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Raspberry Banana Smoothie

rasberry smoothie

Raspberry Banana Smoothie
Serves 1
A delicious breakfast smoothie for a spring detox or anytime
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  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 TBSP. flax seed (ground)
  3. 1 cup rasperberries
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1/4 cup dandelion greens
  6. 1 TBSP. peanut or almond butter
  7. 2 tsp. lemon
  1. Mix all together in a blender. Enjoy!
Adapted from from Dr. Oz 3-day Detox
Know Your Body

My 3 Day Detox

detox smoothieIt’s day 3 of my Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox and I feel fantastic, completely cleared out and full of energy.

Usually I like to do my 5-7 day Whole Foods Spring Cleanse but this year I thought I’d try something different, a juice fast.  It’s only 3 days-how hard could that be?

 The first day I did not feel so good.  I was having withdrawal symptoms coming off of caffeine and sugar which, for me, manifested in the form of a headache.  I was tired, irritable, depressed and had an overall flu-like feeling. Yuck! My body was detoxing.  I KNOW better and would suggest to anyone who wants to do a cleanse, it is best to wean yourself off of caffeine a few days before going cold turkey.  That way you will avoid major withdrawal symptoms.  I didn’t realize how much caffeine and sugar I actually was ingesting on a daily basis from my multiple cups of green tea and from, I admit, my weakness, which is baked goods and chocolate.  Oh, denial is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?!

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Joanne’s Blog

Sweet Stuffed Squash

Joanne’s Blog posted by Joanne DiMauro Sept 25, 2013

Squashes are all the rage right now because they’re in season and you can find them fresh at your local farmer’s market.  I love fall for all it’s glorious colors, delicious sweet and colorful vegetables…

Natural Relief for Allergies

Joanne’s Blog posted by Joanne DiMauro

Are you struggling w/seasonal allergies? Headaches, sinus stuffiness, fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, feel like you’re under water? Instead of constantly taking medications there are many natural remedies to treat allergy symptoms…

 My 3 Day Detox Experience

Joanne’s Blog  posted by Joanne DiMauro May 8, 2013

Usually I like to do my 5-7 day Whole Foods Spring Cleanse but this year I thought I’d try something different, a juice fast.  It’s only 3 days-how hard could that be?…

Get Out of Your Food/Mood Rut!

Joanne’s Blog   posted by Joanne DiMauro May 5, 2013

Do you ever get stuck in a food rut? Do you find yourself eating and craving the same certain foods and can’t seem break out of negative thinking and unhealthy eating habits?…..

Go Green and Get Off the Joe

Joanne’s Blog  posted by Joanne DiMauro

Green and white tea are available in a range of varieties and have many health benefits…

I Love You with all my Liver

Joanne’s Blog  posted by Joanne DiMauro

Do you have spring fever yet? I do and at this time of year I always feel the need to clean out my home and clear my internal house too….

How Stress Causes Belly Fat and that Middle Age Spread

Joanne’s Blog   posted by Joanne DiMauro

A chronic complaint I hear from my female clients is “why is my middle getting thicker all of a sudden? Did you notice once you hit your mid 40’s it seemed like overnite, you gained weight around the belly area!…

Spring Cleaning

Joanne’s Blog   posted by Joanne DiMauro

It’s the time for spring cleaning, out with the old, in with the new! For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned…



Get Out of Your Food/Mood Rut

woman eating cakeDo you ever get stuck in a food rut? Do you find yourself eating and craving the same certain foods and can’t seem break out of negative thinking and unhealthy eating habits?

I admit, I’ve been stuck in a food/mood rut (too much baked goods and carbs), and I need a good kick start to re-boot my body and break these habits.  I’m excited to begin a 3-day juice fast tomorrow!

Spring is a great time to shake things up with cleansing or fasting for a short period of time.  It will clean your body by giving it a break from rich and complicated foods.  Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water, whole grains and minimal protein.  Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups.  I usually do my 5-7 day Whole Foods Spring Detox and Cleanse (the 4th product in my Healthy Life Series), but this year I’m trying something different and doing a 3-day fast! I’m following Dr. Oz 3-day Detox/Cleanse with a few minor alterations.  It’s only 3 days!  How hard could this be? Read More→


Maine Women

Table Talk: Cleaning out the Closet


Joanne DiMauro

“We tend to eat the same 20 foods out of habit,” says health coach Joanne DiMauro. “I

encourage people to try new foods.”

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 4:04 pm By Joanne Lannin

For most of us, spring cleaning means clearing the clutter from our pantries, garages or closets. But it turns out that our bodies also need a good spring tuneup to clear out a winter’s worth of heavy, comfort foods and to reverse the inevitable creeping in of some unhealthy eating habits.

