• 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.

  • Earth Day – A Year-Long Celebration

    In 1970, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, enlisted bipartisan congressional support to launch the first Earth Day.  He was dismayed by the tragic damages dealt the environment by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California the previous year, and wanted to focus national attention on the importance of mindful stewardship of the planet.

    Over 20 million people participated in the “teach-in” that April 22nd, and the awareness-raising project took root.  The success of the first Earth Day is credited with sparking the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts.

    Just 20 years later more than 200 million people around the globe took part, and this year, an estimated one billion will participate in Earth Day events.

    Let’s make Earth Day a year-long celebration!  With a little creativity and commitment, we can each be more effective in finding personal ways to be kinder to the environment.

    1. Reduce: Just taking your own shopping bag to the grocery story every week is a huge step towards helping the planet.  Using refillable containers for beverages you bring from home instead of buying plastic bottles of water is another little step that gets big results.

    2. Reuse: Don’t be so quick to toss empty, worn-out or broken items.  An old, torn T-shirt makes several superior dust cloths.  Twist the cap back on an empty liter plastic bottle and cut off the bottom, and you have a great scoop for dog food or bird seeds.  Collect various colors and sizes of broken pottery and make a custom table-top mosaic.  Melt broken crayons and pour the wax into a clean plastic prescription bottle, and make a super crayon!  A broken ladder, firmly attached to the wall on an angle, makes a dramatic and practical set of shelves.  Get crafty and creative, and you’ll come up with clever solutions.

    3. Recycle glass, plastic, metals, electronics, batteries, mercury light bulbs and cardboard.  Just check with your local waste management facilities for specifics.

    4. Plant a tree in memory of a loved one or pet, and you’ll be part of the global movement to plant one billion trees.

    5. Volunteer to help with a beach, river or highway cleanup project in your area.

    6. Shop consciously, and choose items with a high percentage of recycled material.  Also look for furniture made from reclaimed wood, or harvested through sustainable forest management.

    7. Choose energy-efficient appliances, electronics and household building materials.  Double-paned windows dramatically cut down on heating and cooling costs.

    8. Conserve electricity by turning off lights, TVs and computers when you’re not in the room.  Wait until the dishwasher is full to run it.  Keep the thermostat a little lower in the winter, and higher during warmer months.

    9. Start a windowsill or potted garden to grow fresh herbs.  If you have the space, start composting kitchen waste to create nutrient-rich soil.

    10. Since Earth Day was initiated as a “teaching moment,” take your kids or friends for a hike in the woods.  Being in the beauty and grace of nature reinforces our responsibility to care for our planet, as God directed.

    Help make Earth Day 2019 the most effective one yet by being an active participant.

    Be an active participant in your health, too, when you learn how to make positive, powerful and lasting changes to your lifestyle choices.  Make a life-affirming visit to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego or 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.

  • Doing “The Work” of Self Transformation

    Real transformation occurs when you apply learning to life. OHI’s holistic healing program is designed to:

    • Inspire and motivate you to make healthy choices in life
    • Explore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being
    • Integrate helpful tools and teachings in your daily life
    • Enable transformation so that you can achieve optimum health

    Usually, it takes a spiritual revelation or a personal crisis for us to stop, reassess a tough situation, and transform our lives into expressions of joy, gratitude, success, and love.

    For author and speaker Byron Katie, it was a bit of both.

    It was 1986, and her multiple diagnoses of paranoia, depression, agoraphobia, and an eating disorder had landed her in a half-way house. She was lying on the floor of her room, marinating in self-loathing. At that lowest point of her life, the final indignity of a cockroach crawling over her foot suddenly shocked her into spiritual consciousness.

    She realized that if she stayed anchored in her dark thoughts, she suffered – but if she stopped believing the dire stories continuously playing in her mind, the suffering immediately stopped.

    From this epiphany, Byron Katie developed The Work – a four-question exercise and a ‘turn-around’ to help discern truth from fiction, and to reclaim our self-esteem and self-awareness.

    To do The Work, when someone or something “they” say upsets us, ask yourself these four questions:

    1. 1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
    2. 2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
    3. 3. How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought?
    4. 4. Who would you be without the thought?

    After you’ve responded to each of the four points, you create a statement that is the opposite of what you initially believed, or a “turn-around.” For example, if you said, “My boss is too demanding,” your turn-around statement might be, “I could be more effective at my job.”

    It’s an exercise that forces us to confront our subconscious programming from messages we’ve received since childhood. Answering each question honestly and completely releases us from non-productive emotional patterns and empowers us to recreate our world from a perspective of empowerment. The “turn-around,” in particular, pushes us way out of our comfort zone to reevaluate the issue from a completely different perspective. Frequently we discover a truth we’d avoided seeing – and this new wisdom can mentally, emotionally and spiritually set us free.

