This is really weird, but it is something I experienced earlier today and I think Seth may either be aware of it or it could be an area for further research. What happened could be easily reproduced.
I was waking up, the kind of dreamy state, I believe it was an alpha state. My other half was in the kitchen cooking bacon for the youngest to eat. The smell of the bacon was pretty pronounced, nothing new with that, we all know the SLD can at times effect your sense of smell. What was really weird was that I experienced the same effects that I would normally feel had I actually eaten the bacon.
Imagine the bacon being a bit salty and the taste it leaves in your mouth, complete with the dry and thirsty feeling, well that is what I actually felt. The thing is, I had not eaten any bacon, this was on a purely mental level.
What is weird here is the fact that the sense of smell seemed to trigger what seemed like a Pavlovian Effect. This seems to shine some light into what Seth has been saying about the effect of smell and it's effect on us, particularly in relation to flavorless calories.
I would be interested to hear Seth's comments about this.