• Bad Habits

     “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

    — Albert Einstein

    There’s a funny thing about bad habits – you might not even be aware of the fact that you’re doing them until they’ve already become “encoded” into your daily routine.  Mindless eating, smoking, procrastinating, squandering hours in front of the television – pick your poison!  Whatever the nonproductive or harmful habitual behavior you’ve fallen into, as Einstein so simply yet eloquently stated, you’re going to have to do some serious mindful shifting to climb back out of that rut.

    Lucky for you, the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) has at its very core the powerful resources you’ll need to substitute positive new behaviors for undesirable old ones. The Five P’s to Optimum Health are ideal for breaking old habits.

    1. Purpose to achieve a natural balance and reconnection to the Divine.

      There’s an entirely new branch of psychology, and it’s called, “Positive Psychology.”  Developed by Dr. Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology has discovered we require three key things to be truly happy in our life – faith, friends, and a sense of purpose, or living a meaningful life. When we’re being of service in some way, whether on a global level or in our own family circle, we can feel that healing and empowering sense of purpose.

      Particularly when an embedded habit is hampering your efforts to function on all cylinders, it is interfering with your ability to have as purposeful a life as possible. Realizing that shifting this behavior will bring you more into natural balance, and facilitate a stronger connection to your faith, are powerful motivators for kicking old habits and embracing new happiness and freedom.

    2. Positive mental attitude that supports the healing process. 

      If you’re convinced you’re going to fail at kicking a bad habit, guess what?  You probably will.  Instead, a mental shift is in order. Don’t dwell on the past – reliving old hurts and failures can prevent healing in body, mind 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, enhances your immune system and gives you the power of creation this very moment.  Be present, be thankful, and watch how quickly you can shift into a positive mental attitude that gives you the strength to stick to your goal!

    3. Persistence in following the holistic disciplines of the OHI program. 

      The daily routine at OHI gives you such powerful resources to shift out of harmful old routines and embrace a healthy new lifestyle, free of embedded habits that derailed your good intentions.  Prayer for the strength to release destructive habits; contemplation about how the changes will make you a happier, healthier, more whole person; journaling to explore your deepest inner thoughts about why this habit attracted you in the first place, and the things you will replace it with; community with friends and guests to support you on this healing journey; quieting the mind to be able to make mindful, deliberate decisions; conscious breathing to energize the body, mind and spirit so healing can happen, celebrating each time you refrain from indulging in that habit you’re releasing. 

      All of these holistic disciplines, and any of the others taught at OHI, when persistently followed, give you new strength to establish healthy new priorities in your life.

    4. Patience with your body and yourself, as you allow your body-mind-spirit to heal. 

      You didn’t develop these habits overnight.  You’re most likely not going to shed them overnight, either. Psychologists say it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, and at least that long to break an old one. During those weeks of change and healing, gently nurture your connection to God by focusing on feelings of gratitude, forgiveness and joy.

      Impatience with yourself, and similar negative thinking, literally makes you sick by stimulating the production of toxic chemicals in your body. Dr. Candace Pert talks about the science of positive thinking in her brilliant work, “Molecules of Emotion,” which we carry in our OHI Store. When you do have a negative thought, before it can start triggering the production of toxins in your body, think, “Cancel!” Immediately remind yourself, “God loves me, and is patient

    ly supporting me as I release these bad habits” and take just 10 seconds to breathe in God’s unconditional love and grace.  You’ll not only neutralize any negativity and grant yourself patience – you’ll actually be setting healing in motion.

  • Prayer to a higher source who will share the load with you.  As with all things, asking for God’s help in achieving your heart’s desire is the most powerful tool you can use.  Particularly when you’re making major changes in your life, like healing old bad habits, instead of setting aside a time or two each day to pray, shift your attitude about your connection with God.  See yourself on “speed dial,” with a constant open line to the Creator.  Make each moment, each breath, a sincere prayer for strength, wisdom, courage, guidance and grace.  With God, all things are possible – particularly when all lines of communication with Him are wide open.

  • In addition to the strength and guidance you will find in using the Five P’s To Optimum Health, know that OHI’s facilitators and missionaries are here to support you in your efforts, and your successes.

    For more information about OHI, please visit our website .To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325.

     

  • E&I, E&I, Oh!

    OHI Wheatgrass juicing

    As every guest to the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) learns, daily cleansing enemas are an essential part of the body’s detoxification  process. If someone is eating a diet high in animal products and processed foods and low in fiber, it is common for fecal matter to become impacted in the twists, turns and pockets of the colon. Frequently it can only be dislodged through colon irrigation, or cleansing. 

    It is estimated that many adult Americans have between 10 and 20 pounds of impacted stools inside their bowels. When the fecal matter remains in the large intestines and colon instead of being promptly expelled, the body continues to absorb toxins, which can eventually result in serious and even deadly health challenges. 