While most people associate cleansing diets with fasting and unwanted side effects, endured only in an effort to squeeze into your spring wardrobe, South Portland native Joanne DiMauro says spring detox doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. And it can lead to healthy, long-term change.

DiMauro, a health coach and fitness instructor who lives in New York City, conducted a 5-7-day spring detox workshop for 13 clients in May. The participants met with DiMauro in person or via teleconference to support each other’s efforts to cleanse the toxins from their systems.

Participants scratched red meat, white flour, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and sweets from their grocery lists for the week. In the place of these foods, they cooked meals that emphasized raw foods, organic produce and small amounts of chicken and fish.

“Some people have great results with a severe (fasting) cleanse,”says DiMauro. “But it’s so much safer to do a whole foods cleanse.”

DiMauro says the goal of the workshop, which she blogged about on her website,, is to help her clients understand that our diets should follow the rhythm of the seasons. Eating heavier foods – meats, stews and oils – in winter is natural, she

says, but once spring comes, replacing some of those high-fat, comfort foods with lighter, raw

food choices can help us“clear up the junk” in our lives.

“We tend to eat the same 20 foods out of habit,” says DiMauro. “I encourage people to try new foods, hummus with daikon radishes instead of with crackers, sprouts and dandelion greens, which have high curative qualities.”

DiMauro is a certified holistic health counselor, with an impressive list of certifications from various institutes of health and physical fitness. Her health coaching business, Know Your Body, combines her skills as a nutritional counselor with her personal fitness training.

Still, much of DiMauro’s wisdom on the subject of healthy living comes from her own experience. DiMauro graduated from South Portland High School in 1974 and danced with the local Casco Bay Movers from 1980 to 1986. She moved to New York City and landed a job with the Rockettes, where she worked with the legendary Bob Fosse for three years. During that time, she also performed in several films and TV shows. Once her dancing career ended, she began working in finance, but developed migraines. These symptoms, coupled with the allergies she’d suffered since moving to the city, led her to investigate natural, non-prescription ways to heal and stay healthy.

“I was told by my doctor that I’d need allergy shots for the rest of my life,” says DiMauro. “But a nurse at the front desk gave me a packet of foods to avoid. That’s when I realized there’s so much to preventative health.”

DiMauro started a fitness business and, after earning certification as a holistic health counselor from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition, part of Columbia University, she decided to combine the disciplines and become a wellness lecturer and full-time health coach. Know Your Body, her business, employs a staff of fitness trainers who conduct yoga and fitness classes. DiMauro does all the writing and lecturing with the help of a personal assistant. Her Facebook page has frequent status updates that link her advice with that of such “rock stars” of holistic health as Dr. Andrew Weill and Deepok Chopra.

“I’m so passionate that I want to share it with others,” says DiMauro.

“People want to get healthy and there’s so much information out there. I help them sort through the confusion.”

DiMauro says her spring detox sessions emphasize the abundance of choices people can make as they clear their systems of fats and processed foods. What people like, she says, is the opportunity to experiment with different foods and the chance to get advice on how to come up with a personal plan that fits into their own routines. They also like her flexible, low-key approach to change, and the idea that even some high-fat foods have a place in our diets.

“I personally don’t feel dairy products are necessary for our diet. I try to get people to experiment with getting off dairy (long term),” she says. “But cheese and ice cream are comfort foods. They are better to eat in winter than in the spring.”

DiMauro no longer suffers from allergies or migraines. She credits such lifestyle changes as her yoga practice for relieving her migraines. She attributes her freedom from allergies to dietary changes, such as limiting dairy products to an occasional treat, and only eating pasta occasionally. She also substitutes whole grains for white flour and has exchanged her morning cup of coffee for green tea.

What works for her own health and well-being may not work for everyone, she acknowledges. But clearing out the clutter in your diet, she says, is one way to figure out what works for you.


Spring Cleaning


Spring Cleaning


People like “stuff.” We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save, and eventually stock up on, things we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.”  If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past, and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future.

For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our dwellings and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going towards digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also lead to improved immune function and better digestion.  If you’d like a guided whole foods based 5-7 day spring detox, check out our Spring Detox and Cleanse, the 4th offering in Know Your Body’s Healthy Life Series.

While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter in.



Tis the season for UTIs

Do you notice you get that strong urge “to go” and urinate more frequently in the cold weather?  Kidney and bladder infections tend to spike in the winter months.  There are simple habits, foods, treatments and techniques we can use to keep our kidneys and our whole system healthy and strong all winter long.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when the seasons change different organs become vulnerable as our bodies shift to keep balanced.  In winter, the water element predominates which corresponds to our kidneys and bladder.

