Anyone selling their DIY?


#288

wow @qgroff thanks for writing such a detailed account, looking forward to your findings : ]


#289

Ad you know @Spaceman, @axcho, @tav and Anna made blind tastes of most popular DIY-formulas on the streets of SF last Sunday.

Finally, diagram with a dispersion of the comparison ratings of DIY-formulas published!
Video with taste description comments uploaded.


#290

I just finished my 3-packet mini tasting order of 100% Food. Chocolate was my favorite, followed by original with organic coming in last. The texture of all three was similar, with lots of seeds and other small stuff at the bottom. The texture isn’t homogenous like Schmoylent, but it’s not objectionable. I didnt find the seeds to be scratchy or overbearing. Don’t expect a Soylent-like homogenous drink and it will be much more enjoyable. They’re different takes on the same theme, but definitely not the same.

The flavor of the two non-chocolate versions have a vanilla undertone with only a little sweetness, and the organic one has a very mild healthy grassy flavor. The chocolate version is sweeter with a pleasant chocolate flavor. The chocolate covered the underlying vitamin health food flavors really well.

In the end I ordered a week of chocolate to supplement the Schmoylent I already have. I am looking forward to the other flavors coming soon.


#291

In the end I ordered a week of chocolate to supplement the Schmoylent I already have. I am looking forward to the other flavors coming soon.

According to @tomatobasil - it seems, that switching from one to another soylent (instead of regular food) begun…

Lets Beat Whole Foods!


#292

No problem! I’ll keep sharing if folks keep reading. The worst that’ll happen is some people have to scroll past my prolix prose*.

I’ve now been on 50-75% Schmoylent for 2 days and it’s looking like that’s going to be my sustainable level. I have more frequent social eating than I realized :slight_smile: plus craving different textures, and to a lesser degree different flavors, would be a real issue if I were to try to go closer to 90-100%. Some days will be more, some less, but this seems like a good place to be for now.

Updates:

  • Gas: Quantity either same or less as my standard diet so far. Smell was undetectable to mild, except for a bout of what I can only imagine was the Soylent farts people have been talking about. They were nasty, but they didn’t last long. Hopefully they won’t become a regular thing. It happened a little while after drinking a glass at a faster pace than the others I’d had thus far, so maybe that’s related?
  • Hunger: I did notice hunger seemed to come on a little more suddenly than I’m used to, but not the sudden “OMG starving” type onslaught some people have posted about. I just drank another glass, no biggie. Common food tastes wonderful, but I was having things I liked anyway. We’ll see if it tastes better than normal when tasting things that I normally think are “meh.”
  • Flavor: I didn’t get tired of it to the point that I wanted to stop, but it’s still pretty sweet for my tastes. BUT! I added cocoa powder to a portion of it and WOW! It thickens it of course, so you have to add some more water to compensate, but the flavor is fantastic. The bitterness of the chocolate covers the vanilla and balances the sweetness. I love it! I can still imagine getting tired of it this way too, but not as quickly. Breakfast was the remainder of the chocolate portion and was quite enjoyable. Still looking forward to trying some with other flavors. Peanut butter, some sort of tart berry, maybe some citrus… I’ll have to try them all in small portions in case it’s lousy.
  • Portability: We’ll see. I had a decent size breakfast serving and brought a 1-cup serving to work to be lunch before going out with friends for a semi-healthy dinner in the evening. It won’t have soaked, I’ll be using watercooler water and ice, and I’ll either have to stir or makeshift cover and shake, so I anticipate it being non-ideal but hey, it’s another test of a product :slight_smile: Eventually I’ll get a working immersion blender and it’ll be easy enough to transport alongside if I need to.
  • Physical/Mental Effects: I can’t say I feel any more or less tired. Yesterday was pretty headache-y but I think that was forgetting to put my glasses on** for most of my lazy day at home rather than anything related to diet. I do feel like my mental processes are firing about the same as they do on a good day of my normal diet. So no great leaps but possibly a higher average baseline. Too little data to say much so far. I still haven’t gone for a run or worked out or anything (I lead a pretty sedentary life) but the idea of it sounds a little less abhorrent, so maybe that’s a start? :wink:

