So I’m wanting to give Soylent a try, but my mom is unconvinced. I’m 17 and I’m still living at home (I’m finishing high school, currently). To be completely honest, my diet absolutely sucks. I guess I better go into a little detail about my diet, health and body type?
I’m 6’2 and I weigh 134-137 pounds. I eat mostly bread products (Waffles, sandwhiches, pretzels), cereals, pizza, chicken, and plenty of snacks.I love food, but I don’t like the taste of “real food”. A few weeks back I had to go to the hospital because my kidneys were hurting and my I was having trouble using the bathroom. The doctor told me that I was severely (And boy do I mean severely) constipated and that I need to improve my diet. I was given some laxatives and stool softener, and I’ve been doing much better, but I know that problem may occur again in a few years if I don’t do something about it. I feel like I’m too skinny and possibly malnourished. I generally feel weak in my arms a lot, and I think my diet may play into that a little.
After finding out about Soylent I told my mom about it, but she seems completely against the idea. She hasn’t even done any research on Soylent, she just immediately dismisses it. She compares it to products like SlimFast, and says how Soylent can’t be good for me because it’s all chemicals and it’s processed. I’m sorry, but I think those are two dirty, misleading words. She says how there’s no way it could have everything I need, but I keep telling her, it’s got fiber, it’s got micro-nutrients, this stuff has got it all. I offered to show her the ingredients list, but she refused to even look at it. I respect my mom and all, and I respect her opinion, but her opinion on Soylent is misguided and she’s not willing to even look at the data.
Is there anything I could do to try and change her opinion about it? I’ve said that I wanted to see some sort of dietary doctor, but she didn’t really have an opinion about that, and I’m afraid they would try and hold me as if I had an eating disorder…
I should probably also go ahead and say that I’m not planning to give up food completely. I love food. I want to replace my daily breakfast and lunch with Soylent, and then come home every day and eat food for dinner. I’m hoping that all the nutrients I’ll be getting from Soylent will help cut down on my snack drive as well.
One question I do have: Is Soylent going to affect how I smell? One of the things I worry about is if I smell bad or not. I work hard to maintain a good smell and fight bad odors, and my friends even like to comment on how it always smells like soap if I’m nearby. I just want to make sure Soylent won’t give me a bad smell. If so, is it something that gum or a mint or peanut butter can take care of? (Yes, peanut butter)