Haiii! Welcome to Nutrition Stripped, I’m so happy you’re here! This is me, McKel, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Founder of Nutrition Stripped.
WHERE I STARTED
My story starts like yours, although with different characters, timeline, and a subset of struggles. I was a “normal” kid who ate “normal” junk foods intermixed with healthy ones, and did “normal” play activities. My parents were amazing at teaching us solid lessons like, where food comes from (mom had a garden), what we did with food (dad could cook), and what not to do with food (throwing it at your sister…all the time, thanks Josh). I knew food was good for us and loved eating, but beyond that I never put the power that nutrition had on the way we felt, together. Until I had to. It wasn’t until I started experiencing horrible migraines in high school that traveled with me into college that I knew my lifestyle had an impact on the way I felt. Initially I took the routine route of seeing a neurologist and taking prescription medications, although I no longer felt the migraine, I also didn’t feel anything else. The lethargy completely totally took me out of my element in doing the things I wanted to- like art, hanging out with friends, and oh I don’t know, be a functioning human being!? For years, this was my life, kind of just “dealing” with this on and off because there was no other solution. Fast forward a couple college majors later, I landed at my homebase. The world of nutrition.
In high school and the early years of college, I used to consume “health” foods that weren’t the best for my body, mind, or spirit- they were heavily processed, quick fixes, and full of ingredients I could barely pronounce. These “health” foods never made me feel well physically or look my best either; instead I had poor digestion, low energy during workouts and in general, and dull skin and hair. To be real, I wasn’t feeling good, radiant, or balanced. Another fast forward into honing in on my research, studies, and academic experience, I found what worked for me and what didn’t. Utilizing protocol and nutrition phases as I do now with my clients, I noticed a radical shift in my health within weeks of replacing foods I was sensitive to (dairy and gluten) and changing my lifestyle. I no longer felt bloated, my digestion issues resolved, my hair grew longer and stronger, the acne breakouts started to clear, I had immense energy, my athletic performance increased, and best of all my migraine headaches decreased dramatically. I don’t say this lightly, but I know what it feels like to feel unhealthy, sub-par, and imbalanced- and I never want to look back. If I have the ability to help you find your inner health, even if you feel like it’s buried in your core or it’s just about to break the surface; I’m here, I want to help because I get it.
Things that I know now: The best lifestyle is one that’s stripped from all the fluff surrounding wellness leaving it completely bare and simple. My energy, like yours, is impacted by the food I consume and it takes continual practice to manifest my healthiest self. Remember, this is lifestyle not some 1 day juice fix; luckily I’ve got it down to a beautiful art making it easier for you to integrate this into your life when you need help! I’m only 1 email away, we got this ladies.
WHAT I DO
I’m a Dietitian. Coach. Entrepreneur. Writer. Photographer. Author. Creator. Manifest-er. Cheerleader. Fitness-er? I felt like everything else ended in “r”…sooo, you get the point!
My approach to healthy living is simple, going back to bare and stripping away all the confusion, the past ideals, societal pressures, and giving you the tools to do YOU…which is infinitely more amazing than you may think. I believe in taking a individualistic and holistic approach to coaching you; meaning all my recommendations are tailored specifically to your needs, because that’s all it’s about! How else are you to reach your optimum health without listening in to what you need. I’m a dietitian at heart so I love science, numbers, and outcomes but also take into consideration the bigger picture that often can’t be measured with a number or evidenced-based science, the individual differences. The field of nutrition is shifting and ever-changing. My ideas, thoughts, and practices will reflect this and continually change as I grow as a nutrition professional and learn of new nutrition research…that’s the beauty of it!
WHAT I MAKE
Before focusing on what my recipes are not, I’ll tell you what they are. The recipes I share here are nutrient dense, high in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, delicious, simple to make, and aimed at nourishing your body on a cellular level. All recipes are free from refined and processed ingredients; all are whole foods, dairy-free, gluten-free, some are vegetarian/vegan friendly, and some paleo friendly, but can easily be adapted to your preferences. I’m all about flexibility and realism. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact it’s quite the opposite; if we’re eating whole real foods in their most natural raw state, it doesn’t get more simple than this.
I embrace other flavors around the world and especially those taken from my roots- Scandinavian and German. The Nutrition Stripped lifestyle is global and is inspired by YOU- so many of you live all over the world therefore I embrace this 100% by incorporating not-so-common ingredients to the US in hopes that you’ll all branch out and try something new and exciting! The recipes I share on this blog are a result of my fun creations in the kitchen (typically listening to music and dancing around). Since this is more of a creative and artistic expression, at times I don’t always measure each ingredient to a T, although I do test each recipe. Let loose, have some kitchen mishaps, get messy, and ultimately eat delicious whole and natural foods that you feel good about afterwards.
Prior to living in Nashville, I lived in Columbus, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University for both a B.S. in Human Ecology, Dietetics and a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition. I completed my dietetic internship while receiving a Masters of Science with an emphasis on Medical Nutrition Therapy and Clinical Nutrition at The Ohio State University. My Master’s thesis investigated Dietetic Practitioners’ Knowledge, Behavior, and Practices Regarding Dietary Supplements. I’m a member of several professional organizations (current/past): The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Tennessee Dietetics Association, the Nashville District Dietetic Association, the Ohio Dietetic Association, the Vegetarian Dietetic Practice Group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group.
These areas of nutrition are my jam: integrative and functional nutrition, sports nutrition, specialty diets including vegan/vegetarian to paleo lifestyles, mental and emotional health surrounding food, and digestion efficiency.
LDN: Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, State of Tennessee
RD: Registered Dietitian, American Dietetics Association
MS: Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition, The Ohio State University
BS: Bachelors of Science in Human Ecology, Dietetics, The Ohio State University
Wellcoaches Training (2012). Continual nerding-out reading books, listening to lectures, podcasts, etc. I’ll forever be “training”
Contributions in magazine articles, news, blogs, and more, visit the Press page.
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