You guys ask great questions! Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions…
WHAT DOES NUTRITION STRIPPED MEAN?
Nutrition Stripped is far more than a blog, it’s a way of living. As a dietitian nutritionist, 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? There’s a beautiful community we have here, spanning the globe with one universal mission– to feel healthier and happier. Green smoothie and Turmeric Milk cheers to THAT!
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 IS THE NS 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:
WHAT DO YOU EAT IN A DAY?
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 makingnut 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.
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 and you don’t need to do anything cold turkey or overnight! 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, nutrition 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?
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 the NS Shop.
WHAT IS YOUR MUST-HAVE APPLIANCE?
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 http://nutritionstripped.com/10-plant-based-proteins-eating/(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 EAT 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” by the EWG list and 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 all about how to Eat Healthy on a Budget, so check that out!
PREPARING ALL THIS FOOD SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF TIME, HOW DO YOU MAKE IT EFFICIENT?
Such a great question- my secret (not to secret weapon) is batch cooking and this is the reason why I created the NS Society! 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. Join us in the Society and have meal planning checked off your to-do list for an entire year!
CAN I USE THIS, FOR THAT?
I put a lot of time developing, creating, and testing each recipe to make it delicious, so 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, 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, the goal is to focus on the nutrient density and quality of the food rather than all the numbers. Of course, there are exceptions to this – many of my clients do calorie counting for specific body composition goals, but for a balanced wellbeing, focus on nutrient goodness vs. numbers. If you want to figure out how many calories some of my recipes have, simply usemyfitnesspal.com to add a recipe to the database by entering in the recipe URL.
I LOVE YOUR RECIPE, CAN I SHARE IT ON MY BLOG?
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 THE STRIPPED GREEN SMOOTHIE?
Only the best.thing.ever. 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 supporting our bodies natural detoxification process during the night before and leaving you full of energy. It provides energy I need throughout the entire morning and into the 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 NOT IN THE US AND USE CELSIUS, HELP ME 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.
HOW DID YOU START 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 Snapchat for behind the scenes in my daily life work and play!
WHAT IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST (RD/RDN)?
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 bachelor’s 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 on eatright.org
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEALTH COACH, NUTRITIONIST, AND DIETITIAN?
Excellent question! I get asked this weekly and there’s a lot of confusion out there now with so many coaching programs + social media. A Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can refer to themselves or use the supporting title of 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/RDN’s) are trained in the scientific, pathophysiology, and nutritional therapy aspect of nutrition, and RD/RDN’s are 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, disease processes and application of specific medical nutrition therapy. I have come across health coaches who offer expertise and knowledge on specific niche topics and did not receive their education formally nor are registered dietitians and are great! But since many throw around the term “coach” or “nutritionist” nowadays with the help of social media, be smart before putting your health in someone else’s hands and ask yourself a couple straightforward questions before working with someone: What is their degree? What certifications do they have and how did they get them? What was the process of their education? What continuing education do they engage in? What is their specialty?
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.
I’m always happy to refer you to other Registered Dietitians if I don’t have client availabilities.
WHAT ARE THOSE ABBREVIATIONS IN YOUR NAME?
MS= Masters of Science (in Clinical Nutrition). RD= Registered Dietitian (see above for more detail on what this means).
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 NS where it is today. NS grew and has evolved over the years (was born in 2013) and will continue to grow as our community grows and as I do as a nutrition expert. I love that you guys are enjoying my recipes and what I have to share about nutrition, it means you’re taking the time to find a balanced wellbeing. 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!
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), Snapchat (mckelhill), and via the contact page.
I LOVE READING ABOUT NUTRITION, WHERE CAN I GET MORE?
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; online resources such as Supplement Goal Reference Guide, Center for Science in the Public Interest, EatRight.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.
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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.
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