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WInTer 2013

Complimentary Issue

For The Long IsLand Woman

taylor dayne tells it to the heart of long island

getting organized

lisa gatti

strong island woman


Beauty Issue New Year, New You! Ignite The Passion

feng shui tips beauty, fashion

wellness plus long island’s health & wellness beauty | fashion | fitness | business finance | nutrition | inspiration | dining family life | home decor | and more!




Winter 2013


PUBLISHER Ta n y a L e e

WInTer 2013

Complimentary Issue


F e aT u r e s 16


For The Long IsLand Woman

taylor dayne tells it to the heart of long island


STRONG ISLAND WOMAN L I S A G AT T I getting organized

feng shui tips

lisa gatti

beauty, fashion

strong island woman


wellness beauty | fashion | fitness | business finance | nutrition | inspiration | dining family life | home decor | and more!



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Numberless Layer Dip combination of some or all of the following items: re-fried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, freshly diced tomatoes, chopped black olives, cooked taco meat or chicken. (You can also fill individual Tostitos “Scoops” with any of the above food items and top with cheese and an olive slice). “Fiesta time” in no time!

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Continue the special evening by lowering the lights and moving into darker chocolates and some silky red wines. Try the fruitier merlot grape, which will bring out the sweetness in the cocoa. Smell the chocolates to stimulate your senses, match the vanilla and honey notes to the aromas of the wine. You can easily sip and nibble your way through this bottle with your special someone.


first... Valentine’s Day brings images of sharing chocolate and wine with the one you love. What could be more romantic than presenting fresh strawberries dipped in white chocolate, matched with an elegant sparkling rosé. Your Valentine will know a special evening is about to begin.


Ending the evening with bittersweet and dark chocolates paired with more intense red wines is a match made in heaven. These bittersweet chocolates tend to pair well with very robust reds, such as a California Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. These darker chocolates tend to bring out the best of the fruit flavors in these higher tannic wines. This Valentine’s Day, indulge with decadent chocolates and luscious wines to share with your sweetheart. A simple rule to follow when pairing wines with chocolate is to match lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines; likewise, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be.

As your second course for romance, move on to a smooth milk chocolate with almonds to serve with a toasty Chardonnay. Sip the wine, and hold it in your mouth, notice the wine’s complexity, and which flavors come to mind. Now take a small bite of the chocolate, let it sit on your tongue. When it just begins to melt, sip the wine again and swirl together with the chocolate. n Lorraine Pomes



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Beauty Issue New Year, New You! Ignite The Passion

We’ve all been there…caught by surprise when friends or relatives drop by unexpectedly. No need to fret! Pop open a bottle of wine, and whip up some magnificent hors d’oeuvres and appetizers using items you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator. Suggested foodstuff to have on hand: • Large Flour Tortillas • Bagel Chips, Ritz crackers, Tostitos “Scoops” Chips • Cheeses: i.e. bag of shredded Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Brie, Sour Cream • Perdue® Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breast • Salsa and Marinara Sauce • Canned Tuna, Olives, Re-fried Beans, Nuts, Craisins®




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The basis of lip rejuvenation is to create a more youthful, healthier appearance while maintaining the correct aesthetics of the mouth. Correctly performed, you should get comments like “you look great, new makeup?” or “I love the lipstick you are wearing”. It should be a natural look, but unfortunately, there are many of us that equate lip enhancement with what we see on TV. Let’s understand a bit about lips. Studies show that when engaging another person, the primary focal points are the lips and the eyes.

Remember, because we each have our own lip structure, not everyone can have Angelina Jolie lips! Though there is no agreed upon ideal, generally, the lips should be symmetric and the lower lip fuller than the upper lip by 20-50% depending on age, facial structure and your personal desires. The procedure, when performed correctly, should also help correct drooping corners of the mouth and smokers lines. This same procedure, utilizing “fillers”, is also a great solution for young women that have thin lips who would like fuller lips and a more sensual appearance. n Wayne Wertheim, M.D. Medical Director Island Medical Laser Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516-299-5500 |

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The north wind, as if a scorned lover, bellows out a frigid roar, leaving the trees naked and trembling. In these cold days and nights, we retreat indoors, seeking refuge from the bitter elements, as if hibernating, in wait for the warm caress of Spring to return. Some of us seek comfort in the arms of a lover by the fireplace, protected from nature’s fury. Others long for the ideal companion who does not judge, does not demand, does not disappoint, one who appreciates our strengths and accepts our weakness, one who knows when to give advice and more importantly, when to listen.

