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Coconut Water and Mango Smoothie


Sweet and Spicy Smoothie
A delicious kale, fruit, coconut water, avocado smoothie w/a spicy cayenne pepper kick delicious for dinner or anytime.
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  1. 1/2 cup mango
  2. 1 cup blueberries
  3. 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  4. 1 cup kale
  5. 1 Tbsp. lemon
  6. 1/4 avocado
  7. 1/4 Tsp. cayenne pepper
  8. 1 Tbsp. flax seeds
  1. Mix all together in a blender. Enjoy!
  1. This was the dinner smoothie in Dr. Oz's 3 day detox diet.
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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
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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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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


Balch, Phyllis, A. Prescription for Nutritional healing. Avery Trade 2006

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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How to Make a Green Smoothie

It’s spring and because this is the season for greens, an easy way to get them into your diet is in the form of a smoothie.  No need to buy an expensive fancy juicer because you can make one in a regular ole blender.  Here’s a video and a recipe to show you exactly how to make one in less than 2 minutes.

Spring Recipe: Green Smoothie
1 cut up collard green leaf, stem and all
½ banana
½ cut up apple
4 ice cubes (if you like it cold like I do)
¾-1 cup water

Throw all ingredients into the blender and blend til smooth.


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 Recipe: Roasted Chicken, Broccoli, Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

100_1150This is what I cooked up for dinner on day 1 of the spring detox.  I’m keeping it clean by using organic chicken and vegetables and small amounts of olive oil which promotes healthy liver function. Bean sprouts have amazing curative qualities so I added them into the brocolli at the end of cooking.

Roasted Organic Chicken w/Broccoli, Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes


Organic chicken thighs

Olive oil

Red pepper


Fresh basil

Sea salt, fresh ground pepper

Sweet potatoes

Cayenne pepper





Bean sprouts

 In baking dish, spread out chicken thighs, cut up red pepper, mushrooms and fresh basil. Drizzle w/olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover w/aluminum foil. 

 Wash and cut up sweet potatoes in chunks. Spread out in another baking dish and drizzle olive oil, sea salt, paprika, a little cayenne pepper and mix all together so potatoes are coated. Place them in another baking dish-no need to cover them.

 Bake both dishes in 375-400 degree oven for about 1 hour.  Can take aluminum foil off of chicken for last 10 minutes to brown it up.

 While chicken and potatoes are cooking, wash and cut up broccoli, onion, garlic.  In pan-saute garlic and onion in olive oil.  Set aside.  Lightly steam broccoli til bright green in steamer pan.  Once done, add to onions and garlic, salt and pepper to taste and then add bean sprouts to quickly heat and stir in.


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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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Recipe of the week: Raw Kale Salad

kale in colanderHappy Spring! Well almost-it’s still cold here in NYC but spring is just around the corner. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the color associated with spring is of course, green! and the organs that rule over spring are the liver and the gallbladder.  This is the season to clean out those organs and nourish them with dark leafy greens. King kale (and it’s called that for a reason!) is one of the super green foods loaded w/vitamins and minerals and fiber. It is so strong and sturdy I think of it as a rake cleaning and clearing out all the sludge, fats and toxic residues that sit in our bodies from all the heavy winter eating!

Try this simple delicious raw kale recipe.  Make it ahead of time and it keeps in the frig for a few days. Also the longer it sits in the dressing the softer the kale becomes.  The lemon softens the kale to just the right texture and it doesn’t get mushy like most salad greens.

If you get inspired to clean up your internal house, join me for my spring detox (April 26, 27th-live event or teleclass) where I will guide you thru a 5-7 day whole foods spring cleanse.  Don’t worry you won’t starve or need to buy expensive supplements. We’re eating food all throughout it.  Check my events page for info coming soon. Joanne DiMauro website

Enjoy the kale salad!


1 head of kale cut up (w/o stems)

1 cut up apple

Currants or raisins

Slivered almonds

Parmesan cheese to taste

Dressing:  2 TBS olive oil, 2 TBS lemon juice from fresh lemon, tsp honey

Mix all together and that’s it!  Simple and delicious! It’s a hit w/everyone.

1 head of kale cut up (w/o stems)

1 cut up apple

Currants or raisins

Slivered almonds

Parmesan cheese to taste

 Dressing:  2 TBS olive oil, 2 TBS lemon juice from fresh lemon, tsp honey

Mix all together and that’s it!  Simple and delicious! It’s a hit w/everyone.