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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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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

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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

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

I Love You with all my Liver

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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

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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

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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…

 

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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→

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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

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Health Tip of the Day

The National Cancer Institute recommends at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily.

Fiber has been shown to prevent some forms of cancer.  Fiber promotes healthy regular bowel movements and moves food quickly through the digestive tract to minimize the time that potential carcinogens are in the intestines.

The easiest way to get fiber in your daily diet is to eat fruit and vegetables (not juicing-it eliminates the fiber), eat beans and whole grains (i.e. brown rice, barley, oatmeal (but not instant oatmeal), popcorn (but not movie theatre popcorn!) The rule of thumb concerning whole grains: the longer the cooking time the more fiber they contain.

If you love your fresh juices but want to hold onto the fiber, all you need to do is make them in a regular blender.  Cut up greens, fruit and veggies into small chunks and put them in blender with some water and ice cubes. Certain fruits like bananas or avocados will make your juice drink thicker.  Here’s a quick demo of how to make a kale and fruit smoothie.

Green vegetable/fruit smoothie

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Health Tip of the Day

Dr. Oz says “desserts are metabolic suicide! ” To reduce that middle age spread cut out the sweets.  Okay, too extreme for you?  Then shoot for one of Michael Pollen’s food rules, “snacks and sweets on days that begin with S.” (Pollen, Food Rules).

Dr. Andrew Weill says, “contrary to what many women believe, menopause doesn’t lead to weight gain. Instead, the drop in estrogen redirects the process of fat storage in women from the hips to the abdomen.  But the weight gain so many women experience after menopause can’t be blamed entirely on hormonal changes. The fact is, as we get older, we need fewer calories because there’s a shift in body composition from lean muscle mass to fat and a consequent slowdown in metabolism. If you want to maintain your weight as you get older and avoid weight gain, you have to cut back your food intake by about 200 calories per day; this applies to men as well as women. The other part of the equation is exercise. ” (Menopause Re-arranges Women’s Fat)

Not that easy you say. So what else can you do? If you want the full explanation of what causes belly fat and what other tips you can take to lose it, go to my blog article: What Causes Middle Age Spread?

 

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Health Tip of the Day

Health Tip of the Day

Cortisol is a hormone released when you experience stress.  Elevated cortisol levels are directly related to accelerated signs of aging, skin disorders, memory loss, body fluid retention, belly fat and high blood pressure.

For more info on this topic check out my blog article: Lack of Sleep as Causal Factor in Belly Fat

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Health Tip of the Day

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who kept a food diary lost twice as much weight as those who did not.  And be honest w/yourself-if you taste it, lick it, chew it, or swallow it-it goes on the diary.

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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

For more information, detox articles, recipes, comments from the detoxers, go to: www.JoanneDiMauro.com

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I Love You With All My Liver


It’s Time for a Detox.  Happy Spring! 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. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the organs in our body that rule over the spring season are the liver and the gall bladder.  They carry out essential bodily functions, particularly digestion and processing of all nutrients we take into our bodies.  The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and is located in the right upper abdomen.  While life depends on our lungs, heart and circulation to bring oxygen, blood and nutrients to all cells of the body, the liver provides essential support to these processes.  It stores and distributes nourishment for the entire body. Everything gets filtered thru the liver first where it gets metabolized, packaged, stored or shipped out for use by other organs.

When alcohol, drugs, prescription medications or other poisons such as pesticides, chemicals and preservatives in the food we eat enter the body, they are also sent directly to the liver for processing.  Here they are detoxified and by-products are shipped out of the body through excretion. The liver halts all other metabolic processes until it metabolizes these substances first which can cause various problems such as fat accumulation in the liver (fatty liver). Think of your body as an amazing machine (which it is!) that operates most of the time, at utmost efficiency, but when we abuse it with over-consumption of chemicalized processed junk food, conventionally farmed raised meat, chicken & dairy products, excess sugar, alcohol, and tobacco, the liver basically shuts down production until it can filter through the junk!

We can’t live without our liver, yet it has an amazing capacity to regenerate itself after surgery, injury or illness.  Given the many vital activities of the liver we should express our feelings for others by saying “I love you with all my liver” instead of “with my heart.”  It’s not so romantic but it makes a valid point!

The sister organ to the liver is the gallbladder.  One of the liver’s many functions is to manufacture bile (detergent like substance that helps digest fats) which is then stored in the gallbladder for use when we ingest fats.

There are many natural food substances that support healthy function of the liver and gallbladder such as apples, fresh apple juice, beets and beet juice, and apple cider vinegar which help protect us from the chemicals, alcohol, and fatty foods that we consume.  Olive oil is also a great nutritive and fresh lemon and lemon water are good detoxifiers for the liver as well.

A whole foods spring detox is a great way to transition from the heavier, fatty winter foods to lighter spring seasonal foods.  These lighter foods will cleanse the organs, re-boot your system and help you lose weight in the process. A whole foods detox is just that-no starvation, you will be eating whole foods all during it. For example a typical dinner in my spring detox is: fillet of sole or flounder braised with sliced leeks, minced shallots and lemon with a side of greens and grains. I will be offering my Spring Detox Teleclass, Wed April 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm EST. For more information and how to register go to: Spring Detox Event

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