• 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.


    Reverend Robert Nees Jr.

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

  • Happy Mother’s Day and Wishing You All the Best!

    Let’s celebrate the joys that motherhood brings every day, and take pride in all we do to keep our families healthy, happy and safe.

    “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers” – Jewish Proverb

    A Mother’s Intuition 

    When Lauren O’Leary developed an autoimmune disease, it was her mother, Kris, who insisted Lauren visit Optimum Health Institute (OHI). Kris had experienced the first two weeks of the holistic healing program herself, and mother’s intuition told her it could help Lauren deal with her weight gain, foggy brain and unpleasant reaction to all her medications.

    After Lauren’s first day at OHI, the persistent itching that plagued her for months stopped. Her first week was magical, she told her mom, and she made plans to complete the second week in a few months. The two decided to do the third week together. The timing was perfect. Right before Mother’s Day, Kris gifted Lauren with tuition to accompany her for the third week.

    The two women found even more to love about each other during their shared experience at OHI. They nudged each other to stick to the plan, and spent the week learning and laughing together.

    Moms tend to put their kids first, Lauren said. While they were together at OHI, she could find out what was going on with her mother instead of everything being about her. With her new insights, Lauren feels even more love, respect and appreciation.

    Sharing the third week with her mother was particularly rewarding, Lauren said, because they both gained new insight into the “big picture” of achieving, and maintaining, optimum health.

    The ideal Mother’s Day gift for your mom – or your adult child – could be a shared visit to OHI. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call (800) 588-0809.

  • Rekindle Your Natural Quest to Explore

    Two men who met in college remained good friends through the years. One became a urologist, the other a space shuttle astronaut. Their families frequently visited each other and thoroughly enjoyed their time together.

    During one parting, when the astronaut’s toddler son couldn’t bear to leave the tree house, zip line, affectionate puppy dog and four kid playmates, he went into a mini-meltdown. The entire time his mom was trying to buckle him into his car seat, the child was kicking, screaming and flailing his arms.

    Instead of trying to squelch Mikey’s frantic attempt to stay, his mother totally validated his feelings while maintaining her position of a responsible parent.

    “Never give up, Mikey!” she said as she eventually managed to secure her son’s seat belt and evade his churning legs and arms. “Never give up!” Just as she treasured her husband’s dedication to exploration and pushing the envelope, she valued and nurtured that same drive in her children.

    It’s that child-like sense of passion, curiosity, wonder and discovery that’s the difference between living a rich life and existing. Children are bold, inquisitive, friendly, forgiving and non-judgmental. They’re also mindfully living in the present. About 90 seconds after the astronaut’s car pulled out of his friend’s driveway, Mikey’s hysterical outburst gave way to delightedly staring at the horses grazing in a nearby pasture. He had emotionally “moved on,” and found something else to pique his curiosity and imagination.

    Each time we pause to focus our attention on something new or ask a question, we “grow” our brain. By age 3, the time when virtually everything is a new experience for a toddler, the brain reaches 80% of its adult size. By age 5, the percentage climbs to 90%.

    Science now understands that this brain growth, or “neuroplasticity,” doesn’t have to slow down or stop. People who continue to explore, question, discover and use their imagination will continue to develop their brains.

    Bruce Lipton, PhD, an environmental biologist, coined the term “epigenetics,” or “above genetics,” to describe how embarking on new adventures, working to solve challenging questions and tapping into our passion and creativity can keep our brains flourishing.

    To nourish your inner child and rekindle that natural quest to explore, try a few of these suggestions:

    1. Go outside and play. Blow bubbles. Stick your bare toes in a creek. Fly a kite. Climb a tree, or just hug one. Being in nature grows your brain while it soothes your soul.

    2. Get artsy. Music, painting, sculpting, dance – all creative pursuits nourish body, mind and spirit.

    3. Ask “Why?”Just for a day, as you go through your life, notice the patterns and start to ask yourself exactly WHY you’re doing things the way you’re doing them. Be relentless – just like a two-year-old would be. Don’t stop asking “Why” until you’ve imagined several new and more efficient ways to accomplish the same tasks.

    4. Take a class. Learning a new language, or exploring medieval history, for instance, will activate completely different parts of your brain. Your heart will appreciate the adventure, too.

    5. Whether it’s an afternoon excursion to a local historical spot, or epic globe-trotting, getting off the beaten path will open up whole new worlds of discovery.

    6. Laugh! Children laugh about 300 times a day. This universal language of connection, delight and release actually makes your brain spurt out “happy chemicals” that heal and calm. Best of all, it’s highly contagious.

    Explore, laugh, discover, ask a million questions and get answers, and unconditional support and encouragement, at OHI missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Our caring team 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) 588-0809 to make your reservation.