“Through my time working with Laura I regained my independence and removed myself from a toxic relationship. I was also able to identify what was derailing my progress and holding me in old habits that no longer suit me.
Overall, Laura has really helped me move forward and I have realized that I am stronger than I think. I recommend her for anyone struggling with weight or major life changes because you will identify things you never knew were holding you back!“*
– Tammy D. Minneapolis, MN
“I really appreciate all the work we have done and how much of my life I feel like you have given back to me with our sessions. I am truly a happier person having worked with Laura. I see the world in a different way and am able to appreciate myself a lot more.”*
– L. A., Chicago, IL
“Going into the program working with Laura, I was clear that I didn’t want to be lectured about my weight or what I was eating. From the beginning I felt I could actually be real with my struggles because I was not being judged. It felt like I was really taking the time to not just focus on my weight, but on my overall health.
I am now setting boundaries by articulating what I need and want, which wasn’t something I did before. I have also learned that I can still have the foods I love and am able to recognize when I honestly want them instead of when I am emotionally leaning on the food.
From doing this work, I now feel the need to really think about what I want. In the past I worried about what I had to do for others to keep the peace but now I’m able to check in on my needs, making me feel so much more satisfied.
This is the perfect solution for anyone who has done various weight loss programs and plans without finding permanent success.”*
– Michelle, Chicago, IL
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Laura because she’s not judgmental. The “Health Coach viewpoint” is a different one than any I’ve experienced before, and it’s been interesting to look at my life in a different way. All my life I’ve viewed my relationship with food as a bad/negative thing and many people have said disparaging things to me about my weight and my inability to take it off and/or keep it off. Laura hasn’t done that, and I appreciate it.
After working with Laura, I am feeling better about myself and am more willing to be kind to myself. I’m also able to cut myself some slack if I don’t feel I can accomplish all the things I plan to.
I would recommend Laura to anyone who has been trying to lose weight but has gotten stuck for some reason and is frustrated by their inability to move forward. Laura’s positive encouragement and thoughtful evaluation of what the underlying causes of my eating habits could be was very eye opening.”*
– M. S., Chicago, IL
“Before I started working with Laura, I didn’t realize how much I use food as an emotional reaction to situations. Specifically, if I’m too overwhelmed I don’t eat. I also had an all or nothing mindset but realized it doesn’t have to be that way. After going through the program with Laura, I am feeling better and less hopeless and made a big life transition that was much smoother than it would have been had I done it on my own. It was really helpful to have someone on my team who is neutral, kind, non-judgmental and looks out for my best interest while being removed from the direct situation.”*
– Hannah F., Chicago, IL
“I started working with Laura to lose a significant amount of weight and get my blood sugar back in alignment. At first, I thought the program wouldn’t work but I was hopeful it was going to help me get to my goal. During the 5-month program, I realized that I’m really hard on myself. I was also able reduce my snacking and saw an improvement in my blood sugar numbers.
Laura is insightful, full of good knowledge and is always open to exploring how to best work through a situation. She’s very supportive and non-judgmental and takes the whole me into consideration, not just a small part. I recommend Laura to anyone struggling with their health- and/or weight-related issues. She genuinely cares about her clients and the work and masters the challenging and sensitive stuff with ease.”
– K. B., Chicago, IL
“I started working with Laura because I wanted to feel more in control around food. Throughout the program I realized that I often accommodate others ahead of myself so I end up feeling depleted. I now feel more in control and aware of some of the issues I have around food. Overall I’m feeling less anxious because I’m more aware of my role/reactions and feel more in control of them.
I really like the “casual” approach to the sessions. Talking about and digging into the whys around eating and food is as important as nutrition and exercise. I recommend Laura to anyone struggling with many diets, have dietary issues or someone who notices they may binge or have irrational thoughts about food.”
– A. G., Chicago, IL
“I sought Laura out as I had been yo-yo’ing in my weight for the last several years and felt that thinking about food was leading to too many mental gymnastics. Laura helped me unpack what was contributing to my “I must eat pizza now!” craving, which was where I tended to fall down. By realizing that I needed to balance my work stress in ways other than comfort food and allowing myself to slow down enough to take care of my needs in more fulfilling, lasting ways, I was able to make changes. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds!
There was a lot of sadness that came up and an inner oppositional teenager who wanted to break a rule the minute I made it! Laura has the wisdom and presence to be able to sit with these emotions in a way that is beyond her years. I think it takes a certain vulnerability to be able to sit with someone in their negative emotions like that. I felt comfortable sharing these intimate details with Laura because of who she is as a person. I really liked the email summaries she would send after the session and the items to reflect on/exercises. Laura was also able to be flexible to understand my desire to skew towards Ayurvedic (yogic medicine) principles to be in line with my spirituality. Through this foundational work and by tuning into my spiritual practices I have found a sustainable way to enjoy food rather than feel controlled by it.
