Fortitude Functional Nutrition

with Functional Nutritionist

Julie Olson BCHN, CN


Are You Struggling or Suffering?

Digestive Distress

Bloating, Gas, Abdominal Pain, Constipation, Diarrhea, Acid Reflux

Autoimmune Conditions

Celiac, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s, Scleroderma, Ataxia, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Skin Issues

Acne, Rashes, Hives, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Dermatitis

Food Sensitivities / Intolerances / Allergies

Reactions Can Affect Any Part of the Body and Cause Numerous Problems 

Weight / Sugar Imbalances

Fluctuating Weight or Inability to Lose or Gain Weight; Diabetes, Sugar Addiction 

Energy / Mood

Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Fatigue, Hypothyroid, Anxiety, Depression, 

Brain Fog, AD(H)D 

Gastrointestinal Conditions

IBS, Dysbiosis, Leaky Gut, Candida, H Pylori, SIBO, 

Crohn's, Colitis 

Nutrient Deficiencies / Imbalances

Micronutrient Assessment including vitamins, minerals, 

amino acids, fats, antioxidants 

Chronic Inflammation

Painful Joints or Muscles, Headaches, 

Migraines, Lipid Metabolism


Healthy Aging, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), 

Detoxification, Osteoporosis 

These are Fortitude’s Areas of Expertise That Respond Well to Functional Nutrition

Functional Nutrition Wins

Why Functional Nutrition?


Functional Nutrition is a leading-edge, evidence-based, systems biology approach to patient care that focuses on identifying root causes and imbalances to significantly improve client health outcomes. This emerging medical nutrition model combines the very best of modern science, clinical wisdom and critical thinking and is being driven by increasing consumer demand, advancing technology and the changing healthcare landscape.

Why Does Good Health Start in the Gut?


Up to 80% of your immune system is in your gut (gastro-intestinal GI tract). When it’s all laid out it’s the size of a tennis court! Up to 80% of serotonin the neurotransmitter of happiness is made in your gut. B-vitamins and other brain-foods rely on a healthy gut to be absorbed. Your gut health is critical for your brain to function! The saying goes,“You Are What You Eat”, but it’s what nutrients your body absorbs that counts. Up to 80% of chronic health problems are linked to nutrient deficiencies.

Are the Foods You Eat Making You Sick?


Do you know 45% of the population is suffering from symptoms that's root cause is a food intolerance or sensitivity? It’s common because it can cause a wide range of problems from even healthy foods, such as - joint pain, fatigue, chronic sinus problems, rashes, headaches, hair loss, bloating, nagging cough, heartburn and inability to lose weight - to name a few. But, let’s test you instead of guessing which foods are the culprit. Julie will put you on a temporary food plan to resolve your issue.

Fortitude Functional Nutrition


Provides Root Cause Resolutions to Conquer Chronic Health Problems Through Nutrition

Trying to sort through the complexity of today’s nutritional landscape can be overwhelming.  Keeping up with the latest information and new ideas can make it even more confusing to figure out what will work for you.  It’s easy to give up.  

Trying multiple supplements, plans and products, changing diets, and trying the latest program only makes it more complicated.  What works? Why do I still feel awful? Who should I trust? Why can’t I lose weight? Why won’t my skin problems go away? Why don’t I have any energy? Why does my brain fog persist? Why am I still bloated?

The approach at Fortitude Functional Nutrition is to dig deep to find the root causes. To conquer them once and for all, you will get a personalized solution based on your body’s needs, imbalances and physiology.  Utilizing proven tools and processes, Julie will customize a step-by-step plan to fortify your health.


"I highly recommend Julie’s services for anyone looking to be healthier, address the root causes of their chronic issues, and receive great education and support on their health journey. I had the pleasure of working side-by-side with Julie for over a year, seeing her achieve these things in action and get great results with our clients. Julie is dedicated both to her clients, but also to educating herself. From the time she started her nutrition journey almost a decade ago after her mom’s breast cancer diagnosis, Julie has continually sought out the most rigorous formal education and her knowledge of Functional Medicine and Nutrition is far superior to most any physician or practitioner in the Functional Medicine community. Julie has the ability to see the big picture, while also being able to dig into the details; this allows her to provide highly individualized care helping clients understand their health and improve it. If you need help understanding why you don’t feel well, and what steps you can take to improve, look no further than Julie to be your coach on that journey."

― David Gordon, MD, IFMCP, ABoIM

Owner, 4 Pillars Functional Medicine

"In 2000, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and before working with Julie and Dr. Gordon, I was struggling with gut pain, bloating and gas. My mood was low, my hands and hips hurt, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not lose weight. 

