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

Video 1: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

Thanksgiving was the kick off to the festive holiday season, which can be fun and celebratory, but also stressful and overwhelming at the same time. We are often surrounded by our loved ones as well as some of our favorite foods we only get once a year, leading to temptations and ultimately indulging.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 1: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

Four Reasons Willpower Dwindles During the Holidays

Many cravings or the intense 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 lose your willpower at an event.

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Laura B. FolkesFour Reasons Willpower Dwindles During the Holidays

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?

There’s More to Emotional Eating Than You May Think

Through the years of my own self-discovery, one of the biggest insights I’ve had is that while we may be on a journey with our weight, we never fully arrive. For years I would focus on how life would be different and better when I hit my goal weight. However, in 2008 that dream came true, yet life wasn’t easier and I still wasn’t happy with my body or my weight. In the past I have opened up about my challenges with maintaining my weight and I fully admit that I still have challenges. In all honesty it’s difficult to admit that I still have my struggles. However, I want to share more about my journey in case you feel the same way so you know you aren’t alone.

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Laura B. FolkesThere’s More to Emotional Eating Than You May Think

Four Tips to Enjoy a Happy Hour Without Stress

Picture this. You’re sitting at a table with co-workers at a happy hour hot spot when the hostess hands you a menu. Immediately your pulse starts racing and various thoughts run through your mind. ‘What should I order?’ ‘I want to eat healthy but I don’t want to come across as boring or like I can’t have a good time. Plus, I don’t want to miss out and feel like an outcast because I order something different than everyone else.’ Or, ‘If I eat what I want, I’ll blow my efforts and won’t be able to get back on track so I just won’t eat.’

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Laura B. FolkesFour Tips to Enjoy a Happy Hour Without Stress

Emotional Eating Doesn’t Discriminate

As humans we all need to eat. And regardless of our sex or ethnicity there seems to be a commonality that food is at the center of a lot of occasions. When we’re raised with food being at the center of so many aspects of our lives, it’s only natural that we create lifelong habits (even if we don’t know they exist), which show up in multiple ways.

When I first started working as a Health Coach, we are told to define our niche market. Since my passion is supporting busy adults on their weight journey with a focus on emotional eating, I automatically assumed I would work with women. Our culture has a tendency to stereotype that women are more concerned about their weight, body image and are more emotional than men, which is why a lot of healthy foods and diets are typically marketed toward women. However, it has been my experience that not surprisingly men care about their bodies and what they eat too. Similar to women, men can also have an emotional relationship with food.

When talking about emotional eating, we typically think about eating when stressed, happy, angry, sad or as a reward to name a few. But there are also common triggers of feeling insecure, unsafe, vulnerable or lacking connection that can draw us to food without even knowing it. Simply identifying the triggers can help alleviate the pull to food and enables us to develop new tools and approaches to address each situation.

For men it can be especially difficult to ask for help around food as it can feel taboo. However, having the right support is helpful when you know what you should be eating but have a hard time sticking to it. This cycle can feel daunting and lead to burn out but having someone to cheer you on when you’re feeling stuck can be helpful because having a third party to help us see what’s in our way can be all we need. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a smart and productive thing to do regardless of your sex.

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Laura B. FolkesEmotional Eating Doesn’t Discriminate

The Perfect Support Just for You

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 emotional eating.

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Laura B. FolkesThe Perfect Support Just for You