It Began in the Garden

Understand Your Past for a Healthier Future


Sometimes moving forward means looking back.


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You already know how important it is to take good care of yourself. 


But most of us have a hard time turning what we "should" do into the habits that support a healthy life.
The struggle isn't your fault.   

 ✓  Health advice is confusing.
 ✓  We have too many choices. 

 ✓  Temptation is real.

 ✓  We are impatient. 
 ✓  Willpower fails us. 

 ✓  Shame & fear immobilize us.

Long before you were born,
our shared struggle for physical, emotional, and spiritual health began.

But there's still time to change your future.

Find hope, encouragement, & practical action steps for better health in this award-winning Christian book.

It Began in the Garden

Understand Your Past for a Healthier Future

Integrating her training as a master's level counselor with certifications in nutrition and personal training, Heidi dives into the Genesis narrative to unpack the origin of our struggle for wellbeing.  

Through stories, humor, and dozens of practical tips, It Began in the Garden will help you:

 Make small daily changes for big impact

✓  Release the blame and shame that have kept you stuck

✓  Have a “good enough” relationship with food 

✓  Embrace life beyond the scale

✓  Live at peace with your body  

Discover hope, encouragement, and resources for making fresh choices for a healthier future.

"The small, incremental decisions and daily choices you start practicing create a ripple that, over time, become a gigantic tidal wave of change. What you do today impacts your tomorrow." 

Heidi Zwart

Book Endorsements 

5 star rated on Amazon  

Bob Merritt

Eagle Brook Church
Retired Senior Pastor

"What you do every day
is your life. If you’re not living the kind of life you want, this book offers you the creative, practical tools you need to start living a better life.”

Jo Bender

Faith Radio
Host of Connecting Faith

"It Began in the Garden is about putting small steps into place to change the way you think about fitness, health, and who you are in Christ. Filled with Biblical wisdom, this book offers a simple and sacred approach to healthy living."

Jim Beilby

Bethel University
Theologian & Author


"Heidi's advice is simple and practical, and she writes from a faith perspective that simultaneously clarifies and enriches the "why" behind healthy lifestyle choices. Once we understand the "why," the “how" becomes much clearer."

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