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Erin's Journey: The Essential You 101

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Hey ya’ll! Betty here, checking in one last time. I am writing to you from the finish line of a very tough race, and you know what’s here at the finish line? Pumpkin spice lattes! Pumpkin spice lattes and what turns out to be another leg of the race. Re-introduction of the forbidden foods is the home stretch! In recap: for the past 21 days I...


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Erin's Journey: The Essential You 101

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Wowza! What a week. Turns out this challenge is indeed challenging! A few hurdles snuck up on me this week and I may have metaphorically tripped on those hurdles and face-planted smack into the ground. Hurdle 1: I may have underestimated how difficult it can be to say no to the bakery and the brewery, especially when your friends are asking you to be there. I...


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Erin's Journey: The Essential You 101

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever blog post! I’m Erin, loud and proud member of Solcana for six wonderful months and loving every moment of it, even on heavy wall ball days. My most recent endeavor at the gym is the Essential You 101 class and the built-in 21 day nutrition challenge.   For the past couple of years I’ve been battling some pretty severe and inconsistent pain in...


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Josh Kaplan's Journey in the Essential You 201

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Well, friends, I’m proudly wrapping up Essential You 201--just in time to enjoy all of the excellent Memorial Day weekend food! For those of you who didn’t read my last blog post, you can find it here. If you are feeling too lazy to click the link, here’s a quick background: Essential You 201 is a six week class with a four week dietary challenge....


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Josh Kaplan's Journey in the Essential You 201

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Hello. My name is Josh. I’m an improv theatre artist, drummer, and proud Solcanaut. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m otherwise known as Hannah Wydeven’s husband and Petey’s dad. I’m also currently enrolled in the Essential You 201 with Lucia Hawley, NTP over in our Solcana Wellness Center. It’s been a roller coaster so far, and I’d love to share some of...


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Essential You

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The Essential You Program is a 5 week group nutrition series, with a built-in 3 week dietary challenge. Each week of the program Lucia teaches participants about different foundations of health, such as optimal digestion, how blood sugar regulation works and more! We focus on food and lifestyle choices that are essential to YOU–leaving the extra, stressful stuff behind for a few weeks. If you‘ve...


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WEEK 62: Seduced By The Ex

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SEDUCED BY THE EX By: Lauren Anderson If any of you are like me, you have some exes in your past. People that you once loved, or thought you loved...or maybe it didn't even get that far. (And face it, that's probably why it had to end.) My point is, we all got history right? And whether I am the breaker-upper, or the break-up-eee, I know that these...


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InBody Testing at Solcana Fitness January 30th

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Hey folks, Lucia here! Monday, January 30th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM Body Knowledge will be here at Solcana Fitness with InBody body composition testing. We'll be hosting InBody every 6 months to provide this service in the hopes that those who enjoy seeking out body composition testing will be able to obtain: Consistent testing methods Enough time between sessions to track changes In my opinion, there are...


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WEEK 58: The Hole in the Marble

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THE HOLE IN THE MARBLE By: Lauren Anderson Last summer one of my very dear friends Heather went to Florence. On her epic adventure she got to see one of the most famous pieces of art in the history of our world. The statue of David, by Michelangelo. The statue is renowned for being this symbol of strength, defiance, and pride. His body is beautiful. His face, divine....


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WEEK 57: Ho Ho--OH NO!

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HO HO-- OH NO By: Lauren Anderson When I was about 11, my loving grandparents gave me an exercise video for Christmas. I remember opening the present (one of many... they always spoiled us rotten) and my face falling, and quickly trying to fix my mortification by feigning surprise and delight. It was a Denise Austin movie, and it was by all turns—hilarious. But at the time, I...


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Warding Off the Winter Funk? Here's a Recipe.

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Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to health tips and tricks, but hey, if the tip still helps, then... why not? Incorporating lactofermented vegetables into our diets on the regular is a great way to get in those micronutrients, fiber, and very importantly, probiotics. For general health and wellness, probiotic foods are a heavy hitter. About 70% of our immune system is...


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How To Smash Sugar Cravings

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For those embarking on the Winter Destress Quest, or anyone that's holding off on refined sugars, you may be noticing by now... cravings. Specifically, sugar cravings. If you're in this boat, guess what! You are the captain, and you have the chance to steer this experience in any direction. Aw, yeah! Here are my top tips for leaving sugar cravings in the dust: Keep Blood Sugar...


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WEEK 53: I'd Rather Add Than Subtract

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I'D RATHER ADD THAN SUBTRACT By: Lauren Anderson I was always pretty good at math... until I hit calculus in 8th grade and everything went to hell. But in my younger years math made a lot of sense. Specifically addition. I think I really liked the notion of adding more. The more the merrier. With numbers, with friends, with everything. And this idea of “more is more” has...


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WEEK 51: The Defeat Retreat

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THE DEFEAT RETREAT By: Lauren Anderson I don't know how else to to say it, but last week was rough. I felt defeated. In every sense of the word. I felt lost, scared, numb, dejected, and I could feel certain oppression mounting in relation to my hope vanishing. Damn. Which if you've never experienced, is an absolutely terrible feeling. I do not recommend it. I know some of...


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Why The Winter Destress Quest?

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The reason we host these gym-wide challenges is to embark on taking care of ourselves individually, together. Which I think in this day and age could almost be considered a radical act. I want to remind you: The Winter Destress Quest is completely doable! Sign up and give it a try. You won't be alone because everyone gets paired with a partner! There's no need...


