Thought I’d share this here, only because its one of those use cases that people might have never thought of. I saw the soylent kickstarter, read about it, and thought “hey, this would be PERFECT for my surgery about a year from now.” Ironically, it took about 11 months to receive it, but that worked out just fine for me.
So I had double jaw surgery. Orthognathic. Lefort 1 osteotomy and some other stuff, if you’re willing to stomach the video on youtube (its really hard to watch). No solid foods, whatsoever, for 8-12 weeks. I’ve done meal replacements before, while really working out and training hard, and didnt want to survive on those alone as they arent balanced enough for 24/7 use, not if they’re 95% of your daily intake for 3 months.
So I’m rounding the corner on week 3 today with soylent. Thats all long winded, right? Ready for a punch line?
My recovery is going MUCH faster than most people advertise. My surgeon was surprised, my nurses were surprised, and comparing my timeline to those online, I’m blazing past them.
Punchline 2: i’m 33 years old. i’m towards the upper 5% age group for having this done. most people my age dont recover well from this, and while my first week was bad (unrelated to nutrition), at the start of week 3 i’m where most people claim to be at the start of week 5, strength and ability wise. in fact since the end of week 2, I’ve been packing to move, lifting heavy objects, and basically ignoring doctors orders because I’m on a timeline crunch and had to.
I sincerely dont think I could have done that on an empty stomach, or having a diet consisting of incredible amounts of protein from my whey/casein powder, or a ton of sugar from smoothies. So, kudos soylent team.