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The Domino Effect of Depletion

It’s Thursday and you’ve been patiently waiting for the weekend all week long. You stick to your food goals and are strict with yourself Monday through Thursday. As the weekend approaches you look forward to throwing your hands up in the air and taking a free-for-all mindset for the next few days.

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Laura B. FolkesThe Domino Effect of Depletion
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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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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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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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The Result of Fueling Your Passion

When I saw this sign at a women’s co-working space it really lit me up. Given the entrepreneurial setting I’m sure the intent behind these words has to do with running a business that is also your passion and putting power behind it. While I love this sentiment, it also resonated with me because of the work I do with my clients.

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Laura B. FolkesThe Result of Fueling Your Passion
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Guest Post: 3 Secrets to Ending Unhealthy Decisions and Improving Your Health

This is a guest post from my colleague, Movement Therapist, Katie Bellamy. Enjoy! 

Making good choices, improving decision-making, avoiding indecision

Sometimes these tasks come easily and without much issue. At other times and, likely depending on the context, these tasks can become overwhelming, unbearable, or just annoying, often leading to avoidance and ambivalence.

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Laura B. FolkesGuest Post: 3 Secrets to Ending Unhealthy Decisions and Improving Your Health
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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