• Holiday Tips: Maintain Your Energy Through the Holidays

    Deck the Halls!! That’s just ONE of the many things on your holiday list this year. Navigating the holidays while maintaining your energy, sanity and health takes some planning and careful execution. But you’ll be better off for it and in a much better place to start the new year!

    Body Basics

    Start by paying attention to your physical needs. Be mindful of the basic energy boosters – staying hydrated, and getting at least 7 or 8 hours of deep sleep every night. Keep some nourishing snacks with you to power you through demanding days. You can whip up a big batch of healthy trail mix in advance by dehydrating almonds and organic fruit, then storing the mix in an air-tight container. Nibble on that when you feel your energy start to ebb.

    Dark leafy greens, frozen berries and almond milk smoothies are perfect for a power-packed breakfast or a satisfying between-meal treat to keep you going. Oranges and other citrus fruits, of course, deliver high doses of vitamin C – the go-to vitamin for boosting the immune system and staving off colds and flu. It’s also touted for its anti-aging properties by helping prevent cardiovascular and eye diseases, and even skin wrinkling.

    Emotional and Mental Balance

    A positive, happy attitude is essential for keeping your energy up. The quickest fix for a mental slump is several deep, conscious breaths. Bright colors also immediately brighten your mood, so wearing or decorating with brilliant reds, yellows and greens will boost everyone’s spirits.

    Have Fun

    Introduce new traditions. For those family gatherings or parties with friends, make it a point to learn one new, interesting thing about as many people there as possible. Kicking off the conversation with something like, “Please tell me something positive about you that not many people know” can spark many fascinating discussions and enrich relationships.

    Do Good

    On a spiritual level, simply being in the company of those you love is an automatic energy booster. Amp up the good feelings by suggesting an opportunity to do something kind for others – find a place to volunteer, write a thank you note to a favorite teacher or mentor, or drop off healthy food at a homeless shelter.

    Staying in gratitude throughout the season also boosts your energy on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

    The Ultimate Gift

    Give yourself the ultimate gift – a holiday retreat at OHI. Every day will be merry and bright during an extended stay at Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego or Austin. Save 10% on your consecutive 3-week stay or 5% off your entire 2-week stay.

    To learn more about our 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.

  • 4 Essentials for Healthy Living

    During your stay at the Optimum Health Institute, you’ll experience the ultimate healthy lifestyle with freshly prepared meals, gentle exercises and our body cleansing initiative. But healthy living should extend to all the areas of your life. Whether it’s preparing your own meals or using the right skin care products, there are so many ways to achieve complete physical wellness outside of the OHI environment.

    1. 1. Organic Skin Care Products

    Having healthy smooth skin is an important part of the spiritual renewal process. Dry, irritated skin can be a sign of dehydration and poor diet. Strengthening your spiritual relationships can be difficult if your physical health is dragging you down. You can replenish and purify your skin with one of our specially made skin care products. Using one of these products once a day will exfoliate and repair your skin. Every bottle of OHI for Life® contains rich antioxidants and soothing vitamins and minerals.

    1. 2. Organic Seeds for Growing Your Own Food

    There’s something inherently peaceful and rewarding about growing and cultivating your own supply of food. Gardening has been proven to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and give individuals a sense of purpose. Optifresh Farms® sells a wide variety of seeds that you can use to start your own at-home garden. You’ll find garbanzo beans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, alfalfa sprout seeds, and so much more.

    1. 3. Wheatgrass Juicers

    The benefits of drinking freshly made wheatgrass juice are endless. At OHI, we believe in the power of nutrition. That’s why wheatgrass juice is a fundamental part of your stay with us. A juicer is exactly what you need to continue making delicious, nutrient-rich wheatgrass juice at home.

    1. 4. Sprouters

    This handy tool is designed to give you fresh sprouts all year long. All you have to do is add water and some seeds from the plant of your choice. In about a week, you should have delicious, fresh sprouts right in your kitchen. Sprouts are a great way to add vegetables to so many different meals. Throw them on a sandwich, in a bowl of soup or use them as a garnish on your favorite dish.

    Staying healthy all year long is easy when you have these amazing products and appliances from the Optimum Health Store. Cleansing your body and purifying your diet are two of the first steps towards achieving complete wellness.

    To learn more about our 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.

  • Let’s Celebrate!!

    Celebration is an Age-Old Tradition of Community

    There is a spiritual discipline of celebration that dates back thousands of years and crosses all cultures. People come together in community to honor and rejoice in their beliefs. Celebration is about strengthening and developing our own personal relationship with God, the universe, or your higher self. Celebration allows us to release the past, have faith in the future, and live in the present. When we get caught up in our day-to-day routines, it is a path back to spiritual growth, and guides us to remember and return to our faith. In its most basic form, celebration is an expression of joy that enables us to look forward to tomorrow with courage and hope.

    Celebration is About Gratitude and Healing

    When our lives are in alignment and everything seems to be going well, it’s natural for us to celebrate. We are grateful about that which we’ve accomplished or appreciate that something good has happened. A celebration can be as simple as a high five between two friends who just watched their favorite team win, or it could be two large families joining in a formal wedding party.

    There is a healing quality to celebrations. They are occasions that allow us to take a break from work and obligations. Celebrating makes us happy and helps us forget our fears, anxiety, and other discomforts. We are able to relax, release stress, and have fun. Singing, dancing, cheering, laughing, and hugging are all activities that trigger the release of endorphins and serotonin, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well being and can even temporarily relieve pain, while serotonin is a neurotransmitter that will elevate your mood. And, because these activities can decrease stress hormones, they in turn help to boost the immune system.

    Daily Celebration is a Big Part of Our Program at OHI

    Throughout each week here at OHI, we find many opportunities to celebrate. A good example is our You Validation class, where we celebrate each other’s intrinsic human value. Every accomplishment, no matter what, is worthy of celebration. Someone will say, “I saw you smile this morning and it warmed my heart.” Another says, “You were tired, yet you still showed up for class, and I was encouraged and inspired by your strength to carry on.” These are verbal high fives that honor our moments of achievement. And, they all add up to keep us motivated. This reminds me of something Tom Peters, the co-author of the book In Search of Excellence, once said, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” At OHI, we want to see more people thriving and healing, and we do that by coming together as a community and celebrating.
    Another example of how we celebrate together is during Friday Morning Testimonials. It is so heartwarming to see our guests get up in front of everyone and share their personal revelations, and often their personal miracles, that they experienced over the course of the week. Then there are our Prayer Circles where we celebrate fellowship. And, our Word of the Day which enables to set our intentions. Plus, lots of hugs – which have more benefits than I can list – but as a celebration they allow us to relax, be in the moment, and feel amazing! Our most lively celebration is our Friday Night Live, where we perform and proclaim having made it through the week with hilarious singing, dancing and skits – it’s a glorious time of raucous revelry, laughter, and fun.

    Find your community at OHI – and then, let’s celebrate!!

    To learn more about our 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.