About a year after working with Julie and Dr. Gordon, I did my colonoscopy and my GI Doctor was very pleased! NO inflammation in my GI track whatsoever! No sign of active Crohns at all! Whoot Whoot!! Since working with Julie, I’m really happy about losing 20+ pounds without starving myself and learning to eat what my body needs and requires. I lost 1.5 inch on my thighs, hips, and waist – dropped 3 pants sizes. My energy is super! I was telling a coworker that every afternoon for years I needed a pickup, but now I no longer need it! My hands don’t hurt, hips don’t hurt, definitely see a positive change.

Overall, I am feeling very well, I’m amazed at all the positive changes. Feeling better than I have in a long time. I’ve made a lot of progress towards my health, mentally and physically. Even my husband commented that I’m happier, in a better mood, less stressed, no more gut pain and people and friends have noticed it too! What a change in my life!

Julie Olson has empowered me to be a better, healthy individual! I have learned so much about nutrition, mindset and overall health thru Julie. She has really taught me what a healthy lifestyle looks like and how to advocate for myself with friends, family and outsiders. Without her support and guidance in this lifestyle journey I am not sure I would be as successful. I would highly recommend working with Julie! She is the best! And my experience inspired my daughter to become a nutritionist!"

― Cynthia Christensen

“The results I got from working with Julie are amazing…My autoimmune Hashimoto's disease antibodies dropped from 1264 to 54 which is super close to remission (40),  I’m no longer allergic to any foods (before I was allergic to 20+ foods), I have more energy and less pain! 

I was referred to Julie by my functional medicine doctor, and she did a terrific job.  She designed a 30-day meal plan for me with literally nothing to go on (IFM has named my diet the mito-keto flex plan, but provides no back-up for it except one page of acceptable foods).  Additionally, I had to eliminate another 20+ foods.... and I don't like meat.  Julie took the time to determine my preferences, increased my protein intake (which was too low) and provided a variety of great recipes.  She explained everything thoroughly, provided all the back-up references I could want, and even lent me her personal copies of books that she felt would help me.  She's very accessible and available to answer any questions.  I highly recommend her.”

Karen Hohe Suchomel

“Before finding Julie, I was having major stomach issues, my autoimmune disease of psoriasis was out of control, not to mention my sleep was so erratic that I needed help and conventional methods of taking medications seemed to be making things worse. After my first consultation with Julie, we immediately went to work by doing multiple tests that confirmed a gluten sensitivity and leaky gut. From there she designed a detailed supplement and food plan and took me grocery shopping. Within 30 days of following it, I was seeing some huge changes in my overall health as I had an increased amount of energy, weight loss, no more cravings or stomach issues, and sleeping normal again. The psoriasis is getting much better too! I can’t thank Julie enough for her help and would highly recommend her to anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Thank you again Julie!!!”

Marty Waters 

"Julie began coaching me nutritionally in 2012 at Natural Grocers. She really helped me to understand how my food choices affected my sleeping and hormonal issues. Even though I felt that I had a pretty good knowledge of nutrition, she taught me about functional nutrition and inspired me to continue my health journey.

She has also been a client of mine, I am a hairstylist, so our friendship and exchange of nutrition and holistic health has grown.

Since my husband Troy has struggled with eczema and skin rashes his whole life, he started to work with Julie last year. We had tried all the conventional methods with little to no improvement. He filled out all of Julie’s extensive paperwork and then she recommended labs that helped us to determine his dairy and gluten intolerances. Troy was resistant, but with Julie’s coaching he realized she was correct and has had the best results from her protocol than any conventional treatment! And, His eczema and skin rashes are almost nonexistent now. I highly recommend Julie’s services!"

Sona and Troy Seaton

"Since I was trained and worked as a Registered Nurse in in the conventional medical model, I never considered alternative therapy. So, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I continued to feel worse and didn’t think there was anything to change it. I had brain fog, depression, terrible fatigue, and little hope. Everyone said it was the MS that was making me feel so bad and there was nothing I could do about it. Even my neurologist took for granted that I was tired all the time because of the disease.

But, after I did some research, I was fortunate to have discovered functional medicine and nutrition and came to Dr. Gordon and Julie. It was an answer to my prayers. Dr. Gordon ordered lots of labs and took a very detailed history to determine a root cause for my symptoms. It turns out I had multiple imbalances related to a very leaky gut.  Julie ordered supplements tailored to my situation and helped me put many diet and lifestyle changes in place. I am happy to say my gut is healed. I’m now absorbing nutrients properly and look forward to continued improvement. I lost my stubborn weight. My brain fog disappeared. I tapered down my anti-depressants. I’m not saying my MS is cured, but my body is now “putting out the fire” that led me in a downward spiral. I continue to feel much better than I did a year ago when I first started seeing Julie and Dr. Gordon. The biggest improvements have been my diminished fatigue, increased energy and better mood. I can’t thank Julie and Dr. Gordon enough!"

