Laura Yautz is a registered dietitian who received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Gannon University in 2005. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and belongs to several dietetic practice groups, including Nutrition Education for the Public, Weight Management, Public Health/Community Nutrition, and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. Before becoming a health coach, she worked as the Clinical Nutrition Manager of a long-term care facility. Laura also continues to speak publicly to groups on feeding and nutrition issues for the disabled, general nutrition for the public, and staying healthy for people with busy lifestyles. She is most passionate about healthy, tasty food, weight management, and chronic disease risk reduction.

Go-to breakfast: I am not a morning person. So in the morning, I need something quick that doesn’t require much thought. That’s why my go-to breakfast is a bowl of Cheerios with a banana and almond milk (and black coffee)!

Favorite stress reliever: When I’m feeling stressed, I like to listen to my music really loud and dance. It seems like the loud music just drowns out whatever is stressing me!

Favorite food indulgence: Cheesecake. My favorite restaurant has a baklava cheesecake that is to die for.

Favorite music to exercise to: Most people are surprised to learn that I’m a “Little Monster” to the core! If I’m exercising to music, it’s Lady Gaga!

Most surprising talent: I’m actually pretty handy around the house. My dad taught me how to be as self-sufficient as possible, so I can build and fix things if I need to — and I know how to use power tools!

Daily inspiration:  I am constantly inspired by the people I coach every day. These are people who want to make a change, and they do it! They remind me that anything is possible when you put your mind to it!

Biggest challenge: My biggest challenge is staying physically active. I get bored with routines easily, so I constantly have to keep mixing it up.

Favorite celebrity chef:  Ellie Krieger

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would play you: Julia Stiles