Thank you, so many good ideas! Some I use already, I sometimes also just go to bed and force myself to sleep just to avoid it.
Sometimes it's really hard though, when the urge doesn't seem to pass but it just keeps getting stronger instead. Many times I've gone through days and days of that same constant urge and while it's there, I can't literally do anything at all. I can only sleep if I take sleeping pills because the urge just keeps hammering me. Maybe I've had the wrong mindset, the type of "trying to resist it" instead of just observing it without caring, I don't know.. it's not easy. I have to start practicing asap!
I also read Judith Beck's diet book which focuses on cognitive behaviour therapy type of responses, all these logical phrases that honestly reminded me more of pro-ana stuff than most pro-ana stuff. These "response ideas" included stuff like "if I give up, I will only give up more easily the next time." or "I might not care right now but I will care tomorrow." I can say those didn't work at all, no matter how true they are.
It's not easy, it really is not. Some diet folks even say it's not about willpower at all. If our brain wants something, it will force us to do its bidding. On some other diet book they explained how mice whose brains were injured particular way, ate until they died. They would not stop eating, ever. They would just eat, eat, eat and die. I feel I'm a mouse like that.
All good pal I know how hard it is only too well. Still trying to figure it out myself.
I try using a lot of the mindset techniques I used when I quit smoking years ago cause I never relapsed (yay!) but obviously it’s not the same because you can’t cold-turkey quit food.
One thing though I just remembered that was similar that helped was viewing quitting from a positive of what I GAIN instead of from the perspective of “giving up something”.
Like I’m not giving up or quitting b/p, and I don’t tell myself I HAVE TO STOP.
Instead I think of how I GET to quit, I’m gaining freedom, I don’t have to b/p I’m so relieved!!!
Like fake it til you make it stuff, but just using language that sees b/p as this thing I’m getting freedom from and all the positives I gain instead of thinking about fighting to “give up” something to avoid negatives etc.
I’m not sure if that makes sense sorry lol.
Good luck though <3