Team Martin & Co Stirling taking on Supernova Kelpies to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice!

Team Martin & Co Stirling taking on Supernova Kelpies to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice!

The Stirling branch of Martin & Co Stirling are galloping into 2020 by tackling the Supernova Kelpies run in March in aid of Strathcarron Hospice! 

Sales Manager Tracey Horton said: “The event will be a big challenge for most of us, but we’re really looking forward to training together and having fun whilst doing it.”

In preparation for the big day the group have been walking together and have even bought an under the desk cycle trainer for the office! Only two members of the ten-person team have run before.

The team are raising money for Strathcarron Hospice, a charity close to the hearts of everyone at Martin & Co Stirling. Every year, Strathcarron provides care and support to over 1400 people with a life-limiting illness or condition, at a time when both they and their family need it most.

With their office just across the road from a Strathcarron Hospice shop, they see first hand the hard work and commitment of everyone involved with the charity in providing palliative care to the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

“The charity works hard every day to care for those with terminal illness. Unfortunately this has affected most of our family members recently. They need to raise over £12k every year to provide the amazing service they offer.” Tracey said.

Tracey and her team have already held a Charity Christmas Jumper Day, and plan on running a few more events to help their chosen charity. 

If you’d like to read more & donate, check out Tracey’s JustGiving page 👇Tracey’s JustGiving PageDo you have a group who are looking to take part in Supernova Kelpies on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March? If so, entries are open now, click below for more information!Supernova Kelpies

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New Year New You? Try a vegan sweet potato satay curry

Vegan Sweet Potato Satay Curry

It’s the 80s, Arnold Schwarzenegger is appearing in every second film, big hair is everywhere, alongside brightly coloured clothes and soda streams. The word ‘vegan’ doesn’t even enter the vocabulary for 99% of the population. Oh how times change…

Fast forward 30 years and the rise of the plant-based diet is in full swing. Schwarzenegger appears in “The Game Changers” documentary telling the world he no longer eats meat and that a vegan diet is the way forward for high performance. “It’s marketing,” he says of the long-held connection between protein and poultry.

The documentary was released on Netflix in September and its trailer has been watched over 10 million times on YouTube. Although it’s divided the opinion of many (one of the film’s producers – Hollywood director James Cameron is the CEO of Verdient Foods, an organic pea protein company, leading some to suggest there may be a commercial interest element behind it) it has contributed to a huge rise in the number of people trying out a plant-based diet for the first time.

So, whether you think it’s all a load of rubbish, or you’re willing to give meat-free Mondays a try, here’s our favourite game-changing vegan recipe below:

Vegan satay sweet potato curry

Prep: 15mins

Cook: 45mins

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
thumb-sized piece ginger, grated
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste (check the label to make sure it’s vegan)
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
400ml can coconut milk
200g bag spinach
1 lime, juiced
cooked rice, to serve (optional)
dry roasted peanuts, to serve (optional)

Method:

Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and soften 1 chopped onion for 5 mins. Add 2 grated garlic cloves and a grated thumb-sized piece of ginger, and cook for 1 min until fragrant.

Stir in 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste, 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter and 500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks, then add 400ml coconut milk and 200ml water.

Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 mins or until the sweet potato is soft.

Stir through 200g spinach and the juice of 1 lime, and season well. Serve with cooked rice, and if you want some crunch, sprinkle over a few dry roasted peanuts.

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash

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Mental Health Benefits of Running

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF RUNNING

Apart from the obvious health benefits that running or jogging can give you, it can provide many psychological advantages too. No matter your circumstance, running can help ease your mind and get you back on the right track. Here are some positive changes that running can bring to you:

1. Stress Reliever
Whatever you are stressing about, getting active can significantly reduce this. Lacing up your trainers can help with relaxation, anxiety and negative thinking cycles. Running can help your body control stress and deal with existing mental tension. Long distance runs can help you solve problems that have been nagging you. Whilst shorter speed runs can reduce aggression and tension. Make running your new friend.

2. Your new sleeping pill
Nobody wants to be tossing and turning in bed late at night. Indulging in physical exercise, whether that is running or another form, can be your new way of counting sheep at night. Moderate exercise can also significantly improve the sleep of insomnia sufferers.

3. Decreases depression
Running can be a fantastic way of combatting that sluggish and withdrawn feeling that is associated with depression. Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression. Running can take your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

4. Self-esteem boost
If you’re suffering from low self-esteem in adulthood, go for a run and watch your confidence soar. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins, natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Exercising in the great outdoors can also result in lowered blood pressure and increased self-esteem. Get your running shoes on and watch your confidence soar.

5. Increased creativity
An invigorating run can boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Next time you find yourself staring at a blank page waiting for a genius idea to pop into your head, get those legs moving and refresh your body and brain at the same time by going on a jog.

So the next time you’re having a bad day or you want that extra hour in bed, remember all the benefits your body will enjoy from getting active.

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