I gotta say I really appreciate Soylent and what it does for my lifestyle and food related goals. A food that is cheap, meets my daily nutritional and caloric needs, assists in maintaining my obsessive eating habits… mostly.
I don’t know about anyone else but I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I would say I’m addicted, that I obsessively and blindly eat. That is before Soylent. It helps set up parameters for eating. I pay this much a month and only get so much food a month so I can only have so much/many bottles a day or there will be a day I won’t have anything to eat. Those boundaries help me maintain a consistent eating schedule with proper portions.
However my snacking cravings are strong. I don’t buy any food other than Soylent but once in a while someone else will buy something and never eat it. Just let it sit for weeks with no real intention of eating it. I don’t understand this, how do you buy food without an immediate plan to eat it? But like a jar of pickles. A jar of peanut butter. Less healthy items like a bag of m&ms. It’ll come to my attention they forgot they even bough tit and don’t want it so it’s then up for grabs. My self control lessens over time and I know I should just throw away the item, out of sight and out of mind, but I may end up thinking well what’s the harm in having a taste and before I know it I’ve mindlessly snacked on the entire bag or jar in one sitting. I’m not hungry, I’m not enjoying the food, I’m mindlessly eating it while watching tv or something. I’ve long known food is not entertainment and does not consolidate entertainment but given the chance I’ll obsessively eat just because. I want to emphasize I am not hungry or really want it but the food being there I dunno my self control is weak when the food is right in front of me for so long.
Anyway, I was thinking that Soylent has been great, that it’s solved my issues with food… mostly. It solved my portion control, assisted in giving proper nutrition, and the lower price than 20 to 25 dollars a day is nice. I used to gorge daily without thinking about it. And on things that weren’t the best for me. But there are those times I end up mindlessly snacking.
So I was wondering if there’s a place for a product out there to facilitate this mindless eating. I’ve recently tried to not fight the mindless eating but to embrace it. But I don’t want extra calories so I turned to lettuce. Bags of iceberg or romaine lettuce. It has a satisfying crunch but the lack of taste leaves much to be desired. I may be quite the minority but what about a product to mindlessly eat that has a decent enough taste with satisfying mouth feel? One that could be used in conjunction with Soylent that wouldn’t add significant calories? Soylent brand mindless eating chips or something.
I’m fine eating the same thing every day. I’ve been nearly 100% Soylent for all my meals since April. Before that I ate the same meals for months of chicken breast and veggies in attempt of healthy eating to have the most accurate calorie count possible before I discovered Soylent which helped me reach that goal. So variety in taste isn’t an issue, not for me at least. So a bland but not too bland and calorie minimal food to snack on mindlessly to have with tv or something. I mean, have you ever noticed when mindlessly eating say popcorn at the movies you get ot a point you’re paying more attention to the movie and aren’t even noticing the popcorn taste. You get into a rhythm of scooping popcorn into your mouth but not really enjoying it. I’ve noticed that. So I feel even worse when I’ve ingested all these calories with no payoff. I’m not eating movie popcorn for nutrition, I’m eating it for entertainment in conjunction with the movie. And when I’m not even paying attention to the experience then what’s the point? I’m left feeling empty and down that I upped my caloric intake for nothing.
A guilt-free snacking food. Minimal calories with satisfying enough taste and texture. Isn’t that the dream? Is it even possible? Is that something Rosa Labs would be interested in? I see articles that Soylent is all about “hacking” food and eating and diet and whatever. If that’s true why stop at just “hacking” the nutrition side of things? Why not the psychological side as well? The mindless snacking side?
I know it’d probably be more advantageous to, like, practice better self control or see a professional but it’s not like I haven’t tried my best. It’s why I’m using Soylent in the first place, to try to help my issues to reach my weight and health goals. But those urges to snack are hard to overcome. And a different snack that might could not leave me feeling defeated and guilty and like I made a huge mistake would be nice. So when those urges hit I can be comfortable there’s an answer that won’t destroy me.
Yadda yadda ramble ramble. Thoughts?