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Constantly Searching for Something to Eat? with Elizabeth Girouard

written by Elizabeth Girouard of Pure Simple Wellness

Do you ever find yourself looking into the pantry or fridge, searching for something to eat – even though you just finished eating 20 minutes ago?

Hi I’m Elizabeth Girouard, Emotional Eating Health Coach over @puresimplewellness and today we’ll be diving into emotional eating!  Decoding emotional eating will give you the power to make informed and healthy choices for yourself. Don’t let food have power over you or hold you back. It’s okay to make mistakes, show yourself love & forgiveness, and keep moving forward!

The first step to decode emotional eating may seem easy, but can be so beneficial.  Take two seconds to ask yourself, “AM I HUNGRY?” when you are heading to the pantry for a snack

Sounds simple enough, but often when emotional eating you are not actually physically hungry.  I challenge you the next time you head to the fridge between meals to think about this question in terms of the hunger scale.  The hunger scale ranges from 1: “I’m ravenous and so hungry I could eat a horse” to 10: “I’m so full I can’t fit another bite in my mouth if I wanted to.” Most people feel comfortable eating when are somewhere between 3: “my stomach feels empty and I’m ready to eat” and 6: “I’m full to the point of satisfaction.” Figuring out if you are actually physically hungry is the first step to gaining control over your emotional eating.

This question alone may be just enough to help you rethink your choices. Through practice and repetition, you will change your relationship with food.

If you are struggling with emotional eating, understanding what to eat and when, or are stuck in your health journey, I would love to offer you a FREE 20-min End Emotional Eating call with me where we can discuss your personal health goals!  Send me an email at Elizabeth@puresimplewellness.com to set up your call today!

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.