#113 Food and Health in the Bible with Debbie Rayhab

In this week's show, Jennie is joined by Debbie Rayhab who is an expert in integrative and functional nutrition. Debbie has an extensive background in the food industry and an inspiring journey toward integrating nutrition with spiritual health. Debbie has spent over 25 years in marketing and health communication, and her passion for healthy living was further ignited by her son's struggle with ADD and the impacts of taking medication. Her personal experience led her to explore the connection between food, as mentioned in the Bible, and its scientific health benefits.

Debbie shares how she discovered that many foods mentioned in scripture, such as garlic, mint, basil, apples, and figs, have significant health benefits, particularly in fighting inflammation. This realization propelled her to pursue a PhD in integrative and functional nutrition to connect her scientific knowledge with biblical teachings, advocating for the health benefits God has outlined in the Bible.

Debbie explains how physical health, spiritual health, and mental well-being are interconnected. She encourages listeners to see food as a divine gift and a part of God’s roadmap for healthy living.

Debbie provides practical nutrition tips for midlife moms to easily incorporate into their daily lives:

  1. Reduce Sugar and Processed Foods: Be mindful of hidden sugars and opt for whole foods.
  2. Increase Fruits and Vegetables: A more plant-based diet can boost essential nutrients without the need to become fully vegetarian.
  3. Use Spices Instead of Sodium: Enhance the flavor of your meals with spices like cinnamon, coriander, and basil, which also offer health benefits.

Debbie shares that healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Simple recipes using accessible ingredients can be both nutritious and delicious. She shares her love of the Mediterranean way of eating, which is known for its emphasis on olive oil, fresh vegetables, and whole grains. Debbie explains how this diet supports longevity and reduces chronic diseases, showcasing its alignment with both scientific research and biblical principles. This show is full of wisdom and practical steps that help you live happy, healthy and holy!

Jennie Guinn is a Catholic speaker, Life Coach, Podcaster, Weekly Radio Show Host on Nashville Catholic Radio and Radio Maria USA, and the founder of Catholic Moms in the Middle. After 26 years of working in Catholic education, Jennie felt God calling her "to step out of the boat" to serve in a new way. In her new ministry, she equips and encourages middle-life women to encounter the love of the Father and to be transformed and healed by the power of the Holy Spirit so they can MAGNIFY Christ in their corner of the world.