    Individuals and groups around the world quickly adopted the simple, direct and transformational nature of The Work. Schools, universities, corporations, hospitals, churches, prisons, and shelters are sharing this mindful exercise.

    Experience your own transformation and make positive, powerful and lasting changes when you embark on a life-affirming visit to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego or 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) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • A Life Changing Way to Celebrate Mother’s Day

    Women in general and Mothers specifically are the healers in our society.  Mothers are our first teachers – giving us life, nourishing and nurturing us, helping us navigate and thrive from our very first moment.  Their love gave us roots and wings, and laid the foundation upon which we could build lives of purpose, joy, and more love.

    As we grow, our relationship with our mothers grows and transforms too. The dynamic can gradually shift from parent-child to two friends who delight in each other’s interests, passions, and goals. When the goal is adopting and maintaining positive healthy behaviors for longer, more fulfilling lives, mothers and their adult children – and fathers, too – frequently discover the transformational benefits of a stay at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego or Austin, Texas.

    OHI Austin’s new Executive Director Cheryl Green has seen many family members share the experience of going through the OHI healing lifestyle program since she joined the team in 1999. She particularly enjoys the special bond between mothers and their children as they encourage, inspire and celebrate each other’s successes.

    “We love when families come together at OHI,” Cheryl said. “Sometimes it’s the mother bringing the child, or the child bringing the mother…or the more adventurous duos go through their first week together. Experiencing the program together enhances that precious connection. We love witnessing the development of a new type of family tradition! “

    “Seeing a mother and son or daughter attend the program together always seems to inspire the staff and other guests in the community to new ways of thinking about their own relationships.”

    Evie Edington, an OHI Austin facilitator, has also observed how the unique bond between mother and child is enriched when the two share transformational time together.

    “This experience can only bring you closer,” Evie said. “That heightened sense of love between mother and daughter is so sweet to witness. It really deepens a relationship when people come to a place where they feel safe being vulnerable and open.”

    Amber Santa Cruz, OHI Austin’s new Guest Services Director, agrees that all who witness it are enriched by seeing the special love families share on their mutual journey to optimum health.

    “We have been so fortunate to see so many mothers experience this program with their adult children,” Amber said. “It has such a beautiful ripple effect – benefitting the relationship of the two attending, the other guests, and even beyond the campus…it frequently leads me to call my own mom on the drive home.“

    “It’s especially powerful to hold the space for a mother to witness dramatic physical change in their own son or daughter. We have had guests that wake up pain-free for the first time in years, and for a mother to see that happen for their child, to see them feel good again…no words can describe that feeling.”

    Celebrate your mom, or your child, or a friend and share a life-changing week or two or three this Mother’s Day on May 12 at OHI’s healing missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas.

    Experience the energy boost and detoxifying benefits of an all organic, live, raw vegan lifestyle. Learn how to quiet the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. During your stay, our caring team will support your journey to optimum health and share the tools you need to continue the holistic healing lifestyle program at home. To learn more about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org. To make your reservation, call us at  (800) 993-4325.

  • The Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

    Last week we shared a blog about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list. The article detailed how organic foods offer a wonderful way to get the quality nutrition you need without the harmful pesticides and chemicals found in non-organic foods. The Dirty Dozen™ list guides you to produce you should always buy organic, while the Clean Fifteen™ lists fruits and vegetables that use the least amount of pesticides.

    This week, we want to share how organic foods are more beneficial to your body than non-organic foods. What you eat has a huge impact on the way your body works, how you feel, and how well you function and perform. The higher nutritional content and increased anti-oxidants in the organic produce you eat can go a long way toward promoting natural healing in your body. Here are some of the important differences between organic and non-organic produce:

    Pesticides

    • Non-organic produce is sprayed with chemicals to kill pests and diseases. These chemicals can remain on the produce until it reaches your home, where it can be ingested by you and your family even after washing. These pesticides may include neurotoxins that gradually build up and cause long-term health problems.
    • Organic produce, on the other hand, isn’t doused with chemicals to kill pests. Organic produce farmers use birds and insects to keep harmful pests in check, or they may plant other flowers or plants nearby to repel the unwanted bugs. Other farmers may use natural or organic products to protect their plants from pests.

    Fertilizers

    • As with pesticides, non-organic produce is fertilized with chemicals that promote growth but can be harmful to humans. Organic farmers use natural methods, like organic manure, to fertilize their crops. Compost is also used to promote strong, healthy plants.