    This is not a new issue.  Thousands of years ago, people were taught how to purify the body with a live, raw vegan diet and enemas.  The Essene Gospels, which pre-date the Bible, instruct followers to fill gourds with river water blessed and warmed by the angels of the sun, and direct it to their “hinder parts” via the gourds’ long, hollow vines.  The ancient Essene sect of Judaism understood that fasting and colon cleansing helped clear negativity and toxins out of the physical body, so the mind could be quieted and the spirit renewed.

    Today, we understand that flushing toxins out of the body with colonic enemas can also remove electrolytes and the healthy flora necessary for balance in the colon. That’s why immediately after doing an enema or receiving a colon hydrotherapy treatment, OHI teaches it’s essential to implant about three and a half ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice into the colon.  Holding the wheatgrass juice in the colon for 20 minutes, or as long as possible, helps restore that healthy balance necessary for proper digestion, absorption and elimination.

    The juice will increase colon absorption, replenish the body’s electrolytes and minerals lost during the enema, and quickly travel to the liver and heart via the hemorrhoidal vein. By bypassing the stomach, the wheatgrass juice can be immediately absorbed into the body, restoring optimum balance. As the colon becomes more and more clear through E’s and I’s (enemas and implants), the entire 3-ounce wheatgrass juice implant could end up being completely absorbed by the colon. This is a good thing!

    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) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • Winning the Word Game

    OHI Garden Tree Trunk

     

    “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try'”

    — Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

     

    The little green guy with the big ears is right – in all honesty, there is no “trying” to accomplish something. Either we do it, or we don’t. We truly are the “masters of our domain.” That gray area where we can feel like we’re not calling the shots in our lives is triggered not necessarily by what we’re consciously thinking, but what words we’re actually using.

    In the magnificent creation that is our mind, we’re simultaneously functioning on a variety of levels.  When we carelessly say something that diminishes us in some way, even if we’re just joking, our subconscious mind picks up that energy and it becomes our reality.

    For instance, someone might say, “You’re really good at yoga,” and you instinctively reply, “Oh, no!  I’m not good! I’m a real klutz!”  What you’ve just done is disrespect your effort, and you’ve also given your mind the message that you never will  be able to execute a respectable Downward Dog or Salutation to the Sun.  And guess what? By imprinting that negative message on your brain, you make it your reality.

    The “You Validation” class we teach at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) during your first week   is a beautiful example of the power of recalibrating our words to train our mental and spiritual selves to cooperatively exist hand in hand.

    During the profound class experience, one by one, each person must listen to all the other people in the circle saying something nice about them – anything from “You are so friendly every time I see you” to “It’s inspiring to hear you share your story.”  Instead of being able to brush off the compliments or shoot them down with a self-deprecating remark, the person in the spotlight can only say, “Thank you!” 

    It’s overwhelming, sometimes embarrassing, challenging and ultimately so very healing to be able to hear nice things about yourself, and to accept them as reality. Through the You Validation class, people have permanently changed their perspective about themselves, and started to win at the word game.

    Another way to win the word game is realizing how many times a day you diminish yourself by carelessly choosing words that can keep you feeling stuck, or powerless.  One of our favorites at OHI – we don’t say it’s an “illness,” we say it’s a “health opportunity.”

    When you say you “might” do something, you’re embracing a very passive attitude that certainly doesn’t inspire any active effort to accomplish it.  Instead, switch “I might” to “I will,” and just see how quickly that simple change can click you into gear.

    Here’s a list of common disempowering words and phrases, and the empowering substitutions that will make a world of difference.  Try it and see!  You have our word on it.

     

    Disempowering

    I might…
    I can’t…
    I’ll try…
    I hope…
    Illness…
    I always…
    I’m depressed…
    I’m going to get…
    But…
    You make me feel…
    Problem…
    If Only…
    Uh-Huh…
    Huh-uh…
    Always…
    Never…
    I have to…
    I need…
    Should…

    Empowering

    I will…
    I choose not to…
    I will…
    I will…
    Health Opportunity
    In the past, I…
    I’m choosing to be happy…
    I have…
    And
    Opportunity or challenge
    Next time
    YES!
    NO!
    Sometimes
    Seldom
    I desire to; I choose to
    I desire…
    choose to

    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) 993-4325 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Organic Farms + Seasonal Produce = Extra Freshness

    San Diego Garden w Dan

    Imagine plucking a luscious bright red organic strawberry right off the vine, and popping it into your mouth.  That juicy sweetness explodes on your tongue as you bite down, and you can almost feel the vitality of the just-picked fruit lighting up every cell of your body.

