Meet The Face Behind PhytoFit, LLC

Author: PhytoFit, LLC. | | Categories: Nutrition Coaching , Personal Training , Weight Management


I’m Debbie Zimmerman, the proud owner of PhytoFit, LLC. I look forward to sharing my story with you as a way for you to get to know me better.

I’ve been into health and fitness since the early age of 14 when I was conscious of the problems my family suffered due to poor eating and sedentary lifestyle habits. It inspired me to choose a career in the corporate wellness industry. 

Over the years, I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees; pursued professional certifications and designations; and, enjoyed learning healthy recipes geared towards holistic living.

I wanted to share the importance of a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle with the world! This would include the many health benefits of following such a nutritional plan, along with disease prevention and reversal in most cases. More importantly, a WFPB lifestyle helps people lose excess fat and maintains optimal weight.

Therefore, after a 30-year career in corporate wellness promotion, I decided to launch a lifestyle medicine, health coaching and personal training business in late 2018.

When I first launched PhytoFit, LLC, I did most of my work in person. However, since COVID-19 struck, I’ve had to transition to online coaching through Zoom and conduct Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes virtually. 

Everything I teach is based on scientific research published in peer-reviewed journals. There is no doubt in my mind that individuals can and will improve their health and well-being by following these lifestyle practices without harm.

I’m dedicated to helping clients change their unhealthy habits. I believe my personal involvement with my clients sets me apart from other coaches. It helps me to fully understand my clients’ needs, goals and health conditions to personalize a program that is right for them. They soon realize that I’m in it for the long haul, and I’m willing to walk along with them, pick them up if they fall, and celebrate every success on their journey.

To achieve my objective, I meet a client wherever they are and help them establish goals that will optimize their health in a time frame that is right for them. As a result, seeing and realizing the success of my clients fills me with immense satisfaction. I’ve worked with individuals who have lost as much as 160 pounds. To see their faces light up as they share their testimonials with others, is priceless. 

Other clients need to change their diets to eliminate pain or recover more quickly from their athletic endeavors. When they feel and see the recovery and recognize it was due to dietary changes it’s rewarding.

When I’m not consulting clients, I’m a firm believer in exercise and dedicate at least 90 minutes each day doing some form of physical activity, even if it’s just walking. I also enjoy creating new recipes by taking old ones full of fat and oil and making them healthy or taking a meat dish and converting it to a plant-based meal.

Thank you for reading my story. I enjoyed sharing the things which matter most to me and how they influence the way I do business.

If you or someone you know could benefit from my expertise as a lifestyle medicine/ health coach in Lakeland, Florida, I invite you to get in touch. Please visit my website at