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FAQ McKel
Hi and welcome to my blog Nutrition Stripped! I’m a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with a passion for all things nutrition, wellness, and (of course) whole foods lifestyle. As a nutritionist and food lover, my mission is to share how amazing living a whole foods lifestyle can be by creating nourishing recipes, spreading the wealth of knowledge, and sharing stories from my kitchen. To get to know me and my story of why I got into nutrition in the first place, check out ABOUT me and find more details about my professional background, personal, and recipe style. p.s. i have a thing for kale, avocados, chocolate, and matcha tea.

What does Nutrition Stripped mean?
Nutrition Stripped | Whole food lifestyle made deliciously simple. I practice what I preach, living a whole food lifestyle from what I put into my body to nourish myself from the activities I do with fitness, beauty routine, stress management, and overall having fruitful relationships and enjoying this beautiful life. Nutrition Stripped is a platform where I get to share this amazing lifestyle with all of you, in hopes that you find it as simple, delicious, and fruitful as I do. In a nutshell, Nutrition Stripped is far more than a “food blog”, it’s a lifestyle. Read more here about the Nutrition Stripped Philosophy.

What is your mission here at Nutrition Stripped? 
I’m here to share my passion and love about nutrition and nourishing our bodies on a cellular level. I want to show you that eating healthy, plant-centric foods, gluten-free, can be simple and IS simple and satisfying. I hope that through Nutrition Stripped and my recipes I share with you directly from my kitchen, will inspire you to get creative and open you mind (and taste buds) to something you’ve maybe never tried before. I’m incredibly inspired by all my clients and readers who take the time to share their stories with me and how this lifestyle has helped them to achieve their goals and reach optimal health.

What is the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle?
The NS lifestyle encompasses far more than just whole foods, it’s about whole living! The pillars of the NS lifestyle include:

  • Physical health by engaging in mind-body awareness through exercise or other forms of your favorite activities,
  • Nourishing your body on a cellular level with whole foods,
  • Practicing mindfulness in every moment,
  • Managing stress in a health and effective way,
  • Spiritual health and well-being,
  • Surrounding yourself with strong and supportive people,
  • Sleeping optimal hours most nights,
  • Limiting negative thought patterns and embracing your inner awesomeness, happiness and positivity! Optimal health and living well is far more than just our food choices- it’s the whole picture.

WHOLE FOODS LIFESTYLE

What do you eat in a day, what’s your diet like and what are you?
I get this question a lot. As I mention in my philosophy I’m not about singling out one nutrition teaching or getting dogmatic about what “diet” a person follows. I’m a foodie that loves whole plant-centric foods and eat according to how I’m feeling and what my body needs; I eat plant-centric, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan the majority of my time with the occasional exception of farm fresh eggs and wild caught fish. I don’t share a meal plan or what I eat exactly in a day because it’s always changing! The bulk of my diet is rooted in raw vegetables, raw fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, root vegetables, avocados, healthy fats, and sprouted gluten free grains- amongst other things. Of course TEA! I love me some hot tea.

What should I eat more of? 
Whole foods from the earth! Whole foods are the best sources of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, and protein- embrace everything that nature has created from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, avocados, natural plant-based oils (such as coconut oil), “superfoods”, and more. Eating whole foods is far from boring, it’s so much fun creating unique twists on traditional/classic meals- some of my favorites are making nut milks from almonds and cashews, making pasta from zucchini, and even making dessert with sweet potatoes! I promise, once you switch over to eating a whole foods diet and lifestyle, you’ll feel so amazing you won’t want to go back!

So what should I eat less of?
“Foods” that have a longer shelf life than you, such as processed foods and others foods that are inflammation-promoting:

  • Dairy – especially factory farmed dairy sources
  • Gluten – if you’re sensitive
  • “Healthy” market items: “fat free”, “low fat”, “reduced sugar”, etc.- these are all still processed foods and be a detective with the ingredients label. Most of these items are loaded with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and food dyes/colorings.
  • Refined sugars – sodas, candy, pre-made baked goods, things in a box/wrapper/container, etc.
  • Follow the NS food philosophy for more!

How do I start eating the Nutrition Stripped whole foods lifestyle?
It’s so simple! Start by incorporating MORE of the good stuff (whole foods) and you’ll naturally eat less of the not so good stuff. An easy way to start transitioning is to start your day with a Stripped Green Smoothie- it’s loaded with several servings of both fruits and veggies and tastes amazing!

