Diet

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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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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
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Video 7: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

In this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I shared some tips and strategies to use when going to an event without placing rules and restriction on yourself. This video covers what happens when we have idealistic expectations going into an event.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 7: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays
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Video 6: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

In this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I talked about what happens when we have too many rules going into an event.  In this video I share three strategies you can use when going to an event, without needing to place restrictions on yourself.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 6: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays
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Video 5: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

During this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I shared tips and strategies you can use when you don’t feel like you’re fitting in at a party or event to alleviate the desire to eat whatever you want. Today I talk about what happens when we have too many rules going into an event.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 5: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays
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Video 4: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

During this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I discussed how our desire to fit in with others can overshadow our healthy eating goals. Today I’m sharing some tips and strategies you can use when that arises so you don’t end up saying “Screw it” and eat whatever you want.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 4: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays
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Video 3: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

In this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I shared three things you can do if you find yourself to be uncomfortable at a social gathering and therefore obsessively thinking about food and alcohol. In this video I talk about how our desire to fit in with others can overshadow our healthy eating goals.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 3: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays