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Fall

Really? its Fall? NO. I'm still wearing white-no matter what. I also never lost that 5 pounds I wanted to lose before summer. ugh....Although now that I think about it, Fall is Football and Football parties at my house.  Cooking, drinking wine and hanging with my friends. Hopefully they won't notice the giant hole in my wall where we had to fix the plumbing.
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Showing off Buffalo

I love living in Buffalo, yes even in the winter!  I'm reminded when I show it off to friends and family from out of town.  My mom, brother and niece paid me a visit over the weekend.  I took them to canalside to see a free Thursday night concert-and it was a beautiful night and it was such a great experience with the naval park and the views and the fun of the concert.  The next day it was up to the American Falls to ride the maid of the mist and eat at the top of the falls.  I forget just how incredible that gem is.  We then went to the Italian Festival and had fried dough, hot peppers and dandelion sandwhiches.  Shopped Elmwood avenue and they were blown away by the city.  Its another hot day today and they are long gone.  But hopefully I grab these memories one cold January day and remember how awesome it is to live in Buffalo!
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Finally some nice weatherr

Took so long to get nice!  My garden is in.  I'm Miracle Gro-in the hell out of it and hopefully it will catch up after a late spring.  My yearly Robin building a nest on my deck and pooping everywhere, happened yesterday, the Carpenter Bees are drilling holes in my deck and the squirrels dug up all my bulbs and ate them this morning.  LOL.  OH-and I have another racoon living under my deck.  I'm in North buffalo, with a tiny yard, and I am being invaded by critters!  Waiting for a bear to stroll through to make it complete. 
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I'm dressed for Spring-where are you

I have on bright yellow pants and orange shoes and shirt.  Bright colors for Spring.  Where is spring?  I haven't bought my flowers or done hardly any yard work.  I'm literally a month behind.  Its crazy.  I'm ready for some nice weather and a good day of hard work in the yard.  Every year I choose a color to feature in my front garden beds.  This year is white!  Now I stalk all the garden centers for white flowers.  Then theres the great plant sale this weekend too!  I'm ready Spring, come on already
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enough

I am really looking forward to getting outside to play in the dirt.  The weather has other ideas!  Rain and 50 tomorrow really?  Guess I have no excuse not to paint this weekend.  I don't mind painting, the prep sucks, but I wouldrather be playing in the flowers in the yard....I can't be the only one!
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I’m sue o’neil with another star smart health tip. How Can You Tell if a Fish is Fresh? Smell it-.fresh fish should have  a fresh ocean scent and never smell ‘fishy.’ Bad odors can mean sickness-causing bacteria. How Long Does Fresh Fish Last? store it in the coldest part of your fridge and try to cook it soon. Since  nutritional benefits of fish its vitamin D, figure-friendly protein and heart-healthy fish oil) can be optimally retained for about 48 hours.  Not planning to cook up your selection for some time? Throw it in the freezer. That way it will  retain the food's flavor and health-enhancing nutrients.with another star smart health tip-I’m sue o’neil on star 102.5
I’m sue o’neil with another star smart health tip.  Today talking fish.  You know its good for you.  But just How Much Do You Need to Nab the Health Benefits?  You only have to nosh on fish twice weekly to get the food’s health-enhancing nutrients, like their heart-helping omega-3 fatty acids. However, studies show the health benefits of fish are not immediately seen. Instead, experts say they are tied to regular and sustained (years) of consumption -- so strive to make this food a regular part of your diet.  I’m sue o’neil with another star smart health tip-on star 102.5
I’m sue o’neil with another star smart health tip.  Today talking fish.  Lots of talk about fish containing Heart-Healthy Fat?  But which fish has the most?   fish like salmon and bluefish contain the highest amounts of heart-healthy fish oil, while pollock, herring, sardines and anchovies are other solid options. The key is to balance the benefits of a fish with its harmful mercury content. One example: Tuna steaks may be high in heart-healthy omega-3 fish oil, but they also possess more mercury, so you should consider limiting your consumption of this specific food to no more than twice a week.
I’m sue o’neil with another star smart health tip.  Lets talk about Fish and Mercury: Should You Be Scared? Mercury is a contaminant that has been shown to cause nervous system damage. Due to this, the FDA currently recommends avoiding certain seafood -- mercury-rich fish include shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. In particular, pregnant women (or those trying to conceive), children under the age of 12, and individuals with immune-system problems (taking medications that suppress function, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or under cancer treatments) should not eat these varieties
I’m sue o’neil with another star smart health tip.  Todays question?  Is Sushi Really Safe to Eat? Yes and no. Several groups have been shown to be more vulnerable to the bacteria that can be found in raw fish, so it you’re pregnant (or planning to be), a child or senior, or have an impaired immune system, do not partake in sushi. However, if you don’t fall into any of the categories above, raw fish can be safe to eat.  Oh and which is better?  Frozen Versus Fresh: most  fish is “flash frozen” meaning it’s frozen right on the boat immediately after it’s caught. And are just as nutritious and nearly identical taste and texture.
 
