How I Can Help You

Are you a runner who struggles to lose weight and also properly fuel for your run?

Do you experience stomach cramps or are you running to the bathroom during intense exercise?

Do you often exercise on an empty stomach and wonder why your workouts are so hard to get through?

Do you want to lose weight to be faster and leaner during your tennis match, race, triathlon, dance competition or any other athletic event?

Are you the parent of a young athlete who isn’t sure what to feed them before or after games?

I can help!

Who am I?

I’m Natalie Rizzo, a NYC based Registered Dietitian and the founder of Nutrition à la Natalie. My goal is to simplify complicated nutrition information so that you can achieve all of your fitness and nutrition goals.  

I want to teach you how to use nutrition and fitness to reach your peak athletic potential, whether that’s losing enough weight to run a mile or participating in a triathlon.

My background

Before I was a Registered Dietitian, I worked in Advertising and was your standard gym rat.  I recognized the importance of exercising, but I never really paid much attention to sports nutrition. I would hit the gym after work (usually starving) and try to workout quickly before dinner. Then, I would get home and make the quickest dinner possible and scarf down way too much food.

Little did I know, I was sabotaging my own fitness routine because I didn’t have enough fuel to even get through my workouts, and I was eating more calories than I just burned off because I was so hungry!

When I decided to actually look into (and eventually study) sports nutrition, everything changed! I learned that food is fuel and that it is as much a factor in your athletic endeavors as your physical fitness.  No athlete can “go the distance” without knowing how to fuel, refuel and properly hydrate.

During my time studying sports nutrition, I also became a runner.  I learned that those who are serious about their sports sometimes see food as a hindrance.  Food becomes something that gives you a stomach ache, causes cramps or makes you feel nauseous. 

But guess what, food is also your biggest ally in terms of fueling for performance and feeding your muscles to perform as they should.

I’m here to help you navigate this complicated landscape of “food as fuel”.  Nutrition and fitness are different for everyone.  What works for you may not work for the person next to you.  Let me help you determine your nutrition needs so that you can reach your peak potential!

Where to start on Nutrition à la Natalie

If you’re an athlete or a runner, jump to the nutrition for athletes section.

If you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian recipes, check out the recipe index.

Still have questions? Email me at