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However, love is often fleeting, difficult to catch, and perhaps more difficult to sustain. After all, songs about heartache top the charts because we have each felt its pain. Yet despite this heartache, we pick ourselves up and try to turn the corner one more time, looking for the one who takes our breath away, not for a minute or two but for a lifetime. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” – Lao Tzu. Yet despite its ability to attack and scar, love is still the truest of all the rewards in life, so we continue to let it define us. This Valentine’s Day, while you seek to find romance with someone new, or rekindle the passion with the one who once took your breath away; remember to also renew your courage to seek a better you, a better world, a better

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This winter season, the sales outnumber the snowflakes. With bargain signs everywhere, where do you start? 90% off is a pretty tempting draw. Just remember, regardless of what something costs, how good you look depends mainly on how wisely you choose. Here are 9 tips to out-smart those sales:

Don’t buy anything at 50-70% off if it is not something that you would want at regular price. Exception: If it’s a hot and obvious trend that looks totally fabulous, buy this thrill and enjoy knowing it will have a very limited life.

Attack the bargain racks like you’re shopping for groceries–with a list of what you actually need for your wardrobe. Advanced tip: What you buy should go with at least 2 pieces you already own. Try before you buy when the sale price is marked “Final Sale”. Many ultra bargains are not returnable. Don’t spend if you’re not sure.

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Take garment care into consideration. If it is something you’ll have to dry clean with each and every wear, then your bargain may no longer be a bargain. If it looks inordinately delicate and you are afraid it won’t hold up to cleaning/washing, maybe it is best left in the store. Poor workmanship doesn’t hold up at any price. You can’t go wrong with high quality basics from designers that you normally wouldn’t/ couldn’t spend the money on.

No matter how inexpensive, it is not a great deal if it doesn’t fit with your needs. It will end up being a cheap find stuck in the back of your closet. Save that money and put it towards something you can’t wait to wear.

Is it a flattering color; does it suit your figure or physique; is it the proper length? By the way, these are questions to ask yourself before ANY purchase.

A real steal is a garment you truly need in a color you’ll wear often. Basic colors like grey, beige, brown, navy or black are easy to coordinate with other items and stay in style forever.

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by Sara Fingerman Taylor Dayne celebrates twenty-five years in the music industry, and is still as vibrant and talented as ever. From her top hits such as Tell It To My Heart to Love Will Lead You Back, Dayne made music history with her strong vocals and outgoing personality. Last October, Dayne was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and still continues to “wow” her audiences.


As a child, who did you enjoy listening to on the radio?


: I grew up here on Long Island, and was a true product of my environment. The hip Top 40 radio station at the time was WABC. The 70’s were just jaw-dropping in terms of talent and music. I enjoyed the eclectic sounds and artists that filled the Top 40. From The Carpenters to Bill Withers, Three Dog Night, Stevie Wonder, Ohio Players, Marvin Gaye…


I appeared in was Mel Brooks’ “Archie and Mehitable”. In 2001, I played the role of Amneris in “Disney on Broadway’s Aida”.


I had the honor of watching your live performance at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala this past October. I felt very connected to your performance because of your energy and beautiful voice. Tell us your most exciting experience as a live performer.


: What is your favorite childhood memory about Long Island?

: The beauty of live performance is the energy of the room, the connection with the fans, and the reciprocity.



What music do you listen to today and who inspires

: We moved from the Bronx to Baldwin when I was super little. The beaches were only 25 minutes away off the Robert Moses Causeway. When I was sad, I would ask my Dad to take a drive to the beach, because at night, all the little bunnies would be eating the grass along the road and I would count them. I also enjoyed the pool in the summertime.

: I listen to an eclectic mix, some days, it’s classic rock, then I throw on KISS FM. Some days, like on a Sunday for instance, I put on K-EARTH for some 70’s music, just for the nostalgia of Sunday morning in the 70’s.



: Did you always aspire to be in the music industry or did you ever want singing to just be a hobby?




Are you excited about your induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame?


: I’ve always wanted to be in the music industry. I had my first solo in kindergarten, and then again in 4th grade. I was in my first band in tenth grade, then my solo career at 20.

: To mark 25 years of making music and standing out in NY and LI as one of the artists that broke through and have had a successful career in music is a milestone, and a very exciting and important moment in my life.


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What are you working on today?

I understand when you began your music career, you recorded tracks from musicals like “Man of La Mancha”. When you visit New York, is there any particular musical you enjoy?

I’m touring a lot and re-releasing my greatest hits with new music and production.



: Actually, I never really enjoyed musicals all that much except for a handful of extraordinary ones. “Jules Stynes”, “Gypsy”, “Funny Girl”, “Peter Pan” and “Fiddler on the Roof” are a few of my favorites. During my childhood I was exposed to tons of theatre, as my parents were avid members of every off-Broadway theatre. The first musical

What advice would you give Gem Magazine LI readers about pursuing their dream?


: Dreams are meant to be held very close to your heart, kept in sight and to work tirelessly towards. Goals are set to be achieved as dreams continue to inspire you.

