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Welcome to 2014 and welcome to Love Local’s special savings edition. This mini edition features everything you need to kick start your year. Watch out for our first full magazine in March.

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The Loft Restaurant Review

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Beef and Winter Vegetable Casserole Recipe

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Tim’s Top 10 Fitness Tips

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Visual Stress in Dyslexia

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Quit Smoking with Right Medicine Pharmacy

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Network Marketing

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Money Matters, as a single parent

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Rent your home for the Ryder Cup

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Review of the

Loft Restaurant by LOVE LOCAL

On the day we decided to pop into the Loft Restaurant in Friars Street for a late lunch it was by then relatively quiet. Which is a pity, because it’s worth a visit. The Loft’s blackboards, prominently displayed outside, tempt passersby into its intimate and rustic interior, where the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The open kitchen allows the diner to witness everything being freshly prepared to order from the interesting and extensive menu. Whilst the Loft specialise in char-grill burgers, steaks and hot dogs (hence the logo on the door) everything from an imaginative sandwich menu to a three course lunch is catered for. We mixed and matched our choices from separate menus. For starters the West Coast King Scallops were cooked to perfection whist the Dark Chocolate Chilli, comprising a trio of chilli con carne, cardamom rice and a tomato and coriander salsa accompanied with homemade tortilla chips was delicious in its variety of flavours and textures. For our main we had to try one of the enticing burgers, plumping for the ‘Spanish’ which, not surprisingly featured chorizo and manchego cheese, and a cherry tomato and

red pepper salsa. Superb hand cut chips and a side salad completed the dish. Our only minor complaint was that the top of the burger bun had been a little over grilled, but otherwise a great burger. The Loft offers a good choice of Vegetarian and Gluten free dishes and for our other main we tried the veggie Lasagne from the specials menu. With too many ingredients to list here it’s easier to say that this is a dish packed with flavour. Our overall impression of the Loft is of owners who are passionate and imaginative about the food they cook. This is a restaurant that perhaps suffers from not being on the main thoroughfare, but don’t let that put you off. Take a short walk around to Friars Street in the centre of Stirling Old Town and give them a try. Love Local will be back.

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Tender succulent slow braised, red wine beef and winter vegetable stew by Hugh McArthur, owner of Gabe’s Diner and The Loft

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 x 8oz chunk steak (or feather steak) 2 x medium sweet potatoes (cut one into small pieces to allow it to form part of the sauce, and the second into bite size pieces.) 2 x carrots 1 x leek (chopped) 1 x medium onion (diced) 1 x tin chopped tomatoes 100g tomato puree 250ml x good red wine ½ teaspoon cumin 2 x beef stock cubes 3 x garlic cloves (finely chopped) 1 x bay leaf 1 x whole stem fresh rosemary 1 x tablespoon redcurrant jelly 100ml x fresh orange juice

Method 1. Sweat onions in olive oil, then add 100ml of the red wine, tomato puree, cumin, stock cubes, garlic, bay leaf, rosemary, redcurrant jelly and orange juice. Stir until it forms a paste. 2. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, leeks and chopped tomatoes to mixture. 3. Heat a little olive oil a separate pan, and dust steaks with flour. Caramelise all sides of the steak in the pan. 4. Remove steak and add to casserole mixture, ensuring meat is covered with the juices (add a little water if needed.) 5. Use remaining red wine to deglaze hot pan, and add this juice to casserole. 6. Cover with a lid or tin foil, and cook in a preheated oven (150 degrees) for 2.5 hours. Check after 1 hour for seasoning.

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Tim’s 10 Top Tips for a

fit and healthy 2014! by tim meadows, personal trainer and nutritional consultant

1. Ditch the scales – Scales do not have the ability to differentiate between fat (brown or white), muscle & water. A simple and effective way to measure and track your fat loss, not weight loss pursuit, is by body measurements and photos of yourself. 2. Get lifting – Weight training is key to being lean, toned, healthy & stronger for everyday activities. It burns more kcals for longer after your training session compared to typical cardio workouts. 3. Drink more water - Our bodies are composed of 60% water and it constitutes 75% of our muscle tissue so lack of adequate water intake will lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance. 4. Avoid celeb diets – So you’re looking for some health and fitness advice. Should you go to a gossip magazine whose prime intention is to sell with outlandish claims? Need your car fixed, do you see a mechanic or dentist? 5. Peri workout nutrition – Along with breakfast, peri workout nutrition is vital for health and fitness. What we eat and drink before, during and after training can have a significant effect on achieving your goals. Think simple carbs, quick digesting protein and fluids.

7. S ingle ingredient food buying – When you arrive at the till have a look at your choice of food, check the ingredient label. If it looks like a chemical student’s midterm paper, then stick it back and make a better food choice. Less chemicals, preservatives & chemical warfare for your body. Food, not chemicals is what we’re meant to eat. 8. Consistency – I am realistic and 1 bad meal in every 10 will not ruin your goals, so if it happens do not feel guilty just focus on the next normal meal. Make eating well and lifting a habit and lifestyle. 9. Don’t compare yourself to others – Susie eats X and she lost Y in Z weeks. That’s nice, but you and Susie are different. Different eating histories & tolerances, different body types and different daily circumstances. Comparing yourself to others is not productive. 10. Sleep – This is when you and your body recharge. It’s downtime and a chance to let your neuromuscular system take a much needed break. Getting adequate sleep will not only help fat loss but also improve your mood and help prevent cancers developing.