― Karen Weiler

“I had a history of elevated cholesterol and my goals were to avoid medication by using other options and to identify my root causes. Previously, I had a bad reaction to mold exposure, eczema and difficulty losing stubborn weight. Overall, I had a variety of non-specific symptoms, but essentially chalk them up to a long history of more riotous living with low quality foods, alcohol and tobacco when I came to see Julie and Dr. Gordon.

I followed their recommended food and supplement plan almost 100% and found I was eating more, but happily weighing less – I lost 10 pounds and 2.5” inches around my waist without really trying. My friends were asking me what I was doing differently. Julie helped me to simplify my regimen as well as understand the “how” and “why” of what we were doing. She also turned me on to some functional medicine and nutrition podcasts which confirmed everything. Her accountability, support and guidance kept me on track, especially when I would normally stop with my high work demands, time constraints and challenges with a one-year old daughter. Now, I realize that if I keep this up, I’ll never have to go on cholesterol medication and my lab numbers prove it.” 

Greg Daley

"My breast cancer was Stage III.  I underwent chemo therapy, Taxotere, radiation, Tamoxifen, and Arimidex.  For years I ate McDonald's hamburgers, few vegetables and fruits, and drank two glasses of wine before dinner each night. I was depressed, unmotivated, physically tired, and foggy in the brain. I did not realize that my food and lifestyle choices played such a big role in my health. Julie's expertise, guidance and support made a huge difference in my recovery.

Julie re-educated me with her nutritional counseling sessions and classes to successfully implement healthier food, movement, lifestyle choices and to better manage my stress. She added specific supplements that I was lacking to my routine.  Now I walk and practice yoga daily. I have not been sick, depressed, fatigued or had a cold in years. My brain fog is gone and I no longer eat fast foods or rarely drink any alcoholic beverages. I have not had a recurrence of any type of cancer since my breast cancer. I feel strongly that this reversal in my health is because I followed Julie's advice and recommendations."

Sandra Sparks



Julie's Story

While working at Warner Bros. Pictures in California as a Senior Media Research Analyst, I received a phone call which informed me that my mother was diagnosed with Stage-3 breast cancer. Within weeks, I moved back to my home-state, Colorado, to be closer to my mother and support her through her treatments. Through my search for her cure I discovered the power of healthy foods and lifestyle choices as the real medicine for illness. My new discovery led me back to school where I studied holistic and functional nutrition. My studies left me fascinated and I was hooked.

At this point I started to analyze my own fast-paced lifestyle and realized that I was putting blinders on my own health. Often, I was fatigued, but blamed it on my competitive job and late-night social events. I worked through my fatigue, never stopping to listen to my body. I didn’t consider the importance of my food choices, sleep or stress management. Later testing revealed extremely high Epstein Barr Virus, also known as Chronic Fatigue.  I started to put my health puzzle together. I discovered gluten and other food intolerances, hypothyroidism and H. Pylori. Something had to change…

So, I immersed myself in a new lifestyle and career. I began working as a Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers, a nationwide natural food and supplement store. For six years, I conducted private nutrition therapy sessions, taught nutrition and cooking classes, educated and tested 40+ employees monthly on nutrition subjects, and hosted annual health and gluten-free tasting fairs. I received extensive training, knowledge and experience in nutritional vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. I was featured in nutrition segments on television and radio for interviews and cooking demos. I presented classes to organizations including Athleta, CorePower Yoga, Direct TV, YMCA, National Scleroderma Foundation, Ostomy Association and AWARE (Amazing Women Always Researching Everything). 

Then I obtained a role as a Functional Nutritionist/Health Coach in functional medicine practices working side-by-side with Medical Doctors. With all of our patients my goal was to dig deeper, often with cutting-edge lab testing, to find underlying root causes to create solutions. By employing a system to document each patient’s actions, events, and environmental influences that had accumulated during their life, we analyzed patterns, correlations and triggers that ranged from specific foods, environmental exposures and habits. I coached each patient tailored to their specific needs and our goals. It often included customized food plans, targeted nutrients, herbs and supplementation, plus lifestyle recommendations individualized for each person. 

My passion is to provide inspirational tools, guidance and education to empower all of my patients for long-term success. I am grateful I discovered this in time to help my mother, who made positive lifestyle changes and today is a healthy and thriving breast cancer survivor!

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an evolution of medicine that tackles the healthcare needs of the 21st century. It shifts the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a patient-centered approach.  By addressing the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms, discovering the underlying root causes of disease, rather than placing a “Band-Aid” or masking the symptoms. The Institute of Functional Medicine is the leader in this field. Functional Medicine also utilizes cutting-edge lab testing to identify issues unique to the individual patient, which differentiates it most prominently from traditional western medicine. As listed, I’m an Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) practitioner and you can find me here,  I am proud to have training in this field as a Functional Nutritionist and I utilize Functional Medicine tools to help my clients get better faster.

What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional Nutrition is an exciting and new emerging field in nutrition that is rooted in Functional Medicine.



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