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They need to be covered. Many large corporations such as banks, insurance companies, marketing firms and even restaurant chains do not allow tattoos to show. If you can hide your tattoos comfortably using clothing, make sure you do it. If they are on your hands, wrist, neck or any other area difficult to cover with clothing, you will need to use makeup at least for the interview. There are a few products out there that can cover, but they are not really mainstream, so do not walk into a retail beauty environment expecting a miracle. However, it is possible, so there are no excuses. I, myself have a few techniques and have mastered the art of tattoo coverage, so I am here for you ladies that need it.

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programs give victims of sexual assault and violence a forum where they can share their personal stories of tragedy and triumph to help build confidence and selfesteem in themselves and others. In the past, actors, musicians and others in the community have taken to the stage to act out true stories of violence against women. For many, telling their stories gave them a “voice” for sure to wear the appropriate coverage for your skin the first time. “We have stories from women who were concern needs. If you have minor skin concerns such ashere children, victims of domestic violence, asabused a pimple or there or redness, a concealer and sexually assaulted and brutally attacked,” tinted moisturizer combination will work great.said If you Lidia. “People in concerns tears. It’s such a powerful thing.” have moderate to majorare skin as hyperThese stories, orskin, “virtual canmedium also pigmentation or acne-prone youvoices,” may need to be found that on the NOWSA’s full coverage. However, does not meanWebsite you will have to look “heavy”; you can find several well-matched and ( natural looking foundations at Voices your local retailer. “Designer for abeauty Cause” is an Once you have evenedannual out your usefashion a touchshow of your redskin, carpet favorite blush color on event the cheeks give youfashions a rosy glow. wheretodesigner are modeled by celebrities, pageant title holders and other Nude andmembers natural with a thin line of black or of the community. brown pencil and some mascara. Avoidand using mascara on “Comedy Voices” “Golfer’s the bottom lash line, as itare is more appropriate evening Voices” similar events thatforraise and more formal occasions, not professional attire. It can awareness about violence against women deepen the appearance of the eyes, which you do not want and teens. for everyday. Important note, stay away from shimmer and Building Self-Esteem sparkles and no contour/dark color necessary. We want A key ready-to-work part of the NOWSA’s bright eyes! mission is building selfesteem for women. “So many of us lack confidence,” said Lidia. “We’re hoping that if we can instill this in young girls it will stick with them for the rest of their Try to match the color of your lips to a lipstick lives, and help with every decision they make. “



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HEALTH&WELLNESS how a diagnosis of

PCOS doesn’t

have to define your life

Unfortunately, as many as five million women in America are battling Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ever y day. I am not the only one this affects. This is my stor y and how I didn’t let it ruin my life. One day in the summer of 2010, I was brushing my hair, and noticed clumps of hair in the brush. I’ve always had very thick hair and of course, wanted to know what was causing this issue. I was also having terrible acne flare-ups, and it started to become difficult for me to lose weight. I had very irregular periods, sometimes I would skip four months or it wouldn’t even come at all. I went to my gynecologist, took the tests, and it was confirmed. So, what is the clinical definition? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) disrupts the menstrual cycle, which can lead to fertility issues. Caused by excessive testosterone and insulin, PCOS can produce various symptoms, such as irregular periods, weight gain, acne flare-ups, and hair on the face, chest or back. Here are some tips on how to control your insulin levels. This research has helped me the past few years, and will hopefully help any GEM readers that are also diagnosed with PCOS.

Watch Your Diet

Refined carbohydrates, like white bread, white rice, pastries, candy, etc., can create insulin resistance, one of the main problems of PCOS. Choosing whole grains, increasing lean protein, and eating more vegetables can help to decrease symptoms and stabilize hormone levels. You should also try to avoid trans-fats and saturated fats, opting instead for virgin olive, flax, cod liver, and fish oils.

Exercise Daily

For women with PCOS, exercise is a NECESSITY. Research indicates that regular exercise may improve PCOS and increase fertility. I started off slowly, on the treadmill for an hour a day in the beginning. After a while, I began going to cycling and Zumba classes. Now, I am doing that with weight training as well.

Reduce Stress

Did you know that chronic stress from any source, like your job, boyfriend, husband, even finances can upset the

balance of your hormones and cause weight gain across your mid-section? Work on ways to deal with your stress, including getting enough rest, eating well, and sharing your feelings with someone you trust.

Know You Are Not Alone

Former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham had four children with soccer legend David Beckham, and is very open about having PCOS.


