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Interview: An Insight Into One Client’s Journey

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.

To learn more visit www.laurabfolkes.com or contact Laura at laura@laurabfolkes.com.

 

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Laura B. FolkesInterview: An Insight Into One Client’s Journey
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Emotional Eating Doesn’t Discriminate

As humans we all need to eat. And regardless of our sex or ethnicity there seems to be a commonality that food is at the center of a lot of occasions. When we’re raised with food being at the center of so many aspects of our lives, it’s only natural that we create lifelong habits (even if we don’t know they exist), which show up in multiple ways.

When I first started working as a Health Coach, we are told to define our niche market. Since my passion is supporting busy adults on their weight journey with a focus on emotional eating, I automatically assumed I would work with women. Our culture has a tendency to stereotype that women are more concerned about their weight, body image and are more emotional than men, which is why a lot of healthy foods and diets are typically marketed toward women. However, it has been my experience that not surprisingly men care about their bodies and what they eat too. Similar to women, men can also have an emotional relationship with food.

When talking about emotional eating, we typically think about eating when stressed, happy, angry, sad or as a reward to name a few. But there are also common triggers of feeling insecure, unsafe, vulnerable or lacking connection that can draw us to food without even knowing it. Simply identifying the triggers can help alleviate the pull to food and enables us to develop new tools and approaches to address each situation.

For men it can be especially difficult to ask for help around food as it can feel taboo. However, having the right support is helpful when you know what you should be eating but have a hard time sticking to it. This cycle can feel daunting and lead to burn out but having someone to cheer you on when you’re feeling stuck can be helpful because having a third party to help us see what’s in our way can be all we need. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a smart and productive thing to do regardless of your sex.

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Laura B. FolkesEmotional Eating Doesn’t Discriminate
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The Perfect Support Just for You

Support plays an important role when it comes to reaching health and weight goals.  Many traditional diets provide group support but they focus mainly on what’s happening with the food and not the individual.  Or, they may want to focus on exercise but your fitness plan is in great shape and you could really use assistance with emotional eating.

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Laura B. FolkesThe Perfect Support Just for You