I did a few more tastes and spit, since my last post. I tasted and spit a black walnut and more of that great apple juice. Then I was not hungry, and ate much later that I usually do. I'm going to taste and spit later today when I get hungry again, and see what happens. I think I'll refer to this offshoot of Tim's idea as "taste and spit" or TAS. And refer to Tim's original idea of deconditioning ditto cravings as "enlightened tasting" or ET. At the moment, I'm very enthusiastic about TAS. We'll see how it goes.
Losing-it, we are very fortunate to live in a village where our neighbors and us are into these old-fashioned kinds of things: bee keeping, cider pressing, berries, nuts, wild fruits, wild mushrooms, etc. We inspire and share with each other things like persimmon pudding, quince pie, black cherry puree, and black walnut cookies. My mouth is watering like crazy just thinking about these treats.
I agree that hypnogogic states tend to be too abstract, but answers and inspiration come to me most during the just waking up time. There was a famous person who use to solve problems by dosing off, while sitting with balls in his hands. The balls would drop and wake him, and he would have his solution/inspiration. I don't fall asleep that easily, but this anecdote has stayed with me for a long time. Lots of scientists have dreamed the solution to a complex problem that they've been grappling with. I don't like to make an important decision unless I've slept on it. Sleep brings new insight, clarity, and sometimes a change of heart or mind.