    Herbicides

    • Weeds are a problem for all produce farmers, but non-organic farmers use chemicals to kill the weeds that invade their crops. Organic farmers use less harmful methods to rid their fields of weeds. Mulch, hand weeding, and tilling are organic ways to keep weeds at bay.

    Conservation Methods

    • Organic farmers work to conserve the environment in which their crops grow. They rotate their crops to avoid depleting the soil, gather rainwater to provide irrigation, and reduce pollution in their farming techniques. Non-organic farmers put less emphasis on the environment and more emphasis on the bottom line.

    At Optimum Health Institute, we serve only 100% certified organic foods.  To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute online or call us today at (800) 993-4325.

  • Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

    Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG)(1), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, publishes the a shopper’s guide regarding pesticides in produce. The EWG’s 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ is also known as the Dirty Dozen™ and the Clean Fifteen™.

    Organic foods offer a wonderful way to get the quality nutrition you need without the harmful pesticides and chemicals found in non-organic foods. The Dirty Dozen™ list guides you to produce you should always buy organic, while the Clean Fifteen™ lists fruits and vegetables that use the least amount of pesticides.

    The Dirty Dozen

    The Dirty Dozen™ are twelve foods that you should buy organic whenever possible. If you have a limited budget for organic foods, these are the items from the produce section that you should spend your money on. Remember that the foods of the dirty dozen have a high level of pesticides that could hamper your natural healing efforts.

    According to EWG’s 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, the dirty dozen include:

    1. 1. Strawberries
    2. 2. Spinach
    3. 3. Kale
    4. 4. Nectarines
    5. 5. Apples
    6. 6. Grapes
    7. 7. Peaches
    8. 8. Cherries
    9. 9. Pears
    10. 10. Tomatoes
    11. 11. Celery
    12. 12. Potatoes

    The Clean Fifteen

    The Clean Fifteen™ are foods that don’t need to be organic to get the best quality, the least amount of pesticides, and optimal natural health. Some of these fruits and veggies don’t retain pesticides, or very few pesticides are used in their production. Buy these foods as conventional produce and save your money for the dirty dozen.

    The clean fifteen include:

    1. 1. Avocados
    2. 2. Sweet Corn*
    3. 3. Pineapples
    4. 4. Sweet Peas Frozen
    5. 5. Onions
    6. 6. Papayas*
    7. 7. Eggplants
    8. 8. Asparagus
    9. 9. Kiwis
    10. 10. Cabbages
    11. 11. Cauliflower
    12. 12. Cantaloupes
    13. 13. Broccoli
    14. 14. Mushrooms
    15. 15. Honeydew Melons

    * A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.

    Remember that local foods aren’t always organic, but you can find local farmers whose produce has fewer pesticides than those found in the supermarket. Local and organic foods are good for natural healing and can be wonderful additions to your holistic health plan.

    Call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more about our body-mind-spirit programs, in San Diego and Austin, today.  If you want to find out more about holistic health and more tips on eating healthy foods in California, come to  Optimum Health Institute.


    (1) Environmental Working Group; https://www.ewg.org/

  • Optimum Health Spring Cleanse

    Spring is also the ideal time to renew, refresh and recharge your body, and blossom into the healthiest version of ‘you’ that you can be. Make this season the time you do an Optimum Health Spring Cleanse – from the inside out.

    Here are some tips on making your cleanse an Optimum Health Spring Cleanse:

    1.    Choose a Plant-Based Diet. Opting for the freshest live, raw organic vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fruits, instead of animal proteins, is a smart start. Sprouted grains, packed with fiber, antioxidants and amino acids, boost the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins.

    2.    Plan Your Meals. Begin your personal spring cleanse by mindfully choosing what you put on your plate at each meal. Transitioning to a primarily raw plant-based diet helps the body detoxify, clears mental fog and benefits blood pressure, heart function and the entire digestive system.

    3.    Combine Your Foods for Optimum Digestion. Because the body digests different nutrients at different rates, how you combine your foods is as important as making the healthiest food choices. While it only takes about 15 minutes to digest apple juice, it can take up to three hours for the stomach to process a dense oily protein, like avocado. The protein will keep the juice in the stomach longer, causing it to ferment and distressing the system.

    4.    Optimize Digestion. Tangy fermented foods not only add delicious taste to your meals – they are bursting with probiotics. These beneficial bacteria spring-clean your digestive system by promoting better absorption of nutrients and minerals and crowding out unhealthy bacteria.

    5.    Promote Regular Elimination. Healthy digestion means regular elimination and a happy, healthy colon. This is achieved by choosing the right foods, eating them in the right combination, and regular colon cleansing.

