When I heard about the Soylent kickstarter back in 2012, it was because I’d been searching for a way to get nutrition that didn’t involve all the labor of preparing food or the expense of eating out.
When I saw the Futurama episode that first featured Bachelor Chow, I thought “I know that’s supposed to be funny, but I would totally buy that.”
The first beta product I received ended up being about as laborious to prepare as an actual meal. It required several minutes of shaking in an airtight pitcher, and even after that it was still lumpy and had a disgusting vomit-like consistency.
When the first version came out that had oil bottles, I started to experience gastrointestinal distress because of the reaction of the carbs and the animal-derived oil. But I pressed on, because even with the burps and farts, it was a better and cheaper solution than multiple trips to the grocery store per month.
Groceries in the bay area are insane expensive, just like everything else.
When the version came out that had algae-based oil I thought my gut troubles would be over, but on the contrary they got worse. I was burping and farting even more, and every morning when I woke up, HUGE FART.
Still I continued buying and consuming Soylent, and the troubles were still worth the convenience and reduced expense.
When Soylent in bottles finally came out, I was ecstatic. No more mixing, no more blender noise and no more scraping sludge out of the dishes I’d used.
The consistency was no longer vomit, it was smooth like soy milk.
The taste was… well, cardboard. Which is a huge improvement, and means I don’t need to add volume and expense to the product by adding fruit or other add-ins just to get a palatable flavor.
Since I started buying the bottles I keep an open case in the fridge and I have 1 bottle for breakfast and 1 for lunch, then I have regular food for dinner.
I still have regular food for dinner because I crave solid food intensely after 2 meals of Soylent even after several years of Soylent use, and because I want to keep my digestive system in shape in case I ever have to go back to straight solid food.
Soylent has helped me to maintain a healthy weight through depression, anxiety and lack of motivation related thereto.
Because I can just crack open a bottle and chug a meal, I’m healthier, I’m more productive and my life is better.
Got any questions for me?