Wendy specializes in eating disorders, sports nutrition and weight management for children, adolescents and adults. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California. She is available for ongoing nutritional management or for a one-time consultation, by appointment only. During a session, Wendy will work one-on-one with you to determine your goals and customize a realistic plan that works for you. Wendy also offers nutrition counseling for families and couples.
Eating Disorder Management
Wendy evaluates and treats patients with eating disorders and disordered eating including: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, female and male competitive athletes, picky eaters, failure to thrive, menstrual irregularities, PCOS, and children/teens with anxiety, depression, OCD. She works with children, adolescents and adults, individually or as a family.
Eating disorders are complex and require the help from not only a nutritionist, but also a therapist and physician as well. Making changes can be overwhelming. My aim would be to start slowly, one step at a time, in a way that would feel comfortable and safe for you. We will work together on rebuilding your relationship with food.
Wendy is currently a nutritionist at the Healthy Teen Project, where she works as part of multi-disciplinary team to provide treatment for teenagers struggling with eating disorders. Previously, she was the Head Adolescent Eating Disorder Dietitian for NS-LIJ’s Cohen’s Children’s Hospital of New York from 2001-2011. Wendy administered and analyzed over 1000 indirect calorimetry studies to determine adolescents’ metabolic needs. She has published research in the areas of metabolism, osteoporosis, and menstruation in adolescents (link to research articles).
DURING A SESSION:
During a session, we will discuss your symptoms, current concerns, and goals. I will review your medical and weight history, exercise routine, medications and supplements, and of course will review your overall nutritional foundation. We will explore whether your energy consumption matches your energy expenditure, whether your diet is balanced, how frequently you are eating throughout the day, your dietary quality as well as your consistency. We will also explore other concerns that may come up, such as whether there are “good” foods and “bad” foods, rituals around eating, and/or the avoidance of certain food groups. Using a collaborative approach, we will then come up with a game plan. This may include nutritional guidelines, recommendations, and/or a detailed meal plan.
To support treatment, Wendy also offers:
- Meal outings
- In-office Meal Exposures
- Grocery tours
- Family based treatment
Sports Performance Nutrition
One question: Are you looking to get better?
Specifically, are you looking to be faster, more explosive, and to have more stamina? If so, a comprehensive nutrition sports consultation is essential for reaching that “next level.” Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition. She works closely with athletes and teams across the country in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge. Wendy is the Team Nutritionist for the Oakland Athletics. Wendy is currently a Nutrition Consultant for the 2015 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. She is currently the Sports Nutritionist at the Menlo School, in Menlo Park, California where she has developed an interactive sports nutrition curriculum for their athletes. Wendy was the Team Nutritionist for the NY Jets from 2006-2013, where she worked closely with the NFL players to improve endurance, speed, and explosiveness. She has consulted for the NY Islanders, Hofstra University Athletics, and was the Sports Nutritionist for Pro Hoops where she worked with basketball players looking to enter the NBA draft. She works closely with Sports Agencies from all over the country to help prepare players for the Combine/Draft.
A comprehensive sports consultation will:
- Enhance performance
- Give you an “edge” that separates you from your competitors
- Add strength through added lean muscle mass
- Reduce body fat and increase explosiveness
- Improve energy, reduce fatigue
- Speed recovery and healing time, reduce soreness
- Prevent injury
- Prevent cramps
DURING A SESSION
Wendy teaches athletes how to use diet to get faster, more explosive, and to improve stamina. Whether you are looking to shave body fat, add good quality lean muscle mass, or to improve energy, Wendy will work one on one with you to create a customized meal plan necessary for achieving performance goals. Wendy will provide a comprehensive analysis of each player’s diet. During a one on one session, Wendy will evaluate: meal timing, quality/type of fueling before, during and after a workout, recovery nutrition protocol, hydration/cramping, supplement use, sleep, overall diet quality, and balance/ratio of nutrients to support training. A diet that is insufficient in any of these areas will result in poor performance, fatigue, and failure to meet your goals. Wendy uses cutting edge nutrition practices to create a winning nutrition game plan.
SPORTS PERFORMANCE SERVICES:
- Individual Counseling for Athletes
- Sports Team Dietitian
- Services include:
- Individual counseling to athletes
- Team lectures and seminars on areas such as:
- Strategies for achieving ideal body composition
- Nutrient timing, including fueling before, during and after exercise
- Weight management
- How to prevent cramping
- Food Myths
- Evaluation of training table and team sports nutrition practices
- Writing menus for training facility, hotels, planes, long trips
- Nutrition strategies for improving team nutrition during practice and on game day
- Services include:
- Combine and Special Event Preparation:
Wendy helps athletes as they prepare for the combine, draft, and other competitive events. During a nutrition session, we will look at your diet and customize a nutrition program that complements your training schedule. Wendy will work with you during the preparation phase to ensure you reach your weight and body composition goals, while simultaneously focusing on enhancing performance.
Are you frustrated with your progress?
Sometimes it can feel like you’ve tried everything, or other times, it can feel so overwhelming that you are not even sure how to begin. During one-on-one sessions, we will work on food choices, emotional eating, binging, overall health, and aim to dissolve perfectionistic eating. Often the weight loss clients I see “know” the right things to eat, but struggle with making the right choices. We will explore your motivation and discuss strategies for success.
General Nutrition Counseling
Do you wish you had more energy? Do you find that you are stuck in the same daily patterns? Nutrition can effect your mood, energy level, cognitive function, and concentration. During a session, I will conduct a thorough nutrition assessment and we will work together to customize a realistic nutrition program that works for your lifestyle. Additional areas of specialty include: Celiac Disease, GI Disorders, Allergies, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression)
Corporate Nutrition Consultation
Wendy can provide nutritional expertise for corporations or pharmaceutical companies looking to provide their consumers with nutrition education. Wendy has previously worked with AstraZeneca to deliver healthful nutritional strategies to their consumers.
Customized Nutritional Services
- In Home Consultations
- Grocery Shopping Tours
- Customized Menu Plans
- Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
- Family-based Nutrition Programs
Media and Speaking Services
Wendy is a well-respected speaker and lecturer on sports nutrition, eating disorders, and adolescent nutrition. She has spoken to the NY Jets, NY Islanders, Hofstra University Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, International Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, American Camp Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, as well as local schools and teams.
- Adolescent Nutrition: What You Need to Know
- Fueling for Academic and Athletic Success
- The Female Athlete: Multidisciplinary Management
- Eating Disorder Prevention
- Eating Disorders and Nutritional Rehabilitation
- Coping with a Picky Eater: Tools and Tricks for Increasing Variety
- Nutrition for Peak Performance
- Eating on the Go: Nutrition Strategies for the Gusy Professional
- Decoding the Supermarket and Shopping for Success
- Feeding Your Family – Kid-Friendly, Nutritionally Sound, and Parent Approved Meal and Snack Ideas