfect representation for what Father’s Day is all about.

    Yes, a great father, or father-figure, provides for his family, and gives them love, guidance and encouragement.  He gives them a “map” for their life by modeling the values of purpose, a positive mental attitude, persistence, patience and prayer, which are also at the heart of the Optimum Health Institute’s teachings. He helps his daughters and sons learn the importance of compassion, and how helping others enriches their own lives.

    But, as the heart-warming photo illustrates, a great dad knows that playing with his kids is also an important part of helping them grow up to become happy, balanced and lovable adults.  Infusing learning with laughter makes the lessons downright fun, and helps the kids develop healthy self-esteem and positive social skills.

    The biggest, burliest dads frequently admit to participating in their little girls’ tea parties, complete with sticking out their pinky while daintily sipping from pretend china cups.  And what dad hasn’t let their child “win” at sports or cards, or whatever delightful activity they’re sharing?

    This Father’s Day is a great time to reflect on some of the ways your own father, or an important parental figure in your life, did superhero things for you.  And how have you been a hero to your own kids, or other young people?  For all that you did, and all you will still do, we salute you, and your superhero spirit.

    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) 588-0809 to learn more.

  • OHI for Life Skin & Hair Care Products

    OHI for life® Skin and Hair Care

    Exclusively at Optimum Health Institute

    The OHI for Life® organic products for the face, body and hair are developed exclusively for our guests at the Optimum Health Institute. Our belief in promoting health and healing from the inside out continues to be the inspiration for the creation of the naturally pure OHI for life® products.

    The OHI for life® Skincare System along with our newer Hair Care products includes:

    • Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
    • Balancing Toner
    • Moisture and Protect Day Crème
    • Evening Replenishing Complex
    • Intensive Antioxidant Masque
    • Vegan Unflavored Lip Balm
    • Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    • Moisturizing Conditioner

    All of our products are sulfate-free formulas made with certified organic ingredients that are grown without pesticides, herbicides or insecticides. The OHI for life® products carry the OHI Seal of Approval and are prepared without the use of harmful chemicals, mineral oils, perfumes, sodium lauryl or sodium lauryl sulfate and are not tested on animals. Every ingredient had to meet the strict guidelines of the EWG – the Environmental Working Group – and use soap nuts to generate a safe, natural lather without chemical additives. The OHI for life® products carry the OHI Seal of Approval, assuring you that:

    • All manufacturing facilities have been inspected and validated contaminant-free.
    • All products & containers are environmentally friendly to the maximum degree possible.
    • All ingredients are sourced from universally accepted Fair Trade countries, with no child labor involved.
    • All certified organic ingredients are verified & documented.

    Experience OHI for life® Products

    OHI guests receive complimentary sample-sized containers of the entire OHI for life® line. And many continue using the products after they return home by using the OHI convenient home delivery Auto Ship Program.

    OHI for life® Auto Ship Program

    For just $79.99 for the OHI for life® Basic Skin Care System – you receive 3.3 oz. of Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Balancing Toner, Moisture and Protect Day Crème and Evening Replenishing Complex – a 60-day supply delivered right to your door with FREE SHIPPING and NO TAX on orders outside of California. Regularly priced at $100 – You SAVE $20!

    Call the Optimum Health Store at (888) 643-7867 to order today.

    100% of net proceeds after direct and indirect expenses benefit OHI’s Scholarship Fund.

    The Birth of OHI for life® Skincare System

    When actress and model Barbara Logan first visited the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) San Diego in 2000 at the suggestion of family friend Ben Vereen, she felt like she’d come “home.” As the daughter of a minister, she’d been involved in spiritual disciplines and fellowship since childhood. She’d also studied health and nutrition for years, so immediately embraced the vegan meals.

    In her decades in front of the camera, she learned the importance of using pure, gentle ingredients to cleanse, nourish and protect her skin. Barbara had already worked for many years developing and manufacturing private label products with exclusive formulations for clients internationally as well as her own product line. She offered to assist OHI in creating every part of an exclusive skin care line that incorporated an essential element of the healing OHI program – wheatgrass juice. The antioxidant properties of the juice, said Barbara, would assist the body in detoxification.

    When Barbara got the green light to create an OHI for life® skin care line, her marching orders were very specific. Every ingredient had to meet the strict guidelines of the EWG – the Environmental Working Group. The organization rates ingredients for safety and sets the highest standards for industry-wide compliance. As many ingredients as possible had to be certified organic…and of course no harmful chemicals.

    In the fall of 2009, OHI proudly unveiled its exclusive OHI for life® skin care line. Reaction from guests was immediate and enthusiastic. The facial cleanser, toner, separate moisturizers for morning and evening, and shower gel were created to aid guests in the detoxification process. Since toxins are excreted through the skin, OHI for life® cleanser has jojoba oil exfoliating beads to slough off dead skin cells and simultaneously revitalize the skin with the healing jojoba oil. The toner, which is alcohol-free, removes all traces of the cleanser while balancing the skin with antioxidant rich vitamins A, C, E and B and green tea.

    By feeding and nourishing your skin, you’re also helping a deserving individual experience the healing benefits of OHI’s holistic healing program.

    Receive your own sample-sized OHI for life® complete skin care system when you stay at an Optimum Health Institute holistic health mission in San Diego or Austin, TX. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in serene beauty. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.