Don’t be afraid to call your healthcare provider with additional questions. n Sara Fingerman Contributing Writer Gem Magazine LI,


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Surviving and Thriving with Heart, Soul, Spirit, Purpose, and True Grit As women, we shoulder a lot of responsibilities. Nowhere was that more apparent than during our recent time of crisis this past Fall when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our homes and lives. Suddenly our natural instincts to love, nurture, protect, sustain, and uplift ourselves and those around us kicked into extreme high gear. We went into automatic survival mode where we were tested mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Mustering up the mental and physical metal so necessary to foster survival during such a monumental crisis is never easy. However, we were able to do it with grace, strength, tenderness, and tears. Just realizing our fortitude and what we’re made of is extremely comforting. When we step up to the plate to protect ourselves and our loved ones from Mother Nature, our instincts propel us to go to maximum lengths to ensure that we’re all safe from the elements and sustained by the very basic needs - shelter, food, water, and sanity. To varying degrees, we were indeed tested to see what we are made of-some much more than others. When we finished tending to our basic survival needs, we were then thrust into quite different responsibilities of finding ice to save our food, maintaining communication with the outside world, and making sure our homes were safe. Suddenly, getting home before dark was important with no street lights working. Making sure we had enough gas in our vehicles to secure our basic essentials was important too. For so many, however, just getting to a safe place or higher ground was necessary to survive. Abandoning homes, losing pets and precious mementos became absolutely heart wrenching, however it was necessary to survive. When the magnitude of what just happened settled in, our hearts went out to those who lost their loved ones, homes, pets, and possessions. Once we were re-connected visually to assess what happened, heroic and heartwarming stories unfolded of people just helping people. The grassroots effort of volunteering is alive and well. As the rebuilding efforts begin, the landscape of our area is sure to change, however, the collective soul of its people, their true grit and spirits will not. We’re all made of something inside that just can’t be broken. Surviving and thriving is what we do best and the world has now seen exactly that in full force. n Marianne LiBretto, L.H.M.C BioLogical Wellness | 516- 997-5852

Have you ever wondered what your resilience aptitude and potential is? Agreeing with each of the statements below indicates top resilience! 1. 2.

I don’t let little things bother me I am grateful for simple things like family, having enough to eat, love, etc. 3. I make decisions easily 4. Spirituality, or belief in God, plays an important role in my life 5. I don’t mind asking for help when I need it 6. I embrace change 7. I always try to put problems in perspective and see “the big picture” 8. I don’t mind admitting when I’m wrong 9. I always bounce back after a big let down 10. I consider myself an optimist What you can do to improve your resilience aptitude right now: Think of three examples of bad things that happened to you in the past that ultimately turned out for the best. Now apply any insights you might have from these past events to your current life circumstances. Is there something going badly now, that eventually might turn out to be for the best? Like a relationship, job or financial situation? Move in new directions and practice your resilience! n Eileen Lichtenstein, MS. Ed. CEO, Balance & Power, Inc. | 516 623 4353

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Eight wide-open acres of farmland just a half-mile from the LIE…only in Islandia, NY, is Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, a therapeutic equine program that facilitates growth, learning and healing. For the hundreds of clients who visit weekly-children and adults with disabilities, those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised, Pal-O-Mine has become an oasis of hope.   Looking out her office window, Founder and Executive  Director Lisa Gatti keeps a watchful eye on a 12-year-old rider trotting along in the arena. A car accident at age 2 left the girl in critical condition, and although her doctor advised “pulling the plug,” her parents never gave up

hope. Against overwhelming odds, this fighter of a child  has overcome enormous struggles. Today, ten years later, she is out there on this beautiful field, navigating around  obstacles with her trusted quarter horse that has become her best friend.   “The horses put her on a level playing field, an  opportunity that so many kids with challenges never get,” said Lisa. “It makes no difference to her horse that her feet are in adaptive stirrups or her hands are holding reins made especially for her. She’s riding independently out there. Our clients experience that feeling of self-worth often for the first time in their lives.”   A non-profit 501©3 organization, Pal-O-Mine is a safe 

Our horses help youth who want to believe in themselves. They help kids who can’t speak, see, or hear to find new ways to connect with the world and build confidence. haven for so many. “Their horses become their best friend, someone they can share their stories with, to cry to, to enjoy happiness with.” Lisa started Pal-O-Mine in 1995. The idea came from a Danielle Steel novel she read in college, when she realized she could combine her passions for horseback riding and teaching. After learning how her work inspired Lisa, Ms. Steel sent Pal-O-Mine an $8,000 check signed with “Good Luck!”, becoming one of Lisa’s first financial  backers. Pal-O-Mine uses horses to help treat and heal physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. The horses teach trust, responsibility and loyalty. Pal-O-Mine contracts with alternative schools to facilitate character education curricula for elementary through high school-aged students that encourage positive behaviors. The curricula meet academic standards, and all of Pal-O-Mine’s teachers are certified. For children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, “The horse’s movement gives input  to a patient’s vestibular system, improving hand-eye coordination, balance, gross motor control and trunk control,” Lisa said. “Our horses help youth who want to believe in themselves. They help kids who can’t speak, see, or hear to find new ways to connect with the world  and build confidence.” “These are incredible kids and adults with so much courage,” said Lisa, talking about the difference Pal-OMine has made to the lives of their clients. “It could be that a student who was never able to hold up their own body for more than a minute, can now sit up for 15 minutes. That’s huge,” she said. Pal-O-Mine works with a wide array of at-risk groups. For victims of domestic violence, the horses represent their freedom, and they learn confidence and how to  set boundaries. The Horses Healing Veterans program is tailored for our military suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury. There are programs for children who have been bullied, for young adults with mental illness and for those who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse. Horses do not discriminate; they live in the moment and are acutely aware of their surroundings and environment, making them the perfect tool to address presenting issues. Pal-O-Mine is not state-funded, which means they rely

