After one week on RFA Soylent, I came to an abrupt realisation that my body likes the stuff. That wasn’t supposed to happen. My jakeleg, bootleg soylent was supposed to be an occasional convenience, an expedient, an I-can-take-it-or-leave-it sometime thing. I had not counted on getting addicted to the stuff in such a short time frame. My soylent wasn’t meant to get in the way of my food.
So much for plans and expectations! Life, as usual, had other ideas. So now I find myself thinking hard, cogitating, trying my best to work things out. I’m not going to just give up regular food; I think that would be extremely rash and imprudent. Anyway, my soylent is made from food ingredients… nevertheless, the body seems to think there’s a difference. My soylent, often half or three-quarters frozen, goes down slowly, smoothly and uneventfully. Now, when I eat regular food, the body usually says, “Hey, what’s this?” The stomach churns a bit or lets go with a few mild twinges or small cramps, enough to let me know that it recognises a difference.
Therefore: I need to think this out and decide a couple of questions, issues that arise from this watershed change:
- When should I eat food, and when should I eat soylent?
- How much is enough soylent? how much is too much?
- How often should I eat food?
- What kind of food should I eat?
- If I have taken pains to balance soylent, shouldn’t I take equal care with food?
- Can food and soylent be made a team, so they reinforce and support one another, without conflicting or stressing the system?
- What sort of food will offer maximum support to soylent?
Those are just a few of the questions that immediately come to mind; I don’t think they are the only ones but they should be plenty to begin with.
Has anyone else given these subjects some serious thought? If so, what conclusions did you come to?
I’ve heard one or two people say that when they eat food it’s just junk food. I gotta say that seems stupid to me. If you are going to the trouble of concocting a nutritional support system that aims at a perfect food or purports to be such, then why on earth would you screw that up by ingesting food that you personally admit is rubbish-nutrition by calling it junk food? Do you really need to jack your one and only body around like that? No – I can’t use that.
So shouldn’t food meals be researched, and carefully controlled and balanced just as soylent is balanced? I’ve been trying to research that online but I can’t get any search off the ground; my searches so far have produced mostly irrelevant web rubbish. Obviously few people have put any kind of effort into really balancing meals. The CRONies that I know who have done this are mostly head cases, extremists, almost all rabid vegans, and not much help. One of the two or three who have really confronted the issue wound up eating Purina lab chow for primates!
I think I need to start with my precious hot cereal. That can probably be balanced pretty easily without wrecking it; I already have experience with varying it in many different ways by adding various “superfoods” – nutritional yeast, hemp hearts, wheat germ, whey protein, blueberries and other fruits, dried fruit, walnut pieces, sunflower seeds, yoghourt, etc. My other real weakness is Dempster’s Ancient Grains Bread with peanut butter, jam and other stuff; that could be a bit harder to balance, but not impossible. After that, I think I’d go for a beans-and-rice based meal with various veggies; a spaghetti bolognese; and a hearty soup or two. All rigourously balanced out with CRON-O-Meter.
Come on, you guys and guyesses – help me out here! I need input on these questions.