Sometimes when things aren't going so well in romantic relationships, the best thing to do is focus on yourself and "return to the basics" as they say. I spent a week at the Optimum Health Institute (“OHI”) in San Diego, a place with a mission to “serve as a change agent for humankind by improving the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of everyone we touch”, and was inspired to write about it and how I’ve persisted in improving my health practices over my life through baby step after baby step.
This is the first part of a three-part series.
Health and optimism are important to opening up to your perfect relationship – I know it’s been vital to me. Stress and anxiety block you from being your best self and make it difficult to be an awesome partner or "attract the one".
Optimum health is more than food and nutrition, and must include physical practices (exercise), mental health practices (like meditation) and spiritual practices (like finding your purpose). This series focuses on the nutrition & food aspects.
Whether you are in a relationship, single, or married for 50 years, considering the role your health has is important. Hey, I figure if you're single, why not focus on your health while you have the time and no one is buying you chocolates or sharing desserts with you? The best thing to do when you're single and open to 'finding the one' is to focus on YOU, and your health is a great place to start! If you're married with kids or beyond, a new look at nutrition is a great way to unlock some extra passion and romance with your partner.
I’ll be sharing about some of the biggest nutrition changes I’ve made that I still practice, and a few of the new tools I picked up at OHI that I’ll add into my routine. I’ll also share about how I ain’t no saint, and still eat junk food and am more apt to criticize myself for not being perfect with food and health than be grateful for all the progress I’ve made over the years.
Back to OHI…I heard about OHI two years ago, after my friend Carl Bressler went and came back RAVING about it, and what it did for him and his health. I don’t remember specifically what his results were, but I remember how excited he was about the experience and his new perspective on food and health.
The week included a regimen of raw food, classes, exercise, rest, wheatgrass and- yep – colonics/enemas. Heh! And they go through and teach you why all of this is important to your health.
This part of the blog post isn’t about recommending OHI as a place to go (go if you want, or not, it’s definitely not for everyone), but I am recommending you get outside your comfort zone, try new things and say "yes" to new experiences, oh, and did I mention... this is all to improve not only your health, but your relationships too.
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