You walk by the candy bowl at 3:00 and try to resist it but what the heck? After all that you’ve accomplished you think, “I Deserve it!” and grab a handful of chocolate candy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing “bad” about having a handful of chocolate. What isn’t ideal is when regret and guilt kick in because you feel like you have sabotaged your healthy eating efforts.read more
One day I was talking to a friend about self-sabotage because it’s a topic that often comes up with my clients. As I was explaining that I wanted to write a blog post about the topic she said, “I’ll start it for you!” because she could relate. Here’s her story and then I’ll get into more about self-sabotage and what it really is and what it means if you’re feeling like you’re getting in the way of your health and weight goals.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
The holidays are supposed to be festive and a time for celebration but sometimes they can be anything but. Between all of the social gatherings, festive foods and extra time with our families, the holidays can be fun, indulgent, exhausting, emotional and stressful all at the same time. But what if you could approach the holidays with ease and a sense of calm?read more
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.read more
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.read more
When thinking about putting your best foot forward with the way you dress and the way you eat, you may initially think they don’t have anything in common. However, there are more commonalities than one may think. Consider this:
I recently sat down with one client and interviewed her to share more about her experience of working with a Health Coach for the first time. It can be hard to make changes when it comes to working toward your health and weight goals so this is a candid insight into Lisa’s journey. Please leave a comment below if you can relate with any part of Lisa’s story.
Laura: Was there anything that led you to decide to make changes to your diet?
Lisa: I had been experiencing a lot of stress and felt like my life was spiraling out of control. In January 2016 I woke up one morning feeling my heart racing and thought I was having a heart attack. I went to work that day but only made it through part of the day when I decided to go to urgent care. I was diagnosed with having a panic attack. I knew at that time that something needed to change.
Laura: Why did you decide to start working with a Health Coach?
Lisa: After the panic attack episode I wasn’t sure what do next. I had heard about Health Coaching but was skeptical on if that was the right approach for me. I scheduled a session with Laura and after our conservation I realized she would be able to help guide me to make lifestyle changes to control my stress.
Laura: What has been most beneficial about working with a Health Coach?
Lisa: I have changed to eating a more natural and clean diet while reducing refined sugars and processed foods. As a result my stress level has decreased and my sugar cravings have reduced significantly. I have also lost 25 pounds so far and have noticed that I am sleeping better. I used to take naps on weekends during the day but I find that I no longer need them because I have so much more energy during the day now.
Laura: What has been the biggest challenge/obstacle?
Lisa: The biggest challenge for me was realizing that a change needed to be made and how to take that first step. I had a fear of the one-on-one interaction and was concerned that I would be judged or criticized. However, after my first session I realized that was not the approach you take and was immediately put to ease.
Laura: Do you have any advice for others who are considering making some habit changes?
Lisa: My advice would be to be gentle on yourself. There are days when I may not be perfect but I know that my goal is lifelong health and a detour every now and then is not the end of the world. I still enjoy eating out but make better choices to ensure I don’t feel deprived. If I feel like I have a set back we talk it through and I leave the conversation feeling more positive. I’m still learning how to be gentle with myself but have made a lot of progress thanks to you!
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.