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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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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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