Zen Cheating

Many people drink alcohol, eat ice cream, and smoke cigarettes. All of these habits affect health negatively by reducing energy levels and taxing the body. What about these bad habits that die hard?

One way to rid yourself of a bad habit is by walking through—not away—from it by using a concept I call “Zen Cheating.

A female client once confessed to me that she preferred ice cream over sex. I explained “Zen Cheating” and when I told her she could eat as much ice cream as she wanted, her eyes lit up with excitement!

“But” I said, “you have to do it while sitting in front of a full length mirror, watching yourself eat every single bite.”

Her eyes glazed over at the enormity of this challenge, but she accepted it. The next week, she reported back that she’d used “Zen Cheating” to drastically reduce her consumption of ice cream and get on the treadmill. And she’d even started thinking about having actual sex!

Grab a full length mirror, the ice cream (or do whatever) and watch yourself eat every bite. Really get present and examine your face closely in the mirror as you do this. I promise you an enormously powerful impact.