It finally feels as though SLD is working for me.† I woke up this morning to good AS, and feeling a pound skinnier.† I know I need to give it more time, but so far this experiment is going better than I anticipated.† I hope some others try it and post their feedback, (though I also realize that itís pretty similar to the nose clipped protein or cottage cheese and oil that others are already doing.)†
Hereís the criteria that Iím currently experimenting with:
1.† The food mix is bland.
2.† The food mix is unquestionably healthy and easy to digest.
3.† The food mix is neutral to slightly repulsive.
4.† I do not know what it tastes like (nor do I want to know),
† † †or I know what it tastes like and I donít like it.
5. The food mix is not too high or low in calories
† † (the equivalent of a snack or very light meal).
6. The food mix is simple and easy to take as many times a day as needed.
Hereís the more elaborate explanation for the above:
1.† When I nose clipped foods that I like and typically eat, I didnít get really good AS.† I had to nose clip a lot of food to get noticeable but mild AS.† Eating nose clipped ditto foods, created food cravings and nose clipped binges.† It also created a roller coaster of unpredictable AS.† Bland foods have less taste and are essentially flavorless when nose clipped.† Bland foods do not stimulate the appetite.† Bland foods seem steady, consistent, and dependable relative to ditto foods or recognizable foods that give pleasure.
2.† When I nose clipped oil and sugar and felt sick on it, I really worried that it might not be good for me.† I worried that the oil was stressing my liver and that the sugar might stress my pancreas.† I had a hard time digesting oil by itself.† With my current mix, I unquestionably know itís good for me, even though itís not something I prefer to eat.† (There is nothing about the food mix that my mind could worry about.)† I feel good after eating it.† The mix is easy on my digestive system and doesnít constipate.† I donít feel nauseous from it.† Just like with good healthy exercise, I feel good about myself after doing it.
3.† Iím thinking that slight repulsion might be an important attribute of AS.† Too much enjoyment or pleasure = appetite stimulation and food cravings.† Too much repulsion and you feel sick, awful, and canít get yourself to eat the food.† Iím aiming for something in the middle: something neutral and just slightly repulsive.† I modify the mix to keep it in this zone.† For example, Iíll add a bit of raw honey if I psychologically feel like I canít stomach the mix the way it is.† So far for me, if something is slightly repulsive, I get immediate AS from it.† I donít have to wait days for AS to kick in.
4.† Recognizing the food (even though it was nose clipped) linked it to past pleasures which = food cravings.† Not knowing what it tastes like, keeps it bland, neutral and more tasteless.† Foods that you donít like have some natural appetite suppression built into them.† You can use this to your advantage, if you feel so inclined.
5.† Hopefully, modifying the calories will make the diet more efficient.† Ideally, one finds a relatively small amount of calories that gives good and noticeable AS.† Talking rat gave me this idea when she said, ď80 nonfat milk calories made me fuller than 200 yogurt caloriesĒ.† Using nonfat dairy appears so far to give greater AS with fewer calories.† Also, nonfat dairy doesnít taste as good, so one is less likely to crave it.
6.† The food mix is easy to make, and something that I donít mind taking 2 or 3 times a day as needed.† Maybe once a day would be enough for some people.
Each person can develop food mixtures that work for them.† This approach seems to have a lot of possibilities.† Iím using a mix of nonfat yogurt, cooked whole grains or wheat germ, steamed vegetables, flax seed meal or small amounts of oil.† Iím thinking about buying some jars of baby food because it would be convenient and easy to mix in.† I might try some other nonfat dairy.† I need to go shopping and find some more bland healthy foods to add to this experiment.†
I love smoothies so Iím keeping this more of a mush.† A mush is less appetizing/slightly repulsive for me, which is good.† Mixing the foods together is less appetizing/slightly repulsive, too.