The Life-Transforming Diet
based on Health and Psychological Principles
Maimonides and other Classical Sources
Chapter 2, Mind Games (p. 25) Often we
really want to change; but why don't we?
We don't change because we are creatures
(p. 26) What happened to that powerful
moment of inspiration? To where did that
firm resolve to eat better disappear?. .
.Perhaps because the pleasure is
immediate, whereas the pain is out of
sight for the moment, the animalistic
pull for immediate satisfaction
outweighs any potential or future
"animal" mind does not weigh the
consequences of its actions.
(p. 27) Many programs designed to "break
bad habits" do not even discuss how
habits are formed in the first place.
They merely state that habits become
(p. 28) . . .why is habit so. .
.powerful?. . . After all, it is exactly
the same act repeated over and over
again. The answer is that real change
takes place within, not without. I like
to call this the Subconscious
Accumulation Process, or S.A.P.
(p. 29) The Talmud says that you cannot
compare someone who learned something
100 times to someone who learned
something 101 times. He who learned it
101 times is considered to be on a much
more adanced level. Why? Is there really
such a difference between 100 times and
The answer is Absolutely!
(p. 33) The voice which tempts you to
eat the cake or take another helping is
in the first person: I want to eat it; I
love this food. In contrast, the
"responsible" voice is in the second
person: YOU know that you will regret
this; YOU know you shouldn't.
The voice that speaks to us in the first
person is our first instinctive natual
resonse. In contrast, the "logical
voice" speaks to us in the second
person, which makes it further removed.
It is almost as if another person is
talking to us. Therefore, if there is a
clash between the "I" and the "YOU"
responses, the "YOU" stands very little