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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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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
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Podcast: Emotional Eating & Self-Sabotage

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Trish Murray from Discover Health Functional Medicine Center about emotional eating and self-sabotage on her podcast. During this episode we discussed:

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Laura B. FolkesPodcast: Emotional Eating & Self-Sabotage
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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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Uncover What Your Cravings Really Mean

The start of the year is typically synonymous with restrictive New Year’s resolutions and crash diets that work for a while but don’t last long-term. When we fall off track is typically when shame sets in or we resolve it just wasn’t meant to be. But there is a better way! Check out the video below to learn more.

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Laura B. FolkesUncover What Your Cravings Really Mean
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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 2: 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 discussed one reason we focus on the food and drinks at a party is because we are avoiding feeling uncomfortable. By having the awareness of what we’re avoiding, it can help so you can determine what you need in the situation. In this video I provide some suggestions of things you can do if you find yourself at an event and being consumed by thinking about food.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 2: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays
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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
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When Cooking in Advance Pays Off

After an amazing nine day vacation, my husband and I returned home to an empty refrigerator. After unpacking and doing laundry, the first thought to cross our minds was, ‘we need food!’ We planned on going to the grocery store the day after we returned but found ourselves working late to catch up from our time away.

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Laura B. FolkesWhen Cooking in Advance Pays Off
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Interview 5 of 6: Obstacles of Reducing Sugar

This week I share the obstacles I came across while I was in the process of reducing my sugar intake and what you may come up against. I also share some tips on how to handle those potential obstacles.

This is the fifth video in a six part series where I share portions of an interview I did with Kelly Hall of Some Time For You. The topic we discussed was ‘quitting sugar’ and I share my experience with reducing my intake of refined sugar in my diet over the last few years. In the series I will share:

  1. The reasons why I decided to start reducing the amount of sugar I was consuming
  2. The expected and unexpected benefits of reducing my refined sugar intake
  3. The process I took to cut out sugar
  4. People who were positively impacted by my reducing sugar
  5. The biggest benefit(s) of reducing sugar

I hope you enjoy the interviews! Please be sure to leave comments if there’s anything you can relate to, or if you have any questions. Watch this week’s video.screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-2-58-17-pm

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.

 

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Laura B. FolkesInterview 5 of 6: Obstacles of Reducing Sugar