September 2016

All posts from September 2016

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Free 7-Day Healthy Habits Challenge Begins 10/3/16

During this FREE 7-Day Healthy Habits Challenge you’ll get the information, inspiration, and motivation you need to kick-start your weight and fitness goals! ($97 Value Yours FREE for a Limited Time!)

You’ll also discover:

  • Seven important strategies: These strategies are important for achieving your health and fitness goals. (Don’t worry, they aren’t complicated or time consuming. You’ll learn how to easily implement these simple strategies in no time!)
  • Incorporating simple habits: How to easily incorporate simple habits and food choices that will help you live a healthier lifestyle without adding more time-consuming tasks or unnecessary stress to your life. 
  • Easy to follow, sustainable advice: You’ll receive practical tips that empower you without more dieting. 
  • Support & encouragement: You’ll receive all the support and encouragement you need to develop healthy habits that’ll last. You’ll also get exclusive access to a private Facebook group full of like-minded adults and will receive daily emails for seven days with the new habit to incorporate.

Sign up today at: http://www.healthyhabits.laurabfolkes.com/

 

About Laura:

Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports busy adults to take back control of their eating, successfully navigate life with food intolerances, reduce cravings and/or make sustainable changes without deprivation. After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and happier.

Laura can be contacted at laura@laurabfolkes.com

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Laura B. FolkesFree 7-Day Healthy Habits Challenge Begins 10/3/16
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Free Workshop 9/29/16: Debunking Healthy Food Myths

There’s so much conflicting health information out there. One day we hear Paleo is the best diet to lose weight and the next day gluten should be off limits. On top of that, when we go to the grocery store it can be overwhelming to know what is truly healthy when a cereal claims to be packed with protein and a cookie is loaded with fiber. But how do we know what is actually healthy and good for us?

On September 29th at 6:30 PM, Laura B. Folkes will help debunk the myths of what foods are truly healthy and what you should look for when deciding what to buy at the grocery store. The event will take place in the classroom at Tribe in Chicago, IL (1819 W. Belmont Avenue).

During this free workshop Laura will:
– Provide clarity around the claims food manufacturers use and what they really mean.
– Debunk the healthy food myths and discuss what to look for on food labels so you can be sure you’re finding foods that nourish your body.
– Discuss the best way to eat no matter your body type to ensure you feel satisfied without being deprived.

RSVP for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/294107297620112/

About Laura:

Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports busy adults to take back control of their eating, successfully navigate life with food intolerances, reduce cravings and/or make sustainable changes without deprivation. After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and happier.

Laura can be contacted at laura@laurabfolkes.com

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Laura B. FolkesFree Workshop 9/29/16: Debunking Healthy Food Myths
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Fitness Trackers & Weight Loss

Fitness trackers have become popular over the past few years and as a Health Coach, many people ask for my thoughts on them. I personally wear one but I often tell people that while they are a good way to track your activity level each day, I would not use it as a weight loss tool. Part of the reason is because some fitness trackers track how many calories you burn, including the amount burned from breathing. Since we all need to breathe, it seems odd that is included in the equation.

Our bodies are complicated machines and calories in/calories out simplifies how the body works. There are many factors that determine how many calories you burn during a workout including the type of exercise you do, the intensity, length of time and the foods you eat. Your body will burn off a piece of chocolate at different rates than a piece of spinach depending on the specific workout. Therefore it isn’t accurate to solely look at how many calories you consume and the amount you burn off.

I recently read this article on today.com about a study that was conducted on the correlation of fitness trackers and weight loss. The study found that people using fitness trackers lost less weight than those that did not wear one. One of the reasons they found is because, as the article states, “Activity trackers … may give some people a false sense of how active they are. ‘Look how active I was today I can eat this cupcake.’” Dr. Adrienne Youdim, at the Center for Weight Loss at Nutrition at the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills also said, “There is this psychological shift when patients see calorie counts or the amount of physical activity; they allow themselves to eat more because they have done some sort of physical activity.”

There are many health benefits to staying active so we shouldn’t give that up. Instead, we should reframe the purpose and use of the activity tracker.

About Laura:

Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports busy adults to take back control of their eating, successfully navigate life with food intolerances, reduce cravings and/or make sustainable changes without deprivation. After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and happier.

Laura can be contacted at laura@laurabfolkes.com

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