Welcome to my food and nutrition blog Nutrition Stripped. This is me, McKel, a self proclaimed green smoothie connoisseur, nutrition science nerd who has an affinity for plants and embracing the mind body connection.
MY STORY |
I started this blog in hopes to share my passion about nutrition, wellness, photography, and creating nourishing recipes from my kitchen to yours. And of course, to inspire all of you out there taking your time to read and connect with me on here, which I’m ever so grateful for. My mission is to inspire you with my simply delicious and nourishing recipes- and maybe, just maybe, to convince you to start eating more raw greens and my Stripped Green Smoothies (wink, wink).
When did my health journey start? In high school, I suffered from horrible migraines. I took the common route of seeing a neurologist and taking prescription medications, which never worked and would always leave me feeling lethargic, impairing my ability to do activities and to engage in things I was very passionate about (art, school, athletics). In 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. By using some commons techniques I now practice with clients, I was able to determine that I was sensitive to gluten and dairy. As soon as I took dairy and gluten out of my diet within days I noticed a radical shift in the way I felt. I no longer felt bloated, my digestion issues resolved, the acne breakouts started to clear, my athletic performance increased, and best of all my migraine headaches decreased dramatically! I took it to the next level and consciously started to incorporate many more raw fruits and vegetables- I also started drinking my Stripped Green Smoothie, which I’ve been having for breakfast/post-workout for many years now. At this point in my life my skin was glowing, my digestion improved greatly, my figure was leaner, and my energy soared! Of course, diet isn’t the only thing that comes into play with feeling and look great; exercising, managing stress and doing what you love helps the process come into fruition as well.
My health has improved immensely since living a predominantly plant-based lifestyle with no dairy/gluten (again this is for my needs). My skin glows naturally, I feel confident wearing no make-up the majority of the time (although, what girl doesn’t like her makeup? haha), my hair grew longer and stronger than I could ever hope. I generally have energy all day long to carry out my work and be present with my clients, engage in workouts, and feel great. I continue to practice a plant-based (mostly vegan), gluten free diet and of course that’s only half of the equation- I love to workout lifting weights, boxing, doing hot yoga, practicing meditation, art, being with friends, family and most of all living out my passion to share with you all. I hope that through sharing my whole food recipes, nutrition and wellness tips, and my nutrition services, you can experience a shift in your health as well.
MY COACHING STYLE |
In a nutshell, I’m a Nashville-based registered Dietitian and Health & Wellness Coach who approaches nutrition from a whole-foods outlook. I’m focused on delivering nutrition information and debunking myths from current conventional nutrition propaganda, dogma, and misinformation in the media. Some of my areas of practice I’m passionate about includes Integrative and Functional Medicine nutrition research, sports nutrition, lifestyles from vegan/vegetarian to paleo, digestion efficiency, and food allergies/sensitivities.
With my coaching style, I believe in taking a individualistic and holistic approach to coaching my clients; meaning all my recommendations are tailored specifically to each unique person in an attempt to reach their optimum health and ultimately lead to a longer, healthier, and happier life. 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 all! I don’t believe in following any nutritional dogma; I consider myself a sponge for absorbing and learning from all techniques, theories, research, case studies, and personal experience- this translates to helping you discover what works for you!
All recipes featured on Nutrition Stripped are free from refined and processed ingredients; all are dairy-free, gluten-free, plant based, vegetarian/vegan friendly, and paleo friendly; but can easily be adapted to your preferences. 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.
Cooking and baking can be scientific, numbers and measurement oriented, but here, I’m all about being artistic, creative, free, and full of experimentation. Give it a try! Let loose, have some kitchen mishaps, get messy, and ultimately eat simply delicious whole and natural foods.
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 measure each ingredient to a T. I make very educated guesses on the amounts of ingredients used, although I do test each recipe. I urge you to find your creativeness in the kitchen and alter the recipes to meet your tastes and needs.
Yes, I eat, breathe, sleep nutrition; but I also love “experimenting”/cooking in the kitchen with my culinary creations, sprinting, weight training, biking (when the weather is nice!), boxing, practicing yoga, reading, painting, photography, exploring the beautiful city of Nashville, and anything that involves enjoying the fresh outdoor air. I savor my Stripped Green Smoothies, enjoy matcha tea, avocados, and any great quality dark chocolate I can get my hands on.
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 Masters 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.
LDN: Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, State of Tennessee (2012)
RD: Registered Dietitian, American Dietetics Association (2012)
MS: Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition, The Ohio State University (2011)
BS: Bachelors of Science in Human Ecology, Dietetics, The Ohio State University (2009)
Wellcoaches Training (2012)
Wellcoaches Certification (TBA)
Contributing blog writer // Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Magazine blog, Stone Soup (2013-present)
Contributing blog writer // InspiredRD (2013)
Contributing blog writer // juice. Nashville (2013-present)
Contributing blog writer // Oh My Veggies (2013-present)
Dietetics Director and writer // The Diet Docs and Team K (2013-present)
Contributing blog writer and nutrition expert // Our Body Book from The Body Book (2014-present)