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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. 

Support plays an important role when it comes to reaching health and weight goals.  Many traditional diets provide group support but they focus mainly on what’s happening with the food and not the individual. Or, they may want to focus on exercise but your fitness plan is in great shape and you could really use assistance with finding the mix of foods that work well for you, your lifestyle and your body.

While following a traditional diet, if you aren’t able to stick with it you may think you lack willpower or motivation and sabotage yourself but it doesn’t make sense because you want to reach your goal so badly. So what keeps getting in the way and takes you off track?

When I was struggling with food I was really confused because I knew exactly what I needed to do that helped me lose 60 pounds. In fact I had kept the weight off for a few years, yet there were many times I felt like I was falling off track and lacked motivation or willpower. (Or so I thought that’s what was happening).I was doing what I call ‘working the system’ where I would eat well for a while, let go of the reigns and not really care about my food choices, see the scale start to creep up, freak out and start eating better again to lose the weight. I didn’t realize how exhausting and stressful this cycle was until I was able to get the right support! 

That’s when I started working with my Health Coach to gain a better understanding of exactly what kept taking me off track and was contributing to my, ‘I’ll start again tomorrow’ inner dialogue. From doing my own self-exploration, that’s what laid the foundation for the work I do with my clients. 

Throughout the process we break the cycle of being in automatic pilot, bring clarity and awareness to their patterns around food and in life so they can choose differently and begin re-writing their stories. That ends up impacting not only how they show up around food and their cravings but also how they choose to be in relationships, how they show up at work and how they connect with themselves.

This process starts with a powerful initial intro session:

Diagnose Why You Fall Off Track  

  • Goal of the session: See your “bad eating” as protective and understand the real root cause of why you battle food and “fall off track” 
  • Start to shift the focus away from more tactics to resist food to become the person who is no longer tempted by food. 
  • Helps bring clarity to your patterns around food and in life so you can start to see what’s been keeping you from reaching your health, weight and wellness goals. 
  • Length of session: One hour and 45-minutes and is a precursor to the 2- or 6-month program

If you know you’re ready for longer term support, you can also choose from a 2- or 6-month program. The 2-month program is the first two months of the 6-month program and is a great starting point to help transform your relationship with food. Both programs will help you:

  • Gain clarity around the external factors causing some of your cravings because once you’re aware of them the pull to food can be released.
  • Make small habit changes while establishing balance without deprivation.
  • Feel lighter, have more awareness & understanding of the patterns that have been keeping you stuck.

What next?

If you’re interested in learning more about the types of support that will start you on a path to radically transforming your relationship with food you can check out more information here. Otherwise you can schedule a free 30-minute Q&A session to discuss your goals and I can answer any questions you have.

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Laura B. FolkesA Different Approach for Sustainable Results
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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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Repair Your Strained Relationship with the Gym

By Christine O’Hagan from Spindle Fitness

Would you stay in a relationship with a person that left you feeling depleted, that you didn’t look forward to seeing, and that you didn’t have a good time with? Of course not!

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Laura B. FolkesRepair Your Strained Relationship with the Gym
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The Connection Between Stillness, Fear and Mindless Eating

“Stillness is not about focusing on nothingness; it’s about creating a clearing. It’s opening up an emotionally clutter-free space and allowing ourselves to feel and think and dream and question.”

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Laura B. FolkesThe Connection Between Stillness, Fear and Mindless Eating
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Interview: Is “Fat” a feeling?

When I started my journey to become a Health Coach I decided to start working with my own Health Coach, Ali Shapiro. Even though I had lost 60-pounds and was maintaining my weight, my thoughts were consumed by food and constantly thinking about when I was going to eat next. It scared me to think that I could possibly get hungry and be ill prepared without any food on hand. I thought there had to be a better way other than the exhausting mental gymnastics. I had done one of the leading weight loss programs for years with success in getting down to my goal weight. However I was missing one piece of the puzzle.

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Laura B. FolkesInterview: Is “Fat” a feeling?
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Interview: An Insight Into One Client’s Journey

I recently sat down with one client and interviewed her to share more about her experience of working with a Health Coach for the first time. It can be hard to make changes when it comes to working toward your health and weight goals so this is a candid insight into Lisa’s journey. Please leave a comment below if you can relate with any part of Lisa’s story.

Laura: Was there anything that led you to decide to make changes to your diet?

Lisa: I had been experiencing a lot of stress and felt like my life was spiraling out of control. In January 2016 I woke up one morning feeling my heart racing and thought I was having a heart attack. I went to work that day but only made it through part of the day when I decided to go to urgent care. I was diagnosed with having a panic attack. I knew at that time that something needed to change.

Laura: Why did you decide to start working with a Health Coach?

Lisa: After the panic attack episode I wasn’t sure what do next. I had heard about Health Coaching but was skeptical on if that was the right approach for me. I scheduled a session with Laura and after our conservation I realized she would be able to help guide me to make lifestyle changes to control my stress.

Laura: What has been most beneficial about working with a Health Coach?

Lisa: I have changed to eating a more natural and clean diet while reducing refined sugars and processed foods.  As a result my stress level has decreased and my sugar cravings have reduced significantly. I have also lost 25 pounds so far and have noticed that I am sleeping better. I used to take naps on weekends during the day but I find that I no longer need them because I have so much more energy during the day now.

Laura: What has been the biggest challenge/obstacle?

Lisa: The biggest challenge for me was realizing that a change needed to be made and how to take that first step. I had a fear of the one-on-one interaction and was concerned that I would be judged or criticized. However, after my first session I realized that was not the approach you take and was immediately put to ease.

Laura: Do you have any advice for others who are considering making some habit changes?

Lisa: My advice would be to be gentle on yourself. There are days when I may not be perfect but I know that my goal is lifelong health and a detour every now and then is not the end of the world. I still enjoy eating out but make better choices to ensure I don’t feel deprived. If I feel like I have a set back we talk it through and I leave the conversation feeling more positive. I’m still learning how to be gentle with myself but have made a lot of progress thanks to you!

About Laura B. Folkes:

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.

To learn more visit www.laurabfolkes.com or contact Laura at laura@laurabfolkes.com.

 

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Laura B. FolkesInterview: An Insight Into One Client’s Journey