    While smart food choices and combinations will aid in spring-cleaning your body, so will the enemas and implants, or E’s & I’s, you learned to do at OHI. Regular colon cleansing helps boost the immune system, leads to more energy and healthier skin, assists with weight loss and reducing acid levels, and even helps you concentrate more effectively.

    It’s National Health Month – so there’s no better time than now to take these five steps toward revitalizing your entire being with the Optimum Health Spring Cleanse. You’ll be thrilled with the results – from the inside out.

    Visit OHI and Revitalize! Call (800) 224-2620

  • Take the 14-Day Detox Challenge – The Results are Nothing Less Than Life Changing

    Take the 14-Day Detox Challenge where you’ll learn how to relax, develop a positive attitude, and focus on what matters most to achieve a happy, fulfilling and healthy life.

    When You Take the Detox Challenge, You’ll Experience:

    • Weight Loss*
    • Increased Energy
    • More Radiant Skin
    • Sharper Mind
    • Healthy Body
    • Better Sense of Well-Being

    During your detox journey at OHI, you’ll feel supported by our staff, missionaries, and other guests. As an added bonus to your detox challenge, enjoy a special savings…

    Commit Today to the 14-Day Detox Challenge Where You’ll Experience:

    Weight Loss* – Women can lose about 5-7 pounds the first week and 2-3 pounds each week after. Men can lose about 7-10 pounds the first week and 5-7 pounds each week after.

    Increased Energy – Practice gentle exercise and walk every morning. Stimulate the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins, boost the immune system, and contribute to the healing process.

    More Radiant Skin – Eliminate toxins through juice fasting and eating our organic meals. Plus, you’ll make an organic face mask, apply it, relax, wash it off, and feel radiant!

    Sharper Mind – Learn alpha state meditation techniques that tap into your sub consciousness, access your creativity and intuition, visualize positive outcomes, and increase your awareness of God.

    Healthy Body – Practiced for many centuries around the world, detoxification is the process of cleansing the body to promote healing and longevity.

    Better Sense of Well-Being – Learn the spiritual disciplines related to breathing to release stress, control pain, increase emotional awareness, enhance concentration, and facilitate personal growth.

    Once you’ve completed the Detox Challenge you’ll look better, and you’ll feel like a new person. These changes are essential to a long-term healthy lifestyle.

    *This is not a weight-loss program. Weight loss varies per individual.

    Don’t Miss Out on This Powerful Detox Opportunity!

    Call Now: (800) 224-2620

  • 6 Steps to Tap into the Power of Conscious Breathing

    Conscious breathing, the deep, rhythmic inhalation that fills the lungs and pushes out the belly, is a practical, positive way to neutralize nervous tension. “Belly breathing” immediately switches on the parasympathetic nervous system to release stress, reduce anxiety and blood pressure, and increase energy levels.

    It instantly produces a relaxation response, which puts you in a profound state of contentment and peace. Meditation, yoga and muscle relaxation can be incorporated with conscious breathing to enhance the positive benefits.

    Besides rushing oxygen to your brain to give you clarity and focus, conscious breathing delivers waves of oxygen to every cell, facilitating the release of toxins throughout your body as it simultaneously pumps up your speed and endurance. Medical research shows a conscious breathing practice can help prevent subsequent myocardial infractions in heart attack patients.

    Other benefits of conscious breathing include:

    • Increasing emotional awareness and releasing past hurts. People suffering from anxiety, depression, addictions, low self-esteem and even weight issues were able to better handle their health opportunities with a regular practice of conscious breathing.
    • Reducing both chronic and acute pain. Conscious breathing is an important component of the Lamaze method of natural childbirth, which was first popularized in the 1950s.
    • Personal and spiritual growth. All major spiritual traditions incorporate conscious breathing into their practices. Deep breathing helps facilitate a spiritual connection to the divine by triggering love, joy and forgiveness. It also enhances our awareness of our unity with everyone and everything in the universe, bringing optimum health and balance to the body, mind and spirit.

    You can enjoy these benefits of conscious breathing right now. Here’s how:

    1. Find a quiet place (no, not the movie). You’re looking for a spot where you won’t be interrupted.
    2. Sit or lie down. Go ahead. This will only take a moment.
    3. Take a normal breath. Simply inhale and exhale once at a normal rate (we usually breathe at 10-20 breaths/min).
    4. Then inhale deeply. Now breathe in slowly through your nose. Allow your chest, then your belly, to rise for a count of four. Observe how your abdomen expands fully as your lungs fill with air.
    5. And exhale slowly. Breathe out through your mouth or nose. Don’t force it. Let it come easy for a count of four.
    6. Commit time to practice. That felt good, right? Now practice at least 10-20 minutes daily for maximum results.

    Find even more motivation and support at the Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego and Austin. (800) 224-2620