Life without Soylent


#1

Recently, I went about a week without Soylent; it was the second time I put myself in that position, and hopefully the last. I came to realize just how inefficient “regular” eating really is. Having to stop whatever I’m doing to think about/plan my meal, prepare the food, and then eat it–on a plate, usually–felt unbelievably wasteful of my time. It also disrupted my workflow in a way that made each meal feel even more inefficient. I hadn’t realized the extent to which I am now used to just sipping out of a glass as I do everything, without having to think about my food at all.

At this point, I seriously cannot imagine life without Soylent. To be sure, I still have plenty of other meals, but not having access to Soylent was way more difficult for me than it should have been. Have others had a similar experience of having to do without Soylent for any length of time? If you haven’t done so, don’t do it. I also felt worse, because my bad eating habits came back with a vengeance as I became even less patient with the rituals of preparing food; pizza and fast food returned to my life. Back on Soylent, my energy is back to where I unconsciously had come to expect it (and where it emphatically was NOT before embarking on Soylent), and my general sense of physical well-being has returned. I had forgotten how much better it makes me feel. Soylent is just incredibly beneficial in so many ways. I guess I needed to be without it for a while to remember all of its now taken-for-granted benefits.


#2

You never know what you have till it’s gone.


#3

#4

Spartamets: I just tried putting up a link to my thread that I created today. Kinda worked a bit.


#5

Missing Soylent as well. More dishes in the sink and my energy level doesn’t last as long.
Wondering when there might be a V1.5 to try?


#6

how long did you consistently eat soylent before this week without?


#7

About five months, with Soylent comprising the majority of my food intake.


#8

It looks like your experience was the same as mine. Amazing how bad habits got even worse; fortunately, my full subscription resumed and I don’t plan to ever drop it down, as I did when v1.4 first came out. (I wanted to try it for a week before committing to a continuation of the full four weeks as I had been doing. Not doing that again. Ever.)


#9

I went on a cruise for a week and found myself craving Soyent. My kids thought I was nuts.


#10

I’ve been out of Soylent since saturday and this wait (till tomorrow) feels like FOREVER.

Last year (around May1st), when I ordered my very first batch of Soylent- which didn’t arrived until mid September- didn’t feel like this long of a wait. Ha!

The convenience factor for easy healthy nutrition can’t be overstated.


#11

I’ve been using exclusively Soylent for 6 weeks now (well, Soylent and some supplements for my fitness plan, but otherwise no other food than Soylent) but last night my friends and I had planned to see the new Avengers movie. We see all the Marvel movies together and our tradition was to drive two towns over where they have a nicer theater and hit the Thai restaurant there before or after the movie. So I decided to keep that tradition alive and go Soylentless that day.

It reminded me that how much I didn’t like eating. I mean, I love the act of eating. Tasting and chewing and all that. That’s fun, food is tasty and fun. But I absolutely hate the feeling of having food inside me and everything else associated with eating. Except cooking, I also love to cook. Cooking and tasting is rad. Everything else is awful.

It gave me a renewed appreciation for this Soylent product. Thanks Soylent people whatever for letting me not have to eat and thus feel a lot better from day to day.

My next planned non-soylent day is the release of that new Metal Gear game. My friend and I who loved the old Metal Gear Online before its servers were taken down are making a big weekend out of its release. Pizza night for the story mode and throwing back to our old MGO snacks of M&Ms and Yoohoo. Totally fucking awful and unhealthy but I figure one night is fine. Or so I thought. After yesterday and realizing how much I prefer not actually eating I don’t know if I really wanna have our pizza and snack metal gear palooza. I can only imagine how awful it would be if there was a delay in my Soylent order in the future. Oh man, what would I do with myself? I didn’t even like doing one day without Soylent. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.


#12

I was on Soylent (90%) for just over 3 months before going to GDC and living without it for a week. It was an adjustment to be sure. The week before I left, since I knew I wouldn’t have access to Soylent, I ramped up my traditional food intake to 50% by the time I left. It made the adjustment manageable. I didn’t really miss it at all, but that’s mainly because I love sushi and ate sushi non-stop for a week while in SF. :wink: