How can we help our kids cultivate a healthy relationship with food? If your child is struggling with picky eating, Stephanie Mara Fox talks to Dr Vaish Sarathy about the Art of Somatic Eating and how to navigate food restrictions in kids.

Especially in kids with disabilities (Autism, for example), it is important to understand that:

– The nervous system plays a crucial role in our experience with food, and regulation is key to creating a safe and regulated environment.

– Trauma can impact a person’s relationship with food, and it is important to approach food behavior with empathy and curiosity.

– Tools for regulation, such as body awareness and co-regulation, can be helpful in supporting children with picky eating.


01:14 Understanding Somatic Eating

07:24 The Nervous System and Food

08:03 Regulation and Children’s Experience with Food

15:43 The Impact of Trauma on Food Behavior

30:34 Tools for Regulation

35:05 Applying Regulation Techniques to Picky Eating

You can reach Stephanie at: 

Website: https://www.stephaniemara.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_stephaniemara/

Find Dr. Vaish Sarathy at


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Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.