You can actually sit down and plan some topics to think about when these urges come up. One of the habits that gets people eating is imagining how good foods are going to taste or smell or feel. We build them up in our minds instead of thinking about other things, some of which is how we will feel better if we wait to eat, not so much from a moral sense but just physically. However, if we never wait, we can't register that experience! That's why when we do wait, we need to check in with how good it feels and mentally or even in writing give ourselves credit.
This doesn't happen overnight. It's a skill that comes with practice. I don't suggest spending a lot of time thinking about how thin your body is going to look if you don't eat or something like that as a replacement See if you can divert to topics irrelevant to food/body stuff. Will you sing a song you love in your mind? Remember a good time or a future plan? Or just pay more attention to your surroundings?
If it turns out that food is covering a lot of things you don't want to think about, well, that can't be fixed in one post.
So many of our problems in life can't be solved at the moment they bother us. We're not necessarily going to be able to find a way to feel good right away that is as easy as food. When I accepted that, it was easier just to white knuckle it, employing every diversion strategy I could, until the next appropriate time to eat.
Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/31/2012 (07:46)
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