How do I stock my pantry and what should I include in there?
Love this question! be sure to check out my pantry page with all of my favorite foods to include in your pantry and in your refrigerator. Vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, gluten free grains, cocoa, superfoods, and more!

What do I need in my kitchen for live a whole foods lifestyle?
There’s no need to go out and buy a million different pieces of kitchen equipment, if you’re on a budget my favorite pieces to include are investment pieces: the Vitamix, a great chefs knife, and a good mixing bowl! For a list of my must-haves in the kitchen and splurges, check here. 

What kind of blender do you use to make your smoothies?
I’ve had my Vitamix for almost 7 years now and it’s going strong, it’s my go-to! I use it probably twice a day. High speed blenders have been the perfect kitchen appliance not just for smoothies, but I also make soups, nut butters, nut milks, hummus, dips, salsas, ice cream, and much more. I also like using the Blendtec, check out my full review on both of these in my Vitamix vs. Blendtec post!

Where do you get your protein if you’re plant-based?
Ah, I love this question- the good ole’ protein myth for vegetarians. Living plant-based and plant-centric doesn’t mean you don’t have enough protein to eat- it simply means you have to be mindful about incorporating good quality plant proteins throughout the day, every day! It can be incredibly easy, delicious, and fun trying out new plant-based proteins- don’t worry about getting enough if you’re being conscious of it throughout the day, most research shows vegans and vegetarians do get enough! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a great position paper even claiming that vegetarian and plant-based diets are perfectly adequate at providing all the essential nutrients to ones diet, including protein(AND position paper).

Can I use protein powders, what kind?
Protein powders should be a supplement to your diet, first and foremost getting protein from the food you eat. Protein supplements can be helpful if you need a little extra boost, if you’re very active, traveling, etc. Some of my favorite protein powders are listed here, the biggest thing to focus on when purchasing one is to look at the ingredients, many of my favorites are ones using organic, vegan, sprouted, and raw proteins. Be sure to check here for a list of my favs!

I’m on a budget, how can I afford this lifestyle?
No worries, you don’t have to eat all your foods organic if you can’t afford to do so! I go by the “dirty dozen” list and oftentimes focus on local ingredients when I can. There are so many ways to cut costs and save money while eating this lifestyle, I wrote an in depth post with a free download all about how to Eat Healthy on a Budget, so check that out!


RECIPES

Can I substitute ingredients in your recipes?
I put a lot of time developing, creating, and testing each recipe to make it delicious, therefore when someone asks to replace an ingredient most of the time I haven’t tested it with alternatives and can’t guarantee the turn out of the recipe! If it’s a simple substitution like a almond milk for cashew milk, or blueberries for blackberries, then that’s okay; otherwise I’d like you all to try the recipe as they were developed to get the best result!

I’m allergic to nuts/seeds/etc., what do I do?
I try to answer this question per recipe post to make sure I give alternatives, if not, simply ask in the comment section on that recipe post and I’ll do my best to find a great alternative for you!

How many calories are in this? 
Calorie counting has a time and place, when you’re starting to transition to a whole foods lifestyle I want everyone to start focusing more on the nutrient density and quality of the food rather than all the numbers. Of course, there are exceptions to this- some of my clients do calorie counting for specific body composition goals, but I personally am not a calorie counter. I focus on nutrient goodness vs. numbers. If you want to figure out how many calories some of my recipes have, simply use myfitnesspal.com to add a recipe to the database by entering in the recipe URL.

Can I share and repost your recipe on my blog or website? 
Sorry, but nope! Unless you have direct permission from me than no. I work so hard to put time, passion, and lots of hard work to make this recipes to share with you all, please respect that and not use them as your own or repost them.

What is the Stripped Green Smoothie I hear you refer to ALL the time?
The Stripped Green Smoothie is my daily go-to smoothie every single morning, especially post-workout for easily absorbable nutrition. Freshly made fruit/vegetable smoothies are perfect in the morning to give our digestion a rest and continue with the detoxification process during the night before and leaving you full of energy and not “weighed down” with heavy breakfast products. It provides energy I need throughout the entire day with easy to digest fruits, vegetables, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein and more of the good stuff. Don’t just take my word for it, try it out the recipe for yourself, I hope you love it!

