I have been having great success with the SLD, and my mother - who was totally against trying it when she saw me drinking oil with my nose clipped - is now interested in giving it a go. I was making a mental list of things that I think someone starting the diet needs to know that they would have to comb the forums to find, and I thought it might be nice for us to share them in one thread. Following are mine:
1. Alcohol prevents AS. If you drink a lot every day, this diet is not for you.
2. Start the diet at the beginning of your menstrual cycle, or you might think it isn't working. I usually have less AS during the second half of my cycle, but I think the slight increase in caloric intake is mitigated by excess energy expenditure (higher body temperature).
3. If you ingest flavorless calories before bed or upon waking, be mindful of sleep changes.
These are just ones that applied to me, but I'd love to hear what you all consider important.