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Why Should I Use the Plate-by-Plate Approach®?

Why should you use the Plate-by-Plate Approach®?

🍽Counting and tracking have been shown to increase psychological distress and eating disorder impairment (PMID: 28214452, 30772765, 28843591). Though the ED loves “exactness,” the Plate-by-Plate Approach® avoids a hyper-focus around numbers, counting, and measuring. ⁠

🍽 The Plate-by-Plate Approach® teaches clients to fill the plate up and to include all food groups. With the structure of 3 meals + 2-3 snacks, clients can meet medical, nutritional, and psychological goals including reversal of unstable vital signs, improvement in: hormones (estrogen/testosterone), bone health, metabolism, energy, sports performance, depression, and anxiety. ⁠

🍽 Can be used across all eating disorder diagnoses (see for webinar and case study presentation on how the approach is used in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, BED, and ARFID)⁠

🍽 It can be used to treat adolescents, adults, athletes.⁠

🍽 Plates can be adjusted to meet a person’s needs/goals (there are two versions of the plate). Snacks can also be adjusted too (by frequency and size of snacks). ⁠

🍽 The Plate-by-Plate Approach® can accommodate those who are #lactoseintolerant, #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan, and fits into many cultures. Families are asked, “What do you make at home?” And are guided based on the food they consume in their household. ⁠

🍽 It is easy to understand. ⁠

🍽 This approach helps you to add back the fun and enjoyment of eating.⁠

🍽 It teaches normalcy around food from the beginning right through recovery. ⁠

For more information, check out our book, “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food.” For more resources on the approach (handouts, podcasts, blogs), see resources section of this website, or

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