• A Healthier Bang for the Buck: Open, Sesame!

    Even though it might seem as if buying organic foods is too expensive, the extra health boost you get from eating pure, clean, chemical-free meals and snacks is truly priceless. To help you stretch your grocery dollars further, we’d like to share some ways to make those organic purchases go those extra miles by doing double, or even triple, duty.

    For instance, just one cup of organic raw sesame seeds will provide three cups of sesame milk, a healthy, savory vegan version of Parmesan cheese and a natural skin exfoliator. Here’s how:

    Sesame Milk

    Soak 1 cup of raw, organic sesame seeds in water overnight. Rinse the seeds until the water runs clear, then put the seeds in your Vitamix, or other blender. Add three cups of pure water, and blend for 90 seconds. Strain through a cheesecloth, reserving the seed pulp. The sesame milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. It’s delicious plain, used in a raw soup, or poured on sprouted wheat or rye cereal.

    Gomashio (Faux “Parmesan Cheese”)

    Spread sesame seed pulp on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 105 for 24 hours. With your fingers, break the dried pulp into course clusters and put in a large mixing bowl. Stir in up to 1 teaspoon of dulse. Sprinkle savory mixture on salads, dehydrated pizzas or raw soups.

    Sesame Facial Exfoliator

    Spread sesame seed pulp on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 105 for 24 hours. Grind the course clusters of seed pulp into a powder with small granules. With a fork, mash 1 tablespoon of sesame powder with 1 teaspoon of avocado or banana to form a paste. Smooth the mixture over a clean face, then sit down, lean back, and relax for 10 minutes. Wash off the paste. It will exfoliate and hydrate the skin, naturally.

    Learn these and other healthy tips at Optimum Health Institute. 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.

  • Taking the OHI Program Home, Part 2 of 2

    Continuing from our topic last week…when busy schedules keep you from being with us, let us be with you with these practical tips to bring the knowledge home.

    OHI Facilitators offer the following powerful suggestions:

    Body: You can still go out to eat with your friends when you’re on the OHI healthy eating plan. Just tuck an avocado and a little apple cider vinegar or other appropriate salad dressing in your purse or jacket pocket. Even if everyone wants to go to a steak house, just get a big salad, add the avocado and dressing, and enjoy the company of the group without getting sabotaged by the menu. Your nose is not attached to your mouth – enjoy the sights and aromas of the food your family and friends are eating, but know you’re nourishing yourself with the fuel you need for optimum health.

    Mind: Get into the habit of using your “second thought.” Your “first thought” is an automatic, emotional response to something that just happened. It’s your judgmental inner critic, and the thought can be negative or limiting. While you can’t necessarily control your first thought, you CAN consciously proceed immediately to a positive second thought. For instance, if you get caught up in fears about lack of money, right after the first thought, “I don’t have enough!” pops up, tell yourself, “I live in an abundant universe, and have more than enough of everything I need and want.” Keep practicing this positive “second thought,” and it will become a part of you while attracting the positive things you focus upon.

    Be Present: It’s easy to feel God’s grace in your life when you stay in the present moment. Don’t dwell on the past – reliving old hurts can prevent healing in mind, body and spirit. And don’t waste time worrying about what might happen down the road. Staying in the present moment and releasing your fear about the future increases your joy level, and also enhances your immune system. Be present, be thankful, and watch how quickly and simply things can balance out.

    Pacing: Particularly if you’re just starting the OHI plan, the healthy shifts you’re learning could easily feel overwhelming. Many adherents have found success by gradually adopting one thing at a time into their daily routine. This method is also effective when your goal is to

    Even with busy schedules, 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.

  • Taking the OHI Program Home, Part 1 of 2

    We are so grateful when you can visit us in San Diego or Austin so we can share the Optimum Health Institute detoxifying and maintenance plan for a healthier, happier life. But when busy schedules keep you from being with us, let us be with you with these practical tips to bring the knowledge home.

    OHI Facilitators offer the following powerful suggestions:

    Juicing: Try a juice fast once per week on your easiest day of the week. This doesn’t have to be in the order of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It could be juicing for dinner, then breakfast and lunch the following day, and then break your juice fast at dinner. Juicing is an easy way to get a lot of nutrition while you’re giving your digestive tract a rest. On juice days, throw some sprouts in the juice to increase the protein content, enzymes, and fiber.

    Breath work: Deep diaphragmatic breathing (belly breathing) reduces stress and increases health by allowing the cells to be nourished by more oxygen, and more oxygen is able to get to the lower portion of the lungs. Practice diaphragmatic breathing during meditation, while practicing alpha, during stretching exercises, or just sitting in a chair until it becomes instinctual to your body. Babies naturally breathe this way, with their bellies falling on the inhale and rising on the exhale. Deep breaths also slow the mental pace down and help us focus better.

    SOUL: Eat more S.O.U.L. Food. Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, and Locally grown food have more nutritional value. We want to eat food that is fresher, uncontaminated by pesticides and harmful chemicals, grown without genetically modified organisms, and grown locally to reduce any sprays across state lines, and shorten the amount of time the food spends in transport. Each day on a truck means fewer nutrients in each piece of produce.

    Smoothies: For a quick meal that packs a high energy punch, whip up a green smoothie. Just put chunks of cucumber, celery and spinach in your blender with a cup of water, and add raw garlic or onion and dulce to taste. Mix in other vegetables depending on what phase of the OHI plan you’re following.

    Even with busy schedules, 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.

  • 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.