    Now imagine taking a strawberry from a plastic wrapped carton – a strawberry that’s been trucked in from several states away, and has been languishing on a store shelf for days. Where’s that same life force and vitality?  Unfortunately, the longer the amount of time between when produce is harvested, and you eat it, the more nutrients that are lost. 

    “Buy Local” bumper stickers are sprouting up on cars across the nation, and for good reason. When you buy produce from organic farms and co-ops in your area, you’re not only supporting the local economy – you’re getting your fruits and vegetables at the peak of their most nutrient-dense freshness.  You’re also staying in touch with the natural rhythms of the Earth by eating produce that’s in season. 

    Another reason to stick with in-season local vegetables and fruits – you’re keeping the air cleaner since the produce didn’t arrive at your store after a long haul via a network of trucks.

    We at the Optimum Health Institute definitely make sure our guests have the freshest organic local fruits, sprouts and vegetables, and grow many of them in our own gardens.  It’s also easy to find an organic farmer’s market, or organic stores in your area. Just Google it, you can even ask your local organic food store where they purchase their produce.  Here are the just-picked in-season favorites to look for now:

    Vegetables

    Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, avocados, beans, green, cactus pads, cardoons, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, fava beans, fava greens, fennel, garlic, green garlic, herbs, horseradish, jicama, kale, lambsquarters, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, nettles, onions, okra, pea shoots, peas, potatoes, purslane, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, shallots, spinach, sprouts, turnips.

    Fruits

    Apricots, apriums, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cactus pears, cherimoyas, cherries, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mandarins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums, pluots, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries.

    For leafy green vegetables, avoid bunches with yellowed leaves, or discard any yellowed tips before eating. Bacteria can get into the plant through the plant’s pores and turn the tissue yellow. Check fruit for bruises, which indicates it may spoil more quickly.

    Check back often for updates on finding, preparing and eating organic foods. At  Optimum Health Institute , we serve a variety of raw-live foods, juice fasting, and wheatgrass to promote restoring your body to its natural balance. Our meals do not contain nuts or oils, which can hinder the detoxification process.

    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) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • You Are HOW You Eat!

    Nutritious meals at OHI

    Not only is what you eat so important to optimum health in body, mind and spirit – how you eat, and what things you combine in each meal, are just as important.

    Think of your digestive tract as a laboratory. A scientist combines an acidic substance, like vinegar, with NaHCO3, or baking soda, to create a foaming, frothy volcano in a test tube.  Substitute your stomach for the test tube, unknowingly combine foods that can trigger similar dramatic chemical reactions, and you’ve got an unpleasant drama playing out inside your body.

    Beyond just the obvious consequences, like producing excess gas that urgently has to leave the body one way or another, inappropriate combinations can also prevent your system from properly absorbing all the available nutrients in your food.

    In our Food Combining class at Optimum Health Institute (OHI), we teach about the five main food categories – dense/oily proteins; dense starches & starchy vegetables; low-starch & green vegetables & sprouts, fruits; fermented foods and liquids.  We also teach which things can be safely eaten together, and which unwise combinations can result in embarrassing and/or unhealthy consequences.

    In a nutshell – here are the basic guidelines:

    The “Alone” rules:

    · Liquids alone

    · Fruits alone

    · Melons alone

    And the “Do Not Combine” rules:

    · Do not combine protein and starches

    · Do not combine acid and sweet fruits

    When you break these rules, beware – and stand downwind of friends. Combining melons, which take only about half an hour to digest, with a dense protein like peas, which need a good three hours, will cause the fruit to ferment in the stomach. Combining fruits with animal proteins, which are not on the OHI plan, slows the process down even further. That shrimp cocktail can linger in the stomach and keep the accompanying melon hostage for as long as eight hours.  You don’t even want to imagine what a pressure cooker that toxic combo creates!

    The other reason to follow the food combining rules is that some items, like dense, oily proteins (nuts, avocados, beans), require a completely different digestive environment than, say, acid fruits (strawberries, pomegranates, citrus). Eating a handful of almonds while you’re also nibbling orange segments means you don’t get the complete nutrition of either, and might even trigger indigestion.

     

    For the full skinny, and an easy-to-follow Optimal Food Combining chart, pick up a colorful placemat or postcard in the Optimum Health Store, or call us at (800) 993-4325. You can also visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org

  • Scholarships are a Golden Bridge to a New Life

    Larry Taylor

    It was a few years ago a first-time guest arrived at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) San Diego with a major health opportunity. She’d recently undergone surgery, and her stomach wound refused to heal, her pallor was gray, and she had no energy.  In just one week she began to notice improvements. Huge medical bills prevented her from affording the additional two weeks of our holistic lifestyle program.

