Type of Culminating Activity
Student research paper
Ever skipped a meal because you didn't feel hungry? This is likely because the body was not in a state of rest and digest. When our bodies are overloaded with cortisol (stress hormones), and adrenaline we are not able to effectively digest food, leaving us in a heightened state that is deeply disruptive to the nervous system.
Avoiding situations where you will be eating or skipping meals altogether is a simple protection mechanism that the body uses in the event it needs to fight or flight. When the body has been conditioned to be hypervigilant in the event of a perceived threat it will naturally bypass other needs to remain safe.
The downfall of this protection mechanism is that it disrupts blood sugar which increases stress hormones, allowing the cycle to continue. Using the Eating Through Trauma guide you can begin to soothe the nervous system and eat gentle foods that can support you when navigating stressful situations. The goal here is simple consistent practices to create safety for the body and allow you to access a path to self-regulation.
Bachelor of Applied Science
Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.