EP 39 | Wendy Sterling: Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food
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Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Eating Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. She specializes in sports nutrition, eating disorders, and utilizes a non-diet, Health at Every Size® approach in her practice. Wendy maintains a private practice in the Menlo Park and Los Altos. She is now seeing clients virtually throughout the country. 

Wendy is a co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder:  A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.” She and her colleague Casey Crosbie created the innovative approach to refeeding called the “Plate-by-Plate Approach®,” a no-numbers, visual approach, which has been featured in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in an article entitled , “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.”  For tips, support and encouragement on building good plates for nutrition rehabilitation for the treatment of eating disorders, follow on instagram: @platebyplateapproach and @wendy_sterling

She is also the co-author of, “No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom,” a book co-written by an adolescent doctor, therapist, and herself as the dietitian for teens about their changing bodies, hormones, emotions, and tips for improving sleep, body image, and their relationship with food. Her forthcoming book, “Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image,” publishes March 2022.

Wendy has been the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics from 2016 through the 2021 season.  She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, New York Jets  (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s. Wendy is part of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietitian Registry. She works closely with competitive athletes in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge.

Episode Details:

The Plate by Plate Approach

  • How is it different?
  • Alternate versions
  • Where are the flaws in this concept?
  • Who uses the Plate by Plate Approach
  • What does this solve?
  • What other benefits have you seen come from this approach? Within families? Healing?

Eating disorders in professional sports / general pop

  • Food fears
  • Athletes eating on a rest day
  • Over and underconsumption 

How eating more can help you reach your goals

Rest/Sleep impact of eating habits

What society needs to do as a WHOLE 


Quick points:

  • Helpful snacks - What is a good snack?
  • Minimizing cravings or are you just hungry?
  • GO TO - Supplements 
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