Thank you so much for posting this! I admit I was feeling a bit of a freak – like the only person in the world who struggles with something as trivial as picking. The thing that I have realized after just two days of not picking is that I ate a ton of food picking and felt so out of control. Now I have managed 2.5 days without it I feel a boost of confidence – like I might even be able to take on overeating.
Right now I am wearing a mask in the kitchen which is covered in food stains where I have unconsciously tried to pick! In a week or so, I am going to try and go maskless. Then I may use the “food to one side” approach that you have outlined.
Thank you so much!