solely on donations. Anyone can adopt a horse, or a rider, or a school district to help keep Pal-O-Mine doing the wonderfully innovative and effective work they are doing. With 400 students working with 19 therapy horses weekly, Pal-O-Mine’s 150 volunteers and six full-time paid staff are busy. But they’re all dedicated to giving back. “Everyone wants to be here because of a love for the animals, the environment, and our clients. All of us get back so much more than we give,” said Lisa. “It’s so nice to make a difference.” Visit, (631) 348-1389. Hillary Call

FOOD&NUTRITION Fabulous, Tasty Snacks You Can Throw Together in Minutes! We’ve all been there…caught by surprise when friends or relatives drop by unexpectedly. No need to fret! Pop open a bottle of wine, and whip up some magnificent hors d’oeuvres and appetizers using items you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator. Suggested foodstuff to have on hand: • Large Flour Tortillas • Bagel Chips, Ritz crackers, Tostitos “Scoops” Chips • Cheeses: i.e. bag of shredded Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Brie, Sour Cream • Perdue® Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breast • Salsa and Marinara Sauce • Canned Tuna, Olives, Re-fried Beans, Nuts, Craisins®


Super quick and super tasty. Place flour tortilla on a medium hot frying pan, sprinkle with shredded cheese, cover with another tortilla. Flip when cheese melts slightly and heat for another minute or two. Serve with salsa and sour cream. If you’re feeling more “Italiano”, spoon on some marinara sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese when the tortilla is on the pan. Remove when cheese has melted, then cut into quarters. In a glass parfait bowl, layer any

Numberless Layer Dip combination of some or all of the following items: re-fried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, freshly diced tomatoes, chopped black olives, cooked taco meat or chicken. (You can also fill individual Tostitos “Scoops” with any of the above food items and top with cheese and an olive slice). “Fiesta time” in no time!

Brown Sugar Brie

Place any size firm, whole Brie cheese on a baking dish and coat with a few tablespoons of firmly packed brown sugar and coarsely chopped pecans. Bake until sugar melts. Serve with bagel or crackers and Voilà, elegant appetizer extraordinaire!

Pinwheels Lettuce Wraps

Lay out some clean, fresh Boston Lettuce leaves and fill with tuna salad or chopped chicken with peanuts, Craisins® and a little mayo or cream cheese. Healthy and delicious!

Give a fun and decorative spin to boring sandwiches. Simply place some cold cuts like ham, turkey or roast beef and cheese slices with some lettuce on a tortilla, roll it up, place toothpicks along the roll and cut into small “pinwheels”.

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HEALTHY BODY & MIND and blood clotting. When does the madness stop? Never, as calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium are all found in good amounts inside this baby! Go Okra! Want more? What woman wouldn’t? Okra is an amazing source of folates. One serving computes to 22% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). And what does this mean to us? By eating your RDA of folic acid everyday you can significantly decrease your risk for certain defects in offspring, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Well, sign me up!

OKRA Happy New Year, my fellow nutrition followers! What better way to begin 2013 than in a healthy direction. Let’s start the new year by learning about Lady Fingers. What? Mikey T has got you pondering already. Now, I’m sure you can gather I am not talking about those light and sweet sponge cakes. It’s my dear old Louisiana favorite, okra! Don’t judge a zebra by her stripes just yet, even though it may be the top hated vegetable in the world; either because of its “slimy” juice or its odd appearance. Okra is a

He Too Just Wants To Be Loved low calorie “super veggie” that only contains 30 calories, 0g fat, 7g carbs, 2g protein, 3g fiber per cup. They are notably included in cholesterol control and weight reduction programs by nutrition professionals. Are we keeping score? If so, we just scored a touchdown…with okra! And bring on the vitamins! Okra is rich in vitamin-A and B-complex group, with vitamin-C largely packed in, and by now, we know why they are so important. The pods are also a great source for vitamin-K which is needed for bone strengthening

