Q// Who are you?
A// My name is McKel (mic-kel). McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN if we want to get technical about it (ha ha). I’m a registered dietitian and wellness coach with a passion for all things nutrition, wellness, and (of course) real whole food! My mission in life is to share this passion with others in the form of recipes, spreading the wealth (of knowledge), and sharing stories. p.s. i have a thing for kale, avocados, chocolate, and matcha tea. Check out here for more details about my professional background, personal, and recipe style.
Q// What is your mission here at Nutrition Stripped?
A// 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-based foods, gluten-free, can be simple and IS simple and satisfying. I hope that through Nutrition Stripped and my recipes I share with you from my kitchen to yours, will inspire you to get creative and open you mind (and taste buds) to something you’ve maybe never tried before. As a registered dietitian and Health & Wellness Coach what drives me to continue to do what I do, is knowing that I’m helping you achieve your goals and reach optimal health and wellness to live a long and healthy and most importantly, happy life.
Q// What is a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)?
A// 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.
Q// What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian/RDN and a health coach or nutritionist?
A// 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 more focus on holistic care of 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.
>>>>UPDATE // I’m now accepting new clients for my nutrition and health coaching services, click here to find out more details or email McKel at [McKel@nutritionstripped.com/]
Q// What are those abbreviations behind your name, what does it mean?
A// 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.
Q// What is the Stripped Smoothie I hear you refer to ALL the time?
A// The Stripped 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 (and will for you too!) throughout the entire day with easy to digest fruits, vegetables, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein and more! Click here for the recipe and more variations on the Stripped Smoothie here!
Q// What does Nutrition Stripped mean?
A// Nutrition Stripped | Your stripped-down guide to living an unprocessed lifestyle with no expiration date.
Stripping away nutrition “confusion” layer by layer and getting back to bare basics! The field of nutrition is ever-changing and shifting towards change and more awareness to our food sources (hooray!). New research, health claims, supplements, and fad diets appear almost daily; and as consumers it can be extremely overwhelming and at times down right frustrating to decipher what’s truly effective nutrition practices and what’s a myth. Read more here about Nutrition Stripped Philosophy.
Q // What’s your diet like and what are you?
A // 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 health food lovin’ foodie; I eat plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan the majority of my time with the occasional exception of farm fresh eggs and wild caught fish. The bulk of my diet is rooted in raw vegetables, raw fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, root vegetables, and sprouted gluten free grains- amongst other things. Of course TEA! I love hot tea.
Q // Where do you get your protein if you’re plant-based?
A // Ah, I love this question- the good ole’ protein myth for vegetarians. 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. Check out the AND position paper on Vegetarian Diets for more detailed information.
Q// What kind of blender do you use to make your smoothies?
A// Vitamix, vitamix, vitamix! I’ve had my Vitamix for almost 7 years now and it’s going strong (and I even use mine DAILY!). Also, I’m a Vitamix affiliate and offer a discount if you purchase it through Nutrition Stripped. Simply use the coupon code 06-008786 at check out or click the Vitamix icon on the right side of the front page. It really has 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.
Q// Speaking of smoothies, what protein powders do you use?
A// Vega protein line is one of my favorite non-dairy, gluten free, highly nutritious plant-based proteins I personally use when I want a quick meal, snack, or bump in my protein intake post-workout (Vega Sport line). I’ve been a huge fan and consumer of their products for many years now and am happy to announce I’m an official affiliate with Vega. Now you can get your own products here! Another favorite plant-based protein powder I enjoy for smoothies or quick post-workout drink is from Sunwarrior, Warrior Blend in vanilla- yum!
Q// What else do you like do to in your free time?
A// Free time? Who has free time? I’m only kidding! Of course I make free time do to things I love. Nature is my comfort zone and I’m always up for outdoor activities, but I also love the gym, weight lifting, yoga, sprinting, and expressing my artistic side through crafting, painting, and photography (of course!).
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Q// Can I subscribe to a newsletter to get updates about Nutrition Stripped or recipe posts?
A// Sure can! You can directly subscribe to all updates from Nutrition Stripped by clicking here or the gray SUBSCRIBE button on the right side of the page.
Q// Where can I find you besides here at NutritionStripped.com?
A// Everywhere! Not really, but here on Instagram (@nutritionstripped), Twitter (@NutrStripped), Pinterest (Nutritionstrpped), tumblr, Facebook (Nutrition Stripped), LinkedIn (mckelhill), email, and via the contact page. Also you can find quick “Follow Me” links on the upper right side of this page!
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 ;)
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With love and gratitude,
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