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Sign up for the Winter Destress Quest!

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The Winter Destress Quest is to here help everyone (yes, anyone can do this!) find a groovier balance in tuning into their bodies and taking the reins when it comes to managing stress. Especially during this time of the year when we find ourselves smack dab in between festivities, with the holiday music churning and parties running HOT. Add a little counter balance back in...


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WEEK 49: Halloween Hubris

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HALLOWEEN HUBRIS By: Lauren Anderson Hubris... What a word. It doesn't get used very often anymore outside of New Yorker articles and history lessons about the downfall of Rome. But after the week I've had, I thought it was only fitting. Also, 'hubris' made for a delicious alliteration with America's greatest holiday--Halloween. Full disclosure, I looked it up to make sure I was using it right. To refresh everyone's...


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Migraines and You

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I thought I'd talk a bit about the migraine today. Shudder. As a person who has had a history of getting migraines in the past, let me just say: Migraines are NO joke! Not only can they bring your day and the plans you had for it to an abrupt halt, but they can last for more than one full day, and the after effects can lessen...


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Nutrition labels are changing!

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This year, the FDA announced that all packaged foods will, within the next 3 years depending on the size of the food company, need to comply with new rules and updates for labeling nutrition facts. Here's what to look for in the coming years: Nutrition label updates: the servings per container will be in a larger, bolder typeface and serving size will be updated to...


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WEEK 47: GRIP STRENGTH

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GRIP STRENGTH By: Lauren Anderson It can be so hard to hold on sometimes. When I first started working out at Solcana, my hands were so weak. I couldn't hold myself up on the bar for a second. Not ONE SECOND. It was difficult moving the heavy weights around. I couldn't even squeeze the clips that secure the weights in place on the bar. It took two hands,...


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Sugar Burner vs. Fat Burner: Which Are You?

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This isn't a subject with phrasing I particularly enjoy--it's too sexy, too click-bait-y. The words sugar AND fat, pitted against each other?? The ability to be categorized into one OR the other? Seems too perfect for the health and wellness world I try to use nutritional therapy to help to push away from, away from the one that’s full of "either ors", "yes or nos",...


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October Essential You enrollment open!

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October is right around the corner and I'm so excited to announce enrollment is now open for the October sessions of the Essential You! There are two class offerings: IN PERSON (at Solcana Wellness) Sundays, 4 PM - 5:30 PM October 23rd through November 20th ONLINE (via Skype) Sundays, 1:30 - 3 PM October 23rd through November 20th Class cost is $189, and discounted to $179 for current Solcana...


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Why are we all about muscles?

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This blog post isn't about the muscles on you or me. Or your co-worker. Or that person that just happens to be really muscle-y all the time, almost no matter what. Nor baby muscles. No, this article is about the muscles that are on plenty of our plates. That's right, the animal muscles we call meat. Protein. The stuff we eat. The stuff some of us go...


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Can't get no satisfaction? Look at your plate.

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There seems to be a divide between people. Those who are satisfied by one cupcake, and those who aren't. I know, I know. I may be splitting things too readily (maybe you're satisfied by a chocolate cupcake but not vanilla? Maybe you just don't like those darn cupcakes...), but it seems to me that in our current culture, there's this notion that a treat, be it a...


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WEEK 42: Before The Veggies Go Bad

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BEFORE THE VEGGIES GO BAD By: Lauren Anderson It's a Saturday. It's midnight. And I'm hungry. I know what you're thinking-- It's so late! Just drink a glass of water and go to bed! But I can't, remember? I'm an actor. I just got done doing two shows, and I didn't eat dinner in between. And my timeline is different from a bulk of America, so midnight is...


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How Do You Breathe?

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Did you know that your breath affects your digestion? And your immune system? Because it does. And you have total control over your breath. In fact, you can start changing your breath RIGHT NOW! As you're reading this! Oh, yeah. Now we're talking! I mean, breathing. Think about how you focus on your breath while getting through a tough WOD or holding a pose in mobility. Would...


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December Workshop: Bone Broth!

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Have you been hearing all about bone broth these days? How it's some magical elixir people are buying at quite a few cents per ounce to sip while tooling around town? The hype is merited, I concur. But what if I told you that bone broth is extremely easy to make at home? And way more economical? And what if I explained all the reasons WHY...


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10 tips to get a good snooze, naturally

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While the summer is beginning to wind down, I'm still noticing the toll this hectic season has had on our overall sleep quality and quantity. Like I've alluded to in previous posts, if you want a body that's functioning at high capacity, sleep is going to be an integral part of the formula to get you there. If you want better mental clarity, the ability...


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WEEK 39: Heckled and Doctor Jekylled

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HECKLED and DOCTOR JEKYLLED By: Lauren Anderson This week I got heckled on stage. For being fat. And it sucked. Are you angry? Good. That makes me feel better. Not that I want you upset, dear readers. But if that last sentence left you feeling the slightest outrage, at least I know you're on my side. And that means a lot. Truly. Allow me to fill in some blanks....


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I'm still curious: do you trust YOUR gut?

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Last November I wrote the following post about trusting your gut. After some interpersonal experiences recently, I've been reflecting back on this post and felt bringing these questions back into the mix during the end of the summer felt appropriate. You are how you feel. Read on and perhaps ask yourself--do I trust my gut? In many of my posts, I try to describe how much...


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