It must be a personality trait, but I find the process of deciding, procuring, preparing, and cleaning up after meals to be a real drag. Some people see it as an adventure that adds excitement to life. I get that, but that’s not me.
So, I started my Soylent trial full of optimism that it would fulfill it’s promise of delivering complete nutrition in as little time as possible…
Version 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 delivered on the nutrition and time savings, which was great. Unfortunately, they also caused me to perpetually produce putrid emissions, which was horrible. My hopes were dashed, and I suspended my subscription in order to let my intestinal track heal.
When version 1.3 was released, I mustered the courage and tried again. Much to my delight, I was able to gain all of the nutritional and productivity benefits without any of the heinous side effects. The same was true for versions 1.4 and 1.5.
After 3 months of at least 80% Soylent, I am blown away by how it has transformed my life. I realize that it is hard to establish a hard causal link to Soylent for some of the physical benefits I have experienced. More than a few may be a result of the weight I have shed since going on Soylent. Regardless, Soylent is the only major change I have made in this period, so it has to be playing a big role somehow.
Here are just a few of the ways I can think of. Please feel free to comment and add to this list. I’d like to know I’m not the only one.
- I’ve lost 16 pounds in ~3 months.
I consume 1,500 calories of Soylent and then another ~200 calories in small treats such as dark chocolate at night. I was horrible at making food decisions, as my eyes were often bigger than my stomach. Soylent has neutralized my poor decision making, so the weight is just falling off.
- I have lost my sweet tooth.
Before Soylent, I used to find it impossible to not grab a gooey looking chocolate chip cookie. Now, they hold no power over me. In fact, I find them sort of repulsive. I think it is simply because I know how badly I will feel after eating them.
- I am saving at least 2 hours a day (but it’s probably more).
I spend an average of 5 minutes per meal to prepare and consume Soylent. Compare that to the time required to decide, prepare, consume, and clean up a home cooked meal. Same goes for eating out, where you trade prep and cleaning time for travel, order, delivery and payment.
- I feel more emotionally stable.
I used to experience mood swings before and after traditional meals. Perhaps it is blood sugar, I don’t know. Solent has put me an an even keel. I am able to cope with stressful situation more efficiently as well. It’s not that I don’t get angry, fearful, etc. It’s just that they feel less intense.
- I am able to focus for longer periods of time.
I used to feel more distraction before starting Soylent. Now I can sit down and focus for longer without my mind wandering. I have no idea why, but it’s made me much more productive (and thus less stressed out).
- I am spending ~70% less money on food each month.
I have a monthly subscription to Soylent, and only consume 1,500 calories a day, so I pay just over $2.25 per meal or $6.75 per day to eat. Compare that to an average of ~$30 per day when I am eating “normally.” Spending less and feeling better. Pretty amazing…
- It feels weird to go to the supermarket.
I walk in, buy coffee and dark chocolate squares, and leave. No more roaming the aisles to find something I actually want to eat that won’t kill me.
- I am drinking less coffee.
I used to drink way too much coffee. I used to drink it through out the day. Now, I just have a nice big cup in the morning and I am good to go. I suspect I was using the coffee to smooth out dips in my blood sugar (or something).
- I feel less stiff.
I am not sure why, but I used to get muscle aches and joint stiffness. I told myself I was just beginning to experience the normal signs of wear and tear as I aged (now 47 years old). I won’t say they have gone away entirely, but they have reduced greatly since I went on Soylent.
- I am happier.
Perhaps it is just all of the outcomes listed above, but I there is something more. Ever since I have gone on Soylent my wife says I am a happier person. This makes sense, as I feel more happy in the moment and optimistic about my future.
- I create less garbage.
I just came back from taking out the garbage, and on the walk back to the house it dawned on me how much less garbage I create each week. I can’t say for sure as I have not done an empirical analysis of volume and weight after compaction, but anecdotally I’d estimate I have cut down the amount of stuff I throw away by ~60%.
This is easy to believe when one thinks about all the packaging involved in the sale of groceries. I recycled what I could, but there is still material that wasn’t suitable for recycling. While better then tossing it into the landfill, recycling consumes a lot of energy. There is also the uneaten and spoiled food. I could compost, but never did as I have not real use for it.
Soylent could not only transform the planet from the food production side, it could also greatly reduce the amount of trees and petroleum needed to package food for sale, and landfill space needed to house all of that discarded material.
Ok. So that’s it. Am I the only one having this profound transformation?