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My Name Is ... Cyndi Rikert

With new business, Centennial resident aims to change lives through nutrition


Overcoming sickness to start business

After being physically and emotionally sick for over 20 years with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis, I decided to take my health into my own hands. After spending over $10,000 on medical tests and appointments, procedures and rehabilitation, I was still in constant pain and was getting more depressed and anxious.

I did some research and changed my diet from the standard American diet (SAD), to Whole30, to Paleo, to the autoimmune protocol … I went from being in constant pain, always depressed and anxious, and weighing 245 pounds to someone who rarely has pain and who has several tools to conquer the emotional junk.

I went back to school to become a nutritional-therapy practitioner to help others change their health through healing foods, and I lost 65 pounds! I can walk, garden, hike, cook and live my life like I should, and I want others to feel this way!

New York to the Rocky Mountains 

I moved to Denver in 1996 from upstate New York after visiting my parents during a nor'easter storm. Between the mountains and the mild March winter, Colorado won me over quickly. I moved into Centennial with my family in 2009. We enjoy Centennial with its small-town feel but know we are close to downtown Denver and the mountains.

Processed to Pure Nutrition

Processed to Pure Nutrition aims to guide those with chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases from the processed/standard American diet to a pure or Paleo way of eating. I have several tools I use as a nutritional-therapy practitioner to help determine what type of nutritional plan is best for a person and then educate them about the “whys” and empower changes for better health and wellness. Since I have had my own experiences with this process, I feel like I have the resources to help others. I never thought just by changing my diet I could THRIVE again!

It will be a home-based business, but I can work with people virtually (and over the phone) as well. I am currently accepting new clients anywhere in the world.

Making a change

Most of us eat the standard American diet, which usually leads to chronic illness and other health issues. Many, like myself, are finding that Western medicine is just not enough, and we need to take our health into our own hands. I know it can seem overwhelming and impossible, but if I can do this, ANYONE can! You sometimes just need a little help to get started and to start feeling stronger.

You might not know … 

I am a full-blown introvert but enjoying connecting with people in meaningful ways.

I used to hate to cook, but now it's one of my favorite things to do.

I love the original Willy Wonka movie and Pink Floyd!

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