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I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP.  "Most are familiar with the benefits that red wine has on your skin but is has been shown that drinking beer, which has silica in it, can prevent free radical damage to the skin and internal organs, Drinking, great! But wearing? Maybe even better!  Use it to Combat Acne-Beer's sediments (brewer’s yeast) can help improve the symptoms of acne by slowing down the sebum production and killing off the bacteria that triggers acne This main ingredient of the beverage, inactive yeast that no longer has leavening power, is known to be a great asset in maintaining a balanced pH level in the skin. And beer is known to  flush out the toxins in your skin,(in moderation of course) The result is  glowing skin. The Vitamin B present in beer helps to soften skin as well
 
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP- YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF WINE-NOW HEAR ABOUT BEER-  BEER HAS MANY USES.  ONE IS TO Soften Feet- The B Vitamins, proteins and yeast in beer can soften your feet and nourish your skin.GO  for a rich COLORED beer LIKE stouts, dark lagers or Guinness). They aren’t as processed or diluted, so they contain more of the antioxidants, nutrients and proteins you want.HERES ANOTHER ONE-BEER FightS Bad Bacteria-Wine may be good for your heart, but beer will keep your organs in check. beer is shown to have antibacterial properties, which protect against the heliobacter infection in the stomach, but it also might be an effective weapon against kidney stones.
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP- YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF WINE-NOW HEAR ABOUT BEER-  BEER HAS MANY USES.  US IT TO Cleanse Skin-Much like the antibacterial qualities fight acne, beer’s astringent component makes it a helpful when cleaning out pores. Also, hops just happen to be a stellar exfoliant. Bet you didn’t know that!  ANOTHER USE FOR BEER, USE IT TO Beautify Hair-When you soak, rinse, or spritz your hair with beer, its natural ingredients coat each strand and nourish IT BEER HAS  B vitamins, AND  the proteins found in malt and hops are said to repair damaged hair and boost overall body. Meanwhile, the maltose and sucrose sugars in beer tighten the hair's cuticles for enhanced shine,”. Beer will make your hair shiny, bouncy, and add volume.
 