I’m grateful for Laura and recommend her highly!“*
– Rachel, Chicago, IL
“When I first started on this journey I was skeptical about trying a new and different approach since many other things I had tried worked for a period of time but eventually failed. However, as I went through the program with Laura I made some significant realizations about my relationship with food. I am now at peace with the idea of this being a lifelong process that will take work. I am more compassionate with myself when it comes to following my diet, working out and other changes I’ve implemented. I’ve also realized that small to medium changes over time are not only effective, but they are the most realistic way to approach my goals as opposed to the black and white thinking I previously had of ‘it’s not worth doing if I can’t do it perfectly.’
Through working with Laura I realized that my goal was unrealistic and unhealthy and that my desire for perfection was actually one of my roadblocks. Since Laura has been on the journey herself, she had a lot of good information to share and understood what I was going through. She is good at recognizing patterns and relating them to what I would talk about even if I didn’t initially see the pattern/similarity/root cause. I would definitely recommend this program if you are someone who is thinking about your emotional relationship with food!“*
– J. B., Chicago, IL
“I just recently completed my work with Laura and had a very pleasant experience. I found Laura to be a great support. She met me right where I was at in the moment. She shared a lot of great information about food and helpful resources. More importantly, though, Laura led me on a journey of self-exploration especially around emotional eating. I appreciated knowing that Laura really understood my struggle because she has been there herself. This was invaluable. Laura is a great Health Coach and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.”*
– Millie F., Chicago, IL
“When I first met Laura I had discovered I had a number of food sensitivities (Corn, yeast, gluten, dairy, sugar, sulfites). I felt incredibly overwhelmed about how to prepare meals and feel healthy while not feeling deprived. Laura recommended a number of great “treats” including an amazing “chocolate milkshake” that has become a staple in my life. Prior to working with her I felt like my diet was extremely rigid and I felt very deprived, but now I feel (and look) great and am able to stay away from the things that make me sick while still enjoying food and life.
Most people I worked with in the past for any dietary coaching were a nightmare. I found myself constantly hungry, tracking every spec of food, and feeling guilty when I couldn’t maintain these incredibly regimented diets.
Laura really wants to help people live the best life possible and be gentler on themselves. We ended up working a lot on stress management and integrating a lot of practices for fun and relaxation. I really recommend Laura as a kind, approachable, knowledgeable partner in the quest to a happy, healthy, (delicious), and fun life!”*
– Katie S., Chicago, IL
“When I first started working with Laura I knew what she did as a Health Coach and how she helped some of her other clients. I would listen but think, ‘I have a handle on things. I know what to do and what not to do so I didn’t need her services.’, so I continued to do what I had been doing. I was drinking pop and eating fast food for lunch every day because it was “convenient,” I was lazy and didn’t have the energy to pack my lunch in the mornings.
In January 2016 I felt like everything was spiraling out of control. I was experiencing a lot of emotional stress at work to the point where I woke up with my pulse racing, feeling like I was having a heart attack. Later that day I ended up at urgent care and was diagnosed with having an anxiety attack. Afterwards I called Laura and told her what happened. After a long talk she told me sugar could be a contributing factor to my anxiety. She suggested I try cutting it out for two weeks to see how I would feel, so I took her advice and haven’t looked back. Not only has my anxiety subsided but I have also lost over 15 pounds in 19 weeks as an added benefit. While I am still in the process of losing weight, I am confident that with Laura’s guidance I will meet my goal.
Since working with Laura I have not felt deprived and she ensures it is manageable for my daily life. She is very supportive and always looks at the positive side of my accomplishments even if I feel like I had a bad week. Laura is very knowledgeable about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having her as a resource is extremely helpful. I know I can rely on her when I feel I need additional support.”*
– Lisa G., Ann Arbor, MI
“Inching into my mid-thirties, and having the boilerplate health (and vanity) concerns, I knew what I needed to do to be healthier (and more comfortable in my skin) but just never stuck to doing those things enough to make a difference. I would tell myself, “By this time next year, I’ll be fitting into those old skinny jeans again. I’ll just start doing x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, and x.”
When I met Laura and heard of her services I thought to myself, “Do I really need to pay someone to do what I already know I need to be doing?” And after a few more months without change I realized the answer was a resounding, “Ugh, I guess”. What really pushed me to the point of seeking Laura’s guidance wasn’t stepping on the scale as much as going to the doctor and having high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Because of my nutritional resourcefulness and scientific inquisitiveness I assumed up until that point that I was healthy, simply by having knowledge about what was healthy. But, the numbers proved me wrong.
Working with Laura helped me to filter my overwhelming amount of nutritional and health information into small and manageable lifestyle actions. She helped me to pair down my health actions, binging, and then long periods of disappointed apathy, into realistic adjustments. I look forward to having my sessions with Laura, not only because she is personable and knowledgeable, but she’s also a perfectly nonjudgmental counselor to gently guide me down the better path when I stray. The key to Laura’s success is making the plan tailored to what I enjoy in life and not unrealistically cutting out indulgences. This helps bring pleasure and wellness to a balanced lifestyle.
