10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Nutritional Therapist

As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, you’re probably guessing that I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. In fact, I do. It’s seriously one of my biggest passions in life, I just can’t get enough literature on my hands! But aside from living a healthy lifestyle, I figured it’s probably best you get to know me a lil’ so here are 10 things you probably don’t know about me, your Nutritional Therapist.


1 –  Your go-to nutritionist. My passion for health and wellness started in 10th grade and I have my parents to thank for encouraging me in sports. Come my senior year in high school it was my goal to place in the top 25 finishers at the Pennsylvania State Championship for cross-country. It’s when I really started focusing on my strength conditioning and working on my diet that I saw the results I had dreamed of. It was at this time in my life that I couldn’t get enough of it. Reading and educating others about nutrition and health is my jam. While attending college at Penn State University I had some struggles with my health that conventional medicine could not solve and get to the root of my problem. It was during those college years that I took my health into my own hands by taking a holistic approach to healing my body. I saw what a difference whole foods provided to my body for optimal healing. After graduating from Penn State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology I followed my passion for nutrition studied at the Nutritional Therapy Association where I graduated as a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. 

Women’s health and nutrition is my niche. Along with helping folks with digestive problems, hormone and blood sugar imbalances, I really enjoy working with women. Helping women to balance hormones (PMS, low libido, fatigue, infertility and irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain and weight loss), pre-conception, healthy pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, and menopause. As women we take on a lot, and hormone imbalance shouldn’t be something we have to suffer with or worry about. If you suffer from any of the above hormone imbalances, are pregnant, have digestive issues or blood sugar imbalances, please reach out and receive a free 30-minute consultation to see I can be of help to you. –> /contact/


2 –  I Bleed Blue & White. You know that a true Pennsylvanian has to attend the greatest school ever, Penn State University! I graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. It was one of the greatest times in my life. Coming from a little high school with a graduating class of about 150 students thrown into a university with over 40,000 students, you know there’s a lot a country girl has to learn. Football games, Joe Pa’s 400th win, being tossed into the air after touchdowns, Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Berkey Creamery ice cream is where it’s at (the largest university creamery in the world!), the 48-hour dance marathon, THON raising money for pediatric cancer, running cross-country, and where I started my Nutritional Therapy journey. Penn State was good to me.


3 –  Home of the Black and Gold. That’s right, the Steel City is where I call home. I’m proud to say my nutrition business is based here in Pittsburgh, PA (but also see clients virtually, outside of Pittsburgh). I moved to the burgh’ a year and a half ago from the suburbs and I just love, love, love it here! There is always something going on, and for an adventure-seeking gal like myself, it suits me well. You have everything a city have to offer (minus the rush-hour traffic), festivals and concerts, sports, good food and cool peeps. The unique aspect about Pittsburgh is that you can drive a little out from the city and find yourself out in the boonies. There are so many places I’m itching to travel to yet that are within a four-hour drive, perfect for a long weekend getaway.


4 –  Adventure-seeker. As you learned from above, I love the outdoors. I grew up camping so it’s in my blood. Now, it was no roughing-it in a tent, my parents had a camper, but still, camping is camping, and with family and friends, you just can’t beat sitting around the fire with your favorite people. I’m always looking for my next picture-worthy place. 


5 –  Runner turned resistance trainer. I was an avid runner. I ran in high school and in college. A day didn’t go by that I didn’t run at least four miles, I ran every day. But it was one random day a year ago that I found myself dreading my normal four-mile run. I wasn’t enjoying it and that’s when I decided to sign up for a gym membership. From there on out I have been a gym-goer (love getting those #gains)! Resistance training is my jam now! Since making the switch to resistance training, my energy has improved because I’m not running my adrenal into the ground, I’m happier, enjoy my workouts, and I love how strong I have become. Muscle burns more than fat, baby!


6 –  Natural DIYer at heart. Call me Pinterst Princess, I love me a good DIY project. We’re renovating our house so you’re sure to find me on Pinterst finding ideas and projects. On weekends I spend most of my time working on the house or touching up the landscape. My next project on the list is to build a large farmhouse dinning room table where I’m going to reuse the framework and legs from the table the previous owners left.


7 –  Hunter, Gatherer & Fisherwoman. I like the garden, hunt and fish. It’s a father-daughter bonding thing we do. Every year we go to the beach and fish along the ocean inlet. It is one of my favorite places to fish. We’re hard-core fishers too, we go all times of the night. Aside from fishing for striped bass and flounder, we’ve caught a sand shark and a large mysterious creature. We’re guessing it was a large sting ray because the beast was so large we couldn’t reel it in. Below is my dad and I when I surprised him for his birthday with a deep-sea fishing trip. We didn’t have much luck that day but it was my first deep-sea trip and we had fun. In the fall I start to target practice in preparation for hunting season. Hunting is another bonding experience with my dad, pap and more family that I’ve really grown to enjoy. I still consider myself a newbie, still looking for my 12-pointer.


8 –  Family is at the heart. Truly. Growing up my family was all close and that really influenced me growing up. Seeing all the love and support in my family really carried over into my life. I know I can call them up any time of the day and they’ll be there for me. Family is everything. 



 9 –  It’s the little things in life that do it for me. I’m not your designer-brand girl. I don’t need money or things in my life to be happy. For me, it’s the little things in my life that make my clock tick. Family, friends, my faith, helping people with nutrition and wellness, adventures, laughing and making memories. That’s all it takes for me. #HappyLife


10 –  Dog lover, naturally. Obviously. I grew up with dogs. My family had a yellow lab growing up and now have a shiatsu-poodle mix (shiat-poo is the technical name), and a apa lapso dog (I think that’s how you spell that?). I don’t have a furry one of my own yet but you can count on it happening here, soon, one day! 

Now it’s your turn! I want to learn more about you.

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Welcome! Here at UpBeet Body, wellness and nutrition is our jam. It's your bare basics guide for nutrition advice, healthy living inspiration, simple recipes, and more. UBB believes you can optimize your healthy, energy, radiance, and happiness by living whole and eating well. By founder and Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Shannon Yarger.

1 comment on “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Nutritional Therapist

  1. Wow! Getting to know more about you, Shannon, was fun! Hope we can get better acquainted! Love ya, Grandma Janet!

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