Report on olive oil and mouth flavors.
This method has worked well for me--but not all the time, which is interesting. It's like a car that drives like a dream 5 days out of seven, but sputters the other two.
Most days I get really strong loss of appetite (with desire for veggies). Yet on other days I feel like a normal overweight American: "Can I have some more bread?"
So I'm analysing it, and here's a report about "slips." At least twice, and perhaps three or four times, I have had my morning oil...and then due to factors beyond my easy control...have put strong flavors in my mouth within, say, half an hour of the oil. At that, all the appetite suppression seems to recede, and I go back to normal "let's eat again" mode.
Two examples I can remember.
1. Yesterday I'd had my morning oil, and was about 30 minutes into a 90-minute window...when my son called to tell me he'd had a big win. (Law student, got a good clerkship.) He was nearby. This called for celebration. We went to lunch right away--time constraints made it mandatory. So within an hour of taking that oil I was eating Chinese food and spring rolls, etc. I ate generously, and that afternoon I felt hungry for candy. I had a little. Today my weight is up, and I feel carbohydrate hunger. ("Can I have part of your muffin? Thanks.")
2. I smoke cigars. Sometimes they are messy and your lips and tongue get a very intense tobacco flavor. One morning a few weeks ago I had my oil an hour after eating breakfast, but while I still had a strong bitter tobacco taste on my tongue. I was thoughtless about this. I didn't think of tobacco as food. Anyway, the oil ingested with the intense flavor in the mouth just did a number on my appetite, which came roaring back. Then, as at other times, I had to start the whole method over the next day.
So today I am climbing back on the low-food wagon after a heavy day yesterday. I'd say my appetite is moderate. Bread and cookies seem like nice things to me at this moment. I'll do oil tonight, and by tomorrow most likely, but by Sunday certainly, I'll be back in the zone of veggies.
This is interesting and weird. As I have said earlier, rinsing and even flossing helps clear the mouth of flavors. Pepper, for instance, can stay in a tooth-crevice and affect your flavor neurons in the background. Seth, I don't read all the comments. Are you seeing stuff like this being reported?