Mountain Nutrition

Every cell of our body depends on nutrients to provide the building blocks for function and performance. If you want to perform better, eat better.

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There are myths about a proper athlete’s diet. But in reality, it comes down to simple concepts. With our mountain nutrition coaching, you will:

  • Optimize your daily nutrition & digestion
  • Increase your ability to burn fat and keep your energy stable all day long
  • Nail your hydration.
  • Increase vital nutrients that athletes need most

Addressing a mountain athlete’s foundational diet and health elevates the entire body’s performance and capacity. Enhanced performance will come from the strong baseline. This is where an athlete has the largest capacity for gains. The benefits will extend beyond athletic performance, into a healthier daily life

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Mountain Nutrition Coaching Services

Gut-Z Challenge Course Athletes $59

We have created the special Gut-Z Challenge Course to help demystify nutrition for outdoor athletes.

You can expect the challenge to:

  • Improving gut health and the microbiome
  • Clarify food intolerances
  • Optimize your nutrition & digestion
  • Get more stable energy on the trail
  • Understand hydration
  • Improve recovery
  • Fad diets (keto, paleio, fasting etc)
  • Emails & educational support

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This course runs in conjunction with the Gut-Z Challenge 


FREE Gut-Z Challenge

Not ready to commit to the course?  You can join the FREE version of the challenge and see how it works.

This option gives you all the information you need to join the basic challenge.  It’s guaranteed to bring AWARENESS, ACCOUNTABILITY, and FUN around practical and simple health decisions every day.

Our goal is to educate and provide actionable tools to take your health to the next level.

This challenge only happens a few times a year, we hope you will join us!


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NOTE Full course topics and access to instructor led trainings will come with registration into the Gut-Z Challenge Course.

One on One Nutrition Services – GUT-Z-JOURNEY

Highly personalized assessments and coaching. This is great for people who have already completed foundational programs or if you have specific goals or health challenges you want to focus on.

Sometimes you need personalized attention to reach your specific goals. The goals can include specific mountains or performance benchmarks, pre-season preparation, injury recovery or personal health hurdles, and much more. For example, help with a specific health challenge or diagnosis from a doctor (such as IBS, SIBO, Celiacs, etc) and are looking for someone who understands being active but having health challenges.

You can enroll in one of the following.

1-Month Comprehensive Assessment


In-depth assessment of your health history
Analysis of your foundational health needs
Personalized nutritional and lifestyle recommendation
One month of health coach support by Natalie

3-Month Back to Health Package

The RESTART Program

Group programs help create an engaged, fun and supportive learning environment. This is often a great way to first start exploring mountain nutrition concepts.

You’ll learn the foundational principles of health and nutrition, and explore the unique needs of an athlete’s diet.

The Restart program includes:

  • Guidance for sugar elimination and detox
  • Five weekly 60 minute group meetings
  • Weekly AutoMagic Content Review – Autopilot Content Creation On Steroids winstrol depot anabolic steroid – anabolic pharmacy PDF participant materials
  • Access to a private Facebook page for general support, questions, and recipe sharing
  • Weekly emails from your instructor to support and guide you through a successful experience
  • Support gift packages

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How We Assess Your Nutrition

Our comprehensive nutrition assessments are unlike a traditional medical visit. As functional nutritional therapists, we are interested in assessing your whole health picture. You can expect to dive deep into your eating habits, digestion, stress, lifestyle factors and health history. You will have the opportunity to truly talk through your health goals and challenges and worries.

“We am interested in assessing your whole health picture. You can expect to dive deep.”

The areas we’ll explore together in detail:


  • Your history — the holistic big picture view
  • Your symptoms — what you’re presenting with right now
  • Your current eating & digestion — 3-day food and mood journal

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Our Nutrition Philosophy

We work from the foundation of gut health and microbiome to make sure that your body can utilize nutrients and perform optimally. This is the bottom-up approach — meaning we start at the foundation of health, rather than getting hyper focused on one small aspect of nutrition such as protein intake

Don’t get me wrong, protein is important for athletes but it’s only one part of a much bigger picture. Focusing on just one nutrient or aspect of nutrition in hopes of enhancing performance lacks depth and is a top-down approach.

Healthy balance of both bottom-up and top-down support gets people the most sustainable results.

Natalie’s Credentials of a Functional Nutritional Therapist

Natalie began studying nutrition during her undergraduate degree. This ultimately led to her dissertation and research on essential fatty acids and female health. In the years after graduation Natalie was an assistant instructor for nutrition at UCSB.

Seeking a deeper understanding of digestion and the impacts of the microbiome, Natalie went back to school in 2017, earning a certificate as a Functional Nutritional Therapist. This schooling helped her finally understand how nutrition and gut are intrinsically connected to every aspect of overall health and performance as a mountain athlete.

Natalie shares her knowledge through group clinics and health challenges. She has worked with countless athletes and individuals to improve performance in the mountains and other extreme environments, such as Antarctica and Alaska’s North Slope.

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What Students Say

"Thanks, heaps Natalie for your wisdom and motivation to take my health into my own hands. I really do feel 10x better."


"The program has had a very positive impact. I’ve made lifestyle changes that have reduced my weight and kept it off. I was amazed by the number of food products that contain sugar, and as such, I’m much more vigilant now. My doctor is very happy with the outcome and so am I. Thank you!"


As a career academic-I've served as, and worked with, a lot of educators - Natalie clearly has a gift for mentoring and educating.


The way Natalie does nutritional consulting is the only way I'd ever want it done for me. Looking at the detailed log of my diet, then meeting with me to explain and guide, was extraordinary. I adjusted my fasting habits and changed the macro composition of the meals I eat. As a result, the body calmed down, started to heal faster, and built muscle easier. Thank you!!!!

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