A friend writes:
[My girlfriend, who is 5′ 5″ and started the diet at 174 pounds] has lost 12 pounds [over 2 months], no longer feels constantly hungry since starting the diet. We’ve been putting the flaxseed oil on toasted sourdough rolls (from Trader Joe’s) because the oil doesn’t seep through as easily. I like the way flaxseed oil tastes on toast but in this circumstance we’re nose-clipping so we don’t taste it. The toast makes us feel less queasy afterwards than taking the oil straight. We do two tablespoons/day instead of three because we’re including the calories in the toast which we also don’t taste. Â The TJ’s honey whole wheat bread is denser and holds the oil a little better than the sourdough stuff she likes. Either way there’s usually oil left on the plate that Â came through the holes in the bread. I said, since you can’t taste it why not use the whole wheat? The texture, she says, but I think it’s really because her mother made her eat whole wheat bread growing up which she never liked and still doesn’t even though under these circumstances she can’t taste it. Bad associations, maybe? Good old Pavlov, it’s like he’s still around. The effect on my back pain [it made his back pain go away] has become even more noticeable. If I skip the oil for a couple of days I start feeling it again. [emphasis added]. I haven’t been consistent enough with it to lose weight, and now that [my girlfriend] has gotten a little skinnier she’s starting to make comments to me about how I might want to lose a few pounds.
I have tried flaxseed oil on toast, eaten nose-clipped, and it is my favorite way to consume the flaxseed oil. It tastes like hot buttered toast. It’s not so easy here in China where I don’t have a toaster. You can’t do it with untoasted bread — the water repells the oil, so it doesn’t soak in.