  • Your Meditation Practice into Motion

    The Earth has a sacred rhythm that flows through all of creation, including each of us.  The further removed we are from the rhythms and flow of Earth’s energy, the more out of balance we become.  The more connected we feel to this flow, this divine heartbeat of life, the closer we become to God.

    That’s why moving meditations, where we’re consciously breathing and directing our bodies in rhythm with our mind and spirit, are an ancient and powerful method of prayer in cultures around the world.  These moving prayers anchor us to the Earth, and set our Chi, or life energy, in synergistic motion with the planet.

    One example of prayers in motion is the Native American powwow.  The heart-beat rhythm of the drum calls to the dancers, and their silver jewelry sparkles in the sunlight as they move in unison around the arena, holding feather fans against their beaded tunics. The women and men stomp, weave and turn in perfect rhythm to the same traditional songs their ancestors did.

    This timeless gathering of Native Americans is not a “dance” – rather it’s prayer in motion, a moving meditation to celebrate the Earth and express gratitude to the Creator for their many blessings.

    Another example of moving meditation as a spiritual observances is the Sufi Whirling Dervish dance, started by devotees of the Persian poet and theologian Rumi.

    The ancient practices of yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are all about specific stretches and moves to circulate Chi throughout the body, and mindful breathing to align body, mind and spirit in a meditative state.

    Since the Renaissance, churches and cathedrals have frequently included labyrinths laid into the floor to provide a pattern for priests and parishioners to walk along in a prayerful state.  This, and all the other types of moving meditation, can facilitate the user entering more quickly into a contemplative alpha state.

    We at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) believe prayer is one of the most important spiritual disciplines we can practice. Whether it’s gathered with others in a circle before mealtimes, or cloistered in your own thoughts as you have a private conversation with God, or a moving meditation, like a contemplative walk around the grounds or an exercise class – all these forms of prayer and meditation deepen your connection to God.

    In fact, any time you start to lose your sense of the rhythms of the Earth, do your mindful breathing, and start putting your prayers in motion.  It’s a time-honored, sacred way to get back into balance, and renew your connection to God.

    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. Call us at (800) 588-0809 to learn more.

  • A Moment of Remembrance

    On Monday, May 27th at 3pm (local time), all Americans wherever they might be are invited to pause for a minute of silence to remember the women and men who gave their lives in service to our country.

    Through this simple act, we become a single community, joined together in our mutual gratitude and reverence for those who have died defending The United States. From the soldiers who fought on both sides of the American Civil War to those who have died in more recent battles, all who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered and memorialized on this day of observance.

    In star-spangled ceremonies around the country, American flags are respectfully lowered to half-staff in the morning, then raised to their full height in the afternoon. The action honors the sacrifices of the dead, and symbolizes that the commitment to fight to protect our nation’s freedom lives on.

    When we honor someone, we’re acknowledging our faith in something greater than us. We’re recognizing that meritorious service, sacrifice, personal integrity and morality are to be respected and appreciated. We experience how the act of honoring others can bring us a sense of connection, peace and sacred continuity that endures even beyond physical death.

    Those upon whom we bestow honor inspire and motivate us, and receive our gratitude. We acknowledge their leadership and importance in our lives.

    As we honor others, we bring honor to ourselves. The commendable things we recognize in our war heroes and role models become the very values we start to model in our own behavior. Noting the integrity and leadership in another both consciously and subconsciously shifts our focus to see those values in ourselves, too. Our gratitude and reverence for them becomes the lens through which we begin to see our own lives.

    This Memorial Day, while we’re honoring those who have lead the way, we have an opportunity to simultaneously honor ourselves by making smart choices to honor our own bodies, minds, and spirits. Why limit this elevated awareness to a single day? EVERY day is the perfect time to honor ourselves, and live in the optimum joy of a purposeful, spiritual connection.

    Learning how to make that connection in your body, mind, and spirit is what we share at the Optimum Health Institute. Honor yourself in a transformative environment at our missions in San Diego or Austin. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.

  • The OHI Scholarship Fund

    Because of You, People are Healing, HOWEVER…there are more people than ever before with serious health opportunities. Last year your donations made it possible for OHI to provide 97 scholarships. This year we’ve increased our goal significantly. Word has spread of the good work you’ve enabled us to do, and many more people with critical health opportunities are reaching out to us for help.

    I would like to thank you for your past donations. As a loyal friend to our healing mission, you have made a difference in the lives of those who cannot afford our program.

    Your generosity to the OHI Scholarship Fund, has made it possible for people with severe health opportunities to begin the process of healing body, mind and spirit.

    And this year, I am asking you to help out again with a tax-deductible gift that will help even more people.

    Share the Love, Share the Feeling, Share the Gift of Healing

    The OHI community relies on acts of kindness and generosity from people like you to support those in need. Our goal is to provide 350 scholarships which means we must raise $500,000 by year end. Your continued backing will make this vital effort possible.

    Celebrate Your OHI Community with a Contribution Today!

    Since 1976, friends of OHI like you have helped thousands of people. And, since all of our scholarships are for people who otherwise could not afford our program, their healing has been possible because of your generous support. Thank you.

    Would you be willing to make a special year-end gift today of $50, $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can afford to help hundreds of people with life-threatening health opportunities?

    Please make your donation now – by calling (800) 588-0809, or online at www.OptimumHealth.org – Support OHImany more lives are at stake.

    Your tax-deductible gift will be IMMEDIATELY put to use providing scholarships. Thank you in advance for your kind-hearted assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Reverend Robert Nees Jr.

    Senior Pastor and Chairman Optimum Health Institute, San Diego and Austin