Episode 8

Chaos and Food Cravings

Published on: 20th November, 2021

Chaos and Food Cravings – Podcast Interview with Laura Folkes

Calming the Chaos welcomes Laura Folkes, a Holistic Health Coach in Chicago. Laura helps clients around the world work transform their relationships with food. As a Holistic Health Coach, Laura helps clients identify and work through any areas where they feel stuck, unsupported or self-sabotaging, and helps them reach their goals with food and eating.

The goal: In this podcast, Laura talks about her own journey of chaotic eating, and how she was able to experience a truce with food. Laura provides some tips, tools and techniques that will help you:

1. Identify and explore any areas where you feel “stuck” in your relationship with food

2. Assess for any areas of self-sabotage

3. Provide support as you move toward achieving your goals with food and eating

4. Help you continue to notice when you are eating in / out of alignment with your goals

1. Introduction to Laura

• Your journey of chaotic eating – Back to age 12-13 and the “Diet program”

• Laura says, “I went into a fog.. Sometimes I was eating in alignment with my goals, and sometimes I was not”

• “I started exploring my own relationship with food and developed an interest in helping others heal in that area.”

• I was “Super burnt out with Diets”

2. Chaos and food / eating

• Cravings: When she was a child, she wasn’t aware of cravings. It was when she was an adult she became more aware: “Food can be a form of self-protection.”

• There is usually something else going on that is causing overeating

• High / Low Blood sugar can cause cravings

• When “there is something wrong with me,” a craving began to eat

• Physical / Emotional Cravings are both very real.

• Possible Physical Factors behind “Cravings”

• If you are craving something shortly after eating, and

• You are feeling your energy is dipping

• Hangry

• Arriving at a meal ravenous

• Possible Emotional Factors behind “Cravings:

• Phantom Hunger

• Emotionally craving something

• Guilt and Shame around a food choice

• An insatiable craving around a food choice

• Eating when you don’t want the food

3. What is self-sabotage? “When we are actively or passively stopping ourselves from reaching our own goals.” (Or…”I’m getting in my own way”)

• You want to achieve a goal, but it doesn’t happen, and you don’t know why

• You are doing behaviors with food you don’t want

• There is guilt or shame after behaviors with food

• Self-Sabotage can show up in other areas like work, relationships, shopping

4. What did Laura learn about self-sabotage?

• “My past is still controlling me!” She was bullied at school, this still affected her

• The fear of “being misunderstood” caused emotional eating

• Food as “A safe place” when the world misunderstands you

• You can learn to “bully” or “control” yourself when you feel out of control

• Consider possible subconscious reasons for self-sabotage

• The protective side of you can actually (subconsciously) cause self-sabotage!

5. Products and services you have to offer (list)

• Laura’s Website at https://laurabfolkes.com can help you with classes, tools and techniques for managing your cravings with food

• A “Free” Curiosity Call to figure out what you are struggling with

• Discovery Session – The root cause of why you fall off track and turn to food

• “We’re in a snow-globe. In this process, we’re shaking up the snow to see what’s happening.” The snow will start to settle again!

• 90-day Truce with Food introduction: The first 3 Months of the 6 month Program

• 6-month Truce with Food program

• Behind Your Cravings self-study course

6. Contact and Social Media Links https://laurabfolkes.com

• https://www.instagram.com/laurab.folkes/

• https://www.facebook.com/laurabfolkes

• Clubhouse: @laurafolkes

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Calming the Chaos
Helping You Find Peace in a Chaotic World!
Calming the Chaos is a podcast by Licensed Mental Health Counselor Tracy Kenela, who interviews a variety of professionals around the world in an effort to find different ways to help people (and herself!) find peace in a chaotic world. Each episode contains Information, tips, tools, and resources that come from different schools of thought, and are presented as a fun and entertaining way to help you move toward a more peaceful and enjoyable life.

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Tracy Kenela is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist in Olympia, Washington. As the Host of "Calming the Chaos" Podcast, Tracy has made it her mission to help people (and herself!) find peace in a Chaotic world! Her podcast interviews, YouTube Channel and short videos are an entertaining way to find self help for all things that cause you chaos!