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Fight back against your eating disorder!  Learn to eat flexibly, paving the way to intuitive eating and a renewed sense of joy around food.

Publishing October 2023

How to Nourish Yourself Through an Eating Disorder
Recovery for Adults with the Plate-by-Plate Approach®

A much-needed guide for adults on how to tackle an eating disorder and rebuild a healthy relationship with food

      For many people, thinking about food is just one small part of their day—but for those struggling with an eating disorder (ED), these thoughts take over and leave them desperately asking, “How can I eat normally again?”

     Dietitians Wendy Sterling and Casey Crosbie have the answer: the Plate-by-Plate Approach®, a no-numbers, visual method that teaches readers how to restore their relationship with food using only a ten-inch plate. This approach works across all eating disorder diagnoses—in conjunction with medical and psychological treatment—and helps individuals:

  • Break free from the physical and psychological traps of an eating disorder

  • Learn how to plate meals and snacks without measuring or counting

  • Heal their relationship with their body and repair their body image

  • Eat flexibly, paving the way to intuitive eating and a renewed sense of joy around food.


Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, Founder & Medical Director, Gaudiani Clinic and author of "Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders

Sterling and Crosbie's new book is a wonderful, detailed, medically-sound, and super helpful resource for adults working through recovery from an eating disorder. Offering an alternative to counting and tallying nutritional practices, this comprehensive and inclusive book offers start-today strategies and long-term support."

Natalie Rose, MPsy, RP, Eating Disorder Therapist

Having adopted the Plate-by-Plate Approach as my foremost recommendation for parents of my adolescent clients grappling with eating disorders, I eagerly awaited this new book tailored to adults. This book provides a clear, compassionate, and all-encompassing framework applicable to all adults across the spectrum of eating issues, no matter their age, cultural background, and gender orientation. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone questioning the healthfulness of their relationship to food and looking for a validating, encouraging guide toward healing.”

Riley Nickols, PhD, CEDS-S, counseling and sport psychologist and founder of Mind Body Endurance

Filled with practical strategies and applications to help adults navigate the nutritional complexities of eating disorder recovery, this book will provide hope and guidance to those seeking greater joy and freedom with food, body, and movement.”

How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder
A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food 

A revolutionary approach—rooted in nutrition—for parents desperate to help their child recover from an eating disorder and eat normally again.

Parents of kids who are struggling with an eating disorder (ED)—including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and many more that go undiagnosed—quickly find themselves at a loss as to how to feed their child and ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition. Now, registered dietitians Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling present their innovative and easy-to-implement visual approach that demonstrates balanced meals with the optimal ratio of nutrients—designed to set kids and teens on a path toward permanent recovery.

The“Plate-by-Plate Approach” is rooted in the leading psychological approach to ED, family-based treatment (FBT), which enables parents to treat their child at home rather than send them to an expensive in-patient program. Paired with therapy, this essential guide covers everything parents need to know about nutrition, plus the warning signs and potential health risks, how to talk about weight changes and set goals for treatment, and how to incorporate structure at mealtimes. Their approach, the“Plate-by-Plate Approach,” was  published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics entitled, “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.”  


The book's foreword was written by James Lock, MD, PhD, Director, Eating Disorder Program, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Neville H. Golden, MD, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine. Follow Wendy and Casey’s page on instagram for tips of building good plates, encouragement and support @platebyplateapproach and purchase your copy of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder today!


Daniel Le Grange, PhD, Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health and Eating Disorders director, Department of Psychiatry and UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco, and emeritus professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, the University of Chicago

“A key tenet of family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN) is to empower parents so that they (the parents) can bring about weight restoration for their teen. This process is a delicate one—the clinician is to support the parents’ efforts without telling them what to do, yet steering them in the right direction. Parents and providers can get tripped up in this task as weight restoration seldom follows a straight upward trajectory. A solid under-standing of the nutritional requirements for recovery in AN is key to getting this task done. That said, the foundation model of FBT does not specify how best to integrate nutritional expertise in this treatment. This book offers a terrific start to this process—it will inform parents rather than prescribe to parents. Crosbie and Sterling take great care to use their nutritional expertise to complement the key FBT tenets. As a result, How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder will be a helpful tool not only to parents, but also to the many clinicians who are tasked with supporting parents in their struggle to help their child overcome an eating disorder.”

Jenni Schaefer, bestselling author of Life Without Ed; Goodbye Ed, Hello Me; and Almost Anorexic

"I highly recommend this book to any parent whose child has an eating disorder! How To Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder provides concrete tools—based in science—in a friendly, compassionate, and easy-to-understand way."

Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, EP-C, author of Body Kindness

“Parents: This book is your play-by-play for exactly how you can help your child heal their mind and body with food!”

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