I recently had my blood panels done again, and my anxiety at viewing the results melted away when I saw that my total cholesterol had dropped 55 mg/dL down to 155mg/dL, and all of my number are in the healthy range. I shouldn’t have been that surprised since I’ve lost 12 lbs and feel much better. Laura knows what she’s doing, and even if skinny jeans are no longer trending, I’m just happy feeling better in this one body I’ve got.“*
– Maryam S., Chicago, IL
“When I initially started working with Laura, I had one main goal… to lose weight. I had been trying to lose weight (and keep it off) for years and had struggled. Laura took the time to not only learn why I wanted to lose weight, but also explored deeper underlying issues as to why I could never lose weight and keep it off. Some of the struggle stemmed from emotional issues and others from motivational issues that made facing weight loss much tougher. In expressing this personal and confidential information to her, I felt 100% comfortable that her coaching would help me overcome these obstacles.
The difference in working with Laura is that she outlined we would not get immediate results and set those expectations from day one. She also confirmed with me that we were on the same page and asked for updates along the way as to if anything had changed so she could be flexible in her coaching. We worked together to take baby steps toward achieving my goal and implement healthy practices that would last a lifetime, not just a few months. And, the baby steps were easy and produced results! Not only was I starting to feel healthier, but also happier!
I would highly recommend Laura and her wellness coaching.”*
– Candice H., Chicago, IL
“Laura is so engaged and attentive that she has the natural ability to inspire. You receive patience, respect, honesty and encouragement. She always brought forth logical steps towards reaching my goals whenever I felt stuck or confused. The best part is, she did this in a way that honoured my vision for what a healthy life looks like for me. She is skilled at offering ideas and challenging you in a way that makes you want to step out and be the best version of yourself. Working with Laura is well worth the investment!”*
– Sara F., Vancouver, BC
“Laura is an extremely dedicated and trained Health Coach professional, empowering others to lead longer, healthier lives. She helps guide individuals or groups through a customized solution that works best for them and their lifestyle.
Laura and I recently went on a grocery shopping experience where she walked me through how to approach grocery shopping from a healthier perspective. Topics discussed included: reading and understanding food labels, shopping for healthier food alternatives, in-depth discussion of organic vs. non-organic and which items are better to purchase organically, which indulgences outweigh others, and shopping healthy on a budget.
After my shopping experience with Laura, I have a much better understanding of what is actually in the food we eat and how I can better approach/make better selections in my grocery shopping experiences moving forward. If you ever need guidance, I would highly recommend her!”*
– Jennifer G., Chicago, IL
“For years I have ignored my body. It wasn’t until I picked up and moved 5,000 miles away from my birthplace that the effects of my lifestyle and health took a toll on my body.
Laura coached me through the pains of change and helped me realize that my diet when at home was vastly different to my diet in a new country over the past year. I went to her covered in full body skin hives. My doctor prescribed me steroid creams but they didn’t work to treat my visible symptoms.
Laura made recommendations based on my history and that suited me financially. We discovered not only did I suffer from a Candida overgrowth but I also have a gluten intolerance and wheat allergy.
Through several meetings, Laura exposed me to sugar free and gluten/wheat free meal planning to help reduce the side effects of the Candida.
There were times I resorted to my old habits and saw them as setbacks but Laura assured me it was a necessary part of change. I am now in tune with my gut and digestion and Laura was there to encourage me the entire way. As a result, I have eliminated bloating, lethargy, breakouts and I am finally regular.”*
– Ashley W., Sydney, NSW, Australia
“When I started working with Laura I was an emotional wreck. I was eating myself through my days and then had no motivation to move or do anything. (You might say I was hitting my bottom).
I talked to Laura once a week and she always started out with, ‘What’s going on with you?’ With so much going on I just didn’t want to diet and I didn’t want to be told what to do, but I knew I didn’t like how I felt and wanted to change. Laura took me through baby steps to get me back on track so that I wanted to care about myself again. That was the first step for me.
Laura cared so much about helping me and guided me to take it one feeling at a time. She gave me suggestions on what to eat until I got back on track. I am now up and running! I am exercising at the gym, view every meal as a fresh start and have a lot more energy.
Thank you to Laura for your patience and helping me regain motivation for a healthier lifestyle. I can’t tell you enough how much better I feel!!!”*
– Maria L., Ann Arbor, MI
“Laura is my Health Coach and has been a great help. I am a person who eats when stressed and has a terrible sweet tooth.
Laura speaks with me to see how my week/month is going and gives me suggestions on what to eat. Since I am a stress eater she always asks what may be causing my stress. In addition to being an excellent Health Coach and listener, she sends me recipes (which are amazing) and tips on cooking ahead of time and grocery shopping.
I would recommend Laura to anyone who is looking for a Health Coach. She is wonderful and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”*
– Denise Z., Chicago, IL
*Results may vary from person to person.