Your Certified Holistic Health Coach

Get ready to radically transform your relationship with food!

I’m a certified health coach based in Chicago supporting clients globally. I go beyond weight loss coaching and can help you uncover the real reasons you’re feeling stuck in your health journey.

You’ve been navigating your weight loss and wellness journey on your own for long enough.

What’s holding you back from achieving your health goals? You’ve done the research; you’ve tried all the diets. You know what you should be doing to live a healthy life…but for some reason you’re just not able to do it consistently even though you want it so badly.

It’s OK to admit that what you’re doing to manage your weight and live healthier just isn’t working. You’re not alone.

I get it. I’ve been where you are, and even though I successfully changed my lifestyle and ultimately lost the weight, for years I was stuck in a vicious cycle of weight loss/weight gain and was consumed by the thought of food.

I finally broke this cycle and I want to help you do the same because what you’re working through IS solvable. 

It’s my mission as a certified health coach and accountability coach to help you discover what is holding you back and keeping you stuck in the cycle of dieting and self-sabotage. Together, we will go beyond weight loss coaching and accountability coaching and get to the bottom of why you’re able to be “good” most of the time but end up falling off track. It’s not because you just love ice cream too much. I promise! Throughout the process we will make small, sustainable changes to radically transform your relationship with food!

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As Your Holistic Health Coach I Will Help You
Break Free From the Cycle

Break free from the endless cycle of good intentions and self-sabotage
that is keeping you from achieving your health and weight loss goals
Truce with food (Main Course)
POWER HOUR
(break a pesky habit)
Curb Your Binge Eating
Behind Your Cravings (Self-Study)

95% of diets are unsuccessful*

Why? Because most of the information out there about losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is focused on what you should or shouldn’t be eating – but you likely already know that. Most diets and eating plans are built around deprivation and categorize some food as “good” and other food as “bad.” They lead you to believe that successful weight management is just a matter of willpower and motivation. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

There are many internal and external factors driving your food and lifestyle choices. It’s my mission to help you identify and conquer them. If you are ready to try something new and are looking for a health coach to offer more than just weight loss coaching, I am here for you.

I will support you in a non-judgmental way as your accountability coach, and together we will uncover the truth about your relationship with food and why you eat when you don’t want to, or can’t stop eating even when you aren’t hungry. It’s only after we uncover these hidden reasons that you can start making the real, sustainable changes that will allow you to achieve your long-term health goals.

If you experience success in many areas of your life, but can’t seem to get a handle on “this food thing,” I can help you!

Are you worn out from…

  •   Becoming an expert at dieting?

  •   Knowing what you’re supposed to be eating, but not sticking to it?

  •   The mental gymnastics of being consumed by the thought of food?

  •   Constantly self-sabotaging your weight loss efforts?

  •   Feeling like you’re failing?

…Then it’s time to work with a health coach who can help get you back on track and stay there!

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

ABOUT me

I’m Laura, and This Is My Story

For over 16 years, I struggled with my weight and always thought it was lack of self-control. After years of yo-yo dieting and self-sabotaging behaviors, I managed to lose 60 pounds and have kept it off for over 12 years. Even though I achieved my weight loss goals, I found I was still consumed with the thought of food and was stuck in a vicious cycle of eating well for a while and then not caring and eating whatever I wanted.
It wasn’t until I started working with my own health coach that I realized I needed to dig deeper to figure out what was causing me to fall off track. Now, it’s my mission to help others discover why they’re able to resist food some days but then find themselves overindulging on others. The food didn’t change, so what did?
I love digging in to help you uncover what’s holding you back on your weight loss and wellness journey. That’s why I became a certified health coach and why I’m so passionate about helping you transform your relationship with food!
Testimonials

Holistic Health Coaching: Client Testimonials

I've tried so many ways to lose weight

Sarah R., Chicago, IL

From direct approaches like calorie counting and working with a trainer, to indirect methods like life coaching and internal work, so I was afraid that I'd heard it all before--that this wouldn't be anything new. During the program I learned to be less hard on myself when I start seeking comfort. Knowing what was happening, acknowledging it and giving myself permission instead of beating myself up, was huge. As a result of doing this work, I am now binging less and food feels less like a means of comfort.*

I feel 1,000% better. This process was life saving!

Lauren, Chicago, IL

When I first reached out to Laura for support, I was emotionally and physically unhealthy. I was stuck and could not move forward with my exercise and eating goals. I now feel so much more comfortable in my own skin and am a lot less anxious. I recommend this program to anyone who has struggled to understand his or her relationship with food. This is not just another diet.*

I have realized I am stronger than I think

Tammy D. Minneapolis, MN

Through my time working with Laura I regained my independence and removed myself from a toxic relationship. I was also able to identify what was derailing my progress and holding me in old habits that no longer suit me. Overall, Laura has really helped me move forward and I have realized that I am stronger than I think. I recommend her for anyone struggling with weight or major life changes because you will identify things you never knew were holding you back!*

I could actually be real with my struggles without judgement

Sarah R., Chicago, IL

From direct approaches like calorie counting and working with a trainer, to indirect methods like life coaching and internal work, so I was afraid that I'd heard it all before--that this wouldn't be anything new. During the program I learned to be less hard on myself when I start seeking comfort. Knowing what was happening, acknowledging it and giving myself permission instead of beating myself up, was huge. As a result of doing this work, I am now binging less and food feels less like a means of comfort.*

If you're tired of trying to change your food/health reality alone: stop!

Melissa K., Chicago, IL

When I began my work with Laura I'd already done A LOT of work on my own but something wasn’t working. There was a disconnect between all the pieces I’d gathered and the way my intentions were playing out in real life. I’d had years of struggle & guilt, interspersed with occasional bouts of health & success. Consistently sustainable, healthy choices seemed beyond reach. Laura’s keen awareness and fierce compassion allowed me access to subtle insights I could never have gained on my own. Various things were undermining my ability to grow and succeed in my relationship with food. Laura identifies and addresses unhelpful patterns with kindness and offers creative, thoughtful methods for engaging and shifting those patterns. Her empathetic, balanced, honest perspective is central to her impact in my life. She is an ongoing confidant & advocate.*

Sick of trying to figure this out on your own?

If you feel like this "food thing" isn't solvable, schedule a 50-minute Curiosity Call
free from shame, guilt and judgment. You'll fill me in on your challenges with your
relationship with food, gain insight as to why you self-sabotage, and will have a safe space to
talk about what's on your mind. You'll walk away knowing the steps to create sustainable change
(no willpower required)!

There's absolutely no charge for our first chat.

*Results vary from person to person
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