Stock is a simple to make ingredient that is great to keep on hand. You can use it in place of water when cooking things like rice, risotto, lentils, and beans for an extra boost of flavor. It is also a great way to use up extra vegetables you might have in the fridge. Below is the basic recipe that I use to make stock at home. When making stock for myself I usually like to start with a base of mirepoix. Mirepoix may seem like a strange word, but it is something you have probably cooked with before. A basic mirepoix is simply a combination of chopped celery, carrots, and onions. The ratio of these vegetables should be one part celery, one part carrots, and two parts onion. How much of this you need can be adjusted based on how much stock you are making and how much and what type of other vegetables you are using. The recipe below is really just an outline.

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5 Fears Put To Rest

I am going to be cliche’ for a sec and quote Franklin D Roosevelt “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” It’s true. Think about the last time you spent a great deal of time worrying or fearing something. Even if the thing that you feared came true, wasn’t the worry and stress of anticipating it and creating scenarios in your head worse than the issue itself? Fear does many things. It is a form of stress and we all know that stress wreaks havoc on our bodies. And since this is a fitness blog, I am going to remind you that stress increases levels of cortisol and increased levels of cortisol will keep you from having the body and health that you want. The reason I want to talk about becoming fearless today is to break down some walls you may have created for yourself when it comes to getting the body you want. Fear only holds us back. Yes, it is wise to fear a bear in the woods, but, I am not talking about that kind of fear.

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Meet Christine

Hello everyone! My name is Christine. To those of you that have not met me yet, I am Rachel’s assistant. I have been working with her to build content for the website and help with the business end of things. Before working with Rachel, I went to school for and graduated with a degree in Architecture. Prior to this I worked in the restaurant business and even spent several years working in the kitchen.

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Habits of Fit People

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but, whenever I am at a gathering of family or friends, I get introduced as the “trainer”. Once people know I am the “trainer” I feel like I turn into a priest taking confessions. I can’t seem to go to any gathering involving food without someone commenting on how they shouldn’t eat this while they go ahead and eat it anyhow. What they shouldn’t eat is usually followed by a confession of how they don’t exercise like they should. This is often followed up with some comment about how much easier it is for “you naturally fit people”. I have some news folks, the only difference between the fit and the unfit is that the fit decide they want it and create the habits and mindset to get it and the unfit don’t. The fit work to be fit. Here’s a list I threw together of some of the habits and mindset to become one of those “naturally fit people”:

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