Healthy Eating

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How to Navigate the Office Food Minefield

Working in an office can be one big food minefield from various celebrations, leftover business meals, to the “obligatory” candy bowl on your co-worker’s desk. You start off the day strong with a good breakfast and eat what you brought for lunch. But when you see the free food you just can’t seem to resist it. Cue mindless eating!

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Laura B. FolkesHow to Navigate the Office Food Minefield
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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. 

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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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Emotional Eating: A Different Perspective

When you think of emotional eating, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? In the traditional sense, many people think it occurs when they’re bored, sad, happy, lonely etc. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an emotional eater, I encourage you to keep reading as it can apply not only to how you show up around food but can also come up with shopping, drinking, exercising, etc.

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Laura B. FolkesEmotional Eating: A Different Perspective
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The Benefit of Option C

When I start working with my clients most of them talk about how they’re stuck in black and white thinking. This typically leads to only being able to see two options in a situation. For example, they can either eat in alignment with their goals, or they don’t. They either meal plan or they don’t. Does that sound familiar?

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Laura B. FolkesThe Benefit of Option C
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How to be in Control of Your Week

Another weekend went by and you were productive and had a lot of fun with your family and friends. Come Sunday evening, reality sets in that the workweek starts again tomorrow.

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Laura B. FolkesHow to be in Control of Your Week
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A few of my favorite things from the Nourished Festival

I recently attended the Nourished Festival in Chicago, which featured a variety of products that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergen-friendly.

While there were quite a few vendors, I wanted to share some products I sampled that you may enjoy!

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Laura B. FolkesA few of my favorite things from the Nourished Festival
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Uncover Your True Cravings when Rewarding Yourself with Food

After every big accomplishment, family celebration, or even a hard day, it can be easy to tell yourself, ‘When I get home I’m going to eat pizza, ice cream, wine or any other indulgent food because I deserve it.’ Perhaps you find yourself thinking about the reward most of the day as something to look forward to and help you unwind when you get home. 

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Laura B. FolkesUncover Your True Cravings when Rewarding Yourself with Food
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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