At the end of this month, I will have been on Soylent for a solid 10 months. I average 4 out or 5 shakes a day, and I consume around 2 regular meals a week.
There has been something that I have noticed, and I discussed it with a friend of mine that is on Soylent and he noticed the problem as well. Our bodies don’t get hungry like they used to. It’s like our natural urge to eat is now gone.
When on regular food, when you don’t eat for a while you get hungry. You begin to crave food, and then you go and eat. You could miss a meal and it was no big deal, you were just hungry. If you missed two meals then you were really hungry or famished.
But on Soylent I don’t have that hunger urge. If I miss a shake, or 3 I don’t crave food, and I don’t crave Soylent. Granted my stomach may grumbled a bit, but that is all. After a while my body will begin to revolt, I’ll get migraines, I’ll become lethargic, but I still have no inclination to eat anything (Regular food or Soylent). It has gotten to the point where I am forcing myself to eat. I usually try and consume a shake every 3 hours, but I am consuming the shakes because of the time rather than a hunger necessity. I plan on finding a reminder app for my phone that can remind me to eat, else I just won’t eat.
I mainly have this malnutrition problem during my fits of insomnia. Mainly because I have not figured out or planned for staying up all night, so I don’t know what or how much I should eat. So if I don’t sleep at night, then I also don’t consume any extra calories at night.
I did an experiment last week with this, and I prepared 2 extra shakes a day that I kept in the refrigerator. Staying up most of the nights last week, I literally had to force myself to go consume my shakes. And when consuming the shakes it normally took me a couple of hours to down one shake, rather than my usual 15 or 20 minutes.
So now I have to pose the question. Since I am no longer craving food or Soylent to survive. Is Soylent a Darwin trick to weed out the disinclined? Meaning if I don’t force myself to eat, will nature take it’s course and allow me to starve to death?