One thing worth noting: yesterday late afternoon I was getting hungry. It wasn’t too long before dinner but long enough that I didn’t want to just wait, so that’s when I mixed up the chocolate version. Even despite the great flavor I raved about above, I only had about 1/3 of a glass before I was feeling satisfied, so I put the rest back in the fridge. This might seem like a small thing to most people but to me it was a big deal–because I rarely put things back. I finish all of whatever portion I fix for myself, of anything, unless it’s really terrible. It’s a struggle to force myself to bring half my restaurant portion home in a doggy bag, even when it’s a huge portion that nobody but triathlon runners should probably be eating. This is one of the biggest reasons I wanted to get on soylent in the first place: portion control. But I was perfectly happy putting this great-tasting stuff back in the fridge, knowing it would be there for me later. Awesome! Looks like it’s already serving one of the main purposes I was looking for!

I’ll keep adding updates when I have something worth saying.

*Catch-22 is my favorite novel and I recommend it to everybody.
**My vision is only 20/50 (so not that bad) but I have one eye nearsighted and one eye farsighted. Without my glasses I only focus with my right eye and sometimes it’ll cause headaches, even migraines.

Edit: Yeah, texture definitely better if you let it sit and the oil doesn’t mix into it as well if you can’t shake it like hell. But even so: it’s drinkable and the flavor is still fine.


#293

Initial Schmoylent Clean impressions:

Taste is not quite like Soylent: it’s sweeter and the vanilla taste is… different? It doesn’t read as vanilla to me. This is especially odd given that Schmoylent has, I believe, natural vanilla flavor.

Texture is pretty similar, a slight grit or silty feel, though it is a fair bit thicker than official Soylent, even with the same quantity of water. If you’re a fan of a more milkshake-like consistency, you’d be a fan.

I’ve only been drinking it this morning, so I can’t really comment on long-term effects, but I’ll be sure to report in over the next days and weeks with updates on gas, poop, and whether it triggers my allergy response like Soylent did. So far, I’m very satisfied.


Anyone have Soylent near Mass General Hospital? My dad can't eat
#294

@Spaceman, I see that you include hemp hearts. Where are they from? What brand? I wanna make sure there is no THC.


#295

Hi @Eivnei - we use most of ingredients for 100%FOOD from Bob’s Red Mill.
You may check Nutrition Facts for Hulled Hemp Seeds here.


#296

[quote]
Hemp seeds and marijuana come from the same species of plant, but different varieties and the similarities stop there. Hemp seeds do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active substance in marijuana.[/quote]

Thanks


#297

@qgroff, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thorough Schmoylent impression posts. Definitely looking forward to more! :slight_smile:

Sounds like Schmoylent is closer to Soylent in sweetness than I’d thought from my taste tests, not really “toned down” after all. So… I think that’s a good thing, actually. Cool. :stuck_out_tongue:

You bet. :wink:

Keep us posted on the gas and headaches - I’m cautiously optimistic that my own reports of less/no gas from Schmoylent (vs Soylent) will be a common pattern. I haven’t experienced headaches on Schmoylent - I do have eyestrain issues myself, so definitely let us know how it goes when you have your glasses on…

I know what you mean about portion control - my completionist tendencies can be counter-productive when it comes to eating. :stuck_out_tongue: My own DIY efforts have definitely been helpful in that regard. :slight_smile:

Yes, the vanilla flavor is natural (if the ingredients of the vanilla-flavored rice protein I use is to be believed). I may revisit the sweetness comparison again - I don’t mean for Schmoylent to be sweeter than Soylent, though it’s fine to be the same or a little less sweet.

Schmoylent is definitely thicker than Soylent, I think because I am using a greater percentage of soluble fiber in the form of psyllium husk powder and xanthan gum than official soylent. I do prefer it this way, and I think the soluble fiber helps mitigate typical Soylent side effects.

Yes! :smiley: Keep us posted.

Also, an update for any previous and potential customers of my People Chow recipes…

I’ve phased out the People Chow series in favor of an equivalent series called People Fuel, which is the same but with a hypoallergenic multivitamin powder instead of the milk-based GNC Mega Men Sport. If you want People Chow Plus, for example, try People Fuel Plus from now.


