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A Different Approach for Sustainable Results

When my clients reach out to me for support, they often feel like they’re at a loss of what works for them and their bodies to reach their health, weight and wellness goals. In fact they’re so frustrated and sometimes even feel hopeless after trying many different approaches with short-term success and ending up back in the same place, only more frustrated. The great part is that they haven’t given up and have sought out a new and different approach they hope will be different and lead to sustainable results. 

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 finding the mix of foods that work well for you, your lifestyle and your body.

While following a traditional diet, if you aren’t able to stick with it you may think you lack willpower or motivation and sabotage yourself but it doesn’t make sense because you want to reach your goal so badly. So what keeps getting in the way and takes you off track?

When I was struggling with food I was really confused because I knew exactly what I needed to do that helped me lose 60 pounds. In fact I had kept the weight off for a few years, yet there were many times I felt like I was falling off track and lacked motivation or willpower. (Or so I thought that’s what was happening).I was doing what I call ‘working the system’ where I would eat well for a while, let go of the reigns and not really care about my food choices, see the scale start to creep up, freak out and start eating better again to lose the weight. I didn’t realize how exhausting and stressful this cycle was until I was able to get the right support! 

That’s when I started working with my Health Coach to gain a better understanding of exactly what kept taking me off track and was contributing to my, ‘I’ll start again tomorrow’ inner dialogue. From doing my own self-exploration, that’s what laid the foundation for the work I do with my clients. 

Throughout the process we break the cycle of being in automatic pilot, bring clarity and awareness to their patterns around food and in life so they can choose differently and begin re-writing their stories. That ends up impacting not only how they show up around food and their cravings but also how they choose to be in relationships, how they show up at work and how they connect with themselves.

This process starts with a powerful initial intro session:

Diagnose Why You Fall Off Track  

  • Goal of the session: See your “bad eating” as protective and understand the real root cause of why you battle food and “fall off track” 
  • Start to shift the focus away from more tactics to resist food to become the person who is no longer tempted by food. 
  • Helps bring clarity to your patterns around food and in life so you can start to see what’s been keeping you from reaching your health, weight and wellness goals. 
  • Length of session: One hour and 45-minutes and is a precursor to the 2- or 6-month program

If you know you’re ready for longer term support, you can also choose from a 2- or 6-month program. The 2-month program is the first two months of the 6-month program and is a great starting point to help transform your relationship with food. Both programs will help you:

  • Gain clarity around the external factors causing some of your cravings because once you’re aware of them the pull to food can be released.
  • Make small habit changes while establishing balance without deprivation.
  • Feel lighter, have more awareness & understanding of the patterns that have been keeping you stuck.

What next?

If you’re interested in learning more about the types of support that will start you on a path to radically transforming your relationship with food you can check out more information here. Otherwise you can schedule a free 30-minute Q&A session to discuss your goals and I can answer any questions you have.

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Laura B. FolkesA Different Approach for Sustainable Results
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Four Reasons it’s Easy to Overindulge During the Holidays

When attending holiday gatherings we can tend to focus on the delicious food we only get to eat once a year. You can enjoy some of your favorite foods AND you should! However, if there is any build up beforehand, mental gymnastics during or negative self-talk afterwards, that’s when the food cravings or 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 overindulge at an event.

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Laura B. FolkesFour Reasons it’s Easy to Overindulge During the Holidays
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Emotional Eating: A Different Perspective

When you think of emotional eating, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? In the traditional sense, many people think it occurs when they’re bored, sad, happy, lonely etc. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an emotional eater, I encourage you to keep reading as it can apply not only to how you show up around food but can also come up with shopping, drinking, exercising, etc.

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Laura B. FolkesEmotional Eating: A Different Perspective
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The Benefit of Option C

When I start working with my clients most of them talk about how they’re stuck in black and white thinking. This typically leads to only being able to see two options in a situation. For example, they can either eat in alignment with their goals, or they don’t. They either meal plan or they don’t. Does that sound familiar?

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Laura B. FolkesThe Benefit of Option C
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How to be in Control of Your Week

Another weekend went by and you were productive and had a lot of fun with your family and friends. Come Sunday evening, reality sets in that the workweek starts again tomorrow.

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Laura B. FolkesHow to be in Control of Your Week
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Uncover Your True Cravings when Rewarding Yourself with Food

After every big accomplishment, family celebration, or even a hard day, it can be easy to tell yourself, ‘When I get home I’m going to eat pizza, ice cream, wine or any other indulgent food because I deserve it.’ Perhaps you find yourself thinking about the reward most of the day as something to look forward to and help you unwind when you get home. 

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Laura B. FolkesUncover Your True Cravings when Rewarding Yourself with Food
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The Parallel Between Flowers Weathering a Snow Storm and My Clients

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.

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Laura B. FolkesThe Parallel Between Flowers Weathering a Snow Storm and My Clients
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When Craving Mac & Cheese isn’t Really About The Mac or The Cheese

In a recent workshop I ran, we talked about the common themes that lead to self-sabotage and lacking willpower. After sharing some of the themes, tools and strategies, one of the women asked what tips I typically give people when they eat something out of alignment with their goals so they reach for the healthier option. Since my role as a Health Coach is not to give specific tips and tricks of how to avoid eating something you would consider indulgent, I asked if she would be willing to share an example.

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Laura B. FolkesWhen Craving Mac & Cheese isn’t Really About The Mac or The Cheese
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Podcast: Emotional Eating & Self-Sabotage

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Trish Murray from Discover Health Functional Medicine Center about emotional eating and self-sabotage on her podcast. During this episode we discussed:

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Laura B. FolkesPodcast: Emotional Eating & Self-Sabotage
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Get Unstuck With This Limited Time Offering

Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals? Unrealistic expectations are a big reason people don’t end up sticking with their resolution. Even if you’re not into setting New Year’s resolutions, this can be the case with setting any goal.

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Laura B. FolkesGet Unstuck With This Limited Time Offering