Laura Hout

Do you struggle with food cravings, have good days and bad days, and wonder why you can’t maintain your weight? You’re not alone! 75% of Americans are overweight or obese. What is going on? Why are millions of us overeating? Emotional eating is a way of coping with stress, anxiety, PTSD, mood swings – and we must learn WHY we “soothe” with food. But there’s more to the story. People often ask, “Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?” and the answer is a resounding “Yes! Chemically adulterated junk food can be addictive!” (Does anyone ever binge on carrot sticks?) Brain scans show us that hyper-palatable foods, loaded with sugar, fat and salt, produce cravings just like alcoholics and drug addicts describe. And junk food is everywhere: supermarkets, restaurants, in workplaces and schools, Internet/TV ads, social events, churches, weddings, parties, etc. Repeated dieting can lead to Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – having struggled herself – Laura understands the frustration her clients feel. Using counseling, health coaching, neuroscience and nutrition concepts, "Beyond Overeating" Workshops help people break the binge cycle and live happier, healthier lives.

Group Workshops

Emotional Eating 

Binge Eating Disorder

Junk Food Addiction 

Weight Loss & Maintenance

Healthy Satiation Strategies

For more info contact Laura at
(805) 403-9585 or

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to risk failure and use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing.” ~ J.K. Rowling

►  Learn evidence-based skills to break the binge cycle

►  Examine the neuroscience of [junk] food addiction

►  Understand the basic physiology of [junk] food addiction

►  Explore issues around emotional eating in a supportive setting

►  Learn how family dynamics and genetics play starring roles

►  Identify situations and triggers that often lead to overeating

► Learn about substitutions and healthy satiation strategies 

►  Explore Intuitive Eating versus Abstinence principles

►  Tackle obsessional thinking around weight, food and body image




“Excellent, thought-provoking reading material—i.e., it can be okay to occasionally indulge; it doesn't necessarily have to be a rigid black-and-white existence that can feel overly punitive…”

“I have so many new skills and techniques to stay in a positive mindset thanks to the Beyond Overeating Groups. Laura’s engaging delivery of information and the warm and welcoming participants made this group absolutely helpful and worth it. Thank you!”

“I really enjoyed the group and learning about how things in our past really do affect the reasons for us developing eating addictions in the future. In addition, I was resolved in my feelings of learning that bingeing/eating disorders are very much an "addiction" and should be treated as such. Thank you.” 

“I'm observing more and more the emotional aspects of my eating, and how I can buy - or not buy - something. I appreciate learning I have power in that area.” 

“As I sit here eating my super-healthy omelette, I'm grateful for your group and the education about sugar addiction!"

“Thank you, Laura, I am continuing my healthy eating habits, and have lost about 15 lbs. since attending your sessions. I'm sure I will be seeing you in the future for a refresher course!”

“Good atmosphere to open up about issues that trouble you that could cause you to turn to food for comfort…”



  • BEYOND OVEREATING Workshops assist both men and women.
  • Workshops are held online (video meetings) or in-person as scheduled.   
  • Reading materials and skill building exercises are included.
  • Groups are pre-screened to ensure a safe, supportive setting.
  • Fee of $120.00 covers three 90-minute workshops + email support between meetings. 


Laura Hout facilitates Beyond Overeating® workshops in healthcare settings, community agencies, workplaces, schools, fitness centers and health spas.  

.....Just Do It.....

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice. It's not a thing to be waited for, it's a thing to be achieved. 

You cannot win...if you do not play. (Steve Forbert - songwriter)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. (Aristotle)

The irony of relationships is that you're usually not ready for one until you can say from the deepest part of yourself, "I will never again give my up my power to another person." (Oprah Winfrey)

The cure for depression is to accomplish something.

Food is fuel. Hugs come from people, not the 'fridge.

Men (and women!) are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. (Epictetus)