The Birth of Phyto-Fit

During her lifetime, Debbie has witnessed the lifestyle diseases caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD). Fast foods, junk foods, highly processed, and nutritionally-stripped foods cause chronic, debilitating diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many forms of cancer. Debbie saw this not only in her family but also the thousands of colleagues and clients she has counseled over the years.

There are consistent and compelling evidence-based, peer-reviewed scientific studies supporting a whole food, plant-strong diet for preventing, halting and even reversing many of the chronic diseases we see every day. Through PhytoFit, LLC, Debbie continues her commitment to teach people how the power of a healthy lifestyle and whole food, plant-based nutrition can lead to optimal wellbeing.

Meet Debbie Zimmerman

Debbie Zimmerman’s passion for a healthy lifestyle began at an early age when her grandparents were diagnosed with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. After seeing the devastation that these diseases can wreak, Debbie vowed at the age of 14 to live a life of prevention.  Her love and concern for her family, along with the fear that she too may be destined to experience serious health consequences, further ignited her commitment to a healthy lifestyle and to helping others.

Today, Debbie continues her passion of empowering her clients to attain optimal health and vitality. As a health coach, she meets her clients where they are, helps them sort through the confusion of the “nutritional malaise” by utilizing an evidenced-based, whole-food plant-based approach, and holds them accountable for their lifestyle choices. Debbie emphasizes lifestyle changes that will not only prevent but also reverse the progression of the most common chronic diseases. Her clients recognize their successes throughout their personal journeys to good health.

As a Distinguished Toastmaster, professional speaker, fitness specialist, and health educator, Debbie’s passion motivates individuals to strive for optimal wellness. She holds national certifications and specializations in Lifestyle Medicine, Wellness and Health Coaching; Sports Nutrition, Aerobic Fitness, and Personal Training. Debbie has completed the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate and is a licensed and certified Food for Life instructor and Cooking Coach through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Debbie’s mission is to teach people how the power of a healthy lifestyle and whole-food, plant-based nutrition can lead to optimal wellbeing.

Testimonials & Quotes

It has been said that one of the most precious gifts in the universe is that of good health. Thanks to Phytofit and the wonderful coaching skills of Debbie Zimmerman, I have recovered my good health after a significant heart attack that should have cost me my life. It has been an incredible journey and I am eternally grateful! Thank you!

– Linda B. Troupe, Lakeland, FL

Thank you for sharing your expertise and I appreciate the passion you naturally express during the Food for Life Programs. Not only were the weekly programs educational, entertaining and delicious, but they had a tremendous impact on the long-term health of our employee participants. You truly inspired many to embrace that what we eat, can change what our health “could and should be”! The programs have resulted in an increase of morale within our offices, seeing and hearing about the reduction of weight, blood pressure, other heart-related issues and improvement with diabetes issues and stressors. Polk County is extremely fortunate to have such a qualified educator in this field…you have made a difference within Allen & Company and thank you!

Laura Hawley, President, Allen & Company Investments
As an employer, we are always looking for ways to motivate and empower our team members. I heard of Debbie Zimmerman and her Food for Life program through a local group. We invited Debbie to present a series of lectures to interested team members and were surprised at the number of team members who signed up for the 8-week course. Debbie came in once a week for about 1-1/2 hours. She not only made an incredible presentation, but she also cooked delicious whole-food, plant-based meals on the spot.

The staff loved the food and were amazed at the power of nutrition over disease, low energy, mood, sleep, and a host of other things. We had one team member with Lupus so excited to learn that she could actually use nutrition to combat her disease. After every presentation, the office was buzzing about lifestyle and nutrition change. The cost of this program was well worth the benefits of a healthier happier staff who felt empowered by this experience. I am sure we will have Debbie back at some point.

Stephen K. Brooks, Esq, Brooks Law Group, P.A.
Debbie’s classes help people who are new to plant-based eating learn how powerful nutrition can be for improving health and wellbeing. Seeing the plant-based recipes prepared and served is invaluable. Nothing convinces people more than their stomachs, that plant-based nutrition is not only best for health, but also a delicious way to eat!

Is chocolate sauce good for you? Yep, we learned how to make it in Debbie’s classes. No worries about what to put on your plate without meat. Debbie shows you how beautiful, easy and tasty your plant-based meals can be.

Cathy Thornhill
We had the opportunity to attend one of many of Debbie’s Food for Life workshops. The “turning point” in this highly educational, interactive, and inspirational workshop was a statement, “We alone are responsible for what we put into our mouths and bodies.” Richard and I discussed what we had learned and decided to just TRY IT to see what would happen and how we would feel. Within two weeks of eating almost completely plant-based, whole foods, Richard woke up one morning and said, “My knee pain is GONE!”

AMAZING!? We surely think so. It is truly delightful to learn new and wonderful, health-altering recipes. My husband’s cholesterol has dropped from around 200 to 135 in a few months…all foods! “Let food be thy medicine.”

Thanks, Debbie, for your phenomenal educational expertise to help inspire others, most especially US to a healthier, joyful, energized state of being! Thank you.

Valla & Richard Treuman, Winter Haven, FL

I wanted to tell you how much your health coaching has helped me with my health issues.  My acid reflux is much better.  Sometimes it’s completely gone and then I eat something that disagrees with me.  Cutting out the nuts (sad) helped so much.  I think the fat was keeping my esophageal sphincter from closing appropriately.  So, I am very low fat now.  Also, my insomnia is much better!  I made quite a few changes and it is working for the most part.  I have only had insomnia once in the last week.  Praise the Lord!!

Thank you so much for everything.  I want you to know that you are having an impact. You work very hard and I am evidence that your hard labor is bearing fruit.

Valerie C.