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.
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.
This is the final video in the series about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterdayI 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.
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.
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.’
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.
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:
The reasons why I decided to start reducing the amount of sugar I was consuming
The expected and unexpected benefits of reducing my refined sugar intake
The process I took to cut out sugar
People who were positively impacted by my reducing sugar
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.