I consider success with SLD to mean that I can now live a life free of food obsession, without fixating on what, where, or how much I can eat, or having to avoid situations with food. I believe this is because I originally used the appetite suppression from SLD to address my addiction to carbohydrates, which had been fueling my appetite for so long. Now, making excellent food choices, which had once felt like a dreary obligation, has become a joy—just one of the ‘magic’ side effects of SLD
I tested this-- perhaps inadvertently, perhaps somewhat deliberately--I’m not sure--for a few weeks this summer. During an extremely hectic few months, while constantly surrounded by people, and with many obligations and events to attend, I started adding bread and/or rice, along with some rich desserts, as those around me were doing. Very quickly, I could tell that carbs were getting a grip on me again and I started to get that always-hungry feeling again, even though I had continued to take oil every couple of days, and nose-clipped the occasional snack when possible, as I had always done. Well, I didn’t need a house to fall on me to see what was going on here. It was the carbs! I hated feeling like a slave to food again, and quickly embraced the comfort of my previous SLD habits.
I am grateful to Seth for passing on Gary Skaleski’s
brilliant suggestion of noseclipping (The Shangri-La Diet, 2nd Edition
, forward xiii), and http://boards.sethroberts.net/index.php?topic=1632.msg11795#msg11795
Noseclipping is a fabulous idea. I use it to ensure flavourless oil, and if possible, with 300 or so food calories a day, as it helps to slow down eating. I can’t depend on it for appetite suppression, as it feels too much like having to keep your finger in the dike for the rest of your life, or your foot forever on the accelerator to keep the engine from dying. I find it difficult to move forward that way with a normal life. It’s all about freedom. So a little oil every day or so, along with some mindfulness and gratitude, is still very reliable. Placebo or not, who cares? It works!
I have had a great many wonderful personal messages from people here, most of whom have chosen not to post on the forums, and I have enjoyed sharing the ideas and tips that have worked so well for me, especially with those who are so receptive.
I want to thank Seth again for making his innovative ideas and outstanding, informative website available to us all. (edited to fix link, above)