“She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to all those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” - Proverbs 3:15-18
For so many of us, our bodies are viewed not as Christ’s creation, but as a cumbersome source of constant disappointment. As we strive to achieve the world’s idealized standard of beauty, our true identity is all but lost. We see ourselves not as children of God, but as failures. Instead we focus on our flaws: that we aren’t thin enough, tall enough, fit enough, attractive enough. We equate our value with our appearance. We enter into a dark and unforgiving state of mind; a state of mind that is certainly not from God. Our bodies and our health, however, are great concerns of God. He asks that we honor him with our bodies and wants nothing more than to see us achieve longevity and thrive while here on Earth. Teaching others about how to live healthier lifestyles not for the sake of vanity but for the sake of Christ is Debbie Deisher’s passion, and this is her story.
Like many things, Debbie’s passion for health and wellness began with her own journey. She began to notice that, as she gracefully aged, she wasn’t healing as quickly as she had years before from colds or sicknesses.
“It was taking me a while to bounce back,” she said.
As an RN, Debbie is constantly surrounded by people who are sick. So many people visit the hospital regularly because of heart issues or unregulated blood pressure, cholesterol spikes and so many other aches and pains.
“As a nation, we are very sick. The body is able to heal itself, but not correctly if it isn’t taken care of,” she said.
It was then that she began making a change, primarily in her diet. She stopped eating meat and dairy products, and as her body adjusted to the change in lifestyle, the results were miraculous.
“My allergies cleared up. I stopped needing to take Ibuprophin for inflammation. My body began to self-correct,” she said.
Her quality of life in general drastically improved. She began to sleep more soundly and wake more rested, with energy for the day. She became sick less and less frequently. And as she changed what she fed her body on the inside, the results began to shine on the outside as well. Because she has been so encouraged by the positive changes in her own life, she hopes to spread awareness about living a healthier lifestyle to those around her.
“There’s so much freedom in taking care of yourself. We give God so many other areas of our life but not our health – when it comes to our health we do everything just like the world. We pray constantly about physical illnesses and for healing, but there are things we can do as well to promote our bodies’ healing naturally,” she said.
“I’ve been to third-world countries and witnessed healing in groups of people without all of our technological advances, because they lived healthy lifestyles,” she said.
As Debbie became more and more passionate about teaching healthy habits to others, she held a health conference at Apex over a weekend titled, “R3 Wellness,” which is an acronym for “refresh, renew, and revive.”
“Like our bodies, we are made up of many different parts. In this conference, I tried to teach that these three parts work cohesively together. Being healthy is not solely physical, but mental and spiritual,” she said.
Another huge contributor to our deteriorating health, Debbie said, is our breakneck pace. We are constantly rushing from one place to another, and as she’s begun to focus on living a healthier lifestyle, she also finds it important to slow her pace and make the use of her time more deliberate. She currently teaches yoga classes through Miami Valley Hospital, and enjoys using this time of meditation to pray and meet with the Lord.
“As Christians, we strive to be like Jesus, but he spent a lot of time alone,” she said. “I do everything I can to make sure that I fill myself up, so that then I can pour more into others.”
Though many people are afraid to begin eating clean because of the added expense, Debbie emphasizes that it’s far more expensive to be sick.
“So many people have hypertension and diabetes, and trust me, it costs a lot more to be sick. I would much rather pay my grocer than the doctor,” she said.
Many people find the switch from convenience food to “cleaner” eating daunting, Debbie says, but she emphasizes that it is a journey of its own that looks different for everyone.
“It’s intimidating at first, but this is a lifestyle switch that is gradual. We are called to be good stewards of the gifts we’ve been given, and our bodies and our health are no exception. It is a process. God sees you as a beautiful creation, so change yourself from the inside out. Then you can radiate true beauty,” she said.
To learn more about Debbie please visit www.zebveg.wordpress.com.
Author: Melissa Markham
Photographer: Amber Wing