Glad you enjoyed them! And yes my snacking cravings have massively reduced. It’s really bizarre… something that has been such an automatic, unthinking part of my existence literally forever, is just… gone. It’s almost surreal. I haven’t had any candy/cookies/snacks at all since the day Soylent arrived. I actually had my first bowl of cereal since then today (something that has been a daily part of my life with very few exceptions probably since I was 2 or 3), and it was freakishly tasty. Like in an evil sort of way.
I never even considered for a moment that I had any sort of “food addiction” but being on Soylent for a few days - even partial days - somehow seems to “reset” the sense of taste. I’m super aware of the intensely “loud” flavors of things. Even my relatively “healthier” cereals like Corn Chex and Total (as compared to stuff like Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes, etc.) taste out of this world intense. After a small bowl full, I was extremely aware of how badly I wanted more - just to have more. Not for any actual reason involving hunger or the need for nourishment.
Fortunately, I’m finding that it’s pretty darn easy now to resist those cravings. I feel them, I’m aware of them, but I can easily say “nah, I don’t think so” and move on. There’s an entire easter basket in the kitchen loaded with yummy chocolate & marshmellowy evilness and I walk past it dozens of times every day. It doesn’t even phase me, even though I know the stuff in it is mighty delicious. It’s just not a big deal. Prior to Soylent, that basket would probably be half empty by now.
I still have a slightly hard time with TV without snacks, just because my routine has changed. I usually bring a small glass of Soylent to sip while I watch, but it’s not the same. I suppose I just need to develop new routines. And in time I will probably allow myself a little solid snack here & there, since I have this strange newfound ability to have “just a little” instead of mindlessly munching as long as the bag or whatever is in front of me, and it doesn’t feel like I’m restricting anything. I just don’t want more.
We still have some “real food” we need to use up before it goes bad, like most of a loaf of bread, some cheese, peanut butter, milk, etc. so we will gradually be finishing that stuff up. But it’s so outrageously satisfying to be having maybe just 1 “real meal” per day. Once we’re out of more stuff, I’m sure I’ll start having “Soylent-only” days. But for now I’ve still got more perishables to get through.
Wild… I look forward to hearing about more experiences and if they mirror my own!