I'm at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) "rebooting" my physiology this week. It came to me several months ago to do something to give my whole system a good cleanse and kick start, so Connie and I talked about putting together a one-week program that we could do at home. But as I considered it, I knew I wanted to get some deep rest at the same time and that can be challenging when I'm at home with all my routines and distractions. So OHI was the obvious answer.
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OHI is the facility Connie came to back in the '90s when she had that large fibroid tumor. In two weeks it shrunk from the size of a grapefruit to that of an egg, and by staying on the program for another six months, it kept shrinking. So we both had seen the impact the program here can provide.
At OHI the focus is on Body, Mind and Spirit. It's very holistic. But what I'm most interested in is the Body part. Basically, they serve very unique food here, and they combine these unique foods with daily colonics or enemas to ensure the toxins that are removed from the tissues by the nutrients in the food get all the way out of the body.
The food here is the most cleansing food there is. It's all raw, Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) and SOS-free. No added salt, oil or sugar to any of the dishes. There are lots of sprouts, which pound for pound are the most nutrient dense foods, and they have lots of live enzymes.
OHI also includes fermented foods in each meal to provide a wide variety of probiotic microbes for the gut.
The final piece in this unique combination of foods is wheat grass juice. Wheat grass juice is full of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids (protein). It's been shown to cleanse the liver, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels and alleviate inflammation.
We drink 4-6 ounces each day and another 8 ounces are used as implants in the colonics and enemas we do. So, we have wheat grass juice going in both ends here. Now, that's got to clean you out! LOL
They start the program here with these foods the first full day, then do three days of juice only, and finish with these foods again. It's the real deal when it comes to detoxification and nutritional excellence.
One other way we support the elimination of toxins here is through light exercise to move the lymph. The lymph is the fluid in our tissues that carries the cellular waste and toxins back to the blood stream to be eliminated through the colon. We do that twice a day.
It's an amazing program. I've just finished day one and I feel great. We'll give you the full update next week.
The recipe this week is Greek Stuffed Peppers. Absolutely delicious.
To your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill
Greek Stuffed Peppers (Serves 3-4) From Forks Over Knives
- 4 large bell peppers, red, orange or yellow
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 small zucchini, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 cup vegetable broth or filtered water
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- ½ cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sumac or Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut around stem of peppers like you would cut a jack-o-lantern top, retaining the top with stem. Remove seeds carefully and wash and dry thoroughly.
Place peppers in an oven safe dish and arrange upright. Put tops on and bake for 30 minutes.
While the peppers are baking, in a large non-stick pan, sauté onions, zucchini, and carrots in veggie broth for 5 to 6 minutes.
Stir in rice and tomato paste and stir well to coat thoroughly.
Add parsley, dill, lemon juice, pepper and sumac or Mrs. Dash, stir to combine.
Take peppers out of oven and fill with stuffing. Place tops back on peppers and bake for another 30-40 minutes until peppers are soft.
Serve as is or add lemon wedges and extra dill if desired.