To strengthen the “water” energy and keep the body in balance it’s important to keep warm. The Chinese believe a cold enters the body through the back of the neck.  Wear scarves around your neck and extra layers around your mid-section. (I know, a thick middle is not really the look we’re all going for) but be sure to have your midriff covered or a belt around your coat to keep abdomen and kidneys warm. In Japan, a haramaki, or belly warmer is often worn.  A haramaki is a tube of material which goes around your midsection which keeps that area warm. Get creative with your wardrobe and make your own version of a haramaki! It will keep you warm and also double as a reminder for you to keep your core muscles engaged 🙂

Add warming spices such as ginger and cinnamon to foods and juices.  Gently warm soups and eat plenty of well blended food, as blended meals are easier to digest.  Fresh cranberries make a nice addition to juices and purees this time of year while protecting the bladder and kidneys from infection.  Isn’t it interesting how nature keeps us in sync and healthy if we eat what’s in season? Cranberries are in season now for a reason.   Drink unsweetened cranberry juice and warm water with lemon. Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it.  It will help destroy the germs in the bladder. It tastes good too!

Here’s a warming winter juice recipe.  Juice the following:

5 carrots

3 apples

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 inch knob fresh ginger

Warm miso soup makes a wonderful meal and is rich in minerals.  Heat the water and add scallions, sliced shitake mushrooms (also very good for kidneys), wakame (sea vegetable), grated ginger, and carrots.  Before adding miso, make it into a paste with warm water (but not boiling water) and then add it to soup.  Do not let miso boil or it will lose it’s beneficial properties.

Aduki beans, black beans, and kidney beans are also beneficial for the kidneys.  Millet and winter squash are  good choices for balancing water energy this time of year.

Winter is a wonderful time of year to get acupuncture, paying particular attention to the kidney meridian points on the ankle which will boost kidney energy as well as the bladder points along the spine on the back.  Take warm baths with sea salts and aromatherapy oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, will soothe and keep sinuses open.

I like to start off the first of the year with a January detox/cleanse.  After the holiday bingeing it’s a great way to reset the body’s metabolism, get rid of toxins and give our bodies a chance to heal, paying particular attention to strengthening the bladder and kidneys and boosting the immune system to prevent winter colds and flu.  Don’t know how to get started? For my easy to follow post holiday detox, click onto my shop where you can download my winter cleanse package.  Winter Detox Cleanse I will give you all the info you need and guide you thru a whole foods 5-7 day detox cleanse.

And for more info on how to stay healthy naturally all winter long check out my “Winterize Your Body” package which is in my shop as well.  Get right for the new year! Winterize Your Body


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Maciocia, Giovanni.  The foundations of Chinese Medicine:  A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and herbalists.  Second Edition.  Churchill Livingstone. 2005.

Pitchford, Paul.  Healing With Whole foods.  North Atlantic Books.  2002.


My Spring Detox Experience

Hi all you spring detoxers! Well I’m finally getting down to writing about my spring detox experience. It was pretty powerful, I have to say. I did find it much easier than my winter detox and although I eat pretty healthy in general, eliminating certain foods required of this cleanse and adding the seasonal ones in made a huge difference in how I feel; cleared out, more energized and my minor chronic health issues resolved!

The toughest part for me was getting off of the refined sweets, the bready things that I love. Man, we live in NYC-the finest bakeries and boulangeries on every street corner! Tough to resist! And although the detox was for a suggested 5-7 days, I figured if I could do it for that amount of time, why not try it for 10-14 days? I ended up doing it for 12 days w/one day “cheating” in the middle because I attended a wedding and I HAD to eat dessert and have a glass of champagne there!

I did experience some “sugar withdrawal symptoms” the first few days on the detox. I felt cranky and edgy –in need of my sweet fix (the stuff is like heroin!) but once I got thru the first 3 days I felt pretty good and my sweet cravings diminished. I satisfied them, by going for sweet vegetables (sweet potatoes, beets seem to do the trick for me), and I discovered organic dates as my go-to sweetie when I just couldn’t make it thru the nite w/o a little somethin! They completely satisfied my sweet tooth, just eating 2-3 of them and I felt satiated. It’s the creamy, gooey texture that does it for me. Kind of like a Godiva chocolate truffle but much healthier! I now have a supply on hand in the house for when the cravings hit. And the good thing is they don’t call to me all day long like chocolate in the house does. They’re just there when I need them. I’m so glad I got my dates!

Greens, greens and more greens! I was eating and drinking greens and sprouts til the cows came home and pooping green too (sorry for the graphic description), but really felt cleared and cleaned out and I KNOW my liver is thanking me. I lost a few lbs especially around the belly-that bloated fluff weight feeling-GONE! And allergies-no post nasal drip, no sinus congestion-getting off of sugar, dairy, processed wheat and alcohol and drinking green tea really eliminates my seasonal allergy symptoms.

