Continuing the discussion from Want to be sponsored by Soylent?:
I can’t imagine doing something like this. Then again, I enjoy pleasurable things.
Of course, I thought it was brilliant. The comments on her post were less than enthusiastic:
Yeah, I don’t understand this at all.
I love how the writer says that eating is mostly a pain in the butt. Excuse me? What sort of boring, disgusting food have you been eating?! Mealtimes are usually some of the biggest highlights of my day.
Yeah, that makes no sense. Does this person have a disorder that affects the sense of taste?
Read this to Steve and it made him hungry for cookies!
I don’t even know how to react to this…this seems like such a bad idea! There is a reason that it is recomended “dietary Sources” are recommended over Supplements…when you start stripping out individual compounds, you change their nature and the ways it which the human is able to process them. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of chemistry and human biology would tell you this is insane. There will be long term consequences and they could be severe. The fact that this guys Dr. seems to be abetting this “diet” makes me sad! envisions self as Dr. House beating this dude with my cane
…what the fuck?
There was one semi-positive comment:
Ok, I just read all his posts and now I admit I’m curious. I know I’m not getting anywhere close to optimal levels of all the nutrients the body needs and I’ve wondered what it would feel like if I did. But this seems like something humans could use minimally as a single supplement to ensure nutritional needs (optimal levels of amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, etc) are met, while continuing to eat what he calls “traditional” foods. Definitely not 95% of consumption, though, as he’s doing. I agree there could be severe longterm consequences, but I’d be interested in an actual study. And professional opinions…
I have the luxury of being able to look up the post to get the exact date, but I’m wondering if anyone else wants to share their Soylent story.
To flesh mine out, I backed Soylent on 2013-05-21 to receive one month’s supply, and then patiently waited. And waited and waited and waited (there were a multitude of email updates over the months, mostly about production delays). I received my starter kit at the end of April 2014, and then I waited some more! Then I received another email:
Dear Soylent backer,
It’s been about 2 weeks since you received your starter kit, and your Soylent order has not yet shipped. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that scaling up our fulfillment operations has taken longer than expected.
Please accept our sincere apologies, and know that we are doing everything we can to fulfill your orders. As the first group of customers to receive your starter kits, your orders are at the front of the fulfillment queue and will continue to ship over the coming weeks.
A t-shirt is no substitute for your Soylent shipment, but we’d still like to send you one as a token of appreciation for your patience as we get our fulfillment up and running.
And that was how I got my first Soylent T-shirt.
My first order finally shipped on 2014-8-12 and I received it on 2014-8-19. I mixed up my first pitcher (poorly!), then I whipped out my immersion blender to get everything as smooth as possible, making kind of a mess in the process. Then I had the brilliant idea of taking a drink of warm Soylent while on a Skype call with my friend and his girlfriend (because that’s totally normal). My first thought was that I had wasted $230 on powdered food I couldn’t stand the taste of.
The next morning I discovered that chilled Soylent tastes worlds better than warm Soylent, much to my relief. In the early days there were a lot of shipping errors, so I ordered some more months of Soylent but was actually sent double orders. More than once. After contacting customer service, I was told to keep the free Soylent. Every time. Score! Because of that, and only replacing about 50% of my calories with Soylent (to avoid digestion issues), I never received any 1.1 or 1.2 because I had a huge stockpile of 1.0 in the basement (and judging by the forum I didn’t miss anything good!). I did eventually receive 1.3 (decent! like 1.0 but more easily digestible, IIRC), 1.4 (no more oil bottles!), 1.5 (decent), and 2.0 (the first version I really love!). That’s where I am now. I would prefer to order the powder (more prep/work, but less waste/money) for my at-home calories, but I’m drinking solely 2.0 (and filling in with other foods) while I wait for the powder to be updated.
Any day now, right?