Laura Yautz Registered Dietitian HeadshotLaura Yautz, RDN

Heart disease hits close to my, well… heart. In my own circle of family and friends, many are living with heart disease; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, etc. Several have been lost too soon. After all, heart disease is the #1 killer of American men and women. 

When I developed preeclampsia at the end of my first pregnancy, the importance of heart healthy living became even more real. It was a warning sign that I could very easily develop a heart condition in the future. And with my genes, it may not be the too distant future!

But here’s the good news: in many cases, it’s completely preventable. That means that the things we do every day; what we eat, drink, smoke, and how we live our lives, are literally killing us. So that’s why I created Being Nutritious. Because I don’t want anyone else to lose a grandparent too soon to a preventable disease. I don’t want anyone else to spend years of their lives shackled to medications with no real plan for improvement. I don’t want anyone else to live their life in fear of a heart attack or stroke, not participating in the things they love, with the people they love, because they are too unwell. And I don’t want anyone else to go into open-heart surgery if simple lifestyle changes will do.

My philosophy is “Food First.” Supplements can have their place, but I won’t recommend them unless they are truly needed. Nothing can replace actual food. We’re learning more about it every day! How different nutrients play together, how different fibers affect the gut, and how gut bacteria contribute to our health or disease. We can’t put into a supplement what we don’t know exists!

I’ve been practicing dietetics for about 15 years, and I’ve worked with hundreds of people to help them find health and freedom at all stages of their lives, despite the hurdles and temptations modern society throws at us everyday. I know that all of us can learn to makes better choices no matter our situation. I’m passionate about food and I love to eat! I love cooking healthy and delicious meals for my family. It’s fun for me to modify not-so-healthy recipes so they can support health, rather than destroy it. And of course, there’s always a little wiggle room for something special! Take a look around and subscribe for some great healthy recipes! As a thank you, you’ll be automatically enrolled in our free 5-day email course to help you get your kitchen in heart healthy shape!

“You’re going to LOVE Being Nutritious!”