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I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Sweet potatoes-These tubers are a healthier alternative to their kin, the white potato, delivering a host of vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and manganese as well as disease-preventing dietary fiber. What makes them the perfect food for an athlete? "Starchy carbs like sweet potatoes eaten in combination with lean protein after a workout, act as a catalyst for protein to enter muscle tissue and begin the repair/rebuild process. Sweet potatoes are hypoallergenic and the preferred source of post-workout carbohydrates for many athletes, bodybuilders and regular exercisers who want to keep their energy stores up and body fat down,"  Steam or bake a small or medium sweet potato to eat after your next workout.  Another is Coconut oil-This fat has a high amount of "medium-chained" fats that make it easily digestible and readily available source of energy in the body. "Coconut oil naturally increases metabolism, allowing for more energy to be burned by the body and boosts athletic performance. It also promotes healthy thyroid function and removes pancreatic stress -- all translating to a more active you,"  Add a few tablespoons to your smoothie pre-workout. 
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Bananas-They are a rich source of potassium, an electrolyte your body needs but loses during exercise. It's also great for preventing muscle fatigue. Opt for a banana instead of an energy bar before your next workout -- it’s a nutrient-dense and natural option.  Eggs-especially if both yolk and white are eaten, are an excellent whole-food choice for micronutrients and protein. Dietary protein is important because it provides our bodies with amino acids, which helps build muscles and nourish the body.  Heres another , Salmon-Fish helps prevent muscle breakdown. Fresh, wild fish, like salmon, sardines and mackerel are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids -- "good" fats that have been shown to help the body fight off inflammation.  Another food booster is Walnuts.  Full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Heres one to surprise you-Grass-fed beef- in moderation, of course.  provides amino acids and protein and is chock full of iron, Your best bet: 4-6 ounces of grass-fed beef post workout. Theres you star 102.5 star smart health tip-I’m sue o’neil on star 102.5
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Coconut water-If you’re someone who finds water boring, give coconut water a try. It only has a mild coconut flavor and is a natural source of electrolytes. Instead of an energy drink,  Avoid the unnecessary calories and opt for 6-8 ounces of unsweetened coconut water to replenish.  Another energy food option is, avocado-it’s a healthy fat your body uses  as fuel to power through a grueling day or workout. It’s also rich in vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K, folic acid and B6. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and can support the adrenal glands, which can be overworked during times of stress. While B vitamins are responsible for many functions in body, they are most often thought of as the 'stress and energy' vitamins. Your body goes through a lot of stress during a workout, so this is kind of the magic fruit. Before your work out, have half an avocado mashed with some lemon juice and sea salt.  Another healthy fat  is Olive oil-Is this really a surprise? Its known to  increase healthy cholesterol levels, fighting free-radical damage, protecting the blood vessels. How about this one-Matcha-A powdered green tea from Japan, better than regular types of green tea. It contains five times the amount of the amino acid l-theanine, which promotes a relaxed, yet focused mental state.  green tea has more antioxidants to help fend off disease and protect against oxidative stress.
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Acai berries-its high in antioxidants and a good source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which are important for keeping  diseases away.  Another food is Kale-This powerhouse of vitamin K, C, calcium, manganese and dietary fiber should be a staple in every active person’s diet.  This food helps your energy level- Raisins-which provide antioxidants to minimize inflammation. Another is Cottage cheese-This source of protein can provide all the necessary amino acids your body needs to rebuild muscle and tissues after exercising. A vegetarian-friendly protein source, cottage cheese also contains other nutrients that can help support an active lifestyle: calcium, tryptophan, vitamin B12 and selenium you can even have it with this other energy boost food-Apricots-a simple snack such as an apricot pre-workout will provide some essential nutrients and quick-digesting fuel to prevent these symptoms.
 
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Ready for Spring

I know-everyone is ready for spring this year.  I have done all my pre-spring rituals, started my seedlings in my basement.  Cleaned my basement and attic and have a big pile waiting to go to Goodwill.  Started my diet and exercise routine.  Currently experiencing my late winter cold.  And officially on the wagon to buld up my immune system.  Bet you didn't see that list coming.  Now thoughts turn to getting the garden going.  Soon I will drop the filters in the ponds so they can start cleaning themselves.  I have three bushes I want to replace with fig trees.  Don't ask me why.  I just do.  Then its berry season and time to plant tomatos.  See-don't you feel better already?
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Sunshine

So I went to visit my friend in Florida.  I arrived on Thursday with plans to fly our Monday....I ended up staying a week.  I just really wanted to enjoy the nice weather a little bit longer.  Got my dose of badly needed vitamin D from the Sun and after months, finally un-hunched my shoulders.  I took a deep breath and wow felt great.  Yes it was cold when I got back, but the little warm up we had, made it just a bit more bearable.  If I can't get to Florida I'm going to Total Tan...I'll close my eyes and pretend......
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