    After reviewing the woman’s rather dire situation, we were able to award her with a scholarship to complete the entire three-week program.  At the end of her 21-day stay, she looked and felt great.  Her wound healed completely, her doctors were amazed, and another person was able to transform her life because of the generosity of people contributing to the OHI Scholarship fund.

    We affectionately call the fund a “Golden Bridge,” because it links guests who are in dire need of both healing and financial aid to a healthier, happier future.  After a guest has paid for one week of our holistic lifestyle program, if they are dealing with a life-threatening health opportunity, but have no way of financing an extended stay, they may be eligible for a scholarship for one or sometimes both additional weeks.

    Through the years, thanks to the generosity of so many, we’ve been able to offer a golden bridge to thousands of guests in need.  If you’ve experienced a transformation in your own life after an OHI visit, and you’d like to share the experience, please consider a tax-deductible contribution.  Visit us at www.optimumhealth.org or call us at (800) 993-4325 . Thank you for your consideration.

  • The 5 Ps to Optimum Health

    OHI San Diego reception area

    Having optimum health is the goal of many people across the country. Your health not only encompasses your body’s physical health, but also your spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness—an approach called holistic health . Here are the five Ps of Optimum Health Institute’s approach to health:

    Purpose

    Many people go through their entire lives without answering some of the life’s biggest questions… Who am I?  Why am I here?  When you find your purpose, you can work toward achieving the goals you need for a healthy, happy, and productive life.

    Positive Mental Attitude

    A positive attitude is crucial to natural healing and a healthy, balanced life.  Your mental state can go a long way toward promoting healing in your body; with a positive attitude, you are more likely to enjoy your life, no matter your circumstances. Be positive in your thinking, and you’ll see positive changes in your body taking place as well.

    Persistence

    When your quest for natural healing and holistic health isn’t progressing as quickly as you’d like, you may be tempted to give up. Persistence is the strength to keep going when times are tough. Understand that holistic health isn’t an overnight transformation and that you’ll need to practice persistence to reach your goals.

    Patience

    Patience is something you need in every aspect of your life. You must be patient with yourself as you learn and grow in your new, natural health lifestyle. Your body, your mind, and your spirit need your patience as you work to create an optimally healthy life for yourself. Patience and persistence go hand in hand.

    Prayer

    Praying to a higher power will help you develop a healthier life and strengthen your relationship with God. Prayers for healing can provide a clarity that can’t be achieved through your works alone. You can even pray for patience or to become more positive, tying the five Ps together!

    Visit Optimum Health Institute online or call us at (800) 993-4325 to Learn more about our natural health tools, in San Diego or Austin, that can improve your life.

  • A Holistic Approach: Body, Mind, and Spirit

    Organic garden at OHI San Diego

    Holistic health is a unique approach to managing your health that takes into account all parts of you: your body, mind, and spirit. Being healthy means taking care of all aspects of your physical, spiritual, and mental wellness. Optimum Health Institute offers a truly God-centered holistic approach to healing that is beneficial to all guests.

    Body

    Keeping your body healthy includes eating foods that are nutritious and will benefit your body, exercising to keep your body strong, and resting to allow your body much-needed rejuvenation. If you have a physical illness or infirmity, natural healing processes can strengthen your body through proper nourishment. At OHI, we understand the importance of fresh air, sunlight, and clean water to your body’s wellness.

    Mind

    Your mind can control much of your natural healing capabilities. With positive thinking and a good mental attitude, your mind can work with your body to promote healing and wellbeing. Your mind needs to rest just like your body does, so take a break to pray, read, meditate, or just enjoy a peaceful moment. These practices will keep your mental health as strong and intact as your physical health.

    Spirit

    Your spiritual health is another important part of the body-mind-spirit connection of holistic health. Your spirit allows you to receive physical healing and mental wellness from God, which leads to natural healing and holistic health that is greater than what you could achieve without His mercy and grace. By cleansing and detoxifying the body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit; quieting and focusing the mind; and practicing spiritual disciplines, you can know the wholeness of the Holy Spirit. A spiritual connection with God is one of the best things you can do to achieve the life and health you’ve always wanted.

    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) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

    OHI Austin Friday buffet

    Eating for natural healing means making sure the foods you consume are healthy and nutritious. Organic foods offer a wonderful way to get the quality nutrition you need without the harmful pesticides and chemicals found in non-organic foods. You should always buy some foods organic, while other produce you can purchase non-organic varieties of if necessary.

    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. The dirty dozen include: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, imported nectarines, imported grapes, bell peppers, cherries, potatoes, leafy greens, and lettuce.

    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: onions, avocados, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, pineapple, mango, kiwi, sweet peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, grapefruit, and tomatoes.

    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 .

  • Differences Between Organic and Non-Organic Produce

    Raw nori rolls at OHI

    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 nutrional content 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.