Answers to your burning frequently asked questions about Nutrition Stripped, let’s go!
WHAT DOES NUTRITION STRIPPED MEAN?
Nutrition Stripped is far more than a blog, it’s a way of living. With many years of experience and nutrition expertise from schooling to professional development; I’m here to share how you can take your health to the next level by optimizing the way you think about food and your lifestyle. The first step is stripping away all the fluff that surrounds us, not only physically, but with all the wellness confusion out there! We’re going back to bare and that’s all we need to feel amazing and radiate our inner health. We’re in this together, and guess what? You have a strong squad of millions of readers who are just like you. Green smoothie and Turmeric Milk cheers to THAT!
WHAT I BELIEVE IN
Simplicity. I want to show you that eating nourishing foods and living a whole-lifestyle can transform your well-being on all levels; nourishing your body from inside your cells so it radiates out. That’s some powerful stuff! I know what it feels like to be out of balance and like you’re missing the lightness and pep in your step; if I can manifest a healthy life I know you can too. Plus, I did a lot of the hard work of figuring out tips and tricks so you don’t have to ;)
WHAT’S THE NUTRITION STRIPPED LIFESTYLE?
The Nutrition Stripped (NS for slang here) lifestyle encompasses far more than just whole foods and what we eat, it’s about taking care of ourselves on all levels and doing so with some oomph! Let me show you:
- PHYSICAL | Engage in mind-body awareness through exercise and other forms of your favorite activities.
- CELL FOOD | Nourish your body on a cellular level with whole foods- that’s why I have hundred of recipes for you!
- PRESENT | Practicing mindfulness in every moment, always searching for the -NESS (mindfulness, present momentness).
- STRESS | Managing stress in a health and effective way…cause ain’t nobody got time for that!
- SPIRIT | Spiritual health and well-being to stay strong in your homebase.
- SUPPORT | Surrounding yourself with strong and supportive people, especially our squad.
- SLEEP | Sleeping optimal hours most nights.
- SAY GOODBYE! | Limit negative thought patterns and embrace your inner awesomeness, happiness, and positivity by letting go and kicking out things that don’t serve you. Sa Wat Dee (that’s goodbye in Thai)!
WHOLE FOODS LIFESTYLE
WHAT DO YOU EAT IN A DAY, WHAT ARE YOU?
I get this question a lot. Oddly enough in that order too ha! I’m not about singling out one nutrition teaching or getting dogmatic about what “diet” a person follows. Straight up, I love food. I love the way it nourishes my body, the way it makes me feel, the energy I get to be able to share with you; to the way it connects us as a culture, socially and emotionally at times. On the technical side, I stay away from gluten and dairy- they don’t like me that much- and love anything that’s grown from the ground so heaps of dark leafy vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, seeds, avocado, and wild caught fish and eggs. Of course TEA! I love me some hot tea…and chocolate…oh and coconuts, I’m kind of crazy for coconuts.
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 actually pretty fun! I like putting healthy twists on traditional meals- some of my favorites are making nut milks from almonds and cashews, making pasta from zucchini, and even making dessert with sweet potatoes. And p.s., you don’t have to change it all overnight, remember it’s a way of living not a silly diet.
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. Here are a couple repeat offenders:
- Dairy – if you’re sensitive
- 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?
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! Remember, this is my jam! I love helping you, so if you need a little guidance and meal plan help, email me.
HOW DO I STOCK MY PANTRY?
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?
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 APPLIANCE CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
Hands down, my Vitamix. I’ve had it for almost 7 years now and it’s going strong, it’s my go-to! I use it probably three times 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.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PROTEIN SOURCES?
Ah, I love this question- the good ole’ protein myth for those who don’t eat meat. Living on the plant-centric side of things 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).
SO CAN I USE PROTEIN POWDERS?
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, CAN I LIVE THIS WAY?
Heck yeah! I made it on a college budget for 7 years living this way, I swear you can make it work too. 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!
CAN I USE THIS FOR THAT?
I put a lot of time developing, creating, and testing each recipe to make it delicious, sooo it’s a good chance that I haven’t tested the recipe with all the available ingredient alternatives and can’t guarantee how it’ll turn out. If it’s a simple substitution like a almond milk for cashew milk, or blueberries for blackberries, then that’s okay; otherwise it’s an experiment…and I love experiments!
I’M ALLERGIC TO NUTS/SEEDS, HELP!
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.
I LOVE YOUR RECIPE, CAN I SHARE IT ON MY WEBSITE?
You’re awesome and thank you! I work with so much passion and lots of hard work to make this recipes to share with you all, I ask that you respect that and not use them as your own or repost them. I’m totally cool with you using a link or in a round-up + it’s a great way for me to hear about your blog!
WHAT IS THIS STRIPPED GREEN SMOOTHIE, THING?
Only the best.thing.ever. Ehh, exaggeration aside, 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’M IN THE UK AND USE GRAMS AND CELSIUS, HELP A SISTER OUT WITH MEASURING!
I wish I was that good at math for instant conversions, but here’s a tool for that one my international friends: click here for a temperature conversion.
PREPARING ALL THIS FOOD SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF WORK…ANY WAY TO MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT?
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 just like you are, 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. It’s the beez neez.
HOW DID YOU START NUTRITION STRIPPED? ow did you get started with Nutrition Stripped?
This is one of the most common questions that floods my inbox, I have yet to think of the best way to share this with you…other than showing you! Follow me on Periscope (nutritionstripped) for live webinars and jazz.
WHAT IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST (RD/RDN)?
First, both RD and RDN mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably, RDN is a recent addition to our credentials. Here’s a bit about what those credentials mean; to become an RD/RDN you need,
- 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.
HOW DO I BECOME A DIETITIAN OR NUTRITIONIST?
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.
HOW DO I START A BLOG?
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! Check my Blogging 101 series as well!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEALTH COACH AND DIETITIAN?
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’t 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!
Not one group is the “be all end all” in the nutrition world; just be smart and 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. Plus, you can directly email me so I can help you!
WHAT ARE THOSE ABBREVIATIONS ON YOUR NAME?
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.
I WANT TO JOIN THE SQUAD, HOW DO I?
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.
YOU’RE COOL, WHERE CAN WE HANG OUT?
No, you’re cool. We can hang out everywhere, I’m on Instagram (@nutritionstripped), Twitter (@NutrStripped), Pinterest (McKelHill), Facebook (Nutrition Stripped), Periscope (NutritionStripped), and via the contact page. Also you can find quick “Follow Me” links on the upper right side of this page
I LOVE READING MORE ABOUT NUTRITION, WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR RESOURCES?
My mission here is to share healthy living in the form of food, fitness, and lifestyle; sometimes means getting a little scientific, but I aim to break it down to apply to you not dissect a study or write another thesis- no one wants to read that haha, and if you do I recommend heading to some of these sites and learning more detail from the resources listed below! If there’s a study or scientific support that I find interesting and worthwhile sharing, I’ll directly link that within the text of the blog; otherwise my favorite general resources can be found here. Otherwise, I refer back to my good ole’ nutrition, dietetics, biology, and pathophysiology textbooks from school (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here mostly); online resources such as Supplement Goal Reference Guide, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Eat Right.org, EWG Cosmetic Database, What’s in your water? and Pesticides in food from the EWG, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Council Against Health Fraud, Science-based Medicine, Skeptoid, Snopes, Quack Watch, pubmed and other medical databases, Consumer Labs, Integrity in Science, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Office of Dietary Supplements, nutritiondata.com, the USDA food database, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, as well as forums through the Academy special interest groups, mainly Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE POLICIES AND COPYRIGHT JAZZ?
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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. 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].