Natalie Pelto became interested in nutrition and lifestyle medicine due to her son’s severe, non-verbal autism diagnosis, which became manageable through lifestyle changes. What started as a mother’s concern for her child became an obsession with healthy eating. Since that time, Natalie Pelto has become a nutritionist and co-founder of Blue Life RX, a company focused on promoting plant-based lifestyle medicine.

Natalie transitioned to a plant-based diet after leading detoxes and experiencing the benefits herself. Fast forward to today, Natalie and her business partner, a plant-based physician, are focused on changing the healthcare system by implementing lifestyle medicine.

Their company offers lifestyle medicine services for both adults and children, with a focus on picky eaters. They offer a picky eating course called “Bring the Fun back to Mealtime,” which focuses on transitions progressing to nutritional therapy and self-assessment to understand where someone is lacking in nutrition.

Together, she and her associate focus on multiple ways of learning, inspiring people to start and maintain healthy habits. Their signature detox program focuses on adding healthy, plant-based foods and removing processed, inflammatory foods in a gradual and sustainable way. For families with children who have ADHD or autism, they recommend adding more colorful plant-based foods to their diet and addressing lifestyle factors like sleep and screen time.

During this episode of the Plant-Based Eating for Health show, Natalie Pelto and host Kathleen Gage discuss the importance of viewing our bodies as ecosystems, having a better understanding that the food we eat and the way we live impacts not just ourselves, but also the planet. Making positive changes to our own health can have a ripple effect on the environment.

Natalie emphasizes the importance of starting small and choosing one pillar of lifestyle medicine to focus on at a time. She encourages people to choose the one that seems the most achievable and has the most motivation to change. For example, if someone is struggling with sleep, they could start by making small changes to their sleep routine and evaluating how they feel afterward. She believes that by starting small, people will naturally progress to incorporating more healthy habits into their lifestyle.

Natalie also believes that plant-based eating has the potential to revolutionize healthcare. However, she emphasizes that it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. Even just starting with a meatless Monday can make a big difference. She encourages people to evaluate how they feel after incorporating plant-based meals into their diet and to trust that they will naturally progress towards a more plant-based lifestyle.

Natalie’s message is one of hope and encouragement. She believes that anyone can make positive changes to their lifestyle, and that these changes can have a significant impact on their health and well-being. By focusing on the pillars of lifestyle medicine and starting small, anyone can make progress towards a healthier and happier life.

Episode Highlights

[02:30]             A son’s diagnosis of severe, nonverbal autism changes everything

[05:00]             Lifestyle medicine takes the lead

[11:14]             People can no longer ignore this important fact

[16:30]             Food labels are often very misleading

[21:00]             Keeping the steps to healthy eating simple

[25:00]             Increasing learning by 400%



About Natalie Pelto

Natalie is a nutrition professional with multiple certifications that specializes in helping parents treat and support their children with severe Autism & ADHD with plants and lifestyle medicine. She focuses on supporting the entire family in recovering lost milestones to bring children to complete independence. Her mission and vision are to see our future generations change the world from a space of health and well-being.

During studies for Lifestyle Medicine Certification Nancy and her business associate came across the term Blue Zones, referring to regions around the globe where people live an exceptionally long time.

The term Blue Zones originated in a 2004 research article that found on the Italian island of Sardinia there is a special region.  Inhabitants in the central-eastern area of the island simply lived longer.

Intrigued by this, we did more research and found there are other regions throughout the globe where people live healthier and longer lives.

Consistent with their passion to share ways to naturally boost your health, energy, immunity and longevity, they include the core discoveries about these Blue Zones into their programs.

Learn more and find Natalie on social media


More about the show host, Kathleen Gage

Kathleen Gage is the founder and CEO of Vegan Visibility, a marketing and visibility consulting company dedicated to healthy living, compassion for the animals and kindness to the planet. As an ethical vegan, Kathleen is committed to doing all possible to shine the spotlight on those who align with the vegan mission and message.

Kathleen is the co-founder of Vegan Visibility Productions, an production company working with vegan and plant-based identified companies.

Both companies specialize in developing and implementing proven strategies and systems for you to become highly visible to your ideal clients and customers in the most effective way possible.

You can have the best products and services, yet, if visibility is not a primary focus, your efforts will not achieve the greatest results. We focus on aligned and integrated visibility.

Now, more than ever, customers and clients care about the companies they work with. They want to know your offers align with what they need and want. We work with those who know an aligned message is essential to their market.

Our integrated processes dramatically increase your efficiency & provides you with proven strategies resulting in the best outcomes.