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Radically transform your relationship with food™

Together we’ll make sustainable changes while creating freedom around food, ending the cycle of self-sabotage to regain your willpower and reducing cravings.

You’ve been navigating your weight and desired healthier lifestyle on your own for long enough. It’s OK to admit that what you’re doing is no longer working and sometimes it just takes the right support to help you implement small, sustainable changes for lasting results. Many of my clients have been successful in many areas of their life but can’t seem to get a handle on ‘this food thing.’ They are also worn out from:

  • Becoming an expert at dieting
  • Reading up on all the latest health and wellness trends
  • Knowing what they’re supposed to be doing but have been unaware of why they’re having a hard time sticking to it
  • The mental gymnastics of being consumed by the thought of food and constant self-sabotage
  • Feeling conflicted about wanting to lose weight, yet continuing to go into automatic pilot and eat foods they know they shouldn’t

Many times losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle are built around deprivation. But the moment deprivation creeps in is when we fall off track, which is part of the reason 95% of diets are unsuccessful*.

There are many internal and external factors driving various food choices that can lead to craving certain foods and it’s my mission to help you identify and conquer them. If you are ready to try something new, I will support you in a non-judgmental way toward results and together we will come up with the tools you need that will lead to sustainable and livable solutions that are right for you.

*Source: Statistics on Weight Discrimination: A Waste of Talent, The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from (http://www.cswd.org/index.html)

What’s a Health Coach?

If you think about food constantly and don’t know why, you’ve come to the right place.

My Story

For over 16 years I struggled with my weight and always thought it was lack of self-control. Over 10 years ago I lost 60 pounds (27 kgs) and have kept it off since. I’m now here to help others on their journey.

Supporting You

If you’re sick of being in the same cycle of dieting and then falling off track, I’ll help you identify what’s keeping you stuck & will support you in making small, sustainable changes without deprivation.

“Laura is skilled at offering ideas and challenging you in a way that makes you want to step out and be the best version of yourself.  Working with Laura is well worth the investment!”

– Sara F., Vancouver, BC

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    A Different Approach for Sustainable Results

    When my clients reach out to me for support, they often feel like they’re at a loss of what works for them and their bodies to reach their health, weight and wellness goals. In fact they’re so frustrated and sometimes even feel hopeless after trying many different approaches with short-term success and ending up back in the same place, only more frustrated. The great part is that they haven’t given up and have sought out a new and different approach they hope will be different and lead to sustainable results. 

    Support plays an important role when it comes to reaching health and weight goals.  Many traditional diets provide group support but they focus mainly on what’s happening with the food and not the individual. Or, they may want to focus on exercise but your fitness plan is in great shape and you could really use assistance with finding the mix of foods that work well for you, your lifestyle and your body.

    While following a traditional diet, if you aren’t able to stick with it you may think you lack willpower or motivation and sabotage yourself but it doesn’t make sense because you want to reach your goal so badly. So what keeps getting in the way and takes you off track?

    When I was struggling with food I was really confused because I knew exactly what I needed to do that helped me lose 60 pounds. In fact I had kept the weight off for a few years, yet there were many times I felt like I was falling off track and lacked motivation or willpower. (Or so I thought that’s what was happening).I was doing what I call ‘working the system’ where I would eat well for a while, let go of the reigns and not really care about my food choices, see the scale start to creep up, freak out and start eating better again to lose the weight. I didn’t realize how exhausting and stressful this cycle was until I was able to get the right support! 

    That’s when I started working with my Health Coach to gain a better understanding of exactly what kept taking me off track and was contributing to my, ‘I’ll start again tomorrow’ inner dialogue. From doing my own self-exploration, that’s what laid the foundation for the work I do with my clients. 

    Throughout the process we break the cycle of being in automatic pilot, bring clarity and awareness to their patterns around food and in life so they can choose differently and begin re-writing their stories. That ends up impacting not only how they show up around food and their cravings but also how they choose to be in relationships, how they show up at work and how they connect with themselves.

    This process starts with a powerful initial intro session:

    Diagnose Why You Fall Off Track  

    • Goal of the session: See your “bad eating” as protective and understand the real root cause of why you battle food and “fall off track” 
    • Start to shift the focus away from more tactics to resist food to become the person who is no longer tempted by food. 
    • Helps bring clarity to your patterns around food and in life so you can start to see what’s been keeping you from reaching your health, weight and wellness goals. 
    • Length of session: One hour and 45-minutes and is a precursor to the 2- or 6-month program

    If you know you’re ready for longer term support, you can also choose from a 2- or 6-month program. The 2-month program is the first two months of the 6-month program and is a great starting point to help transform your relationship with food. Both programs will help you:

    • Gain clarity around the external factors causing some of your cravings because once you’re aware of them the pull to food can be released.
    • Make small habit changes while establishing balance without deprivation.
    • Feel lighter, have more awareness & understanding of the patterns that have been keeping you stuck.

    What next?

    If you’re interested in learning more about the types of support that will start you on a path to radically transforming your relationship with food you can check out more information here. Otherwise you can schedule a free 30-minute Q&A session to discuss your goals and I can answer any questions you have.

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    Laura B. FolkesA Different Approach for Sustainable Results
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    Four Reasons it’s Easy to Overindulge During the Holidays

    When attending holiday gatherings we can tend to focus on the delicious food we only get to eat once a year. You can enjoy some of your favorite foods AND you should! However, if there is any build up beforehand, mental gymnastics during or negative self-talk afterwards, that’s when the food cravings or focus on food isn’t really about the food itself. It can often be a result of internal conflict. However, when you can get clear about what you’re anticipating as the holidays approach and what you want out of them, the holidays can be managed differently than in years past. Below is an infographic that outlines four reasons you may overindulge at an event.

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    Laura B. FolkesFour Reasons it’s Easy to Overindulge During the Holidays
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    Tips from 7 Experts: How to Stay Consistent Through the Holidays

    Consistency can be hard to master with any aspect in life, but it can become especially challenging with health and wellness goals during the holidays. We’ve rounded up some experts in their field to talk about different aspects of wellness that can be challenging to stick with during the holiday season. These are simple tips that can help you stay on track and create a more balanced, well-rounded, and consistent holiday season.

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    Laura B. FolkesTips from 7 Experts: How to Stay Consistent Through the Holidays

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