Healthy Habits

There are 3 keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Firstly, you need to know how to eat and get moving. Secondly, you need to know how to break habits. Finally, you have to know how to feel an urge without reacting to it.

Interestingly, the challenge is often not the first one. We mostly know what we need to do to live a healthy lifestyle although some practical principles definitely help. The main challenge is how to break habits and address urges.


Why do we have such a hard time breaking bad habits although we may really want to do so badly?

We create inner conflict by thinking ‘I should not’ do this because your behavior clearly displays that you ‘should’ do this. This creates debilitating inner conflict which makes you feel stuck. You certainly, can’t break the habit. In fact, you often choose to continue doing this habit even more desperately. What you resist, persists.

This is the same reason why we feel helpless with urges. When you resist your urge, you create a bigger urge to do what you believe that you need to do in order to feel pleasure or distract from emotional pain.

There is no problem in breaking bad habits or resisting acting upon urges. The problem is that we resist the feelings or thoughts before the behaviors. You may know exactly how to lose weight and stay fit but if you don’t know how to address breaking habits and urges, all your knowledge will remain just intellectual knowledge. You will never succeed in applying your knowledge long-term because willpower and motivation always wane.

Books By

David Zulberg

Published by Feldheim Publishers – Experience an inner and outer transformation with David Zulberg’s The Life-Transforming Diet. This simple, practical and anything-but-boring program is more than merely a diet. It is a lifestyle that you can live with, because you are empowered to choose what to eat and when to eat it. Based on the wisdom of Maimonides (Rambam), one of the greatest Jewish sages who ever lived and the outstanding doctor of his time, the Life-Transforming Diet will give you the tools for optimum emotional and physical health, a more spiritual outlook and sustainable weight loss, no matter what your age, gender or occupation.

The Life-Transforming Diet offers you: Gradual, step-by-step implementation of a new approach to eating: you don’t go ‘cold turkey’. Theoretical and practical information, including insights into how we form bad habits and tips for laying the foundation for new, better ones. A simple, quick and well-rounded exercise program that doesn’t require a financial commitment. A do-it-yourself support system that takes only a few minutes a day. Advice for weekends and other dieting challenges. An intelligent and realistic maintenance program.

Published by Rodale Publishers – David Zulberg turned to the forgotten wisdom of the ancients―Maimonides, Aristotle, Hippocrates, Galen, and even Benjamin Franklin―to find consensus on ideal nutrition for optimum physical and emotional health. On The 5 Skinny Habits diet plan, you’ll harness the best of both worlds―the ancient and the modern―for long-term success.

The 5 Skinny Habits explains the ancient understanding of health and its application to our lives in the 21st century with its supersize proportions. There are no forbidden foods or food groups, and you can even enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. Through a close study of ancient sources written by the Master Physicians, Zulberg integrates the spiritual, emotional, and physical components of health and weight loss. Habit changes are at the core of the program. With an easy five-step plan, Zulberg tells readers how to incorporate one habit each week for 5 weeks to achieve a healthier life. His five steps streamline and simplify the process of becoming fit, ensuring that change is made for good. A simple diet diary with positive affirmations and mindfulness makes self-monitoring an effective and enjoyable part of the discovery. By the end of the journey, readers have incorporated the habits into their routines so completely that they are no longer “dieting” but simply living a healthier life.

The 8 Modules

The Modules include the principles and practical methods for addressing healthy habits

Module 1 - Source of Habits

What are our different systems of thinking and how can we identify them? Discover the source of cognitive distortions, bias, and underlying thinking patterns. Learn about System 1 & 2 thinking. Understand how old thinking patterns lead to bad habits, self-ratings, and distractions. All bad and good habits are maintained through the thinking-felling-behavioral progression.

Module 2 - Psychological Self-Structure

What determines the level of our feelings – sad vs depressed, concerned vs anxious, and angry vs enraged? Are all feelings created the same way? Are feelings automatic or generated? Learn about ‘psychological self-structure’ and how it determines all our feelings and self-concept. There is a progression of thoughts that trigger feelings and then behavior.

Module 3 - Breaking Bad Habits

Why do we have such a hard time breaking bad habits although we may really want to do so badly? We create inner conflict instead of zoning into the source of the habit. Learn the key to breaking all bad habits. Besides for the health implications, breaking bad habits is important because we often turn to unhealthy habits as a way to distract from looking inwards.


Module 4 - Secondary Emotions

The art of feeling your feelings without resistance. Otherwise, we create secondary emotional disturbances – anxious about your anxiety, rage about your rage. This is subject is closely related to feeling urges without acting on them. You do not have to be a slave to your urges. How can we change the level of our feelings going forward in a scientific and mindful way?

Module 5 - Habits at the Right Pace

We will learn to build habits at the right pace. The mind and body cannot deal with big habit changes. You cannot rely on willpower for the long term. The mind and body tires. The key is to change your thinking-feeling and behavioral patterns so they eventually run automatically. You can only do this when you start new habits at the right pace.

Module 6 - Why We Overeat?

Overeating and snacking often have more to do with your emotional responses than your hunger. We often choose unhealthy foods and overeat because we are trying to fill up an emotional lacking. Your self-image plays directly into your snacking and overeating habits. There is nothing wrong with you! You just need to see how habitual thinking-feeling- behavioral patterns manifest in your eating habits.

Module 7 - The 5 Habits, Part 1

Master 5 simple eating and fitness habits based on David Zulbergs’ books that will transform your body and mind. In this module, we will focus on the first 3 habits. We will begin with breakfast and exercise, as well as snacking. These 3 habit changes are sufficient to change your waistline and mindset about eating and fitness.

Module 8 - The 5 Habits, Part 2

In this module, we will focus on the remaining 2 habits which address your main meals. You will learn how to eat at these meals and prevent overeating while still eating your favorite food groups and generous portions. These are time-tested principles that you can apply with ease, without counting calories or restricting your food choices.

How it works

The Program

Workshop Design

There are 8 Modules in this Workshop.

Module Duration

1 hour per Module. This program includes 8 modules = 8 hours.

Program Duration

1 hour once a week for 8 weeks or twice a week for 4 weeks.


Zoom session or in person.


There are 5-20 people per group unless private sessions or a workshop is requested within your own company.


PDF PowerPoint summaries of each session and an application method of the week.