In today’s episode of The Daily Sweat Podcast I’m chatting with Alicia Putinski, a Vancouver-based NLP Practitioner and Life Coach who helps fitness enthusiasts repair their relationships with food, their bodies, and exercise.

We take a deep dive into exercise compulsion and addiction, something that’s not often talked about. Alicia also shares her own experience with body dysmorphia and eating disorders, how she found healing, and how she helps others do the same.

Key Points of Discussion

  • Understanding exercise compulsion
  • How the fitness industry can promote orthorexia
  • Falling into the belief that our fitness or our diet is our identity
  • Differentiating compulsive exercise from over-training
  • Addressing external AND internal factors in cultivating change
  • The importance of the forgiveness process in healing
  • Becoming an observer of yourself and your experiences
  • Dissecting the beliefs and language associated with fitness
  • Diving into the common root causes of exercise addictions
  • Looking into the current societal landscape and its effect on our healing
  • Tips for your healing journey to repair your relationship with exercise and your body

Notable Quotables

  • “What is being manifested into this running- what are you running away from that needs to be repaired within yourself?”
  • “We need exercise and rest-they are interconnected, they give rise to one another.”
  • “Exercise compulsion is really executed from a state of anxiety, desperation and fear.”
  • “Bulimia, regardless of  what form it is being manifested into, is really an attempt to get rid of guilt.”
  • “In both cases, the ego is very prevalent, in this deeply ingrained belief that we are defined by what we do and how much we have.”
  • “What past-life experiences are we holding onto that make us believe we deserve to be punished?”
  • “Our subconscious mind is an extraordinary data bank that holds onto all of our past experiences.”
  • “If a person is plateauing, a lot of the time it is because they are over-training.”
  • “There are these different situations we find ourselves in and we have these experiences that lead us to believe we’re not good enough and we have to prove ourselves through something- then we find fitness and believe this is it.”
  • “It’s our own personal responsibility to go within and change how we react to external factors and what we truly believe about ourselves.”
  • “Acknowledging that reaching out for help is a strength- that you are worthy of healing.”
  • “When you’re obsessed with fitness culture, instagram perpetuates it.”

Resources Mentioned

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