Overwhelming Fear and Fat Feelings


Fear, often described as anxiety, can sweep in and overtake us. Yikes! It is such a big feeling and leads us to focusing on feeling fat and how our bodies should be different and how our lives would if different “if only I would stop bingeing.”

How to step from fear to possibility? I received this quote the other day and it seems to speak to this issue.

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Feeling Fat? Visualize Your Way To Healthy Thinking[end-div][quote]All you have is right now. This is a gift, which is why it’s called the present

This spoke to me as a mindful tool which can help us move from feeling overwhelmed when focusing on body hate, and self doubt. I wonder if weight and money are the two things about which people obsess the most.

Obsessing or ruminating only fans the fires of anxiety, no matter what you are worrying about.




5 Tips to Use Right Now as a Gift to the Present

  • Think of the moment as if you are receiving a gift
  • Use the fear-focus as a reminder that the present is just underneath the pain
  • Decide to check in with your one of your senses: I like smell because sometimes if makes me grimace or laugh
  • Use a few deep breaths to manage the feeling flood
  • Use the statement All you have is right now. This is a gift, which is why it’s called the present as an affirmation when the anxiety is occurring

Shift Your Focus Away From Weight

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Overcoming Binge Eating: Moving from Self-Loathing to Self-Care[end-div]When we keep focusing on weight loss we think that will help us lose weight. And for most of us that doesn’t work.  However, when we focus on the present we can decrease the obsessing and the fear, one small moment at a time.

Which of the 5 tips for “present” opening can you use today?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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