I use grams or Celsius to measure my food, can you include this?
Some of my recipes I’ll include these, when they’re important (such as measuring in grams with baking) or I feel that they’d benefit you all. Otherwise, click here for a temperature conversion.

How do I live a whole foods lifestyle, preparing all this food seems like a lot of work?
Such a great question- my secret (not to secret weapon) is batch cooking! I’ve done this since college and still to this day- I swear it’s the one thing that keeps me on track week in and week out. Trust me, my schedule is often really busy and I’m on the go a lot, but still am able to keep fueled with the proper food just by planning ahead and prepping a bit. Read more about batch cooking, how to do it, recipe ideas, and more here.

FAQ McKel


ABOUT ME

What exactly do you do everyday?!
Great question- oh my goodness, so many fun things! I’m a dietitian, nutritionist, coach, food stylist, food photographer, writer, cookbook author, foodie, fitness enthusiast, and much more. I wear so many hats running my own business but I wouldn’t have it any other way- I love it so much! Be sure to check out my LIFESTYLE section for more details and to follow me through my daily life!

What’s your workout routine like? 
I LOVE this question! Keeping fit, lean and active year round is incredibly important to me- it keeps me light on my toes, energized, centered, and keeps my mind-body connection strong. Be sure to keep up with me on my LIFESTYLE page where I share all about my fitness routine, workouts I love, fitness apparel, etc.

What do you do for fun?
Cooking and photography is so much fun, but I’m like anyone else who enjoys being with their loved ones, going to movies, reading books, and just hanging out. Nature is my comfort zone and I’m always up for outdoor activities, but I also love the gym, weight lifting, yoga, boxing, and expressing my artistic side through crafting, painting, and photography. Girls nights and nourishing my relationships with the women in my life are incredibly sacred to me, there’s nothing like women supporting each other, sharing stories about life, love, and (in my friend circle), food!

What’s your skincare routine like?
I try to use all natural skincare products as much as possible! Our skin is one of the largest detoxification organs in our body and is like a sponge at absorbing ingredients (and chemicals) directly into our bloodstream – for this reason I practice mindfulness when looking at skincare, hair products, and make up! I also have fun making my own beauty and skincare products just using the amazing ingredients I have in the pantry like coconut oil, essential oils, etc., check here for all of my Natural Beauty Series recipes. 

Who inspires you?
There are so many women, leaders, and people who are doing amazing things with their craft and authenticity that inspire me daily! Some of my favorites who drive me, inspire me to be a better person are Gabrielle Bernstein, Marie Forleo, Kris Carr, Danielle Laporte, Eckhart Tolle, chefs like Jamie Oliver, Ani Pyho, Tom Colicchio, Mario Batali, and so much more!


PROFESSIONAL/CAREER

How did you get started with Nutrition Stripped? 
This is one of the most common questions that floods my inbox, check out my interview I did with the Career Contessa team all about how I started.

What is a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)?
First of all, both RD and RDN mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably, RDN is a recent addition to our credentials. This may be one of the most frequently asked questions I receive and I’m glad I receive it! It shows you all are researching and want the facts.

To become a Registered Dietitian/RD (now also known as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/RDN):

  • Minimum education of a bachelors degree with approved course work and education received through an approved and accredited program via Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
  • Completed a supervised practice component with accredited sites (by the ACEND), practicums vary in length from 6-12 months at a variety of locations/experiences (food service, community, hospital/clinical, outpatient, wellness, etc. This is combined with either undergraduate or graduate studies.
  • Passed a national exam administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration (more information here).
  • Complete continuing education requirements to maintain registration.
  • Insurances will cover RD/RDN consultations, as we are the preferred provider on their lists of professional care.

Read more on Registered Dietitians Educational and Professional Requirements here.

I want to become a dietitian/nutritionist/health coach, where do I start? 
I‘ve gotten this question so many times, I thought I’d write out a post and some of my personal tips about becoming an RD or other nutrition path. Check out my Tips for future dietitians/nutritionists.

I want to start a blog, how do I start? 
Truthfully, when I started blogging I had no idea what I was doing other than I wanted to share my passion for whole foods and my nutrition expertise with the world. It took a lot of hard work, patience, consistency and being true to myself to get where I am today with the blog. Nutrition Stripped grew and has evolved over the years (it’s only been around since early 2013!), and has grown pretty quickly- which I’m so excited about! I love that people are enjoying my recipes and what I have to share about nutrition, it means people are taking the time to care about their health and wellness. My biggest piece of advice that I’m always telling readers or answering in emails is, be authentic to you. Don’t try to be anyone else, or who you “should” be, or copy others because you feel you “need” to for success, etc. Being genuine, speaking through your authentic self, and sharing your unique voice and passion is irreplaceable. Embrace you because you’re awesome!

