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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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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.


Go Green and Get off the Joe-Important Reasons to Drink Green or White Tea

Green and white tea are available in a range of varieties and have many health benefits. Some benefits are:

  1. High in antioxidants, which can promote stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, and lower rates of heart disease and some types of cancer.
  2. A good source of EGCG, a polyphenol that may help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, and boost the immune system.
  3. Antibacterial – a 2010 study from Egypt suggests that drinking green tea enhances the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs.”
  4. They are energy boosters, low in caffeine yet high in polyphenols which also can help eliminate seasonal allergies.
  5. Green tea can prevent blood glucose spikes after eating. Green Tea and Blood Glucose
  6. White tea may promote weight loss by inhibiting accumulation of fat in cells and stimulating fat burning activity. White Tea and Fat Cells
  7. Green tea generates new brain cells linked to improved memory and spatial learning and builds stronger bones. Green Tea and Memory

Introduce yourself to the healing powers of these teas by substituting a cup of green or white tea for a cup of coffee, and you will soon be enjoying the health benefits of this delicious beverage!

Eck you say, it tastes like grass. Not so! There are a plethora of delicious green teas out there!  Explore and experiment w/different ones and before you know it you will become a connoisseur of teas. Make sure you read the labels and be on the lookout for additives or enhanced “flavorings” which is code word for chemicals.

One of my favorites is Ban-cha, a great tasting toasted green tea.  Choice and Yogi brand teas are a few “clean” tea brands that you can usually find in your local Whole Foods.  They have no additives such as artificial sweeteners or flavorings. Joanne DiMauro website


Natural Relief for Allergies

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 as well as ones to boost your immune system which can actually eliminate them. Here are a few.

  1. For immediate relief try the herb freeze dried stinging nettle every 4 hrs instead of antihistamines.
  2. Wash pollen from hair, face and clothes before lying down to avoid spreading it on your pillow and bedding. Keep windows in bedroom closed at nite.
  3. Try nasal rinsing w/a neti pot or use a store bought bottle solution called Ayr. Rinsing the nostrils out (gently!) in the morning and evening with this mixture of warm water, sea salt and baking soda will clear out pollen and prevent sinus build up.
  4. Decrease intake of dairy products during this season. Dairy increases mucus and sets up a breeding ground for sinus bacteria to live and thrive in.
  5. Go green! Eating dark leafy greens (which are in season right now) will clear congestion and strengthen your respiratory system. Bump up your green tea intake. Drinking green tea daily will also, over time, build your immune system and help eliminate your allergies.  A great tasting one is Ban-cha (toasted green tea). Allergies are a lowered immunity response to stimuli.  Green tea is packed full w/phytonutrients and antioxidants which will boost your immune system.
  6. Try acupuncture.  It may have an immediate effect in relieving acute symptoms but I also found that it tends to have an accumulative effect in relieving allergies.

I highly recommend it for whatever ails you from muscle/joint pain to allergies/headaches/pms/menopausal symptoms.  It’s a good way to balance out your “chi” and keep your energy flowing throughout the body. It’s also a great compliment to the spring detox because it is one of the most efficient and effective ways to restore and renew yourself.  I always feel as though I just took a trip to Tahiti when I get a treatment. Ahhhhh….so relaxing.  If you’ve never tried it, you might give it a shot and see if it works for you.

Looking for a good practitioner? If you live in the NYC area, I highly recommend Kathy Yocum M.S.,L.Ac.  212-246-3153 or e-mail her for an appointment @ Kathy Yocum Acupuncture. She’s a terrific healer and is currently offering a special spring season package.