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Moving Beyond Meal Plans: How to Transition Clients to Intuitive Eating

PRESENTER: Michelle Russell, RD, LD, CEDS

DETAILS: Meal plans provide a framework for normalized eating patterns in early recovery from an
eating disorder. Transitioning from a meal plan to more internally-directed eating assists clients in long term self-management of eating in recovery. Timing of transitioning each client to less structure is important to prevent behaviors returning, and this presentation will help clinicians determine when a client is ready and what steps to take to integrate Intuitive Eating.
1. Identify different types of meal plans used in eating disorder recovery.
2. Describe the principles of Intuitive Eating and the evidence base behind internally-directed eating
philosophies and Health at Every Size.
3. Identify when a client is ready to transition from a meal plan to less structure.
4. Apply a step-by-step transition to Intuitive Eating with emphasis on relapse prevention.

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Michelle Russell, RD, LD, CEDS
Michelle Russell, RD, LD, CEDS is a dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in Burlington, Iowa. Michelle owns Food Freedom, LLC, a private nutrition therapy practice dedicated to supporting individuals recovering from eating disorders and body image disturbance. She offers both in-person and telehealth nutrition therapy with licensure in several states. As a practicing dietitian for over a decade, Michelle has spent most of her career focused on helping individuals improve their relationship with food, body image and movement. She obtained her Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor designation in 2015, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist credential in 2021. Michelle is passionate
about integrating concepts of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size into eating disorder recovery.
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