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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.

When I met Ali and learned about her program Truce with Food, I knew instantly it was what I needed to help me figure out my emotional relationship with food. Over the last couple years we have worked together and I learned A LOT about myself, especially that fat is not a feeling, which it took me a while to believe.

In this podcast interview, I share more about my journey, including:

  • What I’ve learned triggers my food cravings
  • My journey of losing 60-pounds, yet finding myself trapped in the fear of gaining the weight back that lead to a battle with food
  • What I discovered was really happening underneath feeling fat
  • The one big change I made that helped reduce my focus on food and the mental gymnastics that accompanied it


I hope you find listening to my journey of self-discovery helpful for you. Everything Ali and I discuss in the interview has really helped shape the way I work with and support my clients.

I would love to hear what you think of the episode and if it sparks any questions. Please be sure to leave a comment below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

(Note: I chose to show the above photo because while I was at my lowest weight, I was still self-conscious about my body and felt I needed to lose 10 more pounds).

About Laura:

Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports busy adults who know what they should be eating but have a hard time sticking to it by helping them identify the root cause of what’s keeping them from sticking to what they know works. She ensures her clients don’t feel deprived by guiding them to make small, incremental changes so the journey is more enjoyable. 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.

Laura can be contacted at

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  • lynda - June 7, 2018 reply

    great attending your class

    Laura B. Folkes - June 15, 2018 reply

    Thanks for attending. We enjoyed having you!

  • lynda - June 7, 2018 reply

    class was educational

  • lynda - June 7, 2018 reply

    would be interested in more

  • lynda - June 7, 2018 reply

    feel empowered

    Laura B. Folkes - June 15, 2018 reply

    I’m so glad to hear that Lynda! Thank you for sharing.

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