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Shanna Stewart, RD, LD

Condition: Expert in: Heart Health, IBS

Diagnosed Year: IBS, 23

Foods I Love:

Powdered peanut butter (PB2)
Sweet potatoes
Mixed nuts & seeds
Greek yogurt

Foods I Avoid:

All sugar-sweetened beverages, especially soda
Packaged deli meats
Refined grains

My Story

My name is Shanna Stewart and I was born and raised in Kansas. I grew up in a sports-loving family and have always been active myself, so exercise has always been an important part of my life. In high school I started to become more interested in food & nutrition and the role it plays in our lives and our health. I went to college at Kansas State University, and started out with the dual-degree Nutrition & Kinesiology so I could focus on both of my passions, nutrition & exercise. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I heard about Dietetics; I immediately added it to my list of degrees once I heard about all the career opportunities that I could pursue as a Registered Dietitian. I had a wide variety of internship experiences during my time at K-State. I had a chance to intern with the Sports Nutritionist and work with the K-State student athletes. Later, I completed my dietetic internship through Kansas State’s Coordinated Program, where I gained management experience at a dining facility at K-State, community experience with a Hy-Vee dietitian, and clinical experience a large hospital in Kansas City. All of these internships taught me so much and really helped prepare me for a professional career in dietetics.

I passed my exam to become a Registered Dietitian during the summer of 2015 and have since started working in the Kansas City area. I am currently working part-time as a Clinical Dietitian at a hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, and I spend the rest of my time as a Wellness Coordinator for a school district in Independence, Missouri. Working in both environments is so beneficial as a new professional, because it gives me experience with two very different populations. I enjoy having the opportunity to help patients who are in the hospital because they are sick, but I also love working with a healthy, motivated population who chooses to meet with me because they want to improve their health and prevent future disease.

I started my health & wellness blog while I was studying for the RD exam, and writing blog posts and trying out new recipes are some of my favorite hobbies. I love sharing my knowledge about nutrition and health and motivating others to live a healthy life. I have truly experienced the power of proper nutrition and exercise on overall well-being.

See how I encourage others to adopt this lifestyle on my website:

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