So how about we decide to rotate your snack foods once again? We all crunch away on celery, it’s delicious and nutritious. Yes, even the little ones get it zip-locked into a brown bag lunch. Okra is an amazing “switch-a-roo” with actual nutritional status. Roast up these pods with a little olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper for 15-20 minutes at 425◦. Serve with a fun, spicy ginger sauce that heated up my family over the holiday season: 1/3 cup tomato paste 1 tbsp white vinegar 1 cup cold water 12 small chilies, chopped 3 tbsp ginger, grated 3 tbsp garlic, crushed 1 red onion, chopped 2 tsp sea salt 1 tbsp thyme, chopped Toss everything in a saucepan and simmer it for 15-20 minutes, keep an eye on it. Let it cool down, and puree in food processor, that’s it! Save it, store it, eat it! n Michael Nack Follow me on Twitter @PTmikeyT

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Handling Your Teen’s Relationship Break-Up The end of a romantic relationship is hard even for an adult. When you’re a teenager it’s even tougher: hormone changes make emotions run high, every slight is seemingly exaggerated and peer pressure makes it even worse. Parents can help make this transition a little easier. Here’s what to say – and not to say – when your teen’s having trouble: Worst Things to Say to a Teen When a Relationship Breaks Up: • “You’ll get over it” • “There are other fish in the sea” • “You’re too young for a serious relationship” While these statements are meant to make your teenager feel better, they actually make them feel worse by dismissing their feelings. What your teen needs are comments that validate their self-worth and let them know that your support for them is unwavering. By far the most important statement you can make to your teen is the following: “Tell me more.” Be a good listener. Turn off the TV, set aside one-on-one time so your teen can get what’s bugging them off their chest. Teens need to feel heard – it helps them understand that they matter, and that helps rebuild their selfesteem in the aftermath of a break-up. Watch for signs of depression including isolation and lack of interest in friends or activities. Concerned? Call LICC’s hotline at 516-679-1111. n Hillary Call Long Island Crisis Center Volunteer | 516-679-1111 |




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Homeless Long Island Pets Get Help from Ellen and, a website dedicated to feeding homeless pets, and Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company Halo, Purely for Pets, helped five Long Island animal shelters and rescues kick off the new year with a large donation of healthy food. The donation was part of the Freekibble. com and Halo Holiday Kibble Drop, where, throughout December, semi-trucks delivered 500,000 meals to 69 shelters and rescues across the United States, many in areas hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. On Long Island, Bobbi and the Strays, Almost Home, Rescue Ink, Bide-a-Wee and the Shelter/Rescue Partnership received a collective 65,000 meals for the pets in their care. The Kibble Drop stopped at Pet Supplies Plus in Oceanside, where the organizations came to pick up their donations. Shelters and rescues impacted by the storm are still struggling to rebuild and replenish their supplies. “Sandy devastated us,” says Diana Seoane Beiro from Bobbi and the Strays. “We lost so much – supplies, medicine, food, everything. This boost of

(food) inventory is great. It enables us to help others as well.” was founded by 16-year-old Mimi Ausland, when she was just 11. Visitors visit or its companion site,, and answer a pet-related trivia question. For each question answered (right or wrong), donates 10 pieces of Halo Spot’s Stew to pets in need. and Halo believe the holidays are a great time to make large donations like this. Organizations that feed the pets in their care high quality food like Halo, say it makes a notable difference in the pets’ health and well being and even their adoptability. In a recent survey of 85 shelter professionals, 71% said that better food quality “definitely helps” dogs and cats to get adopted. Helping homeless pets find their forever homes is a cause important to Halo co-owner Ellen DeGeneres. “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about. I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” she says.

Dogs love to be entertained with a tasty chew treat. In many pet stores, you can find a variety of natural and synthetic varieties, from knotted or bone-shaped rawhide, to animal parts like ears or knuckles, to assorted straight or spiral sticks in a wide range of sizes. All of these are designed to occupy our pets, exercise their jaws and stimulate their senses. If you look a little closer when selecting chew treats, you will find a growing edible variety designed to promote dental health and, in some cases, provide nutritional benefits. What a great idea! Our pets can get their “chew on” while gently scraping plaque off their teeth and ingesting beneficial ingredients to help their immune system, freshen breath, promote a shiny coat and naturally calm anxiety. Halo offers Spot’s Chews, natural and healthy edible dental treats in a variety of flavors and appropriately sized for toy, small and medium-sized dogs. Made with whole grains, nutrient dense chia and assorted beneficial fruits, these heart-shaped chews are highly digestible, low fat and satisfying. Unlike animal part chews that may have a strong smell, all Spot’s Chews have pleasing aromas identified by their names: Minty Fresh, Yummy Pumpkin or the newest addition: Nutty Banana, offering a natural antioxidant blast from ingredients like pomegranate. All are formulated free of wheat gluten, corn or soy. When feeding any edible chew, keep in mind that your pet is ingesting additional calories, so adjust his food intake accordingly to keep him at a healthy weight. Follow feeding instructions, monitor chewing and always have fresh drinking water available. n Bettie Hamilton a Northport resident, is the VP of Marketing & Product Development for Halo, Purely for Pets.