6. R ealistic & achievable goal setting – Make lots of short term goals that are realistic and achievable, this will breed positivity and confidence which will make the end goal a reality.



Why would you visit a herbalist? by Nikki biddiss, botanical healing Whether you are looking for a new solution to an existing health concern, you are interested in trying more ‘natural’ medicines, or you are stressed and exhausted and looking to get back your zest for life, then Nikki Biddiss, a new herbalist working in the Stirling area, offers professional guidance on what herbal remedies are right for you. DID YOU KNOW? • World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80% of the World’s population use herbal medicines • Plants continue to be tested for modern cures • A growing number of people are finding herbal medicine offers them a safe, reliable solution to a variety of common health problems.

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF VISITING A MEDICAL HERBALIST! • In-depth 1-hour health consultation • Full review of your health and wellbeing • Expert advice on which herbs can safely be used alongside orthodox medicines • Prescription tailored to your specific needs • Nutrition and Lifestyle advice

WANT TO KNOW MORE? For a FREE, no obligation discussion call Nikki Biddiss BSc(Hons), MNIMH Medical Herbalist on 07528341206 or visit www.botanicalhealing.co.uk Evening appointments available. Other therapies offered: Stress Management, Aromatherapy Massage, Group Talks

Welcome to One Allan Park On the 30th November, One Allan Park was officially opened by Judy Murray. Situated in the heart of Stirling, One Allan Park have a wealth of Therapists and Counsellors dedicated to making a difference to people’s health and their lives. Judy had this to say about the new business, “I’ve really loved seeing round this amazing clinic. It’s exactly the sort of place I will enjoy using. When you reach a certain age you need to look more closely at how you care for your body. One Allan Park offers so many options to help people better understand the importance of wellbeing. Not just the body but the mind too. If you want your


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Visual Stress in Dyslexia by Mairie mccurrach harper FBDO CL DipSpLD Meares-Irlen Syndrome, commonly called Visual Stress, affects many individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, migraine, dystonia and autism amongst other conditions. It can also exist on its own. Visual Stress is not a focussing problem which means that normal spectacles alone do not correct it. It makes text on a page appear jumbled, moving, shaking, swirling or just blurred. Text is sometimes overshadowed by the spaces between words forming ‘rivers’ down the page. Visual Stress can also cause headaches, migraines, sore eyes and eye muscles. Signs of the condition include closing the eyes or looking away often while reading, rubbing the eyes, red or watery eyes, rapidly becoming tired, losing the place easily or skipping words or whole lines of text. It’s thought that in Visual Stress the message that’s going through to the brain is not picked up in quite the right area. If a coloured filter is introduced it shifts

the message to a slightly different area where it can be correctly interpreted. The colour must be very precisely chosen so that the shift is accurate. The instrument used to identify the precise colour, called the ‘Intuitive Colorimeter’, presents environments of different colours and the correct tint, which is individual to each person, can then be used in glasses to create that environment which can improve or remove symptoms.

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A new you in the

New Year

by Noel Wicks, Pharmacist at Right Medicine Pharmacy It’s going to be 2014 before we know it and probably the start of New Year resolutions for many across Forth valley. At Right Medicine Pharmacy we know that many people will have resolved to stop smoking in 2014 and we are here to help make that happen. There are very few things that are as harmful to our bodies as smoking with over 4,000 chemicals in your average cigarette. The side effects of these chemicals include increasing your blood pressure, skin damage, cancer, respiratory disease and even impotence. Whilst we all know there are health risks associated with smoking anyone who has ever been a smoker (myself included) will know just how difficult it is to give up smoking. In my experience there are two main parts to quitting smoking. The first is dealing with the nicotine cravings. The second is dealing with the psychological side of smoking and by this I mean the “habit” of smoking. It’s been shown that going “cold turkey” makes for the least successful attempts. This involves completely ditching cigarettes (and the nicotine they provide) and hoping you can tough it out. It does work for a small number of quitters but many people find that tackling both the nicotine addiction and the habit of smoking at the same time is too much and they start smoking again.

It’s much more likely for someone to successfully quit if they do it one stage at a time using nicotine replacement therapy than if they quit abruptly. Getting good advice and being started on the right level of nicotine replacement therapy also improves your chances of quitting successfully. In the pharmacy you will be able to access specialist advice from well trained staff as well as the option to get nicotine replacement therapy free of charge on the NHS twelve week stop smoking program. There is a huge range of nicotine replacement products available ranging from gums and lozenges through to patches, sprays and even inhalators that work a little like a fake cigarette. These products (unlike electronic cigarettes) are safe and licensed medical products. So whether you are on your first or your twenty first quit attempt make sure you give yourself the best chance of success and call into your pharmacy today.

What has been shown to be more successful is to substitute the nicotine from the harmful cigarette with medical nicotine from one of the many different options such as gum or patches. In this way people can break the habit of smoking before moving on to reducing their nicotine intake.



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