Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I last posted on this thread.† SLD has continued to cruise along slow but sure.† I'm so use to nose clipping it's become a way of life.† I forgot that I was only going to nose clip most of my food for only a short time period.† I've become comfortable with nose clipping as a lifestyle change.† I don't miss or crave flavors.† I eat as much as I want, which is usually until I feel full and satisfied.† I'm not so focused on losing weight at the moment, though I think I've continued to very slowly lose.† My focus is more on fitness and toning.†
I'm happy with what I weigh, so more loss is just extra icing on an already delicious cake.† I think because the nose clipping has been so easy and habitual for me, I'm able to trust that my body will settle at the weight that feels best for it/me.† On occasion I have an unclipped pig out.† I posted somewhere about a meal where I ate about 5 desserts!† I don't in anyway feel deprived.† I actually feel less deprived than pre SLD days when I consumed food with more guilt.† So for all the people who think nose clipping = deprivation, it's been Shangri-la freedom for me.
Truly amazing to see your appreciation and positivity towards your body, which I look up to.
Elli, I think you'll find that for yourself, too.† Because you really want it.
By the way Heidi, I know you tried many variety of nose-clipped food, and have done so not only for the sake of lowering your set point but also to discover and experiment. And how do you find the relationship between blandness of a meal and AS? I tried nose-clipped meals several times and some strong flavored foods still carried such a variety of flavors (or at least sensations on my tongue) that it was almost like tasting a real thing. Do you think our brain would consider those sensations as flavors and thus re-establish the calorie-flavor association or merely ignore them? If former is the case, you may be on the right track about giving as much variety as possible.
Meals are bland in terms of flavor, but not in terms of texture, taste, or enjoyment.† I'm not sure what my brain as done, because I imagine it's now so muddled in terms of flavor calorie associations.† But I think flavor calorie associations are linked only to flavor and calories.† In my experience taste and other sensations don't count that much.† They are too generalized.† Flavor is very specific.† SLD works.† My set point stays lowered, though not as dramatically as it did to begin with.
I love variety with all things in life, and also feel like a varied diet is healthier.† My reasons for nose clipped variety are health and pleasure.† Nose clipping has continued to work well for me so I just keep sticking with it.† Perhaps down the road I'll cut back, give it up, and/or switch to oil.† But I'm not there yet.
I haven't noticed any extra AS benefits from nose-clipped meals yet, but I'm enjoying the experience itself. It's like a whole different dimension. I would still like to know if blender nose-clipped food would bring greater AS though. What do you think?
Perhaps because you have good AS from the oil, nose clipping food is unnecessary.† If your AS diminishes then you might notice a difference.† At first I thought that different things gave more AS than others.† But now the differences seem slight and not worth bothering with.† The long term healthy lifestyle changes are what's most important.† I use to think that I got greater AS from foods that were unrecognizable to me when nose clipped.† That ditto foods didn't give as good AS.† But the ditto foods are loaded with calories, so they compensate in that way.† I don't think blending is necessary, but for someone else nose clipping a smaller amount, blending might make a difference.