We had the good fortune of connecting with Therese Revitte and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Therese, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’ve lived in the Denver area my whole life. In fact, so did my mom. She grew up on a farm exactly where Pena Blvd and 56th Ave is now, during the 1930s, back when people always grew their own food organically. When I was growing up, my folks had a big vegetable garden every year. I would spend hours sitting in the garden, taking in the warmth and smells and watching all the bugs and critters do their work. We ate differently than a lot of my friends. Most of what we ate was homemade, with lots of variety and whole foods. I developed an interest in a natural way of eating and living. It made sense to me that natural was better than the packaged convenience foods my friends were eating. We had a Vitamin Cottage nearby, and I became a regular visitor there during my teen years. As I moved through life, I always had my own organic food garden whenever I had space. Looking back, I thought I was living a pretty healthy lifestyle, but there were plenty of ways I wasn’t taking care of myself. Fast forward, I ended up with an autoimmune disease in my 40’s, wondering if I’d ever feel well again. This set me on a winding path of learning more about organic gardening, about how broken our food and agricultural system is, and about what holistic health really means. I ended up at Nutrition Therapy Institute and became a Master Nutrition Therapist, and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. I opened my Live Bright Nutrition Therapy practice as my second career and it has evolved to include both my gardening and nutrition training. Not surprisingly, I specialize in autoimmunity. I have a passion for teaching people how to use nutrition and lifestyle to feel their best. And as a fun side-gig, I teach people how to start their own organic garden.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started Live Bright Nutrition Therapy in 2017, with aspirations of teaching people how targeted nutrition and lifestyle strategies can impact health. This is the work I really love, connecting with people one-on-one, or in groups, to teach them how to achieve their best health through nutrition and lifestyle. Some of my clients struggle with life-altering health issues, and seeing them achieve success through our work together is extremely gratifying. I don’t teach a quick-fix. I teach life-long strategies for continuing to feel their best. What sets me apart is that I’ve had extra training and life experience to work with autoimmune clients, and my autoimmune clients have had great results with my program.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, I’m not real plugged into the trendy Denver scene. But I love the outdoor scene and hiking. I would take my best friend to the mountains to hike or cross-country ski, and visit fun mountain towns. In town, I’d definitely take them on a tour of The GrowHaus to learn about sustainable food production and serving our neighbors who don’t have the same access to healthy fresh foods. Denver has some awesome restaurants that cater to eaters like me too. Farm to table places like Fruition and Root Down. I love Just Be Kitchen, Work and Class, and True Food Kitchen too. I also love the vibe of the museums and Botanic Gardens, and I can’t wait for Meow Wolf to open in Denver!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband Dan has been instrumental in me getting through school and opening my practice. He’s been my rock and teammate. He also inadvertently became instrumental in my learning. He suffered an autoimmune attack right after I graduated from NTI, and we learned first hand together how to use nutrition and lifestyle to manage his autoimmune symptoms. He continues to be symptom-free now and is my favorite, most compliant client!