#298

Just posted a blog post compiling initial Schmoylent impressions from @tomatobasil, @qgroff, and @timmyf! :slight_smile:
http://custombodyfuel.com/2014/06/schmoylent-first-impressions/


#299

Trying not to get too annoying, but when might one-day samples be available for sale?


#300

Well, since you asked so non-annoyingly, @asympt, I’ll start working on the logistics of one-day samples tonight. :wink: It costs just over $5 in shipping for a day’s worth, so I’m trying to figure out the right pricing scheme. Maybe 25% of the one-week price? So, $15 for a day’s worth of People Fuel, for example. Or maybe just a flat $20 for one-day samples of all recipes?

I’d be curious to get your thoughts on it. Let me know.


#301

And now the bad news. Schmoylent Clean has given me the Soylent farts. Oh dear.

I mostly attribute this to the complete lack of fiber in my diet. So long as it’s just gas and it doesn’t fire off my gluten allergy, I’ll be sticking with it. Going to reduce my intake to about 500ml/day for lunch for a bit as I have to be around people this week…


#302

Sensationalism seems to predominate on this forum, both positive and negative… placebo effect is a force to be reckoned with. I am a relatively objective/skeptical person and I feel no personal investment in the success or failure of Soylent or DIY products. I figured I’d throw in my experience so far.

I’m a 5’ 10", 175 pound male with an athletic build. I’ve never really had any love for food. So far I’ve consumed 5000 calories worth of Schmoylent. I have experienced no change in general well-being, energy, hunger or intestinal discomfort (this is a good thing). I was able to continue lifting weights and function normally.

The taste reminds me of oatmeal combined with pancake batter, which is definitely not a bad thing. I don’t have to force it down, which is saying something considering I absolutely hate most protein powders (vanilla, chocolate or otherwise).

500 calories of Schmoylent feels equivalent or somewhat more filling that 500 calories of regular food. I felt no hunger between meals. I had no craving for regular food and when I did eat regular food it tasted pretty much the same as it did before (and given my personality I don’t see this changing).

It’s pretty awesome being able to prepare 2000 calories worth of balanced food in less than five minutes. I wake up and it’s waiting for me in the fridge… quite nice.

So far I am quite satisfied with Schmoylent. I will report back when I have longer term experience.

Thanks axcho.


#303

If you want my advice @axcho -pricing for 100%FOOD is very simple: $3 for 3x50 cal pouches to understand the taste (no earnings), $10 per One Meal (650 cal) to answer the question - does it fill? and $20 for One Day Trial to with 3x650 bottles of different flavors.

By the way - yesterday we polished our formulas with last guidelines regarding Low Sodium in Soylent. You may see Nutritional Facts here: http://www.spacenutrientsstation.com/#!Low-Sodium-corrected/cr96/EC6F0C4A-6D76-4BA3-A7E9-76FEEE7DD505


#304

Maybe a flat rate for up to a certain amount of samples? I, for example, wouldn’t want any of the People Fuels, or any other mix that has corn, because I’m sensitive to it. But I’d happily try any mix that doesn’t have masa.


#305

Darn! :frowning: Okay, keep us posted on the gluten allergy, and if the Soylent farts get better or worse over the week, I’ll be very curious to hear about it.

I take a digestive enzyme supplement daily, which I think reduces gas overall (and despite that, Soylent still gives me a ton of gas, unlike Schmoylent). If your situation doesn’t improve, you might try that and see if it helps…

Thanks @melcron, I can’t ask for more than the honest, straightforward, and unsensational review you’ve posted. Actually, I can - would you mind posting your review on my site too? :stuck_out_tongue: That would be awesome!

For now it’s a lot easier for my to just sell one day at a time. I crunched the numbers and the 25% of a week’s price should work pretty well, given the higher shipping cost (since I offer free shipping). I’ll try that to start with and see how it goes. :slight_smile:


#306

I’ll be ordering a months worth of Schmoylent from you, so I’ll submit my review when I do.


#307

Thanks @melcron, I appreciate it.