This is great, Anne Marie, and thanks for telling us about it.
I love that you called it Vacation Mode Eating Syndrome. Many people have that, usually when staying in all-inclusive hotels, but it’s nothing other than another conditioned association.
Get your husband to go away maybe a couple more times and that conditioning will have faded away, because it’s a) being experienced and b) not reinforced.
I often hear that people are surprised when the technique works, and it always brings a smile to my face. Just like any other tool, it works when you use it. I love your comment, “I kept doing what Gillian has been telling us to do.” Yes, truly AMAZING!