Wendy Sterling & Casey Crosbie (dynamic duo dietitians) share on PHIT for a Queen “How the Plate Method helps bring back the fun and enjoyment to eating and takes away the exactness. “
- Avoiding “exactness” a hyper-focus around numbers.
- Eating doesn’t need to be number focused.
- Add back the fun and enjoyment of eating.
- The Plate Method fill the plate up and make sure all food groups are present.
- Aim for half the plate carbohydrate.
- Depending on their goals there may be different versions of the plate.
- Snacks vary according to their nutritional goals.
- It is important to incorporate variety each and every day!
- Does your plate make sense?
- It is easily understandable for all.
- The Plate Method helps to teach normalcy around 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 and eating disorders. Wendy maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California.
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.
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.
Wendy has been the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics since 2016. She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, New York Jets (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, where she worked directly with players to improve endurance, speed, and explosiveness. Wendy has worked closely with the Menlo School since 2014, where she has developed a sports nutrition curriculum for the Athletics program and has consulted for the Santa Clara Aquamaids synchronized swim team. She is a Sports Performance Nutrition Consultant for a variety of Sports Agencies, where she helps athletes achieve peak performance prior to the NBA draft and NFL Combine. 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.
Wendy worked at The Healthy Teen Project, an intensive outpatient program and partial-hospitalization program for teens struggling with eating disorders, from 2014-2017. Wendy provided nutrition counseling to children and adolescents in the Eating Disorders Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York which is part of the NS-LIJ Health System from 2001-2011. There she worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, evaluating and treating a spectrum of eating disorders and disordered eating. She has conducted research in the areas of amenorrhea, osteoporosis, and metabolism on adolescents with eating disorders and her publications can be found here. Wendy has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization created to aid in the funding for the treatment of eating disorders since it was created in 2008.
Wendy received her B.S. in dietetics/nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Wendy is a former competitive dancer and All-American Cheerleader.
Follow her on Instagram at @wendy_sterling!
Casey Crosbie is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She currently serves as Director of Nutrition Services for the Healthy Teen Project in Los Altos, CA and is a co-author of the book "How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food." She has published 3 scholarly articles, including “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” Casey previously served as Lead Dietitian for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Care Program for Eating Disorders at Stanford.