1st Edition

Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery
The Integrated Eating Approach

ISBN 9781138584303
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
198 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery is a valuable, innovative guide that demonstrates how clients and clinicians can untangle, discern, and learn from the complex world of eating disorders. With voices from every stage of recovery, this book illustrates how clients can claim mastery in food and life. As a nutritionist who specializes in disordered eating, the holistic method Ms. Mora created provides individuals with a true potential for healing.

Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery weaves strong, resilient, and vibrant threads of science, dietetic practice, and yoga therapy that harmonize with all treatment modalities. It will help treatment providers from every discipline to guide clients as they reweave their lives with nourishing relationships, embodiment, and ongoing growth.

Table of Contents



1The Person, The Disorder, and Recovery

2 Structured Eating Foundations

3 Structured Eating in Real Life: Morning

4 Structured Eating in Real Life: After Noon

5 Mindful Eating Foundations

6 Mindful Eating in Real Life

7 Intuitive Eating

8 Mastered Eating


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Maria Sorbara Mora, MS, RD, CEDRD, CDN, PRYT, RYT, is a registered dietitian and yoga therapist. She is Founder of Integrated Eating Dietetics-Nutrition, PLLC in New York City, Brooklyn, and Garden City, NY. She’s treated people with eating disorders since 1999.

Joe Kelly is a best-selling author, editor, educator, father, and grandfather in Richmond, California. Formerly a Minnesota Public Radio regional news director, he co-founded the international, award-winning, girl-edited magazine New Moon Girls and the national advocacy nonprofit Dads and Daughters. Kelly helps health and education professionals to mobilize and utilize their clients' and students' male loved ones as resources and coaches men with family members suffering from eating disorders and/or addiction.



An invaluable guide through the complex layers of eating disorder treatment, this book reveals a cohesive and vibrant tapestry of recovery, weaving multi-hued threads of applied physiology, nutritional science, dietetic practice, and yoga therapy into an integrated eating approach. A great resource that powerfully describes the destination as well as the journey.

- Anita Johnston, Ph.D. Clinical Director, Ai Pono Hawaii; Founder, The Light of the Moon Café

Author: Eating in the Light of the Moon.

A refreshing and honest look at what recovery entails and what one must acquire and give up in order to achieve it. This book is not for the faint of heart – it uses words like terror, chronic, complexity, overwhelming, draining, risk, life-threatening, loss of identity, accepting imperfection, unknown path of recovery and, the frequently repeated, practice, practice, practice! But it is not a negative look at recovery; rather, it tells the truth delivered with compassion and clarity.

Each chapter is jam-packed with material from a vast array of evidence-based research, case examples, how to tips, clinical wisdom, analogies, metaphors and the science behind how and why it works!

From Issac Newton to Bessell van der Kolk, from infant development to spiritual practices, from gratitude to food logs, this amazing undertaking by Mora and Kelly enhances the knowledge base of even the most senior providers who treat this complex disorder. It is sure to serve as a wonderful resource for one’s professional library.

- Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS; Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation.

Dietitians, often the first responders to the crime scene of eating disorders, have longed for an evidence- and practice-based nutritional approach that integrates science with individual needs in order to move diverse clients from crisis to recovery. Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery does just that, starting with an understanding of the deeply personal function of the eating disorder and moving through stages of recovery from acute disorder to mastery. The authors describe each stage--structured, mindful, intuitive, and mastered eating--with detail and dialog, making a uniquely useful guide for all clinicians working with eating disorders--as well as for families, loved ones, and clients.

Integrating mindfulness and yoga, this approach creates connections among the bodily, emotional, and spiritual experiences of eating disorders and recovery. It accesses the inner resources and wisdom needed to navigate the contemporary culture’s constant toxic body messages. Clearly written, well-organized, and user-friendly, Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery should be required reading for all eating disorder professionals.


- Margo Maine, PhD. Senior editor, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention; Founding Member and Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders; Founder’s Council, National Eating Disorders Association.


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I loved reading Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery; it is a much-needed toolkit for eating disorder professionals. I will be referring to and quoting these treasured tools moving forward. We cannot treat eating disorders without involving the body and this book combines new and traditional approaches to treat patients. The book is user friendly and translates easily to readers from multiple disciplines. From detailed client narratives to the step by step nutrition logs, I have a deeper appreciation of the nutritionists’ work. The authors weave the art of attending to the body and nutritional process in beautiful alignment. It is a gift to work, learn, and grow with Maria.

- Jessica Aronson LCSW-R, CEDS. Vice-President, iaedpNY

A groundbreaking resource for the eating disorder and mental health communities. As a recovered professional, I highly value the compassionate approach the authors take to discussing the very real challenges of recovering from an eating disorder and the accessibility of the treatment recommendations they offer. The combination of clinical expertise, patient stories, and powerful use of yoga therapy make this book a rich read and resource for healing. It also gifts eating disorder clinicians with new tools, language, and approaches to hold space for their clients. I highly recommend Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery to eating disorder and mental health clinicians, physicians, yoga therapists, and all who seek to understand eating disorders and their treatment.

-Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT; Founder, Yoga for Eating Disorders

Author : Body Mindful Yoga

I am absolutely in love with this gem of a book! The metaphors and analogies are on target and integral to understanding how to communicate the practice of Mastered Eating. Maria and Joe have woven such a beautiful educational resource of what it means to be a dietitian and how to teach nourishment. Every Registered Dietitian should read Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery, whether they specialize in eating disorders or not!! I will recommend this book to every RD who I supervise!

Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD, RYT, iaedp supervisor


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Maria and Joe write a much-needed book that will help eating disorder dietitians to deepen their skill sets and better serve clients. They take us step by step through the stages and phases of integrated eating. The examples, differences and discussion of structured, mindful, intuitive and mastered eating allow the reader to understand and relate to the nuances of each eating/recovery phase. The science, stories and examples engage the reader and show how integrated eating works in recovery as the person heals the body, mind and soul. Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery is a must read for eating disorder dietitians who want to take their practice to the next level.

- Stephanie Brooks, MS, RDN, CEDRD; Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian & Supervisor; Founder, Bay Area Nutrition, LLC