I know that feeling all too well. But it’s not all over. If you’re anything like me by now you’ve eaten many many things. One trick that helped me out was when I got those cheese burger cravings I just imagined the cheese burger. Like really, it sounds silly, but I’ve had plenty of burgers in my day. I can picture the taste, smell, and texture of those foods. I think of it like seeing a movie or something. I’ve already seen, I dunno, the Goonies a dozen times. I know what’s going to happen, I know the overall experience. I don’t need to watch it again. It’d be nice, but I don’t need to see it. I think the same way with food. I’ve “seen”, experienced that food before. I don’t need a rerun of it. I dunno, I’ve employed that little trick to make it easier to handle those cravings when I know eating the food will do nothing but harm me. And also when you think of it, well, for me I also eat so fast that the experience is over so quickly. That old adage “a moment on the lips, a life time on the hips” or whatever? It’s pretty true. What’s the worth of tasting that burger you’ve tasted a dozen times before when it only lasts a few moments? You gain a momentary happiness along with negative health consequences and unwanted weight gain… I dunno, I dunno, reasoning things like that has helped wean myself off of food as entertainment. I also got off soda by realizing that I wasn’t actually tasting it when I was eating. Like I noticed during a dinner that I was eating and chugging down soda and that I was only really noticing the food. The whole washing it down thing was just that. So what was the point of having a flavored drink if I wasn’t actually aware of it? Water from then on out.
No idea if that will help anyone or if I’m just crazy enough that it works for me, that i can trick myself. But it’s not the end of enjoying food either. Now the few times that I do indulge I pick the best foods and I now seemingly naturally take it slower and really taste the food. Being on Soylent’s bland flavor sorta, I guess, made me more aware of my taste buds. So when I have something it’s even better than it was before. And I can rest easy knowing I prepared and calculated for this food like taking the day off for Soylent for a special dinner I knew was coming up. I also have future events set up. The next one will probably be my best friend’s wedding in a few months. I won’t have my Soylent that day instead I’ll sample and indulge at the reception. And on top of that being on just Soylent for so long my appetite is suppressed. And I feel fuller quicker. Before I could eat and eat and never stop. Now I can actually feel when I hit my threshold. I never had that before restricting myself, before Soylent.
Soylent is a great tool for me. I don’t know if I would have been able too do this without it. Not as effectively, that’s for sure. I tried eating healthy before and I don’t think I ever calculated my calories correctly. I mean, a chicken breast has so many calories. But no two chicken breasts are made the same. There was too much guess work in normal food. With Soylent I’m much more confident in my numbers. But like any other food Soylent can have negative effects when abused, when overeaten. And also negative effects when underused! Be sure you’re getting the right amount of calories that’s healthy for you.