Banter Basics #2: Why trying to control our bodies is a self-defeating process

Target Questions:

  • Have you ever noticed how dieting practices, which are supposed to lead to an increased appreciation for your body, actually lead to an increased sense of detachment and even hatred for it?

  • Have you ever realized that although disordered eating is commonly associated with an obsession with the body, the actual EXPERIENCE of an eating disorder or disordered eating is actually characterized by a desire to escape the body?

Learning outcomes:

  • Help you understand the ways in which trying to control your body actually makes you feel even more OUT of control.

  • Recognize that the more we try to suppress the “annoying”, “distracting”, “mundane” needs of the body, the more we feel detached from it, and the less we are able to serve its needs and work together with it, rather than against it.

Overview of module:

In these visuals, we break down the behaviors of appetite control and compulsive exercising to illustrate the self-defeating nature of attempted control, and then finish up with a broader picture of how trying to shrink the body ultimately detracts from our greater goal of achieving the life that we want.

Banter Brainstorm:

Have you observed this self-defeating process in your life? And what can you do to break this cycle and really start LIVING? 🥳

Banter Basics #1: Holistic Health

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  • What is the holistic health perspective?

  • What are some practices that we can implement into our daily lives to balance all aspects of our wellbeing?

While most of us were probably taught that our health revolved around eating habits, exercise routine, and body weight/shape/size, the truth is that 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 "𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬". Health encompasses a broad range of topics, including our 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥, 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥/𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥, 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥-𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠. When we talk about health, we need to view it 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 in order to maintain balance between these many areas of our well-being, rather than focusing on only one or two areas. The goal of this organization is to help all of you find 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥-𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠. We want you to feel 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 to make educated decisions and shape your own health!

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In practice, holistic health is about 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐬 to maintain well-being in all aspects of our lives. Sometimes, that might mean scheduling social time into our calendars, while other times it could mean practicing movement or meditation. Swipe to see some of our tips to balance well-being across major areas of life! Ultimately, the goal of holistic health is to 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲, 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲, 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬! We hope that this post will encourage you to think about starting on your own path to holistic health!

Banter Brainstorm:

How Can We Apply the Holistic Health Mindset To Balance Our Lives As Students?