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Feng Shui TipS Your living and working space reflects how you feel about yourself. Because we spend our waking hours in our space, it is important to create the right environment.

The spatial arrangement of the furniture also contributes to our wellbeing. For example, in the ideal work area, the desk should be facing the door and is set back into the room, allowing for as wide a view as possible of your surroundings. A solid wall behind the desk provides a sense of safety while you work. Take the time to be aware of your space. Our environment affects how we feel when we live and work.

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Feng Shui teaches us that energy needs to circulate and flow easily in order to allow balance and harmony into our environment. This enables us to clear our thinking, improve our mood, and keep us focused. When we are confused, overwhelmed, or incapable of moving ahead, it might mean that there is too much clutter in our space, and it blocks the flow of energy. By organizing our space effectively, we attract balance into our living and working area. It is important to discard items that no longer serve us. Items displayed on tabletops and desks should be easily accessible and necessary for everyday use. Closets, drawers, and cabinets are notorious hiding places for outdated and forgotten objects. Even

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HOME&GARDEN When purchasing a home, coming up with a down payment plus the closing costs may not always add up. If you have limited funds on hand, or don’t want to deplete your entire savings account, a seller’s concessions may be the answer. A seller’s concession is a set dollar amount or percentage of the purchase price that a seller agrees to contribute towards your closing costs. This would reduce the amount of money you would need to bring to the closing table when purchasing a home. Typically the allowable amount is between 3% and 6% of the purchase price. These contributions allow some of the closing costs to be financed over the life of the loan, but be sure to consult a mortgage specialist to evaluate if a concession would be beneficial or allowed, as there may be restrictions. Seller’s concessions can not be paid in cash to the buyer, so any unused portion will revert back to the seller, so calculate accordingly. Your mortgage specialist may be able to include your request for a seller’s concession in your pre-approval letter, so when working with your realtor and/or attorney, it can be part of the negotiations. Seller’s concessions, when used properly, might be the help would-be buyers need to purchase a home sooner rather than later, because less out of pocket funds are needed. First time home buyers, who often need assistance in purchasing their first home, may want to utilize a seller’s concession as well. A seller’s concession may be the difference between dreaming about owning a home or the American Dream of Home Ownership. n Rosemarie Kluepfel NYS Licensed Mortgage Specialist NMLS #40311 | 631-881-5110


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Selling Your Home in Winter - Advantage or Disadvantage? Lawns are covered with fallen leaves, and the first snow of the impending winter has lightly covered the ground. Days are shorter, with limited sunlight and the house is colder, so the oil burner has kicked on. Through these dark days of winter, the weather conditions can make selling a home even more stressful, but sellers needn’t hibernate ‘til the Spring. While it is difficult to create the curb appeal of the Spring/Summer when the flowers are in bloom and the trees are filled with leaves, it is not impossible; and making the effort to showcase the house inside and out can likely close the deal. Throughout the winter months there are fewer showings, but that can be more to the seller’s advantage. If buyers are motivated because of relocation, or if they have already sold their home and need to find a new home, they are serious buyers. The slow market provides more attention from agents and less competition from other homes, so take advantage of this and make sure your home stands out from others. Some tips for preparing a home for sale in winter: . Keep walkways and driveways clear of snow and ice. Try to keep snow in front yard untouched, it just looks nicer

. Check outside lighting - is it adequate and inviting? . Hopefully mailbox, front door and general appearance of the home has been maintained . Walking through the front door, sellers need to create a warm and inviting environment . Heat should be adjusted so buyers are comfortable, and if there is a fireplace, keep it turned on to create a cozy ambiance - it gives off some light also . Make the most of the available light - wash windows, clean blinds and keep curtains open all the way . Turn on lights, light scented candles, creating a relaxing feeling . Make the home turnkey - not a turkey. A Staging Consultation from a Professional Home Stager can prepare a List of Recommendations to further prepare the home to show at its best, and better than all the rest! So, don’t feel it’s not worth listing the house ‘til the Spring - if buyers love the home when the weather is cold and gloomy, they’re going to love it the rest of the year! n Barbara Quitonil Creatively Transformed 631-766-7711 |

Home Is Where The Heart Is The following are some definitions and quotes about HOME as they relate to a residence: A place where one lives; a residence: domicile, house The social unit formed by a family living together Pennisetums

