West Chester native McKel Hill, a registered dietician/nutritionist and founder of online well-being site NutritionStripped.com, created a far-reaching wellness community followed by a cookbook of the same name.
Hill is also the nutrition expert for Cameron Diaz’s blog The Body Book. That is, when she’s not coaching clients or whipping up new recipes in her Nashville kitchen.
You credit migraines as the impetus for your dietary shift. I started having them in high school. I was allergic to one medicine but another just made me feel like a zombie. I did enjoy salads and healthy food because I was raised in a family that had a garden and my mom cooked dinner, but I also ate French fries. In college, I started experimenting with elimination diets. Within two days of taking out diary, I noticed improvement in my skin, then after a month the migraines improved. I’ve been managing them with dietary changes for 10 years now.
Your turmeric almond milk recipe went viral with well over a million views. Why turmeric? It has compounds that fight inflammation. It’s warm and comforting but you can also drink it chilled. Functional foods are effective from a scientific standpoint.
What’s the very first step in embarking on a whole foods lifestyle? Instead of going through Instagram or Facebook, use that time to look at recipes and meal plan. An hour after that, go to the store and then come home and batch cook. It comes down to time management.
Why “batch cooking?” I love having big batches of grains, hard-boiled eggs, quinoa, soups, even my chocolate-walnut-cinnamon-chili on hand. Pick a few recipes from the book and ease into it. I like to knock out the cooking as soon as I come home from the store.
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