What are some other examples? Were you eating the "chocolate covered candy of a brand that I hadn't had before" with or without noseclips?
It isn't obvious what's going on here. Since you don't experience smells when nose-clipping, it's unlikely you'd unlearn smell-calorie associations. But apparently something has changed...
It happened again.† A friend gave me a dried fruit leather that also had psyllium husk, flaxseed meal, and soy in it.† First I had some nose clipped and it ďtastedĒ fine.† A short while later I tried it without clips and my first thought was that it was bad or rancid, I really didnít like it.† But I smelled it and tasted it again and realized that it wasnít bad, but it just didnít taste right to me. (My friend confirmed that it wasnít bad.) I didnít have (or had lost) a positive flavor association to it.† I expected it to taste good, but it was worse than neutral.†
The friend also gave me some dried fruit leather of unusual flavors that didnít have the added fiber.† I ate those at the same times that I tried the fiber fruit leather.† I expected them to taste really good without the nose clips.† Instead they tasted okay without clips but not any better than with them.† My flavor association was much more neutral than I expected.
When I first started nose clipping, tasting food without nose clips was a heightened experience.† Everything tasted exquisitely good.† My sense of taste seemed especially enhanced (like Iíd taken drugs).† But since then something has changed in my perception of flavors, which is why I keep thinking that Iím losing my flavor associations.† My pleasure rating of the flavors of unclipped food leans more towards neutral most of the time.† Itís gotten easier to nose clip because there isnít much difference anymore.† I think there are still some delectable sumptuous meals that would taste much better without nose clips.† But most of the time when I taste something, I wonder why Iím bothering to taste it.† I might as well nose clip it, because it doesnít really taste that good.
It doesnít take that long to regain a positive flavor association, though.† I got a new brand of herbal cough drops that didnít taste good to me the first time that I tried them.† But I kept trying them (mostly without nose clips) on different occasions, maybe even a week or so a part.† Just had them again and I realized (with some surprise) that they now taste good.† I think Iíve had them without clips about 4-6 times.
Lately my appetite has been huge and it seems like Iíve been eating a lot.† I was worried that perhaps my set point had gone up.† But Iím still slowly losing fat, though not always in the places where I want to lose it.† I now have more ribcage definition.† Ribcage definition is not something I even wanted to begin with.† I prefer meat on my bones.†
I keep wondering if Iím going to hit a point where SLD stops working.† Perhaps thereís some bottom set point for my body.† I also feel like Iím eating too much to still be losing weight.† My association with weight loss is that you need to eat less than satiation and fullness in order to lose.† Lately Iíve been indulging myself in lots of nuts, dried fruit, cheeses, dense multigrain bread, etc. Ė high calorie foods.† I donít even want to know the calories Iím consuming.† My body must be in some kind of building phase.†
The nose clipping keeps surprising me.† I never thought Iíd be nose clipping this much for this long.† But it continues to be much easier than I thought.† I donít feel like Iím dieting.† Nose clipping is vastly easier and works much better than any kind of diet and trying to restrict calories.† Perhaps I would lose faster if I didnít eat so much.† But for now Iím curious to see how much I can lose without working hard at it.†
I keep thinking it would be good to write down and post what I eat.† But Iím embarrassed to confess what I eat.† Writing down what I consume feels like some kind of confessional or exposť.† I feel guilty for indulging in eating, especially since Iím supposedly ďdietingĒ.† Without being fully aware of it, I make lots of little judgments about what Iím eating: this is too much, too many calories, too many carbs, too much sugar, etc.† My intention is to move more towards Shangri-la freedom.† Iíll have to see what I can do to let go of my judgments.† Maybe keeping a food log for a short time would help.† Iíve been resistant to keeping one.† †