The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment A dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it; a household An environment offering security and happiness A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin A familiar or usual setting: congenial environment; also: the focus of one’s domestic attention: Habitat “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...but how much love we put in that action.” -Mother Teresa “Any old place I can hang my hat is home sweet home to me.” -William Jerome “Home wasn’t built in a day.” -Jane Sherwood Ace “We know that when people are safe in their homes, they are free to pursue their dream for a brighter economic future for themselves and their families.” -George Pataki “Where thou art, that is home.” -Emily Dickinson “Seek home for rest, for home is best.” -Thomas Tusser “A man’s house is his castle.” -James Otis n Lisa Albinowski

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Designing Your “Resilient” Landscape: A Lesson Learned from Hurricane Sandy

Take a walk around your neighborhood on one of these brisk winter mornings and have a look at the surrounding natural scenery…what do you see? Fallen tree limbs, piles of leaves, crushed flowerbeds, and barnacle-encrusted nautical debris washed up on the sands of the north and south shores…countless ruined gardens, messy yards, and damaged landscapes. Long after hurricane Sandy swept over us with her incredibly devastating winds, rains, and tidal force, our community remains locked in a strange state of disarray. Cleanup and recovery efforts continue here on Long Island, despite the fact that the “perfect storm” struck us many weeks ago. Moving forward, Long Islanders must take this storm as a learning experience. Take this opportunity to dream up your ideal landscape to replace your former outdoor space. However, consider having a “resilient” landscape installed, one that will better withstand any future destructive weather events. Try a cleverly designed outdoor space that includes hearty flora, high-quality hardscape features, and other components of your garden that are installed in smart ways. For instance, by restricting the flora in your landscape exclusively to areas with quality soils and proper drainage, healthy native plants will be less likely to uproot in future storms. Try planting slightly smaller, more “flexible” species of indigenous trees, and heavily prune away dead wood from existing ones. Garden Rooms also suggests planting ornamental grasses. Try miscanthus and pennisetums, which are beautiful as well as coldtolerant, easily withstanding our New York winters. Covering bare spots in your garden with grasses and other low-growing plants helps to keep soils together and also allows for maximum absorption of rainwater. Such smart outdoor designs work with nature to safeguard against future damage! Who knows what the next storm will bring! n Mary Rosenvinge Garden Rooms and Landscapes Northport 631-754-8065 |


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finally... Finally, discuss repaying lingering holiday debt with your significant other to ensure you are both on the same page and can work as a team in resolving the debt. Approach your household budget and spending as you would a business and be aware of what cash flow is needed in order to keep it functioning. Working within a budget can help you realize what purchases you cannot afford and where expenses can be potentially eliminated for freeing up funds that can be redirected toward repaying holiday debt. Whenever possible, use cash instead of credit for everyday expenses to ensure you stay within budget.

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Every January, the gym I frequent is packed. So what happens in February and March? Where did all of those people go? The problem is not in making a decision. The problem lies in our discipline and dedication to the decisions we make and how we plan to execute them. This is the difference between a life choice and status quo. As an example, let’s make a decision to “be a healthier you”starting now. This decision can become a “life changing decision based on what you do after you make the decision”. Too many people overrate decisionmaking and underrate decision-managing. There are two possibilities in making a decision: Manage incorrectly and having average to poor results. Manage correctly and having great results. We need both decision-making and managing our decisions to get off the ground and stay-the-course. Now, let’s get to how we can make your decision “to be a healthier you” actually work. The Disciplines You Practice Today Will Give You a Better Tomorrow

Making decisions has no real value without the second, which is practicing good discipline. Let’s face it: Everyone wants to be thin, but nobody wants to diet. Everyone wants to live long; not many want to exercise. Everybody wants good health, yet few want to work hard. Successful people conquer those feelings and form the habit of doing the things unsuccessful people do not like to do. The bookends of success are starting and finishing. Decisions help us start. Discipline helps us finish. Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is often painful. But we need to recognize that there are really two kinds of pain when it comes to our daily conduct. There’s the pain of self-discipline and the pain of regret. Many people avoid the pain of self-discipline because it’s the easy thing to do. What they may not realize is that the pain of self-discipline is momentary, but the payoff is long-lasting. The pain of regret is a life-long agony that only gets worse as we age. n Paula Klee Parish Social & Community Psychology and Master Life Coach |

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Continue the special evening by lowering the lights and moving into darker chocolates and some silky red wines. Try the fruitier merlot grape, which will bring out the sweetness in the cocoa. Smell the chocolates to stimulate your senses, match the vanilla and honey notes to the aromas of the wine. You can easily sip and nibble your way through this bottle with your special someone.


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Ending the evening with bittersweet and dark chocolates paired with more intense red wines is a match made in heaven. These bittersweet chocolates tend to pair well with very robust reds, such as a California Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. These darker chocolates tend to bring out the best of the fruit flavors in these higher tannic wines. This Valentine’s Day, indulge with decadent chocolates and luscious wines to share with your sweetheart. A simple rule to follow when pairing wines with chocolate is to match lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines; likewise, the stronger the chocolate, the more full-bodied the wine should be.

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