June is Men's Health Month!
Each week we sit down with one of our practitioners to discuss topics of interest in the health & wellness industry.
Laura B. Folkes joins us this week!
After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through my own emotional relationship with food, I decided to leave my career in advertising after 13 years to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I received my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN) in 2014 and have been working with clients since. As a Health Coach I support busy adults to:
What aspects of your practice do you believe relate in particular to men's health?
I thoroughly enjoy working with men in my practice especially as it relates to their weight, food and emotional eating. Regardless of who I'm working with, my approach is personalized based on my client's lifestyle and needs."
What are three health & wellness tips that you'd recommend for men's health?
Don't be afraid to ask for support. It can be helpful to have a guide on the side to help provide new tips/ideas you may not have thought of.
If you have a craving for a food you feel you shouldn’t eat, stop and ask yourself what you’re really craving. Is it really the food you want? Sometimes we may crave food when we what we really want is companionship or as a reward for getting through the long and busy day. These are just two examples.
If you are able to identify you are craving something other than the food, determine if you can find an alternative that is not food related but will help satisfy the craving.
Any articles or resources that you find valuable for men's health that you'd like to share?
This article focuses on emotional eating and how both men and women can have an emotional relationship with food. It also outlines how emotional eating may not be exactly what you expect:"
Emotional Eating Doesn't Discriminate
By Laura B. Folkes
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.
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We're so grateful to Laura for sharing this valuable information for Men's Health Month and for being a valued member of Tribe.