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So the parable goes, an elder speaking with his granddaughter says, "In life, there are two wolves inside of us that are always at battle. One is a good wolf, which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. And the other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear. " The granddaughter stops and thinks about it for a second. She looks up at her grandfather and says, "Well, which one wins?" And the grandfather says, "The one you feed."

When host Eric Zimmer was 24 years old, he was homeless and addicted to heroin. He made his way through addiction recovery and figured out how to build a life worth living. Now he pays it forward by helping people to feed their good wolf. 

That’s the whole premise behind The One You Feed podcast, named one of “22 podcasts that will motivate you to live your best life” by The Oprah Magazine. The One You Feed has also been nominated as one of iHeart’s Best Spirituality and Religion Podcasts of 2022, one of the best health podcasts of all time by the Huffington Post, and one of the best podcasts of the year by Apple Podcasts. 

With over 500 episodes and 30 million downloads and counting, The One You Feed podcast guests include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures who all offer practical, actionable wisdom that you can readily apply to enrich your daily life.

Come for the fascinating topics and thought-provoking guests and stay for the excellent advice and nourishing conversations. The episodes are deep and inclusive, and you’ll learn something about yourself with each one.

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    • 4.5 • 2K Ratings

So the parable goes, an elder speaking with his granddaughter says, "In life, there are two wolves inside of us that are always at battle. One is a good wolf, which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. And the other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear. " The granddaughter stops and thinks about it for a second. She looks up at her grandfather and says, "Well, which one wins?" And the grandfather says, "The one you feed."

When host Eric Zimmer was 24 years old, he was homeless and addicted to heroin. He made his way through addiction recovery and figured out how to build a life worth living. Now he pays it forward by helping people to feed their good wolf. 

That’s the whole premise behind The One You Feed podcast, named one of “22 podcasts that will motivate you to live your best life” by The Oprah Magazine. The One You Feed has also been nominated as one of iHeart’s Best Spirituality and Religion Podcasts of 2022, one of the best health podcasts of all time by the Huffington Post, and one of the best podcasts of the year by Apple Podcasts. 

With over 500 episodes and 30 million downloads and counting, The One You Feed podcast guests include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures who all offer practical, actionable wisdom that you can readily apply to enrich your daily life.

Come for the fascinating topics and thought-provoking guests and stay for the excellent advice and nourishing conversations. The episodes are deep and inclusive, and you’ll learn something about yourself with each one.

    How to Focus on the Most Important Things with Charlie Gilkey

    How to Focus on the Most Important Things with Charlie Gilkey

    In This Episode You'll Learn:


    How we can learn to align our inner and outer stories to create changes we want
    Why we need to give ourselves permission to dream and see what's possible
    The imporance of identifying the story that's keeping you from seeing what's possible
    How we can learn to structure our work and life so that we can enjoy it
    Implementing the "5 Project Rule" so you're able to focus on the right things

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How to Break Free from Achiever Fever with Claire Booth

    How to Break Free from Achiever Fever with Claire Booth

    In this Episode, You'll Learn:


    What “achiever fever” is and the negative health effects that are linked to it
    How we often tie happiness and self worth to achieving and how to shift that perspective
    Why the inner critic often shows up and how we can learn to effectively deal with it
    How we can recognize our powerful default behaviors, learn to pay attention to how they distract us
    How to learn to worry less by accepting what we can’t change and practicing letting go

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    • 43 min
    The Journey of Life Through Songs with Frank Turner

    The Journey of Life Through Songs with Frank Turner

    In This Episode, You'll Learn:


    How his songs represent some of his values, like kindness and how we need to remember to be more kind in our interactions with each other.
    Learning persistance and his drive to keep going and never give up when faced with difficulty.
    Why he wrote the song, Get Better, which is about resilience and remembering there is always somewhere to go
    The importance of meaningful friendships in life
    How life will always have challenges and we can make the choice to continue on, knowing it will get better

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    • 42 min
    How to Make Great Relationships with Dr. Rick Hanson

    How to Make Great Relationships with Dr. Rick Hanson

    In this Episode, You Will Learn...


    The fundamental quality of recognizing the good in and having compassion for ourselves and how it's foundational in how we show up in relationships
    Recognizing tension in relationships and developing practices to help you determine what to do or say and when
    Asking yourself to choose harmony or truth in conflicts and how if you routinely choose one, you can end up with neither.
    Why it's important to admit fault and how it's a strength, not a weakness
    Using wise speech is about how we say something and it can have more impact than what we say
    The useful strategy of making small agreements that can improve larger issues in a relationship

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    How to Eat for Better Mental Health with Dr. Drew Ramsey

    How to Eat for Better Mental Health with Dr. Drew Ramsey

    In this Episode, We Discuss How to Eat for Better Mental Health and…


    The emerging field of nutritional psychiatry and why it's so important
    Simple strategies to enhance mental health and prevent mental health problems
    How exercising and eating well are the most powerful antidepressants
    Why healthier brains lead to less conflict, more love, and more laughter
    Why we tend to overcomplicate nutrition when it is actually quite simple

    To learn more about Drew Ramsey and his work, click here!
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    • 50 min
    How to Make Lasting Changes in Your Life with John Norcross

    How to Make Lasting Changes in Your Life with John Norcross

    In this episode you'll learn:


    Why motivation and will power are overrated when trying to make lasting changes
    Why you must understand the 5 stages behavior change and match your activity to the proper stage
    How slips up are inevitable and are perfect opportunities to learn
    How to use conflicting energy sources -the pushing away from unwanted behavior and pulling toward a desired behavior
    Why self monitoring and tracking progress increases your chances of success

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

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Very thankful for this podcast!

Wonderful host, wonderful guests. I so appreciate Eric’s calming voice and great insights. I resonate with most of the guests and always prefer the ones who don’t speak too quickly and have a calm presence. Thank you, Eric!

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Judson Brewer episode

Favorite podcast, concise depth.
One glitch today:
The Judson Brewer episode ( late Dec22) cuts off around last 11min, but went to website to finish it .

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So much

This is one of, if not, my favorite podcast.
Eric has an amazing voice. His questions are pertinent and to the point without ever being rude. The topics are interesting with a variety of guests.

35 years ago my young son came home from school after getting in trouble …I asked him Why?
He simply replied “Mom I have a red David on one shoulder and a white David on the other”.
Feed the good one son.

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