I had a few epiphanies too. I noticed when I was feeling “flat,” bored or let down, I immediately wanted something sweet (or an alcoholic drink!) I see how I use sugar, desserts or alcohol to “feed my hungry heart.” Going for those “yin” like food substances is more of a habit and a desire to make me feel light and happy.

I can’t say enough about being off of refined sugars and how it affected my moods in a good way! One day, it was pouring rain out and I was heading into a crowded express subway stop, w/everyone trying to cram into the stairwell at the same time-like we pushy New Yorkers can do, umbrellas going every which way, and I actually caught myself smiling! I thought “easy does it-no worries, no hurry.” I was practicing daily meditations during the detox as well, and like they always tell me, it’s the subtle differences that meditation can make in our life. Definitely had a few moments of being “in the gap.”

And if you consider how we are all a microcosm of the world, it was ironic that as I was detoxing the toxins out of my body/mind and spirit last week, at the same time, the world was cleansed of a toxic energy in the form of Osama Bin Laden. Coincidental, maybe…

I discovered that if I have the healthy foods and snacks accessible, like carrots, celery, daikon radish, jicama already cut up and in the front of the fridge where I can see them, I will grab those, w/a little hummus, instead of something that’s not so healthy when I’m hungry and in a hurry. And I feel completely satisfied and nourished by eating them. Eating is all about creating new healthy habits in place of old not so healthy ones. As Melody Beattie says, “it takes 21 times to repeat something before it becomes a new habit.”

I know I have created some new eating habits but I can’t say I will quit refined sugars completely. A girl’s gotta have her chocolate cake once in awhile! I did notice once I was “clean,” and I ate something refined again, I got an instant headache! Yuck! This stuff is toxic to my body! At the very least, I’m trying to practice one of Michael Pollen’s “Food Rules”-snacks and sweets only on days that begin w/S.”

If you’re kicking yourself for missing our spring detox and you want to lose that bloat/fluff weight and be ready to fit into your summer bikini, it’s not too late. You can get access to the same exact information we covered in both the teleclass and the LIVE workshop! Our latest product offering is the actual teleclass recording where I guide you thru a simple whole food based, 5-7 day spring cleanse. You also receive the e-book, which is a complete transcript of the call, as well as all of the handouts from the class! CLICK HERE TO ORDER: Spring Detox and Cleanse

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Breakfast recipe for Spring Detox

Spring Detox Breakfast

Spring Detox Breakfast

Cold Kashi 7 Grain Nuggets cereal w/


Pumpkin seeds


Drizzle of maple syrup

Flaxseed meal

Side of cut up cantaloupe

Organic green tea

This complete breakfast has everything you need to jumpstart your day and energize you for a good 4 hours. Whole grains are a highly nutritious food, packed w/vitamins, fiber and B vitamins and because they are a complex carbohydrate they will give you long lasting sustained energy.  Sweeten it up w/the strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup which is a natural sweetener. Seeds are the energy of the future and along w/flax which is a good source of omega-3’s you get a powerhouse packed breakfast!

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Spring Detox-Day 1-Dandelions for Breakfast?

100_1147We have a great group of detoxers committed to starting their spring cleanse this weekend. Here’s a photo of some of us from the live detox class.  Congratulations to you all for taking this step to do some internal spring cleaning! In this spring cleanse we are particularly focusing on cleansing the two organs, the liver and the gallbladder, that according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, are the rulers over spring.

All the foods we are incorporating into this detox are spring foods, that are in season right now and that promote healthy liver/gallbladder cleansing. For instance, one in particular is dandelion greens. It is a potent liver detoxifier. Did you know that they are very high in vitamins and minerals and contain 15% protein? Who would of thunk it! A green that has protein in it. Here’s a recipe for breakfast using dandelion greens in your omelette that I made up this morning. Dee-licious!

Vegetable Frittata
4 eggs
Olive oil
A little ghee
Onions (chopped)
Red peppers (chopped)
Dandelion greens (cut up in pieces)
Mushrooms (chopped)
Broccoli (chopped)
Sea salt, fresh ground black pepper

Directions: Saute the vegetables in olive oil in a frying pan. (I add a smidgeon of ghee for flavor). Beat eggs separately w/a little water and then pour over sautéed cooked veggies. Cook on high heat pulling edges of cooked egg away from sides of pan w/spatula so to make sure most of egg gets cooked. Season w/salt and pepper. The center of egg will still be a little runny. Turn oven on broil and stick whole frying pan under broiler for no more than 1 or 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Egg will cook thru, puff up and brown up a bit. You’re done! Serve w/side of fruit or salad.

While we are cleaning out our bodies in this detox don’t forget to clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. This would be a good week to start meditation. If you already meditate-good for you. If not, here’s a simple meditation practice that can get you started. Daily OM Meditations

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