What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian/RDN and a health coach or nutritionist?
Excellent question! A Registered Dietitian can refer to themselves as a health coach, wellness coach, or a nutritionist; but a nutritionist and a health coach can not call themselves a registered dietitian.

Registered dietitians (RD’s) are trained in the scientific, pathophysiology, and nutritional therapy aspect of nutrition, but RD/RDN’s and also trained in diverse aspects of nutrition counseling. There are a variety of RD/RDN’s with education and expertise in culinary/food science, community nutrition, coaching, counseling, women’s health, clinical care, sports nutrition, etc. No matter what our professional practice area, we all have in common to support our clients in any way possible including empowering them to reach their highest potential possible by lifestyle and behavior changes. Registered Dietitians have a diverse background in the sciences which is extremely helpful in understanding and applying nutrition components to facilitate the appropriate lifestyle changes.

Health coaches and nutritionist programs/certifications, receive a general/broad-based knowledge on nutrition, with less focus on the sciences and disease processes and applying specific medical nutrition therapy and focus on other therapies of care for the individual. I have come across health coaches whom offer expertise and knowledge on specific niche topics involving nutrition and wellness, and did not receive their education formally nor are registered dietitians. Both Registered Dietitians and health coaches are on the same team as we both serve as facilitators of change in their clients and want them to reach their fullest health potential!

I’m not here to monopolize on nutrition and state Registered Dietitians have a complete monopoly or are “all knowing” on nutrition and the field of nutrition; what I am suggesting is do your research to find a practitioner with knowledge, experience, and expertise that you trust. If you are going to put your lifestyle and wellness into the hands of someone else to be mentored, be sure they are truly a professional and an expert in their craft rather than someone who may not have the expertise you need.

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What are those abbreviations behind your name, what do those mean?
MS= Masters of Science (in Clinical Nutrition), RD= Registered Dietitian (see above for more detail on what this means). LDN= Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (this applies for the state in which I’m currently practicing, TN). This varies from state to state.

There are so many names, titles, and “credentials” out there, one can get confused on what they mean.  Here is a quick primer on common names and credentials you may see following a practitioner’s name.

AND: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally known as ADA, American Dietetics Association)
RD: Registered Dietitian
RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
LD: Licensed Dietitian
LDN: Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
FADA: Fellow of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
MS: Masters of Science
MPH: Masters of Public Health
PhD: Doctorate Degree
CCN: Certified Clinical Nutritionist
CDE: Certified Diabetes Educator
CDM: Certified Dietary Manager
CLT: Certified LEAP Therapist
CNS: Certified Nutrition Support
CNSD: Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian
CSSD: Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition
CSG: Certified Specialists in Gerontological Nutrition
CSP: Certified Specialists in Pediatric Nutrition
CSO: Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition
CSR: Certified Specialists in Renal Nutrition
DTR: Dietetic Technician, Registered
ND, NMD: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

* This list is not all inclusive and not all certifications above are granted by the Commission of Dietetic Registration. For more information, please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, the Commission on Dietetic Registration website, or visit this link for more detailed content.


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Who designed your T-shirts?
Adam from Life and Limb Printing

Who does your cooking videos, they’re awesome!
First, thank you! Second, my very good (and talented) friend, Dan Martinie

Who does your portrait photography? 
My dear friend Crystal Martel took all of my portrait photography, otherwise the food photography is all me!

 

Have more questions? Send the team an email at hello@nutritionstripped.com to have yours answered!

Also, a disclaimer: this blog is intended as a platform to share my thoughts, ideas, and knowledge on all things nutrition with you! Therefore, please use common sense and take an individualistic approach when thinking about making any changes to your lifestyle- aka. I’m a dietitian, not your physician; always check with your physician before engaging in any change. These ideas are of my own. End disclaimer ;) All rights reserved © 2013 Nutrition Stripped. Please do not repost my recipes/content as your own or onto any other website without direct links, shares, and credit to the source [McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN from Nutrition Stripped]. Blog design Shay Bocks, McKel Hill. Feel free to PIN and share! See here for copyright.