#173 – Episode 173 – Spiritual Truth with Eric Zimmer


Veronica is joined by Eric Zimmer host of the popular podcast ‘The One You Feed.’ In telling his story they explore what spirituality is and why it is so essential to sobriety.

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Can you imagine fighting for your sobriety? Turning your life around from being a homeless heroin addict who was in and out of jail?

Can you imagine climbing to the top of your career, having all the trappings that come with success, only to relapse and put it all in jeopardy?

Our guest this week, went through it all and had the courage to fight for his life and not be ruined by his addiction a second time.

He is interfaith spiritual director, behaviour coach and host of The One You Feed podcast, Eric Zimmer.

He helps clients wrestling with their spirituality to navigate their path, no matter which religion – or lack of religion – they’re connected to.

We talk about his entire journey, from getting addicted to drugs and alcohol, to getting sober at 24, his return to drinking 8 years later, despite the outward success, to his last 15 years of sobriety and his podcast The One You Feed.

Here’s an excerpt from the episode that really stood out to me.

A lot of things happened at once, he was separated from his son, his son’s mother left him for his best friend in AA, it all tipped him over the edge and he started drinking again.

But he thought “surely this time would be different”. He had a good job, he was exercising and made good decisions with his health and recovery, surely drinking again wouldn’t be as devastating this time. He was wrong.

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About Eric Zimmer

A behavior coach, podcast host, and author, Eric Zimmer is on an endless quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how we can learn to create the lives we want to live. At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, struggling with drug addiction, and even facing jail time. In the years since, he not only found a way to overcome these obstacles to create a life worth living, he now helps others to do the same.

For the past 20 years, Eric has worked as a behavior coach and has helped hundreds of people to reach their goals. With his wealth of personal experience and understanding of what it means to face challenges, Eric is able to effectively guide his clients through making significant life changes and establishing habits that will help them to create the life they desire.

Eric is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, which is based on the old parable about two wolves at battle within us. With over 300 episodes and over 15 million downloads, the show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life worth living. These experts, which include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures, offer practical, actionable wisdom that our listeners can readily apply to their own lives in an effort to live a better, more fulfilling life.

Eric has been a featured TedX speaker and has also appeared in other media, including Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, the BBC and Brain Pickings.

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