Diet

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The Parallel Between Flowers Weathering a Snow Storm and My Clients

Last weekend in Chicago we experienced some spring snow. Yes snow in the middle of April! A couple days later, the temperatures rose again into the 60’s. The interesting thing is, the day after the snowfall I was walking around and noticed the flowers were still blooming and hadn’t died from this crazy weather we had. It made me realize how resilient nature can be. That thought reminded me of the parallel of how my clients build resilience through the process of understanding and uncovering their relationship around food.

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Laura B. FolkesThe Parallel Between Flowers Weathering a Snow Storm and My Clients
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When Craving Mac & Cheese isn’t Really About The Mac or The Cheese

In a recent workshop I ran, we talked about the common themes that lead to self-sabotage and lacking willpower. After sharing some of the themes, tools and strategies, one of the women asked what tips I typically give people when they eat something out of alignment with their goals so they reach for the healthier option. Since my role as a Health Coach is not to give specific tips and tricks of how to avoid eating something you would consider indulgent, I asked if she would be willing to share an example.

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Laura B. FolkesWhen Craving Mac & Cheese isn’t Really About The Mac or The Cheese
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Get Unstuck With This Limited Time Offering

Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals? Unrealistic expectations are a big reason people don’t end up sticking with their resolution. Even if you’re not into setting New Year’s resolutions, this can be the case with setting any goal.

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Laura B. FolkesGet Unstuck With This Limited Time Offering
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Two Simple Ways to Keep Your Discipline at Events

Imagine you’re at a social gathering and you walk into a party where you know a couple people but not many. As soon as you walk in the door you make a beeline to the bar and quickly down your first drink. You see the appetizers so you immediately head over and quickly start sampling them.

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Laura B. FolkesTwo Simple Ways to Keep Your Discipline at Events
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New Partnership & Office Location Announcement

I’m excited to announce that starting on Friday, December 7, 2018, I’ll have office hours on Fridays from 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM in the Chicago Loop in partnership with Anatomy & Alchemy.  This new location is great for anyone who works and lives in the city.

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Laura B. FolkesNew Partnership & Office Location Announcement
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Reasons You Think About Food More Than You Would Like

Being consumed by the thought of food is not just about thinking about what you’re going to eat from meal to meal. It’s also what I call mental gymnastics around food. Before a meal you might think about what the best choice would be. You’re not 100% sure so you go back and forth about whether you should or shouldn’t eat it. Then, afterwards you continue to think about the food choice. Was it the right one? Maybe you feel guilty about it and beat yourself up. Or, maybe you tell yourself ‘it’s OK. I’ll do better during my next meal. Speaking of the next meal, I should eat a salad to be healthy. Oh! And how many calories did I just consume? Can I afford to eat what I have planned for dinner?’

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Laura B. FolkesReasons You Think About Food More Than You Would Like
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Reasons You Reward Yourself with Food

You walk by the candy bowl at 3:00 and try to resist it but what the heck? After all that you’ve accomplished you think, “I Deserve it!” and grab a handful of chocolate candy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing “bad” about having a handful of chocolate. What isn’t ideal is when regret and guilt kick in because you feel like you have sabotaged your healthy eating efforts.

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Laura B. FolkesReasons You Reward Yourself with Food
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Why We Sabotage Our Healthy Eating Efforts

One day I was talking to a friend about self-sabotage because it’s a topic that often comes up with my clients. As I was explaining that I wanted to write a blog post about the topic she said, “I’ll start it for you!” because she could relate. Here’s her story and then I’ll get into more about self-sabotage and what it really is and what it means if you’re feeling like you’re getting in the way of your health and weight goals.

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Laura B. FolkesWhy We Sabotage Our Healthy Eating Efforts
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Uncover What Your Cravings Really Mean

The start of the year is typically synonymous with restrictive New Year’s resolutions and crash diets that work for a while but don’t last long-term. When we fall off track is typically when shame sets in or we resolve it just wasn’t meant to be. But there is a better way! Check out the video below to learn more.

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Laura B. FolkesUncover What Your Cravings Really Mean
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Video 8: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

This is the final video in the series about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I talked about what happens when we have idealistic expectations going into an event. In today’s video I share tips and strategies you can use to help set realistic expectations so you don’t end up mindlessly eating. 

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 8: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays