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Status Quo Disruptor. Life Elevator.
Certified health coach, theology of the body expert, and personal trainer.
Empowering people to live full and abundant lives.


Status Quo Disruptor. Life Elevator.
Certified health coach, certified personal trainer,
and theology of health innovator.

Empowering people to live full and abundant lives.


Hi! I’m Deryl W. Duer. I write about the power of healthy delicious food, teach the art of joyful healthy living, and believe we are all created to live extraordinary lives.

Transforming yourself into a healthy, vibrant, all things are possible, living life to the fullest kind of person requires work. It’s also the most rewarding way to experience life. And contrary to popular opinion, eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying treats and meals to eat only boring, bland twigs for the rest of your life. In fact, l have discovered that I enjoy food and life now more than I ever have, and I will share my discoveries with you.

Bottom line – It’s about being the best possible version of yourself.

As a certified health coach, trainer, author, speaker, and purpose-to-profit entrepreneur and team-builder, I have dedicated my life and this website to empowering you to do just that—live optimally for yourself, your family, your community and ultimately for your Creator. No tricks. No gimmicks. No magic pills. I show you practical tips, strategies and life-hacks for going from bone-tired, uninspired, stressed-out, restless, and unhealthy to becoming the magnificent child of God you were meant to be. Imagine walking around with a spring in your step, a song in your heart and radiating confidence and joy everywhere you go—just by making small adjustments every day. Transformed with ever-increasing glory into who you are meant to be. Because the gift of abundant life is yours for the taking.


At 36 years old I’m visiting my dad with my wife, Tracy, and our two oldest boys, who were 26 and 2 months old at the time. My dad pulled me aside and said, “I’m worried about your health. You’ve gained a lot of weight over the years.” What he said next pierced my heart and shook me to my core. “Who’s going to raise your boys when you’re gone?”

No more excuses. I had to change.

Those days, I barely had the energy to walk up a flight of stairs. Ha! Who am I kidding? I got winded if I had to bend over and tie my shoes. My whole body was inflamed. You could see it in my skin, especially my face. And I felt it. I felt the pressure: the aches and the joints that hurt. My skin that just felt “tight.” The inability to catch my breath at times. I wrestled with the fear that I was having a heart attack every time I got heartburn.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

I pray you don’t. But I’m guessing you do—or that you love someone who does.

When I got home I made an appointment to have the physical I had been avoiding. My doctor confirmed my dad’s assessment of my health. I was a hundred pounds overweight, and suffering from high blood-pressure, high cholesterol, and borderline diabetes. The doctor wanted to start me on prescription medications. I wasn’t ready to give-up so easily.

I told my doctor I wanted to start eating better and exercising. He told me to come back in six weeks. And so began my transformation.

Six weeks later I was down twenty-seven pounds and all of my numbers were in normal ranges. Within a few months I had lost more than a hundred pounds and was in the best shape of my life.


If not for my “wake-up call,” the first warning sign may have been a heart-attack that killed me.

I started with nutrition. If the adage is true that health is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise, and I believe it is, nutrition was the obvious place to start.

I only had six weeks to prove to my doctor, so I didn’t have the luxury of making gradual changes. I knew very little about food, other than what I liked and didn’t like. My dad gave me a diet book, so that’s where i started.

My first step was to break my food addictions. And that’s exactly what it was—an addiction. After the initial adjustment phase, I started to feel amazing.

I began to educate myself on the power of food to both heal and harm. Knowledge became power.

I also started an at-home exercise program. There’s a lot of humor and irony in that part of the story. You see, I had scoffed at that same program when Tracy bought it two years earlier. At the time I believed you had to go to a gym to get results. Guess what, I was wrong. It worked.

I graduated from that program into a more extreme at-home workout. What’s really funny is I ended up being featured in the infomercial for that program.


Perhaps I should mention I was in seminary when I was at my heaviest weight and the unhealthiest point in my life.

At the time, I just didn’t know better. I didn’t know what I was missing out on. I was long on excuses and short on motivation. My transformation had shown me how much better life was when I was healthy versus unhealthy.

That’s when God started taking me back to His Word and showing me that it truly contains all of the advice we need for life.

I learned that eating real food—the food God gave us—gave me energy and vitality, and processed foods made me feel lousy and tired. I learned that we are made to move and that exercise actually gives us more energy. I learned that removing toxic chemicals from my environment and switching to natural cleaners and personal care products was easier than I thought.

Then again, it shouldn’t be surprising that if we live the way God intended we’re healthier and happier.

I also began to understand that health involves much more than just eating clean and exercising—it’s affected by every area of life.

I cannot begin to describe to you how it feels to be fully alive. I can tell you that discovering this freedom is why I am so passionate about everything health and wellness. Not because it’s a fad. Not to look a certain way. But because eating well and living healthy is the only way to experience the fullness God designed us for.

God offers us life. Jesus says in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Not some “pie-in-the-sky” dream, not just life in eternity, but a fully-abundant life right here, right now.

Is that what you’re experiencing? Do you feel fully alive? I certainly didn’t when I was overweight and had high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and high LDL cholesterol. Like most people, I was living a life I was comfortable with simply because I didn’t know any different.

With four kids now and all that we have going on in life, I wouldn’t have the energy to do half of what I do if I wasn’t taking care of my health.

Apparently, my story and teachings have resonated. I went from being a law enforcement officer and college minister to study fitness, nutrition and intentional living. What began as a hobby helping friends and family turned into a six-figure online business and ministry that has me excited to get out of bed every morning. (Interested in knowing how I did it? Click here.)

God is using my story to help others. He can use you too.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve now coached hundreds of men and women through their journey to living healthier and with passion and purpose.

I published my first book, Fully Alive: Discovering God’s Heart and Design for Our Health, last year. That’s still a little surreal.

My beautiful wife, Tracy, and I are constantly creating new resources and growing an online community for the purpose of empowering you to be your best.

I know from my own experience and the testimony of others that if something feels off in your body or your life, it most definitely is. That’s your warning light going off. You may not know what it is or where to start, but that’s why you’re here. Together, we will figure it out. i’m going to be with you every step of the way as you journey into what’s possible—as you move from mediocrity into exceptional living.

Let’s be honest, you can trudge through the rest of your life never quite knowing what it’s like to be fully alive. You can suck it up, make do, and get through the day-to-day. You can hope and pray that maybe someday it will get better or easier—whether it’s your body, mind, spiritual life, relationships or lifestyle. Never knowing what could have been, but always wondering.

Or, you can start digging in to find the answers.

Join me as together we uncover God’s heart and design for our lives. This website is dedicated to you. The questioners. The dreamers. The mavericks. The peculiar people who know that the narrow road is always the right one.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”

(1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)


  • Real food is given by God and is good.
  • Processed food is not.
  • Sugar is more addictive than heroin.
  • Sitting is the new smoking.
  • Relationships are most important.
  • Character counts.
  • Reading makes you smarter.
  • Screen time does not.
  • Progress beats perfection – every time.
  • Perfection doesn’t exist this side of Heaven.
  • Discipline is the price of freedom.
  • John 3:16 is truth.
  • and you can do anything through Christ who gives you strength.


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