Archive for Elimination

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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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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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!

Ingredients:

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.

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Winter Detox/Cleanse-Special Promotion

winter detoxKicking yourself for missing our live detox workshop AND the teleclass?

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* Revitalizing your diet and your life by breaking out of negative thinking and
unhealthy patterns

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How to Lose Weight-does Acai really work?

why diets don't workNow you’ve done the detox and are feeling cleared out and slightly slimmer but couldn’t possibly think of maintaining that restrictive diet forever.  Afterall we are only human and being a purist can be too extreme for most of us living in this fast pace world and let’s face it, we love our extreme foods! I want my chocolate cake and eat it too! That being said, the goal is to fill the majority of your diet w/balanced whole foods; i.e. fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, lean animal proteins, limited healthy fats, lots of water and to minimize the extreme foods (i.e. the chocolate cake and wine). 

So how do you lose weight and keep it off?  There has been alot of information out there about acai and it’s weight loss benefits.  Many people have reported to me how it is working well for them.  Personally I’m not a big proponent of supplementation.  Our bodies are amazing machines-they know perfectly well how to digest and assimilate all the nutrients and eliminate what’s not necessary in whole foods.  Call me old school but I just don’t believe the body knows what to do w/singled out nutrients but knows perfectly well what to do with an apple. I’d prefer to get my nutrients from real whole foods because I know what’s in them. 

All the information I can find to read about acai (besides weight loss testimonials and sales pitches) are that it helps with elimination.  Elimination is a KEY factor in weight loss!  Do you know what a great poop looks like? 

One of the best ways to get yourself a great poop is to eat more greens (a great source of both fiber and magnesium).  Daily intake of fruit will also keep things moving.

 What A Great Poop Looks Like

  • You shouldn’t have to strain to have a bowel movement.  You should essentially sit down on the toilet and the poop will slide right out.
  • bowel movements should be painless
  • You will have a feeling of complete evacuation, and the urge “to go” will disappear for the moment.
  • The poop itself will be light brownish in color.  There can be some variation in color depending on what you have been eating (haven’t we all had those red poops after eating beets?)   
  • You are looking for a “golden banana” (of course it doesn’t need to be golden).  But the poop should be banana shaped with a point at the end.  Depending on how many times each day you “eliminate” you will want the poop to be about the size of a large banana too.
  • It is ok if the poop is more of a “cow pile” shape than a banana.  However, a hard little turds stuck together will indicate constipation. 
  • You should poop at least once each day, and up to three times is totally normal (even preferred).

It should take under 24 hours for food to pass from your mouth and out the other end.  You can check your elimination time by eating an identifiable food (like beets or kernels of corn) and checking to see how long it takes to show up after it has been eaten. 

Getting To The Perfect Poop

  • Add fiber to your diet. Flaxseed is a great source of fiber.  You will find lots of fiber in most vegetables, whole grains and beans.
  • Drink more water.  Once you have enough “bulk” in your system for a good poop, you need to keep it moving through your body efficiently with lots of water.  The rule of thumb with water is to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day (so if you weight 150 pounds, drink 75 ounce each day). 

Most of us are walking around in a state of slight dehydration and constipation. Drinking 1/2 your body weight in oz of water daily, eating a daily portion of greens and  ground flax seed are whole foods that do the trick and are much less costly than acai supplements.

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